Election passed of very quietly on Tuesday, April 1, 1902,
it being the first Boro election ever held here. A heavy rain was falling
when the polls were opened in the morning, which continued thruout the
day. Much interest was manifested in the outcome, as was shown by the activity
of the various candidates and their friends.
A number of vehicles conveyed voters to and from the polling place,
and a very large vote was polled as a result. Many laughable incidents
occurred at the polling place, and the chairman of the board was compelled
to call for order on more than one occasion. Because of the numerous strangers
who appeared at the voting place to vote, the board took the customary
precautionary measures to prevent illegal voting, and a few were compelled
to swear in their vote.
The entire Democratic ticket was elected. Both ticket were composed
of some of the representative men of this boro---but the sentiment
of the majority of the voters was in the candidates who had long been residents
here--- hence the victory. The first new boro officers were elected as
Fred N. Newton, burgess ; Councilmen, Herbert McGregor, three
years ; F.H.Failing, three years ; C. C.Perry, three years; A. A. Mulkin
two years, C. A. Wolcott, two years ; F. P. Nichols, one year and W. A.
Nichols one year. Justice of the Peace, Alton Bump; Assessor, J. C. Gadsby;
Collector, W. O Stevens; High Constable, W. O. Stevens; and Constable,
School Directors: Walter Finch, three years; M. S. Eckert,
three years; George Coon, two years; Joseph Howell, two years; Asa Stevens,
one year,; and Thomas Corwin, one year.
Auditors: L. S. Newton, three years; A. E. Manley, two years;
and C. E. Brown, one year. Judge of Election Walter Harvey and Inspectors
of Election: William Bly and J. A. Woodard.
On the funny side:
COULDN'T RIDE A BICYCLE
On June 20, 1904, and amusing thing happened at the NY&P station
in Shinglehouse. A woodsman came to town and got a bicycle that he had
ordered from the city,. He assembled it and started to ride away, but only
got a short distance before he fell off. He made several attempts to remount
and failing gave it a swift kick and sent it into the ditch, remarking
" I'm a husker of the evergreens, and can walk up peeled trees, but that
bike has me jiggered."