A great deal of work has lately been done on the telephone line in our village. The wires are all to be got together in one cable.
In certain parts of our village there is now quite a network of wires overhead. We have the trolley wires, the electric light wires and the telephone wires.
Hiram Minard and Oscar Deyo of Springtown are the largest potato growers in that section. They are digging potatoes now and shipping them to Poughkeepsie and elsewhere. Oscar Deyo has the largest crop he ever had. He had 2000 bushels or more last year and still has more this year.
Potatoes have lately sold in our village at the rather low rate of 75 cents a bushel. Peaches have sold at from 50 cents a basket, up.
Michael Boland, the New Paltz cranberry farmer whose farm is at Plutarch, will have 400 bushels of very fine cranberries this year.
Abm. E. Jansen of this town took first prize on the best ten varieties of apples at the State Fair last week. Competition was open to the world. The apples were judged not only by their size, but also by their commercial qualities. Mr. Jansen also took first prize on Mackintosh Red and several other varieties of apples. He received prizes on apples to the amount of about $100. This is a matter of congratulation to other fruit growers in this vicinity as well as to Mr. Jansen, as it shows that we have the soil and climate to produce premium fruit when combined with proper care and culture.
The normal teachers and students are with us again and we are all glad to see them. As far as business is concerned, the summer boarders have taken the place of the teachers and students during vacation. But the summer boarders do not seem quite as much like our own folks as the Normals.
The number of new students is so large that the problem of finding room for all the high school pupils has proved quite serious.
Work is still in progress on the western portion of the Normal grounds. A Maypole has been erected on the lower portion of the grounds and other work has been in progress to fit the portion of the lot to be the playground for the small children. When the ground has had a good chance to settle, there will be a baseball ground opened east of the building. Some clay has also been drawn for the tennis ground.
The house on the west side of Oakwood Terrace, which Mr. Storr is building for the Arethusa Society, is practically completed and is occupied by a number of the girls. It has 13 bedrooms.
A large number of boys and girls take the train at Rosendale each morning and come to New Paltz to attend the Normal School. In addition to this, there are a number coming by train to work on Arbuckle’s new building or on the aqueduct. Altogether there are 60 or more.
Dr. W. A. Munsell, graduate of New York State Veterinary College, Cornell University, has purchased the John H. Hasbrouck house on Prospect Street and will soon be ready to practice his profession in New Paltz and vicinity.
The tunnel between shafts 4 and 5 of the aqueduct was finished on Tuesday. The two portions of the tunnel met with great precision. The tunnel between Shafts 3 and 4 met several weeks ago. The work all along the line of the aqueduct is being pushed with great vigor.
Mrs. Ed Schoonmaker will be librarian at the public library instead of Miss Flora Schoonmaker, who is assisting at the post office.
By the side of the railroad track, south of our village, a few days ago, we observed a fore of sticks and a pot on it. Nearby a man was sitting. It was a picturesque sight.