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Town Of Lee, Oneida County, New York Village of Point Rock

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Point Rock - A Quiet Little Village
Roman Citizen - September 28, 1892

A good place for a Summer Resort - A few words on Politics - The Movements of the People in this Quiet Village

Point Rock, Sept 26 - A visitor at Point Rock will be impressed with two facts. There are also other matters which will be forced upon an impressionable mind, but the two intimated will receive especial attention from their prominence. The first thing we noticed was the rural aspect of the town. Indeed, Point Rock may be said to be a town not quite large enough for a city, but too large to be classed among the unimportant towns in Oneida County. From the location of Point Rock it would seem difficualt to tell whether a citizen of that village lives in Ava, Lee or Annsville.

It is said that on election day the voters are at a loss to know which way to go and in what town they are to vote. The east branch of Fish Creek flows just east of the village, and the canyon through which the crrek flows is deep and dark. if some enterprising capitalist would build a summer hotel just south of the bridge leading to Swancott's mill we think it would be a wise scheme, and doubtless summer visitors would flock there in plattoons.

Arriving at Point Rock after dark, we made our way at once to the Wicks House, kept by a young and populat man named Lewis Wicks, Jr. Mr. Wicks is making extensive repairs on his house and told us privately that the next time we came there he would see to it that we would not have to walk over the mortar in going to our room. Mr. Wicks is soon to build a new veranda for his hotel, paint and shingle it, and then he will have as fine a hotel as can be found in a country town in Oneida County.

Going across the road from the hotel we found the cheese factory presided over by a dark eyed, dark haired gentleman names Watters, Charley Watters they called him. We found him in the whey and curd up to his elbows, yet he had time to tell us that he was making seven sixty-five pound cheese each day, had 33 patrons, took the Rome Citizen and voted the Republican ticket straight.

Just north of the cheese factory is the school house, where thrity-five pupils assemble daily and receive instruction from Miss Nellie Watters & sister of the cheese maker. We learned that Miss Watters was in the midst of a very successful term of school..

We next entered the blacksmith shop managed by a man named E. W. Blessing, a very good name. The man of hammers, anviles, vises and wrenches met us at the door and told us that business with him was always good, as he was always ready to work for money.

In this shop we met one of the prominent Democratic politicians of Point Rock, Mr. Thomas Welch. He is the ex-postmaster of Point Rock, having been decapitated to make room for the genial and jolly Republican, D. C. Smith. Mr. Welch, although a Hill Democrat, seems to be quietly waiting for the administration to change, when he hopes by a political summersault to vault himself into Mr. Smith's political boots.

From the blacksmith shop we got sight of the church at Point Rock, which has lately received a coat of paint and been otherwise beautified and repaired. There is a preaching in German and English on alternate Sundays.

D. C. Smith is the merchant at Point Rock. he not only deals in general merchandise, but also dabbles in shingles, lumber, and receives anything in exchange for goods. It is good for a dyspeptic or a hypochondriac to spend an evening in Mr. Smith's store and listen to the exhaustless fund of anecdotes with which he seems supplied. He is postmaster, and a Republican of Republicans, and quietly gave us a tip before we left that it would be a long time in his estimation before Thomas Welch became heir to his politcal estate in Point Rock, and we responded, "So mote it be."

J. F. Ferguston is the man of saw mills and grist mills in Point Rock. He has been here 23 years and hopes to spend as many years more in business here.

Asa Wilson lives just outside the corporation limits, and is engaged in the breeding of fine horses. A person will go a long way from Point Rock before he finds a finer stock of horses than can be shown him at Mr. Wilson's stables. Mr. W. also has a hop yard. His neighbor, Charles Richmond, was getting ready to start his cider mill, and doubless would offer a nomadic scribe a drink of apple juice should he call there again.

Benjamin Tanner is a well known citizen of Lewis County, and frequently visits Point Rock, where he is well and favorably known. Mr. Tanner is a bachelor, pure and simple. He took us into his confidence sufficiently to tell us of his approaching marriage. He is tired of single life and longs for the joys of the state of matrimonial.

In travel north from Point Rock we met a young man names Howard Craver, who had just returned from the Adirondacks with a fine buck which he had shot in his first attempt at hunting deer. Several of the Point Rockers were made happy by receiving a sample of venison at his hands.

Mrs. S. J. Harris of Ava was also visiting her parents living on that street and was to return to her home Sunday. We also called upon Miss Laura Darling, a young lady a little over a month old, who weighs but two and one-fourth pounds. There is plenty of room for her to grow in this country.

Patrick Smith showed us the best field of corn in the town of Lee. His field will average 100 bushels per acre.

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