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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
and after a few moments talk with him, Johnson drew a pistol and
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
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
and discovered the bullet as above stated, but the Doctor did not deem
advisable to extract the bullet at this time, but has doubtless done so
this. Sheriff Boswell was of course promptly informed of the
and he proceeded at once to the scene of the shooting, and found no
in arresting Johnson and lodged him in jail Wednesday morning. An
of the prisoner was held before Justice Brace on Wednesday and he was
to await action by the grand jury. Mr. Mattoon remained to attend
examination and give his evidence, and we saw him on the street in the
So far as is known there was no quarrel or ill feeling between
two men, and we are told that Johnson himself says he does not know why
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.
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
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
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
the flesh upon the hand is dead, and at last accounts it was supposed
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
wound was dressed, while he was under the influence of chloroform.
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
right arm near the wrist. She was attended by Dr. Voak and is
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
R. Huntington were about returning home from Canandaigua, their
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.
their carriage, over the horses attached to the load, and deposited
upon the lumber in a manner more unceremonious than comfortable.
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
one wheel of the wagon passing over both of Mr. H.'s limbs. The
was soon secured and taken care of. The carriage was a total
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
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
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
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
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
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
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