From Ontario County Times 7 January 1880
Naples, N. Y. - Herbert Semans had the misfortune to thrust the
tine of a pitchfork through his foot a few days ago, inflicting a
severe wound, which it was feared would induce lockjaw. Happily the
danger was averted and Mr. Seman is recovering.
From Ontario County Times 14 January 1880
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. Con Sullivan was returning from his work on
Andrew street on Monday with a lumber wagon, in which was a plow and a
scraper. Mr. Geo. Moore drove up and attempted to pass. But
Mr. S. objected, and both teams were soon running fast, and as they
came down the hill Con could not control his team and they ran across
Main street into a fence, upsetting the wagon, etc. etc., without doing
any serious damage.
John Austin, a brakeman in the employ of the Northern Central
railway, met with a serious mishap in the yard in this village last
Sunday evening. While coupling cars, his right hand was caught between
the bumpers and hurt so badly that the larger portion of it will have
to be amputated, thus leaving him sadly crippled.
On Saturday last while several laborers were engaged in work on the old
Lincoln Block, now undergoing repairs, a stone became displaced in some
way, and fell, striking a man by the name of Richard Fitzgerald on
the right leg, producing a compound fracture three inches above the
ankle joint. Dr. J. T. Smith reduced the fracture.
From Geneva Gazette 30 January 1880
John W. Zobrist, aged between 60 and 70 years, about five weeks
ago had the misfortune to wedge his foot in a street rut, and falling,
broke both bones
of his leg about two inches above the ankle joint, besides dislocating
the ankle itself. This painful fracture was reduced by Dr. Picot and,
notwithstanding his advanced age, the old gentleman is doing well,
under this skillful treatment, and will soon recover the use of his
From Ontario County Times 4 February 1880
Mr. Henry Brush, Esq., of this village, met with a painful
accident a few days since. While carrying a pail of water, he slipped
and fell heavily to the ice walk, receiving a severe shaking up and
also breaking one of his arms. He is able to be about again and is
improving rapidly, considering his advanced years.
Mr. William Clohassey, coachman for Mrs. Gideon Granger, in
stepping from a cutter the other day, slipped on the icy pavement and
fell in such a manner as to break his leg near the ankle. Surgical aid
was summoned and the patient is now reported to be as comfortable as
the circumstances will allow.
Another 27-hr "go-as-you-please" walking match is to be held in Foster
Hall, commencing on Friday evening, Feb. 20th, at 8 o'clock. The
contestants will include Frank Huxley, Daniel McGinniss, and John
Barry of Canandaigua; Jasper Housel of Rushville; and Wm.
Ordway of Rochester.
From Ontario County Journal 6 February 1880
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - During the past week two
little ones have been taken from our midst by scarlet fever. Charles
Corser, only son of Mr. J. Corser, died Thursday evening, January
29th, aged 6 years and 2 months. Funeral services were held on
Saturday. Rev. George Terry officiated. Marcia A. Burrell, daughter
of Mr. George Burrell, died Thursday, January 29th, aged 4 years and 9
months. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Rev. S. A. Morse of
From Geneva Gazette 13 February 1880
Gorham, N. Y. - The Rev. N. J. Lowrie, in company with William
Hankinson, while on the way to attend meeting at Emory Chapel, was
quite badly injured. Hankinson was driving his young and spirited horse
to top carriage (the top was half down.) It was quite dark - the road
was very narrow and a steep descent on one side. At this point a cat
sprang on the fence and so frightened the horse that a quick turn was
made to the side of the descent, throwing the occupants of the carriage
about fifteen feet. Both were rendered insensible for a time. They were
picked up by Wm. Evered, near whose place the accident
occurred, taken to his house and Dr. J. N. Allen summoned, who, after
bandaging the wounds, had the sufferers taken home. They are doing
well. The carriage was wrecked.
From Ontario County Journal 13 February 1880
A Pleasant Affair - On Tuesday evening last, there
was a very pleasant gathering at the residence of Mrs. Fitch, on
Gorham street, in honor of the 78th birthday of Mrs. Clara Torrey,
Mrs. Fitch's mother. The company was almost exclusively members
of the family, though a few privileged friends were honored by
Mrs. T. was the recipient of many tokens of the love and esteem in
she is held by those most closely associated with her, and all present
heartily joined in the hope that she may be spared to celebrate many
From Ontario County Times 18 February 1880
Naples, N. Y. - A terrible and fatal casualty occurred some six
miles south of this village last Wednesday. While a number of logs were
coming down a runway on the hillside, east of Lyon's Hollow, one log
struck a stump and bounded out of the track. Coming down the hill with
great velocity, it struck and utterly demolished the dwelling house of Amos
Eldridge, killing a little child instantly, injuring another,
which has since died, and inflicting severe injuries on the older
members of the family.
From Ontario County Journal 27 February 1880
Flint Creek, N. Y. - Will Robinson met with two severe accidents
last week. One day he was on a ladder, trying to put a large iron pully
on the end of a line shaft, which projected from the inside to the
outside of the building which they occupy as a heading factory, when
his foot slipped and he fell to the ground, the pully falling
upon his arm and bruising it badly. Two days after this accident, he
was in the engine room, when one of the belts which drives a part of
machinery, came near running off. He stepped up and tried to hold it on
with the hand which had not been injured, when his hand and arm were
under the belt, and his arm was broken just above the wrist. We think
one can be too careful around machinery.
From Ontario County Journal 19 March 1880
Academy, N. Y. - We have many cases of measles in our
midst. Chauncey Rogers, Hiram Freer, John Mansfield, and Robert
Gelder's whole family are prostrated with it.
From Geneva Gazette 26 March 1880
Gorham, N. Y. - Jacob S. Buckalew, who resides one and a half
miles northwest of this village,
while going home from a neighbor's last Thursday evening,
across lots, stepped into a woodchuck's hole, and falling broke one of
his legs in two places below the knee. After calling for
help some time, and failing to make himself heard, he dragged the
broken limb home in a crawling posture, one-half mile in about three
hours. The sufferer is about 58 years of age, and it will be a long
while before he recovers from this accident. He has the sympathy of
From Ontario County Times 21 April 1880
John Condon and William Murphy indulged in a fight on
Main street Monday evening. The dulcet tones of hand-organs on every
corner will soothe their savage breasts, and the flowers of May will
smile a welcome to them when they again leave Sheriff Bacon's
hospitable board. Cider -- whisky -- fight -- jail. Such is life.
From Ontario Journal 7 May 1880
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. Clarence Bently, who works in
the Empire drill shop, met with a serious accident last week by sawing
off his thumb while at work with a buzz saw.
From Ontario County Journal 28 May 1880
A team belonging to Mr. Jeremiah Coughlin of this village,
created considerable excitement on Main street, between eight and nine
o'clock last Wednesday evening, by running away. They were drinking at
the Town House watering-trough, when one of lines became caught under
the pole of the wagon to which they were attached. Mr. Coughlin's son,
a boy some 13 or 14 years of age, was in the wagon at the time, his
walked on down toward the stores. The boy backed the team out into Main
when, perceiving that something was wrong with the reins, he gave a
upon them, which started the horses into a run down the street. As soon
he saw that he had no control over them, he started to make his way out
the back end of the wagon, and had nearly succeeded in doing so, when
team, in turning down Chapin street, swung the wagon against the
on the corner, throwing him violently to the ground. He rolled over a
times, but, strange to say, when he picked himself up he found that he
not at all injured. The lamp-post presented an appearance of total
being broken off about two feet above the ground, and the pole and
of the wagon were also broken. The team ran but a few rods on Chapin
when they swung in against the fence and stopped.
From Ontario County Journal 4 June 1880
Fishers, N. Y. - Lewis S. Dennie and Fred Rufer engaged
in a 27-hour go as you please, at Jacob's Hall, Victor, on Friday and
Saturday of last week. They covered 97 miles. Friday they ran 5 miles
in 33 minutes; on Saturday they ran for 100 minutes, and made at the
rate of 9 miles an hour. Rufer is a tough man and done about all his
race on pure game.
From Ontario County Times 9 June 1880
The neighborhood known as "The Pines," located in the town of
Phelps, about three miles north of Geneva, on Wednesday last, was the
scene of a tragedy, in which William King, a farm laborer,
attempted to murder his young wife by shooting her with a revolver, and
afterwards used the same weapon in a vain attempt to take his own life.
King is a Frenchman, aged about thirty years, of a dark, swarthy
complexion, by no means bad looking, who came from Rochester about a
year and a half ago, and was engaged as a laborer by the farmers in the
neighborhood where the tragedy occurred. He made the acquaintance of a
young girl named Ida Bryant, only fifteen years of age, who
lived with her widowed mother at "The Pines," which culminated in
marriage about a year ago. King and his wife commenced housekeeping,
but lived together only a few months when Mrs. King returned to her
mother, influenced to the step, it is claimed, by her relatives, and
though repeatedly urged by her husband to return to him, she
steadfastly refused to do so. Since the separation King has been living
at Clifton Springs, and a week ago last Saturday he called at her
mother's house to see her, when he was informed she had gone to Geneva
to attend the circus. King claims he had good reason for believing in
his wife's unfaithfulness to him previous to this time, and having been
informed that she had gone to Geneva "with company," the demon of
jealousy was aroused in him.
This, with her persistent refusals to live with him, wrought him
up to a pitch of frenzy and recklessness which ended in his purchasing
a revolver at Phelps on Monday with the intention of killing her. Going
to her mother's house on Wednesday morning, he gained her presence, and
finding her engaged in combing her mother's hair, with hardly a word of
warning, deliberately fired at her, the ball taking effect immediately
under the left ear. She fell insensible to the floor, and King
retreated to the yard, when he placed the pistol at his own breast and
fired again. The ball entered just above the heart, but its course was
changed by coming in contact with the sinews or bones of the chest, and
he continued his flight to the adjacent woods. Medical aid was summoned
for the injured woman, and officers procured from Geneva to arrest the
would-be murderer. He was found towards night hidden in the branches of
a fallen tree, and immediately gave himself up. It was found that he
had made two more attempts to take his life, the three balls being
lodged in his left breast in the region of the heart. Though he is
exceedingly weak from loss of blood, it is not believed that the wounds
will be fatal.
He was taken to Geneva, and having been brought before a justice,
he was committed to the jail in this village, where he arrived on
Thursday, to await a further examination. The injured woman's condition
is pronounced critical, as she is about to become a mother, though the
wound itself is not considered dangerous. The revolver with which the
deed was committed is an inferior weapon, carrying a small ball, to
which fact both victims undoubtedly owe their lives. In conversation
with our reporter, King admitted his guilt, but claimed he was out of
his head, on account of his domestic trouble. He now deeply deplores
the course he pursued, and "sincerely hopes the poor girl will
recover." He evidently fully appreciates the position in which his rash
has placed him. If his wounds will permit, he will have an examination
on the 15th inst.
From Ontario County Journal 2 July 1880
William Johnson, an employe at the Northern Central freight-house
in this village, was so unfortunate as to have several ribs broken,
by falling between a car and the platform of the house, while unloading
freight last Monday.
From Ontario County Journal 9 July 1880
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. Herman Deer, who was hurt quite severely
a short time since, by falling twenty-five feet in a barn, while
helping to put up a hay unloader, we are glad to say is able to be out
From Ontario County Journal 9 July 1880
Mr. Nathan Eldridge had a narrow escape last Saturday. His
horses became frightened at a band of music, and ran away. The pole of
the buggy, coming contact with a post, broke, and the horses were
stopped without further harm being done.
From Ontario County Journal 9 July 1880
A horse belonging to William Maher, who resides on the Cavan
farm, a short distance north of this village, created considerable
excitement yesterday morning by falling down as Mr. Maher was driving
his team across the railroad track, coming down Main street. Before the
be taken off, he was dead. The cause of his sudden demise was supposed
to be "blind staggers."
From Ontario County Times 21 July 1880
Mrs. Emma Jenkins, who resides with her daughter, Mrs. C. S.
Knowles, in this village, celebrated her 97th birthday on Thursday
of last week. She retains her faculties to a remarkable degree, and,
though temporarily disabled by a recent fall, is still in the enjoyment
of excellent health and spirits.
From Geneva Gazette 23 July 1880
Mr. Isaac Platt of this village will reach his ninety-fourth
birthday on the first day of
August next. He has consequently voted at seventy-three consecutive
fall elections, every time in the State of New York, and for the past
40 years in Geneva. His first presidential vote
was for James Madison in 1808, and if he lives until the second day of
November next, he will vote for Hancock, which will make his eighteenth
vote for President. It is a long record, and well
worthy of mention.
From Ontario County Times 28 July 1880
Naples, N. Y. - One of our citizens, Solomon Garfield, is
a cousin of the Republican nominee for President. His father, Solomon
Garfield, was reared in Worcester, Otsego county, and was a brother of
Thomas Garfield, the General's grandfather. The family comes of good
New England blood, characterized by energy, industry, and honesty,
From Ontario Messenger 13 August 1880
Victor, N. Y. - Last Wednesday night as James Mayher was
moving his threshing machine, and as he arrived at the hill near Tim.
McMahon's, it was deemed necessary to put on an extra team.
Arriving at the top of the hill, James went in between the two teams to
uncouple them; as he was about to unhook the traces, one of the horses
in the face, breaking the cheek bone and knocking out two of his teeth.
From Ontario County Journal 3 September 1880
Stanley, N. Y. - A son of Wm. V. Bodley, a few days ago
sustained a very severe and almost fatal accident. He was employed on
the farm of John Lewis, of Hopewell, and with others was engaged sawing
wood with a buzz saw, when by some misstep, his pants were caught in
tumbling-rod, the limb drawn under and fearfully lacerated, in fact
tearing out the calf of his leg. He also sustained other bruises.
as the case was at first, he is at present rapidly improving.
From Ontario County Journal 1 October 1880
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Dennis McCarty, an employe, and Charles
Murphy, section foreman, met with quite a sad accident a few days
ago. They were running the hand-car used in the performance of their
on the railroad, when one of the arms broke, knocking Mr. McCarty off
front of the car, which cut and bruised him considerably. It will be
news to his friends to learn that he is steadily on the gain.
Rushville, N. Y. - One day last week Wm. Ketchum, Esq.,
attempted to change the bridles on his colts as they were standing
in the road. The colts did not wait. Becoming frightened they ran over
Mr. Ketchum, bruising his face and breaking the bones of his thumb in
a painful manner. They were stopped near the stores without much
From Geneva Gazette 8 October 1880
Under the law requiring physicians and surgeons to register their
names, residences, etc., in the office of the Clerk of the county in
which they propose to practice, before the 1st day of October, the
following have registered in the County Clerk's office in Canandaigua:
Canandaigua: E. W. Simmons, John H. Jewett,
F. C. Hawley, Ira F. Hawley, F. R. Bently, O. J. Hallenbeck, J. A.
Hawley, J. T. Smith, W. T. Swart, H. W. Nichols, Harvey Jewett, M. R.
Carson, Dwight R. Burrell, J. B. Hayes, C. T. Mitchell, M. U. Gerhard,
H. F. Bennett and J. B. Voak.
Geneva: Andrew Merrell, Ziba H. Potter, M. H. Picot,
H. L. Eddy, George N. Dox, J. Henry Budd, H. M. Eddy, W. F. Edington,
G. E. Flood, Nellie L. Keith, W. G. Hemiup, Jerome P. Avery, Stephen
Johnson, J. H. Stebbins, H. K. Clarke, A. J.
Frantz, N. B. Covert, C. H. Mead, Elisaph Dorchester, Amos L.
Sweet, and Henry D. Weyburn.
Phelps: John Q. Howe, H. S. Dimock, F. W.
Mailler, F. D. Vanderfhoof,
Johnathan Burt, W. A. Wheeler, and George C. Prichard.
Clifton Springs: James H. King, A. G. Cruttenden, M.
B. Gault, C. C. Thayer, Mary H. Dunbar, Henry Foster, A.
Imeson, and Watson W. Archer.
Victor: A. M. Mead, Cassius Jackson, J. W. Palmer, and
James F. Draper.
Manchester: J. Richmond Pratt, Peter VanVleet,
Jeremiah P. H. Deming, and Nehemiah S. Bryant.
Bristol Center: David J. Mallery and H. A.
South Bristol: William Templar.
Honeoye: Leonidas Wilbur and Lewis E. Green.
Seneca Castle: William Bell.
Hall's Corners: Duncan S. Allen and W. A.
Orleans: LeRoy Lewis.
Naples: T. B. Wettling, G. S. Gallagher, Amos
Stoddard, Sylvenus E. Parker and David H. Conley.
Seneca: M. D. Skinner.
Gorham: James H. Allen, A. D. Allen, and George
H. Van Deusen.
Farmington: R. E. Phillips.
Bristol: W. Scott Hicks.
West Bloomfield: George W. Prentis and H. F.
East Bloomfield: William M. Silvernail, E. C.
Hollister and Fred Francis Webster.
Allen's Hill: E. B. Sayer.
Cheshire: John Hutchens.
Rushville: B. B. Havens.
From Ontario County Journal 10 December 1880
Gorham, N. Y. - An accident occurred one evening, a week or two
since, at the house of Mr. Charles Hershey, which came near
quite serious. The fastenings of a hanging lamp gave way causing an
explosion and setting the room on fire. Mr. and Mrs. Hershey succeeded
after a time in extinguishing the fire before any serious damage was
From Geneva Gazette 17 December 1880
The Old Settlers of Phelps in Convention
- To the venerable and public-spirited Thomas Vandevort are
the good people of Phelps indebted for originating the idea of holding
annually a conclave of old settlers. The idea was first acted upon a
year ago, when he was present and the life and soul of the party
assembled. It was a source of deep regret, mingled with the many
pleasures of the gathering, that through illness he was prevented from
being present at the second recurrence of the kind which came
off yesterday. But he was with his neighbors
"in spirit" if not in the flesh, as his written message to them,
couched in terms of fraternal regard, amply testified. He was kindly
remembered in the speeches which followed.
The assemblage took place at the Phelps Hotel, and "mine host" Tickner
and his several attendants exerted themselves to make one and all
happy. In deference and respect to the wishes of many, his bar was
closed, and nothing occurred to mar the enjoyment of the old folks.
The afternoon was
devoted to greetings and informal interchange of experiences and
reminiscences of the good old town, "the garden of the State."
From six till seven o'clock the company fed at the well-spread board.
Tis enough to say that the bill of fare was ample in variety of
and delicacies to suit all tastes.
There were 107 present, and nearly all exceeding 50
years of age. We append the names of a few who claim the longest
residence in Phelps:
Mrs. Samuel Marsh
A. D. Crosby
L. B. Hotchkiss
Mrs. Anna Tickner -age over
90 was the oldest person
From Geneva Gazette 24 December 1880
Stanley, N. Y. - A severe and painful accident happened a few days
ago to Mr. J. R. McCauley of this place, resulting in the loss
of the fourth and part of the third fingers of his right hand. Mr.
McCauley was at the barn of his son, Thomas A., where they were husking
with a spiral husker,
when an ear of corn stuck in the perpendicular rollers. Mr. McCauley
attempted to remove the ear when the "pickers" caught his mitten and
drew his hand in, mashing the bones of the fourth and third and tearing
the ball of the second finger. Dr. Vandusen was called and amputated
the mutilated members. Mr. McCauley is getting along finely,
notwithstanding his advanced age.
From Ontario County Journal 24 December 1880
RUNAWAY - About noontime yesterday, a team owned by James Van
Gorder, and another, the owner of which we could not learn,
at a lively gait from back of the postoffice, and made the street
Mr. Van Gorder's team ran through the park, striking a little tree and
carrying it with them for a short distance, and the wagon finally
up against one of the larger trees, came to a standstill. The
and neckyoke were broken by the sudden halt and the harness gave way,
the team continued to run a short distance down Main street and was
The other team ran down Cross street and the last seen of them they
still in the straight road and no damage had been done.
From Ontario County Journal 31 December 1880
Rushville, N. Y. - Last Saturday night about 7 o'clock, a young
man named Chas. Eddy, who lives on South Hill, drove down
streets at a furious pace, and when just below the village on the
road, ran against a covered carriage containing M. A. Pearce and
W. Blair, Esqs., overturning both wagons, breaking them very
badly. Mr. Eddy was thrown to the hard ground and his face was cut and
bruised in a frightful manner, but, strange to say, not dangerously.
His horse was soon stopped without injury. The other gentlemen, being
in a top buggy, escaped without serious injury.
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