Zehr Estate

News Clips 1890 thru 1899

April 26, 1890 The Waverly Free Press: James Nolan, a switchman employed in the Lehigh yard, had his left hand badly smashed while coupling cars last Friday night.

The residence of W. C. Woodward, of Athens street, was entered by burglars last Saturday evening, between nine and ten during the absence of the family. Entrance was gained by smashing out one panel of the rear door, and the house was thoroughly ransacked. His daughter Lucy, who works for Mrs. LaBarr, on East Broad street, had $15 stolen from her trunk. There is nothing missing, except the money, so fas as he can tell. His wife was called to Sheshequin last week Friday, by the sickness of her mother Mrs. Sally Davidson, who had a stroke of paralysis, and on her return home she may find other articles missing. Suspicion points strongly to the guilty parties, and a return of the money may save them trouble.

Samuel and Charlotte Wells Slaughter had one child, a daughter, Mary Gertrude, born on April 26, 1890. Mary, later went by her middle name, Gertrude and Gertie.

May 1, 1890 From Owego "The Record.": Waverly. Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Slaughter of Chemung street rejoice in the birth of a nine pound baby daughter, which occurred this morning. A host of friends congratulate them on the happy event.

1890 The Waverly Free Press: Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Slaughter, Chemung street, are rejoicing over the arrival at their home on Saturday, April 26, 1890, of a nine pound daughter. Wick's face has not been so wreathed in smiles in many a day.

July 12, 1890 Waverly Free Press: A large show bottle, in the window of J. C. VanAtta's drug store, fell last week Wednesday, and broke one of the front and side plate glass, causing damage to the front of about $150. - Hon. Wm. Fiske Warner, of No. 11 Providence street, had a new veranda built on his fine residence last week, which a model of neatness, and a pattern for others to copy. It is forty-two feet long, eleven feet wide, high and airy, making it a delightful place to while away the bright summer evenings. The grounds adjoining his residence are beautiful, and kept up in excellent style, all exhibiting fine fast and refinement. Mr. Warner is one of Waverly's most esteemed residents, and we hope he may live many years to enjoy the comforts of his elegant home.

August 9, 1890 The Waverly Free Press: S. W. Slaughter had his residence re-painted recently.

August 1890 The Waverly Free Press: Frances E. Perley, Teacher Of Piano And Harmony, 206 Chemung Street (old numbering, would be today's 152 Chemung st.), Waverly, N. Y. - Miss Frances Perley has, for the past three years, been my assistant and pupil in Clinton Liberal Institute. Miss Perley is an accomplished teacher. As a performer she displays a refined taste in choice of music and a most graceful touch in execution. I, therefore, warmly recommend Miss Perley to all who wish an artistic instructor. - Carl Bodell, Professor of Music at Clinton Liberal Institute, Fort Plain, N. Y. (In 1896, she was a guest of Mrs. Slaughter at 208 Chemung St. It appears Frances Perley moved around quite a bit and rented at different places.)

August 14, 1890 The Record (Owego, NY Tioga County Record): Waverly is at last to have the free delivery system. Postoffice Inspector C. R. Darby of the free delivery department was here this week and made a careful inspection of the territory over which carriers would be obliged to travel, chose locations for twenty-five letter boxed and also laid out plans for three delivery districts, including South and East Waverly. A meeting of Waverly and South Waverly's representative business men and citizens was held at the insurance office of Brooks & Hoagland in the evening. Levi Curtis presided and W. H. Spaulding was chosen as secretary. Inspector Darby explained the free delivery system fully and most satisfactorily, as was evidenced by the meeting passing a unanimous resolution in favor of free delivery in both places. This will necessitate the systematic numbering of the houses and business places of both Waverly and South Waverly and also the building of sidewalks, as free delivery is not maintained where there are none. There will be no regular postoffice at East Waverly as heretofore, but a stamp agency will be located there. The plan is for four daily deliveries, except Sunday, two business and two general, and collections of mail matters will be made at each delivery. The move is a good one and in the right direction and is a favorable indication of Waverly's energy and enterprise.

December 1890 The Waverly Free Press: The next musical will be held at Mrs. S. W. Slaughter's, Friday evening, December 26. Composer, Chopin.

The Waverly Free Press: St. James church has been repainted and decorated in a fine manner by J. G. Hoffman.

1891 - Manual of American Water-Works. Louisville, KY. 1891: 191.WAVERLY, Tioga Co. (Pop., 2,767-4,123.) Built in '80 by Waverly Water Co. Supply. Surface water and springs, by gravity from impounding reservoir.
Fiscal year closes April 30. Distribution. Mains, 10 mites. Taps, 400. Meters, 11. Hydrants, 25. Financial. Withheld. Cost (in '86), $60,000. Management. Prest. and Treas., J. T. Sawyer. Supt., A. J. Vanatta.

February 28, 1891 The Waverly Free Press: W. H. and S. H. Ellis are building a small steamboat. It is twenty-four feet long, six feet beam, is to have a stern wheel, and will be driven by a three horse power engine. It is to be used on the Susquehanna river, and will afford much pleasure to parties who may encamp up the river, also for picnics. We understand they can run nearly to Barton from Sayre.

April 11, 1891 The Waverly Free Press: A Landmark Removed. The death of Stephen Bennett occurred at his home on Clark street, Saturday evening, April 4, caused by the grip, complicated with other diseases. Mr. Bennett was eighty-four years of age, and was the oldest business man in Waverly. He came to this vicinity in 1834 and conducted a blacksmith shop for the Erie railroad, near the brick school house, in what was then known as Clairmont, before Waverly was ever thought of. In 1850, Mr. Bennett purchased the hotel owned by Captain Davis and changed its name to the Bennett House. It was situated just above where the Hotel Warford now stands, the property having been sold to Cyrus Warford in 1853. Mr. Bennett conducted a lunch room and restaurant in the basement of his hotel, which was the first store in Waverly. In 1853 he started in the grocery business on Broad street, which finally merged into the drug store which he conducted at the time of his death. He leaves a wife and four children, three of whom are married. The fourth, Maurice Bennett, is now critically ill, and his recovery is considered doubtful. Mr. Bennett was an honored and respected citizen, and many will regret his death, by which Waverly loses one whose sterling worth and integrity was well known. The funeral was held from the house Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, Rev. Linn E. Wheeler officiating. The interment was made in Forest Home cemetery.

April 27, 1891 Owego Daily Record: Miss Grace Woodruff, who has been the guest of Arra H. Ellis the past week, returned this morning to her home, No. 7 Athens street, Waverly. (octagon home)

May 2, 1891 Waverly Free Press: Miss Grace Woodruff returned Monday from a visit with friends in Owego. (rented octagon home at 7 Athens street from Samuel W. Slaughter)

Hon. J. T. Sawyer of Waverly, N. Y., is building a new dwelling house at corner of Fourth and Bridge streets. Mr. Abel Barner is the builder. - Towanda Reporter-Journal.

Clayton H. Dunning, a former Waverly boy, but now an employee of the Government printing office at Washington, was visiting friends in this place last week. He left Thursday afternoon for Sunbright, Tenn., his present home, accompanied by his aunt, Mrs. Minnie Quick.

The beautiful new flag for the school building has arrived. It has forty-three stars, but after July an additional star will be necessary.

May 14, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Dedication At Waverly. -Waverly, May 14.- Yesterday afternoon and evening witnessed the dedication exercises of the new Baptist church. An audience that filled the auditorium of the church was present in the afternoon. The exercises opened with a historical paper read by B. W. Bonnell, who is secretary of the church. He was followed by Hatfield H. Hallett of this place, who made some excellent remarks. Mr. Hallett was followed by the Rev. W. L. Thrope, pastor of the Methodist church, the Rev. C. E. Baldwin, pastor of the Sayre Baptist church and the Rev. Dr. Lyoyd, of Hamilton college, who was a former pastor. The Rev. L. E. Wheeler, the present pastor read letters of regret and congratulation from Rev. S. T. Ford of Syracuse and Rev. J. C. Hubbard, both formerly of Waverly. This concluded the afternoon meeting. An audience of nearly 1,000 persons crowded into the church in the evening to listen to the dedicatory sermon. The exercises opened with a delightful solo rendered by Miss Nellie Lemon, after which the scripture was read by Rev. Dr. Lyoyd. Rev. Dr. McKee of Athens then offered prayer and a pleasing soprano solo "Abide With Me" by Miss Anna Johnson of the Elmira Female college was followed by a letter of regret from Rev. D. H. Cooper of Lockport, N. Y., who expressed his regret at being unable to be present, and congratulated the church on having erected so beautiful a building. The Rev. Mr. Wheeler then introduced the speaker of the evening, the Rev. Dr. Edward Judson, pastor of the Judson Memorial church of New York city, who spoke from the text "And the last will be first, and the first will be last." It was one of the most eloquent appeals for Christian worship ever heard here. An entertaining duet by Misses Johnson and Lemon concluded the exercises of the evening. The church is a handsome structure not only in architectural design but is neat and tasty in appearance. The building is of brick with stone trimmings. It cost $15,000.

Mr. C. C. Brooks the agent of the Jenkins estate in this place, informs the Gazette reporter that plans have been submitted and accepted whereby a very handsome brick building will be erected on the vacant lot next to Haye's drug store. (Rev. H. D. Jenkins, one of Owen Spalding's adopted sons, inherited Spalding's estate)

Dr. Farnham a retired physician of Binghamton has purchased the old Inman property of D. G. Carey, and with his family will move to Waverly. Rev. George Bowen who at present occupies the house has rented the Payne property corner of Chemung and Athens streets.

Six back loads representing the sporting element in this village meandered up towards the old paper mill last evening taking with them some gamey roosters who indulged in a "cock fight" for the amusement of the onlookers. A number of the would be sports, were present from Elmira, Binghamton and Sayre.

Architect Pierce of Elmira has submitted plans for the new town hall building. His plans provides for a very handsome three story building with a basement containing six cells for police usage. The first floor will be used for the hose companies and fire apparatus. The second floor for the rooms of the fire companies, the offices of the village, and the third floor for a hall for town purposes. The building will be a brick and stone, lighted by electricity, heated by steam, and will be a model building in all its appointments. (This building currently houses Crooked River Artisan Co-Op.)

1891 Waverly Free Press: For Rent. Desirable rooms for office or business purposes, over Corner Drug store. S. W. Slaughter.

May 28, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: WAVERLY NEWS IN TYPE. An Interesting Budget About All the Important Occurrences There. Waverly, May 28.-S. C. Hall and Geo. F. Lyons, proprietors of the Novelty Furniture Works, have gone to Buffalo and Tonawanda to look over the sites that have been offered them for the location of their factories. An employee of the Novelty works was interviewed by a GAZETTE reporter and stated that it was now the definite intention of the firm to move out of Waverly and accept one of the twelve offers that have been made them. The latest offer to them comes from Lestershires, N. Y.

The water company has placed papers in the hands of lawyers for the purpose of suing this village for $1,185 claimed by them to be owed for water tax.

A special meeting of the board of trustees has been called for Thursday evening, when Architect Pierce of Elmira will be present with plans and specification for the new town hall.

June 8, 1891 Middletown, Orange Co., New York:
Alfred Wells, a wealthy and esteemed resident of Goshen, died at the residence of his daughter Mrs. Edson Coleman at 9 a.m. Sunday. He had been failing gradually during the past few months and the direct cause of his death was general debility. The funeral will take place at the house of Mrs. Coleman at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The remains will be interred in the Phillipsburgh cemetery. Mr. Wells was a direct descendant of Hon. William Wells, of Norfolkshire, England, who is stated to have been a passenger on the ship "Free Love," of London, on June 10, 1635. He was an educated lawyer in England and high Sheriff of New Yorkshire on Long Island. Deceased was a son of Joshua Wells Jr., who died on the homestead farm in 1867, and Jemima, daughter of Jonathan Sayer, who died in 1811. Mr. Wells was borne on the homestead Nov. 17, 1805. His early education was received in the common school and at the Farmers Hall Academy at Goshen. For one term he was teacher but succeeded to the homestead property upon which he spent most of his business life. He was a man of determined effort, judicious in the management of his affairs, and when far past the active duties of life, found pleasure in the care and superintendence of the place of his birth, where he and his wife spent so many happy years together. In June 1832 he married Lydia, daughter of John Nyce, of Wheat Plains, Pike county, Pa. He is survived by eight children, J. Ed. Wells, of Goshen, John N. of San Francisco, Dr. Geo. W. of New York, Moses A., a soldier of the late war and now a merchant of Chicago, Mary F., wife of Edson Coleman of Goshen, Charlotte, wife of S.W. Slaughter of Waverly, Eugene F., of Waverly and Charles S. of Goshen. (Eugene F. Wells died in 1881, see article from The Waverly Advocate May 13, 1881. I double checked this.)

June 10, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette: Waverly News. Information was received here yesterday of the death of Alfred Wells, a prominent citizen of Goshen, N. Y., and father of Mrs. S. W. Slaughter of this place. Mr. Wells was exceedingly well known here and had numerous friends who will be pained to learn of his demise.

June 1891 The Waverly Free Press: Alfred Wells, a prominent citizen of Goshen, N. Y., died at his home in that village last Monday. Mr. Wells was well known here, and was the father of Mrs. S. W. Slaughter, who, with her husband, have been at Goshen for nearly two weeks.

More information on Charlotte Wells Slaughter's family: Portrait and Biographical Record of Orange County, New York, Part 1- 1895: Alfred Wells was a farmer near the town of Goshen. He owned a large farm, which he cultivated until his death, in 1891, at the age of eighty-seven years. Charlotte's mother was formerly Lydia Nyce, a native of Pennsylvania. She was a daughter of John Nyce, who was a farmer of Pike County, Pa., and was descended from German ancestors. Mrs. Nyce reached the age of sixty-three years, dying in October, 1873. The family were Presbyterians, and were thoroughly identified with the good works of that organization. They had eleven children, and all grew to years of maturity. Eight of the family are still living. Of this family we make the following mention: Jerome, the eldest, is deceased; Edward is a farmer; John N. is a resident of San Francisco, Cal.; Mary G. is the next in order of birth; Kate, now Mrs. Slaughter, makes her home in Orange County; George W. is a physician of Brooklyn; Moses A. is interested in real estate in Chicago; Eugene F. and Lewis are deceased; Charlotte, now Mrs. Slaughter, lives at Waverly, N. Y.; and Charles S. is on the home farm. {Charlotte's sister Kate, married Samuel Mills Slaughter. While Charlotte married Samuel Wickham Slaughter.}

July 8, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Waverly, July 8 - ... The Packer Hospital at Sayre is soon to be refitted throughout with steam heat apparatus and other improvements. ...One of the shoe merchants here kicked on the 7 o'clock closing movement, and in consequence the shoe stores now keep open until 8 o'clock. - The mason work on the new town hall building was commenced Monday and is progressing rapidly. It will take two weeks to lay the cellar wall. - The VanDerlip property on Park avenue was sold Monday at mortgage sale, the highest bidder being J. T. Sawyer who held the mortgage and bid $1,800 advance. - Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Atwater have issued invitations for a large reception to be held at their elegant home on Park place this evening in honor of their third anniversary. - The iron clad building on the Jenkins lot was moved to-day to make room for the erection of the Spaulding memorial block which, when completed, will be the finest in town.... The bids for the Spaulding memorial block have been advertised and will be opened on July 15th when the contract will be let. The plans of the building show it to be when completed, the handsomest buiness block on Broad street. It will be erected by the Jenkins estate in memory of the late Owen Spaulding, one of Waverly's earliest settlers and foremost citizens. ... (Rev. H. D. Jenkins, one of Owen Spalding's adopted sons, had inherited Spalding's estate.)

September 10, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette: Waverly News in Brief. Mrs. S. W. Slaughter of Chemung street very highly entertained about sixty young people last evening at a musical talent of this village. The entertainment was one of pleasure and delight, and a thoroughly enjoyable time was reported.

September 15, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: After a delay of two weeks, the stone work for the new town hall building finally arrived yesterday and is being put in position to-day. The building will now soon be enclosed.

October 17, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Correspondence From Waverly, Sayre, Watkins and Other Places. Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Scott and family of this place are in attendance at the funeral of Mrs. Scott's father, Amos Pennypacker, a highly respected citizen of Towanda who died on Wednesday.

John Secord will on Monday commence work remodeling the residence of Percy L. Lang at the corner of Waverly and Chemung streets, which when completed will be one of the finest in the village.

October 26, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: THE OLDEST FIREMANJoseph Hallett of Waverly Gathered to His Fathers. IN HIS EIGHTY-SECOND YEAR. An Interesting Sketch of the Venerable Gentleman Who Gave to the Village of Waverly its Beautiful Name and has Lived There so Long. Waverly, Oct. 26 - Saturday evening occurred the death of Joseph Hallett, the oldest recognized fireman in the state. Mr. Hallett had been upon a bed of sickness for many months, and his death had been momentarily expected. He leaves a wife and four children, namely: Hatfield Hallett and Mrs. C. F. Spencer of this village, Mrs. Fannie Robertson of Middletown, N. Y. and Mrs. Lon Miller of Patterson, N. J. Joseph Hallett, the subject of our sketch, was born in the city of New York, October 10th, 1810, and consequently was a little past eighty-one years of age. In his early boyhood he learned the trade of carpenter, and worked with his father in the metropolis until his nineteenth birthday, when he went to Orange county, where he spent four years of farming life. He was married March 18th, 1833 to Mary Houston of Middletown, N. Y., and a few days thereafter he left that village for Tioga county, making the distance in eight days owing to the then unavailable means of travel. With Mr. Hallett to Waverly came his father, Joseph and brother Gilbert. They purchased a farm of 100 acres, in the vicinity where his present residence is now situated, and for five years pursued the avocation of a farmer. He then returned to his old occupation as a carpenter which he pursued for some time. Mr. Hallett cast his first vote in Middletown for Andrew Jackson, and has voted at every presidential election from that time up to the present period. In the year 1843 Mr. Hallett built the first residence ever erected on Waverly street, and was, in fact, the first comfortable home ever erected in the village. He has in his possession a deed for 1,000 acres of land situated in "Ellistown," which was purchased by John Hanna of P. Lorillard of New York City. Mr. Hallett used to travel on horseback to the city with a saddlebag of gold to make payments upon the property. Mr. Hallett also enjoys the distinction and honor of being the person who named this village. He was accorded the privilege and selected the name from the immortal works of Sir Walter Scott. The warmest spot in Mr. Hallett's heart has always been upon the side of the firemen, and he justly deserves the honor of the title he bears, "that of the oldest fireman in the state." At the evacuation celebration in New York city a few years ago he was accorded the place of honor in the parade for being the oldest fireman in line. Mr. Hallett was a recognized leader in all the workings of the Methodist church, being an active, devoted and earnest Christian worker at all times. Kind and lovable in his family relations, honorable and active in his public workings, he leaves this world without an enemy. The funeral is to be held at the family residence on Chemung street Tuesday afternoon of this week and will be in charge of the local order of Odd Fellows, of whom he was an active member. All the secret orders of the village together with the hose companies of the village in uniform will take part in the exercises, and there will doubtless be large numbers of firemen present from all parts of the state. The pall bearers will be the grandsons of the deceased, namely: Harry Hallett and C. F. Spencer of Waverly, Edmund Robertson of Middletown and Lon Miller of Paterson, N. J. Through the kindness of members of the family the GAZETTE reporter was accorded the privilege of looking over a scrap-book, in which Mr. Hallett has clippings of all the incidents relating to his career as a fireman, and many other notes of interest. Among them was a note of thanks written in the handwriting of the LeMarquis de Rochambeau, who was stationed at the Arlington hotel in Washington, for a photograph of a chocolate kettle which was owned by Count Rochambeaus when he started from White Plains for Yorktown to take part in the capture of Cornwallis, and which kettle was left with Mr. Hallett's father. (207 Chemung Street, Known as Woodbine Cottage)

(Marquis de Rochambeau (1836-1897) was the grandson of the Count de Rochambeau, who commanded the French army sent to America in the later phases of the American Revolution and who shared with General George Washington in the triumph at Yorktown.)

October 28, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Joseph Hallett Buried. One of the Largest Funerals Ever Held in Waverly. Waverly, Oct. 28-The funeral of the late Joseph Hallett, the oldest fireman in the state of New York, and interesting account of whose life and death appeared in these columns Monday evening was held at his late residence on Chemung street yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and was without doubt one of the largest funerals ever held in this village. The house was crowded to its utmost capacity. The services at the house were in charge of the Rev. W. L. Thorpe, pastor of the M. E. church, who delivered a brief but very eloquent address in the course of which he paid a glowing tribute to the memory of the deceased. After the services at the house, the remains, escorted by the J. E. Hallett Order of American Fireman, the local order of Odd Fellows, Tioga Hose company who marched in the shape of a cross to the grave, Waverly Hook and Ladder company, Spaulding Hose company and Cayuta Hose of East Waverly, also a small delegation of the old Exempt Neptune Engine company of which the deceased was the honored foreman, proceeded to the Forest Home cemetery where a prayer was offered, and the remains were deposited in their last resting place. There was a large number present at the services from out of town including Chief Campbell of the Elmira department, and Dr. Henry Clarke of Binghamton. (207 Chemung Street, Known as Woodbine Cottage)

November 6, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Presss: Waverly, Nov. 6 - The residence of Percy L. Lang at the corner of Chemung and Waverly streets is being remodeled into one of the handsomest residences in this village. J. Munroe Lyford will occupy Mr. Lang's present residence.

November 21, 1891 The Waverly Free Press: Headquarters for overcoats and underwear, gloves and mittens, and all styles of clothing for men and boys at Sol Unger's, at manufacturing prices. S. E. Ellis, Manager.

December 19, 1891 The Waverly Free Press: A Graphic Pen Picture from the Facile Pen of One of the Early Settlers. ... My Waverly! ...Thirty-Six Years Ago. My youthful feet first trod the streets of that now thriving town. At that time the village contained fewer than nine hundred inhabitants. There was but one building north of the line of Chemung street, except on Waverly street; and nobody was wild enough to believe that there ever would be another. A tavern and some industrial establishments which ante-dated the railroad, stood at and near Waverly and Chemung streets; but with the advent of the great New York and Erie Railroad, as it was then called, everybody supposed the future of the village or hamlet would be clustered around the depot, and Waverly's progress northward was merely a dreamy flight of fancy. Indeed, there was no Waverly even then. The village had been incorporated but a year or two, and the railway company of that date hadn't found it out apparently; for when I arrived I found my baggage had been checked to "Factoryville."/ Gallant Little Tioga. How well I remember my first glimpse of my new home as locomotive No. 23, "Tioga," let me down at your hospitable village. Little "Tioga" (for she would be but a toy now) was beloved in Waverly, for she proudly pulled the Day Express, which might have passengeers from New York or Boston for Chicago or San Francisco, and she was named for the county and Waverly, too. All the town was at the depot - oh, no; not to greet me, but little "Tioga." How fashionable it was in those days to crowd the station platform every afternoon when the Dunkirk Express was due; and then when she rounded the curve at Factoryville a Bert Whitaker, or a "Colonel" Davis, or an Ike Richardson could tell with his eyes shut from the tone of her whistle whether the engine was little "Tioga" or not. The Erie named its engines then; and after the counties of the state. There was plenty of material: there were fully sixty counties. But now - ! Well, go down-to the depot, and read the numbers. I, too, soon learned to love "Tioga." She must have long since gone to the locomotive heaven - the inexorable scrap heap./ Waverly's Single Railroad. In 1855 there was precisely one railroad in Waverly, the Erie; and, humiliating as it may seem now, the village was practically merely a watering station for locomotives; situated, as it is, about equi-distant from the then pompous villages of Elmira and Owego. She also bore the official railroad name of "Factoryville;" and her own true name when spelled by anybody ten miles out of town invariably found a redundant e in the last syllable. How well do I remember when, occasionally, some long-headed citizen delivered his oracular barrel-head lecture in some grocery to the effect that "some time or other; you mark my words; we may not live to see the day; a railroad to the coal fields will be built down through this here Susquehanna valley, where the grades are much easier," how we light-hearted, know-it-all boys got around behind the stove and laughed the old man to scorn./ Railroads then were merely railroads, and not immense systems as now; but an ordinary railroad then was a more serious thing than is a system now. How well I remember hearing in that year of 1855 a disgruntled Waverly merchant, who had been disappointed in the non-receipt of his freight, declare that "By jocks, I wish there was another railroad to New York right alongside of this Erie!" Little did anybody ever think then that within a few short years there would be three! Nobody had then so far gone out of his senses as to build up a possibility of a railroad along Shepard's Creek. Everybody knew that Jim Murray's merry ejaculation "Up the creek!" was a fair synonym for anything whatever that was ephemeral, absurd, or utterly out of the question. Not a Waverly man would have been able to understand where under the sun a railroad "up the creek" could possibly go to or come from. But, like the heathen Chinee, it got there all the same./ In 1855, Waverly had never felt the throbbing influences of railroadism. She was not a railroad town, as she most emphatically is now. Many of her citizens were, to be sure, railway men, but they were right at the station. You can count upon your fingers all those who were then employed on the trains. There were "Flying" Goodell, who was engineer of the night express, and ran old "No. 100" with her broken spokes, Lewis and Ike Richardson, Charley Graves (who gave me my first free ride, God bless him!) Doc. Mathewson, "Colonel" Davis, Hank Gridley, and possibly one or two more. The exigency of their work required most of even these to live in Hornellsville or Susquehanna; so that Waverly's contribution to the railway service consisted chiefly of a station agent, a telegraph operator, a baggageman, a book-keeper, two or three men of all work, including a man to switch cars with a pinch-bar. What would a railroad census of Waverly reveal now?/ Saved As By Magic. In 1855, when you left the Erie railway tracks to go southward you left civilization behind for a while, and traversed the sterile and dreary Athens plains, only to find relief four or five miles away at Athens itself. Not a dozen houses were on the corporation south of the tracks, (yet Waverly claimed Charley Millspaugh, Jacob Reel, Pen Ackley, Patsey Moore, and such, as her own) and with the exception of the picturesque winding lane, called Milltown, and a scattered farmhouse here and there over the shrubby area, there was nothing to relieve the eye till it rested upon that perennial, never-changing, glorious vista - that gateway through the mountains, where the beautiful Susquehanna bids Waverly farewell forever, and again takes up her long journey to the sea./ Yes, the mills that gave Milltown her name had stopped, and the factories of Factoryville had succumbed to the inevitable. Athens, too, the birthplace of Joshua R. Giddings, with her long, straight, magnificent, beshaded avenue, had been stricken as with dry rot. A vigorous rival was springing up close at hand - one that had a great railway and a sure future, and one that was mercilessly demanding tribute from her conquered neighbors. Fences were leaning in Athens, buildings were remaining unpainted, and old hats were appearing in her broken windows, when presto! - the oracle delivered on the soap box in the Waverly grocery by "Old Smarty," as we thought him, became vividly and strikingly exemplified./ ...

We'll Call It Ours Anyhow. The delta between the Chemung and Susquehanna rivers that embraces part of the township of Athens and the boroughs of South Waverly, Sayre and Athens, ought to be part of the state of New York and part of the city of Waverly. There are nearly 20,000 industrious, enterprising inhabitants in all those communities, and New York influences brought them there originally. New York was generous to Pennsylvania once, and gave her part of a county, a city and a port of entry upon the great lake system - a region much larger and more populous than this delta we are clamorous for - and which she never could have enjoyed but by the bounty of the Empire state. Let those who doubt this follow the due east-and -west line of the boundary that passes Waverly, as displayed on any school map, and then consult the legal records, which are open to everybody. If New York hadn't opened her heart, Pennsylvania would have had no lake port, and the city of Erie would be in Chautauqua county, New York. We have high Biblical authority that we must not remember a good action done, so until Pennsylvania gets ready to give us that delta we'll call it ours anyhow./

North of Chemung street was a wide expanse of farm-land with scarcely a single house upon it. All the streets running up from the south ended at Chemung, and the corporation line itself was not far off. Capt. Davis's grove on the hill side, where we gathered May apples in the spring, attended camp meeting in the summer and slaughtered squirrels in the autumn, has ceased to exist. The delightful glen, to the west, the course of Dry Brook, so enchanting for a stroll on Sunday - or on any other day with your best girl - like a startled fawn - has vanished under the influences of rifle ranges, water works and other marches of civilization./ And now, speaking of Chemung street, how many of your good readers know its origin? That long, straight road, with its jog at the upper end, was there long before Waverly was ever thought of. Well, the highway between Elmira and Owego, when they were both in Tioga county, made a short detour into Pennsylvania, and there arose a legal question that prisoners while being taken to Owego jail, from Elmira, might be subjects for habeas corpus proceedings while in the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania. To meet the difficulty, the authorities cut a new road from near the state line part of the old road, to the Ellistown road in Factoryville, and that the new road is the beautiful village avenue to-day, called Chemung street./ Waverly On The East. To the east, the corporation ended at the "forks of the road" just beyond Senator Bristol's house. Then came Factoryville. Factoryville held her head high then, and she had reason. Think of it: all Waverly had to go to Factoryville to church. There were no Methodist or Baptist churches in Waverly. All Waverly had to go to Factoryville to vote. Factoryville had a long start of Waverly, and she knew it and was proud. Waverly's first offers to annex Factoryville were sarcastically met with Factoryville's offer to annex Waverly; and she tauntingly asked Waverly that if "Waverly" was her real name why she spelled it on her railway tickets and baggage checks "Factoryville." Waverly was abashed, and negotiations were postponed. There was considerable ill feeling developed on both sides, and some times when I read your Waverly papers, I am driven to the conclusion that thirty-six years has not altogether effaced the bitterness./ We boys felt the rivalry too; and to us it was much more serious than to the older politicians. Factoryville was again triumphant. We couldn't go bathing or skating without going to Factoryville; and what is life but a lingering grave to a boy when he cannot go in bathing or go skating? Waverly had no Shepard's creek, no Pembleton's pond, and so surrendered at discretion. But boys have a modus vivendi that is unknown to men. Given a tree to jump out of into a millpond; a pond to skate on; an orchard or a cider mill to rob, and minor difficulties are buried in oblivion. Oh, yes, we boys' were born diplomatists. An impending difficulty need not have been settled with clenched fists; it never was allowed to get as far as that. A mere visit to Nelse Stuart's barn ro chaff Nelse about his pet horse, was sure to make him storm, and rage, and chase us with a club, and peace flowed into all our souls immediately./ ...

The West End. Of Waverly is the same old west end it was in 1855, and the eyes that rested upon it then, and rest upon it now, take no note of the rolling years. The boys steal Mr. Shepard's chestnuts yet, as we did, I hope (they would not be boys else); but the numberless rattlesnakes in the "narrows" have disappeared, to the great regret of Mr. Shepard, I suppose, for the manifest reason conveyed in the connection. And there also is Shepard's island, where we fish all day with a result that is best described by the commercial term nil; and whence we bring home our bait again, as Hod Whitaker put it, "in the cleanest, purest condition - having washed it in the Chemung river all day." Spanish Hill still stands there in her majesty, and it would be iconoclasm to destroy its graceful contours on the plea of village improvements. I suppose the Waverly boys continue to pour into the eager ears of gaping strangers the same tough old yarns about the origin of Spanish Hill; that the Indians turned out en masse to cover up their gold mine, etc., just as we did over thirty years ago. I am writing ancient history, I confess; but I do not wish to be too infernally ancient; but the exigencies of the "straight tip" require me to inform all who are anxious to know the real origin of Spanish Hill, that they will find it in their geologies under the heading of the "Glacier System, or Drift."/ In my boyhood days Spanish Hill and its vicinity had a marvelous charm for me. Along its wooded foot was the home of the partridge and the quail and the squirrel; and a fishing rod or gun was often my dearest companion. If the killing of anything alive is scored up against us as murder, oh! what an account have I to settle! A little further along was the natural pigeon roost, where at certain times of the year, the migrating or returning pigeons rested from their long flights. They came in countless thousands and broke down the trees by their weight. My personal veracity being at stake, I would not dare here to recount the vast numbers of bags, barrels, bales, baskets and wagon-loads of these birds that have been slaughtered here in a single night with no more serious a weapon than a walking stick. Billy Courtright's boast of "forty pigeons at one shot," was not a marker to this./ ...

December 1891 Waverly Free Press: To one who left Waverly in 1855 and returned in 1891, his first impression would be that the forests had changed places with the village. Then the horizon all around was wooded; now the circumjacent hills are denuded of their forests, and the shade trees in the streets have grown amazingly. The shade tree was conspicuously absent in my Waverly days. Most of those that were, I could easily span with my hands; now they have got to be hoary old monarchs that I can scarcely clasp about with my two arms. It takes more than people and houses to make a town - the very trees, too, have an individuality. In 1855 a map of Waverly had just been produced, along the margins of which were views of several of the finest residences in town. Most of those residences are standing to-day; yet if another map were published it is not likely that a single one of them would hold the exalted honor. The inference is that you live in better houses; you have grown more wealthy; your artisans are more skillful; your tastes are higher; your education had advanced; you are a happier community. You have broadened out in every direction but one. Where once were fields now finds your centre of population. The same of all this is true of all "My Waverly." Sayre had no existence, so that is all gain; but the buildings have improved also in Athens, in Factoryville, in Milltown - everywhere; and I congratulate you that you have felt the influence of the railroad, the telegraph, the newspaper, the pulpit and the school.

December 20, 1891 Elmira Daily Gazette: Elmira at Waverly. Architect Bickford was in Waverly yesterday, looking over Percy Lang's residence in that place, which is being modernized.

December 26, 1891 The Waverly Free Press: S. H. Ellis has recently invented and perfected an adjustable table for easels, which is applicable to those that have straight or beveled standards. It is the neatest thing of its class, we have seen. (In 1891 also invented "certain new and useful improvements in Bicycles" "new and useful improvements in attachments for bicycle forks and frames for destroying the vibrations of the wheels and axles" Patented Jan. 26, 1892.)

January 1892 The Waverly Free Press: Some of the "oldest-inhabitants, " have been figuring up how long some shaved pine shingles have been on some of the roofs re-shingled in this place the past month, and it was decided that one roof was put on about forty-five, and the other fifty years ago. They were worn through, but not rotten, as most roofs are.

April 2, 1892 Waverly Free Press: Mrs. Helen M. Bullock, of Elmira, delivered a very interesting address to a large audience at the Methodist church parlors last Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Bullock spoke in the interests of the "Anchorage" of Elmira, a home for erring and fallen women. The field of that institution has been widened by a law permitted justices in Tioga, Broome and some other counties to committ girls to the care of the "Anchorage." This act will cause interest in that noble work to increase, and it will doubtless be supported in the manner it deserves. After the address, Miss Clemmie Sheldon sang "The ninety and nine" in a very effective manner, after which a generous collection was taken, amounting to sixty dollars. Others who may wish to contribute to this noble cause may leave their contributions with Mrs. Emma C. Woodruff, Athens street. (Mrs. Woodruff was at 7 Athens street at one time.)

1892 New York Census Waverly: no house numbers. William W. McEwen 44 yo. janitor, Lunella M. McEwen 36 yo., Arthur L. McEwen 14 yo., Ray McEwen 11 yo., Fred E. McEwen 7 yo. - . Azariah VanAtta 63 yo. carpenter, Corlista E. VanAtta 62 yo., John C. VanAtta 32 yo. druggist, Carrie A. VanAtta. - S. Wickham Slaughter 54 yo. druggist, Laura Dewyer 25 yo., Charlotte W. Slaughter 42 yo., Mary G. Slaughter 2 yo., Maggie Sheahan 24 yo., Arminda Sharpe 62 y.o. (The Slaughter family was at 208 Chemung st. Waverly, NY) - Thomas Keeler 40 yo. born in England painter, Mary D. Keeler 35 yo.

April 18, 1892 Elmira Daily Gazette: Waverly, N. Y., April 18. - Charles H. Sawyer, a pioneer resident of this village, and one of the most widely known men in this section of the country, expired at his home on Chemung street, late Saturday afternoon, in the 65th year of his age. Mr. Sawyer was respected by all who knew him, and his death is a severe blow to the many friends whom he numbered in his acquaintance. He was a prominent member and elder in the Presbyterian church. For several years his health has been feeble, and he had lived a retired life, although he was always more or less interested in the welfare of the village. He leaves a wife and son, Fred A. who is cashier in the Citizen's bank. The funeral will be held at the family home on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Hatfield H. Hallett, who sold his grocery business on Friday last to James Whitaker, has accepted a position to manage the same, and clerks Bert Parsons and Beverly Davanport will be retained.

May 7, 1892 Waverly Free Press: Murray Fairchild, who was formerly an insurance agent in this place, has opened an office at his residence, corner Waverly and Chemung streets, as an adjuster of losses by fire.

May 7, 1892 Waverly Free Press: An old building was being moved up Waverly street this week, but was finally stopped not far above Chemung street, and is being torn down, as too worthless to move further.

May 17, 1892 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: A Wedding This Evening. Mr. and Mrs. James A. Clarke and Mrs. S. W. Slaughter of Waverly are in Elmira to-day in attendance at the marriage of Miss Gertrude, daughter of Henry G. Mercereau of No. 110 Chemung Place to Ira Grant Dodge of Waverly, N. Y. The ceremony will be performed at 7:30 this evening in the presence of only a few invited guests.

June 27, 1892 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Waverly, N. Y. - June 27 - All the arrangements are now perfected for the elaborate celebration of the fourth of July. A brilliant street parade is to be given in the morning at 10 a.m. which will be headed by the Robert A. Packer band of Sayre, and followed by the various civic and military societies, fire departments from home and abroad, as well as a string of bicycles and fantastics. At 1:30 o'clock in the afternoon the races will be held, and in the evening will occur a grand display from some elevated point. It is expected that the village will be thronged with visitors.

Invitations are out announcing the marriage of Miss Carrie Huggins, a well known young lady of this place residing on Athens street, to Samuel Myers. The ceremony will be performed at the home of the bride Wednesday evening. (21 Tioga street, corner of Athens and Tioga street)

June 30, 1892 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Waverly Weddings. Waverly, N. Y., June 30. - ... The residence of Mrs. Huggins on Athens street was the scene of a delightful social event last evening, the occasion being the marriage of her daughter, Miss Carrie, to Samuel Myers, the genial young agent at the Tioga laundry. The house was completely filled with their many friends, and a most delightful evening was the result. At promptly 7:30 o'clock the bridal couple were united by the Rev. Linn E. Wheeler, pastor of the Baptist church. Following the ceremony a delightful repast was served, and the newly married couple left for a sojourn throughout the Eastern states. Mr. and Mrs. Myers were the recipients of a large number of beautiful souveniers from their numerous friends. (21 Tioga Street)

July 30, 1892 The Waverly Free Press: E. L. Seeley was very pleasantly surprised by a company of friends, at his home on Athens street, last Saturday evening, the occasion being the celebration of his birthday anniversary, which occured on Sunday.

September 1892 The Waverly Free Press: For Sale- Phaeton in good running order, cheap. One wolf skin robe, nearly new, also 5 ft. nickle-mounted show case. C. R. Burritt, No. 7 Athens, Waverly, N. Y. (In July 1888, the Burritt's were living in Sayre, PA and their daughter was born) (In 1888, Mrs. H. A. Harris, of Ithaca was visiting her daughter, Mrs. C. R. Burritt and also Mrs. C. R. Burritt visited her mother, Mrs. Presher, in Ithaca May 1888.)(At 7 Athens Street, was the octagon home, owned by Samuel Slaughter, who used it as rental income.)

October 15, 1892 Middletown Times: Mr. S. W. Slaughter, of Waverly, has been visiting in this vicinity.

December 8, 1892 Owego, N. Y. Tioga County Record: OBSERVATIONS. By The Record's Observer. Tioga county is to have an electric street railway in the near future and it will be built largely by Waverly money and enterprise. It will connect Waverly, Sayre and Athens, which will no doubt soon feel the beneficial effects of their activity and enterprise.

1893? The Waverly Free Press: A "grip social" will be given at the residence of Mrs. Huggins, on Athens street, Saturday evening. No, you will not get the grip by going, but will have an enjoyable time. It will be given by the Good Templars, who invite all their friends to attend.(21 Tioga street, Waverly NY)

1893 map; Large home covering lands of 3 and 5 Athens street, using address of 5 Athens street. Octagon home at 7 Athens street. Carriage house at 9 Athens street, with another carriage house/barn behind and between 7 and 9 Athens street. A small outbuilding in the back back between carriage house at 9 Athens and the home at 208 Chemung street, our current "Alluring Artiste."  Homes are shown at 4, 6, and 8 Athens street.

March 2, 1893 Owego, N. Y. Tioga County Record: Henry Foster of the Elmira National bank passed Sunday at his home on Fulton street.

June 3, 1893 The Waverly Free Press: Waverly now has the nearest to an electric railroad that has ever been seen in this valley. The tracks have been laid from the west end of Chemung street to Orchard street, with underground wire strung nearly as far. A large number of the poles have been erected, and the work is progressing rapidly, with about one hundred men toiling all the time this rainy weather will permit. No fault can be found thus far with the way the track has been laid.

Born. Vanatta - In Waverly, N.Y., Wednesday, May 24, 1893, to Mr. and Mrs. E. H. VanAtta, a daughter.

August 7, 1893 Elmira NY Star Gazette: Ad with picture. I know That Hood's Cures and cordially recommend Hood's Carsaparilla to all suffering with indigestion, impure blood, tremors, loss of appetite or run down. It will surely help you if there is any help for you. I have used it myself and in our family for at least fifteen years. I have found it of very great benefit for malaria, chills, and fever, rheumatism kidney complaint and catarra, even when I considered myself incurable. Henry S. Foster, Scarborough, N. Y. (From February to June of 1858, a Henry S. Foster owned the octagon house that was on our property)

August 12, 1893 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: From Waverly. Waverly, N. Y., Aug. 12 - Fred Chaffee has leased the Paine residence on Athens street and will take up residence there in the near future. (In most other references, the name was spelled, Payne)

September 14, 1893 Elmira NY Star Gazette: Waverly Firemen's Parade. Full Details of the Approaching Event - Other Waverly News. The thirty-eighth annual parade of the Waverly fire department will take place Tuesday, September 19th. Last evening Chief Smith visited all the business men and requested them to close their stores from 1 to 4 p.m. on that day. The line will form promptly at 2:15 p.m., in front of the town hall in the following order: R. A. Packer band of Sayre, Pa., Waverly Protective Fire Police, Tioga Hose Co., No. 1, Waverly Hook and Ladder Co., No. 2, New Waverly band, Spalding Hose Co., No. 3, Cayuta Hose Co., No. 4, President and village trustees and ex-chiefs in carriages. Line will form right resting on Pennyslvania avenue and move out at 2:30 as follows: Down Broad street to Pennsylvania avenue, through Park avenue to Tioga street, through Tioga street to Waverly street, to Broad street, down Broad street to Cayuta avenue, up Cayuta avenue to Chemung street and countermarch to Ithaca street, up Ithaca street to Chemung street, up Chemung street to Waverly street, up Waverly street to Clinton avenue, through Clinton avenue to Fulton street, down Fulton street to Broad street, up Broad street to Clark street, up Clark street to Chemung street, up Chemung street to Pine street, down Pine street to Broad street, to Pennsylvania and countermarch to headquarters and disband. In case of unfavorable weather, the parade will occur the next day at same hour. Citizens along the line should show their appreciation of our fire department by decorating their houses.

September 24, 1893 Elmira Telegram: Mr. and Mrs. Wick Slaughter and the Misses Elmer, of Waverly, were in the city Monday en route for Chicago. (Newspaper had a typo, they had and N inplace of W for Wick. Samuel Wickham Slaughter's nickname was Wick. and they had relatives in Chicago.)

November 1893 The Waverly Free Press: W. B. Camp is doing the acrhitect work for Dr. Tucker's new house in Waverly.

December 10, 1893 Elmira Telegram: S. W. Slaughter, of Waverly, was in the city on business on Thursday afternoon.

February 15, 1894 The Owego Record: Grand And Trial Jurors. Those Drawn to Serve at the Coming Session of the County Court and Court Sessions. At the court house this morning the following were drawn as grand and trial jurors to serve at a term of county court and court sessions, to begin on Monday, March 5. Grand Jurors.... Trial Jurors. Barton - ...S. W. Slaughter, ...

Spring 1894 The Waverly Free Press: House For Rent, - Inquire at No 5 Athens street. (An 1893 Sanborn map shows a large house at 5 Athens st., which occupied today's 3 & 5 Athens St.)

1894? Owego: Waverly's New Invention. The Ellis manufacturing company is a new local concern for which articles of incorporation are being drawn. It will manufacture an air gas generator which W. H. & S. H. Ellis of this place recently invented. This generator produces a vast amount of heat and takes the place of an alcohol lamp and blow pipe. The invention generates from gasoline a gas which can be used for brazing and melting metals, etc. It uses so little gasoline and produces so much heat at small expense that the backers of the company are confident that the invention will have a big sale. Waverly cor. Elmira Advertiser. (1893 invented new and useful improvements for inflators for pneumatic tires)

1894 The Waverly Free Press: Wanted - 400 pairs of pigeons. Address E. R. Cox, Waverly, N. Y.

May 29, 1894 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Waverly, N. Y., May 28. - The specifications for paving Broad street have been drawn up by the trustees after a good deal of deliberation. They are very rigid, and any fraud on the part of the contractor will be impossible. The following are some of the specifications: Everyone who bids for the contract must enclose a certificate check for $1,000 to guarantee their good faith. The contractor whose bid is accepted must give bonds of $5,000 and ten per cent of the amount of his bid will be retained by the corporation for one year to cover any defects which may appear in the pavement. The work will be executed under the management of a supervisor appointed by the trustees, he will have complete control over the entire work. Labor living within the corporation shall have preference, unless combination on wages is effected to the detriment of the contractor. This does not apply to skilled labor. The brick and cement will all be thoroughly tested before it is accepted. The foundation is to consist of six inches of grouting covered with Resendale cement and two inches of sand. The bids will be kept open until Tuesday, June 5th at 12 noon. The contractor who receives the bid must complete the work in seventy-five days from date of execution of contract. 

June 21, 1894 Elmira Gazette: Wedding at Waverly. Special Dispatch to the Gazette. Waverly, N. Y., June 21- The marriage of Harry W. Knapp of the dry goods from J. W. Knapp & Son, to Miss Mary Phillips, daughter of T. J. Phillips, occurred this morning at the home of the latter on Waverly street. The announcement of the marriage will be a complete surprise to every one. (455 Waverly St.)

June 28, 1894 Owego, N. Y. Tioga County Record: Waverly's Electric Cars. The First Trip Made Saturday Afternoon Amid Great Enthusiasm. Waverly, June 23, 2:30 p. m. [Special] - The first car on the Waverly- Sayre - Athens electric railroad came up to Waverly from the power house at 1:53 this afternoon and left on the return trip at 2:05. Great enthusiasm was manifested by the people along the line. The electric street railroad is no longer a theory but an assured fact. A. F. Broadhead and A. C. Wade of Jamestown, N. Y., the contractors by whom the road was built, arrived on Erie train S this afternoon and were among the passengers on the first run over their road.

Aug. 24, 1894 Samuel Slaughter died from Bright's disease (was born Nov. 8, 1837) 56 years 

August 25, 1894 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Waverly, N. Y. Aug. 25 - S. W. Slaughter, one of Waverly's foremost citizens, died at his home on Chemung street last evening of Bright's disease (kidneys) after a long illness. He leaves of his immediate family a wife and baby girl to mourn his loss. He was for years engaged in the drug business in this town, and was always ready with his influence and money to forward any movement for the public good and his private generosity to the needy is known to every one. In his death Waverly suffers a severe loss. He was at the time of his death vice president and also director of the Citizen's bank. He was also a director in the Waverly Water Works Company and the Hall & Lyons furniture company. His funeral will probably be held Monday afternoon, and his remains will be taken to Goshen for burial. He was a member of the Tioga hose company and probably the entire fire department will attend the funeral in a body. Rev. J. L. Taylor, of Cleveland, Ohio, the former pastor of the Presbyterian church at this place, will officiate at the service which will be held at the house. (In 1898, his remains were brought back to Waverly and buried in Glenwood cemetery.)

August 25, 1894 Middletown Daily Argus from Middletown, New York  Page 5
Publication: Samuel W. Slaughter. Mr. Samuel Wickham Slaughter died at Waverly, last evening, after an illness of several years. He was a son of DeWitt and Carrie Mills Slaughter, the latter a sister of Dr. S. W. Mills, of Port Jervis. His wife, Charlotte Wells, of Goshen, with one child, survives him. Dr. T. D. Mills, of this city, is a nephew of the deceased. The body will be brought to this city, on Tuesday, August 28, and the funeral will take place at the Scotchtown Presbyterian Church at 2 p. m. on that day. The interment will be in the family plot at Scotchtown.{June 3, 1898 Middletown Daily Argus: Sent To Waverly For Burial. The remains of Samuel Wickham Slaughter, which have rested in a vault in Phillipsburg cemetery, since 1894, were today sent to Waverly for burial. Glenwood Cemetery}

August 1894 Port Jervis Tri States Union: Samuel Wickham Slaughter. Mr. Samuel Wickham Slaughter, a prominent and wealthy resident of Waverly, N.Y., died Friday evening at his home in that village. The remains will be brought to Middletown and the funeral will occur at Scotchtown Tuesday, at 2 o'clock p.m. The deceased was a son of Dewitt Slaughter and Caroline Mills Slaughter, the latter a sister of Rev S. W. Mills, D. D., of Port Jervis, and aunt of Dr. T. D. Mills of Middletown. The deceased was a namesake of Rev. Dr. Mills. Mr. Slaughter married Charlotte Wells, daughter of Alfred Wells of the town of Goshen. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, aged about four years. Mr. Samuel M. Slaughter of Crystal Run is a cousin of the deceased, and his wife is a sister of Mrs. Slaughter. The deceased was engaged in the drug business in Waverly for many years, retiring from business some years ago on account of his declining health. He has been in poor health for a number of years. - Middletown Times.

August 28, 1894 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Regular Correspondence - NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - OF - The Latest Current News in the Gazette's Territory. Our Letter From Waverly. - Waverly, N.Y., Aug. 28. - The funeral of the late S. W. Slaughter was held from the elegant home on Chemung street yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and was very largely attended by the representative people of Waverly, who had gathered to pay their last respects to the deceased. The service was opened by the entire congregation repeating the Lord's Prayer in concert. The Rev. P. R. Ross then read the 90th Psalm, after which the Rev. J. L. Taylor of Cleveland, O., who was for many years pastor of the Presbyterian church at this place, and who was very intimately acquainted with Mr. Slaughter, made a very feeling and appropriate address. He said that instead of standing and talking to the friends and mourners it seemed to him more appropriate that he should set with them and listen to some one else. His relationship to the deceased had been so near and so intimate that he could scarcely control himself to speak in regard to it. He told how Mr. Slaughter came to Waverly as a boy, and after his marriage he had united with the Presbyterian church when the Rev. Mr. Bates was pastor, at the time when one hundred and twenty made a public profession and joined the church, and from that day he had been an earnest Christian, quiet and unassuming, yet always one of God's noblemen and that his life, though he be dead, speaketh. Our sorrow and tears are not for him, for he is better off, for he has gone to God; our sorrow is for the wife and fatherless child. After his talk Mr. Taylor offered prayer. Rev. P. R. Ross, the present pastor, read from Paul's first Epistle to the Corinthians, the xv chapter, commencing with the 26th verse. He then introduced the Rev. Dr. Jenkins of Sioux City, Mich., a friend of Mr. Slaughter's boyhood, and his remarks were mostly confined to that period of his life, and in a very beautiful manner he portrayed it. The Rev. C. M. Surdam pronounced the benediction. The remains were taken to Goshen for interment on Erie train No. 12 last night. There will be a memorial service next Sunday morning at the Presbyterian church. (In June of 1898, his remains, after resting in a vault in Phillipsburg cemetery, were brought back to Waverly in Glenwood Cemetery for burial.)

September 1, 1894 The Waverly Free Press: Samuel W. Slaughter. The death of Mr. Samuel W. Slaughter, whose serious illness was briefly mentioned in the Free Press last week, occurred at his home on Friday night, at about 7 o'clock. Mr. Slaughter was born November 8, 1837, and had lived in Waverly about forty years. He engaged in the drug business about thirty-five years ago, and has been for years closely identified with the best interests of the village. He was succeeded in the drug business by John C. VanAtta, a few years ago, but he was director in the Waverly Water Co., and also in the Hall & Lyon Furniture Co., and was vice president of the Citizens Bank, at the time of his death. He was a man of large wealth which he used conscientiously for the bettering of his fellowmen, and his integrity of character was unquestioned. He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church, and his loss will be keenly felt by that society. His widow and one daughter, Gertrude, about four years old, survive him. The funeral was held at the late home on Chemung street, Monday afternoon at four o'clock, and was attended by a large company of friends. Rev. P. R. Ross conducted the sad service, assisted by Rev. J. L. Taylor, of Wyoming, Ohio, a former pastor, and Rev. H. D. Jenkins, of Sioux City, Iowa, a friend of the boyhood days of the deceased. The remains were taken to Scotchtown, about 5 miles from Middletown, for burial. Rev. P. R. Ross accompanied them, and officiated at the last sad rites at the grave.

Died. Slaughter - In Waverly, N. Y., Friday, August 24, 1894. Mr. Samuel Wickham Slaughter, aged 56 years, 9 months, and 16 days.

September 10, 1894 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Mrs. Joseph Hallet died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. T. Robertson, of Middletown, Friday, aged 84 years. Her remains were brought to Waverly Saturday and the funeral was held Sunday from the Hallet homestead on Chemung street at 2:30 o'clock. Mrs. Hallet and her late husband, "Uncle Joe" as he was familiarly called were among the earliest settlers in Waverly and they were held in very high esteem by every one. One son, Hatfield Hallet, of this place, and three daughters, Mrs. C. F. Spencer, of this place and Mrs. A. E. Miller, of Paterson, N. J., and Mrs. J. T. Robertson, of Middletown, N. Y., survive.

September 15, 1894 The Waverly Free Press: Mrs. Joseph E. Hallet. The death of Mrs. Joseph E. Hallet occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. T. Robertson, in Middletown, N.Y., last week Friday night, where she had been ill for about three weeks. She was eighty-four years of age, and was highly respected by the entire community. Her remains were brought to Waverly on Erie train No. 5 Saturday night, and the funeral was held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, at the old Hallet homestead on Chemung street. There was a large attendance. Rev. C. M. Surdam officiated, and the interment was beside her husband, in Forest Home. Mrs. Hallet was born at Phillipsburg, N.Y., near Middletown. Her maiden name was Mary A. Houston. She came to Waverly with her husband, in 1833, when there were but fifteen houses in the place, and the surrounding country was a dense wilderness of forest. Her life has thus been indentified with the history of Waverly from its beginning, and she was widely known and esteemed by all, for her many good qualities and Christian virtues. Her husband died in 1891. She leaves four children, Hatfield Hallet, and Mrs. Charles F. Spencer, of Waverly, Mrs. J. T. Robertson, of Middletown, and Mrs. A. E. Miller, of Paterson, N.J.

October 11, 1894 Owego Daily Record: Real Estate Transfers. A. P. Eaton, ref to Charlotte W. Slaughter $700.00

November 10, 1894 The Waverly Free Press: Notice To Creditors. Pursuant to an order of Howard J. Mead, Surrogate of the County of Tioga, notice is hereby given, according to law, to all persons having claims against Samuel W. Slaughter, late of the Town of Barton, in the County of Tioga, deceased, that they are required to present the same, with the vouchers thereof, to F. A. Sawyer, one of the Administrators of the said deceased, at the Citizens Bank, in Waverly, in said county, on or before the tenth day of May, 1895. Dated, Owego, N. Y., November 7, 1894. Charlotte W. Slaughter, Fred A. Sawyer, Administrators.

February 11, 1895 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Gen. Thomas, of Westchester county N. Y., was the first white man who owned the land on which the village of Waverly is located. In 1796, 1,000 acres of this land was purchased by John Shepard. The boundaries of this piece include all of what is now known as Waverly and Factoryville. This tract, at the time, was a wilderness covered by a thick forest, with the exception of a large open field, supposed to have been cleared by the Indians for a corn field. John Shepard had been employed after the close of the revolution as an Indian trader. He was popular with the Indians and went by the name of "Conidehetcut" among them. He became the owner of the first grist mill in the valley, located a little east of Cayuta mills on the site of the old plaster mill. Grists came to his mill often from a distance of fifty miles in canoes down the rivers, or on horseback from the interior. Joshua Pierce, was the first person to locate in what is now Waverly. His house (the old tavern) stood a little west of the village, and was destroyed by fire in 1853. The exact date of Mr. Pierce's settlement is not known. Deacon Ephraim Strong, the next settler came in 1819. His house stood not far from the corner of Broad street and Pennsylvania avenue. About 1825, Deacon Strong's property was purchased by General Wells, who afterward sold it in 1835 to John Spaulding, father of Owen Spalding. The village of Waverly really began to exist when the Erie railroad reached that point in 1849. It was incorporated in 1854, and received the name of Waverly. A strong party contended to the name of Loder instead of Waverly for the village. - Waverly Free Press.

February 16, 1895 Waverly Free Press: A New Cemetery. The Free Press announces with pleasure that plans have been perfected whereby Waverly is to have a new cemetery. This is a subject of grave importance; it is of the dead, yet a very live question. Every lot in Forest Home cemetery was long since sold, and many have been compelled to go out of town to bury their dead. Forest Home is geographically near the center of town, and the time is approaching when it will be condemned and removed. It is not a pleasant thought, but in the natural order of things this will be found to be true. Recognizing this need, a few public spirited citizens have purchased the F. A. Schuyler farm of eighty-seven acres, and will plot a new cemetery early in the spring. But six acres will be plotted to begin with, and this will be enlarged as needed. The land lies southeast of the water works reservoir, a beautiful site, about half mile out of, and overlooking the town. The main drive will be at the brink of the west slope of the glen. The glen is also part of the purchase, and this will be cleared and fitted up as a park, beautified by miniature lakes, shrubbery, etc., and made a delightful resort - just what Waverly needs. A large plot in the new cemetery will be given to W. C. Hull Post on condition that they place a monument on it. This proposition will doubtless be accepted. The soil of the proposed cemetery is dry and is easy to excavate. It is a number of rods below the reservoir and the drainage is directly into dry brook, where none need be afraid of it. The name of the new cemetery will be "Glenwood Cemetery," and the promoters are Dr. W. E. Johnson, Hon. A. G. Allen, F. A. Schuyler, Romaine C. Cole and F. E. Lyford. The papers have all been signed and work will be commenced as soon as the weather will permit. 

April 13, 1895 The Waverly Free Press: Joseph Knapp, for many years past a resident of this place, died at the state hospital in Binghamton Sunday morning, aged about eighty-two years. The body was brought to Waverly Monday afternoon by Funeral Director Hanford and funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 o'clock from the home of C. M Frisibie on Orchard street. The Rev. P. R. Ross officiated. The deceased leaves of his immediate family two sons, Joseph W. of Waverly and William of Redwood Falls, Wisconsin. Two daughters, Mrs. Brinker of Denver Col., and Mrs. Frisibie of this place, and one brother, Azel Knapp of Talmage Hill, and four sisters, Mrs. Snyder of Waverly, Mrs. Yates of Ithaca, Mrs. Cheeny of Jamaica, Vt., and Mrs. Lucie Stowell of Washington. Mr. Knapp was born in Delhi, N. Y., and came to Waverly in early youth, where he was a resident for the greater part of a century, respected by all who knew him.

April 14, 1895 Elmira Daily Gazette: William Knapp, one of Waverly's oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at the state hospital in Binghamton, on Sunday morning last, aged about eighty-two years. The body was brought to Waverly on Monday afternoon, and funeral services were held on Tuesday at 10 a. m. from the residence of his son-in-law, C. M. Frisbie, Orchard street, the Rev. P. R. Ross officiating.

Proceedings Of The Seventeenth Annual Meeting Of The New York State Pharmaceutical Association, Held At Saratoga Springs, June 25th, 26th and 27th, 1895. Also The Constitution, By-Laws and Roll of Members. Elmira, N. Y.: Advertiser Association, Printers. 1895. Cornell University Library, Gift of N. Y. State Pharmaceutical Association 25/10/95. Samuel W. Slaughter, who joined this association in 1883, died at his home in Waverly, August 24th, 1894. He was born November 8th, 1837, and had lived in Waverly about forty years. About thirty-five years ago he engaged in the drug business, and though he retired from this a few years ago he retained his membership in the association of which he had been so long a member. He was for years closely identified with the best interests of the village. He had an active interest in affairs, being a director of the Waverly Water company; the Hall & Lyon Furniture company and vice-president of the Citizen's bank at the time of his death. He was a man of large wealth, which he used conscientiously for the good of others, and his loss willl be keenly felt by the community and the church of which he was a member.

June 6, 1895 Van Etten, NY: Mrs. S. W. Slaughter and daughter, Gertie, of Waverly, visited Mr. and Mrs. Jacob A. Westbrook last Thursday. - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Purdy and daughter of Waverly, visited over Sunday at the home of Mr. Purdy's mother, Mrs. Jacob A. Westbrook, in this place.

August 15, 1895 The Tri-States Union, Port Jervis, NY: Beautiful "Camp Lee" One of the Most Attractive of Nearby Summer Resorts. Camping has become such a popular way of passing the summer that some of our citizens have purchased camping grounds and have spent much time and money in the improvement of their property. Such a camp is "Camp Lee" situated in Sullivan county, near Rio, on the beautiful Mongaup river, two miles below the Mongaup Falls. All who have seen the Mongaup river will agree that no more pictuesque or beautiful spot exists. "Camp Lee," as might be inferred from the name, is owned by our townsman, Horace Lee. Mr. Lee purchased a large farm house on the bank of the Mongaup river. It is a fine old house and very commodious. Two large ole-fashioned fire-places are in the house and a large piazza extends nearly the entire length of its front. Since Mr. Lee became the owner of the property he has made many improvements. As many as twenty have stopped in the house at one time. A large party from Middletown and Westtown go there every year and of course Port Jervis doesn't get left and the families of Horace Lee, Chas. Lord, E. M. Gordon and others of our citizens have taken advantage of "Camp Lee." It will not be inhabited during September and Mr. Lee informs us that he would be willing to let any responsible parties have the use of the building. A large number of pictures of the Camp, which are on exhibition in Mr. Lee's grocery store, give a very clear idea of the camp and the surrounding country. A number of campers from Middletown, Westtown and this village are so enthusiastic over the locality that it is the intention of Mr. Lee to build a bowling alley on the place before next summer. (Mrs. Charlotte Slaughter and daughter Gertrude Slaughter with friends visited this camp for summer outings. And later Gertrude Slaughter Knapp and George Knapp went on trips to the Knapp cottage, near the mountains of Port Jervis.)

August 29, 1895 Elmira Daily Gazette: Waverly, N. Y., Aug. 29 - Douglas, the two months' old child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mosier, died at their home at Chemung Tuesday. The funeral was held from the home yesterday. The burial was at Glenwood cemetery. This is the first interment at Waverly's new cemetery.

August 31, 1895 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: FROM WAVERLY. - Guy M. Thompson of Fulton street had the misfortune to have one of the fingers on his left hand cut off at the novelty furniture works yesterday. Two of his other fingers were badly bruised. Dr. Tucker dressed the wounds. (Guy M. Thompson rented one side of the octagon home at 7 Athens street in 1922.)

Mrs. J. L. Taylor, wife of the Rev. J. L. Taylor, formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church at this place is visiting Mrs. S. W. Slaughter of Chemung street.

A reception will be given at the G. A. R. hall next Tuesday evening by Waverly's Society young people. The patronesses are Mrs. W. E. Johnson, Mrs. J. C. VanAtta, Mrs. T. A. Sawyer, Mrs. L. D. Atwater and Mrs. J. M. Crandall.

Waverly capitalists have purchased a mica mine near Griffin, N. H., and have organized at Kittery, Maine, under the name of the Waverly Mica Company, with the following officers: President, P. L. Lang; vice president, E. W. Horton; secretary, W. F. Seeley; treasurer, H. C. Clapp; directors, M. C. Chapman, M. S. Hoadley and John Ellis.

September 9, 1895 in the matter of administration of the goods, chattels and credits of Samuel W. Slaughter Deceased, petition by Fred A. Sawyer. County treasurer to deliver to Fred A. Sawyer the bond and mortgage made and executed by William ?S. Deyo to secure the payment of the sum of six hundred dollars.

November 30, 1895 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: From Waverly. Clifford Stark, professor of mathematics at Cook academy is spending a few days with his mother on Athens street.

December 22, 1895 Elmira Telegram: Mrs. S. W. Slaughter and little daughter and Mrs. Sharpe of Waverly, were in the city shopping on Wednesday.

1896 or 1897 The Waverly Free Press: Mrs. P. R. Ross, Mrs. Slaughter, and Mrs. Elmer attended the synod at Utica last week.

Mrs. E. Swartwood, of Barton, spent Sunday with her brother, A. J. Van Atta, Pennsylvania avenue.

1896 or 1897 The Waverly Free Press: Mrs. J. R. Simmons, of Mt. Vission, N. Y., secretary of the home department of the sixth district of the Sunday school association of the state, gave a talk upon the home department work in the Baptist church last Sunday afternoon, and Monday afternoon at the same place met a number of persons from the several churches, who are interested in this work, and an organization for the town of Barton was partially effected. Mrs. Louise Benson was made secretary, and it is proposed to have a superintendent and visitors and canvassers from each of the churches. Mrs. S. W. Slaughter is the superintendent from the Presbyterian school, Mrs. W. Gordon Bentley from the Episcopal, Mrs. Frank Rogers of the Baptist. The Methodist is not yet selected. A meeting will be held in the Baptist church next Monday at 3 o'clock to complete the organization. All interested in Sunday school work are urged to be present.

1896 or 1897 The Waverly Free Press: The work at the newly organized "home department" of the local Sunday schools is progressing, perhaps slowly, because its new, but surely. A large number have been found by the canvassers who wish to take up the home study. The superintendents meet Saturday at the home of Mrs. Slaughter to appoint regular visitors.

Mr. and Mrs. A. J. VanAtta and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. H. VanAtta attended the annual reunion of the VanAtta family Thursday at the home of John Schuyler in Elmira.

1896 or 1897 Waverly Free Press: M. W. Falsey is building an addition to his tenant house, corner Clark and Chemung streets, and is also putting water and sewer connections into the building.

March 1896 Waverly Free Press: J. C. VanAtta has moved into his handsome new residence on Park Avenue. (449 Park Ave.). Mrs. A. Jackson, of the east ward, is recovering from a severe attack of the grip.

April 26, 1896 Elmira Telegram: Mrs. Sharpe and Mrs. S.W. Slaughter, of Waverly, were in the city shopping yesterday.

May 2, 1896 The Waverly Free Press: Miss Frances Perley will be the guest of Mrs. Slaughter during her stay in Waverly.

Coming Choral Club Concert. The choral club's closing concert that takes place in the opera house Friday evening, May 8, has long been pleasantly anticipated, and gives promise of being the musical event of the season. Many of the best vocalists of the village will be heard, and the chorus and solo numbers will be exceptionally pleasing. Tickets will be placed on sale Monday at 10 o'clock at Chafee & Merkle's. Admission thirty-five cents. As follows is the program: Part First. Anvil Chorus, (II Trovatore). Verdi - Choral Club. (a) Barcarolle, in F Minor. Rubenstein. (b) Gavotta, in D. Bach - Miss Frances Perley. Relics. Loge - Mrs. Frank P. Kennedy. Gipsy Life. Schumann - Choral Club (a) Etude, in G flat.Chopin. (b) The Nightingale. Alabieff Liszt. (c) Waltz, In E minor. Chopin - Miss Frances Perley. Part Second. Sognal. Schira - Mrs. Frank P. Kennedy. O Hush Thee My Babie. Sullivan - Choral Club. Raphsodie Hongroise, No 8. Liszt - Miss Frances Perley. A Summer Night. Thomas - Mrs. Frank P. Kennedy. Star of Descending Night. Emerson - Choral Club. Mrs. C. M. Wellar, Accompanist.

The many Waverly friends of F. E. Perley, who left Waverly a few years ago to take a position with the Buffalo Express, will learn with pleasure that he has accepted a lucrative position with the New York Herald and enters upon his new duties next week. Here's our congratulations, Frank.

May 30, 1896 The Waverly Free Press: 100,000 Plants For The Garden For The Lawn. Chemung Street Greenhouses. 414 Chemung Street. Telephone 20.

June 22, 1896 Rochester Democrat And Chronicle: Will Go To Camp. The thirteenth annual encampment of the New York Division, Sons of Veterans, will be held at Waverly, N. Y., on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The various branches of the organization throughout the state have made extensive preparations for attending the encampment and one of the largest gatherings the New York division ever held is expected at this time. Waverly is situated just east of Emira in the famous Chemung valley, bounded on the east by the Susquehanna river and on the west by the historic Chemung. Three miles below Waverly is Tioga point, where the two waters unite in wedlock and mingle in peace and tranquility on their way to the Chesapeake. Within this distance are Sayre and Athens, two lively bustling boroughs, joined to Waverly by one of the most perfect trolley systems in the country. Although separated from Waverly by the Pennsylvania state line, the three towns are really one and from a city of over 13,000 inhabitants. It is expected that Rochester will be as largely represented as any other city in the state. The three camps here have been making extensive preparations for the event and some of the delegates will leave to-day. Tomorrow, attached to the 7:20 o'clock train on the Erie, will be a special coach in which the Rochester delegation will go to the encampment. City Passenger Agent Chase has charge of the Rochester party and he will accompany the train to look after the comfort of the delegates. Those who will go on the special car tomorrow morning will be members of C. A. Glidden, J. P. Cleary and O'Rorke camps of this city, together with the local branch of the Ladies' Aid Society. The train will leave Court street station promptly at 7:20 A. M. and the run from here to Waverly will be made before noon. Large banners have been prepared which will be placed on either side of the car, the inscription being "Rochester Sons of Veterans Camps 6, 60 and 160." When the train reaches Waverly, the car will be dismantled and the banners placed on the hotel where the Rochester party will be quartered. There will be a meeting tonight at which final arrangements will be completed and the committee of arrangements will make their report. The Rochester delegation will go to the encampment fully uniformed and equipped. In the review which will take place on the second day of the encampment, the Rochester camps will march together. All members intending to go on the special car are requested to meet at the city building, Front street, tomorrow morning not later than 7 o'clock. It is necessary that members report at this time, as the company chest in which will be packed equipments will be locked and started for the station at that time. As it has been decided to take no more equipment than is actually necessary, the committee in charge request that members report in time to have their goods placed in with those of other members. When the Rochester delegation reach Waverly they will form in line and march to Deaker's hotel, where they will be quartered during their stay. The headquarters of the Ladies' Aid Society will be at the New Warford. The Sons of Veterans' business session will convene on Tuesday at the opera house and that of the Ladies' Aid Society will be held in the G. A. R. hall. Waverly Camp, No. 88, has charge of the encampment and in the last division orders issued it was stated that the committee of arrangements had completed their labors and were awaiting the arrival of the delegates and other members of the order. The committee of Camp 88 having the encampment in charge, is composed of C. L. Demorest, W. T. Harris, P. W. Towner, C. E. Currie, J. G. Bogart and W. A. Personias. The residents of Waverly have donated liberally for the expenses of the encampment and at a special meeting of the board of alderman the hospitality and freedom of the city was tendered to the delegates.

July 26, 1896 The Waverly Free Press: A. F. Slaughter, of New York City, was calling upon Mrs. S. W. Slaughter and other Waverly friends Monday. Mr. Slaughter is a wholesale merchant and says that he has always been a democrat but that he shall vote for McKinley and sound money, believing that the best interest of the country demand it.

Red Men's Night. Wyanoke Tribe, No. 339, Improved Order of Red Men, was instituted Tuesday evening, in the opera house. There were a large number of braves present from neighboring towns, and the occasion of their visit was one of those happy events that help to make life worth living. District Deputy Great Sachem Frank Miller, of Apalachin, assisted by the necessary number of past sachems, instituted the new tribe. The degree work was performed by Sa-Sa-Na Loft Tribe, No. 312, of Owego, as follows: Prophet, S. C. Lynch, Sachem, M. J. Murray, Senior Sagamore, M. J. Sweeny, Junior Sagamore, A. L. Bullard, 1st Sannap, M. A. Lynch, 2nd Sannap, F. L. Stanborough, Warriors, John Carrig, Thos. Sweeny, Joe Hogan, Braves, Joe O'Shanghnessy, Frank O'Shanghnesry Charles, Wilmark, Jas. Goodspeed, Guard of the Foreset, P. Cusick, Guard of the Wigwam, Alex Stevens, Drill Master, F. T. Stan Borough, Leader of Orchestra, Prof. F. J. Morris.

Arrow Points. There were fifty nine men initiated. Elisha never got into a place before where he couldn't get out at will. After war was finished, refreshments were served in the opera house. E. E. Stickles, the one-armed brave, of Owego, was the biggest red skin in the wigwam. The new tribe will hold their next meeting in G. A. R. hall next Tuesday evening, at 8:30. It is said that M. D. O'Brian nearly went into 'histerics' on witnessing Martin Burgett take the Hunter's degree. The Adoptioin degree was worked on by Joe McCarthy, the Hunters' on Martin Burgett, the Warriors' on H. E. Spring and the Chiefs' on Jesse Randall, of Smithboro. They all knew something about Red Men before they were through. The Chiefs of the new tribe, Wyanoke, No. 339, are a follows: Prophet, John M. Clune. Sachem, Joe F. McCarthy. Senior Sagamore, John Keefe. Junior Sagamore, Francis P. Clohessy. Chief of Record, Thos. F. Pickley. Assistant Chief of Records, Jerry W. McMahon. Keeper of Wampum, F. M. Hough. Trustees, H. E. Spring six moons; Daniel Leary, twelve moons; Jerry W. McMahon, eighteen moons. The appointed chiefs will be chosen at the next council.

July 30, 1896 The Clifton Springs Press: The Clifton Springs Sanitarium. This weeks arrivals are: ...Mrs. S. W. Slaughter, Waverly; ...

August 1896 The Waverly Free Press: St. James Catholic church is being repainted by A. J. Roberts of Smithboro. The steeple is very high, being 124 feet to the cross, and painting it was not a very pleasant work this hot weather. It was carefully scaffolded under direction of builder, W. E. Seacord. - A room 20x42 feet is being built on the rear of St. James church for the use the Sunday school. L. F. Lord is the carpenter.

August 1896 The Waverly Free Press: Little Miss Gertrude Slaughter, a member of the primary department of the Presbyterian Sunday school, treated the little ones of that department to a trolley ride Wednesday afternoon. On their return ice cream and light refreshments were served in the church. It was a very pleasant affair.

Attend the great mark-down sale of summer millinery at Mrs. S. E. Ellis'. It will pay you. (Maybe Sela Ellis's wife)

The farm of the late O. H. VanAtta near Barton was sold recently at mortgage sale. It was purchased by Mrs. W. H. Brougham for $1,000. A. G. Allen was attorney in the proceedings. (Oscar)

September 26, 1896 The Waverly Free Press: The purest and best butter, cream and milk always for sale. The City Creamery, corner of Waverly and Elizabeth streets.

February 1897 The Waverly Free Press: An eight pound daughter was born Thursday, February 4, to Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Weed, Athens street. - We are in receipt of an interesting letter from C. T. Hull, of Athens, on the Waverly of long ago. Mr. Hull is a graceful writer and his article will be read with great interest. It will be published in the near future, following the article on the Methodist church. Other articles on Waverly's early history have been promised us. - John H. Murray and D. L. F. Clarke, of South Waverly, were here on Friday to attend the sheriff's sales. We had not seen Mr. Clarke in fifteen years, and were delighted to see him looking so well. He still lives on the old homestead farm under the shadow of Spanish Hill, one of the most beautiful places in the county. Mr. Murray, who is one of the prominent citizens of that town, reports business dull, but hopes it will improve - Towanda Argus.

February 27, 1897 The Waverly Free Press: The Waverly Of Long Ago. Interesting Reminiscences by C. T. Hull, of Athens. No. II Athens, PA., Feb. 22, 1897. Editor Free Press: Of the musicians in Waverly in early times I have but a faint remembrance. Gilbert Hallet was a fine tenor singer and Jared Jarvis, Mary Jane Hallet, (who afterwards became the wife of Mr. Jarvis,) Adam Davis and William A. Lain are about the only ones whose names I remember. A music teacher came along and arranged a class which met in the Methodist church in Factoryville every Sunday afternoon, and this was one of my most attractive seasons of enjoyment. I had commenced the study of music in Halsey Valley under the teaching of O. D. Davis, an old friend of my father, who came from Coventry, N. Y., my birthplace. We used to go to the school house weekly, taking a tallow dip, and the old Methodist Harmonist that held all the mysteries of the divine art in the labyrinth of buckwheat notes and the nomenclature of four syllable harmony. Whatever of ridicule may now attach to this course of study, I can truly say that I have found it the best foundation for a correct musical education I have ever known. I have often tried to recall the name of the teacher who organized the class in the Methodist church, but it has gone from me. We used Dr. Mason's Carmma Sacra which was then a new book, and I took a lonely place on the front seat and carried the alto alone. 
The old Davis Foundry was on the corner of Chemung and Waverly streets opposite where the Methodist church now stands.
A  Mr. James Tuttle, of Nichols, N. Y., came to town and commenced the organization of a band. This was before cornets were the leading instruments, and I think Adam Davis played a key bugle in the band. Mr. Tuttle made a clarionet for one of the players and they tried to get me to play a piccalo, but I could not get my bill to fit the plaguey thing, and after a few weeks trial I gave it up. Of the band, I do not think they ever became very proficient, and after a time it broke up.
I had never seen a piano, organ, or melodeon at this time, and I think such instruments would have been a real curiosity in the town. Gilbert Hallet's girls had an accordeon which they could play nicely and it was brought into requisition at all our evening socials.
Amos Spalding's three sons, John, Edward, and Amos, were natural musicians. Edward played the clarionet beautifully, and often at the twilight hour he would come out among the residue of the flower garden and play the whole evening for the entertainment of the villagers who would sit in the quiet seclusion of their homes and drink in the harmonies that floated through the air. John was a cultured musician and his musical tones warbled in the air, filling the whole valley with its entrancing tones that even rivaled the birds in soul-stirring melody. Amos P. Spalding was my close friend and companion. He played the flute, and this occupation served to blend our two lives in a common interest and association while I resided in Waverly. Amos died soon after we left Waverly, and his remains were brought down to our cemetery in Athens for burial. His death was a real affliction to me, and as I looked at his calm features in the coffin at his burial, I felt a pang which can only be experienced in the severing of the heart fibres of true affection. A younger brother of Amos, Frederick K. Spalding, died in the service of his country in the late civil war, and lies buried in our old cemetery.

March 13, 1897 Waverly Free Press: Waverly's Semi-Centennial. The Rev. H. D. Jenkins, D. D., in an interesting article in another column makes an excellent suggestion regarding the fitting observance of the fiftieth anniversary of Waverly's incorporation as a village, - a suggestion that we hope to see bear fruit. Although that interesting anniversary is yet some distance in the future, it is coming directly this way, and will reach us Jan. 18, 1904. It is none too early, therefore, to commence preparation in the way of making collections of relics of the early days, looking up the early history, and incidents connected therewith, and in a general way getting ready for what should be a memorable event. The call for the election that was to decide the question of Waverly's incorporation was issued Dec. 17, 1853, and the election was held Jan. 18, 1854, in James Whitaker's hotel. The result of the election was 114 ballots for and 44 against. The first election of village officers was held March 27, 1854, and at a meeting held in Brigham's hotel the village was given the name of Waverly at the suggestion of "Uncle Joe" Hallet, who borrowed the name from Scotts' immortal production.

April 24, 1897 The Waverly Free Press: A Letter From Florida. Another of the "Old Boys" Writes Interestingly of the Early Days. Alttona, Fla., April 12, 1897. Editor Free Press: I have been greatly entertained by the very interesting letters recently contributed to your columns by Wm. Applin, H. D. Jenkins, C. T. Hull, and others. My acquaintance with Waverly, did not begin at quite so early a period as that mentioned by your former correspondents, but their pleasing reminiscences have inspired me to contribute my mite, and I trust you will pardon me for recalling event of a little later period. My first visit to Waverly - a very brief one - was made soon after the completion of the Erie railway, when I accompanied my father who brought there, for shipment to New York, the carcass of a snow-white deer which had been killed on Dean Creak about eight miles north of Waverly. In those days deer were very plentiful there but the one mentioned was the only white one of which I have ever heard. A defective memory makes it impossible for me to recall more of the impresssions of that first visit than the fact that at that time the center of the town appeared to be a the corner of Waverly and Chemung streets, and where the M. E. church now stands I think a hotel was located. It was not until 1857 that I again visited Waverly, and then it became my home. Forty years ago to-day my father with his family moved there from North Barton; and that journey, although but a short one, was indelibly impressed upon my memory. Late in the spring as it was, the road, or a portion of it over Oak Hill was filled nearly to the fence tops with banks of melting snow, and in consequence that portion of our journey was made by letting down fences and traveling through the fields. Pardon the digression if I remark here that it is eleven years since I last saw snow - and I have no desire to renew my aquaintane with it. In 1857 the population of Waverly was chiefly contained within the boundary of Chemung street and the state line on the north and south, and Pennsylvania avenue and Loder street on the east and west. Even then it was a beautiful little town and my recollection of its natural attractions - which time has no doubt greatly enhanced - has remained a green spot in my memory. In all my wanderings up and down the earth I have seen no lovlier spot. By no means the least of the pleasures of my youthful days at Waverly was found in the sports so interestingly alluded to by former correspondents - in fishing for white chubs in the Chemung river, or for sunfish in Shepard's creek, and in hunting among the adjacent hills for squirrels and wild pigeons both of which were then abundant. ... (the paper) ... The intensely interesting presidential campaign which immediately preceded the great war and the dramatic events of the four years that followed were of too startling and terrible a character to be easily forgotten, but of that eventful period I will only say that, with many others, I responded to the call of my country and was absent from home during the three years from 1862 to 1865 and knew little of what was transpiring at Waverly. Returning home at the close of the war I found but few changes had taken place except those sad ones which had so frequently occurred to individual homes chiefly as a result of the war. ...(more on newspaper history) ... W. S. Smith.

June 2, 1897 filed in surrogate's court in Owego, NY: in the matter of the estate of Samuel W. Slaughter. Filed by administrator's, Charlotte W. Slaughter and Fred A. Sawyer. Four thousand dollars of said securities transfer to administrators, viz.: forty shares of the capital stock of the Pacific National Bank of Tacoma, Washington.

June 5, 1897 The Waverly Free Press: The land now used as a public park, corner Park and Pennsylvania avenues, was deeded to the village March 28, 1854, by Owen and Eliza Spalding, for a consideration of $1.00, this land to be used only as a park. It was deeded to Hiram Moore, Alva Jarvis, William Gibson, Peter Dunning, F. H. Baldwin, trustees of the village of Waverly.

1897 The Waverly Free Press: Mrs. S. W. Slaughter's fine residence is being re-painted by T. B. Keeler.

June 20, 1897 - Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee(60 year reign) {In 2012, another Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II}

1897 -1898 at 337 Broad Street, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, R. P. Martinette-assistant superintendent and 1897 -1899 offices of the Gas Company were in the building. (from Don Merrill's collection) (Building is now owned by Charlotte Wells Slaughter, widow of Samuel W. Slaughter since 1894.)

August 5, 1897 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: The Big Day. Firemen's Magnificent Showing at Waverly. Many Men In Line. Thousands Of People There To Witness the Celebration. At Cortland Next Year. Officers Elected at Yesterday's session - Band Contest To-night - Music and Merriment Will Galore - Biggest Time in Waverly's History. Waverly, N. Y., Aug. 5 - The morning of the great day of the C. N. Y. V. F. A. broke cloudy and threatening and the firemen felt blue enough. The rain which fell all night ruined a great many of the decorations and the prospect of marching in two inches of mud over a five mile line of march was by no means cheering. The different companies began arriving early and Broad street presented a busy appearance. Doubtless the threatening weather will keep thousands of people away from Waverly that would have come otherwise. Even the music of the bands did not seem to dispel the gloom at first, but when the sun peeped from behind the clouds later in the morning there was general rejoicing. By 10 o'clock the sky was nearly bereft of clouds and the firemen's hearts were lightened considerably. The rays of the sun dried up the mud to a great extent and the crowds which are on hand seem to forget that it ever rained. The hose races and contests occurred in the morning on the Lincoln street grounds as follows: Hose Race. First Prize, $150. Second Prize, $75. Independent Hose Co., No. 1, Lestershire. Ahwaga Steamer and Hose Co., No. 6 Owego. Torrent Hose Co., No. 5, Ithaca. Wave Hose Co., No. 2, Owego. Hook And Ladder Race. First Prize, $75. Second Prize, $25. G. Harry Lester Hook and Ladder Co. Lestershire. Excelsior Hook and Ladder Co., Cortland. Hub-And-Hub Race. First Prize, $75. Second Prize, $25. Independent Hose Co. No. 1, Lestershire. Torrent Hose Co., No. 5, Ithaca. Ahwaga Steamer and Hose Co., No. 6, Owego. Wave Hose Co., No. 2, Owego. Prize Drill. First Prize, $100. Second Prize, $50. Independent Hose Co., No. 1 Lestershire. G. Harry Lester Hook and Ladder Co., Lestershire. Harry B. Endicott Steamer Co., No. 1, Lestershire. Excelsior Hook and Ladder Co., Cortland. The parade formed at 1:30 o'clock and moved shortly after 2:30 at the stroke of the fire bell. The companies formed as follows: First Division - On Pine street, right resting on Broad street. Second Division - On Johnson street, right resting on Broad street. Third Division - On Loder street, right resting on Broad street. Fourth Division - On Clark street, right resting on Broad street. Fifth Division - On Fulton street, right resting on Broad street. Sixth Division - On Waverly street, right resting on Broad street. Seventh Division - On Park avenue, right resting on Broad street. Eighth Division - On Pennsylvania avenue, right resting on Broad street. The line of march has been changed somewhat from that previously announced. The official announcement follows: Form on Broad street and intersecting streets, move through Broad street to Spaulding street and countermarch to Loder street, through Loder street to Chemung street, to Clark street, to Clinton avenue, to Fulton street, to Broad street, to Waverly street, to Chemung street, to Pennsylvania avenue, to Park street, to Broad street, to Pennsylvania avenue, to Park place, to Spaulding street, to Broad street, to Cayuta avenue, to Chemung street, countermarch to Ithaca street, to Chemung street, to Clark street, to Broad street, to headquarters and disband. Order of Parade. Protective Fire Police, No. 5, Waverly, George D. Genung, Captain. Percy L. Lang, Chief Engineer Waverly Fire Department, Visiting Chief. Engineers. First Division. Dr. F. M. Snook, Grand Marshal. Bakers Band of Binghamton. Wave Hose Co., No. 2, Owego. J. M. Hogan, Foreman. Croton Hose Company, No. 3, Owego, with hose carriage. William H. Dennison, Foreman. Protective Hose Co., No. 4, Owego. Fred Dunnam, Foreman. Defiance Hook and Ladder Co., No. 5, Owego. C. F. Chatfield, Foreman. Nichols Band. Ahwaga Steamer and Hose Co., No. 6, Owego. Susquehanna Hose Co., No. 1, Owego. Second Division. Howard C. VanDuzer, Marshal. Benjamin D. Barnes, First Assistant. Chief, Waverly Fire Department. Visiting First Assistant Chiefs. Groton Brass Band. Pioneer Hose Co., No. 1, Groton, John Hamill, Foreman. A.H. Barber Hose Co., No. 3, Marathon D. B. Livingston, Foreman. Dryden Cornet Band. Neptune Hose Co., No. 1, Dryden, William Curtledge, Foreman. Silsby Hose Co., No. 2, Seneca Falls. W. J . Lane, Foreman. Groton Bridge and Manufacturing Co. Band. C.W. Conger Hose Co., No. 2, Groton. Perry Kelsey, Foreman. Tuthill Hose Co., No. 1, Moravia. E. M. Babcock, Foreman. Third Division. James A. Clark, Marshal.
Charles W. Skellenger, Second Assistant Chief Engineers. Ulster Cornet Band.
Union Hose Co.- No. 3, Athens, Frank I. Decger, Foreman. Protection Hose Co., No. 1, Athens. Wilbur Hook and Ladder Drum Corps, Sayre. Wilbur Hook and Ladder Co., No. 1, Sayre. J. A. Wilking, Foreman. Franklin Steam Fire Engine Co., No. 1 Towanda, Pa., O. D. Lyon, Drill Master. Naiad Hose .Co., No 2, Towanda. Mantua Hook and Ladder Co., Towanda. Aaron Hyman, Foreman. W. H. Hawes Hose Co., No. 5. Towanda Nate Cramer, Foreman. Fourth Division. Andrew Hildabrand, Marshal. Ithaca Band. Cayuga Hose Co., No. 1, Ithaca, Joseph Myers, Foreman. Rescue Steamer Co., No. 2, Ithaca, John Fisher, Foreman. Tornado Hook and Ladder Co., No. 3, Ithaca. Eureka Hose Co., No. 4, Ithaca. Torrent Hose Co. No. 5, Ithaca. James L. Murphy, Foreman. Sprague Steamer, No. 6, Ithaca. Emile Mente, Foreman. Fifth Division. J. F. Shoemaker, Marshal.
Lestershire Cornet Band. G .Harry Lester Hook and Ladder Co., No. 1, Lestershire, James L. Derby, Foreman. Independent Hose Co., No. 1, Lestershire, William H. Hill, Foreman. Cortland City Band. Board of Engineers, Cortland. Water Witch Steamer and Hose Co.,
Cortland.Orris Company, Cortland, Excelsior H. & L Co., Cortland. B. B. Bosworth, Foreman. Emerald Hose Co., No. 4. Cortland. W.J. McAuliffe, Foreman. Hitchcock Hose Co., Drum Corps. Hitchcock Hose Co., No. 6, Cortland. A. M. Williamson, Foreman.*
W. J. Buchanan Hose Co., McGrawville. C. C. Hammond, Foreman. Sixth Division.
Charles H. Shipman, Marshal. C. E. Coffee Hose Band. C. E . Coffee Hose, Wellsburg, H. S. Loomis, Foreman. Homer Band. Tioughnioga Hose Co., No. 2, Homer, W. W. Salisburg, Foreman. Lincoln Hook and Ladder Co., Newark Valley. G. E. Sherwood, Foreman. Rescue Chemical Engine Co., No. 1, Newark Valley. O. H. Randall, Foreman.
Newfield Band. Protective Fire Police, Trumansburg. Protective Engine Co.,Trumansburg,
Charles W. Savage, Foreman. Seventh Division. G. H. Grafft, Marshal. Hammondsport Hook and Ladder Co., A. Hullenschmidt, Foreman. Tioga Hose Co., No. 1, Waverly, E. E. Walker, Foreman. Waterville Band, Waterville. H. B. Endicott Steamer Co., No. 1,
Leistershire. W. T. Squires, Foreman. Waverly Hook and Ladder Co., No. 2, Waverly. W. F . Harris, Foreman. R. A. Packer Band. Spalding Hose Co., No. 3., Waverly, H. W. Kinney, Foreman. Waverly City Band, Waverly. Cayuta Police Patrol, No. 6, Waverly.
Cayuta Hose Co., No. 4, Waverly. Will Osborn, Foreman .Eigtht Division. S. F. McHenry, Marshal. Exempt Neptune Engine Co., No. 1, Waverly, Organized 1855. Mayor and Aldermen. Guests of the Firemen's League of Waverly. Officers of the Central New York Firemen's Association and others. This evening the band contest at the park will occur at 8 o'clock. The first prize will be $150 and the second $75. A large grand stand has been erected to accomodate the spectators. The following bands will take part in the contest: Groton Brass band, with Pioneer Hose Co., twenty-five men. Waterville band, with Henry B. Endicott Steamer Co., twenty-five men. Baker and Sterenson band of Binghamton, with Wave Hose Co., No. 2, of Owego, twenty-five men. Ithaca band, with Cayuta Hose Co., No. 1, thirty men. The convention finished their work yesterday after a very profitable season. The last year's officers were unanimously re-elected as follows: President, Frank M. Baker, Owego; secretary, Edward H. Hyatt, Homer; treasurer, Percy L. Lang, Waverly. Cortland was decided upon as the place for holding the convention next year.

August 12, 1897 Owego NY Tioga County Record: Waverly, Aug. 4 - Today the work of the fifth annual convention of the Central New York Volunteer Firemen's association was completed and the closing session was adjourned at 3:40 o'clock. The morning session was called to order at 9:30 o'clock. After the roll call President Baker asked for a disposition of the request received that two representatives be appointed from the central association to attend the proposed international congress of firemen to be held at Paris next year. President Baker and Lawrence Clark were appointed to serve in that capacity. Promptly at 2 o'clock the convention was again called to order. During the sessions of the convention Miss Oakley of Owego has acted as official stenographer. Her friend, Mrs. George H. Baker, also of Owego, has also been a spectator during the sessions, and at the opening of the session James E. Clohessy of Cayuta Hose company, No. 4, presented each of the ladies a handsome bouquet of carnations, with the compliments of the company. Mr. Clohessy's speech was a neat one and full of gallantry, for which he is noted. The reports of the secretary and treasurer were read and accepted. There is at present a balance of $33.20 in the treasury of the association. The annual convention next week at New Haven, Conn., and Chief C. Fred Johnson of Lestershire was chosen to represent the association. The committee on bravery presented its report through Secretary Hyatt. The medal was awarded to John Shaft of S. Edwin Day Hook and Ladder company, No. 1, of Moravia, who, at the risk of his own life, rescued three small children from a burning building in Moravia. The medal will be of the same design as those purchased last year, and a cut will be made of it to be inserted in the printed proceedings of the convention. - Elmira Advertiser. Owegoans Elected And Appointed. L. T. Stanbrough was elected first vice president, J. M. Hogan was appointed on the committee on rules and tournaments, O. S. Beach on the committee on topics. Owego Went To Waverly. All six of Owego's fire companies, Protectives' band, village, town and county officials, politicians and prominent citizens galore and several hundred other Owego people went to Waverly Thursday to attend the closing events and witness the parade of the Central New York Volunteer Firemen's association. Susquehanna Hose Co., No. 1, Croton Hose Co., No. 3, Protectives, 4, and Defiance Hook and Ladder Co., No. 5, with Protectives' band, went over the Erie. Baker's band of Binghamton, engaged by Wave Hose, No. 2, and Defiance Hook and Ladder company, No. 5, came down from Binghamton on an early train, took breakfast at the Park House and left for Waverly with Wave Hose, No. 2, and Ahwaga Steamer and Hose company, No. 6, over the Lackawanna. There were special trains on the Erie, the Lackawanna and the Lehigh, and all seemed to be liberally patronized, both before they reached Owego and at this section.

Waverly, Aug. 5 - Never before in Waverly's history have so many people visited here. Broad street was one mass of people and the adjoining streets were thronged with the on-lookers. Forty-five companies and 17 bands made the prettiest parade ever seen in Waverly. There were no second-class companies or uniforms, and no poor music. Some idea of the length of the line may be had from the fact that when the last company was at the Methodist church, the line extended through Chemung street to Pennsylvania avenue, to Park avenue, to Broad street, to Pennsylvania avenue, to Park place, to Spalding, just entering Broad street. It was fully a mile and a half long and was 45 minutes in passing the Tioga house. The $10,000 silver parade cart, owned by Emerald Hose company of Cortland, was the finest cart in the parade, and for that matter, in the state of New York. It is a beautiful cart. The East Waverly fire police was a center of attention. Five little boys, only five years old, dressed as fire police, with helmets and clubs, were drawn by a Shetland pony. The little fellows were the mascots of the Cayutas of East Waverly and the idea originated with James E. Clohessy. Many of the business places were closed throughout the time of the parade. It would be impossible to speak of the many fancy evolutions performed by the different companies, but men experienced in military drill said that they had never witnessed a parade of firemen where all the companies were so finely drilled. Another remarkable feature was the orderly conduct of the immense crowd. Only a very few arrests were made during the day. Fights were an unknown quantity. This speaks well for the vigilance of the police, as well as indicating the class of people in the crowd. Fully 5,000 people listened to the band contest tonight. D. Wallace Reeves, the noted bandmaster and composer, acted as judge. There were four contestants, each band playing twice. The first prize was $150, the second $75. Mr. Reeves marked the 36 possible points, the Baker-Severson band of Binghamton, 34; Ithaca band, 33; Waterville, 29; Groten, 28. The first prize went to Binghamton and the second to Ithaca. The pieces played by the winning band were "Stars and Stripes," Sousa; "Zantha, " Harold. The only red-shirted company in line was C. E. Coffey Hose company of Wellsburg, and that veteran fireman, C. E. Coffey, was one of the finest in the line. The universal expression of the men in line was that never before had they seen such fine decorations. The first great attraction of the day was the tournaments at the Lincoln street grounds, and when the time arrived for the first event over 5,000 people were on the grounds. Every seat in the large grand stand was filled. There was considerable delay in commencing the contests on account of a late train which brought X. L. C. R. Hose of Cortland, but at 10:30 the prize drill was announced. Independent Hose company, No. 1 of Lestershire, came first on the ground and its drill work was good, though not up to its last year's standard. This was partly on account of the soft grounds. It scored 77 points. G. Harry Lester Hook and Ladder company of Lestershire came next, scoring 51 points, followed by the H. B. Endicott Steamer company of Lestershire, which scored 40 points. Each of the companies withdrew after 10 minutes' drill. About an hour's delay, caused by a dispute ove a coupling, was indulged in, but finally Torrent Hose, No. 5, of Ithaca started and ran the 300 yards, attached to a hydrant, laid 300 feet of hose, broke a coupling and attached the nozzle in 42 seconds. E. H. Watkins made the coupling and it was conceded to be the quickest coupling ever made at a race. He broke the coupling and put on the nozzle in one turn each. Independent Hose of Lestershire was second in 44 1/2 seconds, Wave Hose of Owego third in 49 1/4 seconds and Ahwaga Hose last, in 51 1/4 seconds. Independent Hose of Lestershire won the hub and hub race in 24 seconds, with Wave Hose of Owego second. Excelsior Hook and Ladder company of Cortland won the hook and ladder race in 39 3-5 seconds, with G. Harry Lester Hook and Ladder second in 41 3/4 seconds. The prizes are as follows: Hose race, first, $150; second, $75; band contest, first, $150; second $75; drill, first, $100; second, $50; hub and hub race, first, $75; second, $25; hook and ladder, first, $75; second, $25. When about 10 o'clock last night rain began falling and contiuned so steadily many thought the parade was doomed, but early this morning the clouds cleared away and the wind and sun, by a few hours' hard work, put the streets in a fine condition. No dust choked the men in line and the air was cool. - Elmira Advertiser.

1897 The Waverly Free Press: The work of the newly organized "home department" of the local Sunday schools is progressing, perhaps slowly, because its new, but surely. A large number have been found by the canvassers who wish to take up the home study. The superintendents meet Saturday at the home of Mrs. Slaughter to appoint regular visitors.

Mr. and Mrs. A. J. VanAtta and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. H. VanAtta attended the annual reunion of the VanAtta family Thursday at the home of John Schuyler in Elmira.

1897 - An Elegant Reception. One of the charming social functions of the season was the reception given last Friday evening by Mr. and Mrs. John C. VanAtta, in their elegant home on Park avenue. About two hundred and fifty guests shared the pleasures of the occasion, one half of the invitations reading from 7 to 9 o'clock, the others from 9 to 11. The house is nicely arranged for a reception, the large parlors, reception room and dining room connecting with broad folding doors, and all opening into the hall. The rooms were tastefully trimmed in pink and white, smilax and carnations predominating. McGuffie's orchestra, of five pieces, seated in the broad hall on the second floor discoursed sweet music during the evening. Mr. and Mrs. VanAtta received their guests in the north parlor. They were assisted by Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Crandall and Mr. Fred Richardson, of Elmira. Mrs. F. A. Sawyer, P. L. Lang, F. E. Lyford and J. C. Shear assisted in introducing and entertaining the guests during the evening. In the dining room Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Lyford presided at the beautifully decorated table during the first two hours, while Miss May Barnum, of Binghamton, Miss Anna VanDuzer and Miss Anna Atwater assisted in serving the guests. At nine o'clock, Mrs. H. C. VanDuzer and Mrs. J. C. Shear relieved Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Lyford, and Mrs. W. H. Campbell, Miss Lida Murray and Miss Anna Grafft assisted them in serving. The guests from out of town were: Mrs. Fred Emerson Brooks, of New York; Mrs. Joslin, of Chemung; Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Krom, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. MacDonald, Mr. and Mrs. T. K. Park, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Tozer and Mr. and Mrs. F. K. Harris, of Athens. (449 Park avenue)

October 1897 The Waverly Free Press: A Bit of Local History. The "Corner Drug Store" was established in the fall of 1861 by Bosworth (J. F.) & Penny (N. F.). They were succeeded by Bosworth & Slaughter (S. W.) on March 22, 1862. Slaughter & Hayes (H. H.) became proprietors in the fall of 1863, and this firm continued until April 29, 1873, when it was changed to Slaughter & Wells (E. F.). Mr. Wells died on May 9, 1881, but the firm name was continued until August 29, 1882, when it was succeeded by Slaughter & VanAtta, and this by J. C. VanAtta on April 29, 1887.

October 30, 1897 The Waverly Free Press: The East Waverly Steam Granite Works Wednesday placed a handsome granite monument on Judge Spaulding's lot in Glenwood cemetery.

June 3, 1898 Middletown Daily Argus: Sent To Waverly For Burial. The remains of Samuel Wickham Slaughter, which have rested in a vault in Phillipsburgh cemetery, since 1894, were today sent to Waverly for burial. (Glenwood Cemetery)

July 15, 1898 Waverly Advocate: The Rev. Dr. J. L. Taylor and wife of Wyoming, O., are the guests of Mrs. S. W. Slaughter.

August 7, 1898 Elmira Telegram: Mrs. Charles Crandall of Waverly has returned home after a visit with her sons, Benjamin and Jesse, and Mrs. A. D. Birchard, of Euclid avenue. (Mrs. Charles Crandall was a friend of Mrs. Charlotte Slaughter [Mrs. S. W. Slaughter].)

August 12, 1898 The Waverly Advocate: A Waverly party consisting of Mrs. E. G Woodford, Mrs. George A. Scott, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. W. E. Tew and Mrs. S. W. Slaughter went to Chautauqua on the Erie excursion Wednesday.

August 28, 1898 Waverly Advocate: Mrs. S. W. Slaughter and daughter left Saturday for a short stay at Ocean Grove.

O. H. Lawrence has purchased the old Baptist Church building on Ithaca Street and is having it rebuilt into a handsome, old-style colonial residence. Baldwin & Son are the architects and builders. (25 Ithaca st.)

Simon Zausmer 322 Broad St. 1898

December 5, 1898: Filed in surogate's court in Owego, NY, the matter of administration of the estate of Samuel W. Slaughter deceased, filed by Charlotte W. Slaughter and Fred A. Sawyer, (administrators) ordered the following securities to the treasurer of Tioga County: mortgage made by Matilda S. Root for $400. Mortgage made by ?G. W. Thomas for $2,000. Mortgage made by A. Hemstreet for $4,000. Mortgage made by Georgina Parshall for $600. Total of $7,000. To the administrators the county treasurer will deliver, mortgage made by M. Quinn for $400. Mortgage made by Rosa B. Comstock for $350. Certificate for thirty shares of the stock of the Citizen's Bank of Waverly, NY.

Twentieth Annual Report Of The United States Geological Survey To The Secretary Of The Interior 1898-99 Charles D. Walcott Director - In Seven Parts - northwest corner of Chemung and Ithaca streets; top of hydrant 851.98 feet.

1899 or 1900 The Waverly Free Press: Mr. and Mrs. Bowers of Belvidere, N. J., have been spending the past week with Mr. and Mrs. A. J. VanAtta, Pennsylvania ave.

1899 or 1900 The Waverly Free Press: Harry Wright, a Lehigh passenger brakeman living on Athens street, was badly frightened early Saturday morning. He was riding his wheel through the park on his way home from Sayre and some one whom he supposed to be a footpad, accosted him with the command to stop. He did not stop but hastened on as fast as he could ride. It later transpired that the man was Special Officer Murphy, who was stationed near the park nights and called to Wright because he was riding without a light on his wheel, it having gone out a few minutes before. Wright heard a pistol shot just as he reached home and supposed the man had shot at him, but the officer says he did not, although he heard the shot. It is not yet known who fired it.

1899 or 1900 The Waverly Free Press: Children's Day exercises at the Presbyterian church this year were said by all to be the prettiest ever seen in the church. The music was well selected from various programs and the school was finely drilled in its rendering. The selections spoken were given in a way that reflected great credit on the speakers and their teachers and the remarks by C. E. Merriam, of Schenectady, a former superintendent of the school and father of F. W. Merriam, the present superintendent, were timely and listened to with pleasure. The exercises took the place of the regular morning service and the school filled fully one-third of the seats in the church. They entered while singing a processional hymn and remained standing during the responsive readings, all of which produced a very pretty effect. The baptism of Clifford B. Moody, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Moody, of Pennsylvania avenue, was a beautiful part of the exercises. The program given was as follows; Processional - The Mighty Host, School. Responsive Reading, Led by the superintendent. Prayer, Dr. Ross. Singing - The Beautiful Temple, School. Baptism. Anthem - The Sweet Voice of Jesus, Choir. Recitation - The Temple of God, Bernard Nelson. Singing - Our Happy Day, Intermediate Department. Recitation - The Temple, Robert McGuffle. Singing - Lovely Zion, School. Recitation - Flowers, Margaret Kingsley, Gertrude Slaughter, Dorothy Atwater, Dorothy Crandall, Ruth Smith, Maria Case, Maud Barnes, Zelma Burroughs, Flora McKerrow. Collection, for the benefit of the Sunday school. Singing - Little Soldiers of the King, Primary Department. Remarks, C. E. Merriam. Reading of Scripture - Matthew 25: 31-46, Dr. Ross. Vision of Sir Launfal, (Organ accompaniment) Prelude Miss Helen Kingsbury. Part 1 Miss Mabel Crandall. Prelude Miss Marion Harding. Part 11 Miss Frances Green. Singing - The Gospel Trumpet, School. Benediction, Dr. Ross.

February 11, 1899 Waverly Free Press: A Branch of the University Association Formed in Waverly. A unique and practical plan for University Extension work for the individual, the home circle, or for classes and clubs, is that carried out by the University Association and World's Congress Extension, an incorporated institution with headquarters in Chicago. The University Association is not connected with any one university, but rather a federation of the teaching powers of the principal universities and colleges throughout the world. This institution will go far towards meeting the want that has been long felt in every community, namely, the want of a system for higher education. It will have the additional advantage of bringing together occasionally the literary and progressive men and women in class for the purpose of stimulating thought and fostering the desire for systematic reading and study. A center or club was organized in Waverly Wednesday evening. The meeting was held in high school building and although but twenty were present the club started with a membership of thirty. Prof. Walter presided. Miss Stephens, the organizer, explained the workings of the club, after which an organization was effected by the election of the following officers: President, Mrs. W. C. Farley; vice president, S. H. Sliney; secretary, C. W. Dickinson; treasurer, L. J. Buley; instructors; for Egyptian period, Rev. D. H. Clare; for Roman period, Rev. F. J. Naughton; for Greek period, Rev. J. W. Nicholson and J. F. Shoemaker; local organizer, Mrs. B. W. Bonnell; the four officers with Mrs. S. W. Slaughter, G. D. Genung and F. E. Lyford, constitute the executive committee. It was voted to call the society "The Waverly University Club," and to meet on Monday evenings. Mrs. G. D. Genung, Miss Esther Barnum and Miss Effie Cohen were made a committee on by-laws. A committee was appointed to confer with the Board of Education relative to renting a room in the high school building for the weekly meetings. It is expected that the membership will be considerably increased at the next meeting. Early Egyptian history is the subject for study this month. All interested in the study of history are invited to join the club.

February 20, 1899 surrogate's court in Owego NY: in the matter of the administration of the estate of Samuel W. Slaughter deceased. Petitioned by Charlotte W. Slaughter and Fred A. Sawyer. Mortgage against Sarah Campbell to be delivered and to be paid and satisfied is ordered to the treasurer of Tioga county upon the depositing of the certain mortage by the above mentioned administrators of eleven hundred dollars against William H. Simpson of Waverly, NY deliver to said administrators, a certain mortgage now in your hands made by Sarah Campbell of Waverly, NY for one thousand dollars taking this receipt therefor dated Owego, NY February 20the 1899. Howard S. Mead. Surrogate.

March 18, 1899 The Waverly Free Press: The resolution authorizing the election of a cemetery commission should not be confounded with the one authorizing the issuing of bonds to purchase Glenwood cemetery. The commissioners are to serve without pay. One is to be elected each year for a term of five years, and thus the board is to be made perpetual, and moneys can be left to them in trust to care for the plots of persons who may have no living representatives in this locality. There are several such cases now and this number will increase, of course, as the years go by. A commission means five citizens who will look after the affairs of the cemetery and be responsible for its care. It will relieve the trustees of that much work and responsibility and at no additional expense, and every reason and argument seems to be in favor of the resolution. - The resolution for the purchase of the new Glenwood cemetery, provides that the purchase price of $5,900 shall be paid by bonds maturing in twenty-five years, but that when over $500 has accrued from the sale of lots, it may be paid on the bonds. It is believed that the sale of lots will pay the bonds, with interest, and the expense of caring for the cemetery. The object of the purchase is to have the cemetery under the control of the village authorities. It is a business proposition and should be upon its merits.

May 9, 1899 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Mrs. A. J. Van Atta of Waverly is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Schuyler of No. 109 Lormore street. (Mr. A. V. Schuyler was an Elmiran druggist.)

May 20, 1899 The Waverly Free Press: Board of Trustees. Waverly, N. Y., May 15, 1899. The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees came to order in the trustees' room at 7:30 p. m. - President Harnden, and Trustees Munn, Lawrence, Harding, Lyons, and Hilton were present.  An application was presented asking permission of the board to establish and maintain a public cemetery within the village, and, on motion, the following resolution was offered and carried: Whereas, Application has been made to this board for its consent to establish and maintain a public cemetery within its limits, to be known as The Glenwood Cemetery. Resolved, That the desired permission be and hereby is granted to the said Glenwood Cemetery to establish and maintain a public cemetery within the village of Waverly, Tioga County, N. Y. Ayes - 7. Noes - 0. On motion, ordered that W. C. Woodward be and he hereby is appointed pound master for the village for the ensuing year.

June 10, 1899 The Waverly Free Press: An Enjoyable Concert. Talented Artists Heard at the Opera House Wednesday Evening. Rarely does a Waverly audience listen to a program of high-class music without a certain feeling of fatigue, which is occasioned by the lack of proper appreciation of the music rendered. Those music lovers who heard the concert at the opera house Wednesday evening, however, felt no fatigue; indeed, when the last number was finished, no one moved to depart but sat clamoring for more. The program could scarcely have been better arranged for excellence of music of ability of performers. Edwin R. Weeks, of Binghamton, had been heard here before but not as an impersonator. His ability in this line is rare, indeed. He won favor with the audience from the start with his singing of The Prophecy. In response to an encore he gave Lucky Jim. Later he gave two dialect sketches, Internal View, Taken by Himself, and Da Monk, in a manner which convulsed his audience with laughter. As an encore he recited a story as Joseph Jefferson would have told it, his imitation of that noted actor being perfect. Mr. Weeks operetta, The Grasshopper, was as full of perfect character acting as one composition could well be. The grasshopper, all his family, various bugs, and persons were represented in so real a way that they were almost visible. In answer to a prolonged encore he gave, Missing the Train, by James Whitcomb Riley. Mr. Weeks' ability as a singer, added to his talent in character acting has won for him and enviable reputation in every place where he has been.
Mrs. Clementine Sheldon Hess, whose ability is well known to Waverly people, never sang better than Wednesday evening. Her rich, clear voice gave exquisite pleasure to her hearers and her first selection, "Bolerl" by Arditti, won prolonged applause. As an encore she gave "Kathleen Mavourneen." Her rendition of the double number, "The Nightingale and the Rose" and "A Summer Song" called forth again tremendous applause, to which she gracefully bowed acknowledgement.
Mr. C. Frederic Hess, of Binghamton, sang the "Creole Lover's Song" in the delightful way which his splendid voice makes possible. To the encore he responded with "Off to Philadelphia," a beautiful ballad.
The great range of Mrs. Fred E. Slawson's rich contralto voice was fully displayed in her singing of "Night Time" and "Thy Name." She was accorded a well merited encore which she declined but bowed acknowledgement.
Miss Ellen G. Lemon is not heard frequently here, although she is one of Waverly's leading vocalists. Her voice is one of great sweetness, though powerful, and the beauties of the "Ave Maria" adapted from the celebrated Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana were perfectly brought out in her singing of it. To an encore she responded by singing a pretty lullaby but declined the second encore.
Mrs. Hess and Mr. Hess gave a pleasant rendering of the duet "Night Hymn at Sea" in which the blending of their voices was perfect. They gave "The Language of the Rose" as an encore. 
Miss Frances Perley was heard in a delightful rendering of Chopin's Op. 53, "Polonaise in A flat." Miss Perley's piano playing is always a pleasure, this time especially so. In response to an encore she gave "To the Spring," by Grieg.
Perfect as was the program, it would have been incomplete without the assistance of Horace H. Kinney, as accompanist. Mr. Kinney is in the front rank of accompanists and it is a real treat to listen to his playing. He was at his best Wednesday evening and his difficult task was faultlessly performed. Two selections were given by the orchestra of eight pieces, conducted by J. M. Slawson. The music was of a high character and was excellently rendered, the performers receiving a generous share of the applause.
It is a matter of regret that a larger number of the many music-loving people in Waverly were not present, although the excessive heat was doubtless responsible for their absence. The Methodist church for the benefit of which the concert was given, will net a small sum.

Pupils' Musicale. One of the delightful events of the season was the musicale given at the residence of Mrs. D. C. Atwater, 535 Clark street, Thursday afternoon, by the pupils of Miss Frances Perley, assisted by Mrs. Clementine Sheldon Hess and Mr. Horace H. Kinney. The parlors were filled with invited friends by whom the fine music rendered was greatly enjoyed. The program was as follows: ...

July 15, 1899 The Waverly Free Press: Accidental Injuries. Wednesday morning, Dennis T. Nolan, of Corning, a lineman of the employ of the N. Y. & Pa. Tel. & Tel. Co., had the misfortune to break his leg while working on the residence of Mrs. S. W. Slaughter (208 Chemung street Waverly, NY). He was putting a fuse box on the house and had completed the job. He discovered that he had left his knife laying on the box and went up the ladder again after it. The ladder broke just as he reached the top of it and he was precipitated to the ground, and his right leg was broken just above his ankle. Dr. Harnden was called and reduced the fracture and the injured man was removed to his room at the Warford House.

July 22, 1899 The Waverly Free Press: Percy L. Lang is having a large addition built on his residence to be used as a library. (another newspaper article, date unknown said - Besides building an addition on his fine residence. Percy L. Lang has had a large window and a porte cochere built on the east side of the house this week.) 202 Chemung st.

The stone walk in front of the city hall building has been relaid this week.

A new stone crosswalk has been put down at the junction of Athens and Tioga streets.

Truman B. Sturdevant and Miss Allavesta Christman, both of Scranton, were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wright, Athens street, Tuesday evening by Rev. D. H. Clare

Dr. Gamble will move to New York city Sept 1. He will be succeeded here by Dr. Carpenter of that city. -- John H. Sparks' new railroad shows and trained animal exhibition will exhibit in Waverly on Saturday, July 22, afternoon and evening. Admission only 10 and 25 cents. This show is known the world over as the largest, grandest and best 25-cent show on the road, with all new, startling, original and up-to-date features. The finest performing lions, wolves and elephants on earth are to be seen with Sparks' big one ring shows, together with a troupe of highly educated horses, ponies, mules, dogs, goats and monkeys. Also a fine acrobatic and gymnastic performance and six funny clowns. See Romeo, the largest lion in captivity, and Mary, the smallest baby elephant ever on exhibition. See our grand free balloon ascension with parachute jump, also a free thrilling high tower dive from a ladder 80 feet high into a net. This is given free to all from the show ground at 1 and 7 p.m., rain or shine. Don't miss it. It alone is worth going many miles to see and it costs you nothing. Mr. Sparks offers a handsome bedroom suite to any couple that will take a trip in his big bridal balloon and get married. Now is your chance for a big novel wedding and a handsome present, and no danger of any accident at all. There have been hundreds of successful marriages in this big balloon and not a single accident. Now is a chance of a lifetime. Don't miss it. - Mike O'Brian, ("Old Soldier") has had a fine stone walk laid in front of his residence on Park Place. - C. F. Poole's house on Chemung street, occupied by J. V. Flynn, and his house on William street, occupied by J. B. Lynch have been neatly repainted by H. E. Brewster.

October or November 1899 The Waverly Free Press: George Knapp was operated upon at the Packer hospital last week and is rapidly improving. It is thought that this will entirely cure him of his trouble. All his many friends wish this good luck for him.

December 8, 1899 Elmira Daily Gazette And Free Press: Disastrous Waverly Fire. It Broke Out at 5 O'clock This Morning. In Van Atta's Drug Store. The Flames Were First Discovered by a Policeman, Who Gave the Alarm - The Loss is Heavy - Firemen's Good Work. (Special Dispatch.) Waverly, Dec. 8. - A disastrous fire visited the large corner drug store of John C. Van Atta in this village at 5 o'clock this morning. The flames broke out under the stairs leading to the second story of the structure. Police Officer Kinney first saw the light and at once sounded the alarm. The firemen worked in their usual effective manner and in the course of an hour had the fire under control. The upper part of the building, containing the office of P. A. La Pour, assistant superintendent of the Metropolitan Insurance Co. and the millinery rooms of Miss Ida Tannery, was badly damaged. Mr. Van Atta's stock of drugs and wall paper, valued at $7,000, was almost entirely ruined. The building belonged to Mrs. Charlotte Slaughter (208 Chemung st. Waverly, NY) and was valued at $7,000, with an insurance of $3,500. Mr. Van Atta carried an insurance of $5,000 on his stock.

December 9, 1899 The Waverly Free Press: Three Times in Fourteen Years. The drug store (337 Broad st. Waverly, NY) of J. C. VanAtta was considerably damaged by fire this, Friday, morning. About 4:30 o'clock Mrs. George D?ougham, who lives in the Merriam block, awoke and smelled smoke. She went down on the street, saw the blaze and gave the alarm. The fire started under the front stairway and in a few minutes was roaring up the entire stairway to the third floor. The Spaldings were soon on hand followed by the Tiogas and Cayutas and after some hard work, the flames were extinguished. The steel ceiling prevented the fire from getting in the store proper much, but the loss from smoke and water will be great. Mr. VanAtta was carrying a very large stock of holiday goods and had in a very large stock of new wall paper most of which was damaged by water. The loss to the building is estimated at $7500 and Mr. VanAtta thinks that his loss will exceed his insurance. The building belongs to the Slaughter estate and has been on fire three times within fourteen years.

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