From Ontario County Journal 12 January 1894
Mrs. Seba Peck, widow of Horace Peck, yesterday passed the one
hundredth anniversary of her birth, at the home of her son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Wader, at No. 9 Washington street,
Canandaigua. Mrs. Peck's maiden name was Seba Chapman. Her parents were
Mr. and Mrs. John Chapman of Shelburne, Massachusetts, where she was
born January 11, 1794. When a girl of eleven her parents moved to
Phelps, and were among the pioneer settlers of that township. Mrs. Peck
is only one now living of a family of twelve brothers and sister. In
Phelps Miss Chapman married Horace Peck, who had settled there, coming
from Conway, Massachusetts. Mrs. Peck became the mother of three
children, Mrs. J. A. Wader, Charles Peck of Arcadia, and the late Hiram
Peck, who was elected sheriff of Ontario County in 1882. Up to five
years ago, when she took up her residence in Canandaigua, Mrs. Peck
lived in Phelps. Her husband died there in 1867. Physically Mrs. Peck
is in very good health for a lady of great age, but her memory is
somewhat impaired. She formerly was fond of telling stories of
her youth, when her father drew grain to Albany to sell, and when
wolves and bears abounded. One of her favorite stories was of a bear
entering the house of her brother-in-law, Isaac Dean, the builder of an
early mill at Phelps, and making good his escape with a great cheese.
Mrs. Peck has a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren living.
Among the grandchildren are: Mrs. Harrison B. Ferguson and C. D. Wader
of Canandaigua; S. F. and E. O. Wader of Rochester, and E. A. Wader of
Elmira, and Miss Grace Wader of New York City.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1894
Last Friday evening a few minutes before 6 o'clock, a lighted
student lamp in an upper room in John D. McKechnie's house on
Main street exploded. No one was in the room at the time. In an instant
the table spread and carpet were ablaze. Miss Lucy Stowe saw
the fire from her home across the street, and running over, filled a
pail with water and put out the fire. An alarm was rung, but the fire
was out before the arrival of the companies. The damage is less than a
From Ontario County Journal 2 February 1894
Monday afternoon, Smith Fuller, a carpenter of this
village, met with a painful accident while working on the Gartland
farm, at the foot of the lake. With five or six others, he was putting
a heavy beam through a barn window. While his left hand was on the
under side the heavy timber was suddenly pushed, drawing his fingers
between the beam and the window sill. The fingers were badly crushed,
two of which were amputated at the third joint.
From Geneva Gazette 2 February 1894
fine road horse of M. C. Haight, driven by Jack Connelly, dropped
dead on Exchange street yesterday afternoon. Connelly was
spurting on the snow with others, when the unfortunate event occurred.
Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause of death.
The animal could trot better than 2.40, and was one of the most
valuable of Geneva road horses.
From Ontario County Journal 9 February 1894
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - William Hicks, while at work on the annex
to the Congregational church on Saturday last, was precipitated to the
ground, a distance of fourteen feet, by the breaking of the ladder upon
which he was standing, sustaining a fracture of one of the bones of his
right leg. S. Mayo, in trying to save Mr. Hicks, received some
slight bruises about the hands and face.
Naples, N. Y. - John B. Johnson, wife and daughter, were nearly
suffocated on Friday night by the escape of coal gas into the room in
which they were sleeping. Mr. Johnson became unconscious and remained
so for some time. The others were seriously affected, but retained
consciousness. All have recovered.
From Ontario County Journal 16 February 1894
Academy, N. Y. - Hiram B. Case shows some rare keepsakes, among
which are included a punch bowl, holding about three quarts, brought
from the East Indies more than one hundred years ago by an uncle. It is
of fine china, and most exquisitely decorated; also, an ivory-covered
box, with three pewter chests, one each for tea, coffee and sugar; a
bag to carry sail needles, marline spikes, twine, &c, that were
used by his grandfather, Richardson Hills, during his sea
voyaging from 1760 to 1780; a note, dated Cheshire, Conn., May 22,
1792, to Moses Doolittle, for three pounds and six shillings,
to be paid in young cattle, with interest till paid; signed, John
Martin; witnesses, Joel Moss, Jonas Hills. The collection
also includes a deed as follows: "Know all men by these presents, That
I, Ebenezer Doolittle, of Wallingford, in the County of New
Haven, For the consideration of Love, Good Will and Natural Affection I
Have and Bear to my Son, Eli Doolittle, I Do Therefore Give,
Grant and Firmly Pass over Unto Him, My Said Son, Thirty acres of
Land." (The description is omitted.) Signed, Sealed & Delivered
This fifteenth Day of November, Anno Domini, 1756. In Presence of
Benj'n Hall, Abiah Hall. Received December 22d, 1756, and entered in
Liber 13, Folio 651. James Miles, Clerk.
Capital letters were so profusely used in the original of the above,
that inadvertently many have been omitted. Mr. Case has many old and
interesting heirlooms not here mentioned.
From Ontario County Journal 2 March 1894
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The entire family of Edward Van Dame had
a very narrow escape from death on Tuesday morning by coal gas escaping
from their stove. They reside on the VanVranken farm, and on being
called about five o'clock on that day, it was discovered that the three
children were unconscious, and the father and mother nearly so.
Assistance was at once sent for, and by prompt and energetic action the
lives all were saved.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Wade Black were returning
from the wedding of Miss Dewey at Victor last Thursday evening, when,
near the residence of Charles Ketchum, their horse jumped to
one side of the road and both occupants were thrown out. Mr. Black held
on to the reins and was dragged about twenty rods. He was badly bruised
about the head and shoulders and has not been able to be out since.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - George Speaker and Miss Edith Hallock
had an exciting experience about a half mile north of the Orphan
Asylum while on their way to Canandaigua last Saturday. They were
driving a spirited young horse, which became frightened at the cars,
and started at a rapid gait, soon becoming unmanageable. Mr. Speaker
pluckily held on to the reins, until he came in contact with some
obstruction in the road, and both were thrown out. Miss Hallock was
considerably bruised, and has been very ill since. Mr. Speaker escaped
with a severe shaking up.
From Ontario County Journal 9 March 1894
Naples, N. Y. - W. L. Richardson, an infirm old soldier, who
suffered ten months of agony in Andersonville prison, is the last
victim of pensioner persecution. He was drawing the modest sum of $8
per month, and has not been cut down to $4. Twelve dollars per month
would be a low rating for one so disabled. Such cruelty -- in defiance,
too, of the last act of congress on this subject -- makes one's blood
boil. How long shall these things be?
From Naples Record 21 March 1894
Miss Cinda Watkins has been ill for a week or more, as a result of
partial asphyxiation with coal gas. She was found hardly able to speak
in the morning after sleeping in a room adjoining one in which there
was a large coal stove. She is improving now.
From Ontario County Journal 30 March 1894
Port Gibson, N. Y. - Our village was the scene of a very lively
runaway last Saturday, when Frank R. Howell's team made a break
for liberty. They started from Feller's store, and after throwing
Howell and his companion (George Wilson) out, they started for
home. They ran about one and one-half miles, and then were stopped
while going up a steep hill. No one was seriously hurt.
From Geneva Advertiser 3 April 1894
We hear that through some mistake James F. Eaton took a
small dose of creosote last Tuesday night, and had a narrow run of it
for his life. We do not believe it was an attempt at suicide, for
the lake is so handy by that he could weight himself down and jump in
at any time. O, no; James is not of the suicide kind. He
will neither do that nor work himself to death. If he could get a
job as overseer at something he understands, that would just suit him.
From Ontario County Journal 6 April 1894
Port Gibson, N. Y. - Main street in this village was the scene of
another exciting runaway last Saturday afternoon. The unfortunate
victims were Mrs. Josiah Versleys and her daughter. They were
on the way to Newark, and when in front of the Port Gibson hotel, their
horse was frightened by a dog and immediately bolted, with disastrous
results. Mrs. Versleys was thrown out, face downward. Her face was so
badly cut that Dr. Young was summoned from Newark, and he found it
necessary to take several stitches. The girl was thrown out, but not
hurt, and the wagon was badly demolished.
From Geneva Advertiser 10 April 1894
The Phelps Citizen mentions two old residents of that town, one age
85, the other 88 years, who are quite hearty for men of their years.
In the town of Seneca we have the venerable David Barron, now
nearly 94 years old, who transacts all his own business and there is
considerable of it to do at that. In fair weather the old
gentleman drives into the village two
or three times a week. We doubt if there are any older men in
From Ontario County Journal 4 May 1894
Rushville, N. Y. - Wednesday afternoon occurred a lively runaway.
At the public watering place between Gorham and here, Mr. Monegal alighted
from the buggy to water his horse. The animal slipped the bridle and
ran until it reached Gorham. The horse then turned into a Mr.
Phillips yard, where the buggy crashed into a tree, throwing Mrs.
Monegal into the air and injuring her severely, besides breaking
bones between the knee and ankle. Dr. Skinner, of this place, was soon
there, and put the limb in a plaster cast. The lady was then removed to
Canandaigua will not be so far behind its neighbors in baseball
interests this season. Several new nines have been organized this week,
and will proceed to "play ball." Howard Moore has gotten up a
club which will cross bats with any club of their size in the United
States. John Martin and Charles Ford are the battery,
while the bases are guarded by Allie Mary, John Law and Thomas
Melville. Howard Moore, Fred Lucas and James Fox, Jr., are
fielders and "Dick" Rochford is shortstop. Tomorrow morning
they will play the "Newsboy's" nine, and in the afternoon they will
"do" the Gorham street Juniors.
The students of the Canandaigua Academy have been diligently practicing
for several weeks past, preparatory to reorganizing the Academy
baseball club. On Wednesday the club was announced as follows: Captain,
Frank Converse; battery, Andrew Williams and Frank
Converse; 1st base, Arthur S. Hamlin; 2d base, Clem
J. France; 3d base, Edward Dixon; shortstop, Harry
Hollenbeck; centerfield, John Rochford; left field, Victor
Somoekeoy; right field, Arthur Phillips.
Two baseball clubs will be organized at the Union school this
spring, one in the academical and one in the senior department. The
Senior club has not yet fully developed, but the Academic club is as
follows: Roy Conyne and Edward Harris, battery; Phillip
O'Keefe, 1st base; James Roach, 2d base; Charles
Lewis, 3d base; George Conyne, center field; Arthur
Eccleston, right field; Hurbert Burke, left field; Enos
Booth, shortstop. Last Saturday the above nine played the Academy
nine. The score was fifteen to twelve in favor of the Academy.
From Ontario County Journal 11 May 1894
Naples, N. Y. - Charles Northrop, a decrepit soldier, was deprived
of his pension six months ago, but as he was unable to work at all, and
was most of the time on a sick bed, a protest was made, and his pension
has been restored. Why it was ever taken away is one of the mysteries
of the pension bureau.
Rushville, N. Y. - Last Saturday afternoon Barney Barker went
home intoxicated, and, in his deleriums, began to beat his wife. Unable
to quiet him, Mrs. Barker made complaint to Justice Huie, and officers
Kitchell and Kerns went to the house and arrested the drunken man,
placing him in the lockup. Sometime during Saturday night some one or
ones broke the lock off of the building used for a temporary jail, and
Barker escaped. Sunday morning when this fact was learned the same
officers made search and found Barker in the Park House. He resisted
arrest and the officers asked assistance from those present to help
them. They refused to do this, so Kitchell struck the prisoner, and
thus got him out of the hotel. Barker has often had fits, and the blow,
together with the effects of the debauch, threw him into convulsions,
and he was taken home. On Wednesday he appeared before Justice Huie.
Ike Simmons, of Naples, appearing for the corporation, and H. Conway
for Barker. The sentence was thirty days imprisonment or a $200 bond to
keep peace for one year. Two more indictments stand against Barker,
viz.: breaking jail and resisting arrest.
Wednesday morning Morgan Proseus was running the cracker
roller at Alex. Grieve's bakery, when his left hand was caught
between the revolving rollers, and before the machine could be stopped,
his hand had been crushed to the wrist. He immediately went to a
doctor, but before he had reached the office of Dr. Hawley, he was
considerably weakened from the loss of blood. The doctor dressed the
wound as best he could, the flesh on the fingers and palm of the hand
having been torn loose, leaving the cords and bones bare.
From Ontario County Journal 18 May 1894
Tuesday afternoon Chauncey Knowles, an aged carpenter
living on Pearl street in this village, met with an unfortunate
accident while superintending the erection of an addition to a barn on Joseph
Atwater's place on the lake road. He was assisting in placing a
beam, when he fell backward through the manger hole to the ground, ten
feet below. He was placed in a carriage and taken home, and Dr. Hawley
sent for. The collar bone was broken and the shoulder blade dislocated.
The old man was also cut about the head.
The result of the civil service examination for mail carrier which was
held in the post office in Canandaigua last February, has just been
made known. There were seven candidates, all of whom passed the
examination, seventy counts being the number necessary to pass. The
result was as follows: Delos Hopson, 89.90; A. H. Faber, 86.18;
Wm. H. Conklin, 82.73; Charles F. Adams, 80.15; Seymour
Clark, 78.10; Thomas F. Martin, 76.80; Thomas H.
O'Brien, 72.45. In August last Frank McMillan averaged
88.73 on a similar examination.
From Ontario County Journal 25 May 1894
Early Wednesday morning, Geo. R. West, a local cart
driver, was watering his horse at the trough before the Webster house,
when George Anderson, colored, teamster for Smith Bros. &
Co., millers, drove up. There was plenty of room for all three horses,
but West didn't think so, and grabbing Anderson's horses by their
bridles, gave them a jerk to one side. Anderson then very leisurely
moved West's horse a little so as to make room for his. West thereupon
struck Anderson a heavy blow which felled him to the ground. West
weighs over three hundred pounds, while Anderson is of medium build.
The latter was soon upon his feet, and those who saw what happened were
reminded of the biblical story of David and Goliath, only Goliath in
this instant was not quite killed.
From Ontario County Journal 1 June 1894
Cheshire, N. Y. - A Young People's Society was organized at the
Union church, Cheshire, last Sunday evening, and the following officers
were elected for the ensuing year: President, W. H. Ward, Jr.; vice-president,
Miss Belle Clint; secretary, Miss Birda Groome;
treasurer, Miss Thedie Ward.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Ellen Gilbert, widow of the late
Charles Gilbert, was taken to the Willard State Hospital Thursday
morning by the poor master, T. W. Peeling. Last week she was examined
by Dr. S. R. Wheeler and Dr. B. S. Partridge and pronounced insane.
Honeoye, N. Y. - Sam Drain and Seth Kennedy, while
fishing on Honeoye lake the other day, almost came to grief. The boat
overturned, and only for outside assistance, they would have been
drowned. Will Logan was also in the party.
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - What might have been a serious accident
happened here on Friday last. A carriage belonging to Chas. Chapman
broke in motion, frightening a team of colts, who overturned the
carriage, throwing him to the ground. Mrs. Chapman and son, Ira,
fortunately sustained no serious injury. The colts were caught by John
Vanorman and Thomas Dawson.
From Ontario County Journal 8 June 1894
Last Saturday afternoon James Rockwell attempted to shoe a
colt belonging to D. C. McCarthy. The horse didn't seem to
like the way the work was being done and reared, breaking the rope by
which it was tied. Mr. Rockwell was thrown to the floor, and before he
could get up, the horse had stepped upon him, breaking two ribs.
From Ontario County Journal 22 June 1894
Monday evening John Knaier, who lives with his family on
the Henry Sackett farm on the north Bloomfield road, was arrested on
complaint of his wife and son, who charged him with assault. It seems
that Knaier and his wife had a dispute, and that the former became
angry, and running out of the house to where his son was using a
hammer, requested him to let him take it, saying he wanted to knock
"her" brains out, referring to his wife. The young man hung on to the
hammer, despite the blows of his father, and finally came out
victorious. Knaier was arrested, and, as his family claimed that he was
insane, a commission, consisting of Drs. Hallenbeck and Beahan, made an
investigation. The commission has not yet rendered a decision, but it
is believed that the man is not crazy, but the victim of an
From Victor Herald 23 June 1894
A very fortunate runaway occurred on our street about nine o'clock
Friday evening of last week. Frank Shrader came to town with
his wife and little child. He drove a team of young horses attached to
a democrat wagon; the rig was standing in front of Cobb's drug store
while Shrader was in the store doing some shopping. Suddenly the team
started and turned sharp throwing Mrs. Shrader out and dragging her
some distance; the team continued their course up West Main street,
with the child screaming with fright. The terrible cries of the little
one brought forth the best efforts of the men on the street, and
instantly everyone rushed after the team
in hopes to rescue the child from what seemed to be a fearful death. In
front of the blacksmith shop the wagon struck a tree, and there it
while the team went on. The child was found in the wagon considerably
frightened but entirely unharmed. Mrs. Shrader in the meantime had been
taken to Dr. Mead's office; it was found that her face was scratched
and badly bruised by the fall, as well as one shoulder and hip. She
from the shock, but was able to ride home in a little while. The team
not run far and were soon brought back unharmed, the wagon was not
damaged. We learn since writing the above that Mrs. Shrader is
from her injuries.
From Geneva Gazette 29 June 1894
A criminal suit grew out of the late wedding of S. Keightly and
Mary Smith at the Presbyterian chapel. Benj. Quigley is
prosecuted for assaulting the bride's mother, striking her with a
plate. Several witnesses have already testified in the
proceedings before Police Justice Smelzer, after which a further
hearing was postponed until tomorrow.
From Geneva Gazette 6 July 1894
A young man named Pulaski G. Dean, who for a year or more
has been an employee of Turner & Philips on Castle st., disappeared
Wednesday. It is feared that he has committed suicide. He
bade his children goodbye and appeared to be in an excited state.
He would not let his wife come near him, and said he should never
return alive to Geneva. Every effort has been
made by his employers to get some trace of him, but without avail.
He was formerly a resident of Rochester where his mother lives
and where he was thought at first to have gone. He
was an industrious man and highly esteemed. The case has been
placed in the hands of the police authorities.
From Geneva Gazette 6 July 1894
Joseph Atwater, a well-known fruit farmer of the West lake shore,
lies at death's door from the effects of a terrible accident. Mr.
Atwater's farm is on a side hill about a mile south of this village.
He was drawing hay and
while driving up the hill from the hay field is supposed to have
suffered a sun stroke. He fell from the high load of hay to the
ground, and the frightened team allowed the wagon wheels to pass
backward over his prostrate body. The animals then ran away and
were not captured till one had fallen,
sustaining a broken leg and other injuries which rendered it
necessary to kill it. When the family saw the team running they
hastened to the field and found Mr. Atwater there unconscious.
Dr. A. L. Beahan was immediately summoned and after about
three hours the injured man regained consciousness enough to
tell how the accident happened. He sustained several broken ribs,
and his head is badly crushed and cut. He lies in a comatose
condition and the physician says death may ensue at any moment from
concussion of the brain. Mr. Atwater is over sixty years of age.
From Ontario County Journal 6 July 1894
Farmington, N. Y. - A serious accident occurred on Maxwell's Hill
Sunday evening, July 1. Christ. Wiegert and family were riding
down the hill about mile north of this place. One of the horses kicked
over the tongue, and the team ran away, overturning the wagon and
throwing the occupants to the ground. Christ. Wiegert, Sr., who is 68
years old, had his leg broken about the ankle, and received body
bruises. Christ. Wiegert, Jr., received cuts on the head and side. Mrs.
Wiegert, Jr., had several teeth knocked out. The two children escaped
injury. The team ran about forty rods and jumped off the end of the
bridge that spans Mud creek at the Kaiser mill site. One of the horses
was instantly killed; the other received only slight cuts. Mr. Wiegert
is a prominent member of the German Lutheran society of this
From Geneva Gazette 13 July 1894
serious accident occurred in the town of Canadice, this county,
Wednesday last. A gang of men were raising a barn on H. J.
Tyler's farm when the timbers gave way beneath them and all fell
to the basement 20 feet below, and under the entire weight of plank and
timbers. One man sustained severe contusions of the head; one
had both legs broken; another, one broken leg; five others suffered
bruises more or less severe. The injured men
were promptly cared for by Drs. Wetling and Wilbur.
From Victor Herald 14 July 1894
Wednesday noon George McClosky, who lives with his father
at Brownsville, met with an accident that is likely to prove fatal. He
had been cultivating corn in a field south of Mr. Lauder's woods on the
old plank road, some men saw him turn out for dinner and mount his
and ride home. They thought nor more of it for a few moments, soon some
saw the horse going up the road but George was not with him, they
investigated and found the boy lying in the road near a pile of sand
some road workmen had left. He was insensible and bleeding from the
ears; they carried him home
and sent for Dr. Jackson, but up to the time of going to press Friday
he had not recovered consciousness. He is quiet at times but frequently
in a state of delirium, and seems to be trying to guide and control his
horse. The theory is that his horse was afraid of the sand pile and
threw him off; this seems quite probable as the horse had been known to
shy at the pile
before. Physicians say they are unable to detect any fracture of the
but that there is a rupture of some of the blood vessels of the head.
case is very serious, and nothing can be done except to wait
developments. The bleeding at the ears may relieve the brain and
prevent serious consequences, but time only can tell. The young man is
about eighteen years of age, the youngest son of James McClosky.
From Ontario County Journal 20 July 1894
Port Gibson, N. Y. - The young men of this place have organized an
athletic club with officers as follows: President, George W. Smith;
vice-president, James Baysinger; secretary and treasurer, Walter
From Geneva Gazette 3 August 1894
Charles Winslow of Shortsville, "encumbered" with a wife and
little children, eloped last Saturday with Mrs. Anna Aldrich, a
dashing widow of the same place. The wronged wife sued out a
warrant for abandonment against her husband, armed with which deputy
sheriff Aldrich pursued and found the elopers in Syracuse, where they
had driven from
Palmyra in a buggy. Winslow was brought back under arrest and
lodged in jail to await examination. The gay widow
was left to return at leisure with her rig. We learn these
particulars from a letter to the Rochester Herald.
From Ontario County Journal 3 August 1894
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - A goodly number of young people left
Thursday morning for a few days' outing at Fisher's cabin, Canandaigua
Lake, as guests of Mrs. David Thomas and Miss Alice
Rowley. Among them are: Frank Appleton and sister, Agnes;
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler, Miss Ida Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Harlow
Munson, Miss Theda Munson, Miss Anna Norton, Miss Cora Parker, Miss
Belle Stafford, Misses Emma and Edith Finnegan, Mr.
and Mrs. Marshal B. Eaton, Oscar Wheeler, Misses Ellen and Jennie
Wheeler, Henry Parsons.
Last Saturday afternoon Charles Winslow of Manchester bade his
family goodbye, and started for Palmyra, bag and baggage, where,
according to the story he had told his wife, he had secured work at his
trade, that of a cooper. The same afternoon Mrs. Anna Aldrich, a
widow, who lives on the road between Palmyra and Manchester, told her
mother that she was going to Palmyra to buy a dress. At Palmyra the
couple met, and Mrs. Aldrich, who had, unbeknown to any of the
household, smuggled a large amount of her apparel, put it with that of
Winslow's, and it was all sent to Syracuse as belonging to Charles T.
Ellis. The "happy couple" then drove as far as Clyde, where they
remained Saturday night. They again began their journey eastward in the
morning, and by Sunday night had reached a small hamlet in the suburbs
of Syracuse, where they remained until Monday. After they had left on
Saturday afternoon, a member of the Aldrich family had gone to
Manchester for a doctor to attend Mrs. Aldrich's mother, Mrs. West, who
was in feeble health, and there learned that Winslow had left town
also. Mrs. Winslow became suspicious when she heard that Mrs. Aldrich
had left for Palmyra also, and as her husband had taken nearly
everything in the house and left her in destitute circumstances, she
decided to investigate. She was soon satisfied that her husband had
gone off with the Aldrich woman, and went before Justice Dunham and
secured a warrant for his arrest on the charge of desertion. Sunday
morning, Deputy Sheriff Lyman Aldrich, with the warrant in hand, went
to Palmyra and after some difficulty learned that the couple had
expressed their baggage to Syracuse, and had started for that place in
a carriage. The deputy could not get a train to Syracuse until evening.
When he arrived there at 11 o'clock Sunday, the express office was
closed, but he was on hand bright and early Monday morning. He had
stated his business and had hung around the office for several hours,
when the clatter of hoofs was heard, and looking out he saw the elopers
approaching behind the widow's spirited steed. A minute more and
Charles Winslow was inquiring for baggage belonging to Charles T.
Ellis. The officer approached him, and before he had time to wink, he
was under arrest.
"Well, Lym, how the ____ did you know that baggage was here," retorted
the captive, as he was lead out to the carriage in which sat the widow
awaiting his arrival. After exchanging good-byes, the loving couple
parted, Winslow taking the train for Canandaigua accompanied by the
deputy, and the widow saying that she would be glad to return home if
she would be received by her mother. Winslow is well known at
Manchester, where his wife and two small children reside. Mrs. Aldrich
is the widow of the late Edward Aldrich, who died about a year ago,
leaving her with a child, now but ten months old. Winslow was taken to
Manchester Wednesday for examination before Justice Dunham, who
sentenced him to either three months' imprisonment at the county jail,
or to furnish $800 bonds for the care of his wife. He is now in jail,
having not yet secured the bonds.
About the time of his departure, another charge was found against him.
He had some time before sold a horse and taken the purchaser's note for
$60. He soon after sold the note to another party. The man to whom
Winslow had sold the note did not know of the exchange, and made
payments on the note to Winslow, who received the money and said
nothing. He will probably not be arraigned on this charge, as friends
have volunteered to collect a number of outstanding bills of Winslow's
and straighten the matter up.
Sunday afternoon Charles Hill had his right ear nearly taken
off while hitching a horse for Dr. A. L. Beahan. The doctor was
tightening the girth as Hill walked by the animal's head. In horse
fashion, the animal reached to bite some object, and saw nothing more
tempting than Hill's ear, which he soon had inside his powerful jaws.
The ear, when released, was badly lacerated and torn. The young man
fainted, but soon regained consciousness, when the wound was dressed
and the patient made as comfortable as possible.
From Geneva Gazette 10 August 1894
A Fearful Fall - Mr. Joseph Harrington, a grocer of Manchester,
put up at the Hoffman House, South Exchange st., last night, retiring
about 11:45. He was assigned a room in the 5th story rear, the
bed being close to a window. Some time later the occupants were
awakened by hearing groans in the back yard. Upon examination,
Harrington was found
prostrate on the ground, conscious but helpless. He had in
some unaccountable manner fallen out of the window. His fall was
broken by a sloping porch one story below his room and from thence he
had rolled off to the ground three stories beneath. Mr. H. was
promptly carried into the hotel and the nearest physician, Dr. Weyburn,
was called; subsequently Drs. DeLaney and McCarthy were summoned.
Examination revealed no broken bones or fracture of the skull,
but from the pains indicated it is assumed that the
unfortunate is injured internally, the outcome of which can not
yet be determined. Mr. Harrington is aged about 23 and of
temperate habits -- was perfectly sober when retired.
From Ontario County Journal 10 August 1894
Naples, N. Y. - Ashahel Tyler, a rich farmer of 55 years, is
suffering from trying a little experiment in driving calves. There were
two, and they were loath to be driven. So he took a rope, a long one,
and tied one calf to one end and one to the other, and proposed to
drive or lead them, as they might choose. But it didn't work. They
began to circle him, contrariwise, and soon he was in their coils, and
then thrown to the ground, and finally dragged a considerable distance.
He was quite badly hurt.
From Ontario County Journal 17 August 1894
A frightful accident befell Levern Hill, a young man of
East Bloomfield, Wednesday afternoon. With a mule team and lumber
wagon, Hill had gone into the southern part of the town of Bristol for
a load of lumber. He was returning with the wagon heavily loaded
through a deep dugway between Academy and the Bristol Valley. The road
was very steep, and at the top of the hill he stopped to brake the
wheel. While placing the clamp, the harness broke, and the wagon,
pushing the mules before it, started down the hill. The young man was
knocked down by the unexpected starting of the wagon, and the wheel
passed over his left thigh, crushing it in a horrible manner. The
wagon, with increasing speed, continued down the narrow roadway,
driving the mules faster and faster, until the speed became too great
for them. No one saw what happened at just this point, but a few
minutes later, after Hill had been cared for, one of the mules was
found dying by the roadside, and the wagon nearby was completely
demolished. Several physicians were called to attend the unfortunate
young man, and from the last reports, it is understood that the injury
will necessitate the amputation of the limb.
From Ontario County Journal 24 August 1894
Bristol Center, N. Y. - The thirteenth annual reunion and picnic
of the family of Jonathan J. and Lucy Case and their
descendants was held at Seneca Point, Canandaigua Lake, on August 18.
The day was pleasant and all passed off very enjoyably. The following
relatives were present: Mr. and Mrs. Orestes Case, son Frank
and daughter, Essie, of Vincent; Mrs. George Sisson of
Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Jerome J. Case, Mrs. Will McLemaie and
daughter, Grace, Mr. and Mrs. Horace H. Case, son Don
and daughters, Edna and Louise, John Gregg of Bristol; Herbert
L. Case, daughter Addie and sons, Roy, Earl and
Glenn, Bert Codding, Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Case; Mrs. Billings H. Case and
daughter, Effie; Mrs. Will R. Allen and sons, Erastus and
Rolland of Bristol Center; Riley W. Case, Mr. and Mrs. Preston
T. Case and son Billings of Batavia; Mr. and Mrs.
Edgar Case of Penn Yan; Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pomroy and Ada
Spier of Holcomb; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Spier, daughter
Virgie and son Leo of Palmyra; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
O. Case, son P. W. and daughters, Jessie and Vera of
South Bloomfield; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar N. Fisher and daughter, Nellie,
Mr. and Mrs. Will T. Case and daughter, Gladys, of West
Bloomfield; Nellie Case, Fayette Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. N. Ogden
and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. R. Case, Mr. and Mrs.
Hiram Case, daughters Nellie and Ruth of Allen's Hill; Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Case and child of Farmers Village; Mrs. John
Gregg, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Gregg, sons Orie and Ollie, Mr. and
Mrs. I. I. Case, Mr. and Mrs. Edson t. Case, sons Marion and
Clarence, and daughter, Bertha, Mr. and Mrs. Watson W.
Case, Mr. and Mrs. Will W. Case and daughter Louise, Mrs.
Albert Higley and daughter Rachel, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin
Canfield, son, Charley and daughter Grace, Henry
Heart, Dr. and Mrs. Barton T. McDowell, Oliver Burritt and Gifford Case
of Canandaigua; Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Case, Mrs. Joshua Jones,
Sophronia and Charley Pomroy of Rushville; Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Jones and son Clifford, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Jones, John,
Hattie and Martha Carr of Middlesex. Mortimer L. Case of
Rushville was chosen president, and Herbert L. Case of Bristol
Center, secretary and treasurer for the ensuing year.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The following party left Thursday
morning for a week's outing at Priest's cottage on Canandaigua lake: Misses
Katie and Maggie Arnold, Miss Nye, Miss Nellie Fisher, Miss
Codding, John Hallock, George Peck, Bert Codding, Harry Taft and Herman
Bostwick. Mrs. M. B. Eaton is acting as chaperon.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - A team of horses driven by Frank
Briggs of Bristol became frightened at the railroad station Monday
morning, and started at a furious pace down the street. At J. S.
Hamlin's lumber yard they struck a pile of lumber, throwing Mr.
Briggs against a pile of wood, injuring him quite badly. The horses
continued through the yard, when they collided with a large shed, and
they were captured uninjured.
The following party left Monday morning for a week's stay at Hutchens'
cottage on Canandaigua lake: Mrs. S. P. Crooker, Mrs. V. C. Potter,
Nellie Adams, Kittie Spitz, Maud Wolston, Clara Chase, Cora Steele,
Irene Appleton, Edith Murrell, Maud Hallock, Cora Parker, Eugene
Crooker, Henry Arnold, Joseph Chase, Howard Parmelee, Thomas Cummings,
Walter Andrews, George Appleton, Wallace Appleton, Will C. Buell.
From Victor Herald 25 August 1894
Our veteran bus man, George Bliss, met with quite an
accident Saturday morning last. He was waiting in front of the Victor
house when a runaway horse belonging to Mr. Ketchum, came up Maple
avenue. The wreck struck the carryall with such force that Mr. Bliss
was thrown to the ground; the neck yoke and evener were broken; the
team dragged Mr. Bliss a short distance. The runaway soon got clear of
the buggy and was stopped in the west end of the village. No serious
damage was done.
From Ontario County Journal 31 August 1894
Academy, N. Y. - Upon invitation of the president of the Pierce
organization, your correspondent attended the annual reunion of the
Pierce family at the home of William Pierce, near Canandaigua,
Saturday, the 25th inst. There were seventy-nine present,
representatives from ten townships in this state, and some from
Michigan and Wisconsin. The day was pleasantly spent in visiting and
feasting. The ladies of the Pierce persuasion are immense in providing
for such a party. After dinner the election of the following officers
was made for the ensuing year: Francis M. Pierce of Bristol
Center, was called to the chair, and Henry L. Pierce of
Academy, was chosen president; William Pierce of Canandaigua,
vice-president; Benton Pierce of Reed's Corners, secretary and
treasurer; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Pierce, Naples; Mr. and
Mrs. George Watkins, Prattsburg, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Pierce, Canandaigua;
Mr. and Mrs. John Hayes, Allen's Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Pierce, Academy, Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Pierce, Bristol
Center, were chosen a committee of arrangements. The next meeting will
occur on the last Saturday of August, 1894, at Oliver Pierce's,
From Geneva Advertiser 4 September 1894
The singular spectacle of a woman betting on the "black and red"
was seen at the race track one day last week so we are told. There used
to be a women's poker club here, and they absorbed nearly all the
nickel pieces of the place. These are
queer times, but all women are not built that way. There are
some who enjoy the quiet pleasures of home rather than the excitements
of the village.
From Ontario County Journal 14 September 1894
Last Friday at Seneca Point occurred the annual reunion and picnic
of the Gage and Hutchens families. With the exception of the
past two years, these reunions have been held yearly for twenty years
past, usually at Gage's Point. The circle was reorganized again on
Friday by electing Charles Washburn secretary, and John W.
Hutchens, chairman. The families of Marvin Gage, John Washburn and
H. L. Hutchens, with other relatives, to the number of forty,
were present. H. L. Hutchens of this village, upon request,
made a speech in which he reviewed the early history of the families
and traced them back to the family connections, showing that the
fathers were among the first settlers in America, and natives of
Holland and Germany. It was decided to hold the next reunion the last
Friday in August 1895 at Idlewild. G. G. Leiser and family of
this village attended the reunion.
Harry Reif, head switchman in the Northern Central yards in
this village, narrowly escaped drowning last Sunday afternoon in the
lake near Victoria Glen. He was going up the lake on a scow in company
with several friends, and it is reported that in leaning against the
railing, it broke, letting him in to the lake. He was rescued by Roscoe
Beeman, as he was going down for the third time. Reif was brought
from the water unconscious, and Beeman was completely exhausted when
brought aboard. Those who witnessed the rescue, speak in the highest
terms of Beeman's bravery. Reif laid in a dangerous condition for some
time, but is now well on the road to recovery.
On Wednesday Joseph Cornish, while painting the dome of the
Court House, gave an exhibition which few people would attempt. With
the assistance of some of the other workmen he succeeded in getting to
the top of the statue, where for several minutes he stood upon the head
unsupported. This was 160 feet from the ground, the statue itself being
over sixteen feet high.
From Geneva Gazette 28 September 1894
Two young lady bicyclists were observed on our street this week
dressed in neat dark blue suits of the regulation bloomer style, full
Turkish trousers reaching below the knee. The lower limbs were
encased in black stockings while on their feet
were low-cut shoes.
From Geneva Gazette 12 October 1894
In a practice game of football last Sunday afternoon on Torrey
Park, John J. Balfour, by trade a baker employed by Ford &
Smith, fell upon a piece of crockery, sustaining a severe and jagged
cut of one arm near the elbow. Profuse bleeding followed, the
injured man falling in a dead faint, in which condition he was borne to
a neighboring hay shed and a surgeon summoned as speedily as possible.
The injured limb was properly bandaged and flow of blood checked.
the victim soon rallied from all effects of the accident.
desecrate the holy Sabbath day by indulging in sports, lest a like
judgment fall upon you.
From Geneva Gazette 12 October 1894
John Oldacre, a farmer of eastern Phelps, was arrested and fined
$50 by Justice Green last Tuesday for cruelly whipping his 16-year-old
daughter. The offense in his eyes was
in accepting the attentions of a young man. Oldacre plead guilty
to assault in the third degree. It is
alleged that the girl was stripped nearly naked and tied to a bedpost
when the flogging was administered, and that her flesh
was lacerated in a terrible manner. The doctor who called found
her in a pitiable condition. Oldacre's mother swore out the
warrant for his arrest.
From Ontario County Journal 12 October 1894
The Port Gibson baseball nine was defeated at Newark last Saturday
by a score of 22 to 19. The Port Gibsons played their positions as
follows: Catcher, Ross Lee; pitcher, Will Ryan; 1st
base, Morris Clark; 2d base, Bert Beal; 3d base, Seneca
Smith; shortstop, Walter Throop; left field, Cecil
Quinlan; center field, Frank Lines; right field, James
Baysinger. Our boys had the lead thrice but couldn't hold it.
Last week J. J. Loonie of this place erected a handsome barre
granite monument, twelve feet high and costing $450, in the Shortsville
cemetery for Calvin C. Brown. Another of rustic design has
been erected in Woodlawn over the grave of the late George D. A.
From Geneva Gazette 26 October 1894
Escaped From Jail - Peter McDonald, of Geneva, escaped from the
Yates County jail on Saturday afternoon last about 3:30 o'clock.
Sheriff Beaumont, Mrs. Beaumont and the turnkey were absent for a
short time, when the hired girl, Katie Murphy, unlocked the hall door
to let out an inmate confined for drunkenness that he might do some
chores. McDonald was concealed near the door, and as soon as it
was opened he made a dash for freedom. The girl intercepted him
while attempting to unlock a door in the residence portion of the jail
and a lively tussle ensued. Finally by shedding his coat he broke
away, dashed down the basement stairs, and made his way out through a
broken window. The alarm was immediately given and the fugitive
was pursued by Chief Nugent and Officer O'Brien, but although he had
but a few moment's start, he has not at this writing been recaptured.
McDonald was awaiting the action of the grand jury for having, during
the second week in August, made a desperate attempt on the life of
Henry Sill of Jerusalem. He went to Sill's house one evening
under the influence of liquor
and demanded to see his wife, who had left him and was employed by
Sill. His demand being refused, he fired five shots from a
revolver at Sill, one of which passed through his hat and another
through his clothing. It was thought at the time by many that he
had called with the intention of killing his wife. Penn Yan
From Ontario County Journal 26 October 1894
An excited horse from South Bristol made things lively on Main
street last Saturday afternoon. The electric cars were a new feature in
the horses' accustomed panorama, and at first sight the animal showed a
determined disposition to be unruly. It plunged down through the street
and when before the Webster house, despite the best effort of its
driver, Charles Lee, collided with the team of Michael
Hogan, of Gorham. The occupants of both vehicles were precipitated
to the ground. Lee's horse, leaving the carriage, then continued
through the street, while its driver clung to the reins and was dragged
quite a distance. He received bruises which will make him sore for some
From Geneva Advertiser 30 October 1894
Our old friend, Louis R. Lombard of Orleans, has been a
terrible sufferer from rheumatism and sickness, dropping from 190 to
138 pounds in flesh. Like Job, his infirmities are more than he
can bear. It has been fully a dozen years since he has met with
his fraters in Geneva, a visit that in old times he used to make with a
great deal of pleasure.
From Ontario County Journal 9 November 1894
Theodore Crosby, one of the best known citizens of Canandaigua,
celebrates his ninety-second birthday today, Wednesday, Nov. 7. Mr.
Crosby is hale and hearty, and has not failed to vote a straight
Republican ticket since the birth of the party. Relatives from Buffalo,
Phelps, Scottsville, Clifton Springs and other places will assist in
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