On Tuesday night of last week, as Mr. Darwin Cheney, the
Sheriff of this county, was returning from the east, he wished to get
off at Clifton Springs. But sleep had laid a heavy
hand upon him, and he did not get fully aroused to the fact that the
train had arrived at Clifton, until after it had left the depot a short
distance. He hastily made his exit from the car, and jumped from the
train, which was not running very fast; but on alighting he fell into
a cattle guard, breaking one of his ribs, and otherwise hurting and
cutting himself. This is the second time within a year that he has met
with severe accidents, having broken a rib last fall at East
Bloomfield. He is able to be around, however, and attends to his duties
From Geneva Gazette 31 March 1871
Our esteemed friend and subscriber, Mr. Elijah Goodale, has
favored us with a copy of the Geneva Gazette of date May 9, 1821 -
lacking but a few weeks of fifty years old. And Mr. G. states that this
copy has been in his possession since the week of the issue. In local
matters editors paid much less attention than now to current events at
home. It announces the marriages in Gorham of Pliny Hubbard to Mrs. Charity B. Curtis; the deaths in Geneva of the wife of Rev. Orin Clark, rector of Trinity Church, aged 27, and of Susan, only child of Wm. W. Watson.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 5 April 1871
Monday forenoon last, Mr. Charles Powell, one of the
proprietors of the steam spoke factory near the Lake, at the foot of
Main street, met with a serious and dangerous accident. While tending
to one of the circular saws, a butt of wood was, by some
unfortunate circumstance, carried up around the saw, and, descending,
struck Mr. Powell in the abdomen with such force as to lay him
senseless on the floor. He was immediately conveyed to his home, where
he has since remained in a very critical condition, and it is not yet
known whether he can ever recover from the internal injuries which he
sustained. He is attended by Dr. H. F. Bennett.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 12 April 1871
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - An exciting runaway occurred in this
village a day or two ago, as Mr. M. A. Payne and
H. K. Wyman were enjoying a ride behind the beautiful
five-year-old colt of the former gentleman. It seems that as they were
passing the Water Cure, the horse became frightened at a dog which came
through a fence, jumping sideways, the concussion was such as to wrench
one of the hind wheels of the buggy completely off, and as the wagon
settled down, Mr. Payne was thrown backward, still holding on to the
lines, which snapped in two with the force of both man and beast,
My Wyman in the vehicle alone, with a runaway horse before him, and no
lines to hold on to. With considerable presence of mind, he attempted
to get on to the horse's back, but just as he was stepping over the
board, a colt came along beside the already frightened horse which made
him still more infuriated and unmanageable than before. Mr. W. was of
course thrown instantly to the ground, and had the cap of his elbow
and his wrist badly sprained. Mr. P. also sustained similar injuries.
buggy was smashed into kindling wood.
From Ontario County Times 12 April 1871
Patrick Hayes, of Victor, went to Rochester on Saturday last,
bought a suit of clothes, and then got drunk. He had his clothes stolen
from him twice before leaving the city but they were recovered through
the efforts of the police. Patrick should keep sober.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 19 April 1871
We learn from the Phelps Citizen that while Dr. Wm. A.
Carson of Rushville, was returning from a recent visit to a
patient late at night, he fell asleep in his carriage, and team turning
into the gateway of Mr. Ira Washburn, and striking against a
post, the doctor was thrown out upon his head, cutting him severely.
Mr. Washburn heard the noise, and going out to the doctor's relief,
found him insensible. Doctors Jewett of Canandaigua, and Allen of
Gorham, were called, and they pronounced him in a very critical
condition. At last accounts he was improving.
From Ontario County Times 19 April 1871
On Thursday of last week, John Paddock, of East
Bloomfield, came to town and got pretty drunk, and while in that
condition was struck with a poker by one of the employees in the
basement of the Canandaigua Hotel, which inflicted a severe scalp
wound, and otherwise injured him about the face. What caused the row we
are not informed, but probably it was whiskey. We doubt very much
whether a person could justify himself, before a court of justice, for
striking a drunken man with so deadly a weapon as an iron poker.
From Ontario County Times 26 April 1871
We unintentionally did an injustice to the young man who struck John
Paddock with a poker, an account of which appeared in the Times
last week. The facts of the case are that Paddock was very ugly, and
threatened and committed an assault upon the young man, who was forced
to use the weapon in self defence. We are glad to make amende
According to the Phelps Citizen a serious accident occurred to
Mr. John Houbner of Clifton Springs. While driving a load of
wood he was thrown off, and part of the load fell on him,
dislocating the hip joint and splintering the bone. Drs. Archer and
were called, who reset the joint and otherwise relieved the patient.
From Ontario County Times 2 August 1871
A little girl named Annie Hendrick left her home in Phelps
on Monday, July 24th, and mysteriously disappeared. She is 13 years of
age, had on a purple and white plaid dress, with black overskirt, and a
drab hat. She has light hair, blue eyes, and a scar on the left side of
her neck. Her widowed mother is in great distress on account of her
loss. Information in regard to the child may be forwarded to Patrick H.
Kelley, Phelps, N. Y.