From Ontario County Times 2 January 1878
South Bristol, N. Y. - A neighbor of ours, Mr. E. R. Smith, had
a narrow escape a few days since from serious, if not fatal, injury. As
he was driving a young horse around a dugway, it became frightened by
some means and turning suddenly, plunged off the bank, some eight or
ten feet in height, into the woods. Mr. S. was thrown violently
forward, striking his face against the gambrel joint of the horse and
one of his thighs across the thill, and as he supposed, fracturing the
bone. His injuries were however, comparatively slight, so that he has
been able to keep about.
From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1878
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Miss Lottie Swart, who is attending the
Normal School at Geneseo, came home to spend the Holiday season. She
returned to her school on Wednesday last.
Flint Creek, N. Y. - C. A. Collar met with quite an accident last
Friday morning. He started from home in a buggy to take his
daughter to school and in driving up quite a steep pitch near his mill,
the horse by some means stepped off the bank on the side
of the road and rolled down a high bank, the buggy was overturned and
fell upon the horse, throwing Mr. C. and his daughter out and injuring
them quite severely, but not so as to prevent the daughter from going
to school. The horse was uninjured but the buggy was badly
demolished. Mr. C. received a kick from the horse upon one of his
legs which made him quite lame.
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Stephen H. Blood, of this town, recently
had a very narrow escape from death by an overdose of morphine, that
should be a warning to everyone. It seems that on Friday, the
21st of last month, he was not feeling very well, and in the evening
while the rest of the family were at the Methodist social at Mr. Orrin
Preston's, he decided to take a dose of Rochelle salts. He went to the
cupboard, took down the bottle which he supposed contained the salts,
and emptied a portion of the contents into a tumbler of water.
powder did not readily mix with the water, the most of it floating on
surface, ant that he removed. This probably saved his life.
drank the rest of the contents of the tumbler, and very soon after
to feel great distress and pain all over his body, and finally became
unconscious. When the family returned from the social, at about
o'clock, they found him in that condition, his breathing almost
suspended, gasping convulsively at intervals, and apparently dying. Dr.
J. W. Palmer was immediately summoned, under whose skillful management,
the patient rallied and after sleeping heavily until Sunday morning,
regained his consciousness and narrated the occurrence as it is above
stated. The bottle was then found on the shelf where Mr. Blood
had replaced it, labeled "morphene," and was nearly empty. We sincerely
congratulate Mr. Blood
and his family on so happy a termination of what might have been a very
sad tragedy. People cannot be too careful about taking medicines and
with whose distinguishing characteristics they are not perfectly
From Ontario County Times 9 January 1878
Bristol, N. Y. - Mr. Sidney Simmons, while threshing clover at Mr.
Cooper's met with an accident, which, though bad, is fortunately not
worse. He was clearing out in under the cylinder, and reached up too
far, when the teeth caught his fingers, tearing and lacerating the
flesh terribly on the ends of three fingers and a thumb.
The numerous friends of Barnard Schauble of Padelford's, will
be pleased to learn that his hand, so badly mutilated by a saw a few
weeks ago, is fast healing, and that he will escape with the loss of
but one finger. This is much better than at first anticipated.
From Geneva Courier 16 January
Stanley NY - A horse belonging to Mr. James Hutchinson died
some time ago at the unusual age of nearly 30 years.
Some sneak thief entered the dwelling of Mr. Thomas C. McCawley,
while the inmates were elsewhere, and removed flour to the amount of
200 lbs. No clues to the thief.
The Stanley Reform Club held an election of officers some time ago,
with following result:
President - A. C. Rippey
Vice-Presidents - C. W. Barnes, H. J. Rice, Mrs. C. W. Barnes
Secretary - T. C. Rippey
Treasurer - L. L. Cole, Esq.
Executive Committee - Mrs. M. D. Lawrence, Miss Jennie Whedon, Mrs.
C. W. Barnes, J. R. Topping, George M. Whedon.
Since the organization of the club 171 persons have enrolled their
names. Rev. I. M. Foster of Seneca Castle is expected to address
the club on Friday evening, January 18th.
From Ontario County Times 30 January 1878
Attempted Suicide - On Sunday evening, Mrs. Wasp, the wife of
Thomas Wasp, residing on Buffalo street in this village, was
discovered in a position that plainly indicated she was very near
entering another sphere of existence, and that, alas ! by her own
hands. She had braced an ax from one of the steps in the cellar stairs
to a beam of the floor, and over this had thrown a noose, by which she
expected to end her existence on earth. When the moment of action came,
she jumped bodily off the stairs, and as she is a very heavy woman, it
is a wonder that her death was not almost instantaneous. Her son,
discovering the critical condition of affairs, called in the help of a
couple of stout neighbors and the unconscious body was quickly cut
down. With all haste a messenger brought Dr. Carson to the scene of the
tragedy, and an examination showed that life was not extinct. Since
then the unfortunate woman has so far recovered as to be considered out
of danger from the effects of her rash act, which it is to be hoped she
will have no desire to repeat. From what our reporter has been able to
learn it is fairly presumable that Mrs. Wasp was provoked to attempt
self-destruction through some domestic infelicity.
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. Eugene Heath, while turning the corner
at the head of Main street Friday night, overturned the buggy and its
occupants by a collision with the corner post of Mr. James Johnson's
premises. He and his lady companion must have had their attention fixed
upon the ----- well, the stars for instance. But no, there were no
stars visible that night. At any rate, they were not intent upon their
driving. The buggy was a new one and never before had been run. It
broke three or more spokes and sprang one of the axles.
Canadice, N. Y. - On the 4th inst., John Struble, son
of Simeon Struble, had a runaway at Springwater. His team, which were
hitched to a democrat buggy, got away from him as he backed them out of
the mill shed, and ran about a mile, breaking down two telegraph poles
in their course; leaving the buggy behind considerably broken, and
coming to a halt after one horse had stumbled and fallen. No serious
damage was done beyond that mentioned.
Henry Slingerland almost had a runaway a few days ago, while
driving a young team. They started colt-fashion to run, but after a
short exercise, were persuaded to stop. When looking about preparing
for a new start, Mr. S. found one of the bits broken, and then began to
realize that it was good luck as well as management that prevented a
From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1878
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE - On Sunday evening last, Mrs.
Thomas Wass, residing on Buffalo street, attempted to commit
suicide by hanging herself with a rope in the cellarway of her
She was discovered before life was extinct and cut down.
W. T. Swart was speedily summoned, and he did all possible for her
restoration, which was somewhat difficult, as she is quite a heavy
woman, and her spine was seriously affected by her fall upon the rope.
Two or three
days elapsed before she was fully restored to consciousness, and it is
now expected that time and proper care will lead to her full recovery
from the effects of her rash act.
From Ontario County Times 6 February 1878
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Patrick Riley was driving home one day last
week with a load of coal in his wagon, and a pair of bobs on top of the
coal. He stopped his team and left them standing to pick up something
in the road. The team started with the load and ran a short distance
and tipped the wagon into the ditch. They then broke loose from the
wagon and ran into a hitching post when they were captured. The damage
Mr. Noah Tibbals of Canadice has a barn which was covered with
shaved, white pine shingles in the summer of 1826, and has never been
repaired or required repairs til this date. Mr. Tibbals informs us that
the north slope has never leaked at all, but the south slope now
requires new shingles.
From Phelps Citizen 1 February 1878
Spencer Downing, of Shortsville, was injured Friday while working a buzz saw, cutting off his thumb and forefinger.
From Geneva Gazette 8 February 1878
Our friend, David Scott of Seneca, had an adventure in
town last Tuesday. He drives a good and
fast horse. Just before turning into Washington street Chas.
Bean's residence, a body of snow falling from the trees frightened
the animal, from which fright it did not recover during the day.
Starting for home about noon, the horse continued restive, and
near the Water Cure attempted to run. He was shied to one side,
ran under the shed below the Cure where the cutter was badly wrecked.
We are glad to state that Mr. Scott was injured but slightly.
Henry Mott was born April 20th, 1791, in
Washington Township, Duchess county, N. Y., and moved to Gorham
in the fall of 1841. He has voted at every election since
1812, and always the Democratic ticket straight. He
is today as spry on foot as any child he has, and they are numerous and
not as slow as they might be. Show us a better
record if you can in this county. Of course, the end of this man will
From Geneva Courier 6 Mar 1878
OLD TIMES IN GENEVA FIFTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Interesting Reminiscences of former inhabitants.
We make further extracts from Ray's Miscellaneous Register,
published in Geneva, in 1823, and giving interesting reminiscences of
those early days of our village, as follows:
On Jan 20, Peter Dorchester, a painter and glazier, living
in Geneva, committed suicide by taking opium. No cause was known
for the act.
On Jan. 25, it is stated that Bishop Hobart will soon pass
through this village on his way to consecrate a church at
Batavia. Rev. Orin Clark, rector of Trinity church, and a
professor in the Geneva Theological Seminary, and Rev. Lucius Smith,
rector of St. Peter's church, Auburn, are announced as appointed by the
Trustees of Geneva College to receive donations for the purpose of the
institutions, and they shortly started out
on a journey in performance of their duties.
From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1878
Too Much Married - Last Saturday, officers Tate and McClarey went
to Geneva and arrested two persons known as Frank Richardson and
Fanny Brown, who were lived together and admit having
been regularly married some time since. It is claimed that Richardson
has another wife living, and the guileless Fanny admits that she has
or three other husbands living, but claims that she supposed the
living apart from a husband for one year dissolved the marriage tie.
The two were arrested at the instant of Fanny's first husband,
who did not exactly like the appearance of things. An examination
of the case is set down to be held before Justice Hemenway next Monday,
when doubtless a queer state of marital affairs will be disclosed.
From Phelps Citizen 29 March 1878
Jesse P. Severance, of
Phelps was severely injuried at Medina last week. Being at work with a
buzz saw, his right arm was caught and nearly severed. The cut extended
from the inner side of the wrist outward to a point below the elbow,
separating the smaller bone. He is slowly recovering from its effects.
From Ontario County Times 3 April 1878
The Manchester boys are early in the field with a base ball
organization that bids fair to make an honorable record in the contests
of the coming season. It is to be known as the Union Base Ball Club,
and is constituted as follows: Alex. H. Adams, captain and
catcher; Ed Cowan, pitcher; Louis M. Matthews, secretary
and 1st base; Frank Cole, 2nd b.; Ed. Lathbury, 3rd
b.; Frank Dunn, s. s.; Will Adams, l. f.; W.
Rouse, treasurer and c. f.; E. Bonnard, r. f. This makes
a strong nine, and we are informed that they hold themselves ready to
meet in friendly contest any club in Ontario county. Challenges may be
addressed to the secretary, L. M. Matthews at Chapinville, N. Y.
From Phelps Citizen 5 April 1878
Mrs. John Page had a
narrow escape from a fatal accident last Friday. Driving alone in the
eastern part of the village, her horse took fright at the 2:40 train,
and became unmanageable. Running into tree and fence near Mr. Hammond's,
the carriage was overturned, and Mrs. Page thrown to the ground, her
foot becoming fast in the wheel. In that position she was dragged ten or
twelve rods over several trees before being released. She was but
little bruised, and rapidly recovering.
From Geneva Courier 10 April 1878
A Phelps Girl Shot
Many of our readers have seen the account of the shooting of Md'll.
Volante at Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She is a Phelps girl, her
real name being Louisa R. Maley. Her body arrived at
Phelps yesterday morning on the 7:47 train, and was buried this
afternoon. Her mother and a brother and sister live in
Phelps. Miss Maley was an actress in a theatre, and was shot by
another actress while performing the dangerous feat of having an apple
shot from her head.
From Geneva Courier 17 April 1878
The following from the N. Y. Herald and other papers gives
of the death of Louisa R. Maley, of Phelps, at Pawtucket, R. I.,
After explaining the trick of shooting the apples by taking aim at
reflection in a mirror, the papers say:
Miss Franklin displayed considerable skill in hitting her target and
other objects while firing directly at them, and she seemed confident
and assured when the final feat was to be attempted. Mlle.
Volante stepped alertly to her station, smiling at the audience as she
did so. Placing the apple, an ordinary sized one, on top of her
head, where it rested in her luxuriant hair, she stood motionless as a
statue. Miss Franklin also took her station near the footlights,
in front of the mirror, and deliberately aimed over her shoulder
through the glass at her ill-fated friend. The audience sat in
silence, curiously watching the performers and suspecting some
deceitful trick, when suddenly the trigger was pulled and at the same
instant a shriek resounded through the hall, as the unfortunate Volante
fell forward on the stage. At first it was only supposed that
Mlle. Volante had been wounded, but it was
not many minutes before the news spread that the woman had been
instantly killed, the fatal bullet having entered the forehead and
pierced the brain.
Says the Herald:
"Volante was a country girl, born and reared in Phelps, Ontario
Co. Her right name is Lottie Manly, and her mother, a widow lady,
gave her a good training. In time, however, she found it
necessary to leave home. The resources of the family were
limited, and an elder sister, who had preceded her to this city, had
fared well. To her Lottie came, and for a time her experience was
identical with that of most young women in her station. A menial
position and low wages disheartened her, and being a girl of some
ambition, she expressed a determination to her friends to adopt some
calling, no matter what it was, rather than lead the humdrum life of a
servant. While in this mood she met Azarene Monroe, a trapeze
performer, who was the pupil and associate of Frank Monroe.
Through her Lottie procured the services of the latter as instructor,
and, with the assistance of her relatives, succeeded in mastering the
mysteries of his art. She was then offered an engagement at the
Olympic Theatre in Brooklyn, which she accepted, and there she made her
debut. Since that she appeared at the London and Volks Garten in
this city, and Deagle's Opera House in New Haven. There she made
quite an impression and was re-engaged. Shortly after she
returned to the Olympic in Brooklyn, whence she went to "The London,"
New Haven, under John Hammond's management. Later on she appeared
in Mozart Garden, Brooklyn, and there she was engaged for a series of
performances at Fall River. In that town the managers of the
theatre failed, and being left without resources, she readily accepted
an offer of the Pawtucket Opera House, where she met her tragic
end. Josie Fowler, or Jennie Franklin as she is also called, the
young woman who fired the shot which struck Volante, first appeared in
'Harry Hill's' in this city as a female boxer, and on the boards there
met Peter Lawler, of California, in a fist encounter. She
afterward met Franklin, who taught her the shooting trick she practiced
in Pawtucket with such a dreadful result. Volante's sister, in
Brooklyn, reached her bedside just before her death. The deceased
led a life of excitement for the past four years, but has been on the
stage only about a year. She is of Irish parentage, and was
twenty-three years of age. About four years ago a lover of hers
met his death by an accidental pistol shot in St. Louis. She was
engaged to a young man named Bissell, in New Haven, Conn. Miss
Volante was a strict Catholic and a couple of priests were in
attendance upon her to-day."
The relatives of the girl deny that the apple was placed on her
head. They state that Miss Franklin fired her rifle at apples
placed upon a target and not upon Miss Maley's head, as has been
erroneously stated. Miss Maley, anxious to begin her part, which
came immediately after the twelfth shot, stepped forward just as it was
fired, and received the bullet in her brain. The bullet entered
the forehead at the beginning of the hair and came out on the other
side of the head. The surgeons who were called immediately probed
the wound, causing the blood to profusely. The friends of Miss
Maley believe that the surgeons by their unwise course, shortened life,
if they did not render her wound mortal.
From Ontario County Times 10 April 1878
A pleasant family reunion was held at the residence of Mrs. Wm.
Boswell on Beeman street in this village on Saturday evening last,
it being the occasion of her seventy-fifth birthday. By a singular
coincidence it was also the birthday of one of her sons. Four of her
five children were present: Nathaniel, Jonathan, Daniel and Susan. The
families of some of them were present also. The other daughter, Mrs.
Mason of Buffalo, was not there. A bountiful supper was provided, and
after pleasant reminiscences of former days and a social time
generally, the party separated. Mrs. Boswell retains her powers to a
remarkable degree, and bids fair to live many years to come. As her
husband was a soldier of the war of 1812, she has lately had a pension
granted her by the government.
From Ontario County Journal 12 April 1878
Shortsville, N. Y. - Last Sunday week, quite intense excitement
was caused by the running away of a team owned by William Steele.
They became frightened by the breaking of a whiffletree, and
being a spirited team, soon became unmanageable. On nearing the church,
they cleared themselves from the buggy, doing comparatively little
damage. They were stopped at the corner. No one was injured.
From Phelps Citizen 12 April 1878
Mr. Julius N. Granger, who has undergone a painful surgical
operation, has returned to his home near Clifton Springs in a somewhat
improved condition although it will be some time before he will be able
to be about.
From Ontario County Journal 19 April 1878
Mr. Wm. Kelly, an old man of nearly eighty years, residing in the
north part of this town, met with quite a serious accident for one of
years last Saturday. He was driving a team before a drag in the field,
when the the horses became unmanageable and he was thrown to the
ground. One of the sharp teeth of the drag struck Mr. Kelly on the side
of the head, cutting a frightful wound some five or six inches in
length. Dr. Carson was called and dressed the wound, and the old man is
Pistol Accident - At about 8 o'clock Wednesday morning, James
Sheldon, about 13 years old, a son of George R. Sheldon, met with
a shooting accident, which, though bad enough, might have been much
more serious. He was at work in the garden, and had a pistol in his
pants pocket, with which he proposed to practice upon a stray cat.
Cocking the pistol while it was in his pocket, he attempted to withdraw
it, when the hammer caught and the pistol discharged, the ball taking
effect in his left groin. Drs. Jewett and Bennett were speedily called.
They probed the wound but did not find the ball. The wound is not
considered dangerous, and the boy will probably soon recover from its
effects. He will doubtless also be cured of the pernicious habit of
carrying such deadly instruments.
From Phelps Citizen 19 April 1878
Cornelius Vanfleet, in
the eastern part of the town, met with an accident the other day,
falling about eight feet, and breaking his left limb below the knee. He
From Geneva Courier 24 April 1878
Shooting Affray - Mr. Martin Broderick had a narrow escape
from being shot on Monday night. While in Kipple's paint shop, D.
Deming came in pretty drunk, and began flourishing a
revolver. There was a general scattering, and Broderick got into
the next room. Deming threatened to fire through the door; and
Broderick stooped down just in time to escape a bullet which came
crashing through the door and buried itself in the opposite wall.
No temperance lecture is required to point out the desirableness of
allowing drunken men to flourish loaded pistols in this way.
Deming should have been arrested, and would
have had any charge been brought against him. Those present owed
it to the public safety and interest to make an example of this drunken
and dangerous man.
From Phelps Citizen 26 April 1878
On Thursday morning, Mr. David Glimpse, an
old man 86 years of age, who resides on Maryland Street, was making
some purchases at Frisbie's hardward store. At the time he was being
waited upon, some men were carrying a quantity of iron into the cellar,
by means of a trap-door, which was open near where Mr. Glimpse was
standing. Unconscious of the danger near at hand, the old gentleman
suddenly stepping aside, fell head foremost into the cellar below, a
distance of eight feet, striking his head against a pile of iron. He
was rendered unconscious by the fall, but was immediately taken up
bleeding very freely. Dr. Howe was called, and on examination it was
found that he had sustained several terrible scalp wounds. The scalp,
extending from the center of the forehead to the crown of the head,
three or four inches in width, was torn completely from the cranium. On
the left side of the head were several gashes and contusions, of a very
serious nature. No fracture of the skull was found or other broken
bones. Mr. Glimpse was removed to his home, but his mind seemed to be
more or less affected, as he was evidently unconscious of what he was
saying, caused doubtless by the sudden shock. It is to be hoped that he
may speedily recover from the effects of his unfortunate fall.
From Phelps Citizen 26 April 1878
Willis Brownell, of Clifton Springs, has been seeking for his
daughter, Minnie, whom he has not seen in nine years. She was at one
time in the Rochester Orphan Asylum, but her present whereabouts cannot
From Ontario County Times 1 May 1878
On Friday last, Mrs. Jesse H. Mason, of this place,
accompanied by Mrs. Frank Durand, and holding an infant in her
arms, was driving through Bemis street in a covered buggy, when the
vehicle collided with a wagon loaded with lumber which had passed
through Coy street, and was about entering the yard of Mr. J. L.
Sherwood. The result, as might have been anticipated, was the
wrecking of the buggy, though, fortunately, without doing serious
injury to its occupants. Mrs. Mason, although badly frightened, managed
to control the horse until the danger was over. The team which caused
the mischief belonged to Mr. Sherwood, and was employed hauling lumber
from the railroad.
From Ontario County Journal 3 May 1878
Canadice, N. Y. - An accident of rather a serious nature occurred
in town on Saturday of last week. The facts connected with the
affair as we are informed are as follows: Several young men
congregated at the grocery store of Hoppough & Wright on their way
to the locality in which they expected to engage in a game of base
ball. While spending a few moments in mirth and social sport, one
of the young men drew a
pistol from his pocket supposing that the ball which he had recently
put in the gun had been discharged, and after other careless and unwise
freaks, he pointed the weapon towards the floor and fired, and as it
the gun was loaded and Burr Wright received the contents in
of his feet. The doctor was summoned, the ball taken from the foot and
the wound dressed. Burr is suffering considerably at present but
we hope will soon recover from the injuries received. Dr. Green
Honeoye attends. him.
Victor, N. Y. - Last Friday George McCann, while at work
in the blacksmith shop of McMahon & Geary, was struck in the eye by
a small piece of iron, injuring the eye so badly that it is feared he
will lose the sight. George has many friends who will with regret
learn of his sad accident.
From Geneva Courier 15 May 1878
News of No. 9
Mr. Chas. P. Gregory, who was quite badly injured by being
bitten in the calf of the leg by a hog several days since, is now doing
well. - - - On Thursday of this week as Mr. R. Onderdonk and
family were returning from Geneva, when opposite the residence of Mr.
P. W. Read, the horse gave a sudden spring causing the back seat
which was unfastened to turn over backward. Mrs. Onderdonk was
thrown to the ground striking upon her head and shoulders. She
was considerably injured, being unable to walk and was taken into the
house of Mr. Read. Dr. Allen was called immediately. We
learn that she is now doing well with a prospect of speedy recovery.
From Ontario County Journal 24 May 1878
Victor, N. Y. - Last Friday a rather singular accident happened. Alden
Hulburt and Henry McMillan took some cattle down
to Wick. Herendeens, and one Edward Bevins, a man who
near P. H. McMillans, helped to drive them. After leaving the
cattle, the three men started for home in the buggy, but they had gone
but a short distance when Bevins began to look and act strangely, and
sprang from the buggy and started off on a run. Hulburt and McMillan
a few minutes thinking that he would return, but as he did not, they
in pursuit. After following him a short distance they met a woman who
Bevins had just passed her and told her that two men from Pennsylvania
after him trying to kill him, and then started through the fields
the woods. Hulburt and McMillan continued their search, but were
unable to find Bevins, and so returned to their horse and buggy and
About midnight that night Bevins returned home and the next day
all right. It is supposed that he was afflicted by a slight temporary
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Harmon L. Parmele was seriously
injured last Monday morning. He went to the barn as usual to take care
of the horses, and found that during the night one of them had got
loose and was in another stall. He secured the horse, and while passing
behind a colt, he either was kicked in the head and knocked down, or
fell in a fit
and was trampled upon. The extent of his injuries have not yet been
From Geneva Gazette 24 May 1878
An Old Pensioner - The venerable and veteran
Otis Whitney of Seneca, was in town last Monday, when he
called for the services of Col. Calving Walker to make out the
papers incident to an application for a pension. This worthy
veteran will be 92 years old next August. June 1st, 1811, he
enlisted in Capt. Salma Stanley's company of uniformed State militia.
He was ordered out with his company and went to Lewiston during
the war of 1812-15, remaining there about one month and receiving a
pay. He was then discharged and returned home. He still
retains his certificate of enlistment and honorable discharge. He
has received two land warrants for this service, also $22 from the
State for clothing and contingent expenses. Under the act of Congress
passed last March,
he is now entitled to a pension of $8 per month, and has as good right
to it as Daniel Drew or Thurlow Weed, who regularly draw theirs for
service. Mr. Whitney is still hale and hearty, his only infirmity
being of eye sight, which is quite dim. His memory is good, and
able to vividly describe scenes and incidents in the early history of
and vicinity. He came (or rather was brought by his father) to
old town of Seneca, from Massachusetts, in the year 1791, when he was
five years old, and has remained at or near his present place of
ever since. He is doubtless "the oldest inhabitant" of the town,
that his elder brother, Luther, has just departed this life.
From Geneva Courier 29 May 1878
A Narrow Escape - The Canandaigua Times says: Mr.
Henry Harvey, a melter in the foundry at Shortsville, met with a
narrow escape from injury, if not death, one day last week. He
had had instructions to save all the
brass he found in the old iron, and coming across a piece while he was
at work, attempted to detach it from the iron. After pounding it
awhile a piece of the iron was broken out and it was discovered to be
an old Whitworth percussion shell, containing, besides quite an amount
of good powder, thirty-five bullets of one-half inch diameter.
Had the cap been good the pounding would have ignited it. Had the
brass (or copper) not been discovered the iron would
have been thrown in the cupola, and becoming hot, would have
ignited the powder inside the shell. In either event
it would have undoubtedly resulted in the loss of life.
News of Stanley - Miss Sarah Brown fell down stairs one day
last week and dislocated her arm. --- C. C. Wood sold a pair
of horses to a gentleman, of Bath, for $425. --- T. E. Rippey has
returned from Connecticut. --- Mr. Judson Jones is to deliver
a lecture tonight at the School-house. --- E. F. Case bought
between three and four thousand bushels of wheat last week,
notwithstanding the low price. He pays one-fifteen for white
A Horse Thief Chased - An exciting chase took place in the
town of Seneca, on Saturday. Mr. Lester Webster who
lives six miles west of Geneva, on the turnpike, while working in the
field saw a man walking off with two colts which were in the
barnyard. Mr. Webster started to investigate, but the man moved
off, leaving the colts. Mr. Webster called to him to stop, but he
began to run as if he was sent for, so Mr. Webster gave chase. He
was joined in the pursuit by a neighbor, and the would-be horse thief
was chased several miles, and through two pieces of woods, but he
finally escaped. The boldness of this attempt to steal horses in
broad daylight, has rarely been equaled.
From Ontario County Journal 31 May 1878
Cheshire, N. Y. - Mrs. Curtis Beers, widow of the late Curtis
Beers, of South Bristol, met with a severe accident, one day last week,
which might have resulted fatally, but happily she escaped with only a
few bruises. She is stopping at present with our townsman, Charles
Hutchens, and fell from a door in the house to the ground, a
of about ten or twelve feet. As she is an old lady, and weighs nearly
hundred pounds, her escape from serious injury is miraculous. She is
well at present.
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