Newspaper Clippings from the Pulaski Democrat 

Contributed by Julie Robst


Pulaski Democrat May 1908
Pulaski, New York 

Ansel W. Brown For Sheriff

     The fight for the Republican nomination for sheriff is becoming still more
complicated. Each of the half dozen candidates have some support but apparently no one
candidate has pronounced a lead. This chaotic condition has induced our townsmen,
Ansel W. Brown, to enter the contest. He and his friends believe that, in view of the all
around fight his chances are as good as any other candidate. If locality and a large
Republican vote count for anything, he should be nominated.
     Mr. Brown was born and brought up in this town, educated at Pulaski Academy and
has always resided here. He is thirty-nine years of age, has never held any office other
than that of Deputy Collector of Port, at Port Ontario. He has always been active in
Republican politics and would make a splendid official, as he is a well trained business
man who commands the respect and confidence of all who know him.
     Mr. Brown announced his candidacy on Wednesday, last. Frank W. White has also
announced that he is a candidate for sheriff.  He has been Deputy sheriff here for the last
six years. Mr. Brown's friends say that Mr. White has become a candidate for the purpose
of preventing Mr. Brown's nomination so that he can continue to keep the Pulaski jail,
that he thinks six years is not long enough. Mr. White denies this, however, and is making
an active canvas for delegates. He feels that his conduct in the office of deputy and keeper
of the Pulaski jail entitles him to the nomination. In his canvas, it is said that he is being
ably assisted by his father-in-law, George H. Edick, and others who are leaving no stones
unturned to control the town for Mr. White.


Pulaski Democrat - December 9, 1914
Pulaski, New York

Mr. Brown a Candidate - Pulaski Man Seeks Appointment as Automobile Inspector

     The position of Ansel W. Brown for a position as automobile inspector in the
Automobile Bureau of the Secretary of State's Office has been signed by practically all
the Republican County Committeemen. Mr. Brown is a Committeeman from the Town of
Richland and has been active in party affairs for several years. He is thoroughly equipped
for the position of inspector having a wide knowledge of automobiles and their operation.
The post pays $1200 per year and expenses and the appointment is made by Secretary of
State F. M. Hugo, to whom the petition is addressed.


Pulaski Democrat  June 16, 1915
Pulaski, New York

Brown Appointed Inspector

     Mr. A. W. Brown of this village has been appointed Inspector of the Automobile
Bureau at Albany. He will have the northern territory to inspect and his duties will
include the lookout for violations of the Automobile State Law, such as the illegal use of
car plates, doing pay work without license, using cars without proper lights and many
other such violations, as are liable to be indulged in. Mr. Brown says it would surprise
any one to know how small people will be in the effort to evade the law.


Pulaski Democrat - October 26, 1921
Pulaski, New York

Ansel W. Brown Gets Good Job

     Albany, Oct. 21 - Ansel W. Brown of Pulaski, has been selected as the person who
will be in charge of the Albany office of the New York State Motion Picture
Commission. Under this law, this office will become the headquarters of the commission.
Mr. Brown will begin his duties Nov. 1. It is understood that he will draw a salary in the
neighborhood of $3,000 a year. His offices will be located on the second floor of the State
Capitol. But for the first month or so, at least, Mr. Brown will be on the road the greater
part of the time, inspecting the motion picture theaters, probably in northern New York,
in seeing that they comply with the law in so far as showing any films that have been
given a permit or a license by the commission.
     Mr. Brown is well known about the State Capitol, having been here in various
capacities for a number of sessions of the Legislature. At the present time he has a
position. Mr. Brown was here today and it is understood that he will tender his
resignation to the drafting commission at once.
     There have been many applicants for the position. It is understood that Mr. Brown was
named at the request of Thaddeus Sweet of Phoenix, former speaker of the Assembly and
a warm friend for many years of Mr. Brown. At one time Mr. Brown served as deputy to
Charles Taft, while the latter was sheriff of Oswego County.


Pulaski Democrat - February 2, 1910
Pulaski, New York

Carlisle Appointed

     John N. Carlisle, of Watertown, who was appointed a member of the Upstate Public
Service Commission by Governor Hughes on Thursday, went to Albany Monday night,
was sworn in Tuesday morning, immediately assumed the duties of the post.
     The law firm of Carlisle & Carlisle is dissolved by mutual consent, it being necessary
for Mr. Carlisle to discontinue the practice of law while a member of the commission.
     Not in 30 years has an appointment made by a governor of this state been immediately
confirmed by the Senate. It is customary when the Senate receives an appointment to refer
it to a committee and defer action for several days, a week, or sometimes more. In the
case of Mr. Carlisle's appointment, immediately after it was read to the Senate Thursday
morning, Senator Grandy spoke favorably and, on motion of Senator Cobb, it was at once
     Mr. Carlisle will retain his residence in Watertown and plans on spending Saturdays
and Sundays at his home in that city.
     Members of the Black River Valley Club are planning on giving a dinner at the club in
the near future with Mr. Carlisle as the guest of honor.


Pulaski Democrat - December 5, 1917
Pulaski, New York
Burglars at J. N. Carlisle Home

Gold Bracelet and Watch Are Stolen - House is Ransacked

     Watertown Times, Dec. 1: House burglars, who are still in operation in this city,
visited the residence of Attorney John N. Carlisle at 334 Keyes Ave. some time
Wednesday or Thursday night. The extent of the theft is unknown as yet, but it was said
that a gold bracelet belonging to Mrs. M. E. Shippie, a maid at the Carlisle home, and a
wrist watch belonging to Mrs. Carlisle had been taken.
     Not unlike many other house burglaries that have taken place of late, the Carlisle home
was ransacked from top to bottom and drawers in every room were pulled out and the
contents strewn about. The writing desk was also riffled and papers were thrown about.
Some of Mr. Carlisle's clothing was strewn about the bedroom also.
     No one was at home when the burglary occurred. Mrs. Carlisle went to Pulaski,
Wednesday at 1:45 to spend Thanksgiving, while Mrs. Shippie went to Gouverneur at
12:10 the same afternoon.
     The theft was not discovered until Mrs. Shippie and Mrs. Carlisle returned from
Friday evening. Cigarette stubs were found laying on a plate in the kitchen. Mrs. Carlisle
notified the police this morning.
     No doors were unlocked when the family returned and it is believed that the thief
entered by use of a skeleton key, as usual, and locked the door when he left.
     Neighbors of the vicinity of Keyes Ave. say they saw a stranger loitering about the
street early last evening. He is said to have entered the lane at the residence of Justice
Edgar C. Emerson.
     Another house burglary occurred on Keyes Ave. about three weeks ago.


Pulaski Democrat - December 23, 1925 
Letter From DeRidder, Louisiana   -   By Albert M. Calkins

     We acknowledge the receipt of some Louisiana oranges, sent the editor by Mr. Albert
M. Calkins, of DeRidder, Louisiana a few weeks ago. Mr. Calkins says he is a native of Daysville, son of the late Porter Calkins who was son of Albert Calkins and his mother was a Price. Mrs. Oliver Mowry, of Mexico, mother of Mrs. Grant G. Edick, of this village, is Mr. Calkins' aunt. Mr. Calkins says he lived near Mr. Hartwell Douglass at Daysville and was very fond of him as a neighbor and friend. Mr. Calkins attended the Holmesville North Mexico and Daysville churches.
He is interested in the temperance movement of the day. 
     He says he took a job on the "Ho Jack" (our R. W. & O. R. R.) as it was called in other
days in 1896 and was night operator at Pulaski under William H. Austin, then station
agent. He says he went from here to Wyoming in 1897 with the U. P. R. R.  and worked
there until he went into the U. S. service, as telegraph operator and again went back into
the R. R. service where he remained until five years ago when he went into business,
groceries, etc. at DeRidder, Louisiana.


Pulaski Democrat -  July 24, 1918
Pulaski, New York

Calkins Enlisted

     Dr. Arthur Calkins, son of J. E. Calkins, has enlisted in the rank of First Lieutenant in
the Medical Department and is at Camp Grant, Illinois.


Pulaski Democrat - December 25, 1918
Pulaski, New York

A Letter From Arthur A. Calkins, MD To Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Calkins

Dear Father and Mother                                                         France, Nov. 27, 1918
     Will write a few lines tonight before I move. Will leave Brest in the morning. Will
write as soon as am permanently located. See a great many wounded soldiers every day.
This is Napoleon's old headquarters. Have been camping on the same camp ground where
his soldiers camped. Today was in an old castle that was started by the Romans 50 years
before Christ and was completed by Napoleon, shortly before his fall. In the castle are
many underground chambers and cells where prisoners were killed and tortured; where
Louis the XIV kept his prisoners; where an English princess was imprisoned and made
her escape and many other things of historical interest.
     Hope to be home in a few months, probably June. Well, I must close for now as I have
discovered that I must go out to Pontanazen camp and stay tonight in order to get the men
ready to leave.
With love,    A. A. Calkins


Pulaski Democrat - January 15, 1919
Pulaski, New York

Jesse E. Calkins Hears From His Son

     Just a few extracts from a letter written to J. E. Calkins from his son, First Lieutenant
Arthur Calkins, Army of occupation.
Le Haven, France December 18th
     Will be here for some time yet. I don't think you will get this before January 15th.
     President Wilson is in Paris and all France is wild with joy. To the French people,
Wilson is a regular God.
     We have had no freezing weather yet, but it rains every day and the cold is the kind
that goes clear to the bone. The grass is as green as in June and cabbage beets, lettuce and
the like are in the gardens yet.
     I see all types of soldiers from nearly every land on Earth, from Australia, Scots,
British, Italians, Bulgarians, Turks and Canucks. Some of all kinds, blacks, whites,
browns and reds all some that are blue. They trade fight and drink and play together like a
bunch of school boys. Fights usually occur over who licked the Germans, but when the
dust clears up I usually see a long lank Yank on top but the Australians and Canadians are
game to the core. After the scrap they usually get together and talk it over, trade watches
and knives; take a drink and go up the street arm in arm, singing Where is Kaiser Bill.
     Time passes and I must close. I send some pictures that are true to life. There is some
beautiful scenery in France.


Pulaski Democrat - November 23, 1927
Pulaski, New York

 Former Altmar Boy Now Surgeon In Illinois

Dr. Arthur A. Calkins Wins Distinction In His Profession
     The following from the Sterling, Illinois Daily Gazette of October 4th.
      Dr. Calkins bears the distinction of being the only Dr. in Carroll county to have a fellowship conferred upon him by the American college of surgeons. 
     Dr. Calkins is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse E. Calkins of Altmar. Dr. Calkins' mother is with her son in Chadwick, Illinois,


Pulaski Democrat - March 1897
Pulaski, New York

Mr. & Mrs. Asahel B. Calkins Wed 50 Years

     In Pulaski, March 7, 1847, at the M. E.  parsonage, by Rev. Aaron Adams, Mr. Asahel
B. Calkins to Miss Mary J. Moore, both of Richland.
     The above was clipped from a Pulaski paper printed fifty years ago. Andrew
Mathewson was then editor. The M. E. church then stood on the hill where C. B.
Hibbard's house now stands. The parsonage is still standing where it stood fifty years ago
with little or no repairs.
     March 7th the above mentioned couple celebrated their wedding anniversary of fifty
years at the residence of Fred Calkins, Daysville. There were present father, mother, three
sons, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. The children were all present except
Mrs. A. Hollonbeck, who was absent on account of sickness.
     Among the guests was S. D. Moore, of Pulaski, brother of Mrs. Calkins, together with
other friends. The presents were useful and valuable. After a bountiful repast a short time
was spent in reading papers and recitations, after which a general good time was enjoyed
by all, especially by father and mother.
A. B. Calkins
M. J. Calkins


Pulaski Democrat - August 24, 1910
Pulaski, New York

Shocking Auto Accident - Two Persons Killed

     It is a sad story we have to tell our readers of one of the most distressing accidents we
have known in this vicinity. It comes close to many readers of the Democrat as some of
the people suffering by the same are well known in this vicinity. Charles William Calkins
of Rensselaer, son of the late Charles Calkins, was known in this vicinity in his early life.
He had planned to come back into the neighborhood of his youth and see old friends and
enjoy a vacation from his labors in the hot and noisy city. His friend William S. Staats
had arranged to come with him and the trip was to be made in the later's touring car. The
party was to consist of Mr. and Mrs. Calkins, Mr. and Mrs. Staats and Mr. Calkins eight
year old son. They came on Thursday, the morning was fair but rain set in and the roads
became very bad. They, however came well until they reached a place between Westdale
and Williamstown when the car struck some soft ground, on a narrow and unprotected
road and before Mr. Staats could stop it, it leaped over a steep bank, turned over and
landed on its side, pinning Mrs. Calkins under the fender, killing her instantly. Mr. Staats
was also badly injured but Mr. Calkins and the some went each way for help and after
running a half mile Mr. Calkins fell from injuries and exhaustion. Before he left the
scene, however, he digged with desperation to release his dear wife from her awful
prison, but it was hopeless and not until tackle and rope were brought could the car be
raised from her lifeless form.
     While this awful experience was taking place back there in that lonely place, with
merciless rain pouring down upon them, a table was spread and a cheerful welcome
awaited them at the home of their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Lighthall, near this
village on the Richland road. The Lighthalls finally gave up the watch and concluded that
they had stopped for the night, but their conclusion was interrupted by the sad news of the
     From the Utica Herald Despatch, Friday evening, we clip the following: "The machine
though going slowly, rolled over when it left the road, and went down the embankment
and the occupants with the exception of Mrs. Calkins, were thrown out. Mrs. Calkins
neck was caught under one of the fenders and the whole weight of the car came upon her
with such force that her head was driven into the ground. Her neck and jaw were broken
and death was instantaneous.
     One of the children of the party went for help to the home of Elihu Gifford who lives
about a half mile from the scene of the accident. From there Dr. Allison of Williamstown
was summoned and he went at once to the scene of the accident. The body of Mrs.
Calkins was taken to the home of Mr. Gifford. Mr Staats was assisted from the scene of
the accident. It was impossible from a preliminary examination, to tell the exact extent or
forecast the outcome of his injuries.
     Coroner Lehr of Rome was notified and arrived this morning to make an investigation
in the case.
     Concerning the victim of the unfortunate accident the Albany Argus of Friday says:
Mrs. Calkins was about forty years of age. Before her marriage she was Agnes Atkinson,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Atkinson, of Number 11 Belmore place, Rensselaer.
She was married 18 years ago to Charles W. Calkins. She had three children, one of
whom, Douglass, was in the accident with his mother. She was a member of the First
Presbyterian church and was highly respected. She was an active worker in the women's
organizations of the church, and the news of her death will cast a gloom over a large
circle of friends and acquaintances. Her father, William Atkinson, for many years has
been employed at the arsenal at Watervliet. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs.
George VanAllen, of Rensselaer.
     "Phillip S. Staats, brother of William S. Staats, and George VanAllen, brother-in-law
of Mrs. Calkins, left at 1:15 o'clock this morning for the scene of the accident. The
injured Mr. Staats is in the feed business on Second Ave. Rensselaer, with his brother P.
S. Staats.
     Mr. Staats died, Friday, from internal injuries.


Pulaski Democrat - January 17, 1912 

Calkins Vs. Town of Camden

     The trial of the action of Charles W. Calkins, as administrator of the estate of Agnes J.
Calkins, against the Town of Camden, to recover $25,000 damages, because of the death
of Mrs. Calkins, in which the automobile accident, which happened on the highway near
Westdale, on August 18th, 1910, was commenced in the Supreme Court at the Court
House in Utica on Tuesday, January 2nd. The trial occupied the greater part of three days
and there were a large number of witnesses subpoenaed from this town. The case was
tried by Patrick C. Gugan and William A. Glenn of Albany, with Thomas D. Watkins of
Utica, as counsel for the plaintiff, and by Albert T. Wilkinson of Camden, with Hon. John
C. Davies, as counsel, for the defendant. The case went to the jury at about 4:00 p.m. on
Thursday, and as they had not agreed upon a verdict when court adjourned, they were
locked up for the night and ordered to bring in a sealed verdict in the morning. On Friday
morning the jury handed in a sealed verdict of $1500 in favor of the plaintiff.
     This is a considered a very substantial victory for the defendant in view of the fact that
the plaintiff sued to recover $25,000. A motion was made by defendant's attorneys to set
aside the verdict and Justice De Angelia reserved his decision upon that motion, which is
to be argued at some later date during the term. It is stated that if the verdict is not set
aside the defendant will undoubtedly appeal to the Appellate Division, upon the ground
that a non-suit should have been granted. There is another action against the Town, also
for the sum of $25,000, to recover for the death of Mr. William S. Staats, who owned and
drove the automobile. Camden Journal


Pulaski Democrat - August 1897
Pulaski, New York

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse W. Calkins Celebrate Their Fiftieth Anniversary

Their Children and Grandchildren Gather From All Over The Union To Gladden The
Hearts Of The Elderly Couple.
     Few indeed are the loving pairs who can call their children and friends about them to
rejoice in the completion of fifty years of wedded bliss, but fewer still are those who, like
Jesse Welden Calkins and Lydia Gillespie, after so many years of united journeying in the
pathway of life, can with so much of youthful spirit and the vigor of middle life respond
to the greeting of the many who love and revere them.
     On the 7th day of August, the children, grandchildren, other relations and friends
gathered at the dear old homestead to celebrate the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs.
Calkins and the eightieth birthday of the groom.
     The eldest daughter, Estella, whose husband, L. L. Virgil, was so prominent in the
business and political circles of the county, has passed on to the eternal home, but she is
represented by her children: Lamotte and Carlton, who hold responsible business
positions in Buffalo and Mason City, Iowa; Gertrude, who is reflecting credit upon her
family as she enters upon her senior year in the university of Syracuse; Jessie, who has
just completed the course on Mexico Academy; and Leigh who is a member of his
grandfather's home.
     The second daughter, Gertrude, wife of Rev. Charles N. Severance, president of Maize
Seminary, Maize, Kansas, was present with her two daughters, Jean and Ruth.
     The third daughter, Jean, wife of G. P. Smith, a wholesale grocer of Mason City, Iowa,
was present with her little daughter, Margaret.
     From his responsible position as head of the claims department of the New York
Vanderbilt lines, the oldest son, Robert L. Calkins, accompanied by his wife, Frances
Graves and daughter Edith Graves, came to devote to the exercises of this anniversary
that same care which has been rewarded by his well deserved promotion in the outside
     From North Adams, Mass., came the youngest daughter, Flora, wife of Rev. W. L.
Tenney, pastor of the Congregational church in that city, with her two children, Parker
Gillespie and William Lawrence , Jr.
     From Los Angeles, California journied the youngest son, Frederick Gillespie, a
prominent business man in our American Italy, and with him was his wife Rosamond
Simpson and his bright, fond boy, Frederick Simpson.
     Many are the interests of the children thus gathered together from so many states, but
at this time all are united in cherishing one common purpose, and that to do honor to the
father and mother whose love, sacrifice and care have alone made possible whatever of
success has been granted in life, to again gather under that beloved roof tree, hallowed by
childhood's vivid memories and adorned with a beauty which no other mansion of earth
can ever possess.
     Our father and mother need no words of tribute. Our father, like Oliver Wendell
Holmes, is not eighty years old, but "eight years young." God grant that mind and heart
may long retain that vigor and goodness which make him today, as in their childhood, the
trusted adviser and inspiring comrade of his children.
     Our mother, in other years, has known the burden of poor health, but now her form is
erect, her interest in all that is good in the present intense. God grant that no cloud may
intervene to dim the radiance reflected about her as her sun of life descends.
     In such homes such as this one, established in what was little more than a wilderness
fifty years ago, is the hope of our American life. The lessons taught by these fifty years of
united life are of infinitely more worth than could be the wealth of a Gould or a
Rockefeller with the consciousness that this wealth was gained by unworthy means.
     Other fields may be more fertile than those which stretch out about us, but no fields
were ever earned more honestly now have been cultivated with a more abiding sense of
the deep, true dignity of labor. Other homes may be carpeted with richer tapestries, but no
home has ever been beautified with a loftier ideal than that which has filled the heart of
the wife and mother who for fifty years has been the mistress of this home.
     The grandson of a revolutionary soldier, the son of one of the heroic pioneers whom
Cooper has made immortal, our father has himself ever been a pioneer and a hero. In his
early school days he developed phenomenal ability; his tastes were for the law. He might
have become distinguished as a jurist. (And I say this after considerable acquaintance
with educated members of the legal fraternity.) He chose to clear a farm in the midst of an
unbroken forest because duty to him made clear the filial task of caring for his aged
parents. And when at the last the victories of the true heros are shouted forth by God's
clear voiced angel, I, for one, expect to hear but little of the triumphs of war, and much of
such a victory over his natural inclination as made our father, over fifty years ago, give up
the thought of the law office for the hard reality of the clearing.
     He might have dwarfed his higher nature by living the life of a slave, only eager to add
more acres to his possessions. He might have compelled his children to live the cheerless
life of many an uncultured home where toil and gain fill every thought. He chose to be
satisfied with but little. What others have invested in in land and stock, he has given for
the education and higher life of his children. He would have been happier to have at least
one of his children live with him and carry on his work on the old farm, but he is happier
far to know that, widely separated as they are, his children, to the best of their ability, are
true to the principals of honor, righteousness and justice, which he has ever taught them
are to be esteemed as supreme.
     I need not say to you that is speaking of our father I am also declaring the truth about
our mother. In their purposes for their children, in their scorn of mere pretense, in the
simplicity of their character, in their cherishing of higher ideals, in the interest in all that
is best, in the higher moral and intellectual like of the day, these two have been one.
     That such a life has been lifted, that such as influence has been shed abroad by this
home, dignifies, as nothing else can do, the life of toil and shatters the brainless ideals of
the shoddy aristocracy who suppose that it is possible for them to look down upon the
tillers of the soil.
     If there is anything to commend in manly integrity, if there is anything to admire in
womanly love and sacrifice, I ask you to uncover with me in the presence of America's
true nobility, this honest yeoman and his wife and life high the glass as we drink not only
to the future health of those whom we hold dear, but as we utter the prayer that their
children and children's children, to the remotest generation, may not prove to be unworthy
of the father and mother whose golden jubilee we celebrate.
W. L. Tenney


Pulaski Democrat - August 15, 1884
Pulaski, New York

Mr. & Mrs. Russell Calkins Celebrate 66 Years of Marriage

     Russell Calkins was born in Vermont in 1798 and moved to Montreal at an early age
with his father, where they remained for two years. They moved to Coburg, the north side
of the lake where they remained until the summer of 1812. The inhabitants along the
north shore of Lake Ontario were principally refugees from our Revolutionary War and
consequently were what were then called Tories.
     A short time before the War of 1812 and while differences were rising in the political
horizon between Britian and the United States, a proclamation was issued by the Crown
for all the people in Canada. Take the oath of allegiance to the British Crown or leave the
     Soloman Calkins, father of Russell was a well to do man in Coburg. He had a farm of
160 acres at a nominal rent made under a perpetual lease, a span of horses, yoke of oxen,
several cows and other property on the farm. The Calkins, of which there were Samuel,
Seth, Soloman, Asahel, a younger brother and a brother-in-law by the name of Benedict.
Unwilling to take the oath of allegiance, they bought a small boat and built another to
convey their belongings to America. Their personal property had become almost
valueless by reason of the uncertainty whether war would be declared or not. Soloman
sold one horse for $30 and another horse for a good piece of cloth, a yoke of cattle for
three barrels of flour and sheep with fleeces for $1.50 each. Their flight was as it were
from a burning building. Their most valuable effects which could be taken away were on
the boats.
     With an Indian as a pilot who had said he had been to Oswego, they all and what they
could carry, five families, got in the boats and set out for their destined port, Oswego, in
their frail and open boats. They started with fair prospects, but the night before a fierce
storm arose and they were driven back to Canada near the Bay of Quinte. There they first
learned war had been declared between the two governments.
     The following day they started again and as they came down by the islands, they saw a
British vessel. They put all hands to the oars, women and all, and pulled for the American
shore. A gun was fired across their bow for them to stop. They pulled on till three shots
were fired. At that instant another vessel hove in sight from the American shore and
which came down to their relief. It proved to be an American revenuer cutter. The
Captain kindly offered to take them to their port.
     On their way, they stopped at Big Sandy, at Salmon River and at Mexico Point where
they found several vacant homes, the owners of them having not long before gone out on
the lake and had all been drowned. They were invited to go up to one Robert's place to
help raise a barn. Help being scarce, they did so, then continues on their journey.
     They went up the Oswego River and finally landed at Whitesboro, where they
remained until 1815, when they all came to Richland and settled in the south part of town.
They all bought 500 acres of land, which was divided among them. The almost
innumerable hosts of Calkins in this town are their descendants.
     Russell remained with his father, clearing up the farm until of age. He then hired out to
Colonel Rufus Price at $11 per month. Price then resided between Pulaski and Port
Ontario on the south side of the river, on the farm where his son Isaac afterwards resided.
Col. Price who had been an officer in the Revolutionary War had moved to the town in
1807. He was a well to do man of great influence. His wife was a cousin of the father of
General U. S. Grant.
     Our young Russell Calkins, while working for Col. Price, carried on a little conspiracy
with the Colonel's daughter, which resulted in the capture and carrying away of the young
lady, who is now before you the mother of five boys and five girls, all living and all
healthy. She and her husband are the ancestors of some 78 descendants, living, and if she
lives till tomorrow, August 16, 1884, she will have lived with her husband for 66 years,
their ages being 86 and 84 respectively.


Pulaski Democrat - December 18, 1929
Pulaski, New York

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Tollerton Celebrate 50 Years

      The fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Tollerton of Cortland,
formerly of this town.
     On December 24th, 1879, James H. Tollerton and Lida J. Calkins, were married at Prattham, New York, by the Rev. DeForest Snyder.
     They were residents of the  town of Richland, where Mr. Tollerton was a successful farmer, and he served as Superintendent of Highways, or Highway Commissioner. Later they moved to Mexico and eight years ago moved to Cortland, to be with their daughter, Miss Edith Tollerton. 


Pulaski Democrat - June 11, 1902 
Pulaski, New York

Captain Ira Doane Reaches The Age Of 95 Years

     Captain Ira Doane was born on June 10, 1807, in Litchfield, Herkimer Co., NY. His
father was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted immediately after the battle of
Bunker Hill and served through the war. He was a prisoner eighteen months in a prison
ship in New York Harbor. The parents moved from Connecticut about 1798 and
eventually settled in Litchfield, Herkimer Co., NY Their children were six sons and two
daughters, all of whom, except the subject of this sketch, are deceased. The family moved
from Litchfield to the northern part of Orwell in May, 1821. The father died January 9,
1831, and the mother in 1845, both in Pulaski.
     Captain Ira Doane was married October 24, 1830 to Audra Vorce. Seven children
were born to them, only two of whom are living, Helon F., and Martha A., wife of L. D.
Potter. A son Henry G. Doane was a member of the 35th Regiment N. Y. Vol., and died
at Elmira, N. Y.
     Mr. Doane's wife died in June 1853, and he married to Julia Vorce, January 22, 1854,
a cousin to his first wife and a daughter of Col. William Vorce. The early years of Captain
Doane's life were spent as a carpenter and joiner, and later as a merchant in Pulaski, after
which he dealt in timber lands. He has been called to fill various offices of public trust -
president of the village, jailor, collector and under sheriff and inspector of customs in
New York City, may be mentioned among them. A life long democrat, Mr. Doane voted
for General Jackson and for the democratic candidate at every presidential election since.
     His wife Julia died May 13, 1889. He married on October 11, 1896 to Hester A.
Beeman, relict of the late James Beeman and daughter of the late Russel and Pamelia
Calkins and also a cousin of Mr. Doane's first and second wives. He was 95 years old
yesterday, June 10, and is seen on our streets every day enjoying good health and a clear

Many thanks to Julie Robst for contributing these family marriage notices.  Julie is researching the following surnames and would to hear from anyone on them:  Ball, Calkins, Cates, Litts, Manwarren, Pond, Price, Robst, Tollerton.   She can be contacted at:

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