Another Horse Experience – May 1884

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bartholomew nearly drowned while crossing the ford at East Bay on their way to North Whitehall. They got out of the ford and their wagon tipped
over. Mrs. Bartholomew was going down the second time when her husband caught her in the deep water and swam ashore with her, leaving the horse and wagon in the water.

He urged her to leave and go to friends for help. He then held the horse’s head above water, which he was able to do because the animal was checked up with a tight rein. He was clinging to a tree when help arrived and the horse and wagon were retrieved from the water. The editor of the paper added to the story: “Buoy out the line of the ferry, gentlemen, so you won’t get into hot water.”

Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The Whitehall Times – May 19, 1983

[Horse Racing] – June 1884

George Knight was trying to make the area into a fine racing arena. The first races of the summer were this month. However, the local horses of Orwell, Fair Haven, and Granville were not entered when their owners discovered some noted racers were to run.

Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The Whitehall Times – June 23, 1983 – Title Unknown

[Some Horse Racing] October 1884

A most exciting race took place 29 September [1884] when Seth McFarran’s mare, John O’Rourke’s horse, and Nelson O’Donnell’s horse competed, best 3 in 5. The account
says shots were taken of the drivers and the caroms they made. (Doesn’t anyone have some pictures to be preserved by copying?)

Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The Whitehall Independent – Nov 16, 1983 – Title Unknown

[April 1884 Travel]

During this month, five lawyers went on a travel junket. Two of them were Judge Potter and J. Stanford Potter. Their trip took them for a stay in Florida and on to
California. Their reporting in long articles gave many travel notes. One, a novelty in these days, was an alligator hunt. They managed to kill an 11-foot prey. The skin was
brought home and shoes were made for these “Roaming Lawyers,” as they termed themselves. Besides the big one that provided the shoes, the party shot ten other alligators.

Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The Whitehall Times – April 26, 1984 – Title Unknown