125 Years Ago
January 14, 1886 - The intense cold of this week almost suspended business in some places. Tuesday morning the thermometer ranged all the way from 20 to 40 degrees below zero in this village.
The ice is reported as being eight inches thick on the lake. If the present cold weather continues, the harvest will soon commence, giving employment to a large force of men.
At the raffle in Eggleston's for an accordion, Geo. Stevenson was the lucky man.
There was never so great a demand for houses and stores as there is this year, and the supply is not equal to the demand.
100 Years Ago
January 12, 1911 - The ice harvest on Cazenovia lake has commenced. Scraping was started on Thursday and ice was cut the first of this week. It is about 10 inches thick. John Wilson has about twenty men on the lake, ten in his icehouse and twelve teams working. The People's Ice Co. has also commenced work.
At the regular monthly meeting of the Cazenovia Business Men's Association held Tuesday evening, Mr. Henry Burden, at the request of the Association, gave a talk on the proposed change in the street lighting system as presented to the village trustees. This new plan contemplates sixty-two additional poles equipped with Wheeler reflectors and sixty watt Tungstoen lamps, such as are now in use in Hurd street, and refitting the old poles with the same new equipment of lamps and reflectors. On account of the superior efficiency of the Tungstoen lamp it will be possible to supply current to the enlarged system of 140 poles for the same money as the present system of 78 poles requires.
Messrs. A.D. Blodgett, F.C. Blodgett of Syracuse and H.G. Blodgett of this village have purchased the omnibus and baggage business of Mr. Geo. S. Shute and will take possession on Jan. 15th. The Blodgetts are all Cazenovia boys and they will doubtless enjoy the liberal patronage which has always been accorded Mr. Shute. For fifty years Mr. Shute has been driving stage and he has earned a much needed rest.