From Ontario County Times 6 January 1875

Early Saturday morning last, Mrs. Edward B. Carson, of Chapinville, who formerly kept the toll-gate on the plank road between that place and Canandaigua, while passing the boot and shoe store of Thomas Skidmore, slipped on the icy walk, and fell in such a way as to break her ankle.



Flint Creek, N. Y. - The annual meeting of the society for the "Recovery of stolen property and the apprehension of thieves," was held at the store of A. N. Fiero, on Saturday, Jan. 2d. Peter S. Fiero was elected president, T. A. McCauley and Lester Webster, vice-presidents; Wm. S. Lobdell, John M. Woods and Marvin Turner, trustees; H. H. Burgess, secretary. Nine riders were also elected, and such other business transacted as came before the meeting; after which an oyster supper was served by our enterprising merchant.



From Ontario County Journal 8 January 1875

Accident - Victor NY - Mrs. William Gallup
met with a severe and painful accident.  She was visiting a sick friend, and on her return home fell on the hard frozen ground, and fractured her hip, fears are entertained that she may be disabled for months.



From Ontario County Times 13 January 1875

Abstracted from article of visit to Poor House - 
In passing through the various departments, we conversed with some of the inmates, and learned something in regard to their previous history. There is one colored man named Arckless Fletcher, who has been there about two years who claims to be 112 years old this month. He says he was born in Boston in January, 1763, at which place he remained until he was 12 years old, and was present at the little "tea party" which took place in Boston harbor. His father was a native of Guinea, and his mother came from Belfast, Ireland. He is a powerfully built man, measuring six feet, one and one-half inches in height, but does not show the age he claims to be. At the age of 12 he shipped on board a merchant vessel and followed the sea for the next fifteen years. He was married when he was but little past 15 years of age -- his wife being only 13 years old. After they were married he placed his wife in school to have her educated. The fruit of this early union was fourteen children. After many years his wife died, and he subsequently married again, this time in Canandaigua, his last wife bearing him eleven children. She is also dead. He likes to talk about himself and his former life, and readily answers all questions. He exhibits quite a taste for drawing and painting, taking a good deal of pride in showing the specimens of his skill. He shows remarkable vigor for a man of his age.

In the men's hospital we noticed an aged colored man, called "Old Prince," who has been there about eight years. He is 91 years old and very feeble.

John Marlen, in the same room, is 83 years old, with snow-white hair, very lame, going with crutch and cane. He was a soldier in the war of 1812-14, and incarcerated at Halifax, where he remained about six months; has been a laborer and pioneer; has been married, had one child, a girl, who died about 25 years ago; wife also dead; no near relatives.

Jerry Bowers, from East Victor, is in this department. Has been sick and bedridden for years; has been there but a few weeks.

John Bowers, also from East Victor, well-known to the people of that vicinity, is in the department for the idiotic.

Our attention was called to a colored girl, blind from birth, who was sewing. We examined the work and found it very well done, the seams being sewed "over and over."

Stephen Williams, in the men's department, is a cripple, caused by going into the water when a boy. He appears to be intelligent and ingenious, whiling away the long hours in making hair switches for the ladies. He has been there about ten years, and said that the inmates were never as comfortable and well-cared for as under the administration of the present keeper.

Wm. Smith, colored, has considerable skill in carving fancy table ornaments, wall brackets, etc. We saw several specimens which he had recently made and presented to Mrs. Spear, that were very fine. He is also a first-class barber, and has plenty of that kind of work to do. The only tools that he uses in making the brackets and other articles, is a knife and small gouge.

Frances Mitchell, or "Mother Mitchell," as she was usually called, was the second inmate received there, her entrance dating in 1826. She was afflicted with lunacy, which was said to have been caused by the ill treatment of her husband. She was 83 years old at the time of her death, which occurred May 19, 1874, having been there about 48 years. Mr. Spear procured a good coffin at Canandaigua, and the funeral services were held in the spacious yard in front of the house, with good attendance. The funeral address was given by a native of Burmah, who was educated in this country, who chanced to be present.

Caddie McCullough, the children's nurse, is a very diminutive woman, about as tall as a child six or seven years old, somewhat deformed, and is said to be the off-spring of brother and sister. She is 35 years old, has been there 32 years, and has charge of the babies and small children, manifesting extreme solicitude for their welfare. She said she had had charge of nineteen little ones.



From Ontario County Journal 15 January 1875

The "Felon's Society" at Hall's Corners keeps up a vigorous organization.  Their annual meeting was held on Saturday evening, the 2d inst., and the following officers were elected for 1875:
Captain - John T. Hall
1st Lieutenant - M. B. Nichols
2d Lieutenant - Geo. Spraggon
Riders - M. C. Sutherland, James Black, Geo. Crozier, John Whedon, E. S. Dixon, M. W. Barden,
 S. P. Barden, Adam Wilson, Geo. Sutherland
The report of the Treasurer of the society shows $465 on hand.  Horse thieves will probably give that locality a "wide berth," as there would be little show for them to get away with any plunder.



From Ontario County Journal 22 January 1875

Canadice, N. Y. -
Several of the young people in town have within the past few weeks united their destinies, to battle with the hardships and share the joys and sorrows of life together.  Among them are Miss Maggie Adams and Mr. Henry Branch, Miss Lizzie Dalrymple and Mr. Richmond Crooks, Miss Jennie Stark and Mr. Lorenzo Pardee.



From Geneva Gazette 29 January 1875

Michael Cavanagh of Miller's Corners in this county, lost three children, his entire family, within the short space of one week, all having died of scarlet fever.  The youngest was ten months, the next four years, and the oldest six years old -- all bright and promising children.



From Ontario County Journal 29 January 1875

Mr. John Oulahan
was unlucky last Saturday night.  While going home he slipped and fell, breaking one of his legs just below the knee.  He was an employee in the Repository and Messenger office.



From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1875

Frightful Runaway - Mr. Henry G. Steele,
of East Bloomfield, had an experience Wednesday afternoon which he will doubtless remember for many a day.  He was coming down Main street in this village, driving a spirited team, and accompanied by his wife and Miss Cora Howard, Mrs. Steele's sister.  When opposite the Court House, the team became fractious at the noise of a passing lumber wagon, and started to run.  Mr. S. attempted to hold them up, when the bit broke in one horse's mouth and they were, of course, then beyond his control.  They came tearing down through Main street at a frightful rate, and when directly opposite the Journal office, Mr. Steele and Miss Howard were thrown from the buggy and escaped unhurt. Mrs. Steele remained in the buggy, and of course, was the "observed of all observers."  She settled down to the bottom of the buggy, apparently under admirable self-control, and awaited events.  The team continue their mad career down street, approaching the side walk near the marble shops, when many feared that Mrs. S. would be dashed to pieces upon the hitching posts or fences. But "all's well that ends well."  The horses continued their course to the lamp post at the corner in front of the Catholic Church. Here they took either side of the lamp post, and left the buggy there uninjured, when Mrs. S. arose from her snug quarters unhurt and apparently not the least frightened at her rapid and dangerous ride. The horses ran a few rods further and were secured.  Nobody was hurt, the horses were not injured, and a dollar or two will repair the damage to the buggy.  It was really a remarkable escape.



ACCIDENT - Mr. Robert Wheeler, a prominent citizen of East Bloomfield, met with an accident last Friday which will confine him to his house for several days.  He had been to his barn in the morning to do his chores, and on returning to the house slipped on the ice and broke one of his legs.



Not a little excitement in Victor on Monday, Mr. Fred. Fox, while driving, his horse became unmanageable and ran away, leaving Mr. Fox and his friend in the road opposite Mr. A. Simond's residence, to pick themselves up at their leisure.  After upsetting the cutter, the horse took the walk, crossed the foot bridge, and near Mr. H. Osborn's orchard fell, with the cutter on him in such a manner as to hold him down.  The cutter is a total wreck; horse slightly hurt.  Mr. Osborn was on the foot bridge, but on seeing the horse leave the road and coming for him, he immediately took it cross lots toward Fisher's at no mean gait.



From Ontario County Journal 12 February 1875

Frosttown N. Y. -
A stranger stopped at Mark Leach's the other night, and it seems she means to stay, as the young lady says nothing about how or when she will leave, and she has not even told her name yet.  They take it cool.  These strangers seem to be the order of the day up this way, as a young gentleman made his appearance at Wm. Kennedy's a short time since. He seems to take life easy, and makes himself at home generally, and don't seem to care if it takes their bottom dollar to supply his wants.  He don't shave or chew tobacco, but he is some on drink.  Mrs. Winslow's toddy is all the go with him. He is a queer chap.



From Ontario County Journal 12 February 1875

Miss Laura Butler
has recovered from the fright which she received some days since.  It transpired that one of our dashing young men was making his accustomed call of a fun-loving damsel in that vicinity, when the young couple exchanged suits and went into the street, where the girl met Miss Butler and made some demonstrations which were quite unlike the masculine. Miss B. was thoroughly frightened by this treatment, from what she supposed at the time was a man in "good spirits."



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 17 February 1875

On Saturday evening last Mrs. William Larney, who lives some two miles northeast of this village, while going from her house to the barn to get a package left in the sleigh, slipped, and in falling, threw out her left hand for protection; and it coming in contact with the frozen ground, broke her arm about two inches above the wrist. She came to the village and Dr. Smith set the broken limb.



From Ontario County Journal 19 February 1875

Cornelius O'Niel
from Victor came here Monday, and went to the Temperance Hotel, where he became disorderly and was arrested by officer Murrell, taken before Esquire Hayes, and sentenced to ten days in jail and $10 fine.  Committed. Men who come to our town drunk, please cut this out.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 3 March 1875

Milton Wilson,
of Gorham, met with a serious accident on Monday of last week. He started for Rushville with a load of wood, and stopping to arrange some sticks, his horses became frightened and unmanageable, and ran away, throwing him to the ground and under one of the wheels, which passed over his body. He was severely injured, but not fatally, it is believed.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 10 March 1875

Bristol, N. Y. -
At the annual meeting of the Bristol Farmers, Mechanics and Hopgrowers' Association, held March 2d, the following named persons were chosen officers of the Association: President - Benjamin F. Phillips; vice-presidents - J. T. Sisson, W. Henry Allen; treasurer, L. Jones; corresponding secretary, N. W. Randall; recording secretary, H. M. Fisher.



From Ontario County Journal 19 March 1875

Frost Town N. Y. -
As Warren Davis, son of C. G. Davis, Esq., of this town, was in the woods for logs, he caught his foot between his sleigh and a tree and jammed it badly.  He was carried to the house on a sleigh and is now doing well.

George Beebe cut his foot badly while chopping the other day.  He is moving this week to Hunt's Hollow, in the town of Richmond.



From Ontario County Journal 19 March 1875

William Wiborn
of this place was seriously injured at Phelps, N. Y., while coupling cars.  He in some way got his head between the bumpers and one side was completely smashed.  He was brought home on Saturday and is today reported as improving.  Only a short time ago he was thrown from the top of a freight car, but escaped without injury.  If he recovers from this, he will probably think it's safer working on a farm than braking on a railroad.



From Ontario County Times 24 March 1875

Henry Derr,
a carpenter and joiner by trade, of Shortsville, met with an accident on Tuesday, while working in Sheffers foundry and machine shop in that place, which resulted in the loss of three fingers of his left hand. The wound was dressed by Dr. Simmons, of this place, and Dr. Van Vleet of Shortsville, and the patient is doing as well as could be expected.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 24 March 1875

Ira N. Deyo,
formerly of Naples, and a member of the 85th N. Y. Regiment, recently did a generous act. During the late war, he and a friend named Wetmore, were taken prisoners, and while being transferred, Wetmore made an attempt to escape and was shot and killed. Mr. Deyo buried his friend, and made his escape. One day last week he went South, and had the body of his friend disinterred and removed to a cemetery in Florence, S. C., at his own expense.



From Ontario County Journal 26 March 1875


One of the oldest and most respected citizens of this town is Mr. Ansel DeBow.  He will be 71 years old tomorrow - the 27th inst.  He was born in the town of Canandaigua in 1804 and , with the exception of two or three years in boyhood spent in the town of Hopewell, has always lived in this town.  He is still vigorous and hearty, giving fair promise of yet adding 20 or 30 years to the already well-spent and happy 71 years past.



From Ontario County Journal 26 March 1875

Mr. F. P. Sherman,
of North Bloomfield, had a very narrow escape from a serious accident a few days since. He was returning toward home from Honeoye with his wife and child, and driving a spirited team, when a runaway team came rushing up behind, where the road was too narrow for him to give them the "right of way."  One of the running horses sprang directly into his sleigh, and Mrs. S. and the child naturally were much frightened.  Mr. S. retained his presence of mind, and while managing his own team, caught the runaway by the bit and held him until help arrived and quiet was restored.  It was indeed a narrow escape.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 31 March 1875

On Monday forenoon last, Captain Wm. Ellis of this village went to the late residence of Geo. P. Frost, deceased, with a view of measuring a quantity of lumber in the upper part of the barn, the flooring of which was loose, and occasionally a board missing, and covered with a light coating of hay. He ascended the stairs and had nearly reached the lumber on the opposite side of the room, when down he went, with arms extended like an anchor let loose, bringing up at the first resistance, which dislocated his left shoulder and severely bruised and scratched his back, sides and limbs. He was immediately rescued from this unpleasant predicament and conveyed to his residence on Chapin street. The Drs. Hawley were soon summoned to his aid, but with their united strength, exerted for several hours, they were unable to overcome the contractions of his well-developed muscles. Toward evening they called to their aid Dr. Swarts, who readily joined in the effort to put in place the dislocated part, and yet their combined force failed to accomplish the object desired, until the appliance of "Jarvis adjuster," a powerful surgical instrument, was brought into requisition, which never fails, and so the Captain was relieved of further suffering, and is now quite comfortable and doing well.



From Ontario County Journal 2 April 1875

Frost Town, N. Y. - As Mrs. Ward Watkins was alone with her little children the other day, she fell down in a fit. The little boy, about ten years of age, ran for Mrs. Daniel Ross, near by, and she worked over her some twenty minutes before she could perceive any signs of life.  She is now slowly recovering.  She is attended by Dr. Wilbur of Richmond.



From Naples Record 3 April 1875

Quite a serious accident happened to John Briggs, Esq., last week, as he was helping Hougton move and get settled. He happened to step on some ice and fell down, breaking the cap of the whortle bone in his left hip. Dr. Abrams was called and placed it in proper position. It was broken the 25th and on the 30th a number of neighbors took him on his extension lounge, by hand, and carried him one mile and a half to his son Charles.



From Ontario County Times 7 April 1875

Walter Mullett,
of Rushville, was arrested on Monday by Deputy Marshal Benham and brought before Commissioner Howell of that place, to answer to the charge of selling liquor without a United States License. Examination was commenced yesterday and postponed to the 14th instant.



Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. B. F. Cloyes lost the sight of one eye in a very peculiar manner. He went to bed on Wednesday night last, after reading during the evening. He felt no different feeling in either eye. In the morning, when he awoke, he found his left eye sightless. He went to Rochester and consulted an oculist, and was met with the sad opinion that the sight of his eye was gone beyond recovery. Frank has the sympathy of all, for he is much like by our citizens.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 14 April 1875

On Saturday last, while Mr. Curtis Camp of Farmington was driving a span of horses before an empty wagon, his team became frightened and plunging forward, broke the whiffletree, letting the tongue drop, throwing the wagon upward and pitching him forward with great violence, face downward, to the ground, cutting his tongue half to two, and otherwise seriously injuring him. It was feared at the time that lockjaw would follow, and death ensue. The patient is in as comfortable circumstances as could be expected.



From Ontario County Times 12 May 1875

Some Old Documents -
On the 28th day of August 1850, the first blow was struck by Thomas M. Howell, Esq., of this place, preparatory to the erection of the well-known Atwater block. Mr. Wm. Wood, whose eccentric benevolence has made his name familiar to generations, took great interest in the erection of the block, which was upon the site formerly occupied by the dwelling house of his friend, Dr. Moses Atwater. Mr. Atwater's house was erected, we believe, about the year 1784. At the request of Mr. Wood an immense boulder was brought from the farm of Nathaniel W. Howell, through which Howell street was afterwards surveyed, to be used as a corner stone. It was placed in the southeast corner of the building. Beneath this stone Mr. Wood deposited a tin box, filled with various documents, which he supposed would not come to light again until generations had passed. A few days since, the present proprietor, F. F. Thompson, Esq., while enlarging a basement window of the building, found it necessary to remove the boulder above referred to and the tin box was discovered. On opening it, it was found to contain copies of the village papers published when the building was erected, copies of Rochester and Albany papers, one or two old almanacs and various business notices of merchants of the village and a paper upon which Mr. Wood had written the following:

Mem. for posterity -- This box and contents is this day of September deposited in the south-east corner of the lot formerly owned by Moses Atwater, one of the first settlers of Canandaigua, and upon which his dwelling house was erected, which he occupied until the day of his death, and which lot is now owned by Thomas Morris Howell, son of his Honor, Nathaniel W. Howell, who now 81 years of age is watching the erection of the building thereon and scolding in regard to its erection. Amen.

The tin box had been partially destroyed by damp. The contents, however, were mostly preserved. After examination the documents were placed in a glass bottle, sealed up and replaced in the corner of the building -- to remain, it is hoped, for future ages. A memorandum was added to the contents containing the statement that Wm. Wood and N. W. Howell, and all the old residents of the village at that time and many other prominent citizens, naming them, had been removed by death since the erection of the building.



From Ontario County Times  19 May 1875

A pleasant reunion took place, on the evening of the 14th instant, at the house of Dr. Jewett, in this village, in memory of the ninetieth anniversary of the birthday of John Dixson, Esq. On this occasion the pair of beautiful crimson and ornamental hose, knit many years ago, by the fingers of twelve ladies, whose united ages amounted to near 900 years, as an heirloom, was formally delivered to Mr. Dixson. He was one of the earliest settlers of the town of Richmond where he spent the active business portion of his life, in which he continued until a very advanced age. He still enjoys physical strength much beyond the expectation of his years, and a remarkable degree of mental activity. It is the hope of his friends that no increased infirmities may cloud the declining days of his honored and useful life.



On Monday afternoon of this week, while Mr. M. Mariner of East Bloomfield, was driving down Main street, in this village, his horses were frightened by a dog, in front of Atwater block, and started on a run. Reaching the Jail street corner they turned, and in so doing, threw both Mr. Mariner, and a lady who accompanied him, out of the wagon. They then ran a short distance up Jail street, and, after performing various maneuvers, found their way into the yard of the Canandaigua hotel, and were there secured. The wagon was considerably damaged, but the horses escaped uninjured. Mr. Mariner and the lady, who were so unceremoniously thrown out, were considerably bruised; but fortunately, did not receive any very serious injuries.



From Ontario County Journal 28 May 1875

Mr. J. R. Ward,
near Hall's Corners, was struck by lightning last Friday evening.  He was in Mr. Adam Wilson's barn, trying to fix the conductor, when he was injured by the electric fluid which was passing down.  It benumbed his left side, though the effects passed off rapidly.



Frost Town, N. Y. -  Mr. Abraham Allen
and wife - an aged couple of about eighty years - are quite poorly this spring. He has not been able to work for some time.  He came from Steuben county several years ago, and is a hard-working, honest, clever man, and much respected by all who know him.  The old lady has fits if she overworks.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 2 June 1875

The Victor Base Ball Club have reorganized for this season. At a meeting held recently, the following officers were chosen: President, H. E. Smith; Vice President, Geo. S. Dryer; Secretary, Frank Gillam; Treasurer, Eli Tarbell.



Last evening as Mr. Michael Myers was passing along by the Bennet Block, which is in the course of erection, corner of Main and Bristol streets, a brick which one of the masons had just picked up slipped from his hand and struck Mr. M. on the head, injuring him quite badly. He was picked up almost insensible and conveyed to Paul's Drug Store, where his injuries were attended by Dr. Simmons.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 9 June 1875

Daniel M. Gould and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Henry Boughton, daughter of our well-known citizen A. L. Peet, while out riding on Saturday evening, met with a sad accident. It seems that they were riding in the southeast part of the town near what is known as the Break O'Day Mill; the horse became frightened at a plank on a bridge and commenced backing, and threw Mr. Gould and Mrs. Boughton off a bank about fifteen feet high, bruising Mrs. B.'s leg, and also bruising her quite badly about the head. Mr. Theo. Sidell, who was nearby and heard the noise, came to the assistance of the unfortunate couple, caught the horse and brought them all to this village. Dr. Townsend was called, and attended the sufferers. Mr. Gould is so as to be about, and Mrs. Boughton is doing as well as could be expected. Her husband, Henry Boughton of Lafayette, Indiana, has been telegraphed for.



Last Saturday afternoon, while several workmen were engaged in digging the main trench on the east side of Main street, for the new gas pipes, the embankment caved in, burying one of the laborers named Patrick Cairns, who resides on Chapel street, under the debris. His fellow-laborers immediately went to his aid, and after some exertion succeeded in rescuing him from his cramped position. The unfortunate man was conveyed into Sheffield & Co.'s flour store, and medical assistance summoned, when it was found that he had received quite severe injuries about the head, neck and breast. The wounds were dressed, and Mr. C. made as comfortable as the circumstances would permit.



From Ontario County Journal 18 June 1875

Wm. Doyle,
who was quite severely squeezed while coupling cars about three weeks ago, had another very narrow escape under similar circumstances on Wednesday afternoon.  He was engaged coupling cars at the junction just east of the village, when he was caught at the breast between two dead blocks.  He was quite severely injured, two or more of his ribs being broken, and fears of internal injuries are entertained.  It will require a day or two yet to determine the full extent of his misfortune.



From Naples Record June 19 1875

Frank Lewis,
while cutting straw on Thursday, cut the thumb of his left hand off, and so splintered the bone that Dr. Silvervail was compelled to take it off at the first joint.



From Ontario County Times 23 June 1875

Victor, N. Y. - Ovid Jacobs
received severe injuries from the kick of a horse on Saturday. With many others he was watching the speeding of horses on the trotting course near Mr. Scrambling's, when Wm. Smith of Farmington led a horse on the track through the crowd, among which he let his heels fly, one hoof striking Mr. Jacobs in the throat. He fell senseless and remained in that condition for several hours. He was immediately conveyed home where he received medical attention, Dr. Palmer being promptly summoned. Fears are entertained that he will not recover.



From Ontario County Times 30 June 1875

Victor, N. Y. - Michael McGeary,
of Farmington, was injured severely, if not fatally, by being run over by the cars on Saturday night. He came from Canandaigua on the 11:40 p.m. train, got off at East Farmington and started on the track for home, which is midway between East and West Farmington, and was found the next morning beside the track with his right arm run over in two places, and greatly weakened from loss of blood. Medical assistance was immediately called, but it is thought that he will not survive his injuries.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 14 July 1875

The Colored Band has now become an established fact, and is entitled to something more than mere passing notices heretofore given it by the village papers. Their organization has only had an existence of a little more than two months, and their playing is very creditable. The band contains excellent material, and there is no reason why they may not rank high. Prof. Blake, one of its members, is well-known as a superior musician, and is, we believe, the author of several original compositions, to whose sweet strains doubtless many of our readers have "tripped the light fantastic toe." The leader, George Clark, has had long experience with and plays the cornet very sweetly. The band have labored under many disadvantages and deserve success, and the encouragement of the public. The following is the personals of the band: George Clark, 1st E flat, Prof. Wm. Binks, 2d E flat, Fred Campble, Bass, Charles Boyd, 1st alto, George Johnson, 2d alto, Gideon Clark, Baritone, Charles Williams, 2d B flat, N. Drake, 1st B flat, Fred Wilson, Tenor, Joe Blake, Scare Drum, W. Brown, Bass Drum, Walter Campbell, Cymbals.



From Ontario County Journal 16 July 1875

Reuben French,
a prominent citizen of this town, is lying dangerously ill from the results of sun stroke.  He went to his hayfield on Monday morning feeling usually well, but about noon, he was helpless and Drs. Hollister and Webster were called. Thursday morning he is easier, and his physician hopes for his recovery.



From Naples Record 17 July 1875

Last week Robert Smith of Covel settlement, while picking cherries, fell from the tree, striking his back on a picket fence, injuring it severely and breaking several ribs.



From Ontario County Journal 23 July 1875

Mr. Charles Monks,
of Academy, met with quite a severe accident on Monday of last week.  While returning from Canandaigua, the was some way thrown between the carriage and horse.  The horse ran dragging Mr. M. until the carriage upset, when he became freed, but was severely injured.  Two others were in the carriage but escaped without injury by jumping out.



From Ontario Repository and Messenger 28 July 1875

Victor, N. Y. -
Saturday they were having a good time generally at Herman Van Voorhis', frightened the young lady in charge of the house, had lots of fun, conducted themselves as men do when enchanted with the bewitching influence of the fascinating elixir. Yesterday it was music set to a different tune at Justice Tallmadge's office. It was less fun and cost a little more money. Patrick Kelley and Martin Devany denied the delicate imputation, and the righteous judge, not to be imposed upon, fined each eight dollars, while Isaac Pittenger who frankly acknowledged the wrong done, was discharged upon payment of four dollars. It pays to be honest, right or wrong.



From Ontario County Journal 6 August 1875

Mr. Halstead Knapp,
an old and prominent citizen residing at Hopewell Centre, is reported to be quite ill, and some fears are entertained that he may not recover.  His illness was caused by an immense carbuncle on the back of his neck.



From Geneva Gazette 13 August 1875

A little child of Wm. Lewis, (hack driver), accidentally fell into the lake from the State pier a few days since.  Regardless of the fact that he could not swim, yet moved by the noble impulse to save the imperilled child, Mr. John Ackley plunged in to the rescue, aseizing her as she rose for the third time.  He struggled desperately to keep his head and charge above water, but both must have inevitably perished had not his fellow laborer in Robison's coal yard, Sylvester Johnson, discovered their situation just in time and gone to their relief. Both were saved, though the child was quite senseless and Ackley nearly exhausted when taken out.



From Geneva Gazette 13 August 1875

A Brutal Affair -
An eye witness furnishes us the following account of a brutal affair occurring at a saloon on Castle street last Saturday night, which, in its result of a dog terribly lacerating a human being, has justly excited great indignation in our community.  Thomas Colledge, shortly after entering the saloon, began to amuse himself by playing with a young pointer or setter dog owned by Daniel Dempsey.  The owner asked him to desist two or three times, finally saying that if Colledge desired to fool with any dog to "try it on" with one lying under the table - referring to a bull dog.  Colledge replied that he was not afraid of any dog.  Dempsey then called out the bull dog, took him between his knees, and dared Colledge to place himself in a menacing attitude before the brute.  Colledge accepted such challenge, when the dog was loosened and rushed upon his human adversary.  Colledge was prepared for the onset and seizing the brute by the neck with both hands took one of its ears between his teeth with such effect that it very soon "ki-yi-ed" lustily.  Colledge dropped him and supposed that it ended the melee; but while standing unconcernedly by the bar, one hand hanging carelessly by his side, the bull dog renewed the attack, (our informant says "set on by Dempsey") seizing him by the hand, pulling him down, and fastening its teeth successively in his breast and both hands, tearing the flesh and cords in a frightful manner before the beast could be made to release his hold. Colledge was conveyed home and surgeon summoned to dress his wounds, but he is still suffering from the terrible effects of this engagement.  At one time it was feared that his injuries would result in lockjaw.  This morning we are informed that his right hand is in very bad condition from inflammation and 'tis barely possible that amputation may be found necessary.  It is not denied that the victim was somewhat intoxicated, though usually a sober and peaceful man.  Dempsey is severely censured for suggesting and inciting this unnatural fight, and he should be made to answer for it.  It is proper to say that James Dempsey, proprietor of the saloon, was not in when this affair occurred, that had he been present it would have been prevented.



From Ontario County Journal 20 August 1875

Runaway Accident -
On Monday last a shocking runaway accident occurred near Cheshire in this town.  Mr. Sterling A. Pennoyer, living about a mile south of Cheshire, had just returned home from that place where he had been trading. His little boy, about six years old, who accompanied him, remained in the carriage while his father got out to unhitch the horse from the wagon.  The horse, before Mr. P. had commenced to unhitch him, became frightened and ran away, and throwed the little boy out.  He was picked up insensible, and remained so for some time.  His collar bone was broken and he was otherwise injured, so that on Wednesday his recovery was still doubtful.  The horse ran about a half mile, stumbled into a ditch, broke his neck and died instantly.



From Ontario County Journal 27 August 1875

An accident of a rather serious nature occurred at Baptist Hill on Friday, the 20th inst.  John Newton, son of Darius Newton, had been out hunting, and on his return was putting his gun in order, when one barrel was accidentally discharged, the contents, consisting of squirrel shot, passing through his right hand, and lacerating it to such an extent as to necessitate the removal of the second finger.  I hear that the hand at this date is doing well, and will probably be saved in a condition to be of much use in the future.



From Ontario County Times 1 September 1875

On Wednesday evening, while the Mosher Hook and Ladder company were on their way to the lake, in answer to the fire alarm, one of the members, Mr. Stewart Bowen, stumbled and fell in such a manner that one of the wheels of the truck passed over him. He was very severely bruised about his knee and wrist, but fortunately
no bones were broken, and his now around again little the worse for the accident.



Quite a serious accident occurred between Victor and Pittsford on Sunday last. Charles Peck, a young man who resides in Victor, was walking along the railroad track when he was struck by the eastward bound train which reaches this station at 4:20, and was thrown down in such a manner that one of his arms fell across a rail and was crushed and terribly mangled by the wheels. He did not hear the approaching train, although the engineer blew the whistle several times to warn him, until it was very close, when he attempted to escape by jumping, but too late to avoid injury. It was fortunate that his body fell outside the track. He was immediately taken to Rochester and placed in a hospital, where it was found necessary to amputate his arm. He is now doing measurably well.



From Geneva Gazette 3 September 1875

Charles Bennett,
a well-known citizen residing a short distance north of our village, had a slight sunstroke yesterday by exposure in coming to town and returning.  He was fairly prostrated by the intense heat.  Medical aid was summoned, and by prompt and judicious treatment he rallied and bids fair to fully recover from the stroke.



From Geneva Gazette 3 September 1875

Brief particulars are communicated to as of a painful accident occurring in Hopewell last Friday.  A party of threshers were engaged at John H. Benham's.  Edwin Palmer, while putting on a belt, had an arm caught in the whirr wheel, and before he could extricate it, it was broken in three places -- one below and two above the elbow.  Our informant thought amputation of the fractured limb would be necessary.



From Geneva Gazette 3 September 1875

There has been quite an egress of our young people from Phelps this week -- two daughters of Lewis Peck, Esq. and Miss Carrie F. Barstow have returned to the Brockport Normal.  Elon Carpenter and sister and a son of W. H. Snyder, Esq. have gone to Cook Academy.



From Ontario County Journal 17 September 1875

ATTEMPTED MURDER -
Not a little excitement was created in town Wednesday morning by a report that a man had been shot at a farm house about three miles north of this place.  The facts, as afterward developed, were as follows:  Mr. Edward Mattoon, a farmer near Padelford station, has recently employed a farm hand named James Johnson, an Irishman by birth, about 25 to 27 years of age.  It was reported by some that Johnson was not over bright, and by others that his mind was affected. Work becoming slack on the farm, Johnson was discharged a few days since.  At about 5 o'clock Wednesday morning, Mr. Mattoon hearing an unusual noise in his house on the ground floor, he went down stairs to ascertain the cause. He found Johnson walking around in the room, and after a few moments talk with him, Johnson drew a pistol and pointing it at Mattoon, fired.  They were so near together that the powder blackened Mattoon's face and the bullet struck just over the left eye, imbedding itself in the forehead or frontal bone.  Strange as it may seem, Mr. Mattoon was not so severely injured as to prevent his coming to Canandaigua for surgical treatment, which he did about seven o'clock -- or some two hours after the shooting.  Dr. Bennett probed the wound and discovered the bullet as above stated, but the Doctor did not deem it advisable to extract the bullet at this time, but has doubtless done so ere this.  Sheriff Boswell was of course promptly informed of the case, and he proceeded at once to the scene of the shooting, and found no trouble in arresting Johnson and lodged him in jail Wednesday morning.  An examination of the prisoner was held before Justice Brace on Wednesday and he was committed to await action by the grand jury.  Mr. Mattoon remained to attend the examination and give his evidence, and we saw him on the street in the afternoon.  So far as is known there was no quarrel or ill feeling between the two men, and we are told that Johnson himself says he does not know why he did the shooting.



From Ontario County Times 22 September 1875

Victor, N. Y. -
We are informed that Col. G. W. Torrence, of Victor, while crossing the street near the water-vat where a number of cattle were drinking, late on Saturday afternoon, was thrown down and trampled upon by some of them that had become engaged in a street fight. When he attempted to retreat from his unpleasant and perilous position, one of them viciously made an attack upon him, but he managed to make good his retreat without further injury. He was considerably bruised but not seriously injured.



From Ontario County Times 29 September 1875

On Wednesday of last week a sad case of accidental shooting occurred near Seneca Castle in this county. Mr. James Van Buskirk and Mr. David Coburn was out hunting together in the woods when a partridge accidentally flew between them. Both drew up their guns to fire and Mr. Van Buskirk did so, the shot taking such a direction as to strike his companion full in the face inflicting a very ugly wound. The physicians in attendance fear that Mr. Coburn will entirely lose his eyesight, but are doing what surgical skill and experience will permit for his relief.



From Ontario County Journal 1 October 1875

Accident - Mr. H. C. Lucas
met with quite a serious accident by being thrown from his buggy on Monday.  He was driving one of his horses before a top buggy on Railroad Avenue, accompanied by Luc. M. Smith.  His horse was frightened by two or three locomotives sputtering by, and plunging forward brought the buggy in contact with a lumber wagon loaded with wood, which tipped the buggy over, and throwing out the occupants.  Mr. Lucas struck the ground upon his head and shoulders, and was a good deal injured, his right shoulder being dislocated and his face a good deal cut and bruised.  Mr. Lucas was conveyed into the Masseth House, and Dr. Bennett called, who reduced the dislocation and dressed the wounds, after which he was taken to his residence on Bristol street.  For a day or two he was confined to his bed much of the time, but is now recovering rapidly from the results of his severe "shaking up."  Mr. Smith was considerably bruised on his head and right hip, but had no serious fractures.  The horse and buggy sustained but little damage.



From Ontario County Journal 8 October 1875

Mr. John B. Hall,
of Cheshire, was poisoned one day last week by a scratch on one of his hands from a manure fork, so that it is possible he may lose the hand.  He paid no attention to the slight wound at first, but after a few hours it pained him dreadfully, and inflammation set in, and he was threatened with lock jaw.  A physician was summoned, who did what he could to relieve the pain and arrest inflammation, but the flesh upon the hand is dead, and at last accounts it was supposed that amputation must be resorted to.



Myron H. Miller, of Cheshire, met with a very painful accident while out gunning one day last week.  He stood in the woods looking for game, with the muzzle of his loaded gun resting on his right foot.  The gun was accidentally discharged, and the charge passed through his foot into the ground.  After the accident, he hobbled about half a mile before he found assistance.  Physicians were summoned and his very painful wound was dressed, while he was under the influence of chloroform.  He loses two or three toes by the accident.  There must have been carelessness in the shooting, though we doubt whether Mr. Miller sees it in that light.



From Ontario County Journal 15 October 1875

Accident - Mrs. A. S. Lincoln
met with quite a severe accident on Thursday of last week at her home in this village. She was standing on a lounge to wind up the clock, and in getting down fell and broke her right arm near the wrist.  She was attended by Dr. Voak and is doing well.



From Geneva Gazette 22 October 1875

Mr. Elijah Goodale,
a well-known and esteemed citizen of this town, who has been very ill for several weeks, and at the time of the lamentable event of his wife's death so seriously prostrated that his life was in jeopardy -- we are pleased to see is convalescent, and able occasionally to visit town.  We trust his recovery is permanent.



From Ontario County Journal 22 October 1875

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -
Last Tuesday afternoon, as Mr. and Mrs. R. Huntington were about returning home from Canandaigua, their horse became unmanageable and dashed down Coy street at a terrific rate of speed.  Upon reaching Sherwood's lumber yard on Bemis street, the horse ran through the gate, collided with a load of lumber, and threw Mr. and Mrs. H. from their carriage, over the horses attached to the load, and deposited them upon the lumber in a manner more unceremonious than comfortable.  Mr. H., having the reins in his hands, was dragged from the top of the load to the ground, and at the same time the team attached to the load started, one wheel of the wagon passing over both of Mr. H.'s limbs.  The horse was soon secured and taken care of.  The carriage was a total wreck.  Mr. and Mrs. Huntington both sustained some pretty severe, though not serious, bruises.  It was truly a most miraculous escape.



From Ontario County Times 3 November 1875

On Thursday afternoon of last week, "Let" Clark, a colored man, working in Murray's cider mill in this village, met with quite a painful thought, fortunately, not a serious injury, to his right hand. He was raising a screw to one of the presses, and had it, as he supposed, secure, and turned away, when the nut slipped from the end of it, letting down on his hand, cutting an ugly gash about four inches long, extending from the ball of the thumb to the wrist; but as no bones were broken, the injury is more painful than alarming. Dr. J. A. Hawley attended the case.



From Ontario County Times 10 November 1875

We are sorry to hear that our esteemed friend, Sylvanus Barden, of Seneca, while at work in his timber land in that town, last Friday, was struck on the head by a tree he was felling. He was injured very seriously, and now lies in a semi-conscious state, in a critical condition.



From Geneva Gazette 12 November 1875

Mr. Selah Peabody
of Hopewell met with a serious accident on Saturday last.  Having loaded a wagon with grain which stood between the barn and stack, he got off to start the team, but before securing the lines the horses started, caught his ankle between the wheel and a post, breaking the large bone on the outside of his leg and crushing several small bones in his ankle. He is doing as well as can be expected.



From Geneva Gazette 12 November 1875

We learn that Julius N. Granger, Esq., of Manchester, was quite seriously injured last Tuesday, by endeavoring to stop a runaway team, belonging to his son-in-law, Mr. Sidney D. Jackson.  The team from some cause started from Mr. Jackson's barn attached to a load of grain, and in the direction of R. R. Sanger's residence.  Mr. Granger was driving in the opposite direction, and noticing the runaway jumped from his carriage and endeavored to stop the team; in so doing he was knocked down by the pole of the wagon, receiving, it is feared, some internal injuries, as well as a dislocation of the shoulder. Drs. Van Vleet, Gault and Carpenter were summoned, and at last accounts he was improving.  Can. Repos.



From Geneva Courier 17 November 1875


A Horse Almost Stolen and Saved by Neighing --
  On Wednesday night of the 10th inst., Mrs. Smith, the wife of J. L. Smith of Seneca Castle, heard one of the horses in the stables neigh, which was a habit either of them had when separated from the other; she supposed one of them had got out by some means.  So she called up her nephew, James Brayton, (her husband having gone to Philadelphia) to see what the trouble was.  On going to the stable, he found the back door open and one of the horses missing.  He started out in the lot adjoining the stable to look for it and soon discovered the horse in possession of some person, who on approaching him slipped off the bridle and took to his heels.  The bridle, perhaps, was stolen somewhere else, and he did not want to give that up -- good thing to have neighing horses.  As Mr. Smith is Poor Master and he is not over and above full of sympathy for tramps, it may be some poor tramp just wanted to use the horse to ride to the Poor House.
Seneca Castle, Nov 12th, 1875
H. E. Young



From Ontario County Times 17 November 1875

A man named William Paul, at Geneva, had his skull broken the other day by a blow from a heavy stick of wood in the hands of Richard Knight. It is said that liquor caused the trouble.



Geneva Gazette Fri Nov 19 1875 #47 Page 3 Column 1

HUGH FULTON has just completed and moved into a very finely-built, modern style and commodious brick house on Washington street. Donated by Ernie Fulton



From Geneva Gazette 3 December 1875

Amos Jones, Jr.,
of Hopewell, was thrown from his buggy recently and severely injured, remaining insensible for two days. He is out again, however.



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