From Geneva Gazette 12 January 1877
It is rumored that Mr. Jacob Wormley of Seneca Castle, who
went on a
visit to New York some ten days ago, broke out with the small-pox soon
after his arrival. He had been exposed, it is stated, at one of
the houses at Hall's Corners where the disease had appeared.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1877
Mr. Isaac Washburn of Rushville met with a serious accident
recently. In removing the snow from the roof of
his building, the ladder slipped and he fell to the ground, breaking
his leg. The fracture is near the ankle, and is a serious one.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1877
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Last week Mrs. Edward Davis made
her husband a very nice present of twins - a boy and
a girl. Ed. is the happiest man in town. We are happy to say
that Mrs. Jas. Potter also made her husband a similar present
of a fine boy. Jim comes within one as being as happy as Ed.
From Ontario County Times 24 January 1877
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Frank Wilson, in the employ of the
Hamlin Bros., butchers, met with an accident on Friday last. While in
the act of scalding a hog, the rope by which it was suspended broke,
the hog dropped into a tub of scalding water, Wilson's arm was in some
way drawn into the hot water, and his arm and side were severely
scalded. When his clothing was removed the skin came off with it.
From Ontario County Times 31 January 1877
Michael Ford, a young son of Patrick Ford of Stanley, met with an
accident in the freight yard in this place on Friday evening. While he
was attempting to catch a ride home, it is supposed, on a
southern-bound Northern Central train, he was stuck on the hip by an
engine and severely injured, the thigh bone being fractured. This
occurred about nine o'clock. Dr. Smith was called, and, as we
understand, the patient is improving. There are fears, however, of the
injury assuming a more serious shape. Michael is only about nine or ten
years old, and his father being a poor laborer and unable to provide
the requisite care and attendance, he has been removed to the County
House. It is stated that his mother was killed several years ago by the
cars while attempting to rescue a child from the track.
From Ontario County Journal 2 February 1877
John Sullivan, of this village, had his right arm severely crushed
while coupling cars in the N. Y. Central yard on Tuesday of last week.
No bones were broken. Dr. Bennett attended him and he is
Accident - Last Saturday evening, Mr. A. Dunham of
Manchester, while passing down Main street, slipped and fell on the icy
walk in front of the vacant lot below the railroad track, breaking one
of his legs below the ankle. Dr. J. T. Smith attended him, and he
was able to be conveyed home the same evening. Here is probably a
fair prospect for a suit for damages against the village, and it is
quite probable the plaintiff in such an action could secure a verdict
in his favor; and it is quite as likely that the village
authorities could recover the amount of the verdict from the owner
of the property adjoining the walk on which the accident occurred.
The following, from a Rochester paper this week, is apropo:
"The opinion in a city case just decided by the general term, is
interest. By this opinion those who leave dangerous material
in the street or on the sidewalk, or allow their walks to be out of
repair, will be held liable to the city, in case persons are injured,
and get a recovery against the city for their damages. It is
for all citizens, as well as contractors, to see that their walks or
work are carefully guarded and avoid the chance of having to pay a
From Ontario County Times 7 February 1877
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Henry Moore, while out riding on Monday
evening, met with quite a serious accident. While going into one of the
pitch-holes in the road, his horse became frightened and overturned the
cutter, throwing out the occupants, and then ran away. No damage was
done except breaking the cutter in a very bad manner.
Shortsville, N. Y. - A tragic event occurred here this
afternoon by which a little girl lost her life and a brother narrowly
escaped. Three children of John and Sarah McQuillan were
playing near the banks of the race, sliding on a sled. In the midst of
their play, two of them slipped over the bank into the channel which
had been cut through the ice when the water was out of the race. The
boy was helped out by his brother but the girl went under the ice. The
boys immediately gave the alarm and soon a large crowd of people were
gathered upon the ice trying to find some trace of the body. The shops
and mills were shut down and the head-gates put in and the water nearly
drawn from the race before the body was recovered. It had then been in
water upwards of an hour, and, of course, life was extinct beyond hope
of resuscitation. Mary was the third child lost in this race by these
parents within the space of five years, and all fell into the water
within a space of five rods along the bank. The circumstances tend to
render the case one of unusual sadness, and the bereaved parents and
friends deserving of the sympathy and commiseration of all. The banks
of the race are quite steep and almost totally unprotected by fencing.
It seems that it would be no more than right and just to require those
who are benefited by the use of the water to securely fence both sides
of this race, so that if such accident occur in the future, no reproach
many be cast upon them, and they may feel that all precautions had been
taken to prevent such things happening.
From Ontario County Journal 23 February 1877
Canadice, N. Y. - An accident occurred to Willie Van Doren, a
young gentleman living in the southern part of
our town, at Wayland, on Saturday evening, Feb. 10th, which came
near resulting in instant death. He had driven with a horse and
cutter from his home to Blood's, and was returning via Wayland.
this place, he tarried a short time, and, business done, he reseated
himself in his cutter, and started for home again. As the direct
road home was nearly impassable, he drove west from the village, and
turned towards home, at the place known as Buffalo street. When
nearing the railroad, his horse discovered the headlight of an
approaching freight train. This frightened her, as the evening
dark, and she began to run, and as she sprang, Mr. V. lost control
of one line, leaving him riding at a fearful speed towards the crossing
to which the train was fast approaching. Being in a strange
place, and not knowing where the track lay, he turned his horse
squarely around, when she ran back on the other side of the track; but
she had not gone
far, when she concluded she had rather travel towards home, and she
again and was re-crossing the track when the train came with its
rapidity in contact with the horse and cutter, striking the cutter
in front of the forward knee. At this time the horse was also
caught, but not permanently. This separated the horse from the
cutter, leaving the horse on one side of the track, and Mr. V., seated
in the cutter,
on the other. The cutter was carried some distance, when it was
demolished, and its rider thrown some distance on the ground. The train
was stopped, and Mr. V. looked for and found unconscious, but he soon
revived, and was assisted to the train, thence to the depot, where he
found an acquaintance who brought him home. The horse was found
the next day one or two miles from the place of the disaster.
Both man and horse are doing well in the way of recovering. The
a narrow one, and Mr. V. may well congratulate himself on escaping what
came so near resulting in death.
From Geneva Courier 28 February 1877
GORHAM - We have quite a number on the sick list, Alva
Hershey, Mrs. John
Harrington, G. B. Cook,
though his grit kept him up most every day, and many others who
would have lain by if they could have afforded it. J. M. Pulver
Esq., lies in a very critical state and although hopes had been
entertained of his coming up again soon, yet now they are nearly
dispelled. Mr. Pulver has been our chief justice here for a
number of years and we scarcely know how he can be spared by
his numerous friends. His disease is a heart affection excited by
of the chest.
Mr. Charles Rudges met with quite an accident in the barn
from a pole which fell from the great beam on the side of his
head. He was insensible for some time after the blow, but is now
The barn of Myron Clark, a few miles north of us in
Potter was burned with all its contents last Saturday. The
contents of the barn were insured, but not the building. It was
the work of an
enemy and he had been warned to be on his guard -- none have yet been
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 28 February 1877
Rushville, N. Y. - I learn that on Saturday, Truman Francisco,
living on the lake shore, wanting to get a load of wheat from the
opposite side of the lake, took his wagon across by hand, and loading
it attempted to draw it over by hand. After getting out some distance
from shore, the ice broke and the wagon and grain went to the bottom of
the lake. No one of the party drawing the load was injured, as far as I
From Ontario County Times 7 March 1877
Farmington, N. Y. - Mr. Adelbert Adams and wife, while on their
way to the Friends' meeting, the Sunday following, were tipped out of
their cutter; the horse got away, and left them to pick up the pieces
the best way they could. The horse was very magnanimous, however; only
ran a little way, and then turned about to view the scene with such an
eye of pity that he permitted his driver to catch him, and proceed on
his way rejoicing. That horse is not for sale.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 21 March 1877
Victor, N. Y. - Last Friday a frightful runaway took place in our
streets. A horse and carriage belonging to William Fitzgerald was
being driven along the street by a son of Fitzgerald, when the horse
became frightened and ran away. In attempting to turn the corner near
the hotel, the carriage came in contact with the watering tub on the
corner. The violence of the collision was so great that the occupants
of the carriage, three in number, were sent flying through the air, and
struck the frozen ground fully fifteen feet from the carriage! In their
flight through the air they passed directly over the tub, which is at
least six feet in diameter. All three, strange to say, escaped without
any injury, except the shock of their fall. The horse being free from
the carriage ran toward the depot, and was stopped by Fred
The Victor Dramatic Club will give an entertainment at Jacob's Hall
on Friday evening, the 30th of this month. They will play the patriotic
drama entitled "One Hundred Years Ago, or Our Boys of 1776" with the
following cast of characters: Obed Sterling, a Quaker, George
Sisco; Ephraim Sterling, his son, Frank Gallup; Elmer
Granger, a young patriot, John Ransom; Uriel Bosworth, a
Quaker convert, H. E. Smith; Pretzel, a Dutchman, Will
Garrison; Ginger, a negro, Mort Tallmadge; Burke and
Blutcher, Tories, A. Boughton and S. Pim; Rachael
Sterling, the Quaker mother, Mrs. M. Tallmadge; Ruth Sterling,
her daughter, Miss Mary Morgan; Prudence Granger, Elmer's
sister; Miss Nellie Jacobs. The evening's
entertainment will conclude with the laughable farce of "Paddy Miles'
From Ontario County Journal 6 April 1877
Mrs. John Saul, of this village, slipped and fell upon the side
walk on Gorham street last Friday, breaking her thigh bone. She is an
old lady of 75 years, and is therefore not likely to recover from the
effects of the accident.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 11 April 1877
Last Friday while Mr. Anson C. Dewey was engaged in
carting boxes from his brother's store to his residence, the load being
insecure fell off, throwing Mr. D. to the ground. He struck heavily
upon his left shoulder, putting it out of joint and splitting the bones
of the arm near the elbow. The accident is quite a severe one, and it
will be several weeks before Mr. D. can resume his duties.
From Geneva Courier 18 April 1877
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - I. J. Storer, photographist, who has
of insanity for some time past, became unmanageable by his family and
to kill his father-in-law, (David H. Yager) last night and had
be sent to the Asylum.
From Ontario County Journal 20 April 1877
Mr. Tho's Dixon, who resides with his father near the
foot of the Lake, on the west side, was quite severely injured by being
kicked by a horse while at Mr. Ja's Monteith's last Sunday. Both
hind feet of the horse struck him -- one of the breast and the other in
the face, and knocking loose several teeth. He was picked up
insensible, and it was about two hours before animation was restored.
at once conveyed into Mr. Monteith's house, and properly cared for.
Academy, N. Y. - Mr. E. W. Drew met with a very serious accident
on the 12th instant. He was sawing some timber on the bank of a
ravine and when the log was sawed off, it rolled on to him, crushing
his thigh frightfully, driving the bone through the flesh. Dr.
Bently put it in shape and, of course, it was skillfully done.
Mr. Drew has the sympathy of all the people.
From Geneva Courier 25 April 1877
William Salsbury of Phelps came near having a bad accident
while driving a young horse. He became frightened at the cars and
ran toward them, upsetting the buggy and throwing Mr. Salsbury out
within about six feet of the passing train.
A pair of horses belonging to James Townsend of Seneca
became frightened near the Denton place, and became unmanageable.
They ran about 100 rods and became tangled in the trees and fence,
nearly in front of Mr.
Denton's house. Mr. Townsend received some slight injuries.
From Geneva Courier 2 May 1877
GORHAM -- Our sick still linger on the borders
of the river.
Miss Fosmire is rapidly sinking; and we are sorry to learn that Miss
Frank Wilson is again prostrated with the old complaint--spinal
disease. It is now a little more than a year since her first
attack, and she has suffered greatly in this time.
From Geneva Gazette 9 May 1877
Accident to Victor Residents
Mrs. James Longyear, and her daughter, Miss Longyear, of
Victor, met with a severe accident in Rochester last week. While
driving along East avenue, the horse became frightened and ran away,
and they were thrown out with great violence. Mrs. Longyear was
badly hurt, and for some time her life was despaired of. Aside
from a few bruises upon her head, she was not injured externally, but
it is feared that serious if not fatal internal injuries may have been
sustained. She is about forty-five years old. Miss
Longyear, the daughter, is a young lady about twenty or twenty-two
years of age. The injuries she received, though not so serious as
those her mother suffered, were
of a very painful nature. Her face was badly lacerated and
several teeth were loosened and knocked out of the upper jaw. One
of her arms was seriously bruised, and wounds upon her body in several
parts were inflicted, though
she was fortunate enough to escape without the breaking of any bones.
From Geneva Gazette 9 May 1877
FARMINGTON - A MAN FROM THERE IN TROUBLE - He falls among Thieves in
Rochester, and gets badly hurt
Mr. John McCrea, of Farmington, in this county, has been
getting into a rather bad scrape in Rochester. On last Wednesday
afternoon he was found lying on the sidewalk in that city, in front of
a notorious place, bleeding, and evidently severely injured. He
was conveyed to the hospital, and his wounds, which were severe,
attended to. On being searched several letters and a cash account
book were found in his pockets. One of the letters was from a
clergyman in Farmington. Four men and three women, inmates of the
building, were arrested for
complicity in the affair, and were locked up to await
examination. They claimed that McCrea fell down
stairs, and denied that he had been assaulted. It was shown that
McCrea went to Rochester, by way of Palmyra, and had a watch and $70 in
his pocket. Those were missing when he was found, and it is
suspected that he was robbed by the disreputable persons in whose
company he was found.McCrea lay unconscious in the hospital for several
hours, and for a
time his recovery
was considered doubtful. His skull was fractured, and he has
shown signs of insanity and epilepsy. If he recovers he may be
able to give some idea of how he got into the difficulty.
From Ontario County Times 16 May 1877
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. David Clark, a well-known citizen of this
place, met with a very severe accident on Saturday. The facts in the
case are about as follows: Mr. Clark was in his orchard, marking the
ground preparatory to planting. He was leading the horse by the head,
and Mr. Jack Chisholm had hold of the marker, which stuck a
dead limb lying on the ground. This frightened the horse, and it
plunged forward. Mr. Clark hung to the animal and brought it back
against the marker, which again frightened it, and it plunged again,
this time throwing Mr. Clark to the ground and falling with both knees
upon him. The horse soon broke from C's grasp and ran to the barn, and
Mr. Chisholm picked up the injured man and he was carried to the house.
Dr. Ball was summoned, and Dr. Draper soon after. They found that the
shoulder blade was broken, and the patient was badly bruised in the
right side. The patient is doing as well as the circumstances of the
case will permit.
Shortsville, N. Y. - Some time ago mention was made in this
correspondence of a remarkable instance of longevity in the family of
which Mrs. Nancy Herendeen was a member. In now becomes our
pleasant duty to record the fact that this estimable lady on the 16th
of last month celebrated her 78th birthday. Some twenty-four of her
relatives assembled at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Dorcas
Aldrich, and participated in the pleasures of the occasion. Mrs.
Herendeen, notwithstanding her advanced age, is quite hale and hearty
and preserves her faculties to a marked degree, bidding fair to enjoy
many more pleasant anniversaries of her birth. We hope she may live to
complete the century so well begun.
From Geneva Gazette 1 June 1877
Charley Guile, an apprentice employed in the Courier office,
sustained a serious injury to his left hand yesterday while feeding a
Potter Job Press. He essayed to straighten a "crooked" card after the
nippers had grasped it, and the hand was caught between the platen and
bed as they came together propelled by steam power. His outcry brought Fred Mallette quickly
to his relief, who, however, was obliged to shut off steam and reverse
motion of the press before the hand could be extricated. It was terribly
lacerated, the bones of second and third finger broken. It is feared
the hand will be crippled for life.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 6 June 1877
Shortsville, N. Y. - William J. Felton, an employee of the Star
Paper Company of this village, met with a severe accident on Friday
last. He got his right hand caught between the felt and dryer rolls,
and his right arm to the shoulder was bruised and considerably burned.
The dryer roll is a cylinder about four feet in diameter, and is heated
by steam. The two rolls are but one and a half inches apart, and the
felt is tightly drawn against the dryer. The arm was carefully dressed,
and he is now getting along quite comfortably.
From Geneva Gazette 13 June 1877
A short runaway, but one of remarkable energy, and dangerous
character, occurred on Exchange street on Monday afternoon. Mr.
and Mrs. Patrick Keeleher, who live about 4 miles west of Geneva,
had driven into town with a neighbor, Mrs. August Zimmerman,
and had started to return home, when their horse began to kick
vigorously. The ladies screamed, and the frightened animal went
off at a rapid rate. In
front of Kent's store he made a plunge toward the sidewalk, and
collided with a wagon standing there, throwing out Mr. and Mrs.
Keeleher and Mrs. Zimmerman, with great violence. They struck on
their heads on the pavement, and their escape from serious injury is
remarkable. Mr. Keeleher sustained a severe cut on the
forehead. He was attended by Dr. Gallagher. Mrs. Keeleher
was quite badly bruised and cut on the face and shoulder. She was
carried into Cawfield's shoe store, and attended by Dr. H. D.
Weyburn. Mrs. Zimmerman was taken to Maynard and Lanning's drug
store, and attended by Dr. Flood. Her left cheek, shoulder and
side were badly bruised and scratched.
From Ontario County Times 13 June 1877
While driving down Main street in this village on Monday afternoon,
when a short distance below the railroad crossing, Mr. David Hewitt
of South Bristol observed the tongue of his wagon to drop down. The
wagon continued its onward course while the horses went in another
direction. Half a dozen men with ready hands seized the wagon and
horses, bringing everything to a standstill, thereby spoiling what bid
fair to be a good item. Why will people be so inconsiderate?
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 20 June 1877
Farmington, N. Y. - Loren Cotton met with a very serious accident
a short time ago, near Paddleford's. His horse got frightened, and
threw him out of the buggy, injuring him badly. I understand he is
improving very slowly.
On Friday last Thomas R. Baker met with an accident while
shearing sheep. As one of the sheep was flouncing around, it kicked a
pair of shears, which hit him over the eye. Dr. Phillips was called on
to dress the wound. We understand he is doing well.
From Ontario County Times 20 June 1877
Canandaigua was visited on Saturday last by Deacon Zenas
Wheeler, an aged gentleman of Phelps, whose memory reaches back to
times when the Republic was in its infancy. Mr. Wheeler is ninety-three
years old, having been born in Berkshire county, Mass., some four years
before the inauguration of Washington. He was therefore about twelve
years of age when the Father of his Country retired from office, and
hence he has lived to see nineteen different men occupy the
presidential chair. He removed to Western New York when he was about
nineteen years of age, and has resided since that time for the most
part in the town of Phelps. He has long been a pillar in the
Presbyterian church, was a Whig in olden times, and is now a staunch
Republican, is in possession of all his faculties, and bids fair to
witness another decade of the country's history. We trust he may do so.
Shortsville, N. Y. - The other day John McQuillan had
a narrow escape from losing his hand and arm. He was cutting rags at
the paper mill and a string used to sew up the sacks of rags caught
around his wrist and drew his hand into the machine. Being a strong
man, he made a mighty effort and broke the cord, but not till the
rapidly revolving knife had clipped of a corner of the thumb. Had the
cord held another instant, a serious accident would have resulted. Jack
is to be congratulated on his escape.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 27 June 1877
Gorham, N. Y. - Mr. James Smith and O. Disbrow came near
a fatal accident one day last week. They were crossing the bridge that
spans the Flint Creek at Orleans, when it fell with them some ten feet
or more, crushing the wagon badly, and dislocating Mr. S.'s shoulder
and breaking some of the bones. Mr. Disbrow escaped with slight
bruises, as did also the horse. Mr. Smith had a child in his arms which
was thrown forward and also slightly bruised. We learn the structure
had been regarded safe, and preferred to others near there.
On Monday as Mary and Martha Esserine of Woodville, were
driving down Italy Hill, near Naples, a portion of the harness gave
way, and their horse kicked violently and landed them in the road,
seriously if not fatally injuring them. It is thought they were both
struck by the horse's feet.
From Ontario County Journal 6 July 1877
Smashed Up - On Saturday last, Andrew Orr procured a
horse and buggy at Whitwell's livery establishment, ostensibly for a
drive over into Farmington. He took with him for a companion
a young man named McGregor, and started for a day's fun, of
which they apparently procured a quantum sufficit. They
proceeded together up the west side of the lake, and were found at
Woodville, at the head of the lake, by a party who had gone there on an
excursion on one of the steamers. The buggy was badly broken, the
horse greatly injured, and both young men very much intoxicated.
It seems the horse had run away down the steep and crooked hill
at Woodville. The great wonder is that the horse was not
precipitated over some of the almost perpendicular banks and killed.
Information was given to Mr. Whitwell Sunday toward
evening, and procuring a warrant for the arrest of Orr and McGregor,
Tate set out in search of the men and damaged property. He had
a chase for Orr, whom he captured in the woods back of Woodville, about
four o'clock Monday morning. The other man and the property were
at Woodville when he arrived there Sunday night. All were
to Canandaigua Monday by boat. Orr and McGregor were arraigned
Police Justice Hall for examination, but terms of settlement were
agreed upon, and the trial did not proceed. It would seem to be a
pretty costly spree for the boys.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 11 July 1877
Gorham, N. Y. - A. sad accident occurred to Mr. Frederic
Reivestack, last Tuesday evening. Mr. R. is a tenant of William
Snyder, and with another gentleman was coming into town, driving a
span of horses, when the singletree got loose, struck one of the
horses, frightening it so that both ran, dragging both men to the
ground and by some means Mr. Reivestack's leg was broken near the
ankle, his wrist sadly wrenched, but hopes are entertained that it is
not broken, with other bruises, making it a wonder he was not killed.
The other man fell so that the wagon ran over him as he lay between the
wheels, but did not touch him. The broken limb has been reduced, and he
is now doing well for so great a bruising.
Our citizens, or at least those who staid at home on the Fourth, had
the pleasure of listening to the Naples Cornet Band, led by Mr.
Owen Sutton. They had been engaged by Capt. Standish of the
Steamer Ontario, and accompanied the boat on each trip. They appeared
in a handsome new uniform. The following are the members of the Band: Owen
Sutton, E. Flat; M. C. Sutton, Cornet; Scott Sutton, Alto;
Fred. Lee, Second Alto; Frank Lee, Tenor; A. W.
Dutton, Baritone; Charles Hoecker, B. Bass; Clarence
Smith, E. Tuba; Charles Peck, Bass Drum; F. J.
Clements, Cymbals; M. Lyon, Snare Drum; E. P. Higgins,
From Ontario County Times 11 July 1877
Bristol, N. Y. - On Wednesday evening, while Mr. Mark
Dusenbury was driving a double team across the Hill, the sparks
from a Roman candle fell on the horses, frightening them so that for a
time they were unmanageable and ran over Mr. Lewis Fowler and Mr.
Charles Wright, injuring them seriously. Had we the time we would
endeavor to say a few things concerning fire-crackers and kindred
nuisances, which ought to be restrained by law. But if we had the power
to make the law our reform governor would be sure to veto the same.
From Ontario County Journal 20 July 1877
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Sunday evening, Jerry Murray and
Thomas Barry, living in the west part of town, had a
little difficulty, and Murray, after kicking Barry in the face, struck
him on the head with some heavy instrument inflicting a terrible wound.
Barry was brought to Dr. Silvernail about 11 o'clock and his
were dressed. Monday morning, Murray appeared before the Esquire,
complained of himself and was fined $12.50.
From Ontario County Times 25 July 1877
Lincoln Hawley, a young man of this village, met with a serious
accident while riding about town with a lady on Sunday. On Main street
the horse became frightened, and the occupant of the carriage were
thrown out. Hawley suffered the breaking of an ankle and other less
severe injuries, while the lady escaped without injury save to her
clothing, which was, as might be expected, badly damaged. The running
horse was secured in front of the Hubbell Block, the carriage having
been considerably damaged.
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - Charles Chambers met with quite a
severe accident a few days ago. He was riding out with a young lady,
and on his return home the carriage suddenly upset on turning a corner.
Both of the occupants were thrown out, but neither was hurt. The horse
was injured severely, and the carriage was slightly damaged.
From Ontario County Journal 27 July 1877
Mr. Aaron Dodge, of Flint Creek, was severely injured by a
vicious steer running at large recently. He was knocked down and
upon, being thus severely bruised. He is an old man of 87 years.
From Ontario County Journal 3 August 1877
Mr. John A. Ryan, of South Bristol, was seriously injured by being
thrown from his wagon last Friday while driving down the hill into
Bristol Center. His horses were frightened by the breaking of the
neck-yoke and ran away. Mr. Ryan was unconscious for two days
after the accident, but he rallied under careful treatment, and hopes
are entertained that he will fully recover.
From Phelps Citizen 3 August 1877
S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain), wife and mother have been spending a few days at Glen Cove, on Canandaigua lake, the guests of the families of Harrison Gridley, of Canandaigua, and Dwight Atwater, of Elmira.
From Ontario County Times 15 August 1877
The Hermitage cabin, just now gives shelter to the jolliest party
of young people, most of whom are residents to Canandaigua. Their names
are as follows: Messrs. Will Lightfoot, Fred. Stevens, E. G.
Chapman and Cha's W. Hicks, Canandaigua; Frank
Taylor, Bellona; W. Barker, New York; Charles W.
Smith, Kendall; Misses Julia Anderson, Ella Stevens, Emma
Stevens, Mary Hoyt, and Ruth Stearns, Canandaigua;
Hattie Chadwick, Fairport; Kate Morrison, Geneva.
Victor, N. Y. - A novel bargain was made in our village last
week. John McMahon had a horse to sell and Jimmy Maher wished
to buy one; but they could not agree upon the price. McMahon wanted
$75, Maher would only give $60. Finally it was agreed to sell the horse
by weight. Here another difficulty was presented. McMahon wanted six
cents per pound and Maher wouldn't give but five and half. At last they
agreed to toss a penny to see whether the horse should be sold at five
or six cents a pound. McMahon won the toss and the horse was led onto
the scales, and he turned the balance at eleven hundred. At six cents
the amount would be $66. Maher paid for the horse.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 22 August 1877
Mr. Ezra Skeels of Honeoye was badly gored in the abdomen by an
infuriated bull, a few days since. The wound is about six inches long.
But for a friendly dog that rendered timely aid he would have been
From Ontario County Times 22 August 1877
Geneva has a sad case of child desertion. William Beatty, a
resident of that village, was surprised a few nights since to find an
infant child in the front hall of his residence. It has since been
discovered that one Mary Malone of Waterloo is the mother of
the waif, and it is alleged that the father is none other than a
wayward son of Mr. Beatty.
Ontario County Journal 24 August 1877
Family Reunion - The Beeman family held their first
reunion at Seneca Point recently. There were a goodly number of
the name and connection present, and an organization was perfected
which will doubtless assure many pleasant annual gatherings in the
future. The officers elected to serve until the next annual
President - Rejoice Beeman, Canandaigua;
The day was pleasantly passed in appropriate exercises, addresses,
&c., and music by the Naples band.
Vice-Presidents - Nelson Beeman, Bristol Springs; John
S. Beeman, Honeoye; Elam C. Beeman, Canandaigua;
Treasurer - Wm. Beeman, Canandaigua;
Rec. Secretary - Mrs. E. C. Beeman, Canandaigua;
Cor. Secretary - Mrs. Nettie Beeman Trickey, Bristol; Mrs.
Wells Tyler, Palmyra;
From Ontario County Times 29 August 1877
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Luther Whitney celebrated his 95th birthday
on Tuesday, the 21st instant. His brothers, Otis and Cheeney, beside
quite a number of children and relatives, gathered at his home, the
residence of Cyrus Bray.
Farmington, N. Y. - Mrs. Margaret Clayton suffers some injuries
caused by another casualty one day last week. While riding in her buggy
near the western border of our township, some part of the harness
broke; the horse became excited, began to kick, and finally she was
thrown out on the bank of the roadside, not only to sustain the
injuries received, but to see her buggy almost demolished. She was
promptly removed to her home, where under care and treatment of Dr.
Phillips it is hoped she will speedily recover.
From Phelps Citizen 31 August 1877
Mr. Warren Fake of Canandaigua was found last Sunday morning at the
foot of the cellar stairs, in an insensible condition. It is supposed
that he fell during a fit. He is recovering from the effects.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 12 September 1877
Mr. John Voorhees of Rushville, had a narrow escape from instant
death a few days ago, while oiling a threshing machine. His clothing
was caught by the tumbling rod, and he was drawn upon the machine,
which was stopped as soon as possible. Mr. V. escaped with a few bad
From Ontario County Journal 14 September 1877
Frederick Bartlett's wife presented him with a bouncing boy last
From Ontario County Journal 21 September 1877
Victor, N. Y. - On Monday evening, as Mr. Ben. Smart and
wife were crossing the railroad at what is known as the Van Voorhis
crossing, near Fisher's , the 12:15 p.m. train going west came along.
Mr. Smart was on his way home from Honeoye Falls and he was
driving a $700 team.
The engine struck the team, killing the horses instantly and
Mr. and Mrs. Smart out of the carriage and injuring them considerably.
From Geneva Gazette 28
A Thrilling Runaway - Seneca St. was the scene of a most
exciting runaway on Monday afternoon last. Mrs. Farman of
Phelps was driving into town with a single horse attached to a democrat
wagon, accompanied by Mrs. Tuttle, an English lady visiting
with her, and a little child of 3 years, daughter of the former.
In descending Seneca St. hill, the horse took fright at a stream
of water thrown from McNamara's hydrant. It is said the breeching
gave away also, letting the wagon strike the frightened animal's
haunches, when he became utterly unmanageable and dashed down the
street at race-horse speed. At the foot of Seneca street
he turned so suddenly in Exchange street, that the wagon was upset,
throwing the occupants with great violence to the hard pavement.
A few feet below the horse was caught. Both women and
the child were picked up unconscious, the two former bleeding profusely
from gashes of the face and head. Instantly Drs. Flood and
Dorchester were at hand and rendered prompt and effective surgical
assistance, the former attending Mrs. Tuttle and the latter Mrs.
F. is a very large woman, weighing 232 lbs. Her face was badly
skinned and bruised; she speedily recovered consciousness. Her little
daughter moaned and groaned with pain, moving all hearts to pity.
escaped broken bones and flesh wounds, but it must have suffered severe
internal injuries. Besides severe contusions of the head, Mrs.
Tuttle was found to have suffered a broken right arm, between the wrist
and elbow, and painful body bruises. When she recovered
she suffered most acute pain. At about 7 o'clock all three were
conveyed home in a hack, and Dr. Covert, the family physician, took
them. Mrs. Tuttle's experience has been a strangely marked one
for accidents and hairbreadth escapes. She has been twice
at sea, and barely rescued from a watery grave - once receiving a
scalp wound from violent contact with rocks. She arrived out from
the old country about two weeks ago, and is a visitor at Mrs. Farman's.
From Geneva Courier 3 October 1877
A MASKED BURGLAR - A FARMER ROBBED OF A LARGE SUM
A most daring burglary was committed on the turnpike road, about
west of Geneva, on Saturday night last. The residence of Mr.
Crigger, a farmer residing on the turnpike, was entered by four
about one o'clock at night. Mr. Crigger, who sleeps alone, was
by the robbers, one of whom was masked. They presented two
and a knife at his head and demanded his money or his life. He
his assailants the keys of the bureau, and they proceeded to help
The robbers took $220 in cash, and a watch valued at $15. Having
what they were after, they left. Mr. Crigger ran to the next
and informed them of the affair.
Mr. Crigger has his suspicions as to the identity of the
burglars. They were evidently well acquainted with his situation,
and the place where his money was kept. He is an old man, and the
shock and loss have very much distressed and frightened him. Last
week, Mrs. Wescott, for many years his faithful housekeeper,
fell from the cars at Waterloo, and broke an arm and one leg. The
accident was cause of great regret and sorrow to him, and he had hardly
recovered from it when this robbery occurred.
From Ontario Repository & Messenger 3 October 1877
Victor, N. Y. - Last Friday a young man named Frank Tallmadge was
severely injured by the cars at Fisher's Station; he attempted to get
onto the 8:15 train going east, and the result was that both feet were
crushed. Dr.'s Green, Hannas, Palmer and Draper were called, only one
foot was amputated, although it was the opinion of the doctors that it
was best to take them both off. Tallmadge now lies in a very critical
condition at the house of his sister at Fishers. Many are making the
statement that Tallmadge was intoxicated at the time, but that is not
From Ontario County Times 3 October 1877
We are informed that the wife of a respectable farmer
named James Cooper, who resides in East Bloomfield, attempted
to put an end to her life on Monday morning last, by cutting her
throat. The unfortunate was quite aged and had long been in poor
health. She was found in the privy with an ugly gash in her throat, but
happily the wound was not of such a character as to cause immediate
death, and it is believed she will recover, although her previously
enfeebled condition makes the result somewhat doubtful.
From Ontario County Journal 5 October 1877
A Narrow Escape - Mr. John E. Wanger of Miller's Corners, met with
a narrow escape last Friday evening while going home. He came
very near having both feet crushed by a wheel, and other injuries.
is now able to be out again.
From Geneva Courier 10 October 1877
THE CREAGER ROBBERY - ARREST OF THE ALLEGED BURGLARS
Immediately on the fact of the burglary at Mr. Jacob Creager residence
mentioned in our last issue becoming known, the officers of the law set
to work to ferret out the perpetrators of the bold crime. On
Friday evening last, about six o'clock, Deputy Sheriff Myers
and constable Nicholas Smith arrested Joseph Crouthers,
James Phillips and John H. Green, young men living in
Geneva, and placed
them in the lockup. On Monday afternoon they were
examined before Justice Martin H. Smith. John E. Bean appeared
for the prosecution, and Hon. G. B.
Dusinberre and Theodore Sill Esq. for the defense
From Phelps Citizen 12 October 1877
Mrs. James Cooper, of East Bloomfield, attempted suicide last week by slitting her throat. Ill health was the cause.
From Phelps Citizen 19 October 1877
While Mr. Palmer Moore and wife were driving to Phelps on
Tuesday, their horse became frightened at a Gipsey camp, near Rufus
Warner's place, and turned the carriage over injuring Mrs. Moore quite
seriously, Mr. Moore receiving but slight bruises. The Gipsies puilled
up camp lively.
From Ontario County Times 24 October 1877
On Monday afternoon a serious runaway accident occurred in this
village. Mr. Everet Lord, who lives a short distance out of
the village, in company with his cousin, Miss Olive Lord, were
riding in a carriage drawn by a team of spirited gray horses. Driving
to the east entrance of the Court House, Mr. Lord jumped upon the
ground and had started to secure the horses to a hitching post, when,
startled probably by an approaching wagon in the rear, they plunged
forward. Although Mr. Lord had hold of the lines, he was unable to
check the frightened animals, and after being dragged some distance,
his hold was broken, and the horses plunged madly across the northeast
corner of the square. The wagon was capsized and Miss Lord, who is an
elderly lady, was thrown violently against a tree. The shock was so
severe as to deprive her of consciousness, and her injuries were found
to be of a most serious character. Under the direction of Dr. Bennett,
who was called to the scene of the accident, the unfortunate lady was
immediately taken to the residence of Mrs. DeVoe, on Main street, where
everything was done for her relief that surgical skill and experience
could suggest. It appears that she suffered a severe concussion of the
brain, and was also badly bruised about the chest. Though dangerously
hurt, hopes are entertained of her recovery. After Miss Lord was thrown
from the wagon, the horses continued their wild flight to Main street,
then to Jail, and up Jail to the Canandaigua Hotel. Rushing upon the
veranda of that building, they turned south and ran towards the
railroad. When directly in front of the ladies' entrance, one of them
stumbled and fell, and they were then secured, just in time to save
them from going over the bank. They fortunately escaped serious injury,
but the wagon was reduced to a complete wreck.
From Phelps Citizen 26 October 1877
Dell Burnett met with a serious runaway on West Main street
Wednesday. His horse becoming fractious, began kicking, and soon broke
loose from the buggy after demolishing it considerably. No one was
From Phelps Citizen 9 November 1877
George Hilliard and Burr Moore, of Orleans, met with an
accident last Saturday. They were on the road to Phelps, when their
horse became frightened, completely upsetting the buggy. Moore was
somewhat injured about the head, but not seriously.
From Ontario County Times 4 December 1877
A few days since while James O'Grady of Geneva was engaged
in hunting on Cayuga lake, he attempted to draw his gun from the boat
by the muzzle, when the weapon was discharged, badly lacerating his
left arm and one of his thighs. The injuries are severe, but not likely
to necessitate amputation.
From Ontario County Times 12 December 1877
Mr. Barney Schauble of Padelford Station had his right hand badly
mutilated while feeding a buzz saw yesterday morning. It is feared that
the amputation of all the fingers will be necessary. Mr. Schauble is an
enterprising young farmer, and we regret very much to learn of his
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