Chenango Union, May 13, 1897
Alice G. Perfect, of Oxford [Chenango Co., NY], was granted a divorce from Arthur J. Perfect, with $2.00 a week alimony, and at the afternoon session Frank Crumb was granted a decree of divorce from his wife, Ella.
Chenango Union, May 20, 1897
The next case tried was that of Harriet Babcock, of Smyrna [Chenango Co., NY], against Eugene Chase, as executor of her grandfather's estate. The plaintiff alleged a contract made when she was an infant whereby the grandfather agreed to give her $500 in his will if he might be allowed to change her name from Catherine to Harriet, which was the name of his deceased wife, the mother of the plaintiff's father. The name was changed but the old gentleman did not make good the contract in his will. The jury took the case on Thursday and after five hour's deliberation found for the plaintiff in the sum of $563.50.
The case of Jennie Barnett against school district number 12, in the town of Greene [Chenango Co., NY] was then called. This was an action to recover for alleged breach of contract. Miss Barnett was employed to teach the school in 1893 and made two written contracts, one for the first, or fall term, and another for the second, or winter term. During the second term trouble about who should build the fires and sweep the school house, came up, which caused considerable feeling in the district. Another teacher was engaged for the spring term, whereupon Miss Barnett sued for breach of contract, alleging that she had an oral agreement with the trustee to teach the entire year. The jury found for the defendant, no cause of action.
The case of Cora Gordon against Job Ingraham for slander was called after the Barnett case had been summed up Monday morning. This action arises in Oxford [Chenango Co., NY] and the plaintiff sues for damages alleging that the defendant made statements derogatory to her character. The defense is that the statements were true and not slander.
On Saturday a divorce was granted to Warren O. Dye, of Otselic [Chenango Co., NY], against his wife, Ruth E. Dye.
NYS Woman's Relief Corps Home Opens
Chenango Union, May 13, 1897
The New York State Woman's Relief Corps home has been opened for the reception of inmates. Thus far thirteen inmates have been received and assigned rooms. Twelve are veterans and their wives, and the thirteenth the widow of a veteran. There will probably be daily additions to this number until the capacity of the present building, which is forty-eight, is filled, as a large number of applications have been duly acted upon by the board of managers. The board of managers were in Oxford Thursday and Friday and had business sessions at the Home. Mrs. Kate E. Jones, of Ilion, was elected president of the Board, in place of Mrs. Ellen M. Putnam, who resigned to resume the superintendency of the institution. The board did a large amount of routine work and transacted business pertaining to the opening and management of the institution. A team and carriage are very much needed for the use of the superintendent in business connected with the Home, and it was decided to purchase them. The board are in hopes to be able to erect this summer a building containing a dining room and kitchen, with quarters for the help, from an appropriation, the bill for which is now before the governor. Such a building is a necessity as the present building, as constructed, is more of a dormitory. It is expected to erect a stable also, and do some grading of the grounds.--Times [NYS Veterans Home, Oxford, Chenango Co., NY]
Lewis Haight Breaks Collarbone
Chenango Union, May 13, 1897Lewis D. Haight, an employee of the Union office is suffering from a compound fracture of the collar bone, sustained Monday night. It has been Mr. Haight's custom, in company with another employee of the office who lives in the northern part of the village [Norwich, Chenango Co., NY], to ride from the D.L.&W. depot to the Rexford street crossing on the milk train which goes north a few minutes after six. The train usually halts at the Rexford street siding to allow a trainman to close the switch, but Monday night the siding was occupied by a freight train, and the crew of the milk train was therefore relieved from duty in closing the switch. Accordingly the train did not halt as usual at the crossing and Haight and his companion were obliged to jump. Haight's feet slipped as he struck the ground and he was thrown violently, striking on his left shoulder. he did not complain of injuries at the time and walked home without assistance. His shoulder soon troubled him, however, and Dr. Ormsbee was called. An examination showed that the collar bone was broken in two places, about an inch apart. The injury will incapacitate him for work for several weeks.