Merchant Chauncey Bates evidently was a cat lover as was Charles Quigley who used to brag about his cat’s exploits. Chauncey related this story of his cat. Three times a day she would go to the cash register and count out enough change to buy herself a meal of meat. Then she tripped across the street to Alfred Carver’s meat market and laid down the money. George Bartholomew cut off the desired amount which the cat took into her mouth and returned to Mr. Bates’ store to enjoy her feast. Mr. Bates promised certified copies of this cat story.
Doris B. Morton, Town Historian – The Whitehall Independent – February 19, 1986