From Geneva Gazette 11 October 1895
Last Monday Judge Metcalf ordered the discharge from jail of Fred
S. Clarkson, (formerly of Geneva) after being incarcerated 42 days
body execution for non-payment of costs in a suit against C. S.
Codington, in which he (Clarkson) was non-suited. It seems also
that Clarkson, after separating from his wife, went west, obtained a
divorce, married again and has two children by his second wife.
From Ontario County Journal 11 October 1895
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Julia Lyon was the recipient of a surprise by
a great houseful of her friends, on last Friday evening, that being her
85th birthday. A sister, Mrs. Marks, and several other old ladies, were
there, and among the liveliest of the party. Mrs. Lyon is the mother of
Mrs. Loonie, recently of Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Journal 18 October 1895
These are the members of the Union school football team: Manager, Merton
Hall; captain, Jason Parrish; right end, George
Conyne and Herbert Ellis; right tackle, Merton Hall; right
guard, C. Purdy; center rush, E. Harris; left guard, Oscar
Johnson; left tackle, Charles Allen and Enos Booth; left
end, Gilbert Burke and Robert Grace; half back, William
Tracey and Fred Grace; quarterback, Wells Martin; full
back, Mason Parrish.
From Ontario County Journal 25 October 1895
A week ago last Sunday night, Miss Elizabeth Rockwood, the
19-year-old daughter of L. S. Rockwood, of Park street, this
village, left her home and has not since been heard from. She left a
note, stating that she had secured a position in a family as a
domestic, but did not state where she was going. On the Sunday evening
in question, she left the house about 6:25 o'clock, stating that she
was going to young people's meeting at the Congregational church. She
did not return that night, and upon investigation, it was found that
she had taken her complete wardrobe with her. The note was found in her
room. A certain young man is charged with the responsibility of her
leaving home. Her father is endeavoring to find her.
From Geneva Gazette 1 November 1895
Exciting Runaway - People along Exchange street were horrified
Wednesday morning by the sight
of a horse attached to O'Conor's delivery wagon dashing madly along the
street. In the wagon was a little girl, daughter of James
Carroll who resides on
North street. She was vainly striving to get out. The horse
ran until nearly opposite the mineral spring, when in trying to turn
the corner the wagon upset, throwing the little one out. Luckily
she escaped serious injury, sustaining only a slight bruise of the head
and face, but as well
may be imagined badly scared.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 November 1895
William Fisher is a respected farmer living about three miles out
of Geneva on the road to No. 9. Several months
ago he met Miss Mary Smith of Buffalo. He wooed and won her.
The knot was tied in Geneva the middle of October. A few days ago
Mr. and Mrs. Fisher decided to go housekeeping. William is employed
on the farm of Oliver Monagall and he told his employer of
his intention of going housekeeping. Mr. Monagall gave him a check
for $100. Mr. Fisher gave the check to his bride that she might come to
town and buy furniture. She came to town, cashed the check and that
is the last William has seen of her. Mrs. Fisher's former home has been
with her mother in Buffalo and also with a sister who resides at
She is young and passing fair, possessing also a winning way. She has
also two sisters just outside the Geneva village limits, Mrs. Frank
and Mrs. Moses Zimmerman, very respectable people, who deplore the
present state of affairs. She came here from Rochester in July and it
that William met her, and after a brief courtship decided he would take
unto himself a wife and get a home. Mr. Fisher came to town yesterday.
He had heard from his wife and his mother-in-law. His mother-in-law
wanted him to come to Buffalo and his wife's epistle said she was about
to go to Chicago, and gave an address, where, the letter read, she
could be found. William took the 3:30 o'clock New York Central train
afternoon for Buffalo. The police have been informed of the affair, but
no steps have been taken to apprehend Mrs. Fisher. It is to be hoped
when William returns to Geneva the hole in his matrimonial kits will be
patched up, and that henceforth the affairs of Mr. and Mrs. Fisher will
be as intact as the rock ribbed coast of old Seneca.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 November 1895
Timothy Buckley was before Judge Smelzer this morning, charged
with intoxication. He was going up Seneca street when people were
coming from church and children going to Sunday school, taking up the
whole of the walk, officer Beales claims. Timothy pleaded guilty and
Judge Smelzer sentenced him to thirty days in jail. "Where did
you get your drink on Sunday?", asked the justice. Mr. Buckley didn't
want to say, but when informed that the officers knew and asked if
he got it at the Hoffman house, conducted by Michael O'Malley, sometimes
called "Ed Stokes," he answered that he did. Then justice Smelzer took
his affidavit and said: "We will probably need you as a witness in this
case and perhaps others, Mr. Buckley," which indicated what is to
follow. Buckley gave the names of a couple of nursery employes who were
with him and probably they, too, will be summoned. The Sunday closing
law has been rigidly enforced for the past few weeks, and all of the
saloon keepers were told to close their places of business. This case
will doubtless start the ball rolling. In New York city there is
a feeling to have saloons opened on Sunday, it being argued that if a
man drinks and keeps himself respectable on that day, there is no harm
in it. Judge Smelzer, in commenting on the matter, said: "The
respectable elements of Geneva complains of the officers that they do
not do their
duty. They see a man drunk, waddling along the street, when they are
coming from church and when children are going to Sunday school, and
justly indignant. The officers must do their duty and these deplorable
jags on Sunday must be done away with."
From Ontario County Journal 8 November 1895
Phelps is considered one of the healthiest around, as the following
list of Octogenarians can testify, who are all 80 and over: Wm. A.
Smith, J. C. Stevens, J. F. Quithell, Norman E. Goo, Mrs. N. E. Goo,
Newton Carter, A. D. Crosby, Wm. Crowe, Norman Rockefeller, Eli Jacobs,
E. Laughlin, W. Hinman, H. Cary, E. Scoville, Isabella Irvin, Mrs. John
Nelson, Mrs. Samuel Westfall, Mrs. Bertha Reed, Mrs. Hastings, S.
Harmon, C. B. Hill, B. Cook, W. Larkins, W. Giddings, L. Sherwood, W.
Keefe, A. Connelly, T. Cannaven, Patty Maffett, Mary A.
Crittenden, Sophia Sanford, Elizabeth Secor, Melantha Marsh, Mrs.
Jacobs, E. C. Pierce, B. Stotenburg, C. L. Webster, A. F. Ranney, P.
Brown, Levi Main, Wm. Whiting, Harvey Burnett, Geo. Osborn, W. Penn,
Milton Edmonston, Ulysses Warner, E. Goodale, C. R. Clapp, N. Atchley,
Eli Talmadge, Maria Richmond, Betsy Watson, Harriet Dennis, Julia
Sayre, Maria Lee, Mrs. Dr. Burt, Mrs. J. Conners, Lucina Swan, Mrs.
Tomorrow (Thursday), Theodore Crosby will be 93 years old.
The occasion will be celebrated at the home of his son-in-law, Dr. A.
L. Beahan, by the relatives of the old man. Mr. Crosby has a brother,
Alfred, living at Phelps, who is 89 years of age. Mr. Crosby has been a
resident of Ontario county for 78 years. In his great age he still
retains his faculties, mental and physical, and his friends hope to see
his pleasant face on the street for many years to come.
From Geneva Gazette 15 November 1895
Foot-ball is the most dangerous game to life and limb that was ever
invented as it is now played. It should be tabooed by every
college and school in the land.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 November 1895
Five persons against whom sealed indictments were
found by the October grand jury, have been arrested and their cases
disposed of as follows: Charles A. Moore, Chapinville,
violation of the excise law, gave $250 bail; E. R. Norton, Canandaigua,
violation of the excise law, gave $250 bail; Hugh McParland, Geneva,
violation gambling law, gave $250 bail; Clyde C. Taylor, Millers
Corners, assault 2 degree, gave $300 bail. These persons will be
arraigned at the opening of the court of sessions on November 18.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 November 1895
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Viola Lusk, who resides just out of the
village, is about to begin an action for damages. The amount is
reported to be $5000. Not quite a year ago, she fell on an icy sidewalk
on West Main street, sustaining slight injuries. She now claims to
have suffered a permanent injury to her hip.
James S. Swarthout, manager of the Boston
Shoe store on Exchange street, had a narrow escape from a serious
yesterday noon. He was in the store and was cleaning his revolver,
when accidentally the gun was discharged, the bullet grazing the
first finger of his left hand and burying itself in the wall. The
report of the gun was heard for some distance and quite a few gathered
to see what the matter was.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 November 1895
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Ed. Concannon of Victor attempted suicide at
the Canandaigua hotel here this morning. The bell boy heard groans
coming from his room, and, as the door was locked on the inside, he
secured an entrance through the transom, finding Concannon with a
terrible gash in his throat, and the room filled with gas that had been
turned on by the would-be suicide. Three doctors are now working over
but his recovery is doubtful. He was intoxicated when he retired last
He is aged thirty, and unmarried.
From Ontario County Journal 29 November 1895
Monday, William Picket and Ella Picket, husband
and wife of Hopewell, met in Justice Frary's office to settle a
domestic trouble. Mrs. Picket had a few days before taken $48 from her
husband's pocket while the latter was in dreamland. Mrs. Picket
explained that he was preparing to desert her and her one-year old
child and that she took the money out of necessity. The woman still
holds the money and the man will probably change his mind and spend the
winter at home.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 November 1895
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Fred E. Smith, a well-known employe of the
Thompson planing mill, had the misfortune to "monkey with a
buzz saw," or more correctly a planer at the mill Wednesday and three
fingers were so badly damaged that it was necessary to amputate them.
Drs. Harvey performed the operation.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 December 1895
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Thomas Thompson, of West Gibson street,
is suffering from burns on her hands and arms, sustained while carrying
an exploded lamp and a blazing rug out of her home. The lamp exploded
and the oil flew all over the rug. She, with great presence
of mind threw the lamp upon the rug and conveyed both out of doors thus
saving the house from burning.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 December 1895
Canandaigua, N. Y. - A peculiar attempt at suicide,
with an unsuccessful though disastrous result, was made a day or two
ago by Mrs. James Cowan, of Gorham street. Mrs. Cowan, who is
about 65 years old, resides with her son, James. For some time past
she has shown evidence of failing reason, and frequently would tell
her son she wanted to go to the poor house. Friday night, she again
that she would go to the poor house or else she would commit suicide.
No particular attention was paid to the remark, and at the usual hour
the family retired. Early in the morning the son went to the room where
his mother and an invalid sister slept together. His mother was not in
bed and the window was open. The horrified young man hastened to the
open window and looking out saw his old mother lying on the frozen
fifteen feet below. The old lady was tenderly taken into the house and
Dr. Beahan was summoned. He found she had sustained serious spinal and
other injuries and was so nearly frozen to death that it took several
hours of hard work to thaw her into life again. The old lady herself
said she did not know why she committed the act; but said she was
with a desire to jump out of the window and gave way to the feeling.
condition is critical and her recovery is doubtful.
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The rule of three always did prove
infallible here and its infallibility is yet upheld. When one accident
of a peculiar kind occurs in this place, two others similar are sure to
occur. When one death occurs two others are certain to follow. This may
be superstition, but it is based on fact. Last Friday, the first
attempt at suicide occurred when Ed Concannon of Victor tried
to let go his breath, then Friday night Mrs. Cowan jumped from
her second story on Gorham street, and injured though did not kill
herself. Then last night, it is reported that Mike O'Connell of
Pearl street, while in a fit of aberration, seized a pair of shears
and endeavored to thrust them through his heart. He was prevented from
seriously injuring himself, however, and Drs. Jewett and Hallenbeck
were summoned to attend his injuries, and he will recover.
From Ontario County Journal 6 December 1895
At the Canandaigua hotel last Friday morning, Edward Concannon, aged
about 30 years, of Mertensia, made an unsuccessful attempt at suicide
by cutting his throat. The razor severed the exterior jugular vein and
a branch of the carotid artery, but was discovered in time to be saved.
Drs. Buell, Hallenbeck and Jewett attended him. It is understood that a
love affair lead him to do the deed.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 December 1895
The annual meeting of division No. 1, A. O. H., was held
last evening in the rooms of the society over the Times office. Much
enthusiasm was shown by the one hundred members present. The election
resulted as follows:
|President - H. C. Manley
Corresponding Secy - J. J. O'Leary
Financial Secy - P. H. Mulcahy
Treasurer - D. Clements
Standing Committee - Timothy Nylon, Michael Burke,
John Harding, James Moylan, John J. Toole
|Repr. to Biennial convention - H. C. Manley
To military division - T. W. Hawkins
Alternate - J. W. White
Sick Committee - Jerry O'Malley, Michael Broderick
and John J. O'Leary
From Geneva Daily Times 13 December 1895
Yesterday afternoon as Patrick Hanlon, a farmer of Seneca
Castle, was backing a load of grain into his barn, he slipped and fell
beneath the wheel of the wagon, which with the weight of the load
passed over his body. Dr. Sargent was called to his aid and found that
two of his ribs had been broken and that he had sustained other
From Ontario County Journal 13 December 1895
Naples, N. Y. - Two war widows, Mrs. Minerva A. Tompkins and
Mrs. Alonzo M. Weller, have been allowed pensions, the former
receiving considerable back pay.
Phelps, N. Y. - A scrapping match took place in the alley back
of the Bennett block on Wednesday afternoon, between Harry Taylor and
Ed. Joice of Clifton Springs. Officer Schellenger appeared on
the scene during the engagement, and with the assistance of Officer
Kelly, arrested the men and took them before Justice Severance. Taylor
plead not guilty and was discharged, as it was proven that Joice was
the aggressor. He was fined $15 or 15 days in jail. Not being able to
pay the fine, he was taken to jail.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 December 1895
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The Lizzie Rockwood mystery is
cleared up at last. The other night Officer J. W. Booth went to the
residence of John Underhill near Rushville and found Lizzie with her
three-weeks old baby. He brought her back home to her sorrowing father.
The man with whom she went away is now living in town. He is a
well-known musician. The
Underhills state that on the Sunday night when Lizzie disappeared from
here, this man drove up to their door and asked for board and lodging
the girl whom he represented as the wife of a friend of his, a
named Kelley, who desired to board in a quiet place for awhile.
Assurances of a goodly sum for board and their friendship for the young
man induced them to admit the girl to their household. Of late the
board money has not been forthcoming and the Underhills having learned
the true state of affairs divulged the facts and the girl's father
promptly sent for her. As the man in the case is married and cannot
offer legal reparation for the girl's wrongs, the outcome of the matter
can only be conjectured. The girl's father will take the matter to the
From Geneva Daily Times 10 January 1896
Bowlers Organized - Canandaigua bowlers have organized Krautz
teams as follows: Capt. Lewis H. Adams, W. H. Fox, Ed. Perego, Fred
Chishalen, George G. Smith, P. H. Collins. 2d team, Captain, James
Roach, Thomas Baggerly, Augustine Stibble, S. B. Hogan, Bert and Frank
Burke. A series of games will be
rolled. On Wednesday hereafter the alley's will be reserved for the
use of the ladies bowling clubs and other of the "new women," who want
to twirl the Lignum Vitae sphere.
From Ontario County Journal 24 January 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Quite a lively runaway took place on the streets
last Thursday afternoon. Some of the owners of high steppers were
trotting on the street, among the number being John Sweeney, who
lives in the country. He and Gilbert Bogart had just finished
a friendly spurt and started to turn around at the band stand to trot
back again, when Sweeney's cutter tipped over, throwing him out. His
horse immediately turned in onto the sidewalk in front of the bakery,
and ran along the sidewalk the whole length of the blocks turning into
the road near Dr. Wisewell's. The horse kept on in the road to the Howe
corner, turned north on Wayne street, ran as far as Jay street, turned
and crossed the street, bringing up at the residence of J. T. Watkins
the end of that street. The horse was cut and scratched some, and the
cutter quite badly broken, but fortunately no one was injured.
A bob load of children collided with a lamp post on the Chapin street
hill Wednesday night. Ray Conyne, who was stearing, received
an injury to one leg and a savage cut over one eye. Flossie Thomas,
who sat next, was taken from the heap unconscious, but her injuries
consisted only of a cut on the knee. Lettie Lohnes injured her
hip and ankle, but not seriously. The others on the bob were not
injured. The sleigh was going at a tremendous speed when the accident
occurred, and that no one was seriously injured is a miracle.
The family of W. W. Coe, Chapin street, had an unpleasant, and
what might have been a fatal experience, with coal gas last Sunday
morning. The damper on the steam boiler in the cellar became turned
Saturday night. Sunday morning, when Mrs. Coe awoke, the house was full
of gas but, fortunately, she had left her window up, which doubtless
saved her life. She then went to the kitchen, and was returning when
she was overcome and remembered no more. Her husband found her lying
unconscious on the floor of her bedroom. Dr. McClellan was summoned and
applied restoratives, but Mrs. Coe has not yet fully recovered. All
members of the family were more or less affected by the gas.
From Geneva Gazette 7 February 1896
The nine-year-old son of George Ramsby was severely
injured by an accident while coasting at East Bloomfield last Friday.
He struck a tree with
great force and was knocked insensible, his skull being
fractured over the left eye, producing a dangerous if not
From Ontario County Journal 14 February 1896
Tuesday, Charles Furman, a denizen of the southern part of
this town, was brought before Justice of the Peace Christian to answer
charges of assault in beating and abusing his wife. Furman is about 23
and his wife, 18. The persons who made the complaint say that the young
man had previously engaged his wife thus. He furnished $200 as
guarantee that he would hereafter keep the peace and was released.
From Geneva Gazette 21 February 1896
In county court this week Hugh McFarland of Geneva was
arraigned and pleaded guilty to the charge of keeping a gambling house.
He was fined $100
with the alternative of 100 days in jail. This is
the second time the accused has been arraigned on such charge, and
Judge Metcalf warned him that if he came before him
on a like charge again, he should send him to the penitentiary.
From Geneva Gazette 21 February 1896
Dangerous Accident - Last Saturday afternoon, Philip Taro, a
young man of Geneva, attempted to catch upon a freight train at this
station as he was in a hurry to reach Geneva, where he is employed in a
bakery. Taro did not succeed in boarding the train, but got slung
violently from the caboose instead, fortunately clearing the wheels.
So great was the momentum he received, that he was
slidden and rolled on the rough, icy surface at the side of
the track. His clothes were badly torn, one hand was cut and
bruised and he received a long gash in the upper part of his thigh.
He was given over to the care of Prof. J. L. Cone, who bound
up his wounds and accompanied him on a traction line car to the
Franklin House at Geneva, where a physician was summoned who took seven
stitches in closing the wound mentioned. Taro is said to be
an industrious young man, but made the mistake of many in trying to
catch upon a moving train. It is claimed that he would
not have done so, only that he had been sent to Waterloo on business by
his employer and was in haste to get back. Waterloo Observer
From Geneva Daily Times 27 February 1896
The arrest of George Hyatt and Thomas O'Shea was
made Tuesday night on a warrant charging them with assaulting Michael
Sullivan and Daniel Helms near the
corner of Lake and Exchange streets on Saturday night. On a plea of
guilty of striking Helms, Hyatt was fined $30. O'Shea declared his
and gave bail for his appearance for trial today.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 March 1896
Deroy J. Harkness of Rushville, ex-county clerk, has recently been
compelled to submit to the removal of his right eye, that was injured
in the war of the rebellion, but which never inconvenienced him till of
From Geneva Daily Times 10 March 1896
This morning as Genevans were passing through Exchange street at an
early hour at an early hour on their way to business, their attention
was drawn to a man who lay across the walk, with
his face against the stone pavement, in front of T. W. Hawkin's
wholesale liquor store. The sight was a sad one. The man lay in a heap
all appearances was dead. Several passers by stopped and gazed on him,
and it was not long before a crowd had gathered about him. Officer
came on the scene and calling a bus and putting him aboard, took him to
the station house. His name was given as Charles Probasco. Where
he obtained his whiskey is not known. However, the liquor people came
in for a severe censure by those who happened to see the apparently
lifeless body lying on the side walk at 7 o'clock in the morning, with
the thermometer registering 19 degrees above zero.
From Geneva Gazette 13 March 1896
Mrs. Mary O'Boyle, a venerable lady of 80 years and upwards,
residing at 35 Grove street, came very near being asphyxiated by coal
gas in her bedroom last Tuesday night. The whole house was more
or less permeated with the deadly fumes, but the sleeping room of Mrs.
O'Boyle seemed to be the worse affected. She was unconscious when
discovered, and seemed to be dangerously paralyzed withal. She is
the mother of Thos. O'Boyle and grandmother of P. H. O'Boyle, the
well-known bookkeeper. (She died Mar 14, 1896).
From Ontario County Journal 20 March 1896
Thomas, youngest son of Isaac Norton, of Rushville,
attempted to remove a cartridge from a revolver Wednesday night, when
the weapon was discharged and the bullet entered his abdomen,
inflicting a dangerous wound. Dr. Beahan was summoned by telephone
yesterday, and went to Rushville to operate upon the youngster.
From Ontario County Journal 3 April 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Henry Severance and H. B. Whitney took a
trip in a row boat down the outlet from Welling's mill to Lyons last
Monday during the high water. They met with no mishaps and could make
rapid progress without going in the channel of the stream. Mr. Whitney
had a rifle with him and shot 23 muskrats during the trip. The ride was
a very exciting one. They returned via rail, leaving their boat behind.
From Ontario County Journal 10 April 1896
Naples, N. Y. - Cyrus Bardeen, a man of 50 years, was fined on
Monday $25 by Justice Clark for an assault upon his wife, he having
plead guilty to the charge. The wife was insane at the time and her
husband was guarding her preparatory to her being taken to the asylum,
but his treatment of her could not be endured by the children, who made
the charge. Tuesday, Mr. Bardeen and a son accompanied her to Willard
From Geneva Daily Times 14 April 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Saturday afternoon, while Mrs.
James Kelley was about her household duties, she left a large
pail of boiling water standing on the floor and stepped into another
room, during her absence her little three-year-old boy attempted to
lift the pail, his foot slipped and the little fellow fell in the
water. He was badly burned about the neck and entire length of his
In many places the flesh almost cleaved from the bone. the attending
fears that inflammation of the kidneys may result on account of the
of the burn.
From Ontario County Journal 17 April 1896
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - As Arthur Tozer and family were
returning from Naples after attending church on Sunday last, their team
became unmanageable and ran away, turning the buggy upside down,
breaking an arm for Mrs. Tozer and shaking all the occupants up,
although there were no serious injuries except to Mrs. Tozer. The team,
in running, jumped into Mr. Nellis' carriage and nearly
demolished the vehicle, starting Mr. Nellis' team on the run for home,
which they soon reached, but without injuring any of the occupants of
the carriage. Miss Alice Tozer, came on Monday from East
Bloomfield, where she is teaching, to care for her mother, who is very
sore and badly bruised aside from the fractured arm.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 April 1896
This morning Mr. and Mrs. Geo. A. Peel and child came near
asphyxiated by coal gas that came from the furnace in the cellar. Mr.
Peel was awakened at 3 o'clock and felt prostrated, but was able to get
to the open air and to arouse his wife and sister-in-law who is
visiting from Toledo. Dr. Rupert was called, who said that in a half
hour more Mrs. Peel, her sister-in-law and the child would have
suffocated. All are doing well and will recover from the effects,
although they are still very sick. Mr. Peel is able to get out. Mr.
Peel was first aroused by his little child who waking up said she was
sick and got up. When she got out of bed she fell on the floor. Mr.
Peel got up and he feeling faint fell over also. He succeeded in
regaining himself sufficiently to go out and arouse his neighbor, David
Nester, who ran after the doctor.
At six o'clock last evening, while returning to his home on West
street, Edward Johnson, an old citizen, 90 years of age, fell
across the car tracks on Pulteney street and was unable to arise. He
was found a few moments after by Clinton Long and
Joseph Belford who assisted him to his feet and conducted him
home. He was very
feeble and had not strength enough to regain his feet.
From Ontario County Journal 24 April 1896
Last Friday, Mrs. F. Wayland Hopkins left a baby carriage
with her child in it standing on the platform in front of the Gilbert
jewelry store. A gust of wind caught the raised top and blew the
carriage off the platform; it was overturned and the child was thrown
to the sidewalk, but, fortunately, was not seriously injured.
From Ontario County Journal 1 May 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Wellington K. Sayre, a wealthy and prominent
lady of St. John's church, has signified her intention of giving a new
two-manual pipe organ to that church as soon as an organ room can be
made ready for its reception. Miss Sarah Hobbie, another
wealthy lady member of that church, has donated sufficient money to
purchase an additional tubular bell to add to the number already given
to that church. She has also made a generous donation to the building
fund of the society.
Tuesday, the seven-year-old boy of Bert Foster strayed away
from home. His whereabouts could not be ascertained and preparations
were being made by the anxious parents for a systematic search when a
communication from his grandfather in Gorham informed them of his
arrival there Wednesday. He had walked all the way, and was a very
weary youngster when he arrived at his relatives' home, about 10 miles
From Ontario County Journal 8 May 1896
Last Friday, Miss Helen VanGelder, daughter of George
VanGelder, a Hopewell farmer, was seriously injured by a runaway team
belonging to a farmer named McCabe. Miss VanGelder was driving
toward Canandaigua when the team that was behind her became
uncontrollable and came dashing up, taking off two wheels of her
carriage. She was thrown to the ground and rendered insensible. She was
taken care of by neighbors but sustained painful bruises and, it is
feared, internal injuries.
From Geneva Gazette 8 May 1896
To Joseph W. White, Castle street, was issued the first
liquor license granted in Ontario county under the Raines law, and
the official from whom
it emanates believes it to be the first issued in the State. It
is dated April 29, at which time "Joe" was on hand with his $300 fee.
Mr. White's is a wholesale as well as retail
place of business, 158 Castle street, enjoying a good trade and
conforming strictly to the provisions and restrictions of
From Ontario County Journal 22 May 1896
Saturday the second kite-flying contest of Union High school pupils
was held at the Lansing field on North Pearl street, and was witnessed
by a large number of spectators. The contestants were: Albert
Andrews, Fred Leighton, and Chas. Harvey Jewett, fliers
of tailless kites; Willie Cox, Robert and Henry Chesebro,
Floyd Gunnison, Jim Pierson, Verne Lee, Stanley Wilson, Charles
Anderson, Edgar Marks, Melvin Weller, Charlie Schauble, fliers of
tailed kites. After due deliberation the judges, Messrs. C. F.
Milliken, H. S. Hubbell and C. W. Darling, awarded the
prizes thus: For best flying tailed kite, Floyd Gunnison, first;
Edgar Marks, second; best tailless kite, Albert Andrews; handsomest
kite, Willie Cox. The prizes were a pocket knife and three
Last Thursday night, James Shannon, a Gorham farm hand who has
committed numberless breaches of the peace, and who is under bonds to
keep the peace, got on another tear, and going to the house of William
Hoffman, a Seneca farmer, who formerly resided here, broke into
the house, and proceeding to the cellar, filled up on cider and went to
the barn to sleep off the effects. When aroused by Hoffman next
morning, he attacked him and Hoffman came to town for a warrant. While
he was away, Shannon went into the house again and smashed furniture
and dishes in a reckless manner. Officer Sleght got after him and
finally captured him at Geneva. Shannon waived examination in Judge
Frary's court on Tuesday and will await grand jury disposal.
On last Saturday morning at about 10 o'clock there was a difference of
opinion between Anna Forbis and Oliver Scantlin, of
the town of Hopewell, which resulted in the latter's waiving
examination and giving bail to appear at any time when wanted in
Justice Frary's court on Wednesday. Miss Forbis alleges that Scantlin
assaulted her with a bludgeon in the shape of a heavy, hardwood
cultivator handle, which he applied to the back of her head with such
force that she did not recover consciousness until the middle of the
afternoon. The casus belli was a neckyoke which Scantlin attempted to
borrow from the Kimball farm, where Miss Forbis officiated as
housekeeper. The complainant says that on her refusal to lend it, the
defendant assaulted her as aforesaid. The defendant admits that he
attempted to borrow the neckyoke and did so borrow it, but that instead
of his assaulting the lady, she pasted him with a plank, seriously
bruising his arm, which he exhibited in court. He says that she suffers
from attacks of fits and attributes her unconsciousness on the day
aforesaid to that cause.
From Ontario County Journal 29 May 1896
Academy, N. Y. - The children and friends of Mrs. Ebenezer
Covert met at Charles P. Johnson's on the 23d inst., to
celebrate with her, her 79th birthday.
It is announced that the Canandaigua Jrs. will play the Clifton Springs
Jrs. at the fair grounds tomorrow afternoon. The Canandaigua Jrs. are
composed of the following players: Frank Welch, 1 b.; Jack
Hogan, p.; Chas. Masseth, c.; Elmer Brown, 3 b.;
Jas. Woodside, ss.; John Curran, rf.; Thos.
Martin, cf.; Jas. Roach, lf.; Frank Needhan, 2
b.; Thos. Lynch, manager.
Tuesday morning James Rouse, driver of the Bristol stage, was
loading freight at the Central-Hudson freight house, and when he went
into the building leaving the team unfastened, the horses, one of which
was a spirited colt, ran away. They fetched up short against the public
watering trough in front of the Webster house and left the stage there
piled in a heap on the trough. The horses were then easily captured.
The stage was considerably damaged, the horses sustained cuts and
bruises and the iron trough was knocked literally "off its base," and
the heavy iron bowl was split by the force of the concussion. The
team's wild run down Main street created much excitement in the crowded
From Ontario County Journal 5 June 1896
Bristol, N. Y. - Moses Tubbs, of this town, celebrated the 82d
anniversary of his birth on Tuesday of this week. Mrs. Hannah
Wheeler, aged 86, and Mrs. M. C. Newton, aged 75, were
among the guests.
From Ontario County Journal 19 June 1896
Yesterday, at about 1 o'clock p.m., as the trains from the west
were pulling into this village, Roy McKenzie, an employee of
the Lisk works, was walking on the tracks just west of the Main street
crossing. Hearing a train behind him, as he was crossing the West
Avenue bridge, he stepped from the Batavia track to the Auburn track
and was struck by the 12:55 train on that branch. He was hurled to the
edge of the ties, where he hung until the train was stopped and run
back. He was taken to the Central Hudson baggage room where he was
examined by Doctors Hallenbeck and Hawley. When removed to his home on
West Gibson street, it was ascertained that his skull had been fissured
in two places and that his right ankle was terribly bruised. The
physicians believe that the inner plate of the skull is not fractured
and express hope of his recovery.
From Geneva Gazette 26 June 1896
Mary Sykes, head waitress at the Kirkwood, when riding her bicycle
Monday afternoon, going down Clinton street hill and losing control of
it, collided with a tree, was thrown off and broke her left leg just
above the ankle. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The wheel was injured and her gold watch broken. She is
be confined some weeks. Advertiser
From Ontario County Journal 26 June 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Noah Johnson, a young man with not a first-class
reputation, attempted to elope with his sister-in-law, Miss Mary
Mason, 18 years old, a week ago. He drove away alone in a buggy,
telling his wife that he was going to work. Miss Mason, who is the
mother of a little child, went to Geneva on the cars, and there Johnson
met her. One of the horses he drove was purchased of H. N. Pontius of
Oaks Corners, which was only partly paid for, Pontius having a bill of
sale on it. The harness and buggy did not belong to him either. Pontius
appeared before Esquire Severance and had a warrant issued for his
arrest, which was placed in officer C. H. Landon's hands. It was
thought that Johnson would go to Albany, where the mother resides or to
Sayre, Pa. The officer took the former route and secured his man at
Albany. He was brought before Esquire Severance for examination on the
charge of larceny, which was not sustained, and he was discharged.
Later he was arrested by order of Poormaster J. M. White for nonsupport
of his family. He was put under $200 bonds for support, in default of
which he was committed to Canandaigua jail to meditate on his crooked
ways. His wife and children are in destitute circumstances.
From Ontario County Journal 3 July 1896
Naples, N. Y. - A runaway occurred on Monday morning when the
horse of George Richards of Academy, broke loose from a
hitching post, turned about the buggy, colliding with a barber pole and
upsetting it, and in a second the horse had cast off every vestige of
the harness and trotted off down the street quite unconcernedly. It
looks as though he had done it before and liked it.
Shortsville, N. Y. - Ed. Carson, a farmer residing near
Chapinville, met with a serious accident here on Wednesday. His horse
ran off the embankment on the east side of the outlet bridge and both
horse and rider went down about 20 feet. Mr. Carson was very severely
hurt about the head and was carried to the hotel, and at night was
removed to his home.
From Geneva Gazette 24 July 1896
While Robert Kane and his oldest daughter were driving
from Canandaigua to their home east of the village Tuesday night, their
buggy was struck by the 8:10 passenger train from the east, while they
attempted to cross the Central Hudson tracks near the Poor House.
They were hurled into the air, and landed in a field twenty-five
feet distant. Mr. Kane and his daughter were not seriously
injured. No bones were broken. They will recover. The buggy
was thoroughly demolished. The horse succeeded in breaking loose
and escaped injury.
From Ontario County Journal 31 July 1896
While William Belcher, of Allen's Hill, was crossing the
bridge over the Beebe creek, about three miles south of the village,
with a new traction engine and separator, the bridge gave way, letting
engine and separator down several feet to the bottom of the creek. Mr.
Belcher and another man, who were riding on the engine, went down with
it, but fortunately escaped without serious injury. The bridge was a
new one, erected a short time ago by Ira Clemens, the highway
commissioner. The flaw seemed to be in a bolt holding one end of the
needle beam in position. The engine and separator have been taken from
the creek, not as badly damaged as was at first they were thought to
be. One hundred dollars will cover damages to the engine.
Tuesday afternoon, while Peleg Tuttle, a fish monger, hailing
from Bristol, was watering his fiery steed at the Webster house
watering trough, the pesky animal took advantage of a momentary relief
from his bridle to bolt, and as a consequence, the more or less fresh
fish, fruit and a lot of choice hen fruit were distributed at intervals
along Main street. The wagon was overturned but not injured. The horse
was not disturbed in the least by the episode, although the mind of the
From Geneva Daily Times 12 August 1896
John Noonan, while unloading stone on the lake road
yesterday afternoon, had the misfortune to have his hand caught between
the stones. He was taken to Dr. McCarthy's office, where it was found
that the first joint of the middle finger of the right hand would have
to be amputated. The operation was performed by Dr. McCarthy. Mr.
is out today and is feeling better.
From Ontario County Journal 14 August 1896
Several months ago Rosie Mack, wife of Charles Mack, of
South Bristol, ran away from her home and eloped to Canada with George
Muck, also of South Bristol. After a short time the couple
returned to South Bristol, living together as Mr. and Mrs. Muck. The
woman had taken with her the little daughter of Mack. Last May Officer
Sleght aided Mack to secure possession of the child, but about 10 days
ago Mr. and "Mrs." Muck secured possession of the little girl once
more. Saturday Officers Sleght and Cavan went to South Bristol and
arrested Muck and the woman who were brought here. The hearing was set
down for Monday night but was postponed til today.
"Hank" Duffy, a well-known Canandaiguan, cut his throat with
suicidal intent Monday night. He is alive yet, notwithstanding the fact
that he drew his razor from ear to ear inflicting a gash in which Dr.
Hallenbeck took 12 stitches, and which is said to have severed the
external jugular vein. Duffy had been having a row with his wife, whom
he is alleged to have seriously assaulted. Neighbors interfered and
Duffy vented his spite upon himself. He was intoxicated at the time.
Monday morning Ed Elwell, after a protracted spree, created a
rumpus at his home on Beeman street, and swore he would kill someone
unless he was immediately given possession of $20 he suspected some of
his family of secreting from him. He went to Cooley's to buy a
revolver. In the meantime, Officer Yaw was notified of the threat, and
followed Elwell to the hardware store, and came upon him just as he was
coming out of the store with the revolver. Yaw placed him under arrest
and was proceeding to the police station with him when Elwell's
daughter chanced along, and Elwell immediately produced the gun and
wanted his daughter to keep it for him. Yaw took possession of the
weapon and landed his man in the lockup, where he was given an
opportunity to sober up.
From Ontario County Journal 21 August 1896
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - Among townspeople who have been
rusticating at Hemlock lake the past week are: Mr. and Mrs. O. A.
Young, Miss Ida Young, Miss Edith Young, Miss Millie Pierce, Miss Irene
Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Croft, Jr., Addison Pierce, Lewis Pierce, Harry
Allen, Edwin Holmes, Platt Bond, Clarence Martin.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 August 1896
The Geneva junior football team was organized Monday
evening and adopted the name Columbia. Michael Brennan, the
late business manager of the Geneva ball team, was unanimously elected
manager, and John Neary was made captain. The line up will be
as follows: Full back, William Groden; half backs, John
William Brennan; quarterback, Edward Broderick; center, Charles
Sweeney; guards, Thomas De Vaney, Richard Mellale; tackles,
Peter Fleming, Charles Lockwood; ends, Richard Cumming,
Welsch. Mr. Brennan will obtain a number of games with Waterloo,
Seneca Falls, Union Springs, Canandaigua, Penn Yan and other teams in
this vicinity. The team will begin training at once and under the
direction of their coach will undoubtedly be one of the best teams in
From Geneva Daily Times 29 August 1896
Wednesday evening the Gorham Dramatic Company, of this place,
played "Uncle Josh" at Potter Center and on their way home about a mile
this side of Potter a heavy rain storm came up and it being very
dark, the driver could not see the road. The team ran off an embankment
about five feet high, throwing the occupants into the ditch. Miss
Annabel Thomas, Mrs. C. T. Loudon and Miss Lida Buckelews were
injured, several bad sprains sustained. Dr. Newman, of Potter, attended
From Geneva Daily Times 30 August 1896
Irving Alsop, who attempted suicide last Tuesday night, was
arrested last evening by Policeman Merry on complaint of his wife. He
was intoxicated and when he went home he commenced to abuse her. He
plead guilty to intoxication when arraigned before Judge Smelzer this
morning and was fined ten dollars or ten days in Ontario county jail.
From Ontario County Journal 4 September 1896
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The second annual reunion of the Wheeler
families, which was held at the home of O. F. Wheeler, Sr., last
Saturday, was largely attended. About 150 persons signed their names on
the registry book. A business meeting was called by the President to
elect officers for the coming year. H. E. Wheeler of South
Bloomfield was elected president; and H. E. Wheeler of East
Bloomfield, secretary and treasurer; committee on time and place for
holding the next reunion are William Doyle of Bristol, John
B. Wheeler and O. H. Swift of East Bloomfield, committee
on refreshments, Miss Mabel Wheeler, Mrs. R. M. Lee, Mrs. Byron
Simmons, Mrs. L. F. Sutherland.
Phelps, N. Y. - Grover Humphrey, who was accidentally shot by Leonard
Partridge a week ago, is getting along finely, and is able to walk
with but little difficulty.
The Pierce family held their 6th annual reunion, Saturday,
August 29, at the residence of R. Melvin Pierce, in the town
of Canandaigua. The day was all that could be desired for such a
gathering. Seventy-four friends and relatives were present. After
having dinner served on the lawn, the following officers were elected
for the next year, viz: Henry Pierce, president; R. M.
Pierce, vice-president; William Pierce, secretary; Warren
Pierce, Adrian Brandow and H. L. Pierce as committee. The
remainder of the day was spent in social chats, singing and music.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 September 1896
A number of friends from the Baptist church, and representing many
others who could not be present, called upon Mr. George H.
Phillips at his delightful South Main street home last Monday
in honor of his eightieth birthday. The pastor of the church, Rev. J.
H. Barbour, in a most earnest and feeling manner, expressed to Mr.
Phillips the heartfelt congratulations and best wishes of his many
friends, and as a slight token of their esteem, presented him with a
silver loving cup of beautiful design and suitably engraved. Although
completely taken by surprise, Mr. Phillips responded in well chosen
words of appreciation. After singing by the company, and a prayer by
Rev. Dr. Moore, all were invited to the piazza overlooking the lake and
beautiful grounds, where they were served with refreshments by Mrs.
Walter A. Clarke, assisted by her daughters and friends. Mr. and Mrs.
Phillips, seven years ago, celebrated the golden anniversary of their
marriage, and a delightful feature of this visit of Monday afternoon,
was the presence of Mrs. Phillips and the warm greetings extended by
her to all present. At Mr. Phillips request, Dr. Moore read an original
poem which had been written and read by Dr. Moore at this golden
wedding. Before leaving, the company were entertained with some choice
vocal selections rendered by visiting relatives of the household.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 September 1896
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Phillip Goldsmith of Canandaigua took an
overdose of morphine, with, as is supposed, suicidal intent,
Saturday morning. Drs. Beahan and Hallenbeck have attended her and she
is now out of danger, although it was at first thought she would die.
The woman, it is said, had a row with her husband on Friday night, and
a rough and tumble fight is alleged to have occurred in which she
floored her husband with a blow on the head from a club. Saturday
he left the house vowing he would have her arrested. She took the
and was soon found in an unconscious condition. Her recovery was
doubtful for a time, but she was finally resuscitated.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 September 1896
At a meeting held last night at the Nester hose room, the
Lakeside football players elected William McDonough manager,
Patrick Toole, secretary; S. West, treasurer; James
Brannan was elected captain. Those who will try for places are: Pat
Neary, end; H. Toole, quarter back J. Kearns, end
tackle; S. West, center rush; J. Preston, guard, F.
guard; T. Brannan, quarter and half; M. Devaney, halfback;
J. Brannan, fullback; C. Coursey, half back; A.
guard; Pat Toole, tackle; Joe Hooker, fullback; F.
Wilson, quarter back.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 September 1896
A runaway occurred on Saturday evening at about seven o'clock on Castle
street. The horse belonging to Carver Jones and attached to
his delivery wagon in some way became unmanageable and got away from
its driver. It ran upon the walk at King's livery stable and continued
on the walk until it came to the Kirkwood corner where the wagon caught
on an iron railing and was separated from the horse, leaving part of
harness. The horse ran to the lake and then up the railroad tracks to
Franklin house alley uninjured. The wagon was badly smashed, three of
its wheels being broken.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 September 1896
While sitting on their stoop at their residence on the corner of
North and Wadsworth streets Saturday at noon, Peter Reddy and
heard someone yelling as if in danger. Mr. Reddy went where he thought
the noise came from and found, instead of a child yelling, that a large
woman had fallen in a cistern. He immediately got her out. It
seems she was drawing water from her cistern and the top gave way and
let her in.
It was Mrs. J. A. Lock. She was drenched and very much scared.
From Geneva Gazette 16 October 1896
Mr. G. A. Shimer and Mrs. Henry Dieteman of Geneva, are
heirs among others of a very wealthy uncle recently deceased at Auburn
and who died without making a will. It is said that the share of
these two Genevans in such estate will be from $20,000 to $40,000 each.
We earnestly hope that
their expectations may be realized.
The family Charles Alcock narrowly escaped asphyxiation by
coal gas last Friday night at their residence on Milton St. All,
from oldest to youngest, were affected by the fumes when awakened at a
late hour. The deadly gas came from the steam heating boiler.
Timely discovery and opening doors and windows to fresh air
averted threatened danger.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 October 1896
A farm wagon and team belonging to Dewane Bishop, of Phelps,
was standing in front of Thos. Kane's grocery this morning,
when the horses became frightened at something unknown and ran down
Exchange street at a furious rate. In their mad pursuit they struck a
wagon belonging to J. Sutton, of Hopewell, breaking one wheel
and damaging it otherwise. They also narrowly escaped striking the
Franklin house 'bus and several other wagons. As they came near the
railroad, Officer Elmer Merry saw them and
made a leap for the head of one of the horses and caught them, although
carried him some distance. He succeeded in stopping them. The wagon
sixty bushels of potatoes, and sustained but little, if any, damage.
From Ontario County Journal 16 October 1896
Phelps, N. Y. - Bertha McDougall, 14 years of age, youngest
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McDougall, was sent to the Sheltering
home at Syracuse last Tuesday. Her being sent to this institution was
the result of an examination before Esquire Severance at the request of
Agent Gibbs of the Humane Society. The question arose as to her being
under proper guardianship at home, and it was decided that she was not.
She was taken to the shelter where she will be brought under good
From Geneva Gazette 23 October 1896
T. Parker of Geneva suffered severe injuries by a fall while
transferring from a Northern Central to a New York Central train at
Canandaigua one day last week. Report has it that her nose was
broken and face severely scratched. She proceeded on her journey
to Geneva where Dr. DeLaney treated her professionally, after which she
accompanied her niece, Mrs. John C. Ansley, to her home in
Seneca. Mrs. Parker is a sister-in-law of S. H. and Edgar
Parker and aged about 75 years. Such an accident may result
seriously to a person of her advanced age.
From Geneva Gazette 30 October 1896
morning last, as William Phillips, driver for T. Beard &
Son, was coming out from Goble Bro.'s coal yard on Torrey Park, the
front wheels of the truck struck a pitch hole, which caused the truck
to come to a sudden
stop. Phillips was thrown from his seat between the horses.
They became frightened and ran, throwing Phillips underneath the
truck. The wheels passed over his head,
rendering him unconscious. He was taken to the hospital and will
probably recover. The team, after running a short distance, was
From Geneva Daily Times 17 November 1896
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The prevalence of diphtheria in this
community is causing much alarm. Seven cases have resulted in the
family of Mr. and Mrs. George Lisk and within a period of 48
hours, four of the their six children died with the dread disease. The
disease broke out in their home Friday and Sunday afternoon the fourth
of the little
ones was buried. Their ages ranged from 2 to 6 years. When it was first
discovered what the disease was two of the children that had not yet
down with it were taken to the home of their grandmother, Mrs. DeLarme,
for safety, but shortly after their removal, they showed symptoms of
disease and are now in critical condition. Mrs. Lisk is also very ill
the same disease and almost frantic with grief. Both houses are
From Ontario County Journal 20 November 1896
One of the liveliest runaways seen in town for some time past was
that of Monday when a team belonging to James McJannett, an
Academy farmer, took fright at a passing train, as the driver pulled up
to wait for the train to go across Main street. The animals turned
about, breaking off one of the forward wheels and precipitating part of
the load of baled hops, and the driver, Charles Jordan, to the
ground. Jordan pluckily hung on to the reins and endeavored to stop the
runaway team, but it dragged him into Niagara street before he could
bring it to a stop in front of the Journal office. It appeared for a
moment, when the frightened animals cramped the wagon, breaking the
wheel off and dumping part of their load, as if Jordan was to be hurled
beneath the falling bales of heavy hops and crushed, but he bobbed up
serenely, although he had a narrow escape. The wagon and hops were
somewhat damaged, the latter by the mud, in which the bales fell.
From Ontario County Journal 4 December 1896
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Myron Boardman, who lived southwest
of here, left his home on Thursday of last week, and his family
supposed him to be going hunting. He was last seen down near the lake,
and although fifty men have been looking for him for several days, no
trace of him has yet been found.
From Ontario County Journal 11 December 1896
Naples, N. Y. - Geo. B. Johnson, a totally disabled old veteran,
has been allowed an increase from $10 to $12 per month pension. The
claim was rejected in July on the strength of the report of the
examining board at Canandaigua, but an earnest protest by the friends
of the old man, procured a special examination of the case and the
claim was quickly allowed. Had not $12 been the maximum legal rate he
would have received twice that sum. The illiberality of the Canandaigua
board provoked much severe criticism in this locality; not only in this
case, but in many others.
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