Coram - 1877 - 1885



August 10, 1878

Among the many farmers in this village, Lester H. Davis, takes the lead. His garden is well cultivated and this year a large crop of apples, pears, peaches, and plums is being realized. He exhibited to us a specimen of a large strawberry, which ripens this month, of the Great Western Variety, also a very large plum from a seedling of the Red Carolinas. He has also in a field adjoining his garden one and a half acre of asparagus which he claims cannot be beat on Long Island for its age.

November 30,1878
Though the Capital of Brookhaven, it is the quiestest place on earth at this season. Nothing seems to mar this serenity, unless it to be the tossing by the wind, of a discarded leaf but the parent tree. A few new buildings have made their appearance, but the hand of time has been to work also, and more than one roof or sidewall has cave in.

Jan. 18, 1879
A church war has been going on for some time here between one of the trustees and the members. Capt. Henry Smith it is said locked the church and refused to open it for Rev. Mr. Beale to preach in. The Capt. has also taken possession of the bible and organ and although presiding elder Graves has been at work to settle the matter the end has not yet been reached.

Coram.5-24- 79
'Squire Osborn evidently does not consider the justiceship a very profitable one in his section, for the last week he shipped as mate of the "Lucy B. Ives," under Capt. Wm. H. Mott. The trials and tribulations of our people are not of such a character as need the intervention of the law, and as a consequence he has had to adjudicate upon but few cases, if any, since his election.

Board of Assessors. The Board of Assessors of Brookhaven hold their second session at Lester H. Davis's, on Wednesday last. President, Austin Culver, Moriches,Edmund W. Ruland, Selden; Issac E. Brown, Rocky Point; George W. Ritch, Middle Island; William H. Hait, Patchogue, together with the Town Clerk. So far as the Board have gone over the assessment roll (to letter G.) the assessed property is averaging about the same as last year. In some localities the assessed valuation has been increased, while owing to large forest fires and other damages, the amount has decreased in other sections. Two sessions a week is what the Board anticipates holding until the roll is completed. Their next sessions will be held Tuesday and Friday of next week, at which those interested should attend.
Farming.-Farming is now the go, and prospects that the appearance of the "potato bug" within a few days somewhat dampens the farmer's arder on that line.
Asparagus. - Lester H. Davis is now shipping 40 to 50 dozen bunches per day to New York and Bridgeport. The price averages $1.50 per dozen.
Land Turtle- Ham Smith found a large turtle the other day having on him "Daniel T. Overton 1855" also the initials "W.S.C." Mr. Smith found one last year bearing the name "Brewster Terry" and dated 1832.

Coram 5-31-79
-Death has smitten down one of our best citizens in his prime of life. Kind and industrious, H. Sydney Longbothum plod his way through life with the respect of all who knew him. His disease was a peculiar one. Six years ago he was quite thin and slender, but his bones commenced growing, as also did the larynx, which finally interfered with respiration. His bands showed plainly the growth that was general as the size of the index finger at the first joint measured three-and-a half inches while his wrist was eight-and a half inches in circumference. He was not fleshy, nor did he complain much. Mr. Longbothum was a candidate this spring for town Clerk, on the Republican ticket, but was beaten. The community mourns his loss and sympathize with his bereaved friends.

August 31, 1879
Our farmers are now busily engaged in the peddling business, but the prices obtained are below that of other years.
Miss Emma Norton while in the woods the other day, saw what appears to be a rattlesnake, but as it speedily got out of sight she was unable to say how many rattles it had on.

January 24, 1880

Capt. Jacob Mott, and others, of this place have purchased the schooner "Sea Port" of Northport, and hereafter she will be commanded by Capt. Mott.

March 27, 1880

Coram is the magnet around which revolve politicians of every political creed about nomination times. this is the capitol, and here during the past week representatives of the noble army of temperance gathered in convention to choose from among them a leader worthy of bearing the laurels of victory on the morning after election. The sword of the Lord has been buckled on to fight the demon rum, and here in the M.E. Church met the soldiers in the cause.

Coram- October 8, 1881:

-Ms. Rate Osborn, a graduate of the Patchogue Union School, opened the school here on Monday last. Commissioner Roe called and paid her a visit on Tuesday. The school at present is very small. Ms. Osborn is gaining in popularity and seems to be well fitted for her post of duty.

Coram-November 19, 1881: IN MEMORIAM:

-Last Sabbath day called on us to perform a sad duty. The bright November sky strongly contrasted with the mournful groups assembled to pay last tribute to a departed friend. Yes, he was a friend indeed; and after close acquaintance, you would regard him more than a brother. Our entire community was there, eager to look at the earthly remains of CHARLES O'DOHERTY. Not more than two weeks ago, his athletic form, the very ideal of a young man, was ever ready to greet you with a kind word or with his customary congenial smile. He, who was the picture of health a few days ago, laid there to be silent forever. Death had struck a heavy blow, and the grief exhibited by all was intense. The old bowed their heads, thinking of the uncertainties of life, while the young, buoyant with hope of their future, seeing their ever cheerful friend removed, bitterly moaned," O Lord! Why hast thon done so?" Noble spirited, true and kindhearted CHARLES O'DOHERTY, is now no more. A little mound in the private cemetery at Coram denotes his last resting-place; but his memory will live forever among his many friends. Enemies he had none, and no act of his life will blur his past record. May he rest in peace! J.G.D.

Coram 4-8-82
Election day! What a time, and what gathering. Oh, temperance what a virtue, and how far thy genial countenanoe on that historic day, went towards modifying the passions of the inner man. About two thousand people were in attendance on the occasion, and voting seemed to be all one way, the Democrats carrying the fort at every point. The Republican candidates, were slaughtered by members of their own party, and at the carnage it was amusing to see both prohibitionist and liquor advocate join hands to accomplish the desired end Supervisor Heavens at the designated time read the statement of the financial standing of the financial standing of the town, after which it was voted, that the surplus of the dog tax $257,40, be appropriated towards defraying the deficiency in the contingent fund.

August 11, 1883
It takes about three days for a letter to reach Coram mailed at Patchogue.
Thursday, Mr. lester H. Davis shipped to Mr. Blackford, fish commissioner, two handsome specimens of carp weighing respectfully five and six pounds. They were just two years old and beautiful in appearance.

December 8, 1883
The marriage of two daughters of Mr. Ham Smith, of Coram, on the evening of Dec. 12th was an interesting event. The officiating clergymen made arrangements by which the services were pleasently blended, and the couples in quick succession were pronounced husband and wife. A large company of friends witnessed the ceremony and shared in the festivities of the occasion.

Coram: March 4, 1884
-Lester II. Davis is tired of having the annual town meeting at his place and has declared himself in favor of a change. Town Clerk Hutchinson is now a "father in Israel." We extend our congratulations, especially as it is a boy. The town pump, on the Kings highway at this point, works well and its convenience cannot be over estimated. It is even hinted that if a similar institution were established at Port Jefferson and Patchogue the cause of temperance in these benighted sections would be materially advanced. We regret to learn that after a thorough medical examination the physicians have given Mr. Samuel Dare no hope that his boy will again receive his eyesight. The conventions are near at hand, but this year "lets" and "no lots" will be the leading question. Here we are opposed to the leasing of Coram Pond.

March 29, 1884
The Town Capital to be moved.
Lester H. Davis, Tuesday informed the Board of Audit of the Town of Brookhaven, that the use of his house and premises could no longer be obtained for the purpose of holding "Town Meeting." This is a step toward voting in election districts.

Democrats and Republicans take the Helm: March 22, 1884:

-The Town Capital, on Wednesday last, was the scene of a large and intelligent concourse of citizens who had come together, despite the storm, to discuss the probability of placing in nomination so much of a town ticket, as might be necessary to source, by its election, an honest and impartial administration of the business affairs of the town. The meeting was called to order shortly after 2 P.M. by Wilmot M. Smith, in a large yet antiquated barn of Lester H. Davis.

Coram: November 8, 1884:

-It was on Wednesday night, October 22, that Coram was once more made merry by the marriage of Ruthie E., only daughter of Wm. H. Osborn, Esq., to Seymour Swezey. About one hundred invitations were disseminated among the relatives and friends of the parties to which, (in spite of the rain) a greater part put in their appearance. At about eight o'clock, Miss Eva Norton, who presided at the organ, began the wedding march. The door of the adjoining room was thrown open, and from within, Miss Georgie R. Swezey, the brides maid, and Mr. James Swezey, the groom man, marched to their places, quickly followed by Miss Ruthie and Seymour, who were speedily made one. Rev. Mr. Dickenson officiated. No sooner had the clergyman begun the ceremony than a surrounding party gathered close under the windows pealed forth in clamorous tongue. The noise and music were deafening, and were kept up notwithstanding the pouring rain, until they were invited in, and were filled with good cheer. The happy pair after congratulations were escorted to the dining room, where they sat at a table luxuriously filled. There were numerous and useful presents. To add to the pleasantness of the evening was the presence of Mr. And Mrs. Dickenson, who were ready to crack a joke, as usual, or to take one. Mr. Dickenson was a pastor of the M. E. Church, at Coram, a few years ago-NEWS LETTER.

Coram: September 19, 1885:

-REPUBLICAN TOWN PRIMARY-At a Republican town primary, held at the house of William H. Osborn, Esq., on Saturday last, at which representatives were present for all the districts in the town save Port Jefferson. On motions Hon. James Otis was chosen chairman and Thomas S. Heatley, secretary, after which Wilmont M. Smith administered to them the required oath. The following delegates were then elected:
District No. 1, Israel B. Tyler;No. 2, I. Wilson Ritch, Sidney H. Ritch;No. 3, Joseph C. Valentine;No. 4, Jehiel S. Raynor, James Rowland;No 5, Hon. James Otis;No. 6, Wilmont M. Smith;No. 7, George D. Gerard;No. 8, Charles J. Randall and Richard W. Smith.

September 26, 1885
Well, Coram is now virtually dead, our town meeting has been abolished, our trustees meet with us no more, the assessors radiate, between this and Middle Island and have now divided tjhe election district so that one half go to Yaphank to vote, while the remaining half can stay where they are or tramp to Lake Grove. Poor Coram. Once the capital of Brookhaven, now shorn of this honor, has become a mere hamlet from whence not a sound is heard save the occassional "Get up" of friend Wallace, as he mildly induces his sleepy nags to move more rapidly.

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