From Ontario Repository & Messenger 7 January 1874
The Lima Recorder states that George P. Marble, the
station agent at East Bloomfield, met with quite a serious accident on
the 27th ult. He was assisting in making up a train, and did not take
into consideration that the bumpers of the Northern Central cars are
shorter than the New York Central, and standing sideways instead of
flatwise between them, and when they came together, he was caught by the
shoulders and pretty thoroughly squeezed, breaking his collar bone in
three places. Dr. Brayton reduced the fractures, and he is now doing
well; but it was a narrow escape from death.
From Geneva Gazette 9 January 1874
One of our citizens met with a narrow escape from a severe,
possibly fatal, wound on Saturday last, by the reckless discharge of
arms by some person unknown. Mr. A. Buttles Smith, (of
the firm of Conger, McKay & Co.,) while seated in his office just
east of the canal bridge, heard a report, and the next instant a slug
came crashing through a pane of glass, struck the zinc sheathing
surrounding the stove, glanced off and imbedded itself
an inch in the door casing. From the range of the shot and
position of Mr. Smith, (who sat with his feet elevated one above the
other,) he is sure it passed between his legs on its dangerous
mission. A few moments before his position was such
that if the shot had then been fired at the same range, his body would
inevitably have received the deadly messenger. Cannot the
discharge of fire-arms within our corporate limits be prohibited, under
From Ontario County Journal 30 January 1874
Burning Accident - A
shocking accident occurred at Centrefield last Saturday,
as related by a correspondent of the Times. Mr. Wm. Beals and
wife left home in the morning, leaving Rhoda
Cooly, a girl of fifteen, in charge of the house and their
children. Rhoda had been cracking some nuts, and while throwing
the shells in the stove, her apron caught fire. She attempted to
tear off the apron, but her other clothing was
soon on fire, when she ran to a near neighbor's for help. When
she reached there she was completely enveloped in flames, and her
clothing was all burned from her person before the fire was
extinguished. She was most shockingly burned of course, and though her
are severe, it is hoped she will recover. Dr. Silvernail, of East
Bloomfield, was called as soon as possible, and he did all that was
possible to relieve her suffering and prevent inflammation.
Note: Rhoda Cooley died 9 February 1874.
From Geneva Gazette
6 February 1874
Stephen H. Ainsworth of West Bloomfield, while in the witness box
at the Court House at Canandaigua, was attacked with a fainting spell,
one following another, until he was removed to the hotel, where he
partially rallied. He was attended by Dr. C. Wood of West
Bloomfield, and Dr. Bennett of Canandaigua. They pronounced it an
attack of paralysis, and consider him in a very critical situation.
From Geneva Courier 18 February 1874
Kicked by a
Horse - On Thursday a Mr. Joseph Brooks of Seneca Castle,
who was in the employ of Lewis A. Page
of that place, met with a serious and dangerous accident. He
was attending to some horses in Mr. Page's stable when one of them
kicked him in the abdomen -- kicking with such
force as to throw him entirely across the stable. He was picked
up and carried to the house in an insensible condition and
for a time it was thought he was fatally injured but under the care
of Dr. Bell who was immediately summoned, he rallied and is now doing
well that there is every prospect of his ultimate recovery.
From Ontario County Journal 20 February 1874
Rushville, Feb. 19th 1874 - A birthday party occurred at the
residence of Mr. Edward Perry, on Tuesday evening, Feb. 17.
This gentlemen invited guests to the number of 500 to attend his 70th
birthday anniversary, of which one hundred and ten appeared; the
deficiency was in consequence of parties, Lyceum and a Masonic lecture,
the usual prayer meeting. Your correspondent was not present, but
is safe in saying that a general good time as had as he is
one who believes in living and helping others to do the same.
From Naples Record 21 February 1874
Canadice - Mr. Noah Tibbals is at present suffering severely from a
brain difficulty. The disease at first assumed the form of neuralgia
located in the region of the head and neck, thus affecting the whole
nervous system, rendering it impossible to assume a reclining position.
The pain has abated but the brain is very much affected. The symptoms
are better at this writing and his recovery is expected.
From Geneva Courier 4 March 1874
A young man named Edwin Van Vleck of excellent character
and studious habits, who has resided for some months with Mr.
Richard Washburn near this village, suddenly disappeared from his
home under circumstances that would indicate mental aberration
He was last seen about two miles east of Mr. Washburn's and going
toward Gorham station on the Northern Central Railroad, and is believed
to have taken the cars at that place. Mr. Washburn immediately
instituted a search for him, which he has prosecuted up to the present
time without success. He is about 20 years old, above medium
height, fair complexion, no beard, was dressed in a cardigan jacket,
overalls, and plush cap. Any information of him will be
thankfully received by Mr. Richard Washburn, Rushville N. Y. Naples
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 4 March 1874
Frank Blair is at Clifton Springs, badly broken down, his right
leg and hand being considerably paralized. He thinks it is partly the
result of excessive smoking, it having been his habit to use from 30 to
40 cigars per day, which he could stand when in active service in the
war, but proved rather too much for a sedentary life.
From Ontario County Journal 6 March 1874
The Farmers' Mechanics'
and Hop Growers' Association of Bristol, at their annual
meeting held on the 3d inst., elected the following officers:
President - Norman W. Randall
Vice President - Benjamin T. Philips
- Mark A. Case
Corres. Sec'y - Harlan M. Fisher
Treasurer - Billings T. Case
Marshal - Erastus H. Allen
Assist. Marshal - Horatio B. Sisson
Executive Committee - Nathan W. Thomas, John Smith, John
From Ontario County Journal 27 March 1874
Triplets - The wife of Mr. Michael Patterson, residing on
Phelps street in this village (Canandaigua) gave birth to three
children -- two girls and a boy -- on Wednesday morning last. The
mother and little ones are all doing well. They weighed at birth
about seven pounds. The incident created quite a talk among our
people and we understand a large number visited the newcomers on
Wednesday, and that various presents were made for the benefit of the
little ones. We think the parents are entitled to a pension for
their patriotic observance of the scriptural injunction. The trio
were christened on Wednesday. Their names are Anna, Mary and
Courier 29 April 1874
Two of the
triplets recently born to Mrs. Patterson, living on Phelps
street (Canandaigua), are dead, and the attending physician has but
slight hopes for the life of the remaining one.
From Naples Record 28 March 1874
German Benevolent Society - The
German inhabitants of this place have combined themselves into a
Society, for the poor and distressed countrymen and women. The following
were elected officers for the ensuing half year: President, John Huber; vice-president, Jacob Shlafer; treasurer, Wm. Griesa; secretary, Philip Dinzler; trustees, Fred F. Hoecker, John Huber, Wm. Griesa; finance com., Martin Dinzler, Caspar Klingenberger, Christian Koby.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 1 April 1874
Edward Rowley, working in the spoke factory, lost his thumb, and had his hand badly cut, while fooling around a buzz saw last Thursday.
From Geneva Gazette 3 April 1874
One day recently Mr. and Mrs. James Simons of this place
arrived home by one of the day trains on the N. Y. Central. Being
behind time, the engineer did not stop long enough for his
Geneva passengers to alight before starting off again. Mr. Simons
had reached the lower step and swung off, but held
to the railing, and was drawn in between the cars. Just as he
fell across the rail, Bert Brown (the well-known hackman)
noticed his perilous situation and quick as lightning seized him by the
coat collar and dragged him from beneath the moving car - and not an
instant too soon - for the murderous car wheel just
grazed Mr. Simons' foot in passing. Mrs. Simons had not yet
descended from the platform, and saw all except the rescue. The
train attained considerable headway before the conductor signalled to
stop, back up and let Mrs. Simons off, and then not until threatened by
a gentleman passenger that he should be reported. Mr. Simons
recognized the important service which Bert Brown had rendered in
a substantial pecuniary reward; and this was followed by another from
Mrs. Simons - the present of a large, handsomely bound Album-Bible.
These presents were indeed well-merited, for he may well regard
the recipient as his preserver from a shocking death.
From Naples Record 11 April 1874
Names of the first settlers from Naples to and through Hunts Hollow:
Elisha Sutton, Ephraim Cleveland, Charles Wilcox, Isaac Sutton, Solomon
Garfield, William Sullivan, Andrew Hunt, Elijah Belknap, William Porter,
James Wright, Henry Naracong, Jacob Holden, James Hartwell, James
Garlinghouse, John Kelley, John Otto, Isaac Maltby, Samuel Parker, James Moore, J. P., Gail Washburn.
First settlers on the road from Naples to Cohocton:
Wm. James, Asa
Perry, Nathan Watkins, Oliver Tenny, John Barber, Lemuel Barber, Otis
Pierce, Deacon Cornier, Amos Stancliff, John Cronk, William Wilson,
William Parks, Thomas Wilson, Amasa Tift, Nathan Corey, Waldo Curtiss.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 15 April 1874
The Phelps Citizen says that on Saturday evening, as a Mr. Reynolds
of that place, was on his way home, he was met by Mr. John
Bennett and his son, Eugene, who were in a wagon. They began to
insult Mr. R., calling him many indecent names. Mr. R. made some reply,
whereupon Bennett Sr. set out with the threat of striking Mr. R., but
for some reason he did not, but got into the wagon again; Bennett Jr.
next got out and commenced to beat Mr. R. most unmercifully, striking
him in the face, injuring his eye very badly, and breaking his nose,
and would probably have done him some injury had not Mr. Wm.
Jovell, Jr., interfered. Mr. R. is in bad condition. He
got out a supreme writ for Bennett and his son. It seems that the cause
of all this trouble was an old quarrel about breaking a glass in a
From Geneva Courier 22 April 1874
Mrs. Ann Prentiss, a resident of Chapel street (Canandaigua),
during a fit of temporary insanity on Sunday last, attempted to commit
suicide by throwing herself into the lake. Fortunately,
assistance was near at hand, and she was rescued, but as yet she is not
sufficiently recovered to give a lucid explanation of her strange
From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1874
RUNAWAY - A frightful runaway occurred Wednesday evening on Main
St. Mr. Thomas Bushfield was driving his team near the
railroad crossing, when the horses became frightened by an approaching
train, and broke
into a run down the street. The traces became detached from the
whiffletrees and the latter from the wagon, and Mr. Bushfield pulled so
hard as to draw the wagon by the lines for about a half mile, when the
pole dropped from the neckyoke to the ground and left the
horses free, as the driver could guide them no further. The
wagon continued some five or six rods after the pole struck the ground.
Nobody was hurt, and nothing was broken. We can but think
it was a very narrow escape from a severe accident for Mr. Bushfield.
From Ontario County Times 29 April 1874
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Peter Van Denbergh and wife, of Farmington,
returning from East Bloomfield on Wednesday afternoon last, in a
covered buggy, were overturned at the crossing near the East Bloomfield
station. The accident was caused by their horse becoming badly
frightened by the cars. Mr. Van Denbergh, although nearly eighty-two
years of age, clung to the lines with bull-dog tenacity, which
prevented a runaway. The old gentleman's shoulder, upon which he struck
when he fell, has been quite lame since. The carriage was but little
damaged, and they may consider themselves fortunate that they escaped
From Ontario County Times 6 May 1874
We learned yesterday that Michael Cummins, of Farmington,
had a narrow escape from death a short time since. He was in the woods
cutting some small trees, and one lodged; he cut the second and they
both lodged again; he cut the third and they all fell unexpectedly,
catching him in the descent, one being under and the other over his
neck, holding him a close prisoner, but did not come together near
enough to injure him materially. Being alone his situation was
precarious, but by repeated calls for help succeeded at last in
attracting attention and was relieved from his dilemma.
From Ontario County Journal 15 May
GORHAM NY, May 9, 1874 - A Victim of Misplaced Confidence - Harry
Palmer, a farmer living in our vicinity, was the victim to the
tune of fifteen dollars, and it happened in this wise. Some six
or seven weeks since there came to his place a young man (a stranger)
inquiring for work, and as H. was in want of help, he employed him for
the season, at rather
a low figure. In the course of a week or two the young man
met with an accident by having his arm broken, which of course
incapacitated him for labor. He remained however, and sat at Harry's
usual, partaking of his hospitality in many ways, and appeared anxious
to be able to use his arm so that he might be of service to his
employer. Last Tuesday, Harry being very busy on his farm,
concluded that fifteen dollars expended for feed for his teams would be
and he concluded to send his young man down to the mill (about three
miles) to purchase the feed and bring it home. The young man
he could do that muchly. The consequence was that, he was
rigged out with a team and the money, drove to the mill, fastened the
under a shed, and told the miller he believed he would take the cars
and have a ride, and put out. Harry becoming uneasy, after dinner
to ascertain his whereabouts, supposing some accident or that
he was waiting for the feed to be ground. He finally bro't up,
at the mill, and the result is -- Harry is out just fifteen dollars in
money, some four or five weeks board and worse of all, has lost a good
From Ontario County Journal 15 May 1874
Missing - Mr. John Halpine, residing at Fort Hill, one mile east
of this place, left his home on
Wednesday, May 6th, ostensibly to come to town on some errands.
He has not been seen or heard from since. He had a
considerable sum of money when he left home, and some fears are
foul play. His family, consisting of a wife and two children, are
greatly concerned on account of his absence, and would be grateful
for any information of his whereabouts. Mr. Halpine is about
forty years old, 6 feet 2 inches in height, slender built and weighs
about 175 lbs.; wore chin whiskers, light brown; hair cut short and
mixed with gray. Had on when he left home a suit of yellowish
clothes, coat cut sack fashion, blue check shirt, paper collar, coarse
boots, and soft black hat.
From Ontario County Journal 22 May 1874
Halpine Heard From - We are informed that Mr. John Halpine, who
disappeared from his home in this village last week has been heard
from. He is reported to have went east to the place whence he
came a year or more ago. He was thought to be laboring under a
slight aberration of mind.
From Ontario County Journal 22 May 1874
Honeoye - In returning from the sheep show at Canandaigua, Mr.
Philip Reed and his adopted son
were thrown from their top buggy by the horse getting frightened, and
were quite badly bruised. The horse left with the buggy; it was
From Ontario County Times 27 May 1874
On Friday of last week a team of horses attached to a lumber wagon
and belonging to Mr. John Simmons of Bristol became frightened
while standing near the steam mill in this place and started up Mill
street on a keen run. Reaching Phoenix street they turned west running
directly across Main street and against the railing in front of
Exchange Bank and there stopped. The only damage done was the bending
of the heavy iron bar of the railing against which they ran, with
slight injuries to the harness and to a wagon standing near. This is
remarkable as there was hardly room between the teams on either side
for the frightened horses to reach the railing.
From Ontario County Journal 5 June 1874
Over One Hundred Years Old - Jesse Swarthout, of Phelps, was one
hundred years old on the 3d of April last, and retains to a remarkable
degree, all his faculties. His vigor and manner is that of people
called smart at the age of seventy-five, and promises to live many
years yet. Is a pensioner for services in the war of 1812, on the
Niagara frontier. He is out of a long-lived family -- his
father lived to be one hundred and four years old, one brother and one
sister lived to be over ninety years. His father had a large
family, every child grew up and one died under seventy-five years of
From Ontario County Times 10 June 1874
A lively runaway occurred at West Farmington on Monday afternoon. Mr.
Garret Preston, of Victor, came to the station after a passenger,
and while waiting for the train, took the opportunity to fix the bridle
on the horse, partially taking it off, when the horse sprung in air,
and started off at a lively gait, with Mr. Preston clinging to the
check-rein, taking him over a large pile of boards and upsetting the
buggy. A portion of the harness gave way, which released the horse, who
went but a short distance and commenced feeding. The springs of the
buggy were badly broken, dashboard and seat somewhat injured.
Fortunately no one was hurt.
The Palmyra Courier says: One of the oldest residents in this section
of the country is probably Mrs. Eunice White, widow of Peleg
"sticking-salve" memory. Mrs. White was 99 years old on the 21st of May
last, and is still in possession of all her faculties, and quite active
in her every-day duties. She resides with her granddaughter, Mrs.
George W. Smith, in the town of Farmington, about six miles from
A case of poisoning occurred in this town on Monday last, by which five
persons of the family or in the employ of Wm. S. Doolittle came
very near dying. The circumstances, as near as we can learn, are as
follows: On Sunday they made and ate rice pudding for dinner, and at
breakfast the next morning, Frank Doolittle, wife and child
and a man and woman who were there at work ate again of the pudding,
and in a short time were taken very ill, having the symptoms of being
poisoned. Mr. Doolittle and wife did not eat of the pudding, and as
they were not sick it is thought that the poison was in the pudding,
but how it got there and why it did not affect them the day before, is
a mystery. At present they are reported as beyond danger and in a fair
way to recover.
From Geneva Courier 10 June 1874
HORRIBLE ACCIDENT - One day last week, Tuesday, our informant
thinks, a terrible accident took place in the town of Seneca, but a
short distance from the Presbyterian Church in that town known as No.
9, by which two little children of Samuel Speers, sexton of
the church, were horribly scalded, one
of them dying the next day and the life of the other one is despaired
It seems that the two children were playing upon the floor near the
stove and as the mother of the children was attending to her household
affairs and standing by the stove near the
children, she reached over the stove and over the teakettle standing on
the stove and in drawing back her arm, her sleeve
caught in the teakettle, upsetting and pouring its boiling contents
upon the children at their play. Everything possible was
done to alleviate the sufferings of the little ones. Death soon
released one and it is just possible the other may recover.
From Naples Record 13 June 1874
Ira C. Williams has
a horse that takes the piston rod, at the top of pump, in his teeth and
pumps water for himself and others. This has been seen in the lot back
of the lower cemetery, and he does it when the trough is empty and they need water.
From Ontario County Journal 19 June 1874
The wife of William Hurlbut, Bristol Hill, was stricken
down by lightning on Saturday morning last. She was near an open
window and getting ready to skim her milk when the shaft entered the
room. She was prostrated and
still remains in a critical condition, although it is thought she
will recover. The mother stood within three feet of her and
was not hurt, neither was the building. Naples Record.
From Geneva Courier 24 June 1874
DISAPPEARANCE - George Harriott, a lad about sixteen years of age,
although looking much younger, with light hair and complexion, dark
eyes, and a scar on the top of his head, left his father's house in
Clifton Springs on the morning of the 8th inst., with a horse to go to
Shaw's blacksmith shop to get a wagon
that had been left there for repairs. Not returning, his father
went to the shop and found the horse hitched and boy missing.
Upon inquiring, no one remembered of having seen him, and
extended inquiry has failed to elicit any information of his
It is now ten days since he has been seen, and no clue whatever can be
obtained of him. No cause can be assigned by his
friends for his voluntary absence from home. When he left he had
on a coarse working suit of clothes and
was not known to have any money. Any information concerning him
will be thankfully received by his father, George Harriott, Sen.,
From Ontario County Times 1 July 1874
Canadice, N. Y. - Another serious runaway occurred in this town on
June 20th. As Smith Ross, wife and young child, were riding
along near Mr. B. H. Burch's, the horse became frightened and
started to run. The occupants were thrown out of the buggy, the horse
getting away from Mr. Ross; but after going a short distance the
frightened animal was caught before doing much damage. Mr. Ross and the
child were not very much hurt, but Mrs. Ross received quite serious
injuries internally, though no bones were broken.
From Ontario County Journal 3 July 1874
Accident at Honeoye - The Honeoye correspondent of the Naples Record
gives the following: Sunday p.m. as Mr. and Mrs. Randolph
Pennell were riding down a very steep hill above Wm. Pierce's,
the harness gave way. Mr. Pennell told the lady to jump.
She sprang from the wagon, striking her weight on
one foot. The foot turned under, breaking the ankle joint very
badly, the bones protruding through the stocking. She was brought
on Monday morning. Dr. Richardson, a very excellent surgeon from
Livonia station, assisted by Dr. L. F. Wilbur, reduced the fracture.
this writing, the lady is as comfortable as could be expected.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 8 July 1874
A young man named Chester Baggerly, living near Orleans,
was attacked by highway robbers a few nights since. A revolver was
aimed at his head, but he knocked it aside, and whipping up his horse
From Ontario County Journal 17 July 1874
FRIGHTFUL RUNAWAY - We witnessed on Tuesday morning last, a most
frightful runaway which promised, during its progress, certain fatal
results and yet resulted in but slight damage to person or property.
Mr. Charles H. Buzzell of Rushville had upon his wagon a
load of goods, and had started homeward from the Central depot.
While crossing the railroad track on Main street, and nearly in
front of the Journal office, his seat slipped, and he was thrown under
his wagon with his feet tangled in the lines. His high-strung
horses, free from restraint, started at a fearful pace down Main street
with Mr. Buzzell dragging upon the ground under the wagon. Every
one who saw him in his perilous situation, expected to see him killed
almost instantly. The team ran down the street for about a quarter of a
mile and turned to the east side when about opposite the Webster House,
halting amidst other teams hitched there, Mr. Buzzell was taken out and
found to be comparatively uninjured. No bones were broken and
only two or three slight bruises were visible, from which he will
probably be somewhat stiff and lame for a few days. The wagon lost one
hind wheel by the breaking of an axle, and the horses were uninjured.
It was certainly a miraculous escape from a fatal accident.
From Ontario County Journal 17 July 1874
ACCIDENT AT FISHER'S - Last Monday while Mr. Henry Garber was
handling a gun at Fisher's Station, it exploded, wounding
his hand severely. He went to Rochester and entered the hospital.
The hand was amputated.
From Naples Record 18 July 1874
Mrs. George Simmons, a
few days since, broke her left limb just above the ankle. She was
walking along Vine street, just at dark, and the right foot slipped into
a hole in the edge of the walk in such a way as to badly fracture this
one. She is suffering much, but as comfortable as the case will admit.
From Geneva Courier 22 July 1874
Canandaigua NY - Wm. Butler, an employee at the
McKechnies' Brewery, had his hand mashed in the machinery of the
establishment, on Wednesday last. It is an ugly wound, but he is
receiving efficient surgical treatment, consequently is doing well.
From Geneva Courier 22 July 1874
Canandaigua NY - On Monday afternoon last, while Messrs. Charles
L. Tutt and Wm. Doyle were upon a scaffold ceiling around
the dome or tower of the new Fire Department building, the support of
the scaffold gave way and they were precipitated to the floor, a
distance of about nine feet. In falling, Mr. Tutt broke his leg,
near the ankle, in such a manner that
the bones penetrated through the flesh. He was carried home,
where he received surgical assistance. It was deemed advisable
to amputate the limb just above the fracture, which was successfully
accomplished by Dr. Swarts, assisted by Drs. Simmons and Welles.
Mr. Tutt is now in a comfortable situation. Mr. Doyle was
more fortunate than his fellow-workman, recovering only slight bruises.
From Ontario County Journal 24 July 1874
From Baptist Hill - Dear Journal: Thinking it might not be
uninteresting to your readers, we have taken a few leisure moments
to ascertain the facts and herewith give you in brief review an idea of
the business done in this hamlet.
We have two general stores, one hotel, one harness shop, one
blacksmith, and wagon and carriage shop, one boot and shoe shop, and
two or three painters. Judging from the new buildings already
completed and being completed, and not being able to speak from
knowledge, having been here but a short time, we conclude there were
other mechanics, which is probably the case.
There are here two large church buildings of the Baptist and
Universalist denomination. The former in earlier years from its
flourishing condition gave the place its present name. The
building for some time past has been unused but is now opened and
services are conducted regularly. The society in September sends Rev.
E. G. Phillips to the
Assam Mission, India. The Universalist society is the strongest in the
county we understand. At present their pulpit is without a
pastor. They conduct a very successful Sunday school. They
many of the solid men and best women of Bristol. The school we know
to furnish as good a collection of scholars as the average of the
S. H. Wheeler & Co. are the firm of Bristol and are doing
the largest trade of any of the four stores in the township. They are
wide awake and reliable dealers in general merchandise, popularly known
for liberality and uniform low prices to cash purchasers. In
connection with this firm Mr. Frank Hicks who has conducted
the business here for 25 years, carries on the trade of harness making,
etc., in a neat little shop adjoining. He also has a stock of
horse blankets of first quality and of trunks, valises, etc.
We were sorry to find the junior member, Mr. W. H. Doyle, confined
to his room, but still able to greet old friends in his agreeable way
with the vein of wit and sociability which makes "Will" a general
favorite now and then revealing itself.
J. A. Carpenter & Co. are upright and gentlemanly dealers in a
general stock. A steady patronage of eight years speaks more
highly of this firm than any words we can add. Mr. Shulters, the
partner of Mr. C. here takes the place of U. S. in the way of mails,
among which every morning may be seen several Rochester dailies.
The trade of wagon and carriage making is represented very ably
by Robert McMaster, who is noted for the durability of
the jobs he executes not only in repairing but manufacturing.
door, is the shop of S. R. & W. N. Evarts, who in the line of
blacksmithing are considered throughout Bristol as hard to excel as
horse shoers. We have visited their shop several times, and could
never learn how they find time to do other kinds of work when there is
always someone waiting with another horse to be shod.
Here we meet the pleasant old gentleman, Phineas Kent, who has
for the past half century nearly struck off the goods of
restless farmers hereabouts, and has been a hop grower of Bristol the
past twelve or more years.
Sylvester Marble, or Squire Marble as he is familiarly called,
makes good boots and shoes for the active people of "The Hill," who
always come to his place when the soles of foreign made articles give
out, and get repaired, or better still show their good sense by buying
a boot or shoe made by trusty hands at home. Squire Marble always
greets you with a pleasant word and a good paper or periodical to read
while waiting for the peg that holds.
Mr. Frank Mitchell and Boswell Inse do the painting.
In other words, they are "the finishers" of the Hill. Mr.
Mitchell, son of Joseph Mitchell, of established ability as a
painter, is doing a good business over McMaster's shop, and judging
from the stripes his brush leaves on the buggies, etc., turned over to
his skill in "the ornamental," we should say Frank is an artist of "the
right stripe." Frank also draws a good bow on the violin.
Now comes the jovial tailor, Mr. John Shay, who is always
drawing our attention to the dilapidated and ancient appearance of our
coat. John, if you do as good a thing as you did last winter on
the suit you made for us, we think now while we are writing and look
once more at the place where the button ought to be on our "store
clothes," and the bare thread, so lonely looking and pleading for our
pride in a new
suit of clothes, and for the tailor's pocket, we think you may take our
measure once more. A second measure will be necessary, for the
Wheeler sold us has been so heavy and warm these summer days with your
seams and snug fit that with much exercise our shadow has grown less.
cut them out.
From Ontario County Times 29 July 1874
Mr. George Smith, a carpenter, of Geneva, on Wednesday last, while
at work on a house, by the breaking of a ladder on which he stood, was
precipitated to the ground, a distance of twenty feet. Both bones of
his right leg were broken just above the ankle, which may prove a
serious matter in consequence of the patient's advanced age, he being
60 years old.
From Ontario County Journal 31 July 1874
Painful Accident - We understand that Mr. Daniel Arnold, an
old resident of the town of Farmington, last Wednesday met with a
serious accident. It seems that he was in the act of descending
the cellar stairs, when he lost his foothold and fell to the bottom,
breaking his hip in two places. Dr. Simmons of Canandaigua was
called but was
unable to set it. Mr. Arnold is an old man of some eighty years,
and stands well in his town, having been for several years Supervisor.
From Ontario County Times 5 August 1874
A young man named Ottawell Cooper, living in East
Bloomfield, met with a very distressing, if not fatal, accident on
Saturday afternoon last. It appears that he was at work on a mow in a
barn on the premises of Mr. S. R. Wheeler, storing away grain,
when he lost his footing and fell from the mow. A fork had
unfortunately been left leaning against the side of the mow, and upon
that the young man struck in his descent and then pitched forward to
the floor. The handle of the fork penetrated the abdomen, inflicting
very painful and dangerous injuries. The accident occurred about five
o'clock. Dr. Murphy was summoned to attend the injured man, but
while dressing the wounds was suddenly prostrated by an attack of
paralysis. Messengers were then dispatched for other physicians, by
whom the dressing was completed and everything possible done to make
the patient comfortable and ensure his recovery. He is very badly hurt,
but we are happy to hear that his injuries are not of such a character
as to necessarily cause death. The condition of Dr. Murphy, we are
informed, is such as to excite the worst apprehensions. All efforts to
restore consciousness have thus far failed, and the attending
physicians say there is scarcely a possibility of his recovery.
From Ontario County Journal 7 August 1874
Mr. Wm. J. Massingham of Bristol in this county, met with a
terrible misfortune at Corning Sunday morning last. He jumped from a
train of cars while in motion and one of his legs was so badly injured
that amputation was necessary. Mr. M. has been engaged for some
time past teaching penmanship in various parts of this county, and was
very generally respected. His misfortune must be a very serious one to
a man of his active and industrious habits. We sincerely
sympathize with him in his misfortune.
From Ontario Journal 7 August 1874
Accident in Farmington - Last Friday, Mr. John Hall, a
resident of Brownsville, met with an accident of a serious nature. It
seems that while he was driving on a reaper, a portion of the harness
got out of gear. He leaned forward in order to remedy the
difficulty, in doing which he received a kick from one of the horses,
breaking three of his ribs. Dr. Palmer was called. The Dr.
reports him doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances.
From Geneva Gazette 7 August 1874
Child Lost and Found - On Friday last, about two o'clock P. M.,
the wife of Patrick
Hurley, who resides in the town of Gorham, about three-fourths of
a mile from Rushville, went to visit a neighbor who lived about
three-fourths of a mile distant. She left at home, asleep, two
children -- little girls - aged respectively two and a half and five
years. She was absent about half an hour, and when she returned
her youngest child was gone, the eldest being still asleep. She
made immediate search, but no trace of the lost one
could be found. Becoming anxious and alarmed she sent for her
husband and neighbors. The search was kept up all night and the
forenoon of the next day. By this time the people of the whole
neighborhood had been apprised of the sad calamity, and about thirty
had joined in the search. Every well, cistern and place in the
neighborhood into which the child could have fallen or crawled was
carefully examined. About 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the little girl
was found in the woods of Avery Blodgett, about three-fourths of a mile
from home. She was badly bitten by mosquitoes, and very much
exhausted. She is able to talk quite plainly, and stated that she
slept in the woods all night. In order to reach the place
where she was found, she had to pass through several pieces of grain,
and climb over five or six fences -- certainly a wonderful exploit
for a child so young. It was most fortunate that the night was
warm, as the only clothes the child had on was a thin dress.
During the search the parents suffered the most agonizing
suspense, and their joy at the recovery of their darling can be better
imagined than described. Penn Yan Express
From Geneva Gazette 14 August 1874
Joseph Gray, well-known to many of our older inhabitants, as for a
long time a resident of this village, is still living, and although in
his 90th year, enjoys comparatively good health. He is at present
a member of the family of Leonard J. Riland, one of our oldest
subscribers at Stanley, in the town of Seneca, whose wife is a daughter
of widow Robson, present wife of Mr. G. Mr. Gray is a native of
Lancaster Co., Pa., and came to the town of Seneca in 1795
-- quite an early day. His first wife was Betsey Blackmer, by
whom he had four children, three of whom are living, viz: Jane,
wife of Henry Mitchell, Esq., of Gorham; John B., at present employed
at Willard Insane Asylum, and Mary, a resident of Stanley. She
died in 1829, and Mr. G. remained a widower until about 1844, when he
married his present wife. Mr. Gray held the office of Collector
in the town of Seneca several terms, and was constable fourteen
years. He has a good memory and relates many incidents of the
early settlement of this country -- reads the paper regularly, without
glasses, and appears to take as much interest in public matters and
passing events as any one.
From Ontario County Times 26 August 1874
Victor, N. Y. - Levi Simmons was thrown from his buggy last Sunday
morning receiving quite severe injuries. He was returning from
Scottsville, where he had been to carry a man who wished to attend some
"doings" at that place on Saturday evening, and, when near East Mendon,
his horse shied, and being a hard working farmer, unaccustomed to late
hours, was taking a little "snooze" at the time and lost his
equilibrium and fell out, receiving a severe scalp wound, cracking one
of his ribs and injuring his wrist. The horse went on home, and Mr.
Simmons continued his journey on foot, a distance of nearly five miles.
When he reached home he found the horse, buggy and harness in proper
condition, not having received the slightest injury on the way. The
wounds of Mr. Simmons were attended by Dr. Chas. Ball.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 26 August 1874
Interesting Relics - The Geneva Gazette of a late date says:
On Wednesday last Mr. William Reed, who works the farm of his
late step-father, Melancton S. Reed -- the farm being situated
on the Hall's Corners road and first north of the old Melspaugh (now
Vosburgh) farm -- while plowing a field just south of the creek, turned
up what proved beyond doubt to be the skeleton of an Indian. On further
search being made a number of relics were discovered, which according
to Indian custom, were buried with the deceased, probably more than a
century ago. The relics consisted of a string of beads, glass and
amber, a portion of the cord preserved, a heavy silver plated
spoon a slight rubbing of which restored its original polish; a
brass medal, on one side showing the figures of Joseph, the Virgin Mary
and infant child, Jesus, in her lap, surrounded with the following
inscription: "Anna, M. M. Vis. Roma." On the reverse, the figures
Jesus, as a youth, and Joseph -- inscription: "Jesu Cvm Joseph." There
were seven copper crosses representing in bas relief, on one side a
crucifixion, and on the other the Virgin, with inscription "Jesu Maria."
From Ontario County Times 2 September 1874
Shortsville, N. Y. - Some little time since there was an old
folks' tea party at the residence of Mrs. Nancy Herendeen, in
this village, which was something quite worthy of mention. Among the
old people present were five sisters, the youngest of whom has nearly
completed her three score and ten years. The oldest is scarcely seven
years older than the youngest. In the early days of the settlement of
this part of the State, Levi Smith and his wife, Tabitha, settled
in what is now the town of Farmington. They had five daughters, Nancy,
Rhobe, Mary, Abigail and Lucinda, and afterwards four sons, William,
Ira, Levi and Moses. Of these nine children, seven are now living. The
five sisters all married. Nancy married Lyman Herendeen of Farmington;
Rhobe married J. W. Gardner of Farmington; Mary married Durfee
Herendeen of Macedon; Abigail married William Clapp of Jackson,
Michigan; and Lucinda married Reuben Payne, of Farmington. The ages and
names of the respective sisters are as follows:
Nancy Herendeen, Shortsville, N. Y. - aged 75
The sisters went to Rochester and had a photograph taken of the five in
a group. The picture is a fine one, finished in the best manner and is
invaluable to the members of the family as a memento of a remarkable
instance of the longevity of all the sisters of a family. May their
circle remain long unbroken.
Rhobe Gardner, Farmington, N. Y. - aged 74 years;
Mary Herendeen, Macedon, N. Y. - aged 72 years;
Abigail Clapp, Jackson, Mich. - aged 70 years;
Lucinda Payne, Farmington, N. Y. - aged 68 years.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 2 September 1874
An employee in the Star Paper Mill at Shortsville, named John McGinty, had
three of his fingers of his right hand badly crushed between two of the
heavy iron cylinders in the paper machine, one day last week.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 9 September 1874
Last Thursday Mr. Harlow Hill met with a serious accident
while setting fire to stumps on his farm in Victor. He was using
kerosene when the can exploded and his clothes took fire. With great
presence of mind, Mr. Hill cast off his outer clothing, thus averting a
frightful burning, but in so doing his hands were terribly burned.
From Ontario County Journal 11 September 1874
A Serious Accident - Phillip Brand, Jr., while threshing near
Academy P. O., had both bones of his leg broken in two places. A
careless boy in hitching on a team after dinner left a hold back chain
dragging from the end of a sweep; the hook caught the tumbling rod and
uncoupled them and drew the rod around to an angle where it did not run
true. Mr. Brand in attempting
to stop the horses, was hit by the rod. Jonathan Monks drove
one of his farm horses to Cheshire and back, a distance of four miles
way, and brought Dr. F. R. Bently to Mr. Brand's in just forty minutes,
is fast time over such a hilly road.
From Ontario Repository and Messenger 11 October 1874
Attempted Suicide - Jacob Knapp of Gorham, attempted to destroy
himself on Wednesday evening of last week, by taking half a drachm of
arsenic. Dr. Phinney was immediately summoned, and by skillful
treatment succeeded in saving his life.
From Geneva Courier 21 October 1874
A Stabbing Affray -
A stabbing affray occurred in Geneva on Saturday night which came
near terminating fatally. A young man named Joseph Crouthers,
being dangerously wounded while fighting with Theodore Beattie
stabbing him with a knife. Crouthers, though at one time
regarded as in a critical condition, is recovering. There are
conflicting stories as to the matter, and while we believe we have the
entire facts, we prefer to wait the result of the
examination which is to be held soon. In the meantime, we will
merely say in view of the statement in the Rochester Union, that
there are occasions in which self-defense in any manner is justifiable
and the proof will show if this be one such.
From Geneva Gazette 13 November 1874
When in Canandaigua, the place to get your money's worth in a
"square" dish of oysters
is JOHNNY FLANNEGAN'S, east side of Main st. A man needs
a most capacious stomach to stow away all the plump bivalves,
lusciously stewed, which Johnny serves up in one dish at
the moderate sum of 40 cents, with a "wash" of cider gratis. In
court time his place is the popular resort alike of townsmen and
countrymen - bench and bar, jurors and witnesses.
From Geneva Gazette 25 December 1874
Two women hailing from Chapinville in this county, giving the
names of Eunice Daley and Phoebe Ryel, were arrested
at Rochester on Tuesday last for "shoplifting." A large quantity
of stolen combs, brushes, laces, gloves, bead work, &c., were found
concealed about their persons underneath their dresses.
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