From Ontario County Times 2 January 1889
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - On Friday of last week a joyous gathering took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis P. Witter. The
occasion was the eighty-fifth birthday of Mr. Witter. There were
twenty-four relatives present, and all enjoyed themselves greatly.
Perhaps not the least pleasurable part of the occasion was the
bountiful dinner to which ample justice was done. May Mr. Witter see
many happy returns of so joyous an event as a birthday party.
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Old Mrs. Crooks, mother of Tompkins Crooks, fell
in her room last Sunday morning in such a manner as to fracture her
hip. She is a great sufferer and will probably not survive the injury,
as she has reached the advanced age of 85 years.
From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1889
A melee in which about thirty intoxicated men were engaged in
Daffy's saloon on Mill street Christmas resulted in an injury to John
Cunningham, which is liable at any time to prove fatal, should the
slightest complication arise. The parties were all in such a state of
intoxication that it
was difficult to ascertain who struck Cunningham, but three witnesses
were found who testified before Police Justice Dwyer that William
Carson was the man. He was arrested and was admitted to bail in
the sum of $500 by Judge Rice. Cunningham was struck in the nose, and
it is believed the bone was broken. The greatest possible care is
necessary to prevent internal hemorrhage. A sneeze or a cough, it is
said, may produce death at any time.
George I. Rose, a young boy of North Bloomfield, has been missing
from his home since December
10th. The reported cause of his disappearance is that he formed
a dislike to the teacher of the district school which he attended. He
is a boy of rather diffident and timid disposition, and having been
told that the teacher was unusually severe he greatly dreaded to
attend. On the morning of December 10th, his father, who was taking him
to school, stopped on the way to talk with a friend, and while they
were busily engaged in business conversation, the boy quietly slipped
out of the buggy, and when last seen was walking along the railroad
near Gates' crossing. Diligent search has been
made in all directions but no trace of him has been discovered.
From Ontario County Times 9 January 1889
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - On the last day of the year, Mr. Thomas J. Park took
it into his head to try the capacity of a threshing machine in
operation in his barn, by putting his foot into it, which came out in a
terribly dilapidated condition, or in other words, "mashed to a jelly"
and the consequence was an amputation above the ankle, successfully
performed by Dr. W. A. Hubbard. We are glad to announce that
notwithstanding his age, between sixty and seventy, he is doing
From Ontario County Times 16 January 1889
Port Gibson, N. Y. - The holidays brought the usual number of absent members of various families to their old homes for reunions, among whom were Miss Ada Parker from Syracuse; A. Thompson Throop from Lehigh University; Frank Throop from Cornell; Henry Schutt from New York; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Fisk and Ina Beal from Orleans; Miss Anna Allerton from Victor; and Augusta Allerton from Cuba, N. Y.
From Ontario County Journal 18 January 1889
Mrs. Ellen O'Lahey of Canadice has recently been granted a
pension of twelve dollars per month and $3400 back pay. John
O'Lahey, her husband, served through the war.
In August, 1865, while his regiment (the 160th N. Y.) was in Georgia,
he was taken sick and remained so until his death in 1873. A year
or two after he came home, he applied for a pension for rheumatism, but
it had not been allowed at the time of his death. Mrs. O'Lahey applied
for a pension soon after her husband's death but it took 15 years
to get it through. Rev. Father Hendrick of Livonia was instrumental in
Will L. Smith, of this village, was seriously injured on the
road between Shortsville and Palmyra last Saturday night. While passing
a carriage in his dogcart, the wheels collided and the cart was tipped
over throwing him face downward to the ground striking on his head. He
was unconscious for an hour after the shock and for a time it was
feared he was dead. He was carried to the nearest house and cared for
until Dr. Beahan arrived and attended to his injuries. He was brought
home the first of the week and has been in a critical condition
although yesterday it was thought the crisis had been safely passed.
From Ontario County Journal 25 January 1889
Academy, N. Y. - Mrs. John Casby of Stid Hill, who has been
sick for some time past, became suddenly insane on Friday night, the
4th inst., and left her home without the knowledge of any member of the
family and with no wraps except a small cape. She took the rings from
her fingers and the strings from her shoes and laid them upon a shelf
before leaving the house. The next morning after building the fires,
Mr. Casby saw that his wife had left the house
and immediately went in pursuit of her. He tracked her in the snow
by a round about course traveling a number of cross roads to
Canandaigua, where she had arrived about 6 a.m., having knocked at the
door of a sister. When the door was opened, she fell forward perfectly
exhausted and insensible. The family think she left the house between
12 and 1
o'clock and traveled about fifteen miles. This affliction rests heavily
upon Mr. Casby and their nine children and certainly excites the
sympathy of every one.
From Geneva Gazette 8 February 1889
Miss Emma Phillips, the sixteen-year-old daughter of Vantyne
Phillips, of Bristol, tied the sheets of her bed to the bedpost, about
midnight Wednesday night, and eloped with a young man named Frank
Pixley. Miss Phillips's parents, who are wealthy farmers, have
been bitterly opposed to the attentions which young Pixley has been
paying to her, and have done everything to break up what seemed to them
to be the beginning of a marriage. The young couple were driven
to Canandaigua by some neighbors, and took the train to Geneva, where
they were married. From Geneva they took a train for the
West. The girl had barely enough clothing to clad her form, and
it is believed that she was assisted in her flight by some of the
neighbors. The old people are said to have become so determined
in their efforts to squelch the match that the girl was imprisoned in a
room for three weeks, and was terribly frightened by her father telling
her that he was about to have her sent to a convent. Mr. Phillips
knew nothing of his daughter's elopement until he went to her room on
Thursday morning, when he discovered the sheets tied to the bedpost and
hanging out of the window. After inquiry we failed to ascertain
the civil officer here who performed the ceremony. If the
important event culminated in Geneva as reported, the officiating
magistrate has failed to file a record of the same with the registrar
of vital statistics as required by law.
From Geneva Gazette 15 February 1889
A most exciting and thrilling run-away occurred last Wednesday
afternoon. A team owned by Thos. R. McCurdy, liveryman,
hitched to a doubled sleigh, took it into their heads to bolt for the
stable while for a moment released from the care of their driver who
had a call at the Misses Bridge school on Main street. Two little
boys only were left on the driver's seat. On a keen run the team
dashed down Main street. As it rounded into Seneca street, people
who looked on fairly held their breath in fear that the sleigh would be
upset; but it did not. One of the boys had cowered down out of
sight beneath the seat--the other held and retained his seat, with a
firm grasp on the reins, but powerless to check the animals in their
mad careen. The little fellow screamed incessantly in his
dreadful fright. On, on went the team, fortunately keeping in the
center of the street. Whirling around the Bank corner the team
pursued its flight down Exchange street and across the railroad tracks,
halting from very exhaustion as it seemed in front of Catchpole's iron
works. Neither team, sleigh, nor frightened young occupant
injury, and it is almost miraculous that they did so escape in such a
long and furious run of the team. The boy who clung so
tenaciously to the reins in this maddening ride is Folger
Stotenbur. He is not anxious to repeat it. A leap from
the sleigh or its overturn would have maimed him for life if not
From Ontario County Journal 15 February 1889
William Booth, a young man employed in
the Union Pacific tea store on lower Main street, took an involuntary
cold bath in the lake near the water works crib last Saturday. He was
skating near the crib with a number of young people, and venturing too
far out on the softer ice, suddenly broke through. He went under water
and when he arose to the surface, Hilem Paddock threw
him one end of a skate strap and pulled him out. He was quite
thoroughly chilled, but was otherwise none the worse for his ducking.
Reeds Corners, N. Y. - That was a novel hitching post that David
Snyder used last Monday at Stanley when he hitched his horses to a
freight car. There was no engine attached at the time David hitched,
but there was in about three minutes, and it started to learn them how
to lead, but a bystander untied them with a jack-knife.
From Ontario County Times 20 February 1889
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Mr. John Bolles, f this place, was
drawing a hundred bushels of corn from Gorham; above the sleigh box he
had tied on forty-one bags of ears. About a mile from Reeds Corners,
the load tipped over upon him, pinning him down into the snow. As the
load was so tightly bound, he could not extricate himself and lay an
hour and a half before assistance came. He sustained no internal
injuries, but is strained and sore from exertion and contracted a heavy
From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1889
Last Saturday Harrison Carr, who runs a small store at
Boswell's Corners in the town of South Bristol, assaulted William
Parker, whom he had quarreled with and ordered out of the store. It
is reported that when Parker was in the store Friday afternoon,
somewhat under the influence of liquor, he had an altercation with Carr
and used abusive language. Next day when he went in Carr ordered him
out several times, but Parker paid no attention to him.
Finally Carr started to put him out forcibly, and grabbing a large
round iron used as a stove poker, struck at him with it. Parker dodged
and the iron struck him in the side. Carr followed the blow quickly
with another, which fell on Parker's head, inflicting a very serious
wound. Carr was arrested and placed under $1000 bond to await the
of the assault. Parker has been in a critical condition and small hopes
are entertained of his recovery. The wound on his head is an ugly gash
and it is feared his skull is fractured. Parker is a man about 45 years
of age, and one of his neighbors represents him as being a quiet,
citizen. Carr is between thirty-five and forty years of age, and is
to be of a pugnacious disposition.
From Geneva Gazette 8 March 1889
A Nonagenarian Celebration - The children, relatives and
friends of John Proudfit held a party at the residence of his
daughter, Mrs. John Van Riper, Gorham, Feb. 28, 1889, to celebrate his
90th birthday. The occasion was very enjoyable - the refreshments
served were bountiful as well as luxurious, of which a very tasteful
birthday cake was noticeable. Some very appropriate presents were
also given. Among the guests was Mr. Jesse Squires, who had been
present at Mr. Proudfit's wedding, fifty-nine years ago. Mr.
Proudfit's temperate life has left his mental faculties unimpaired.
We were very much interested in his reminiscences of the past.
He said he was one of the first subscribers of THE GENEVA GAZETTE, over
seventy years ago, Mr. Bogart then Editor; and that was not the first
Democratic paper he had taken. When he was thirteen years old,
his father lived in York, Pa., and being a Federal he was taking "The
York Recorder. It was during the
war of 1812. The Recorder could not see any good in the
war or in the administration of Pres't James Madison -- seemed glad
when Washington was burned and Congress left in haste for New York,
comparing it to "John Gilpin's ride."
"Having a dollar of my own," said Mr. Proudfit, "that I had earned
hoeing corn at two shillings per day, and wishing, boy as I was, to
know the other side, I subscribed for "The Susquehanna Watchman," a
"My father was very much surprised when the paper came,
inquiring who that paper could be for? I replied it was
mine. He said nothing to me, but I heard him telling my mother
later, as tho' it was one of the worst things that could happen to me,
that he was afraid John was going to be a Democrat."
Mr. Proudfit is a living example of how we may all grow old gracefully,
contentedly and lovingly.
From Geneva Gazette 15 March 1889
Will and Amelia Scott of Phelps were honored by a
surprise party numbering about 80 of their friends from that town,
Phelps, Waterloo and Newark, who paid them a visit Wednesday evening
last, March 13th. The floors were crashed, excellent music
furnished by Doherty and Black, and dancing never more highly
enjoyed. The tables were laden with all the delicacies of the
season. The affair was pronounced by all present one of the most
enjoyable events that has occurred the past winter.
From Ontario County Journal 22 March 1889
Millers Corners, N. Y. - Last Saturday as Frank Brown was
riding into the village of Honeoye Falls on the top of a car, not
heeding the warning signals, he was struck by the
bridge and knocked off, sustaining severe and apparently fatal
injuries. He was brought back to his home at Miller's Corners on the
next train, and Dr. Finucane, of West Bloomfield, was summoned to take
of the case. At the last reports the patient was improving.
From Geneva Gazette 5 April 1889
On Friday last, Thomas Cass, an employee in the New York
Central Iron Works, met with an accident which destroyed the sight of
one eye. On Monday the eye was removed by Dr. Covert.
From Ontario County Times 17 April 1889
Academy, N. Y. - A serious runaway accident occurred here Monday, the 8th inst. Newton Rogers and daughter, Julia, were
driving down Foster's Hill when the breeching gave way and the horse
became unmanageable. Freeing himself from the buggy, he ran down the
hill, colliding with a team driven by John Tufts, throwing Mr. Tufts from his buggy and fracturing three of his ribs, besides otherwise injuring him severely.
Victor, N. Y. - Quite an exciting runaway occurred this forenoon in this village. Miss Nellie Gunnison and
another lady were driving in a covered buggy when the girth of the
harness broke, letting the buggy on the horse's heels, frightening him
into a run. The driver controlled him quite well until a man attempted
to stop him with a shovel, causing the horse to shy quickly and
overturn the vehicle, throwing both ladies violently to the ground.
Although somewhat bruised and badly mussed up, they sustained no
serious injury. The horse was soon caught and the buggy and harness
were found in need of considerable repair.
From Ontario County Journal 10 May 1889
Academy, N. Y. - Mrs. Frank Johnson and her
sister, Emma Martin, left a lighted lamp on the table the
other evening and went upstairs. In their absence the lamp exploded
setting the table spread and the floor where the oil fell into a blaze.
They were terribly frightened but did not lose their reason and showed
themselves heroines by putting out the fire before help arrived.
Last Friday Frank Hobson, clerk in the hat store of George
Weigel in Geneva, disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
About three weeks ago, Mr. Weigel bought a safe, place $175 in the
chest, and closed the safe. When he attempted to open it again, he
found he had forgotten the combination and also the original
instructions were missing. Believing that he had accidentally locked
the combination and instructions in the safe, he let the matter rest
After Hobson's disappearance he sent for experts, and upon opening
the safe, they found the money box had been taken. The police were at
once given charge of the affair and they are in search of the young
From Geneva Gazette 10 May 1889
Theft at Seneca Castle - Rose Bronson, who figured in the
police court answering to a charge of vagrancy last October, is again
in trouble. Rose is a
comely maiden of 19 summers and as many winters. She was born in
Romulus, and lived consecutively in Auburn, Geneva, and Seneca
Castle. While in the latter place she was employed in the family
Garrett Poole. While the family was temporarily absent,
Rose attached herself to all the available jewelry and walked to
Geneva, thence to Waterloo where she was captured. The missing
valuables, consisting of a watch and chain, a ring, a
bracelet, and a pin marked "Darling," were found, duly attached and
were replevined. Arraigned before Squire Nichols, the arrant Rose
plead guilty to the charges of petty larceny. she was committed
to the House of Refuge for women at Hudson, N. Y., for five
years. Discharge before the expiration of that time is discretionary with the board of directors.
From Ontario County Journal 24 May 1889
A new band has been organized at Clifton Springs with the name of
"Citizen's Cornet Band of Clifton Springs," and with the following
officers: J. H. Wicks, president; G. Gaines, vice-president;
W. Waterman, secretary and treasurer; J. O'Sullivan and
R. Williamson, directors; E. O'Sullivan, leader and
From Ontario County Journal 31 May 1889
James Elton, his wife and two children, were thrown from their
carriage in front of the residence of Miss Brown, in West Bloomfield
last week, in consequence of the horse suddenly shying and running two
wheels off of the bank of the roadway. It was first thought Mr. Elton
was seriously injured, but he soon regained consciousness and
on examination it was found the damage was confined to the loss of
some cuticle and a collapsed carriage top.
Sunday morning while Mrs. James Richmond and son, George, her
sister, Miss Mary Richmond, and Miss George of
Phelps, were riding to church, their horse became frightened at some
tile lying near the road, and shying, threw them all out.
Mrs. Richmond and Miss George were quite seriously injured. Miss George
was unconscious when taken home, her brain and spine being affected.
Dr. W. A. Howe was called and reports them all doing well with,
no bones broken.
Charles Barnard, of this village,
has been missing from his home for over a week, and fears are
entertained that he has been drowned in the lake. The bulkhead in the
feeder was drained last week in search for his body, but it was not
found. Barnard was last seen at Willow Grove.
From Ontario County Times 5 June 1889
Farmington, N. Y. - Henry Karson fell off from a wagon the
other day, struck on his head, and one wheel ran over him. He was
carried home insensible; a physician was summoned, restoratives
applied, and after a while he revived. He and another young man were
riding on the wagon, and they began sparring or scuffling with the
aforesaid result. Perhaps they will both come to their senses and
profit by their experience.
From Ontario County Journal 7 June 1889
Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. William Reddoutt, while in the
field Sunday to catch his horses, was kicked by a colt, receiving
severe bruises and a broken arm. His age, 85, makes the accident more
difficult to endure.
Rushville, N. Y. - Ira Raymond was quite seriously
injured by too close relations to a runaway mustang.
Rushville, N. Y. - At a meeting of the Soldiers' Union officers
were elected for the ensuing year: President, J. C. Fox; vice-presidents,
Wm. A. Monegal and George W. Ford; treasurer, D.
J. Harkness; trustee, Fred Ebert; secretary, Lyman
Last Tuesday while William Wiley and Miss
Ida Ballend, of Naples, were engaged in a scuffle, Wiley pointed a
pistol at the young lady's face and she covered the muzzle with her
hand. The revolver discharged and the ball passing through Miss
hand, lodged in her cheek. Her hand was terribly lacerated and at last
accounts, the ball had not been taken from her cheek. Wiley claims that
he didn't know the pistol was loaded, and that the shooting was
From Ontario County Times 3 July 1889
A horse and buggy driven by Miss Maud Sayre, and a rig driven by Miss Smith, collided
in Main street on Saturday, and both vehicles were sadly demolished.
The occupants were thrown out, but no serious injury was sustained by
either of the young ladies.
From Ontario County Journal 12 July 1889
Denton Wright, a farmer, was terribly gored by a bull at the Joseph
Rice farm in Gorham a few days ago. Rice was away from home and
Wright entered the bull's stall, when the animal rushed upon him and
gored him in the groin. Wright is 36 years of age.
From Ontario County Times 17 July 1889
Edward Wright, a well-known farmer, residing in the north part of
this town, had his right foot badly lacerated by the knives of a mowing
machine last Thursday afternoon.
Frank Brandow, of this village, a young man about seventeen years old, last Sunday evening deliberately walked up to Albert N. Mason, on
Phelps street, and stabbed him with a knife in the forehead, and on his
right shoulder. Young Brandow, it seems, in company with several of his
chums, had procured a keg of beer on Sunday morning, and after putting
it into a box freight car, proceeded to "fill up" with liquid hops.
This programme was kept up during the afternoon, and after the beer had
been disposed of, Brandow procured a knife and made a tour through
Phelps street. He had not gone far when he met some boys and young men
playing base ball (on Sunday and within the corporate limits of
Canandaigua, too.) Going out into the street among the players, he
said, "I suppose some of you fellows think you can lick somebody," at
the same time flourishing the knife in the air. This frightened the
boys, and all save Mason ran away. The latter walked over to a fence,
and climbing up on it, sat down. Brandow followed, and as he reached
him he plunged the knife into Mason's head to the bone, cutting a gash
from the center of the forehead almost to his left ear. Brandow also
struck him in the shoulder and made several other attempts to stab
Mason, but by dodging Brandow's blows, he further managed to escape
without injury. Brandow was promptly arrested and upon being arraigned
before Justice Dwyer on Monday morning, asked that his examination be
postponed until Monday next. The request was granted and he was sent to
jail to await examination. Mason's wounds were promptly dressed by a
physician and his is now able to be about.
From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1889
John Rupert, of Clifton Springs, was seriously injured Tuesday
while unloading hay at the Sanitarium barn. A harpoon horse hay
fork fell and struck him on the left side, one of the prongs entering
his body below the ribs. The physicians pronounced the injury a very
one, but not necessarily fatal.
On Saturday, the 13th inst., a very serious accident occurred to Mr.
John Riordan of West Bloomfield. He had been mowing away hay in
the horse barn of Mr. R. M. Peck, and in attempting to descend
a ladder, became unconscious and fell to the floor below, a distance
of about twelve feet. As Mr. Riordan is 70 years of age, the shock to
his system was very severe. At last accounts he was gaining slowly.
From Phelps Citizen 25 July 1889
At Canandaigua, last Sunday evening, Frank Brandon, while intoxicated, stabbed Albert Mason. Brandon was arrested and his examination was set down for next Monday. Mason was not seriously injured.
From Ontario County Journal 26 July 1889
Last Tuesday evening Emmett Boltwood, a blacksmith
of Victor, aged about forty years, attempted suicide by hanging. About
three weeks ago he took a dose of laudanum with the same intent, but
physician who was called saved him. He had been mentally unbalanced for
some time, and it was feared that he might make such an attempt.
Tuesday evening he was considerably excited and a physician was called
to see him.
While Mrs. Boltwood and the doctor were conversing downstairs, they
a noise in the stairway, and on going to the door found Boltwood
by a strap around his neck. Mrs. Boltwood grasped his body and held him
up while the physician cut the strap. Boltwood soon recovered, but had
he been left hanging a short time longer he would have succeeded in his
From Geneva Gazette 2 August 1889
Here is an example showing how easily innocent people are sometimes
wrongfully accused. Last night in front of Burton's, at 11:30, a
man named Tim Mahoney cried for the police. The police
came promptly to his rescue. Mahoney claimed that he
had been robbed, and saddled the robbery on a young man named Michael
Burke. Burke declared his innocence and asked to be searched
for the missing money, $13.00. Policemen Mensch and Kane took the
matter in hand. Burke and Mahoney had been together during the
evening. Policeman Mensch left the accuser and the accused in
charge of officer Kane and started off on a journey of inquiry.
He soon found that Mahoney had left his money in care
of a saloon keeper and that it was all right. He had forgotten
all about it. Burke was cleared and went his way very much
From Ontario County Journal 9 August 1889
Thomas Riley of Geneva, a young man about 22 years of age,
has been missing since Friday, July 19th. On that day he locked himself
into the Geneva House barn, where he was employed as hostler, and has
not been seen since. His best suit of clothes and other belongings were
found in the barn after his disappearance. His friends are greatly
over his mysterious departure. He is of medium height, slim, and wears
a black mustache; he is naturally bashful, and when looked at intently
colors up quickly and lowers his eyes.
The simultaneous disappearance last week of a Shortsville woman and a
young man from Farmington created a sensation. The woman was the wife
of Thomas Hines, an employee of the Empire Drill Co. One evening
last week when he went home from work he didn't find a tempting supper
and the tender caresses of a loving wife awaiting him, but, instead,
a note from his life partner stating that by the time he read it she
be far, far away, never to return. Mr. Hines could not believe the
evidence of his eyes at first, but when he found his four children
locked in a barn, and learned from them that a man had been at the
house that day before Mrs. Hines' departure, it began to look like a
clear case of "gone with a handsomer man." The discovery that a sum of
money he had laid up in the house was
missing was a further confirmation of the unwelcome news contained in
note. Mr. Hines later ascertained that a young man of Farmington who
already gained notoriety by destroying the happiness of one family had
disappeared with bag and baggage. The young man in the case is only 26
years of age
while Mrs. Hines is 40. Hines is on their track with the determination
get his money if it isn't spent by the time he finds them.
From Ontario County Journal 16 August 1889
Richmond, N. Y. - The principal topic of conversation at
the present is the result of the sinking of two or three gas wells in
the south part of the town of West Bloomfield upon the farm of James
Worthington and Wm. Morrow. Lo the excitement which
follows the opening of a "gusher" in the gas field, comes the report
a new company with unlimited capital is negotiating for the purchase of
the old company's interest, and would develop the territory for both
and salt, and then "a railroad through the Honeoye Valley".
From Ontario County Journal 6 September 1889
William C. Bedoe, of Clifton Springs, was rescued from a pond
in the Clifton Springs Sanitarium Park last week Thursday in a serious
condition. It was believed that he had attempted suicide, and was
placed in custody of Officer Rockwell. He said before Justice Lapham
he had no money, no home and was out of work. He was sent to the Monroe
county penitentiary for 60 days. Bedoe lost an arm in a railroad
at Clifton Springs about a year ago. He was run over by a freight train
and one arm was severed from his body.
From Ontario County Times 11 September 1889
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - James Partise came very near losing an eye one day last week while engaged in the blacksmith shop of Thomas Lynch, where
he is employed. An iron rod, which he was straightening, slipped out of
the vise in which it was being held, one end of it striking him in the
corner of the eye, inflicting a serious injury. He is now, however,
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - As Rev. W. G. Marts, with
his wife and infant child, were returning from Canandaigua one day last
week, an accident took place which might have proved fatal to some or
all of them. When about to cross the railroad near Garrett's saw mill,
a train of cars which the occupants of the buggy did not see on account
of the ice house near the track, came along and took two wheels from
the vehicle, throwing the family out upon the ground, but not injuring
them to any extent. The horse and buggy belonged to Geo. Miles.
From Ontario County Times 18 September 1889
The wife of Gooding Packard, a wealthy and highly respected farmer of the town of Bristol in this county, left her home on Friday with a man named Frank Esser, and
has not since been heard from. Esser was a laborer and was formerly in
the employ of Mr. Packard. He is represented as being shiftless and
unprepossessing in appearance. His relations with Mrs. Packard had been
for some months such as to cause neighborhood gossip. Mrs. Packard,
before her marriage, was a resident of Bristol Springs, being the
daughter of Isaac Trembly, a prominent farmer of that place.
She is a very handsome woman and well educated. It is believed that the
guilty couple have gone to a Western state.
From Ontario County Times 16 October 1889
The home of Mr. Albert Simonds, of Victor, was the scene of
merriment and joy on Monday evening, the occasion being the celebration
of his eighty-first anniversary. There were about fifty relatives
present, all being children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren.
Notwithstanding the host's advanced years, their presence seemed to
rejuvenate him and overflow his cup of happiness. To add still more to
the pleasure of the occasion a bountiful repast was served. Mr. Simonds
has been a resident of Victor for fifty years, forty-five years of
which he has been actively engaged in business. He has been a lifelong
member of the Presbyterian church, and is highly esteemed both in
church and out of it. That he may live to enjoy many a pleasant
anniversary is the wish of hosts of friends.
From Ontario County Journal 1 November 1889
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Caroline Carter celebrated her 80th
birthday anniversary last Tuesday. Her children, Mr. Harley Carter
of Mendon, Mrs. Jane Hutchinson of Richmond, Ind., and Mrs.
Martha Parmelee, together with L. B. Gunn and a few
friends, were present and added to the enjoyment of the occasion.
From The Shortsville Enterprise, November 2, 1889, Vol. 7, No. 44,
Manchester Murmurings - Mr. C. O. Sunderland has been
suffering so much from ill health for several months past that he has
been obliged to remain at home most of the time. Himself and wife are
contemplating visiting a warmer climate.
The Shortsville Enterprise, November 2, 1889, Vol. 7, No. 44, page 3.
Local Matters - Miss Eliza Dawson, of Manchester, has gone to
Adrian, Mich., where she
will spend the winter with her brother's family.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Hawley and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Putney, of
Livingston county, are visiting Mrs. C. L. Bryant, in this
place. The ladies are twin sisters of Mrs. Bryant.
Miss Stella Knowles, of Chittenango, is the guest of Mr. H. E.
Knapp and family in this place.
Palmyra Courier: "Mr. William W. Myrick has just received
from Carrera, Italy, a beautiful statuary, representing the
Recording Angel, which is five feet high, and is to be erected in the
Shortsville cemetery to the memory of Ira Callister. It
is of exceedingly fine workmanship, and attracts much attention."
Mrs. Daniel Brown and Mrs. Dell Camp, of this place,
spent last week in Canadice, the guest of friends.
Mrs. Carrie Stark, of Vassar, Mich., accompanied by her little
son, is visiting Dr. J. Melvin and family. Mrs. Stark is a
daughter of Daniel Wakeman, who was formerly a resident of this
Mrs. Ann Mabon, of Pekin, Niagara county, is visiting Mr.
and Mrs. G. W. Longstreet in this place.
Thanks to Martha McGill for this donation.
From Ontario County Journal 8 November 1889
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Our usually quiet village was aroused
at midnight Saturday by shouts and a number of pistol shots, and it was
learned on Sunday that L. A. Holcomb, in company with some
younger men, had tried to arouse Clark A. Niece, and had
succeeded in doing so. Niece has kept a saloon for more than a year
directly across the street from Geo. B. Hemenway's store, with
"hop soda" for a sign. We don't know whether the said beverage is a
temperance drink or not, but it seems to meet a ready sale among those
who indulge in strong drink sometimes. In
the above mentioned instance, Holcomb and the others had tried to call
into his saloon, which is a part of his dwelling house, and he thinking
Holcomb and the others were taking liberties that the law would not
fired four or five shots among them, one of which took effect in
Holcomb's elbow. Although not a very serious wound, it was a dangerous
and disgraceful proceeding, and what will grow out of it, we don't
venture to predict. One thing is certain, that anything that would
compel Niece to keep a more necessary line of goods than at present
would be hailed with satisfaction by all the friends of law and order.
Chapinville, N. Y. - A large birthday party, comprising the
relatives of Jacob Martin, gave him a surprise on Wednesday,
the 6th, his 70th birthday. He is as hale and hearty and about as young
as he used to be.
He received from the party present a beautiful gold-headed cane, which
will be useful to him in his remaining days, which we hope will be many.
The Shortsville Enterprise, November 9, 1889, Vol. 7, No. 44, page 2.
Manchester Murmurings - Ed Lyman was ill for about a week,
suffering from the effects of poisonous gases inhaled while employed
in the dry house.
Mr. and Mrs. Preston Gatchel of Auburn have been visiting Mrs. T.
Rodney and family.
Another bouncing boy baby at Mr. A. Macomber's on the 1st inst.
Miss Caroline Meachem is spending the week at Auburn, visiting
relatives and friends.
Mrs. Esther Holstead of Illinois is the guest of her sister, Mrs.
Julian Fish has been confined to the house the past week by
Mrs. Waler Mason and son Clinton visited relatives at Pierson's
Point on Thursday.
Mrs. Bortle, who has been caring for her invalid mother for
several weeks past, has returned to her home in Conesus.
Mr. Augustus Post and family, of Phelps, are visiting relatives
Mrs. Irene Jones received last Saturday $1,000 for her house and
lot from the Geneva and Buffalo R. R. Co.
District No. 6 (Manchester) Items - Mr. Michael and Miss Mary
Haberlin of Rochester are visiting their parents
in this district.
Mrs. W. Howland spent Saturday with her mother, Mrs. D.
Rogers, in Farmington. Mrs. Rogers is quite ill.
Mr. Wilbur Howland of Victor is visiting his son Will and also
his daughter, Mrs. C. Rogers.
Where is the itemizer from No. 1 who once or twice favored us? That
brand new boy of Mr. Joe Gilbert's is certainly worth reporting.
Farmington Tidings - Miss Amy Ann Herendeen is repairing
Peter Trenfield passed his 76th birthday on Sunday last. May he
witness many returns of the day.
Miss Huldah Goodell has been on the list of invalids for two
weeks, but she has so far recovered as to be in school.
Will Sessions has been very unfortunate of late in coveting
property belonging to another; consequently he will remain in Rochester
this winter. [ i.e. he stole something, and was sent to the Monroe
Theda Collett, who has been suffering from an attack of
pneumonia, is convalescing.
Miss Mary Farrell of Victor has been dressmaking for Mrs. Dennis
Keif. Jeanette Rourke of the same village has been in town
sewing for Mrs. G. Power.
Mrs. George Herendeen is visiting the families of Edward
and Lemuel Herendeen at Geneva.
Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich Brown spent the day recently with Mr.
and Mrs. Daniel Smith at their home in Shortsville.
Congratulations are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Woodruff, as
they are grandpa and grandma of a fine little girl.
Master Leon Smith celebrated his second birthday the
twenty-first of last month. The occasion was an enjoyable one as well
as one of rare interest, there being four generations present.
Mrs. Ann Ryder of Rochester visited friends in the Hook the past
month. As Mrs. Ryder was formerly a resident of this town she was
warmly welcomed by her old neighbors.
Miss Joanna Curran, who has been in Chapinville the past summer
will make her home with her brother John this winter.
Mrs. Andrew Power is in very poor health. Mrs. Power has not
fully recovered her health since her severe sickness last summer.
The Shortsville Enterprise, November 9, 1889, Vol. 7, No. 44, page 3.
Local Matters - Mrs. Anna Skinner, of Ashtabula, O., is the guest of
her mother, Mrs. B. T. Adams, in this place.
George Smith, who was so seriously injured by being run over by
a team of horses on Main street two weeks ago, is recovering slowly
from his injuries, although it will be some months before he will be
able to do manual labor. We do not see why he is not entitled to some
compensation from the owner of the team.
Mrs. Wm. Bently is spending a couple of weeks with relatives and
friends in Median.
Miss Nina Kipp has gone to Lima to remain over Sunday, as the
guest of Miss Florence Hoff.
Mr. L. C. Mead, of Poughkeepsie, was in town over Sunday, the
guest of his brother, Mr. E. D. Mead.
Mr. George B. Longstreet and daughter, of Auburn, were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Longstreet, in this place, the first of the
Mr. Charles E. Brown, who has been spending some weeks with his
parents in Michigan, returned to this place on Saturday last.
Thanks to Martha McGill for this donation.
From Ontario County Journal 29 November 1889
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - The census of this community is short by
one family. The said family, consisting of August Thomas, his
wife and six children, suddenly disappeared one night last week. The
next morning passers-by observed a deathlike stillness pervading the
premises, and on
investigation no trace of man, woman, child or beast could be found.
cover of darkness, they had "folded their tent like the Arabs and
stolen away." The procession of anxious-faced creditors upon the scene
next day told the whole story. The Thomases are supposed to be safe in
Queen's dominions. The first feature of the escapade is that they took
them considerable property that had been mortgaged to secure creditors.
looks like a well-conceived and well-executed plot to defraud a large
of their honest dues.
From Geneva Gazette 6 December 1889
Norman Alger, who resides in the edge of the town of Richmond, but
whose business place is Naples, was robbed of from $300 to $400 cash,
valuable papers, early last Tuesday morning. The robber, masked,
by the front door, which was not locked, and attacked Mr. Alger, who
asleep on a lounge, demanding his money. A hot struggle ensued,
Mr. Alger being feeble and with one hand crippled was soon exhausted,
the assailant snatching the book from his pocket, fled. A sister
Mr. Alger, who slept upstairs, hearing the noise came down with a
light; but the villain told her that if she stirred from her place he
would kill her, and drew a revolver. Mr. Alger was so exhausted
that he could not notice which way the fellow went, and has no idea who
From Ontario County Times 25 December 1889
Thomas Johnson, of the well-known lumber firm of Johnson &
Crowley, of this village, met with a sad and painful accident in their
planing mill on Monday morning. It seems that Mr. Johnson was assisting
in putting a board up on to a buzz planer, when in some way, his right
hand was caught in the planer and completely severed just back of the
second thumb joint. He was immediately conveyed to the office of Dr. O.
J. Hallenbeck, who, with the assistance of Dr. A. L. Beahan, made an
amputation of the injured member just above the wrist. Although
suffering excruciating pain, Mr. Johnson is in as comfortable condition
as possible, and we are pleased to learn that his injuries are not such
as to endanger life.
From Geneva Gazette 27 December 1889
Charles Albro ran away from home in Geneva on November
and his family have not seen him since then. They hear that he
went to Syracuse. He is 13 years old, about five feet tall, has
dark complexion, with a scar between his eyes, that are dark as well as
his hair, is rather thick set, weighs about 115 pounds, and wears a
short coat with belt knickerbockers, button shoes and light-colored
striped cap. Any information about him will be gratefully
received by his mother, Mrs. M. D. Albro.
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