GRAND ARMY POST A Grand Army Post was organized here last Wednesday evening by Col. Stafford, of Oneida. It will be known as the "Otis H. Tillinghast Post." The organization starts with a small number, about seventeen charter mem- bers, but it is expected that large additions will be made from this place and also from Peter- boro. The following are the officers: Commander.........................I.H.ISAACS. Senior Vice Commander..........M.L. DENNISON. Junior do. do. ..............S.S. DUNTON. Quartermaster....................H.E. CHAPIN. Surgeon...........................D.D. CHASE. Chaplain......................GEO. L. CHOATE. Officer of the Day............CHA'S K. DAVIS. do. " Guard................WM. FISH. Adjutant........................J.S. STEWART. Sergeant Major...............PALMER FREEBORN. Quartermaster Sergeant...........DAVID DEVAN. The ceremonies of installation being perform- ed, the Post adjourned to the Exchange Hotel, to partake of a banquet prepared by Landlord Isaacs. The Post arrived just in time, as the assembled guests were on the point of making a grand rush for the dining-room, which would have made it necessary for the gentlemen of the G.A.R. to send out foragers. Immediately after the banquet, which by the way was very fine, the company, having cho- sen Hon. Lucius P. Clark as toastmaster, pre- pared to listen to the reponses from the gen- tlemen to whom several toasts had been assigned. S.P. Smith, Esq., reponded to the toast "Our President," upon a very short no- tice. Mr. C.E. Remick, of Oneida, was as- signed this toast, but telegraphed from New York late in the afternoon that he would be unable to appear, so it was given to Mr. Smith, who showed himself equal to the occasion, and delivered a very able response. We shall hope to hear from Mr. Smith soon on "The Volun- teers of Madison county." Commander Isaacs responded to the second toast, "The G.A.R." Mr. Isaacs gave a brief history of the associa- tion since its organization in 1867, and spoke of the good influences and benefits derived from it, in a manner which showed his entire famil- iarity with the subject. Col. Stafford, who re- sponded to "The Empire State," spoke of eve- rything else but the subject in hand, which got badly left. The gentleman spoke of the day as being the anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln. To Mr. Harry A. Cram- phin was assigned the delicate and responsible but pleasing task of responding to the "Loyal Women of America," which he did in a manner that showed the gentleman to be entirely at home with his subject, and roused the gallantry and enthusiasm of the entire company. Mr. Cramphin would not have failed to please the most fastidious of the ladies in question had they been present. Mr. H.B. Coman responded to the last toast, "The Name we bear." Mr. Coman's remarks were very able and eloquent, and called forth several rounds of applause, especially his allusion to the illness of General Grant. Mr. C. concluded his remarks with a comprehensive sketch of the services and life of Mr. Tillinghast during the war. The toasts and responses were enjoyed by every one. The young gentlemen, on account of their tender years and supposed lack of expe- rience, received especial commendation. After the toasts, Mr. A.P. Tillinghast pre- sented the Post with a large and handsome Bible, and Hon. L.P. Clark, in a few well chosen remarks, presented the Post with a $20 note to be used in fitting up their new home. The Post was very much pleased with the pres- ents, and returned appropriate thanks. The Morrisville Band was present and fur- nished music during the evening. Every one went away pleased with the occasion, and with the kind attention of Com. Isaacs to his guests. The regular meetings are the second Saturday of every month.
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