From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1898
Roy Blackman, a young man who has been lately employed as a
special hand on the Geneva street car line, sustained a painful injury
on Sunday last, while in the car barn. A car was backing into the
building, unseen by Blackman, who was standing near the wall of the
barn. The car slammed
him into the wall, fracturing his collar bone, and it is feared,
a portion of the sternum. Blackman was about to accept a position in
hand laundry on Genesee street but was prevented from so doing by the
From Ontario County Journal 7 January 1898
Naples, N. Y. - John Prouty came near killing himself. He was
carrying a two-bladed ax on his shoulder through the brush and it
caught, bringing a keen edge to his head, severing an artery in the
forehead. Quick and skillful work saved him.
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Mariah Richmond, who is now past 90
years of age, met with a serious accident last Saturday. While engaged
at her usual daily work, she accidentally caught her foot or slipped
and fell quite heavily on her side, bruising her right hip and
sustaining fractures which will disable her for a long time.
About 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, young Robert Hill, who
resides with his parents on Gorham street, resolved to shuffle off the
mortal coil. Somewhere about the house he found a bottle of strychnine,
and he proceeded to swallow some 10 or 12 grains of it. Luckily he had
dined only a short time before and his stomach almost immediately began
to eject it. He fell to the floor where he was soon discovered by a
neighbor whom he told of his attempt. Doctors Hawley, Beahan and
McClellan were immediately summoned and administered strong emetics.
They finally succeeded in bringing him out of danger, though at one
time it seemed as though he had accomplished his design. Rigor of the
jaw had set in and this is generally considered to be a very bad
symptom in strychnine poisoning. A few hours brought him out of danger,
and last night he was doing as well as could be expected. Young Hill is
rather a weakly boy about 16 years of age and came to this village with
his parents two years ago. He is a brother-in-law of George Jamieson,
the well-known bicycle rider, who is employed in the Lisk Manufacturing
works. Last night he was too ill to assign any reason for his rash act,
but it is alleged that it was due to family troubles and poor health.
As John Johnson, a young man who resides near Chapinville, was
cleaning a revolver one day last week, the weapon was accidentally
discharged, the bullet ploughing up through the left arm. His physician
was unable to locate the bullet, but the wound is rapidly recovering.
The same weapon figured in a similar episode a few years ago.
A pair of horses belonging to James Potter, of the east lake
shore, made a lively run on Main street yesterday morning. They were
hitched too close to a pair of bobs, and the whiffletrees struck their
heels as they started down the incline. They kicked themselves loose
from the sleigh, and finally wound up on their backs in a ditch near
Foster street. Aside from tearing the harness to pieces, little damage
was done, although several accidents were narrowly averted.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 January 1898
The Boot and Shoe Makers union held a meeting at Kane Brothers factory
last night, and elected officers as follows: President, George
Gilbert; vice-president, Joseph J. Stanley; secretary, John
treasurer, Samuel Dinnerstein; sergeant at arms, Martin
central committee was named: John Kane, Joseph J. Stanley.
From Ontario County Journal 14 January 1898
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. John Struble had the misfortune to break
her arm just above the wrist while returning from her brother's home on
From Geneva Daily Times 18 January 1898
A pleasant surprise party was given Miss Clara Clitson at her
home, 67 Pulteney street, last night by about thirty of her young
Miss Clitson returned from the Rochester City Hospital last evening
she underwent treatment for serious illness. The young people spent the
evening in card playing, listening to recitations. Those present were:
Miss Lizzie Graves, Miss Julia Dixon, Miss Ella Dutcher, Miss
Miss Margaret Buckley, Miss Winifred Keane, Miss Margaret Mulcahy, Miss
Hancock, Miss Nan Frantz, Miss Kate Diton, Miss Margaret Carpenter,
Bridget Mahoney, Mrs. Fred Davie, Chas. Griggs, Mr. Chapman, Walter
Harry Hadlow, Addison Cole, Bert Beardslee, Henry Beaty, Lean Russell,
B. Dixon, Mont Fletcher, Don McQuine, Thos. Dixon, Fred Davis and Reuben
From Ontario County Journal 21 January 1898
Naples, N. Y. - The remains of the late Eratus Hamlin and
wife, also of their son, the late D. H. Hamlin, have been removed
from Fair View to Rose Ridge cemetery.
On Friday morning last, Thomas Smith of Canandaigua, traveling
agent for the Richardson shoe house of Hornellsville, drove up from
Honeoye Falls through a blinding snow storm in a democrat wagon. He
stopped in front of I. L. Pilsbury's store, got out, tied his horse and
commenced putting on the blanket, when he discovered that the end board
of his wagon had unfastened and his heavy sample trunk, weighing about
500 pounds, had fallen out on the road. There was nothing to do but
drive back and find it, which he did. It had fallen out soon after
leaving the Falls.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 January 1898
There are said to be several persons in Geneva who would like to
know the exact whereabouts of F. C. Adams. One of these
persons is Mrs. Adams, who desires her husband to contribute to her
support. Until last
October, Adams was in the employ of David Present, the Exchange street
He came to Mr. Present's two years ago last summer. He is a watchmaker
trade, and is considered a good workman. Adams is married. He lived
his wife over the office of the Western Union Telegraph company. It is
that Adams and his wife lived unhappily. Anyhow, Adams left the city
fall, and has not been seen here since. Mrs. Adams claims that Adams
not contributed to her support since last November. Early last week, it
is said she wired a detective at Wilkes Barre, Pa., where Adams is
to have gone, asking him to locate her husband. Mrs. Adams took up her
with a Mrs. Palmer, who has rooms over the Boston shoe store, after her
From Ontario County Journal 28 January 1898
Phelps, N. Y. - Gilbert Stanton, the 17-year-old son of George
Stanton, who lives on Clifton street, met with a serious accident last
week Thursday morning in Burnett Bros. knife factory, where he was
employed. He was at work near the line shaft, connecting with the water
wheel, and coming in too close proximity to it, his coat became
entangled in the machinery, and he was thrown violently against the
swiftly revolving shaft. His cries and frantic efforts to free himself,
brought several other workmen to his assistance, who rescued him from
his perilous position. His right arm was found to be broken in two
places and terribly lacerated, the bicep muscles being torn out. He was
taken to his home in a weak and fainting condition, and Dr. Howe was
called, and dressed the injured arm. What the outcome of the injury
will be, it is hard to tell at present, but the arm is doing fairly
From Geneva Daily Times 31 January 1898
Mrs. Catherine Toole of Rose Street underwent a painful operation
Friday. She has suffered from blood poisoning, and in order to save her
hand, the physicians found it necessary to amputate a finger.
From Geneva Gazette 4 February 1898
Mary, daughter of Police Justice Smelzer, was the victim
of a coasting accident last evening. Quite a large party were
enjoying themselves on Nester's hill, State street, using a large
bob-sled. Attempting a sharp turn at the foot of the hill, the
sled was upset. Miss Smelzer was caught under the plank at the
knee and her knee-cap broken. She was conveyed to her home by James
Mr. Nester's coachman, a surgeon called and the injured limb
bandaged. She will recover.
From Geneva Gazette 11 February 1898
A Sleighing Party - Miss S. Alice Gaffney, teacher of
School District No. 8, took advantage of the sleighing and entertained
her pupils and a number of friends at her home near Gorham last Monday
evening. All enjoyed the delightful ride. Among the guests were Misses
and Mary O'Neill, Mattie McGuigan,
Messrs. H. O. Seeley, J. McGuigan, P.
& J. O'Neill and a number of others.
From Ontario County Journal 11 February 1898
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. George Blodgett and five of her
children are having the measles; also Burt Ayers. The
neighborhood around Mr. Bates' home is thoroughly exposed now, as their
young son came down with them the morning after the sociable.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 February 1898
William Millard drove to the Lehigh freight office yesterday
in order to load some freight on his wagon. He backed his horses
some Lehigh Valley freight cars standing on the track. As he did so, an
began backing down some cars, which, coming in contact with those
on the track, caused them to move directly toward the horses and wagon
by the platform. In another moment the horses would have been crushed
the cars, had not Henry Austin, a Lehigh Valley freight
With great presence of mind and considerable daring, he leaped from the
into the wagon, backing the horses and wagon off the track in the nick
An extremely difficult surgical operation was performed this morning
Thomas Buslach, by Dr. Henry D. Clapp and Dr. W. W. Skinner. A
opening was made under the region of the heart, and over two gallons of
pus removed from a cavity extending between the heart and kidney. A
of one of the bones of the spinal column was removed. It was from this
the surgeons say, that the trouble originated. The patient is doing as
as could be expected and will probably recover.
From Geneva Gazette 25 February 1898
Wade H. Roy, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Roy of Phelps,
broke one of his legs on Monday. Young Roy, who is about 20 years
of age, has been a cripple from infancy, and can only get around with
crutches and a wheel carriage. Monday one of his crutches slipped,
letting him fall to the ground, and resulting in the fracture of the
sound limb near the hip.
From Geneva Gazette 25 March 1898
Two Geneva families have been brought to shame and grief by the
criminal escapade of a husband on one hand and a derelict wife on the
other. Both, unheeding marital ties, eloped together Tuesday
last, going east by train. The names are given as Mrs. Wm.
Fisher and John Rahn, both residing near the Optical Works.
It is not the first time the woman has forsaken her husband and
squandered his hard-earned money, but in the first instance the husband
condoned her wrong-doing and took
her again to his home. When last going away, she rifled his
pockets of $20, and her paramour had about $75 realized from the sale
of a horse. They will live in clover so long as the joint sum
holds out and then -- will
the woman repent? The husband avers he will have nothing more to
do with her.
From Ontario County Journal 25 March 1898
South Bristol, N. Y. - Highway Commissioner Childs has appointed
the following overseers of the highways: Chas. P. Johnson, Edbert
J. Hicks, H. G. Higley, Franklin Miller, Marlin R. Smith, Carlton
Smith, J. B. Wilson, John Ricketson, George W. Reed, George Beeman,
William Parker, Jacob Fox, James Woodard, Wm. B. Wesley, John Glukert, Edward
An exciting runaway, which barely escaped causing serious results,
occurred on Main street yesterday afternoon. As George H. Coulter, of
plunge and dashed down Main street on the right side of the
street car tracks. Mrs. James Burgess and daughter, of
Hopewell, were driving up Main street and seeing the team bearing down
upon them, reined their horse onto the curbing in front of the Spangle
jewelry store. Just then the runaway team turned, dashing into them,
throwing them out and completely demolishing the buggy and harness.
Fortunately, both Mrs. Burgess and her daughter escaped being injured.
Mr. Coulter's left hand was badly cut and he was slightly bruised upon
his left side. Although all three horses were thrown to the ground,
none of them were injured.
From Ontario County Journal 1 April 1898
Naples, N. Y. - Fred Grouse, a young man of Garlinghouse
settlement, assaulted a neighbor, David Briggs, last Saturday,
and was arrested on Monday. He settled the matter by paying Briggs $25
and the costs about $20 more.
From Ontario County Journal 8 April 1898
During the snow storm, Saturday noon, Mrs. Margaret Callister had
From Ontario County Journal 15 April 1898
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - William McCutchen, who has acquired
a good deal of fame for driving fast horses, met with a peculiar
accident on Tuesday forenoon. He hitched his trotter, "Ned," to a
1-horse wagon and started for the station. When opposite the residence
of M. A. Fuller, some part of the harness broke, which let the wagon
against the horse. The driver held onto the reins until he came in
forcible contact with the watering trough, which caused him to
relinquish his hold, as the horse went headlong into the trough. This
brought a large crowd, which caused considerable excitement, as it was
feared that the horse would drown before it could be rescued. The horse
escaped with only slight bruises.
From Ontario County Journal 29 April 1898
Naples, N. Y. - Fred Brown, a young man who lived here three years
ago and married here, came to town last Friday after his child, who is
being cared for by the parents of his wife. It appears that they knew
of his character, and he was ordered off the premises without a look at
the child. It also appears that he was arrested a day or two after for
stealing the rig with which he came and is now in jail in Bath, and had
been out of jail but four days when he was here.
From Geneva Gazette 6 May 1898
Frank Dwyer, Geneva's valiant representative in baseballdom, won
an exciting game for Cincinnati from Pittsburg on Wednesday. More
power to that good right arm of his, and may it increase in cunning.
It is evident that Dwyer is pitching winning ball this year.
His team now "heads the procession" in the National League.
From Ontario County Journal 13 May 1898
Academy, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yarger were riding near John
O'Hara's Sunday afternoon when the horse run with them, throwing Mrs.
Yarger out, between the box and the wheel, where she was dragged until
three ribs were broken and other very serious bruises inflicted. Mr.
Yarger was kicked three times in the stomach and thrown from the
carriage in a helpless condition.
From Ontario County Journal 20 May 1898
On Tuesday while James Morgan of Academy was driving a
team of young and spirited horses on Main street, an electric car
frightened the horses, who shied, throwing the driver out of the buggy
against the watering trough at the corner of Main and Coach streets.
Morgan, who is aged about 70 years, was rendered unconscious. Drs.
Hallenbeck, Jewett and Mitchel, who were summoned to attend the injured
man, decided that his injuries were internal and of a serious nature.
When Mr. Morgan was able to be moved, he was conveyed to his home in
Academy. The team did not get away, being captured before they had
From Ontario County Journal 27 May 1898
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - While fishing in Page's pond last
week, George Saxby came near losing his life. The boys built a
raft, and young Saxby ventured out on it. When in the middle of the
pond, the raft sank and young Saxby was left to his fate. He was
sinking for the last time when Elmer Murrell, hearing the
cries of the boys, came to the place and rescued the unfortunate boy.
From Geneva Gazette 3 June 1898
Fighting Drunk ! - John Moriarity, aged 27, a laborer residing in
this city, but who has been
employed on the canal improvement near Syracuse for some months,
returned to Geneva last Saturday. On Memorial Day, Moriarity
started out to celebrate the day by filling up with whisky. In
the afternoon he was fighting drunk and created a disturbance at the
merry-go-round on Exchange street. He insulted several young
girls and was promptly knocked down by a bystander. At 5:30 P.
M., he assaulted a man in front of Fred Brewer's hotel
on Exchange street; the melee which followed resulted in the
breaking of a heavy plate-glass window, 30 x 90 inches, in the hotel
front. Moriarity was arrested, and it required the united effort
of Officers Beals and Merry to land him in the bastile. The
prisoner was arraigned before Police Justice Smelzer on Tuesday, and
pleaded guilty to a charge of intoxication. He was fined $10 or
ten days in the county jail. He will have to pay for the window,
some $18 or $20; and there are also pending against him two charges of
assault. Taken together, Moriarity's spree was a very expensive
From Ontario County Journal 10 June 1898
Saturday night, Mrs. Harvey Mason, of Bristol street,
while on the piazza at the rear of her house, had the misfortune to
make a misstep and fell headlong to the ground, sustaining severe
injuries. She was unconscious when picked up and it was found that
there was a bad cut in the scalp and two ribs were broken. She is
attended by Dr. J. A. Hawley.
Friday afternoon an accident occurred on the Centerfield road, one-half
mile west of Arsenal hill, which narrowly escaped being fatal. Mrs.
Thomas Elliott, accompanied by her children, was driving a team
attached to a democrat wagon, and when coming down a hill, a ring in
the neckyoke broke, letting the tongue down onto the ground and causing
the wagon to strike the horses' heels. The horses started to run and
overturned the wagon, throwing the occupants out with such force as to
injure them all. Mrs. Elliott was bruised about the head; the
daughter's foot was badly hurt; one son was seriously injured
internally, and the second son sustained a fracture of the shoulder.
Dr. O. J. Hallenbeck was summoned and made the family as comfortable as
From Ontario County Journal 17 June 1898
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The East Bloomfield base ball team
has organized for the season, with the following players: Glen
Cain, s. s.; Walter Stiles, 1b; Frank Steele, 2b;
Orville Curtis, c. f.; William Smithers, 3b; Laertus
l. f.; Ted Stafford, r. f.; William Butler, c;
Charles Murrell, p.
The annual reunion of the Wheaton family will be held tomorrow
afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Johnson on the
From Ontario County Journal 1 July 1898
Phelps, N. Y. - George Clark, a young English farm hand, who lives
near Pinewood cemetery, went home quite intoxicated last Monday
evening, and in a spirit of madness, he proceeded to demolish
everything in his reach. He piled the furniture in the middle of the
room and then, taking an axe, proceeded to smash it into small pieces,
the stove also sharing the same fate; not being satisfied with this, he
went into his chicken coop and killed all his poultry and some little
ducks he owned. Then after finishing up by killing one of two pigs in
the yard, he administered a severe punishment to his wife. He then took
a cow he had sold to Mr. Overslaw and started away with it, and
has not been seen since. The wife, not daring to stay at the house all
night, took her little child and went to her father's house, near
Samuel Olmstead's, where she spent the remainder of the night. A
warrant was sworn out for Clark and an officer sent for him, but he has
not been found as yet.
From Ontario County Journal 8 July 1898
Tuesday evening, between 11 and 12 o'clock, while John Rodbeck and
Michael Raubb, employees in the brick yard, were walking on the
Peanut track, they were struck by a freight train just west of Greig
street bridge, and thrown down the embankment. Rodbeck sustained a
fracture of the small bone of the right leg and the arch of the left
foot was crushed. Raubb received an ugly cut in the back of the head.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - While John McDonough and
his family were coming to the village to celebrate the Fourth, the pole
of the carriage broke when coming down the hill opposite Dr. S. R.
Wheeler's, overturning the carriage and throwing the occupants with
great violence into the ditch. Mrs. McDonough's left arm was broken,
but the other occupants escaped injury.
On Saturday, while John Shanahan, an employee of the Northern
Central railroad, was repairing a draw head at Stanley between two
broken sections of a freight train, his left foot was caught, and
before he could extricate it, the car passed over it, crushing it. He
was brought to this village and placed in Dr. Beahan's hospital, where
it was found necessary to amputate the limb six inches below the knee.
Though 64 years of age, he rallied from the operation and is doing well.
From Ontario County Journal 22 July 1898
Naples, N. Y. - A pension of $12 per month, with $2 additional for
child, has been granted to Mrs. Ruth Wilson, widow of the late
From Ontario County Journal 29 July 1898
Rushville, N. Y. - A party of "bachelor maids" will occupy the
Priest cottage at Cottage City next week. Some of the number are Carrie
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Wednesday afternoon, as Mr. and Mrs.
George Chapman were driving from their home near Rushville towards
Reed's Corners, the horse became frightened at a bicycle and ran for
one and a half miles, then overturned the carriage, throwing Mr. and
Mrs. Chapman violently to the ground, breaking Mrs. Chapman's arm,
besides severely bruising Mr. Chapman and wrecking the carriage.
The following young ladies will take possession of Sycamore Lodge on
Monday for two weeks: Misses Emily G. Willys, Ora Vandenbergh,
Carrie Riker and Fannie Pitts of Canandaigua; Louise
Hobart and Florence Worrello of East Bloomfield; Mary
and Myra Vielle, and Edna and Helen Gale, of
From Ontario County Journal 19 August 1898
Honeoye, N. Y. - Daniel Short celebrated his seventy-fifth
birthday on Aug. 16 by visiting his diminutive grandson in Rochester.
Naples, N. Y. - A dozen young people are at the Parrish
cottage, Hicks Point, this week, chaperoned by Misses Kate LeValley
and C. Watkins. They are J. C. Morgan, Jr., S. A.
Story, Beach Clarke, Herbert Beers, George Tobey, Rob Knapp; Misses
Lottie Van Housen, Pearl Buck, Laura Clarke, Katherine James,
May Knapp, Rose Eichberger.
From Ontario County Journal 26 August 1898
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The Misses Lena and Eleanor
Klinefeller, Mabel Mitchell, Ada Washburn, Fannie Thompson, Bertha
Santry, and the Messrs. Harry Marshall, Charles Thompson, Fred
Fisher, Wm. Town, Frank Reynolds and Orlen Sangster will
leave for a week's stay at Ontario Beach next Saturday morning.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The fourth annual Wheeler picnic
Robert H. Wheeler's on Saturday. Nearly two
hundred guests were present, coming from several adjoining towns.
Croquet was played by the older ones, while the children enjoyed the
hammocks. At 1 o'clock dinner was served after which the following
committees for 1899 were elected: President, Robert H. Wheeler;
committee on location, R. M. Lee, Mrs. Lewis Sutherland, Orvil
Bentley; secretary and treasurer, Jesse Wheeler; refreshment
Mrs. W. E. Lee, Mrs. S. W. Wheeler, Mrs. H. E. Wheeler,
Mrs. H. G. Wheeler, Mrs. Geo. Wheeler. Dancing was enjoyed in a
large dance hall.
Rushville, N. Y. - This week another party went to Idlewild: Emmett,
and Fred Twitchel, Will Burnett, Jay Green, Wellington
Copping of Brockport; Charles Wood, Mr. Torrey and Miss
of Geneva; Miss Black, Flint Creek; Grace
Phillips, Penn Yan; Grace Moulton, Atlanta; Miss
Newman, Canandaigua; Mary Green and Mary Tiernay; chaperoned
Mrs. Mary Green.
From Geneva Gazette 26 August 1898
BASEBALL - A snappy game was played on the College campus last
between the YMCA and Moravia teams. The latter had for a battery
two Genevans -- Elger (Hobart) catcher and Chas. Folger
pitcher. Huff and Rogers respectively filled same
points for the local team. The weather was intensely hot
seriously affecting attendance.
Geneva's played the stronger game, but two errors being scored against
them. Moravia opened up with five runs in first inning while
Geneva in its turn was shut off with all bases filled. The latter
then settled down to steadier work. Eight visitors fanned out
before Rogers puzzling curves.
Earned runs Geneva 2; two base hits, Harman 2; Brennan; three base
hits, Harman, Brennan, McKirby, Stillman; first base on balls, off Rogers 2, off Folger 8; stolen bases, Hoff, Slosson,
Carr, Elger, Crane, McElroy; struck out by Rogers 3, by Folger 6; double play Carr to McElroy to Stanford; triple
play, Hoff to Morrison to Harman to Slosson; passed ball, Hoff.
From Ontario County Journal 2 September 1898
Phelps, N. Y. - Frank Overslaugh, Jr., of this town, fell from a
tree overhanging the banks of the outlet one day last week, and broke
one of his arms near the shoulder. He was in company with some
companions fishing and climbed the tree to see the others fish for
awhile. He accidentally fell to the rocks, some twenty feet below,
before falling into the water. Drs. Vanderhoof and Burt attended the
young man and dressed the injured arm.
From Ontario County Journal 9 September 1898
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Benjamin Shaddock, with her little
son, Fred, was driving to Lima last Thursday. While going down the
Courneen hill, the horse became unmanageable, throwing them out,
breaking Mrs. Shaddock's shoulder blade and spraining one arm badly.
On Monday, while bicycling at Clifton Springs, Miss Francis Cavan, of
From Ontario County Journal 16 September 1898
Naples, N. Y. - Max. Brinkard, teamster for J. H. Loveland, was
to the other
was cut and mangled terribly, but he was drawn off before a fatal depth
was reached. Had not help been close at hand, his body would have been
severed in a moment. As it was, he will probably recover.
Phelps, N. Y. - John D. Holmes, a son of Mrs. Ada Holmes of
this village, a veteran of the 12th Regulars, who has been away from
home for the past eleven years, returned home last Saturday. He was at
the front and, having received an honorable discharge, will remain at
home for the present.
From Ontario County Journal 30 September 1898
Notice of the granting of the following pension claims has just
been received from the department by Attorney Charles B. Lapham: Sibley
Esq., of Cheshire, an increase from $8 to $10 per month; Amos
of Cheshire, a renewal and increase from $2 to $6 per month;
Jehiel W. Landphier of Victor, an original pension of $12 per
From Geneva Gazette 7 October 1898
Wm. H. Riley, residence 115 Lewis street, an employee at the
Patent Cereal works, suffered a painful accident last week at that
establishment. His left hand got caught between two cog wheels
and was terribly lacerated. He was attended by Drs. Strong and
Rupert who applied soothing lotions and bandaged the hand which Mr.
Riley carries in a sling. He may lose two or three fingers.
He is out on the street.
Charles H. Sweeney proved himself a hero yesterday while walking
down William street, early in the morning he saw a horse attached to a
buggy dashing down the street. A woman was seated in the vehicle,
and appeared to be in great danger. Without hesitation young Sweeney
sprang for the horse and caught the bridle. The horse dragged
Sweeney some 50 feet before he
From Ontario County Journal 7 October 1898
The neighbors and friends of Mrs. Lucina Marsh, nee
Sutton, of West Hollow, gave her a genuine surprise on Sept. 30, it
being her 82d birthday. She is the only surviving daughter of John
Sutton. She has a brother, George W. Sutton of Hornellsville,
who was present. Many friendly greetings were exchanged and a pleasant
afternoon was spent.
From Geneva Gazette 21 October 1898
Mrs. W. C. Barrel and Mrs. Charles Smith, sisters of
Clifton Springs, were stricken down with typhoid fever at the same time
within a few days past.
From Ontario County Journal 21 October 1898
Late Tuesday afternoon, John Matrailles, a farmer residing
near McMillan's Corners, on the north road to East Bloomfield, drove a
horse attached to a top carriage to the home of Jacob Deer, who
Yesterday, Fred Rice, of Seneca Castle, came to Canandaigua
for the first time in two years. When ready to return home, he drove
his poor, blind horse up Main street on the wrong side of the railway
tracks. When opposite Coy street, Rice met one of William Spencer's
delivery teams, driven by Hiram Brown, and in attempting
to turn aside, Rice, so he says, pulled the wrong rein and ran into
Spencer's team, a thill penetrating one of Spencer's horses to the
depth of some inches. Rice spent a few minutes in the police station,
and on promising to pay for the damage to Spencer's horse as soon as
ascertained, he was allowed to return to Seneca Castle.
From Ontario County Journal 28 October 1898
Phelps, N. Y. - I. C. Stevens, the venerable townsman, passed his
92d birthday last Saturday. A few invited friends were present to
assist in celebrating the event. Mr. Stevens is still able to be out on
the street every day, and retains his mental faculties to a remarkable
degree. Mrs. Maria Richmond, 94 years of age, an old friend of
Mr. Stevens, was present, and enjoyed the occasion as well as any of
the younger ones. Norman Rockefeller, another prominent
resident of this town, passed his 81st birthday the first of the week.
From Ontario County Journal 11 November 1898
The venerable townsman, Theodore Crosby, celebrated his
96th birthday on Monday, and on Tuesday voted for the seventy-fifth
From Ontario County Journal 25 November 1898
Bristol, N. Y. - On Thursday, Nov. 17, occurred the birthdays of Mrs.
and Mrs. Mary E. Newton, aged respectfully
89 and 78 years. Dr. and Mrs. W. S. Hicks opened their house for the
annual birthday party, which was well attended by the nephews and
nieces, who always look out for the welfare of their favorite aunts.
From Geneva Gazette 2 December 1898
Mrs. James R. Smith, of Phelps, has recovered from the injuries
received by the cyclone, that killed her husband and demolished their
house in the eastern part of the town, and resumed housekeeping with
her children near their former home. About $300 besides clothing, etc.,
have been raised for them.
From Ontario County Journal 2 December 1898
Honeoye, N. Y. - Four bodies have lately been removed from the old
Pitts cemetery to Lake View, viz.: Mrs. Helen D. Swan, Mrs. Edward
Swan, the first, Miss Susan Swan and Edward Swan, Sr.
Few interments are now made in the old burial grounds; the cemetery
now being covered with a dense growth of underbrush, and that, with the
open graves where the bodies have been removed, make it anything but
desirable for a last resting place.
From Ontario County Journal 16 December 1898
Naples, N. Y. - Will Knapp, of this place, brakeman on the Lehigh
Valley railroad, will probably lose his second finger on the right
hand, which was fearfully crushed while uncoupling a car on Tuesday
evening at this station. This is his second experience of this kind.
From Geneva Gazette 23 December 1898
Mrs. Michael Brennan was suddenly taken with a fainting spell
while shopping Wednesday. As she entered Mills' crockery store, she
became unconscious and it was nearly twenty minutes before she
recovered. Dr. DeLaney happened to be passing the store and was
called in and prescribed for the patient.
From Ontario County Journal 23 December 1898
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Monday morning when John
O'Neil of the western part of the town was taking his daughter to
the train, his horse became unmanageable near the Tracy farm and
started to run, throwing Mr. O'Neil out of the cutter, but the horse
was stopped by Fred Page before any other damage was done. Mr.
O'Neil's face was badly cut. Mr. Page started to drive to the train.
When near Heber Wheeler's home, the horse again started to run
and Mr. Page did his best to hold it, but the bit broke and the horse
then took its own course. When near Bridgeland & Appleton's store,
the horse turned into the ditch and threw the occupants of the cutter
out, and the horse was caught by some men standing near by.
Naples, N. Y. - Teachers and students begin to arrive home for
the holidays. There are W. B. Thrall and Miss Wettling of
Henry Smith of Keuka college; Prof. A.
H. Watkins and wife of Atlanta High school; E. B. Pottle of
E. R. Clark of Williams; Martin Wettling of
Claverack; Miss Josephine Griswold of Canandaigua; Misses Laura
and Katherine James of Elmira college; Miss Mary
of Cleveland; Hugh Parrish of Ann Arbor; Principal
Leslie Case and several others.
From Ontario County Journal 30 December 1898
Last evening about 7:15, John McCarthy, a coupler in the
Central freight yards in this village, had his left arm badly crushed
between the shoulder and elbow while making a coupling. He was taken to
the Beahan hospital.
From Ontario County Journal 20 January 1899
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - About 40 guests attended the party given
in honor of Mrs. Hanna I. Beeman's 82d birthday, on Jan. 17,
at William Trickeys, and the occasion was enjoyed by all. Some
presents were given, and a bountiful dinner was served. A photograph
was taken of five of the older members of the party, viz: Mrs. Ann
Penoyer, Isaac Trembley, Mrs. Hannah Beeman, Mrs. Lydia Covel and A.
whose ages aggregate 412 years.
From Ontario County Journal 27 January 1899
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - A complete surprise was arranged and
carried into effect for Martin Rohlin on Saturday evening
last. The occasion being his 43d birthday. A goodly number of Mr.
Rohlin's neighbors were present and the time, until midnight, was spent
in games and music, and a part of the entertainment consisted of
picking ripe grapes from the vines, a rather unusual proceeding for
midwinter, but a fact nevertheless.
From Ontario County Journal 3 February 1899
Honeoye, N. Y. - As Andrew Boyd and his wife were
returning from Honeoye last Saturday afternoon, and were one mile out
of town, they were met by a man who was driving at a furious speed.
Boyd hastened to give him the whole of the road, but the man being
apparently well-filled with liquor, ran into the buggy, demolishing one
front wheel and nearly throwing Mrs. Boyd out on to the frozen ground.
Another vehicle was procured, the broken buggy laid up for repairs, and
Boyd drove off, swearing vengeance. The aggressor was said to be from
Hemlock, and he made himself scarce at once.
From Geneva Gazette 24 February 1899
Mrs. Marietta Chase, aged about 40 years, a former resident of
Phelps, appeared in that village Monday evening and evidenced by her
strange actions on the streets that she is insane. She was taken
into custody. A special commission duly appointed consisting of
Drs. Howe and Mudge adjudged her insane and turned her over to Poor
Master White who had her committed to Willard State Hospital.
From Geneva Gazette 10 March 1899
The heroic action of Michael Kelleher recently saved Thomas
the 7-year-old son of Mrs.
Michael Hawkins of Exchange street, from death by drowning.
The boy was playing about the cistern in front of the stables of
Kelleher & Malone, and in the
rear of the Hotel Carrollton. He raised the cistern cover to see
what was underneath, when his foot slipped and he fell in. A
chambermaid saw the accident and called Mr. Kelleher, who rushed to the
cistern and pulled the boy out.
From Ontario County Journal 10 March 1899
Recently, James A. Bishop, Jr., a Geneva sportsman, while
hunting ducks on the lake, shot a very strange looking bird, the like
of which was never before seen on the lakes in that region. The bird is
said to be a Japanese cormorant. In appearance it somewhat resembles a
crane. It has black plumage, very long neck, with head and beak very
much like that of an eagle. The legs, which are short and muscular,
web-footed and located well back on a long, narrow body.
From Ontario County Journal 17 March 1899
Naples, N. Y. - Silsbe Peck, a former resident of Naples, was
brought Tuesday by officer Pierce from his home in Scottsville to
answer to a charge made by his wife, whom he left here, of non-support.
He forsook this wife for the wife of another man. The matter was
settled by Peck's agreeing to pay $130 per year to his wife and the
costs of the action.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 23 March 1899
The attempted suicide of William H. Gatchel Tuesday morning
at his residence has thrown the town of Farmington into considerable
excitement. Mr. Gatchel was connected with the first families of the
town, his mother being a daughter of Welcome Herendeen, one of the
first settlers. The cause of Mr. Gatchell's attempt at his life was the
death of his sister, Mrs. Harriet Lawrence, who died Monday night. Mrs. Lawrence will be buried today.
Mr. Gatchel went to the barn at 9 o'clock and cut his throat with a
pocket knife, making two ragged wounds in the wind pipe. He lay on some
hay until about 10 o'clock, when he was found by his nephew, William
Lawrence. A note was found near by covered with blood, and it is
thought it was written after the rash deed was done. The note was
directed to his brother, Arthur Gatchel, and stated that he could not
bear to think of the old home their old homes being broken up, and as
he was getting old he thought it best to take his life and end all. An
operation will be performed today. Mr. Gatchel may recover, though
pneumonia is feared. Mr. Gatchel was born in Farmington seventy-five
From Ontario County Journal 7 April 1899
Phelps, N. Y. - The family of James Humphrey, comprising
the father, mother and daughter, Jennie, came very near being
asphyxiated with coal gas last Sunday night. Mr. Humphrey works in the
Nester malt house and has an alarm clock which awakens him at 5 o'clock
each morning. The family all sleep upstairs, and when the clock gave
the alarm at 5, he arose and began dressing himself. He had not
finished dressing when he pitched forward heavily onto the floor,
cutting a small gash near his left eye. He arose and got into a chair,
hardly realizing what was the matter. Meanwhile, the daughter and
mother, hearing Mr. Humphrey fall, had also arisen. The daughter at
once started down stairs to get some water for her father, but she was
in fully as bad a condition as he, and fell to the floor. She got up
and went a short distance and fell again, this time falling against a
glass door that opens onto the porch. Mrs. Humphrey was not affected
quite as much as the others, but was made sick to her stomach. The
windows and doors were thrown open wide when it was discovered what was
the trouble, which soon revived them all, but they did not get over the
effects of it until the next day. The cause of the trouble was found
that by some means the damper of the stove became closed, so that the
gas came out into the room, and had it not been for the timely alarm of
the clock, the whole family would have been entirely overcome by it.
A team of horses belonging to Thomas Shay made a lively run up
West Gibson street on Tuesday afternoon. When near the corner of Main
street, they struck an electric light pole and broke loose from the
wagon and each other, and continued to run down Main street, where they
were finally caught. One horse was slightly bruised, while the wagon
was badly broken. There were several narrow escapes from collisions.
From Ontario County Journal 14 April 1899
Naples, N. Y. - Will Parr came near losing his life Tuesday. A
horse which he was grooming kick him on the left jaw inflicting a
ghastly wound. Had the concussion been an inch higher on the face,
death would doubtless have ensued. As it is, he is in bad shape and
will be unable to resume labor for some weeks. The horse was one he has
had for many years and was a pet.
Phelps, N. Y. - James Fagner met with a serious accident last
Friday morning, whereby he lost two fingers of his left hand. He was at
work at a portable saw, which was cutting cord wood on the farm of John
They had but just begun work when his left hand came
in contact with the saw which was not properly guarded. The first and
third fingers were so badly cut that they had to be amputated.
From Ontario County Journal 21 April 1899
Yesterday morning, while H. C. Case and workmen were
engaged in moving the old Tousley house, that is being conveyed from
Gibson to Beal street, Michael Carey inadvertently stepped in
front of a moving roller of one of the trucks and the roller passed
over his right foot, terribly crushing it. Carey was removed to his
home on Phelps street where Drs. Beahan and McClellan were called. It
was at first thought that amputation would be necessary, but it was
decided to wait until today before deciding upon the amputation.
From Ontario County Journal 28 April 1899
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Quite a commotion took place on our
streets on Friday afternoon, which resulted in a runaway by a spirited
young horse driven by Miss Susie Wood, of West Bloomfield.
Miss Wood was making a call at the home of Mrs. Susan Hamlin, when
down the street. When near
the residence of L. H. Brunson, he was brought to a standstill
by striking a large tree, demolishing the carriage.
On Saturday, P. Kearney Wilson, an employee at the Lisk
Manufacturing works, had the second finger of his right hand smashed
between a set of rollers which he was operating. The physician found it
necessary to amputate the finger at the second joint.
On Saturday, while walking near his residence on Park street, Patrick
fell, breaking his right leg just below the knee. This
accident seems doubly unfortunate, as Mr. McCarthy was partially
paralyzed in both limbs, and was only able to walk about with the aid
Geneva Gazette 28 April 1899
The Bullet Went Wide - Tuesday night George Shaw accidentally
Mrs. Richard Toole. Both parties reside on West
Avenue. Shaw's wife is an invalid. Her repose was disturbed
by the barking of a neighbor's dog. Shaw, armed with a 32 caliber
revolver, went to the front door, drew a bead on the cur and fired.
His aim must have been very bad. The bullet went far above
its intended mark, crashed through a window of Toole's house and struck
Mrs. Toole's left hand, injuring two fingers. Dr. McKenzie was called
and dressed the wound. A warrant was sworn out and Shaw arrested
by officers Beals and Kinney. He had an examination Wednesday morning.
It was shown that the bullet passed between the second and third
fingers, causing only a slight flesh wound. Shaw was however
fined $10 for violation of the city ordinance prohibiting the discharge
of firearms within the
city limits. Mrs. Toole did not make a complaint against Shaw
whose wife is very ill of consumption.
From Geneva Gazette 12 May 1899
Information wanted of Anna Keightly, a girl about 14 years
of age, who left her home in this city about three weeks ago. Her
parents are very anxious about her. Send word to Mrs. H. C.
Smith, 24 Seymour Alley, Geneva. Exchanges please copy. The girl
has dark hair and eyes, is small for her age; wore a brown plaid dress
and light sacque, dark sailor hat trimmed with light ribbons; is
supposed to have with her a small yellow dog.
From Ontario County Journal 12 May 1899
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The rite of confirmation was conferred
upon the following at St. John's church last Sunday evening by Bishop
Walker: Inez Bunnel, Ina Redfield, Anna Paskett, Charles Buss,
Ralph E. Briggs, Glen Case.
From Geneva Gazette 19 May 1899
Michael Neary, who has been a resident of this city for the past
four years left last Tuesday evening for a visit to his old home in
Ireland. The night before his departure Neary celebrated and was
arrested by Officer McDonald. He resisted arrest, but was finally
taken before Captain Beales. The prisoner claimed he had lost
$140, and was released on bail to look for the money. He found it the
next day. When arraigned before Judge Wyckoff for intoxication,
he pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $3.
From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1899
A widow's pension of $8 per month was last week granted to Mrs.
Annie Robson of Phelps. A similar pension of $15 a month was
granted to Mrs. Mary E. Rogers of Seneca Castle.
On Saturday, James McCarthy, an employee of the Lisk
Manufacturing company, badly burned his left hand and arm. He was
leaning over a kettle of hot grease used in the factory, and his foot
slipped and he fell forward. In order to save himself, he threw out one
arm and it went into the hot grease nearly to his shoulder.
From Ontario County Journal 26 May 1899
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Last Friday, while on the top of a
seven-foot step ladder, Mrs. Charles Belden had the misfortune
to fall, the ladder giving way, and as she fell her head struck the
corner of a table. The shock was a bad one as well as the shaking up.
She was unable to leave her bed, but the doctor now says she will soon
be all right, as nothing serious has set in aside from the shock and
On Monday noon, Elmer Warren, an employee at the Lisk
Manufacturing works, stumbled in going out of a door of the factory and
fell, striking his left shoulder blade and breaking it. Warren was in
the battle of San Juan, and during one of the engagements was knocked
down and injured by a gun carriage, the same shoulder having been
Geneva Gazette 2 June 1899
Darwin Tyler of Naples captured last week a bald eagle which
measured seven feet from tip to tip. Taxidermist O. B. Hinckley
is mounting the bird.
John P. Spengle, of Hopewell Center, is the patentee of a new
mail-bag catcher and deliverer. The new invention is claimed to
be far superior to any similar device now in use for delivering mail
bags. It has been experimented with hundreds of times and never
has failed to perform its work. Mr. Spengle's invention will
doubtless come in use on all the great railroads of the country.
From Ontario County Journal 2 June 1899
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Harriet Wisewell, widow of the late Edwin J.
Wisewell, celebrated her 90th birthday on May 26. Her vigor is
remarkable. Her step is still elastic and her mind clear. She is the
mother of W. P. Wisewell and lives with him.
From Victor Herald 9 June 1899
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - John Mason, a well-known resident of
the town, had his left foot amputated above the ankle at the City
Hospital, last Thursday. He had been suffering with bone disease for
over a year, it first showing itself on the bottom of the large toe,
was taken off last winter, but was not sufficient to stay the disease,
which continued until the foot became involved and the last operation
decided upon. He stood the operation well, and is on the gain, as
That he may speedily recover is the wish of all who know him.
From Ontario County Journal 9 June 1899
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - A base ball club has been organized
under the management of Fred H. Hamlin, with he following
players: John Tamblyn, short stop; Frank Steele, first
Frank Boughton, second base; Fred Tamblyn, third
base; Will Butler, right field; David Donnelly, center
field; Thomas Norton, left field; Clyde Allen, catcher;
Chas. Murrell, pitcher. The first game will be played at the
new grounds in the French lot at the station on Saturday.
From Geneva Gazette 23 June 1899
St. Francis De Sales' Fair - Was prolonged until Monday night of
this week giving six evenings to the pleasing event, and interest was
maintained to the last -- in fact the greatest crowd of all marked
Monday night's attendance.
The principal prizes fell to the following lucky ones:
Door prize -- a grand piano, donated by J. W. Martin & Bro., to Mrs.
widow of John M. Page, of 26 William street.
A beautiful Diamond Ring voted to Miss Nellie Keenan, an
employee at Deegan's restaurant.
Lady's Bicycle to Miss Jennie Quinn of Geneva.
Gent's 'Cyle, won by John Kane of Phelps.
A beautiful Rug, won by Barney Mulholland.
A handsome silver watch won by Fannie Howe.
The barrel of flour fell to an East Buffalo man.
The numerous lesser prizes were widely and favorably distributed.
We do not vary our former estimate of total net receipts for the
six days (or rather evenings) at $6000, showing a most generous
From Ontario County Journal 23 June 1899
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Frank Powell, who was under arrest for
wife beating, was under bonds to appear before Justice Ricketson on
June 15, but failed to appear, leaving a well-known resident of this
place to pay the bond.
From Ontario County Journal 30 June 1899
Naples, N. Y. - Misses Mary Waddell, Edith Hosea, Bertha
Cleveland, Alice Lyon, Carrie Fribolin, Ethel Mahone, Jennie Howse,
Anna Hotchkiss of Naples, and Misses Badeau and Tourtelot
of Italy, are at Pariah's cabin, Hick's Point, this week,
chaperoned by Mrs. Hosea.
From Ontario County Journal 30 June 1899
The Hermitage will contain a merry house party from Saturday until
Tuesday. Mrs. Augusta H. Scofield will act as chaperone for
the following young people: Misses Harriet B. and Helen G.
Scofield, Julia C. Church, J. Laura Webb, Martha and Louise Howey, and
Mary B. Foster, of this village; and Miss Mary E. Temple of
C. C. Debenham of Penn Yan; W. R. Temple of
Seneca; Charles Parmele, Ray Church, Arthur L. Dugan, Lucius J.
Wilcox, W. L. Foster, Jr., and Harry L. Thompson, of this
The first annual reunion of the Elton family was held at the
home of Mrs. Emily Elton Middlebrook, two miles west of this
village, on Thursday, June 22. Guests were present from Rochester, West
Bloomfield, Marcellus, Williamson, Marion and Canandaigua. A sumptuous
repast was served in a large tent, after which the president, George
called for the literary feast. Several interesting letters
were read, among them one from James D. Reed, of Edinburgh,
Scotland. Appropriate speeches were made by James Elton and Charles
Little Leila Elton recited "Queries to Grandma,"
and Mrs. Laura Elton Tufts read an interesting paper on the
family history. Officers for another year were elected as follows:
President, James Elton of West Bloomfield; vice-presidents, Mrs.
of Rochester, Mrs. Jennie Parkhurst of
Canandaigua, and Mrs. Anna Hawley of Marion; recording
secretary, Mrs. Eva Radder of Marion; corresponding secretary,
Mrs. Minnie Elton of Williamson; treasurer, Fred
Middlebrook of Canandaigua. The reunion of 1900 will be held at
the residence of James Elton, West Bloomfield, on June 21.
From Geneva Gazette 7 July 1899
Harry Allen, of Geneva, was struck by a west bound train at
Syracuse Saturday evening. He was thrown about 30 feet and was
picked up and taken in the city ambulance to St. Joseph's hospital.
There it was found that Allen had suffered a fracture of the
lower left arm and a comminuted fracture of the lower left leg.
The leg may have to be amputated. He was walking on the
From Victor Herald 7 July 1899
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - A very happy event came off at the Buell
homestead last Thursday, June 29, when 68 direct descendants of Timothy
gathered there to commemorate the settling of their
forefather at the place, a hundred years before. He landed here from
Goshen, Conn., with his wife and six children, and the guests were
received on the spacious lawn and in the shade of trees that afforded
them shade in the long ago, by their host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Buell. The large house was appropriately and tastily
trimmed for the occasion and a room was devoted to the exhibition of
articles of wear, utensils and furniture and old tools. At one o'clock
a splendid lunch was served to all present, after which Mrs. Charles
Buell gave a very interesting family history, previous to its
here down to the present time, and also the history of the family from
the landing of their forefather, William Buell, at Nantucket,
May 30, 1650, in a company of Puritans from England under the
leadership of Rev. John Wareham.
From Ontario County Journal 7 July 1899
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - A pleasant family reunion was held at
the home of C. P. Wiggins last Sunday to celebrate his
mother's birthday. The guests present were: Frank Wiggins and
family, Avon; Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Johnson of Honeoye Falls; R.
wife and daughter.
From Phelps Citizen 20 July 1899
Melvin Hill - Clarence Salisbury injured his eye very seriously
last week. He struck a board with a hammer and a piece flew against his
eye knocking him down. It was feared his sight was injured as for
several days he could not see. He can now see a little and hopes to
soon recover his sight.
From Ontario County Journal 21 July 1899
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Early Sunday morning, as Mrs. J.
Beaden, mother of Andrew Beaden, attempted to get out of her bed,
she fell and sustained a severe fracture of the hip bone. Mrs. Beaden
has for some years been an invalid and much crippled. Her condition
would not warrant the setting of the break.
Wednesday evening, while engaged in a friendly scuffle in Boswell
& Eagan's cafe, Will O'Brien accidentally fell down the
stairway into the cellar. When picked up he was unconscious and
remained so for two hours. No bones were broken, but he was badly
shaken up and suffered internal injury. He is now confined to the bed.
From Geneva Gazette 28 July 1899
Struck by a
Train - Monday afternoon last Mr. Henry Glanville, aged
78 years, and residing at 88 Main street, was struck by the 3:42 New
York Central train as it approached
this station about 200 feet east of the depot. Mr. G. attempted
to cross the track in front of the approaching train. The
engineer realized danger to Mr. G., blew
his whistle, rang his bell and put on the emergency brakes --
all to no purpose except to slacken speed. Mr. Glanville was
struck and thrown outside the track. He was picked up by train hands,
brought to the station and from thence conveyed to his home. Surgical
attendance was secured, and upon examination, a deep scalp wound was
found and he was somewhat bruised about the
body. Mr. Glanville was born in Canada in 1821, and has passed
his 78th year. He is a widower although he has
been twice married. He has two sons and one daughter, two of whom
reside in this city.
From Victor Herald 28 July 1899
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Morris Sullivan, of this village, met
with a peculiar accident Wednesday. He is employed in Ayer's drug store
and while shaving ice the shaver slipped and struck a bottle of mineral
water standing near the cake. The concussion fractured the bottle,
which exploded and a piece of the glass struck him in the forehead,
inflicting a deep cut two inches long.
From Ontario County Journal 28 July 1899
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Wednesday afternoon, while at work in the
Judd, Leland & Stevens factory in this village, Henry Cooley had
was broken entirely off and
was so horribly mangled as to necessitate amputation way down into the
hand. This is particularly unfortunate as Mr. Cooley is left-handed.
The following party of young people, chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs.
William Stephenson of Farmington, returned on Monday from an
outing at Long View: Misses M. J. Baker, Lizzie Purdy, Lillian
Palmer, George Baker and Albert Purdy of Macedon; Miss
of Farmington; Miss Margaret Fisher of Palmyra,
and Edward Fisher of Rochester.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 29 July 1899
Thursday evening Mrs. William Namnek, who resides on Clifton
street, in Phelps, while attempting to lead a refractory calf, was
thrown to the ground breaking her left collar bone.
While adjusting a pulley at the Smith Bros. mill at Canandaigua, Jewett Canfield, an
employee, was thrown to the floor, some fifteen feet, by the breaking
of a scaffold. The ligaments of the under part of one of his feet was
severed. The injury is somewhat serious and liable to cause him trouble
for a long time.
From Geneva Gazette 4 August 1899
John E. Toole was arrested Sunday morning for intoxication and
attempting to break into the residence of Mr. S. K. Nester. On being
arraigned before Judge Wyckoff, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to
the Monroe County Penitentiary for three months.
From Ontario County Journal 4 August 1899
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. William Namack, who lives on Clifton street,
had the misfortune to break her left collar bone last Thursday, while
leading a refractory calf. It became unmanageable and threw her
violently to the ground, causing the accident, which will lay her up
for some time.
The Norton cottage at Cottage City is occupied this week by a party
of young people from East Bloomfield, chaperoned by Dr. and Mrs. B.
S. Partridge. Among them are Misses Clara Partridge, Frances
Hitchcock, Florence Page, Isabelle Norton and Frances Mason; and
Claude Ward, Elmer Ward, William Barks and Claude Burrett.
Miss Irene Swift entertained the following young people at
Fisher's grove during the week: Miss Susie Wood of West
Bloomfield; Misses Mae Arnold, Carrie Thurston, and Arlene
Parker, William Adams, Fred Tobey, Henry Arnold and Fred Spitz
of East Bloomfield; Charles Leland, Lee Leland and Frank
of Clifton Springs.
The following young ladies, chaperoned by Mrs. L. L. Derr, are
stopping at Sunnyside cottage, Sheffield's Point: Misses Gertrude
Derr, Althea Knapp, Irene Van Buren, Maude Sisco, Mary Knowles, Pauline
Heath, Eva Klinck, Grace Parkard, Mary Titus, Harriet Hall, M. Mertice
Knapp of Shortsville; Misses Mary and Josephine Jameson of
Helen Adams of
Yesterday an original pension of $6 per month was granted to Andrew
Campion of Geneva. The pension of George D. Fox, East
Bloomfield, was increased from $6 to $10, and the pension of $8 a month
to Sylvester H. Simpson of Victor was reissued.
From Geneva Gazette 11 August 1899
Walter Brockelbank, a well-known and highly respected farmer
living east of Canandaigua on the town line, was seriously and probably
fatally injured on Monday. He was engaged in
harvesting, when the team which he was driving became frightened
and ran away. Mr. Brockelbank was thrown under the machine and
horribly cut by the knives. His head was badly injured, the left
side deeply lacerated, and several ribs fractured. When found he
was in an unconscious condition, and at
last accounts so remained. His condition is considered critical.
accident happened in Geneva Wednesday evening to a horse belong to George
of Seneca Castle. Mr. Clice drove to Geneva to transact
some business and tied his horse to an iron hitching post on Castle
street. The animal reared on his haunches, landing on the
post to which it was tied. The post penetrated the abdomen of the
horse, making such a large gash that the intestines protruded. A
veterinary surgeon dressed and sewed up the wound. It is
thought now the horse will recover. It is valued at $125.
From Ontario County Journal 11 August 1899
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Adelbert Park and his daughter had a
narrow escape in a runaway on Saturday last. He was driving down the
Hall hill in the western part of the village, when some part of the
harness gave away, letting the buggy run on to the horse, which
commenced to kick and run. Mr. Park knowing he could not control it,
caught his child and jumped out, and was not injured. The horse ran
through a hedge and wire fence and into Stanley Chatt's back
yard and just escaped running over one of his little children. The
wagon was completely demolished.
From Geneva Gazette 18 August 1899
A Terrible Accident - Occurred at the factory of the Geneva
Preserving Co. yesterday forenoon. Charles, the
16-year-old son of Louis Madaio, the fruit vendor, was the
victim. He was, contrary to rules, essaying to shift a heavy
driving belt from a tight to a loose pulley while the machinery was in
motion. In some manner his left arm got caught between the belt
and shaft and it was instantly torn asunder at the wrist, and arm
crushed and lacerated up to his shoulder. Great excitement
followed among hundred or more employees, and one or more females
fainted at the terrible scene. An ambulance was quickly called
and the unconscious lad conveyed to the City Hospital,
where he received prompt surgical treatment. We learn from
the Hospital this morning that Dr. Skinner amputated the lacerated arm
yesterday; that the lad suffered no other broken bones, and that the
patient is doing nicely.
From Ontario County Journal 18 August 1899
Bristol Center, N. Y. - A very pleasant company assembled at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Wilder at Bristol Center, on
Saturday, August 12, the occasion being the celebration of Mr. Wilder's
seventy-third birthday. Mr. Wilder carries his seventy-three years
well, and few men enjoy better health and are able to do more work at
this advanced age than he. Among the guests were Rev. F. C. Freeman
and wife, of Frankfort, Mich.; William Wilder of
Coldwater, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Hobart and daughter,
Ruth, of Canandaigua; Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Seamans, Cyrello Seamans,
Miss May Seamans and Frank Seamans of Naples; Mr. and
Mrs. William Seamans and children of Cohocton; Mr. and Mrs.
Holbrook, daughter and son, and Miss Salisbury of
Rushville; Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Wood and Miss Millie
Phillips. The day was one long to be remembered, the hours passing
only too rapidly. As the sun hid himself behind the grand old hills,
the guests started for their homes, wishing Mr. and Mrs. Wilder many
pleasant returns of the day.
From Naples Record 23 August 1899
The ancestors of John Nash, of South Bristol, gathered at
the old homestead July 4 for their first reunion. There were present
three sons, five daughters, four sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, eight
grandchildren. The whole family was present except one son-in-law and
From Ontario County Journal 25 August 1899
The following party from Bristol has been occupying Klondyke
Cottage, chaperoned by Mrs. John Phillips: Misses Tillie
Johnson, Helen Insse, Nellie Baker, Nellie Goodale, Mary and Minnie
Andruss, Mrs. Kate Hathaway, Mrs. John Newton and Mrs. Ralph
Case of Bristol; Miss Edith Marble of South Bloomfield;
and Mrs. Cooley Fletcher of Cheshire.
From Ontario County Journal 1 September 1899
The annual reunion of the Wheeler family was held at John
last Saturday, and proved a very enjoyable event. The
weather was all that could be asked for and refreshments were served on
the lawn. At the business meeting, Spencer Short, of Richmond,
acted as chairman; John B. Wheeler was elected president; and J.
secretary; and the following committees were chosen:
location, H. E. Wheeler, Will Wheeler, Orville Bentley; refreshments,
Mrs. Will Doyle, Mrs. George Wheeler, Mrs. Addison Wheeler, Mrs.
Charles Green, Mrs. Albert Munson. A resolution was passed that
appropriate mention be made in the secretary's book of those who have
passed away during the past year. At the close of the business meeting,
Rodney Gooding took a picture of the company in a group. The
guests from out-of-town were: Mr. and Mrs. George Hagedorn,
the Misses Mae and Birdella Wheeler of Orleans county, Rodney
and sisters, Alma and Norma of Geneseo.
From Victor Herald 22 September 1899
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Hiram Steele, the oldest male resident of
this town, passed his ninety-third birthday, Wednesday, Sept. 13. With
increasing years he grows feebler, but his mind is as clear as when he
was a young man.
From Ontario County Journal 6 October 1899
Naples, N. Y. - George Morey, of the Naples News, cut himself on
Tuesday morning and is seriously injured. While splitting wood, his axe
caught on a clothesline and came down upon his head. He was unconscious
for an hour or two.
Patrick Caplise, an aged farmer residing near Reed Corners, was
badly injured one day last week. It was just noon and he was unhitching
his team from a drag preparatory to going to the house. As he was
unfastening the last tug an approaching carriage frightened the horses
and they started. Mr. Caplise was unable to get out of the way and drag
passed over him, injuring his knee severely and bruising his body.
From Victor Herald 13 October 1899
Farmington, N. Y. - Edward Cotton, of this place, had an accident
which may result fatally, while painting at the house of Mrs. Pomeroy.
He was at the top of a 25-foot ladder, had just cleaned the eaves, and
was about to set his paint keg upon the roof, when he became
over-balanced and fell backwards. His feet went through the rounds of
the ladder, breaking his fall, but the ladder suddenly gave away,
precipitating him to the
ground. Dr. William Clapper was called and an examination showed that
his collar had been broken and the shoulder dislocated, besides some
From Ontario County Journal 20 October 1899
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. William Hill, wife of Deputy Sheriff
Hill, of this town, met with a severe accident on Wednesday evening.
She was driving out of the yard in front of Mrs. McKallor's, when in
some way the wagon was overturned and she was thrown out, dislocating
her hip. She was taken to the residence of George W. Hill, where she
was attended by Dr. C. A. Rowley and Dr. Carpenter, of Pittsford.
One day last week Frank Babcock, while engaged in his work
in the Northern Central yards, met with a painful accident. He opened
the door of a stove to look at the fire when the flame shot out and
enveloped his right arm. His hand was burned to a blister and has since
caused him much pain. He will be laid up for some time.
While fishing near Fisher Grove cabin the latter part of last week,
in company with a party of friends, Henry McNeilly, of
Bristol, narrowly escaped losing his life by drowning. He, with George
of Bristol, were engaged in drawing a set line when Mr.
McNeilly leaned too far over on one side of the boat. He was
precipitated into the water and it was after considerable effort only
that he was brought out. He was considerably exhausted and had taken a
large amount of water into his lungs, but by the application of
restoratives he soon fully recovered.
From Victor Herald 27 October 1899
Mrs. Cassius Aldrich was quite severely injured in a runaway
accident Tuesday. Mrs. Aldrich had been calling upon Mrs. S. J. Brooks
on Maple avenue and had left her horse hitched to the curb. Her little
granddaughter, aged four, sat in the carriage; when Mrs. Aldrich was
about to enter the vehicle, the horse started to run, throwing her to
the ground. The animal raced down the street with the child clinging
to the dash board until the bridge was reached, when it was stopped by
William Brown and Homer Snyder, who were working
Mrs. Aldrich was picked up and taken to Dr. Mead's office, where it was
found that the bones and ligaments of the right arm had been wrenched
twisted in a frightful manner, the elbow being dislocated and the
driven almost to the shoulder. After the injuries were dressed, Mrs.
was removed to her home and is now doing as well as could be expected.
child escaped without injury.
From Ontario County Journal 27 October 1899
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - While A. C. Arnold, who
resides about three miles southwest of this place, was on his way home
on Thursday night, his team ran away. While descending Steele hill, one
of the straps holding the neckyoke broke. This frightened the horses
and they started at a rapid pace down the hill. Just before reaching
the Bostwick hill, they suddenly turned to the left and ran into a
potato lot, a short distance from the road. There the pole of the wagon
came in contact with a large stone, and the horses stopped suddenly,
throwing Mr. Arnold out and inflicting quite painful injuries.
On Tuesday, Hugh McStravic, living east of the village on
the county house road, met with a painful accident. He was moving a
cook stove, with the assistance of some of his neighbors, and he was
supporting it on a wagon. In some way McStravic lost his grip on the
stove and it fell over, knocking him down. He was terribly injured
about the head. Four teeth were knocked out, and one ear, his chin and
forehead so cut as to require considerable sewing and court plaster. He
presented a sorry sight when Dr. Hawley had finished dressing the
wounds. The stove was completely wrecked.
From Ontario County Journal 3 November 1899
Reed's Corner, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Davis, aged
respectively 92 and 91 years, are making a visit at the home of their
son, Fayette Davis.
From Ontario County Journal 10 November 1899
Naples, N. Y. - Elmer Hinckley, of this village, lost one eye by
an accidental shot last week. He was visiting in Bergen and went
hunting with a friend, who fired at a bird. One shot struck a tree, and
glancing, hit Mr. Hinckle in the pupil of his left eye, destroying the
There lives down at Littleville, the place where Canandaigua's
electricity is made, a genius who is known far and wide among
musicians, but who is perhaps a stranger to most people in this
village. His name is Eugene Haggerty, and musicians say that
he can make a violin equal in real worth, in not in finish, to the best
the old country produces. Some of the best violinists in this
part of the country are using his instruments. S. V. Weller, leader
in the Smith opera house at Geneva, has just purchased
a violin of Mr. Haggerty which is probably one of the best he ever made.
From Geneva Gazette 17 November 1899
Saturday afternoon, Patrick McNearny, junior member of the
firm of McNearny Bros., blacksmiths on Lake street, had the misfortune
to have his nose broken by the kick of a horse which he was shoeing.
From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1899
On Saturday, George Brundage, an employee at the Lisk
works crushed his left fore finger in one of the presses, and it was
necessary to amputate the finger at the first joint.
From Ontario County Journal 1 December 1899
On Monday, George D. Baggerly, of Gibson street, fell from
a barn at Chapinville, which he was tearing down, and was badly hurt
upon the side and back. The distance Mr. Baggerly fell was about ten
feet. While his injuries are not thought to be serious, yet he will be
confined to the house for some time.
From Ontario County Journal 8 December 1899
Phelps, N. Y. - Master George Walthart came near having one of his
legs broken last Saturday while playing foot ball. The limb was
strained and bruised and will disable him for some time. He belongs to
one of the junior teams here, and the accident occurred while engaged
in a friendly game with another junior club.
From Geneva Gazette 29 December 1899
A stabbing affray occurred last Thursday night at the corner of Wadsworth & Middle streets. The assailant was Nicholas Cobolo, an Italian; the victim Patrick Lyons. The
wound is not considered dangerous. Cobolo was arrested the same night
at his lodgings, arraigned before police justice Wyckoff, and
upon examination held for the grand jury.
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