From Ontario County Journal 3 January 1890

On Christmas morning, while Mr. Henry Whitney of Oaks Corners was engaged in loading shells, one of the caps exploded causing a painful wound just over the right eye. At first it was thought the eye had been damaged but Dr. Vanderhoof found no permanent injury was likely to result and a speedy recovery is now looked for. Luckily the shooting trip which Mr. Whitney had expected to start on about the middle of January has been postponed to the 27th by which time Mr. Whitney hopes to be himself again.



From Ontario County Journal 10 January 1890

The assault on Levi Muck, of this place, Saturday evening on the steamer Ogarita, by James Moran of Canandaigua, was a brutal affair. It is enough to knock a man down, when one party is equally as guilty as the other of abusive talk, but to follow up that with kicking the head of a prostrate man is cowardly and deserves severe punishment.



From Ontario County Journal 10 January 1890

A recent discovery of Indian relics was made on the farm of Augustus Warren in the town of West Bloomfield near Honeoye creek. It was noticed that some woodchucks burrowing in an Indian burying ground had unearthed a quantity of beads and other trinkets of like character. The existence of the burying ground there had theretofore been unknown to most people and great interest has been taken in developing the find. R. M. Peck, Esq., brought some interesting specimens to the Journal office the other day, including a large number of beads in an excellent state of preservation, and an Indian pipe representing a bear's head. Kettles, earthen ware and many other of the red man's belongings were found. A number of skeletons were also unearthed.



From Ontario County Journal 17 January 1890

Perrine T. Burnett, a deserving war veteran, has been awarded a pension of $8 per month. No pension was ever more worthily bestowed than in this case. Mr. Burnett has been clearly entitled to a pension for a long time and would doubtless have been granted one earlier had he applied sooner. L. D. Wood, another worthy soldier, has been granted a pension.



From Ontario County Journal 31 January 1890

South Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. Charles Bush, of Michigan, who was adopted when an infant by a lady of that name, visited his brother, O. W. Cooper, a few weeks ago. It is the first time Mr. Cooper ever saw him, and he did not even know whether he lived or not until last summer.



From Ontario County Times 5 February 1890

Naples, N. Y. - 
Friday, January 31st, Frank Sutton and Lindsley Adams, a couple of young men of this village, went to the lake on a hunting and fishing excursion, and were out on the lake in a boat, and while changing positions, one of the guns was accidentally discharged and the contents entered the limb of young Adams between the knee and hip causing quite a serious wound.



From Ontario County Journal 7 February 1890

Academy, N. Y. - On the third day of February, a good company of neighbors visited at the home of Henry Freer to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of Mrs. Freer. Many were deprived of the pleasure by reason of sickness. The occasion was enjoyed in pleasant conversation, music and feasting. It was celebrating the anniversary of a worthy friend. Worthy because she has well and faithfully discharged the duties of life. The wholesome influence she has exerted is not only felt by her family but by society . May she live to see many more birthdays and may her last days be her best days.



J. J. Loonie, of Canandaigua, has just set up in Rose Ridge cemetery the finest cottage monument in Naples. The work was done for A. T. Nelson, Esq., designed by Mr. Loonie and made at the Quincy Granite works, Mass. The cost to Mr. Nelson was $1000, which, considering the massiveness and beautiful quality of the work, is very cheap. The entire weight is not far from twelve tons, the lower base being 7 1/2 by 4 1/2 feet, weighing 3 1/2 tons. Mr. Loonie's work here stands the ravages of time better and seems more reliable generally than that of any other manufacturer.



Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. David Francisco
was thrown from the carriage while on the way to Canandaigua and received very dangerous injuries to her head and back. She was taken to friends in Canandaigua, and is as yet unable to be removed to her home.



From Geneva Gazette 14 February 1890

Patsy Gavan was the envy of all the whips in Geneva last week Thursday.  It was Patsy's glistening jet-black hack with Patsy himself holding the ribbons that was placed for the day at the service of ex-President and Mrs. Cleveland to convey them wheresoever they went.  For the memorable occasion Patsy arrayed himself in livery -- and in his surtout coat and sporting a shiny silk hat didn't he look "the darlin'" that the admiring Irish girls called him.  It was indeed "a red letter day" for Patsy.



Attempted Suicide at Clifton Springs - Mr. E. W. Sherman, one of the best known and highly esteemed citizens of Clifton Springs, attempted suicide last Monday by the use both of a razor and pistol.  With the former he made a gash across his throat, but not deep enough to sever either an artery or the windpipe.  He discharged one bullet (22 caliber) into his ear, and fired again but evidently wide of aim, for a bullet hole was found in the side of his barn near which he was standing.  The bullet which lodged in his head has not been found.  Some ten years ago Mr. Sherman was thrown from his buggy and sustained concussion of the brain.  He recovered from the injury, but his family were admonished at the time that with the lapse of a decade the trouble might develop into brain disorder.  The prediction has been but too unfortunately verified.  He had recently complained of distracting headaches, and worried over business affairs.  The intent at self-destruction was no doubt deliberately planned, for on Friday previous he obtained the revolver of his son on the ostensible pretext of shooting cats that infested his stable.  He had never been known to fire a pistol in his life; and yet, unsuspectingly of suicidal intent, the son loaned him the weapon.  It is not believed that the wounds inflicted are fatal, but his mental condition is such that hereafter he will be kept under constant surveillance.  Mr. Sherman is 78 years old, and has been an active business man all his life.  He is of nervous temperment, strong in his convictions, plain spoken and aggressive in argument, yet genial and affable in social intercourse.



From Ontario County Times 19 February 1890

Victor, N. Y. - 
Last Saturday a horse driven by Mrs. Ovid Jacobs was frightened by a traction engine and jumping one side threw Mrs. Jacob and her two children from the carriage. One wheel of the vehicle was broken and the occupants were somewhat bruised but fortunately escaped serious injury.



While James Ryan, who resides on the Kilday premises in the northern part of this town, was engaged in felling a tree in Voorhis' woods on Thursday last, a large limb was broken off and fell upon him, breaking his right leg in two places and seriously injuring him otherwise. He was picked up by John West, who happened to be near by, and taken to his home.



From Ontario County Journal 21 February 1890

William H. Hines,
formerly of Hunt's Hollow near Naples, is now in the Livingston county jail at Geneseo awaiting trial for bigamy. It seems that after his release from the House of Refuge, several years ago Hines went to Buffalo where he married Mary Sparks. He lived with her a year and then deserted her to live with a girl named Lizzie Mahagan with whom he resided until November 1888 in Hunt's Hollow. Three children were born to the couple but these domestic ties were not enough to hold fast Hines' fickle heart and in the fall of 1888, he fell in love with Orvia Wilbur, aged 16, daughter of Samuel Wilbur of Springwater, Livingston county. He married her in November and lived with her a few days in sight of the house where his deserted family lived. Then he moved to Naples, thence to Elmira and from there he escaped just in time to avoid arrest on a bench warrant. Officers have been after him ever since and they finally located him on a New Jersey coasting vessel. He went into a saloon at South Amboy, N. J., January 29th and was identified and arrested. He is 29 years old.



A case that may develop considerable interest if it isn't settled lately came to light in this village. Rev. James B. Murray, who lost his first wife in September, 1888, married Mrs. Margaret L. VanNorman, of Rochester, in the following December, and on February 4th, 1889, executed a deed conveying to her his real estate in this village. It is alleged that he showed Mrs. Murray the deed and told her she must keep the existence of the paper a secret, but he would lock it up in a tin box and put it where she could find it in case of his death. He accordingly locked it up and took care of the key. Not long since, for reasons immaterial to the issue, he determined to destroy the deed, but on going to the box to get it, he found no deed there. Investigation developed the fact that the paper had been duly recorded in the county clerk's office on October 31, 1889, and had been delivered to the grantee January 10, 1890. It is reported that a demand for the deed was met with a stout refusal and Mr. Murray then placed the matter in the hands of his attorney, E. W. Gardner, Esq., who unless a settlement is made, will bring action to set aside the deed.



From Ontario Repository & Messenger 8 April 1890

Victor -
Last Friday as Frank Hopkins was trying to fasten a button on his clothes with a button fastener, he let his hand slip from the handle, striking a sharp lead pencil, which he was in one of his upper pockets of his vest. The pencil penetrated to the bone, causing much pain, and Frank says he is quite certain that a piece of lead still remains in his hand.



From Ontario County Journal 21 March 1890

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The many friends of Mr. Frederick Munson will regret to learn that he met with a serious accident last Thursday morning. While about his work, he slipped and fell, breaking his leg just above the knee. Dr. B. S. Partridge was called and made him as comfortable as possible. Mr. Munson is over 80 years of age and has always been very active in every work and he has a host of friends who wish him a speedy recovery.



From Ontario County Times 26 March 1890

Flint Creek, N. Y. - Elisha Clark,
of this place, attempted suicide by hanging on Thursday, the 20th inst., at his residence. He was found by the grandson, who immediately untied the rope. Clark was in a semi-conscious and perfectly helpless condition when found, and is now in critical condition and will probably die. Domestic trouble is the cause assigned for the commission of the rash act.



From the Shortsville Enterprise, March 29, 1890, Vol. 8, No. 13

Manchester Murmurings - Mrs. Addie Clark has been quite sick this week.

Mrs. W. A. Willson has been seriously ill for over a week past.

Miss Alice Fish is suffering from a cold.

Mrs. Wm. McCarthy of Waterloo spent the week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wheat.

Miss Emma Hall of Rochester is the guest of Mrs. Cynthia J. Allen.

Mrs. Betsey Wooster returned from her visit to friends in Rochester on Tuesday.

John Pratt, M.D., whose graduation at Bellevue Medical College, New York city, occurred March 7, returned home on Monday.

Mrs. Eliza Smith of Canandaigua is visiting her daughter, Mrs. James Greening.

A number of our young people gave Misses Emma and Sarah Buckley a pleasant surprise on Tuesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mason entertained a number of their friends on Monday evening.

Miss Sarah Buckley, who has been visiting her sister for several months past, returned to her home in South Bend, Ind., on Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh  Boyd of Bristol have been visiting at Mr. G. S. Randall's.

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Greening moved into their house on Salt street on Wednesday.

Mr. Nathan Aldrich, who has been spending the winter in San Antonio, Texas, for his health, returned home on Thursday.

Frank Aldrich of Lockport is a guest of Lorenzo Aldrich.

The Young Girls' Cooking Club met at Mrs. Mary McComb's on Saturday afternoon. Lulu Sheldon received the prize.

Mr and Mrs. W. H. Hunt and children started Tuesday a.m. for their home in Lowell, Mich. They spent one day with Mr. and Mrs. Loomis of Victor.

Mrs. L. M. Dodge of Lowville, N. Y., made a short visit to her sister, Mrs. M. M. Smith, this week.

Mrs. Betsey Smith attended the funeral of her last remaining brother, Benjamin Ketchum, whose death occurred at his nephew's near Victor on Wednesday.

Mr. Lysander Nichols and Mrs. Sarah Turner, of Rushford, visited friends here the first of the week. Mrs. Nichols' funeral was held at the Friends' meeting house in N. Farmington, instead of at Macedon, as we stated last week.

District No. 6 - Another daughter at the home of Mr. W. Coats. Congratulations.

Mrs. Wm. Warner has been visiting her parents at Syracuse for a few days.

Mrs. Henrietta Johnson of Michigan and Mrs. Cynthia Candee of Baldwinsville, who came to attend the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Lawrence, are remaining here for a visit with relatives.

Farmington Tidings - Mrs. H. W. Sheffer has been very sick with the measles, but at present is in a convalescent state.

Mrs. Adelbert Brizee of Syracuse is visiting relatives in this town.

C. G. McLouth spent last Wednesday in Rochester.

Ira Prichard will occupy Joseph Hathaway's tenant house the coming year.

Mrs. Frank Burnham and children spent last week in Geneva, visiting relatives.

Miss Lucina Pomeroy has returned from Rochester, where she has been visiting for the past four weeks.

A social dancing party was held at the residence of Wm. Petty on Thursday evening of last week. A large number participated in the pleasures of the evening.

Leeman Markham of Fairport recently spent the Sabbath at C. H. Gardner's.

John Nichols, who has been seriously ill for some time, is reported as being much better. Dr. Burroughs of Shortsville attends him.

Miss  Bertha Randall is quite ill at Fred Knowles' in Hopewell, where she recently went to make a short visit and was taken sick.

Miss Nellie Padgram has secured a school in the town of Victor for the coming summer.

Thanks to Martha McGill for this donation.



From Ontario County Times 2 April 1890

Alexander Grieve,
the enterprising cracker manufacturer of this village, says that when he first came to America twenty-one years ago, he brought with him the first almond and coconut crusher ever in this country. He says he procured it in Liverpool, England, and brought it to Syracuse, where it was used for many years by his father-in-law, Mr. Ranney, who was that time engaged in the bakery and confectionery business in that city.



From Ontario County Times 9 April 1890

Shortsville, N. Y. - 
A very pleasant party of the friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. A. Lane were invited by Mrs. Lane, unbeknown to her husband, to spend the evening with them at their home on Booth street, the occasion being the 53rd anniversary of Mr. Lane's birthday. The affair was gotten up on such short notice that the victim had not the slightest inkling of the plot until he found himself in the hands of his friends, unable to retreat, and had hardly recovered from his wonderment when Mr. Delbert Mills brought from a secure hiding place, a chair, and invited Mr. Lane to be seated; but it took considerable persuasion to make him believe there was not some uncanny thing about the piece of furniture, as everything else had been done in such a 1st-of-April style, he took possession of it, and Mr. Mills, in behalf of the assembled company, presented him with it.



From Ontario County Journal 11 April 1890

Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Charlotte Adams, aged 86 years, fell on the icy walk last Friday night and broke her hip. Dr. Wicker of Hemlock Lake and Dr. Green of Honeoye attended her.



From Ontario County Journal 25 April 1890

Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. C. Simons 79th birthday was duly celebrated on Tuesday by the usual house full of invited guests. Among others were Mrs. S. D. Backus and Mrs. Geo. N. Williams of Canandaigua; Dr. Andrew Cummings of Cayuga; Mrs. Abigail Arnold of Toledo and Mrs. Emma Clark of Michigan, all nephews and nieces of Mrs. Simons. It is noticeable that "Aunt Cinda" feels as young as many 20 years her junior, aging but slightly from year to year.



Below are the names of the pathmasters for the town of Canadice recently appointed by John R. Salter, the commissioner of highways: Dist. No. 1 - Wm. Johnson; 2, Coe A. Coykendall; 3, Levy Coykendall; 4, C. A. Coykendall; 5, Joel Bailey; 6, Henry Wemett; 7, A. G. Jackman; 8, P. C. Swarts; 9, Chas. Katner; 10, B. H. Burch; 11, Chas. Colegrove; 12, D. J. Lawrence; 13, Frank Doolittle; 14, C. M. Baldwin; 15, Patrick O'Lahey; 16, Asa Hartson; 17, D. H. Preston; 18, Thomas Eldridge; 19, Henry Doolittle; 20, Chester Richardson; 21, Frank Slingerland; 22, Hugh Salter; 23, Henry Slingerland; 24, Frank Ingraham; 25, John C. Stillman; 28, A. O. Lucas; 29, A. T. Winch; 30, E. C. Huff; 31, Hiland Hicks; 32, W. B. Ross; 33, C. W. Daniels; 34, Fred Francis; 35, George Alger; 36, Chester Washburn.



From Ontario County Journal 2 May 1890

A team hitched to Edward Thompson's milk wagon gave a very pretty exhibition of speed on Main street last Saturday and attracted the attention of a large number of spectators. The horses started without waiting for the "word" and they both broke before they passed under the wire. They made good time all the way down Main street and reaching Mr. Thompson's residence near the lake, turned in the lane and brought up at the barn door, without having so much as turned over a milk can.



From Ontario County Times 14 May 1890

Daniel O'Brien,
while at work on the roof of a house in Phelps on Thursday, was taken with a fit and fell to the ground, a distance of twenty-five feet. He struck on his head and shoulders and suffered serious injury to his spine.



From Ontario County Times 21 May 1890

Farmington, N. Y. - 
What might have proved to be a serious accident occurred just south of the Hook last Friday evening. Durfee Herendeen and a Mr. Cobb, of Victor, were overturned near Albert Johnson's barn. One of the horses at one time belonged there and turned in very suddenly as they were driving rapidly by.



Mrs. Sarah Rogers,
of this village, has just received the gratifying information that she has been left $6000 by the will of Mrs. Jane Johnson, a wealthy lady who died recently at Toledo, Ohio.



From Ontario County Journal 23 May 1890

Academy, N. Y. - The children and friends of K. W. Green treated him to a genuine surprise on the 20th inst., his sixty-second birthday. Notwithstanding the drenching rain about twenty assembled at his house and spent the day in pleasant conversation and music. No man perhaps prizes the society of his children more highly than he does, and the visit with children, grandchildren and kind friends brought an amount of enjoyment to his heart that is indelible. Among the enjoyable things of the occasion was a duet played by his little granddaughters, Katie and Anna Haskell, also a song sang for Mr. Green by a little boy friend, two and a half years old. Tokens of remembrance and esteem received from his children and friends in such an unexpected manner nearly caused him to betray a weakness in tears. His best wish for all who visited him is that they may live long and happily, that their precept and example may be such that the world may be better by their having lived in it.



From Ontario County Journal 6 June 1890

Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. Andrew J. White left his home in this village on Saturday night, May 24, at 9 o'clock, under circumstances that lead his family to think he is suffering from the effects of some insane act, as nothing has been heard or seen concerning him since that night.  Search has been made for him in the surrounding country, but without avail. The remark made by him that he would never see his family again, and the fact that he was greatly depressed in mind, strengthen the theory of self-destruction, he having several years ago made an attempt upon his life at Marion, Wayne county. He was 57 years old, medium height, light weight, dark brown hair and full whiskers, containing some white hairs; wore light boots, with a hole in one; nearly a new pair of light pants, a ragged vest, dark and faded coat and a black, soft felt hat. Any information concerning him, dead or alive, will be a source of great relief to his wife and two daughters. He had invented a device for turning eggs when stored for long keeping. His efforts to secure a patent upon the article failed, and the disappointment preyed upon his mind, it is feared, with serious result.



Rushville, N. Y. - The Soldiers' Union of Rushville elected their officers on Friday P. M. last. President, Loyd Sutfin; vice-pres., Loyal C. Twitchell and P. Merriman; secretary, Lyman Culver; treasurer, Leroy J. Harkness; trustee, John Hogan.



From Ontario County Times 18 June 1890

Allen's Hill, N. Y. -
The rite of baptism was administered to Raymond Napier, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Savage, in the M. E. church Sunday morning last.



From Ontario County Times 2 July 1890

Farmington, N. Y. - 
About one hundred and thirty attended the Annual picnic of the White family held last Thursday at Mrs. Elvira White's. Guests were present from Rochester, Irondequoit, Walworth and Macedon.



Naples, N. Y. -  E. E. Wildey, or Charley Wildey,
as he is familiarly known, is the lucky man this time. He has obtained, through the agency of E. C. Clark, a pension with arrears to the amount of $2358 and $12 per month from the present date.



From Ontario County Journal 4 July 1890

William Davenport,
a farm hand about 27 years of age, in Bristol, attempted to kill himself by cutting his throat last Sunday morning. He had suffered severe headaches, the result of exposure to heat, and it is thought that he was temporarily insane. He will recover.



From Ontario County Times 9 July 1890

Bristol, N. Y. - 
A very pleasant event occurred at the home of Mr. D. C. Sears, on Wednesday afternoon, June 25. It was the annual baby reunion. Last year it was held at the home of Mr. Billings H. Case. The little ones seemed to enjoy themselves very much, running around the yard, and swinging in hammocks. At about five o'clock, tea was served on a long table set in the yard. It was very interesting as well as amusing to see them all seated and enjoying their picnic as well as the older ones. The following is a list with date of birth and weight: Earl R. Simmons, born Nov. 27, 1888, weight 27 pounds; Charles Henry Gladding, born Dec. 10, 1888; weight, 24 pounds; Mabel Brandow, born Dec. 20, 1888, 20 pounds; Louisa Case, born Jan. 5, 1889, weight 26 pounds; Erastus Henry Allen, born Jan. 12, 1889; weight 27 pounds; Ethel May Reed, born Feb. 27, 1889, weight 20 pounds; Floyd William Nicholls, born Feb 5, 1889, weight 25 pounds; Verna May Hayes, born April 11, 1889, weight 23 pounds; George R. Packard, born April 27, 1889, weight 24 pounds; Howard Dana Sears, born May 26, 1889, weight 26 pounds; Rolland Andrews Bliss, born Dec. 16, 1889, weight 20 pounds.



From Ontario County Journal 11 July 1890

Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. John Richardson,
an old lady of 80, fell down the cellar stairs and broke her left wrist. She was very smart and active before, as is also her husband who is 84, and works every day at his trade, harness making.



Victor, N. Y. - The coming strong man lives in Victor and is not yet of age. It was ascertained on the Fourth that Milton Aldrich had taken nine of the athletic prizes. He then swung the maul and hit the striking machine, which showed 1,890 pounds, the greatest ever registered by the machine. Mr. Aldrich is the new deputy in the postoffice under Mr. McVean.



From Ontario County Journal 18 July 1890

At the annual meeting of the Naples Grape Growers' association, the following officers were elected:

President - F. W. Griesa
Vice-presidents - C. S. Salisbury, John
Gams, J. W. Hatch, Fred Miller, John
Huber, Fred M. Pottle, Charles Traum,
Charles Fribolin and Frank Merkel
Corresponding Secy - Philip Dinsler
Recording Secy - Casper Klingenberger
Treasurer - Lester Story
Executive committee - William Fried,
S. H. Lyon, C. W. Watkins



From Ontario County Journal 25 July 1890


One evening last week, while Mr. and Mrs. William Ryan, of Farmington, were driving home, their horse was frightened by a bonfire at a gypsy camp north of this village. Both were thrown to the ground and Mr. Ryan suffered a dislocation of the right shoulder while Mrs. Ryan's collar bones were dislocated. Dr. McClellan attended to their injuries. The gypsies folded their tents and stole silently away when they found out what had happened.



From Geneva Gazette 25 July 1890

Dr. F. W. Mailler
of Phelps, showing  unmistakable symptoms of insanity, preparation is being made to take him to Willard Asylum.  He has been a successful physician, and is highly esteemed by the community.



From Geneva Gazette 25 July 1890

A few days ago ex-Sheriff Hiram Peck of Phelps sustained a stroke of paralysis, which it is feared may terminate fatally.  He has suffered with rheumatism for several years, which greatly enfeebled him.  His power of speech is affected by the paralytic stroke.  Mr. Peck is an old and valued patron of the Gazette, and we deeply sympathize with him in his affliction.



From Geneva Gazette 25 July 1890

Tuesday afternoon Fred Madigan was arrested in the town of Canadice for poisoning the cattle of Martin Wheatley, for whom he formerly worked.  Wheatley lost four cows and a horse, the miscreant spreading paris green over the meadow.



From Ontario County Journal 1 August 1890

Naples, N. Y. - A large party of the young people of Naples is sojourning for a week at Ash Grove, with Mrs. E. C. Clark for chaperone. It consists of Misses Mary Lincoln, Clemmie Luther, Helen Lyon, Carrie Luther, Fanny Knapp, Louise Babcock, Hattie Beers, Cheme Wilder, Abbie, Annie and Laura Clarke, Helen Beers, Stella Bachelder, Etta Story, and Messrs. A. L. Parker, C. H. Luther, S. F. Lincoln, A. O. Seamans, J. L. Crocker, Will Caton, Robbie Beers, William French, Edward Clarke, Howard Beers and Eddie Hurd. They report a very delightful time.



From Ontario County Times 13 August 1890

Bristol, N. Y. - 
Eight months ago M. J. Phillips was feeding his cattle some corn fodder and a valued gold ring slipped from his finger and was lost. A short time since he sold a fat creature to the butcher at Bristol Center. While Master Burt Codding was making a postmortem examination of the stomach, he found a gold ring. The mark it bore, and he knowing where the creature came from, satisfied him of the ownership of the ring. He took it to Mr. Phillips and it proved to be the same ring that slipped from his finger eight months ago.



From Geneva Gazette 22 August 1890

Policeman Beales thought last night he was about to suffer the fate of Kemmler.  At about 11 o'clock he stood in front of M. Jacob's store.  Leaning against the iron front, his hands touched one of the posts.  No prisoner ever scared a policeman as that post scared officer Beales.  With a full sized yell he let go of the post and struck the middle of the sidewalk.  Calling a friend he described the peculiar sensation caused by coming in contact with the post, and remarked that the "whole electric light station must be loose."  The fact was that for some reason, perhaps imperfect insulation, the whole front from D. P. Nelson's to the White House was charged with electricity communicated from the electric light wires running into Jacob's store.  Other parties came along and in order to get them to test the phenomenon, the story was started that "although the front had been painted a year it was not dry yet."  Of course each one felt of the paint in order to have a laugh on Meyer. But the laugh immediately went the other way.  Luckily, nobody was injured, although many toyed with the dangerous element.



From Ontario County Journal 22 August 1890

Farmington, N. Y. - A party of young ladies with Mrs. Charlotte Carpenter as chaperone, are enjoying an outing at Bay View on Canandaigua Lake. The party consists of Misses Gertrude Smith, Hattie Carpenter, Lillian Katkamier, Nellie S. Padgham and Mrs. Lyman Bowerman of Farmington; Misses Eva Ransome and Grace Bowerman of Victor; Miss Eva Smead of Pittsford; Miss Lulu L. Craft of Gorham, Miss Jennie Allen of Middlesex and Miss Arletta Willet of Perinton.



From Ontario County Times 27 August 1890

At the reunion of the Green family at Willow Grove, August 13, officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows: President, Erastus Green; vice-president, C. F. Green; secretary and treasurer, E. B. Green.



Will Galpin, son of Rev. L. Q. Galpin, of this village, met with a distressing accident while at work in the Hawley & Clayton box factory in Phelps, on Saturday. He caught his left hand in a buzz saw, and four of the fingers were taken off at the knuckles. The injured member had prompt surgical attention, and Mr. Galpin has so far recovered from the shock of the accident as to be able to return to his home today.



There was an exciting runaway on Main street last Monday, in which two young ladies, Miss Jane Munger and Miss Harriet Stowe, had a narrow escape from serious injury. They were riding in a two-wheeler, and their horse, becoming frightened while passing under the railroad bridge, became unmanageable and ran up Main street to Greig street, colliding with a street car on the way, and thence to the lot in the rear of the school building, where it was brought to a standstill. The vehicle was reduced to a wreck, but fortunately neither of the ladies was hurt.



From Ontario County Journal 29 August 1890

Chapinville, N. Y. - Last Friday, August 22, quite a number of the family and descendants of Thomas Price gathered at his residence to celebrate the advent of his 84th birthday. Among those present were his son, William B. Price and wife, of Rock Falls, Ill., Mrs. Charles Day, of Michigan, (a former well-known resident here), and Mrs. Henry Freer, of Academy; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Price is one of the oldest residents living in the county. He came to Ontario county in 1835, where he has resided since in the town of Canandaigua and Hopewell. He lives in this place a retired life and in seemingly good health. We hope he may be spared to see several more birthdays.



A very exciting runaway occurred at Clifton Springs Monday morning. A team owned by Leslie Medden, working at the Pearl street crossing of the new Geneva & Buffalo railroad, became frightened and ran down Main street until they reached the corner of Crane street, where they collided with the carriage of Michael Tobin, completely demolishing the vehicle and hurling Tobin violently to the ground. When he was picked up it was thought Tobin was dead, but he regained consciousness after a time, and although terribly bruised, was not dangerously injured. Both horses of the runaway team and George Medden, the driver, were seriously injured.



From Geneva Gazette 26 September 1890

Wednesday morning at about 8:30 Robinson & Ford's delivery horse attached to wagon, started on a run from the Revere House.  The driver, John Delaney,  left him standing a moment untied, and the animal took fright at something.  Up Exchange street he dashed at a frightful rate, accompanied by his faithful companion, the large brindle bull dog so well known on the streets.  The dog, alive to the situation, made almost human endeavors to stop the affrighted steed.  Several times the dog had the dragging lines in his teeth pulling with all his might.  The horse was too much for him and he was compelled to let go.  At Coursey's mill the dog made a leap for the horse's head and brought him nearly to a standstill.  Victory was not his however until the horse turned down the approach to the Lumber Cutting works, when the dog headed him off and brought him to a standstill. He was the proudest dog in the State when some one took the horse in charge, wagging his tail with evident delight, and leading the procession back to the bakery with the air of a returning conqueror.



From Ontario County Journal 26 September 1890

The 12th annual election of officers of Independent Battery, No. 94, of Geneva, took place at the company's headquarters Wednesday evening. The following were the officers elected:

Captain - H. DeForrest Patterson
1st Lieut. - G. W. Fletcher
2d Lieut. - F. G. Seibel
1st Serg't - C. D. Snyder
2d Serg't - Eugene Terrell
Quartermaster Serg't - C. B. Klopfer
1st Corp'l - H. E. King
2d Corp'l - Charles Heamans
Bugler - F. A. Armstrong



From Ontario County Journal 7 November 1890

Henry Duffy went home intoxicated last Saturday evening and, picking up a dipper of hot water, threw the contents into Mrs. Duffy's face, scalding her frightfully. The brutal assault was entirely unprovoked and was caused solely by Duffy's vicious temper. He was put in the lockup to sober up, but Mrs. Duffy relented after a few days and implored Police Justice Dwyer to let him go this time.



From Ontario County Times 19 November 1890

Naples, N. Y. - 
A pension of $30 per month was granted last week to David Ocobock, of this village, also about $250 back pay. It will be a great help to the family as Mr. Ocobock is in very feeble health.



From Geneva Gazette 21 November 1890

Monday morning a man named Daniel Lowrey, of Clifton Springs, was found in an unconscious condition on Exchange st.  He was taken to the residence of Charles Harrington where medical aid soon revived him.  The man was deranged and it being ascertained that his home was in Clifton Springs, he was taken there.  An attempt was afterwards made to place him in the Canandaigua Asylum, but the fellow escaped and when last heard from was on his way to Geneva again.



From Ontario County Journal 21 November 1890

Reed's Corners, N. Y. - A very sad accident occurred on Thursday last. Mr. John Deer was caught in the belt of a thrashing machine, and broke his arm just above the wrist, and was also bruised in several other places. At present writing he is comfortable. He is attended by Dr. Smith of Reed's Corners and Dr. Skinner of Rushville. Mr. Deer is one of our most amiable young men and has the sympathy of the whole community.



From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 27 November 1890

Frank Edgerton,
of Clifton Springs, met with a severe accident Monday evening. He went into a lot to catch a colt, and while putting a rope around its neck, the animal turned and kicked him on the head, causing contusion of the brain. Dr. Archer was called and dressed the wound. Mr. Edgerton was delirious during the night but yesterday was much better.



From Ontario County Journal 28 November 1890

Academy, N. Y. - The friends of Mr. Zacharia Mather came upon him on the 20th instant to celebrate with him his seventy-first birthday. Mr. Mather has been a citizen of this place forty-one years and has been a kind and obliging neighbor, always ready to help the sick and afflicted.



From Ontario County Journal 26 December 1890

Last Tuesday Deputy Sheriff Michael J. McPhillips met with an unfortunate accident that may cost him a finger. In cleaning out a cupboard in the jury room at the court house, he came across a rusty old revolver, the hammer of which was raised. It proved to be loaded and while McPhillips was handling it, it was accidentally discharged. The ball passed through the forefinger of the left hand at the first joint. Mr. McPhillips hastened at once to Dr. A. L. Beahan's office, where the wound was dressed. The bone of the finger was badly shattered and amputation may become necessary.



From Geneva Gazette 2 January 1891

George Benham
of Clifton Springs broke his right leg above the ankle while engaged in a wrestling bout.



From Ontario County Journal 2 January 1891

Bristol Center, N. Y. - Mr. O. Packard
of this place, who has been employed by the New York Central as a brakeman on a local freight train since last October, met with a very serious accident near Lyons last week Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1890. While the train was backing down he was knocked from his train by the bridge and fell between the cars and seven passed over him. His right arm was run over and he was also considerably bruises and cut some on the head and hip. He was taken directly to the hospital in Rochester where it was found necessary to amputate the right hand just above the wrist. At the last report he was quite comfortable and was doing as well as could be expected. It brought a sad Christmas to his family and many friends.



Shortsville, N. Y. - Mr. John McGuillan, senior, who is employed in the moulding room of the Empire Drill Co.'s works, while oiling some shafting yesterday (Monday) in the foundry, in some way his clothes got caught in the running machinery and every article of clothing torn off of him except his shoes. He fell about ten feet striking his shoulders on an iron wheelbarrow bruising himself seriously and giving him a shaking up. It is one of the greatest wonders that Mr. Guilian was not killed.



From Ontario County Times 21 January 1891

West Bloomfield, N. Y. -  Mrs. Nancy Peck
celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday last Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. M. Leech. Mrs. Peck is the oldest person in the town and altogether she is very feeble bodily, yet her mental vigor seems unimpaired.



From Ontario County Journal 23 January 1891

Thomas Bond,
an elderly gentleman who lives on Beeman street, attempted suicide Monday evening by taking a heavy dose of laudanum. He was found by Officer Thomas H. Dedrick in bed at his home in an unconscious condition. After finding on a table nearby a bottle labeled "laudanum" and a note in which Bond wrote that he was weary of life and wanted to die, Officer Dedrick hastily summoned Dr. A. L. Beahan, and prompt measures were taken for the old man's relief. The physician's efforts were successful and Bond will recover. Bond is 70 years old and has been suffering for a long time with the effects of a battle wound. His wife died a few years ago and since that time he has been living alone.



From Geneva Gazette 30 January 1891

Nathan Whitney,
formerly of Seneca Castle, now residing in the West, passed his 100th birthday January 23d.  The Whitneys are a family of great longevity.  They were among the first settlers of the old town of Seneca.



From Ontario County Journal 30 January 1891

Farmington, N. Y. -
An accident that came very near being fatal occurred about seven o'clock Sunday evening, Jan. 25th. As Misses Hattie Carpenter and Gertrude E. Smith were driving by S. B. Ketcham's about half a mile north of the Quaker meeting house, their horse became frightened at the wreck of a road cart that lay near the fence, and dashed out of the road into a rough lot. The horse did not run far before the buggy tipped over and both the young ladies were thrown violently to the ground. Miss Smith struck her face and was dragged some distance. Her face was badly bruised and her forehead cut in several places. A piece of bone half an inch in length was chipped from the skull over the right eye. Miss Carpenter fortunately sustained no injuries from her fall, but in running for help she slipped and fell on her arm, spraining it quite badly. Miss Smith was taken to her home about a mile distant and Dr. Ira F. Hawley summoned, who made the sufferer as comfortable as possible. Dr. Hawley says that unless something unforeseen happens, the wounds will rapidly heal. Miss Smith is teacher in school district No. 11, and is considered a competent and faithful instructor. Her many friends hope for her speedy recovery.



From Ontario County Journal 6 February 1891

Shortsville, N. Y. -
A very pleasant occasion and one long to be remembered was that last Wednesday upon which the near relatives of Mr. Thomas VanBuren gathered at his home in this place to celebrate his eighty-first birthday. Mr. VanBuren received a very handsome writing desk and a purse of money as remembrances of this enjoyable affair. The most pleasing feature and by no means the least of the days festivities, was a sumptuously set table around which all gathered and which was presided over by Mr. VanBuren, and in the middle of which was an immense cake weighing sixteen pounds. In and around this cake were set eighty-one variously colored wax tapers, (the number of years of the gentleman's life,) which were lighted and kept burning during the dinner hour. Among the relatives present were: Mr. and Mrs. E. Parrish, Mrs. Elizabeth Pinkerton, Mr. and Mrs. B. Durand and Mr. Wm. VanBuren, of Canandaigua; Mrs. A. J. Cammyer of New York; Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Thatcher and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. VanBuren of this place.



From Ontario County Journal 20 February 1891

Chapinville, N. Y. - Homer Hollenbeck
had the misfortune last week of having his thumb badly torn by a snap on a hold-back strap of a harness which he tried to unloosen while he was unhitching the horse which he had been using. He came near losing thumb, but the doctor says with good care he will be all right in a few weeks.



From Ontario County Journal 27 February 1891

Academy, N. Y. - Henry Fox,
a young man of the lake shore, met with a terrible accident on the evening of the 12th inst. He was putting his gun into his boat, when it discharged and the contents of the barrel entered the wrist of the right arm tearing through the flesh to the elbow where it is capped. Dr. Bell of Naples was called and probed and dressed the wound and we hope for the speedy recovery of Henry and that in the future he will keep the business end of the gun from him.



From Ontario County Times 18 March 1891

Rushville, N. Y. - 
While William Whitbeck and Louis Schvapp were cutting up a large log in Albert Blodgett's mill yard at Rushville on Tuesday of last week, the former's foot slipped and his ax went wild, striking Schvapp just over the ear, cutting a deep gash and knocking him down. At first it was thought the man was killed. Dr. Skinner was called and found the man in danger from loss of blood. It is thought the injury will not prove fatal. A thick cap on Schvapp's head stayed the force of the blow and probably saved him from instant death.



From Geneva Gazette 27 March 1891

Wednesday last while Lou Barth was out riding on a bicycle, he met Will Payne, (who was driving a horse) on a cross-walk.  Payne whipped up his horse preventing Barth from going over the cross-walk and forcing him to dismount, and not only that, but as the horse rushed by he dealt Barth a cut with his heavy whip cutting through his trousers and inflicting a deep gash in his thigh.  A warrant was taken out against Payne yesterday, and the case was put over till Saturday afternoon.  He will probably learn that bicycle riders have a few rights that the public generally is bound to respect.



From Ontario County Times 15 April 1891

James McKerr,
a man in the employ of H. C. Pratt, of Hopewell, had a narrow escape from death on Monday. While at work white-washing a chimney on the roof of Mr. Pratt's house, he lost his balance and fell to the ground, a distance of fully thirty feet. He was severely hurt, suffering the fracture of one arm and internal injuries, but at last accounts, he was in a fair way to survive. He is attended by Dr. Beahan of this village.



On Thursday afternoon, Michael Hill, an employee of Mrs. James McKechnie, in this village, attempted to jump out of a buggy on Main street. In doing so he caught his foot in the reins and was thrown headforemost under the horse's foot. He was picked up in an unconscious condition and Dr. Hallenbeck summoned. After making a thorough examination, Dr. Hallenbeck found that, although Hill was badly bruised, no bones were broken. He is now convalescing rapidly.



From Victor Herald 18 April 1891

Patrick Ryan
met with a serious accident on Tuesday. While drawing lumber he was thrown to the ground by the jolting of the wagon and fell in such a position that the wheel passed over him in such a way as to break his jaw. This injury is a very serious one for a man of his years.



From Ontario County Times 29 April 1891

Ed. McCormack,
while spading in Henry Richardson's garden, on lower Main street, in this village, last Friday, found an ancient copper coin. It was much corroded, but a thorough cleaning revealed the following inscription: "Georgius III, Rex Britannia."



Asa Priest,
of this village, who is now a student in Cornell University, and who is a member of the Cornell base ball nine, on Saturday last pitched a game against the Stevens Institute nine and held them down to two single hits, the score at end of the game being 13 to 0. He also struck out ten men, put out one, made six assists, two runs, two hits, and accepted his seven chances without an error.



From Ontario County Journal 22 May 1891

Naples, N. Y. - Mr. John Boles
met with another serious accident on Tuesday. He got in the way of a heavy log while hauling logs from the woods, and it went over him as it rolled down the hill. The wonder is that he was not crushed to a jelly; but he still lives and means to keep at it, though suffering from several ribs broken from the spine and a badly bruised and sore body.



From Geneva Gazette 29 May 1891  

Cornelius (Pop) Rodney,
after making his home a visit of a couple of days, again goes back to Canandaigua.  He was brought before Police Justice Smelzer on a charge of being drunk and disorderly.

When asked what he had to say in his own behalf, he said "O give me about 20 days days;" and when sentence was passed upon him he remarked "let her go Gallagher," and went down and took the 'bus for the depot en route for Canandaigua, accompanied by one of our City Police.



From Ontario County Times 3 June 1891

Seneca Castle, N. Y. -  Arthur Murphy
was run away with by his team of colts a few days since. He was thrown off from his load but clung to the lines and succeeded in stopping the colts before they had run too far. Unfortunately his right leg was badly broken near the ankle.



From Geneva Gazette 5 June 1891

Last week Thursday evening John Beard and one of his truck drivers named Will Phillips engaged in a frolic in the barn of the former, during which Phillips threw a horse collar at Beard.  The latter returned the sally with a broken-handle broom, the point of which unfortunately struck Phillips just forward of the right ear on a line with his eyes, and he fell unconscious to the floor. Seeing that the injury was serious Beard conveyed Phillips to his house on West Avenue. Dr. McCaw took charge of the case, and called counsel, so long did his patient remain unconscious.  For two days his life hung as it were in the balance. Then a change for the better occurred, but it was not until Monday last that Phillips fully regained consciousness, and was pronounced out of danger.  He corroborates Beard's account of the manner in which the injury was inflicted and attaches no blame to his employer, which relieves the latter of all suspicion of intent to hurt, which so many were prone to indulge in.



From Geneva Gazette 26 June 1891

Mr. Ami Whitney
of Flint Creek celebrated his 77th birthday on the 22nd inst., and without fear of contradiction we venture to say that he is the best preserved man of his age in the town of Seneca.  The Whitneys are noted as a long lived family.  One died within a month past at the age of 100.  The occasion of Mr. Whitney's recent birthday was made one for a large and merry gathering at his home near Flint Creek -- nearly 200 relatives and friends being present to extend congratulations.  The editor of the Gazette fully intended to be one of the number, but was disappointed at the last moment in obtaining a conveyance which had been engaged for the occasion.  Friend and Masonic brother Whitney must accept this editorial in lieu of personal congratulations over the recent epoch in his long, joyous and prosperous life.  Next time we will try to "get there" if we have to foot it.



From Ontario County Journal 3 July 1891

Hopewell, N. Y. -
Wednesday afternoon as Fred Shaw was firing a rifle at a black bird, the gun exploded, tearing the lower part of the gun to pieces. He fortunately escaped serious injury. He went to Canandaigua in the evening and had a part of the powder removed from his face by Dr. McClellan, and will have to go again today to get the remainder out. His wrist was bruised and is quite lame. It seems almost miraculous that a gun could be so torn to pieces in a person's hands and they escape alive.



From Geneva Gazette 17 July 1891

E. W. Sherman,
a well-known resident of Clifton Springs, left home on Monday last on a train, going west, telling an acquaintance he was going to Victor.  But on the arrival of the train there it was discovered he had left the train and no clue to his whereabouts can be found.  Nearly two years ago he made an attempt on his life by shooting, and since that time has been despondent at periods.  It is feared he left home with the intention of taking his life.



From Victor Herald 18 July 1891

A most singular case occurred here last Sunday. Frank Dibble, a young farmer, living northeast of the village, took his horse out for exercise, driving around by his former home. When at what is known as "White's Hill," he swallowed a plate containing four front false teeth. He immediately drove to East Bloomfield, bearing excruciating pain, in the meantime, and secured the services of Dr. Hubbard and Wheeler. The plate had passed out of reach and baffled medical skill. After a consultation, treatment was given and he is now out of a perilous position.



From Ontario County Journal 31 July 1891

Naples, N. Y. - Mr. Loren Pardee,
of Frost Town, South Bristol, while taking up some rails from the ground on his farm this week, felt something hit his leg, brushing his trousers. Looking down he found his foot upon a rattler, near the tail. The serpent had struck at him with his fangs, but failed to hit. Pardee jumped some 20 feet in the air, but came down in time to dispatch his majesty. He proved to be an old settler, having 15 rattles and was four feet in length. A very fine specimen. Curiosity hunters would doubtless be well repaid by a visit to that section.



From Ontario County Journal 7 August 1891

Shortsville, N. Y. - Mrs. Dewitt Powers
and her sister, Mrs. Albert Walker, had a narrow escape from death last Sunday. While riding through Manchester their horse refused to go over the bridge which crosses the outlet, and commenced backing with them. Mrs. Walker jumped to the ground with the intention of taking the animal by the head. She had only reached the ground when the horse commenced backing again, and went down about nine feet by the side of the bridge, throwing Mrs. Powers out of the buggy and dislocating her shoulder and spraining her wrist. Dr. Pratt was immediately summoned and made Mrs. Powers as comfortable as could be expected, and brought her to her home in this place.



From Ontario County Times 12 August 1891

Seneca Castle, N. Y. - 
As Mrs. Elmer Smith and her sister, Miss Crittenden, were driving home from Geneva last week Tuesday, their horse shied suddenly at a tent in Wm. R. McKane's yard, upsetting the carriage and throwing out the ladies. They were severely, but not dangerously, hurt.



From Ontario County Journal 14 August 1891

Chester Deuel,
who resides on the Pomeroy farm near Shortsville, had an exciting encounter with an ugly bull the other day, barely escaping with his life. While driving the cattle from the pasture, the mad bull attacked him, knocking him to the ground and trampled upon him until he lost consciousness. He was found by members of the family lying insensible in the field. He has nearly recovered from his injuries. The beast has been shackled.



From Geneva Gazette 21 August 1891

As Amos Chapman, an aged farmer living about a mile south of Clifton Springs, was returning home, he was severely injured by a runaway team.  One of the horses reared when just back of Mr. Chapman's wagon and the neck-yoke struck him, knocking him out of his wagon in front of it.  The team broke loose and ran down the railroad.  Mr. Chapman was taken home and medical aid summoned.  Besides being badly cut about the face and head it is feared he was hurt internally.



From Geneva Gazette 28 August 1891

This morning Cad Potter when mounting his wheel -- a 54 inch ordinary -- before getting his feet on the pedals, the wheel turned throwing him over on the hard stone walk and against a tree hurting him quite badly and breaking his wheel so that it could not be ridden.  He got up and walked to his father's marble works on Exchange st. but soon began to think that he was hurt worse that he had anticipated.  On going to the office of Dr. McCaw, it was found that the lower rib was broken.  He was bandaged up and taken home in a carriage.  No serious result is expected.



From Geneva Gazette 11 September 1891

Yesterday morning about half-past seven, the little girl of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beatty, on Exchange street, while playing with matches, set fire to her clothes.  Her mother, in trying to put out the flames, burned her hands badly.  The flames were finally subdued by the father throwing a quilt around the little girl.  Drs. Weyburn & Leonard were called and both mother and daughter are on a fair way to recovery.  The little girl's face was badly burned on one side and her hair singed.



From Victor Herald 12 September 1891

Yesterday afternoon, Thomas Ryan, of Farmington, eloped with a neighbor's wife, Mrs. John Welch. Reports are to the effect that in the morning Ryan went to a Rochester bank and drew out a deposit of $3000, and then came on to Canandaigua. Mrs. Welch on the same day told her husband that she was going to visit his brother at Geneva, and was accompanied by one of her daughters. She came to Canandaigua, where she was joined by Ryan. They took the first train back west, and it is thought they have gone to Indianapolis. Ryan is a widower about 54 years of age and leaves several grown up children. Mrs. Welch also leaves, beside her husband, several small children. Ont. Co. Times



From Geneva Gazette 18 September 1891

Thomas Ryan,
a widower with four children, who was station agent at Farmington, and the wife of John Welch, a flagman with a family of five children living under the station, left their respective homes recently and have not yet returned.



From Geneva Advertiser 29 September 1891

Our old colored friend, Isam Turner, who has resided here 28 years and been a good citizen too, is sick, worn out with increasing age and hard work, and feels that he must leave us for a time. He is going to try his old Southern home, Vicksburg, Mississippi. He has been told by some that his lungs are affected; by others his liver, but he says he feels all played out. We hope the change -- for he is going early in October -- will do him heaps of good.



From Ontario County Times 30 September 1891

Naples, N. Y. -  Cyrus Ballard,
of this village, has been granted a pension of $20 per month and $750 back pay.



From Ontario County Times 14 October 1891
 
On Thursday afternoon of last week, while Benjamin Cartwright and his mother, Mrs. Elmira Cartwright, of Bristol, were driving up Main street in a democrat wagon, the horses took fright at a small cur which was nagging them and ran. The pole of the wagon fell to the ground near Coach street and the wagon was overturned, the occupants being thrown out. Mrs. Cartwright received several severe bruises and cuts on the head and face, but fortunately no serious injuries, and was taken into the Webster House, where she was attended by Dr. F. E. McClellan. Her son was uninjured. The horses ran into a team hitched in front of Cooley's hardware store and were there captured.



From Ontario County Journal 23 October 1891

Academy, N. Y. -
The reunion of the Pierce family was held at the residence of Henry L. Pierce, Academy, on the 15th inst. It being Mr. Pierce's fifty-fourth birthday, he was made the happy recipient of many valuable and cherished tokens of regard -- an elegant extension table, a family heirloom in the shape of a watch that had been in the family forty years, photos of dear friends, and many other things that I am unable to enumerate. An organization was made by electing H. L. Pierce, president; William Pierce, vice-president; Francis M. Pierce, secretary. George Pierce of Hammondsport; Warren Pierce of Naples; Melvin Pierce of Canandaigua; Daniel Pierce of Bristol; and Henry Carpenter, of Michigan, were chosen a committee of arrangements, and the next meeting will occur on the last Saturday in August, 1892, at the residence of Oliver Pierce, in Naples, the old Pierce homestead. There were fifty-five persons present, and the good things for the inner man were abundant and heartily enjoyed by the happy party.



From Ontario County Times 11 November 1891

Theodore Crosby,
of this village, celebrated his 89th birthday with a few friends and relatives at his residence on Main street, on Saturday of last week. Mr. Crosby retains his faculties to a remarkable degree. There are few younger men who are equally alert in mind and body.



From Ontario County Times 18 November 1891

The Geneva Review reports that John Long, of Phelps, after visiting his children at the Ontario Orphan Asylum in this village one day last week, left town, with forty-seven dollars in money and a bottle of whiskey in his pockets. Instead of going directly home, he visited Geneva and was there overcome by the seductions of a saloon. The next morning he was found lying in an alleyway, his face mutilated and swollen, and his money gone. He is now making a strenuous effort to discover and punish his assailant, and swears that another drop of liquor shall never pass his lips.



From Ontario County Journal 11 December 1891

Shortsville, N. Y. -
As Frank Rodney was on his way home to Manchester from this place Saturday evening, when he came along to the paper mill barns, a man jumped out and grabbed him and demanded his money. Mr. Rodney, with his usual presence of mind, replied, "I guess you have got the wrong man for that." The would-be robber looked at him more closely and said "he guessed he had made a mistake" and released him. Mr. Rodney is employed in the Empire Drill Works here and had over $100 in his pocket. It is unnecessary to add that he took some rather long strides for home after his narrow escape.



From Geneva Gazette 25 December 1891

An interesting case at Canandaigua before the Court of Sessions last Friday was that of the people against Clark A. Niece of Naples, indicted for violation of excise law.  The jury rendered a verdict of guilty.  The defendant was charged with selling a beverage known as "Hop Soda," which, it was alleged, and proven to the satisfaction of the jury, was intoxicating.  Judge Metcalf sentenced Niece to pay a fine of $200, and to stand committed until fine is paid.  At the conclusion of this trial counsel for the defendant moved to have the judgment of $50, and thirty days imprisonment in the county jail pronounced against Niece by a Justice's Court of Naples set aside.  Judge Metcalf denied the motion and affirmed the judgment of the lower court.  In doing so Judge Metcalf said he did not believe the judgment to be excessive, and furthermore, he did not think it would be right or proper under the circumstances for him to interfere with the decision of the court below.



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