From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 4 January 1900
A general mixup of men, horses and cutters occurred at West Bloomfield New Year's afternoon. John Doolan was exercising James Kennedy's
fast horse, Narraganset, and coming down South Avenue, some part of the
harness gave away and the horse started on a run. Doolan lost control
and the cutter capsized, throwing him out. The horse continued up Main
street on a dead run until opposite Leech & Co.'s store, where
several teams were hitched, then turned directly in among them. The
animal collided with M. D. Bancroft's spirited horse, and over
went both horses and cutters, and two or three men who were standing
near. Several men in the store rushed to and secured the horses before
they could get on their feet again. The net result was several men
somewhat bruised, two badly broken Portland cutters, and two sets of
badly dislocated harness.
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - What might have been a more serious
accident was narrowly averted at Holcomb on Monday morning. John
Phillips and his mother started for Bristol. In turning the corner
by the saloon, their horse became frightened and started to run,
overturning the cutter and throwing the occupants out. Mr. Phillips was
thrown under a freight car and Mrs. Phillips' foot was caught in the
cutter and she was dragged some distance. The horse was caught just in
time to prevent any further injury to Mrs. Phillips.
From Ontario County Journal 12 January 1900
Last Saturday Max Thaler, who lives on White street, was
driving on Parish street, when his horse became frightened and
attempted to run away. Thaler hung to the reins, and the animal reduced
its surplus ambition by reducing the cutter to kindling wood. Thaler
was dragged some distance but was not seriously hurt.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1900
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Wendell T. Wood met with
quite a serious accident on Monday on their way home from Geneseo,
where they had been to spend Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bonner.
When some distance east of the village, and driving rapidly, the cutter
struck a stone and threw Mr. and Mrs. Wood and their children onto the
ground. Mr. Wood, as they were going over, spoke to the horses and they
did not run. A party coming to their rescue, Mr. Wood was picked up
unconscious and the ligaments of Mrs. Wood's wrist were badly torn and
she was otherwise uninjured. The children
fortunately were not injured. They were carried back to Mr. Bonner's
hotel and Mr. Wood's wounds were dressed, several stitches being
required. Mr. Wood was unconscious several hours, but is now improving.
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. John Perry met with quite a
serious accident on Saturday while on her way to Pittsford to visit
friends. When nearing the town her horse became frightened at some boys
sliding down hill near the road, and started kicking and running.
Realizing that she could not control the horse, Mrs. Perry reined him
into a fence, which he at once cleared and landed in a bush pile on the
opposite side, throwing Mrs. Perry out, striking on her head and
shoulders. Parties who saw the runaway went to her assistance and
caught the horse. Realizing her condition, Mrs. Perry hired a young man
to come home with her, but on her arrival she fainted away, and Dr.
Harry Benham of Honeoye Falls was called. He found no bones broken, but
was fearful Mrs. Perry might have suffered from internal injuries. At
last reports she was resting comfortably.
From Geneva Gazette 9 February 1900
The Canandaigua Times of this week chronicled an unusual
number of deaths of elderly people -- included are:
Andrew Van Wie, Cheshire - aged 75
James Wilkie, Geneva (formerly) - aged 73
Henry McDonald, Geneva (formerly) - aged 73
Aaron Black, Seneca - about 90
Peter York, Geneva - 90
S. E. Norton, Phelps - about 83
M. D. Milliken, Clarendon - 94
From Geneva Gazette 9 February 1900
Dennis F. Murphy, a
well-known young business man in this city, went to
his room at his home, 290 North street, last Sunday afternoon, to take
a nap. His nephew, a 5-year-old son of John Murphy, entered
drawer was a
loaded revolver, which the boy found. Mr. Murphy was dimly
conscious of the boy's presence, but was too sleepy to note what the
youngster was doing. The boy lifted the revolver from the drawer,
looked around and pulled the trigger. There was a loud report,
the boy fell from the chair on which he was standing to the floor and
began to scream. Mr. Murphy sprang from the bed and lifted the boy in
his arms. Despite his screams the boy was not hurt.
From Geneva Gazette 16 February 1900
Patrick Keleher, a blacksmith, employed at Philips & Clark's
Stone Works, is
reported very dangerously ill of pneumonia at his residence on Center
street. He was a gallant soldier in the
civil war, was wounded, and richly deserves the pension he receives
from the government.
From Ontario County Journal 16 February 1900
Naples, N. Y. - Sterne H. Lyon was the victim of an accident last
week, narrowly escaping death. He was felling trees in the woods and
trying to dislodge one that had caught on another, when a large limb
fell upon him. His right arm was broken and his left leg severely
From Geneva Gazette 23
A PHELPS SOLDIER GOES INSANE - Mrs. John H. Holmes, a Phelps
widow, has been informed that her son, John, a soldier of the
regular army, has gone insane in the Philippines. He is a brother
of Mrs. William Wilcox of No. 128 Lewis street this city. Mr.
Holmes was attached to headquarters staff of the 12th infantry.
He served with his regiment throughout the Cuban war and
accompanied it to the Philippines. It would seem that owing to
climatic changes and other adverse conditions, the gallant soldier
has lost his mind. He recently arrived at San Francisco with
a large number of sick and disabled comrades and from thence was
forwarded to the insane asylum at Washington. It is most
for his own sake and that of afflicted relatives, he will soon be
to mental and physical health.
From Geneva Gazette 9 March 1900
George Dorsey, found guilty in court of sessions at Canandaigua of
setting fire to the house in which his estranged wife and her children
lived, North Main street, this city, will be sentenced this morning.
The crime of which he was convicted is arson in the third degree.
From Ontario County Journal 23 March 1900
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Saturday morning, about seven o'clock, it
was discovered that Amos J. Grant, night operator at the
Lehigh station, had tried to commit suicide by shooting. He was
conscious when found, and when questioned, stated he had been ill for
some time and not able to sleep and he only regretted he had not made a
good job of the shooting. The bullet passed entirely through his head,
but not out. At first, serious doubts were entertained for his
recovery, but the doctors now think he will pull through all right.
Grant is about twenty-one years of age, and of a fine family who reside
in Stanley. He is an exceedingly bright fellow and the affair is
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Nancy Pierce, wife of the late E. C.
Pierce, of this village, while visiting at Syracuse, met with a serious
accident a short time since by slipping on the icy sidewalk. She fell
quite heavily, fracturing one of her hips. She was conveyed to the
Homeopathic hospital in that city.
From Geneva Gazette 23 March 1900
John E. Murray, a well-known ball player of this city, signed a
three-year contract with the Wheeling, W. Va., team some weeks ago.
He has been ordered to report for duty at Wheeling not later than
April 13. Mr. Murray has played on several teams in the State
League. Albany made him a flattering offer for this season, but
he decided in favor of Wheeling.
From Victor Herald 23 March 1900
Sunday night, before going to bed, Frank Hopkins, the
well-known representative of the Grand Union Tea Co., in this village,
turned the damper in the pipe, leading from his sitting room stove,
almost squarely across the pipe. He arose about six o'clock Monday
morning feeling very dizzy
and weak and, upon entering the sitting room, was overcome with the
coal gas fumes with which the room was filled. Before he could get to
doors or windows to admit fresh air, he succumbed to the gas and fell
a couch, unable to rise. He roused himself and attempted to call Mrs.
but she had arisen and been overcome by the gas while attempting to
the room. The youngest son, Allen, was finally awakened, and he
in opening doors and windows, after which the family soon recovered. It
was a narrow escape from death.
From Victor Herald 6 April 1900
George W. Ketchum met with an accident a few days ago, which
will probably prevent his taking a very active part in farm work this
spring. He had just finished milking a cow, when the the animal kicked,
striking him on the side of the knee and dislocating the joint. Drs. A.
M. Mead and C. O. Jackson were summoned and after considerable
difficulty reduced the dislocation, it requiring the strength of four
men to draw the injured member back into its proper position.
From Victor Herald 13 April 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Laura A. Butler, the oldest woman
in town, will be 96 years old, Friday, April 13th. She is quite feeble
and nearly sightless. She is the only survivor of seven pensioners of
war of 1812. Her husband, Joseph Butler, was a drummer in Capt. Adam's
company of riflemen, raised in the town of Bloomfield.
From Victor Herald 20 April 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last Friday, April 13th, Mrs. Laura
A. Butler celebrated her 96th birthday. She received calls from
many friends in the afternoon and all congratulated her upon the event.
The old lady
enjoyed their visit very much. She was the recipient of some
tokens of their regard which will materially help in her comfort.
From Ontario County Journal 20 April 1900
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Harley Brown has fallen heir to
$2000 by the death of her father in Edinburgh, Scotland.
From Ontario County Journal 27 April 1900
The first Canandaiguan to purchase a horseless carriage is F.
W. Kinde. Mr. Kinde's vehicle is a Stanhope model No. 2
locomobile, and the power is steam generated by gasoline. Mr. Kinde
appeared on the street with his "auto" for the first time yesterday
afternoon and monopolized the attention of everyone.
From Geneva Gazette 4 May
Clifton Springs has two new teachers engaged - Miss Grace A.
Gilliland in the Classical School and Miss Caroline Goetzman in
From Ontario County Journal 11 May 1900
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On Monday evening, Mrs. Sarah
VanDyne, mother of Frank VanDyne, had a serious accident.
Mrs. VanDyne attempted to light the gas, being alone in the house, and
in so doing, the table spread caught fire. In her endeavors to
extinguish the flames, her clothes were ignited. She succeeded in
smothering the flames somewhat, and went to the door and called to some
one who was passing. Everything was done for the unfortunate woman, but
it was found upon examination that the burns were of a very serious
nature, and the result is much feared. Mrs. VanDyne is 78 years old and
has made this village her home for a great many years.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Miss Mae Hill was seriously
injured on Friday afternoon by a fall from a bicycle. She was riding at
a moderate rate of speed, near the Carter Corners, on the Main road,
when the front wheel went into a rut, throwing her off. Help was near
at hand, and it was found that Miss Hill had sustained a fracture of
her leg. It was broken in such a way that one bone protruded through
the flesh. Miss Hill was taken to the home of Clinton Taylor, and Dr.
B. S. Partridge was called and reduced the fracture.
From Ontario County Journal 18 May 1900
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Henry Collins has been granted an increase
of pension from $6 per month to $8, with $160 back pay, which, in his
present condition, will be acceptable indeed as he has been unable to
do any work for more than two years, and was formerly a man of very
From Naples Record 23 May 1900
An Oaks Corners school teacher, Miss Mary Bond, is in trouble for flogging the 6-year old child of Charles Douglass. Miss Bond claims that the child committed an offense which could not be overlooked.
From Ontario County Journal 25 May 1900
Sunday evening a dog frightened a team of horses driven by Alanson Reed, aged
about 15 years, of Bristol, as he was driving over the iron outlet
bridge, east of the village. The horses became unmanageable and despite
the supreme efforts of himself and his sister, Marian, who was
riding with him, they dashed up the road toward the village. They
turned corners with terrible speed, the wagon on two wheels, and
onlookers expected to see the young drivers, both of whom were handling
the reins, dashed to the ground. The horses were kept in the road until
they were captured on Bristol street near Bemis street. The occupants
of the carriage were terribly frightened but were uninjured. Some
damage was done to the harness.
From Ontario County Journal 1 June 1900
The pupils of George W. Rankine gave a delightful musicale in the parlors of Mr. Rankine's home on Monday evening. The following young ladies took part: Misses Lovetta
Cappon, Helen Leighton, Anna Peel, Leon Nichols, Isabella Davidson,
Bertha Wheaton, Louise Donovan, Jennie Reifsteck, Ruth Scott, Anna
Quigley, Lizzie Turner, Josephine Scott, Bessie Dugan, Hattie Powelson,
Jennie Davidson, Christine Hirsch, Florence Hulse, Ida May Masseth and Miss Robinson.
From Naples News 7 June 1900
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Harrison Tuttle had the misfortune to saw his finger quite badly in the saw mill the other day. Mr. and Mrs. Schuyler Reed are both sick with la grippe.
From Ontario County Journal 8 June 1900
The following on the headstone of one of the early settlers, in the Parmely cemetery, near Edward Smyth's, is interesting: "Dea. James Parmely, died
July 9, 1842, in the 85th year of his age. Born in Killingsworth, Conn.
Nov. 19, 1757. An active patriot of the Revolution. An honest man and
devoted christian. Reader, may your last days be like this."
From Geneva Gazette 15 June 1900
Frank Phelps, a non-union
moulder employed at the Herendeen Works. got involved
in a fracas with two Union moulders last Saturday night and sustained
such severe injury that he was conveyed to the City Hospital for
treatment. The assailants ran as Chief Kane approached while the
combat was on. William Mahar and
Joseph Jones were subsequently arrested as the assailants,
had an examination in Police Court, and were held for the grand jury
on the charge of assault in the 2d degree.
From Ontario County Journal 15 June 1900
Gorham, N. Y. - A serious accident occurred early on Monday morning. As Miss Mary A. Love was
driving through Stanley, her horse became frightened at a nearby engine
and ran away, throwing her out and injuring her seriously. This is
particularly a very sad affair as the brother with whom she lives
suffered a stroke of paralysis on Saturday.
Manchester, N. Y. - William Deitz had an accident on Tuesday
morning in which he received some severe bruises. While he was
unhitching his horse on State street the animal became frightened and
unmanageable. While he was making an effort to regain control of the
horse, he was thrown to the ground with great violence and sustained
From Victor Herald 15 June 1900
Mertensia, N. Y. - The following young people of this place
witnessed the dedication of the Catholic church at Shortsville Sunday:
Misses Sara Lynaugh, Maria Ryan, Anna Ryan, Theresa Donnelly and
Kate Ryan; Messrs. Jno. Earley, Nathan Lynagh, James
Lynaugh, Ed. Ryan and Clayton Bortle.
From Ontario County Journal 15 June 1900
A team of horses attached to a lumber wagon and owned by Harry Van Voren, of
Gorham, became frightened at the cars when near the roundhouse on
Wednesday afternoon and started to run. Mr. Van Voren's son, who was in
the wagon, gathered up the reins to stop them when one of the reins
broke. The young man then jumped out and the horses ran up Ontario
street to Main street and continued to run until near Grieve's bakery,
when they turned onto the sidewalk and were brought to a standstill by W. N. Blanchard. There was little damage done to the wagon or harness.
From Ontario County Journal 29 June 1900
The pupils of Mrs. Julia Fox, assisted by Isaac Weisenbeck, gave a musicale at Mrs. Fox's home, Gibson street, on Wednesday afternoon. The pupils who played were Misses Charlotte Fox, Emma Monagle, Bertina Frye, Gracia O'Connor, Carolyn Sterling, Pauline Fox, Grace Beeman, Martha Hart and William McFarlane of this village; and Misses Maude Moodey, Minnie Hill and Harriett Rippey of Stanley.
From Geneva Gazette 6 July 1900
Robert Budd and two others were mowing away hay in Timothy
Hammerton's barn three miles east of Oaks Corners last Monday,
when Budd gave a yell and jumping from the mow exclaimed, "I've been
bitten by a snake." He rushed from the barn, got a shotgun and
shot and killed the snake. Budd is apprehensive of a fatal result
from the snake's bite.
From Geneva Gazette 6 July 1900
His Hand Shattered - Edward P. Broderick, a clerk at T. S. Kings,
had one hand terribly lacerated on the 4th by the premature explosion
of a cannon cracker which he held. He was conveyed to the City
Hospital where his injured hand was dressed and then he returned to his
home on William street.
13 July 1900
On July 4, Harry Squier, of Bristol street, while visiting
relatives in Buffalo, had his right hand badly burned and lacerated by
a giant firecracker. It was necessary to amputate the end of the first
finger, and also to take several stitches in the hand.
From Geneva Gazette 13 July 1900
Bicycle Accident - Sunday evening last a painful accident befel Mrs.
and Richard R. Leake, both of whom reside
at 258 Castle st. corner of Dorchester ave. They were coming down
Maxwell's hill awheel, Mrs. Hancock leading. The latter's foot
slipped from the pedal and she lost control of her wheel. After
wobbling for an instant, she was thrown from her wheel and fell
violently to the hard roadway. She was painfully bruised and
conveyed to the hospital in DeVanney & Fletcher's ambulance.
so close behind her that his wheel struck her's and he was violently
dismounted and received contusions of the hip and other bruises.
He was taken home and will be laid up for several days.
From Geneva Gazette 20 July 1900
Struck by Lightning - In addition to the damages reported
elsewhere in our columns during the past week by lightning, the
Canandaigua Times chronicles the following:
During the storm Wednesday afternoon, lightning struck the barn on the Frank
farm in the the town of Farmington, and it was
burned to the ground. Fifteen tons of hay and a quantity of farm
tools were burned. The loss is about $1600 - insurance $1200. Mr.
McKnutt and two of his men were in the barn when it was struck, and one
of them was knocked down but not seriously hurt.
The storm of Wednesday afternoon also resulted in the burning of the
barn on John Ringer's farm in Hopewell. The property
destroyed included a quantity of live stock and hay. The loss is
estimated at $2000, covered by insurance.
During the electric storm of Sunday morning, the barns on the Francis
farm near Flint Creek were struck by lightning and
burned. The loss is partially covered by insurance. During
the same storm, the large barns of Ira E. Lacy, in the town of
Gorham, were struck by lightning and destroyed. The fire occurred
at about 2 o'clock a.m. The buildings and contents were insured
in the Patron's Relief Association.
A group of buildings on Maple avenue, Victor, including a house, barn
and blacksmith shop, owned by E. E. Lovejoy, were burned last
Sunday morning, together with the saloon belonging to Frank
Underhill. By a singular fatality, a farmhouse belonging to
Mr. Lovejoy was struck by lightning a few days before the village fire,
fortunately causing small loss. Mr. Lovejoy carries no insurance.
Underhill's loss is full covered with a $500 policy.
From Ontario County Journal 20 July 1900
Victor, N. Y. - The Victor base ball team has organized with the following players: Pitcher, Charles Fisher; catcher, William Nash; 1st base, Tuthill G. Brown; 2d base, William Flynn; 3d base, Leon Brace; short stop, T. Quigley; center field, T. Driscoll; right field, F. Squires; left field, Henry Osborne; manager, T. Quigley.
From Geneva Gazette 3 August 1900
Mrs. Patrick Sparrow of this city claims that the man whose body
was recently found in Bear race at Waterloo was her husband who left
her about two years ago. He had two life insurance policies of
$1000 each. The coroner and undertaker under whose authority the
body was buried
last Saturday do not admit the woman's claim of relationship to
From Ontario County Journal 3 August 1900
Phelps, N. Y. - Nicholas Maddigan, a veteran of the civil
war, who received permanent injuries in the service, has just had his
pension raised from $6 to $12 per month and gets a back pension of $500
or more. Mr. Maddigan is unable to do any work on account of his
From Geneva Gazette 10 August 1900
Northern Phelps was visited by a
terrific tornado and rainstorm last Monday afternoon between
5 and 6 o'clock. The orchards of Frank Holbrook and
J. Goseline suffered heavily - trees uprooted and fences
From Ontario County Journal 10 August 1900
On Monday John Mosher, of Coy street, discovered that his wife had left town with one Sam Tones, a
neighbor. Mrs. Mosher left five children, the youngest 3 years old, and
Tones leaves a wife and one child. Mosher threats to commit suicide
resulted in his arrest on Wednesday night. He says he will forgive his
wife if she will come back. The whereabouts of the couple is unknown.
From Ontario County Chronicle 15 August 1900
Phelps, N. Y. - Sunday morning a horse belonging to Prof.
Henry Hopkins became frightened as he was being hitched to the
carriage and ran away. He came tearing down Main street at a terrible
rate and a number of people who at that time were returning from church
had narrow escapes from being run down of the crazy
animal. As he made the turn at Exchange street he lost his footing
and fell, but quickly regaining his feet, he continued on his mad
flight. At the driveway north of G. G. Hill's house on
Exchange street, he made another turn and dashed into a grape trellis
rear of Mrs. White's residence on Jay street. It was here that
he got tangled up among the vines and was thrown on his back, with
his hind feet through Mrs. White's kitchen window. After considerable
difficulty the horse was disengaged from the vines and taken to the
Phelps Hotel barns. He was cut considerably about the legs and body.
A report from Sodus states that Frank Lester, of Phelps, had a
narrow escape from drowning at that place last Saturday. He was in
bathing and was seized with cramps. Before going down the third time,
he was rescued and brought to camp. It was two hours before he
From Geneva Gazette 17 August 1900
Ed. Higgins of Geneva plead guilty in Justice Kuney's court at
Waterloo Monday to assault on Wm. Benus, street car conductor,
and was fined $25.
From Ontario County Journal 17 August 1900
The nineteenth annual reunion and picnic of the descendants of Jonathan J. and Lucy Case, of Bristol, will be held at Seneca Point tomorrow. At the last reunion, Andrew Pomroy of East Bloomfield was elected president, and Miss Effie Case of Bristol secretary. The committee appointed to arrange for the picnic tomorrow is composed of Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Case, Mr. and Mrs. Preston Case, Mr. and Mrs. George
Case, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Case, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Case, Mr. and Mrs.
George Ogden, Mr. and Mrs. John Gregg and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Pomroy.
From Ontario Chronicle 22 August 1900
Victor, N. Y. - The annual lawn party and picnic of St.
Patrick's Church, was held Wednesday. The races
and other sports began at two o'clock and all were closely contested.
The winners of prizes were as follows: three-mile bicycle race,
1st, Walter S. Mosher, Mertensia; 2nd, James Smith, East
Clifford Rose, Victor;
2nd, Daniel Enright, Mendon; standing broad jump, 1st, George
Canandaigua; putting the shot, 1st, Ellsworth Purdy,
Canandaigua; 2d, Walter Lapham, Mertensia; pole vault,
1st, Frank A. Freeman, Victor; 2d, James Smith, East
Bloomfield; hop, skip and jump, 1st, George Brooks, Canandaigua;
William Chambers, Mendon; running broad jump, 1st, George
Brooks, Canandaigua; 2d, William ,Chamberlain Mendon;
kick, 1st, Owen Ryan, Mertensia; 2d, Walter J. Mosher, Mertensia;
single men, led by John Roach,
against a team of married men led by Michael D. Crowley. Dancing
the rear and lasted until
the next morning.
From Geneva Gazette 24 August 1900
Mrs. Mary McCarthy who resides at 185 Exchange street met with a
serious accident last Tuesday at her home. She fell through an
open trap door into the cellar beneath. She was terribly cut and
bruised in her face and on her head. By reason of her advanced
age, 80 years and upwards, fears are entertained that she may not
recover. She is the
widow of John McCarthy.
From Ontario County Journal 24 August 1900
Victor, N. Y. - Lucian Humphrey, of this village, had a
narrow escape from possible serious injury a few days ago. A neighbor
had volunteered his services to shoot a troublesome cat that was in Mr.
Humphrey's cellar, and was outside the cellar waiting for the cat to be
driven out by Mr. Humphrey. Just as Mr. Humphrey happened to come in
range, the gun was in some way discharged, and several of the shot
passed through his clothing, one grazing his ear. It has not been made
known whether or not the cat escaped with its life.
From Ontario County Journal 24 August 1900
The following young ladies from Naples, chaperoned by Mrs. Hattie Luther, will go to Glen cottage tomorrow for a week: Misses Martha and Harriette Knapp, Marie Griswold, Charlotte Semans, Edith Pierce, Blanche Barker, Alice Covel and Alice Ehle.
From Ontario County Journal 21 September 1900
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. John Perry is called a heroic
woman, and justly so, having had a desperate encounter with a chicken
thief. For sometime Mrs. Perry had been missing two and sometimes three
chickens a night, until about 30 had disappeared. Although she had
watched for the miscreant several times, her efforts were without
reward until Thursday night. About midnight she heard a disturbance in
the hen yard. Without calling her husband, or taking time to dress, she
hastened out. She saw the thief with two chickens in his hands opening
the gate. She confronted him and told him to drop her chickens. He
seemed as one dazed; as one before whom an apparition had appeared. He
stood and stared in the bright moonlight for an instant, then turning,
he tried to mount the fence. Mrs. Perry took hold of him and pulled him
down. A hand to hand conflict ensued in which Mrs. Perry fared badly.
Pulling one arm loose, the thief struck her a hard blow, breaking off
one tooth and cutting and bruising her face quite badly. Mrs. Perry's
cries of murder and help were heard by the neighbors, but they arrived
only in time to see the thief running in the distance. Mrs. Perry knows
who the guilty party is, and when she has recovered from the shock, she
will have pay for her chickens and her injuries.
From Geneva Gazette 21 September 1900
William Howe, Jr., 15 years old, son of William Howe of 20 North
avenue, and employee of the Empire State Can Works, was loading tin
cans on an elevator, Friday last, when his foot caught in the machine
and before it could be extricated his leg was crushed in a painful
manner. Several of the small bones of the leg were broken.
The boy was removed to his home and Dr. N. B. Covert was
summoned. The boy will
be confined to his bed for several weeks. Courier
From Geneva Daily Times 21 September 1900
While John Steck was walking up William street at 9 o'clock
last night, he heard the cries of a woman. He investigated and found
that the cries of distress issued from the road near Charles Coddington's
residence. Mr. Steck found Mrs. Coddington in a deep ditch. She said
she had started to call on a neighbor and had fallen into the ditch.
There were no lights. With the aid of three young men,
Steck extricated Mrs. Coddington from the ditch. The place is
considered a dangerous one. A city ordinance requires that all
excavations be marked by red lanterns, and no one seems able to explain
why it was not complied with in this case.
From Ontario County Chronicle 26 September 1900
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Asa Short, who lives northeast of this
village, while standing on a chair doing some
work, lost her balance and fell to the floor, which produced a
fractured hip. Mrs. Short is a lady nearly 70 years of age and such an
accident at this time in life will cause her many long weeks of
Saturday afternoon a team of horses owned by John O'Leary of
this village, ran away from Mr. O'Leary's farm in the eastern part of
the town. Reaching the corner of Tillotson and Pleasant
streets, they came in contact with a team and wagon owned by Frank
DeBow of East Bloomfield. The latter had but a few minutes before
unloaded some grain at Smith's mill, and was driving from the mill when
the collision occurred. The DeBow wagon was turned upside down with
Mr. DeBow under the wagon. Mr. DeBow was seriously injured, and was
taken to the Beahan hospital. An examination showed that his spine
was injured, a rib fractured and his head seriously cut. The O'Leary
team ran on to Mr. O'Leary's home without much injury to themselves. In
the flight of the DeBow team, they collided with the front veranda and
fence on the premises of Matthew Doyle, in Pleasant street,
a trail much like a cyclone.
From Ontario County Journal 28 September 1900
Phelps, N. Y. - Elliott Beach, a young man working for
Fridley Bros., while operating a circular saw Friday, had all of his
fingers of his left hand severed at the middle joint. The thumb was cut
through the bone. Dr. Vanderhoof amputated and dressed the injured
From Ontario County Journal 5 October 1900
While working in his corn field in the northern part of the village, on Tuesday, George H. Adams
a Spanish coin, bearing date of 1774. The coin is of silver, a little
larger than an American quarter, but much thinner. It is in perfect
condition which would lead to the conclusion that it had been hidden in the ground for more than a century.
From Ontario County Journal 12 October 1900
On Monday, William Montanye,
who lives near Cheshire, found
a coin about the size of a ten-cent piece on his farm. The only legible
word on it was "Carolus III," the Latin for "Charles III." The coin was
From Ontario County Journal 19 October 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Wade Black
was injured at the
warehouse of Isaac Norton on Tuesday afternoon. He had driven onto the
platform and was unloading apples when his horse took fright and
jumped, throwing him backwards with such force as to inflict an ugly cut on the back of his head. He was taken into the warehouse where he soon revived and was able to return to his home.
From Ontario County Chronicle 24 October 1900
Through their attorney, Charles B. Lapham, Esq., the following persons
of Ontario county have been granted pension claims: Dora B. Hoyt, widow
Charles S. Hoyt, surgeon of the 126th Regiment, N. Y.
Infantry, $8 per month; Marietta C. Stevenson, widow
of John Stevenson, Battery D, 3d Regiment N. Y. Light
$8 per month; James W. Allen, Co. G, 148th Regiment N. Y.
Infantry, $12 per month; Malachi T. Brown, deceased, Company
F., 1st Regiment N. Y. Engineers, $12 per month, payable to Mary H.
From Geneva Gazette 2 November 1900
Last Tuesday a new fraternal organization was formed in this city
named the "Fraternal Order of Eagles." It has 36 members and is
officered as follows: Frank L. Shyne, past president; Daniel
president; P. F. C. Durkin, vice president; John
W. Reddy, chaplain; F. G. Seibel, secretary; John E.
Gibson, conductor; W. E. Loftus, inside guard; James
Higgins, Jrs., outside guard; James F. Carney, Henry M. Schenck
and Fred Meehan, trustees; Dr. Charles D. McCarthy, physician.
From Ontario County Journal 2 November 1900
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On Saturday there occurred two accidents which might have resulted seriously. The first was participated in about noon by Harvey Souls and James Welsh. The young men were engaged in a good-natured bout, when Souls was thrown down and struck the walk forcibly on his head
and back. He was rendered unconscious and was taken into the Lindner
block, where he remained until late in the day. The second was a
runaway which occurred about 8 o'clock at night. The occupant of the
carriage was Frank Warner, of Manchester. His horse became
frightened and in turning the corner of Main and Pearl streets, came in
contact with the lamp post. The post came in between the wheel and
wagon box in such a way and with such force as to throw Mr. Warner
against the same cutting his head and face badly. One ear was almost
entirely severed. The horse escaped injury, but the wagon was quite
From Ontario Chronicle 7 November 1900
Manchester, N. Y. - A party of young men from this place will
start for the Adirondack Mountains on Wednesday, where
they will spend a week hunting deer. The party will be made up of the
following persons: Ezera G. Smith, Fred Willson, Stuart Bennett,
Whiting and E. J. Sheppard. The headquarters of the party
will be at Beaver River, where a party from here was last year,
three deer in one week.
From Ontario County Journal 9 November 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - As the result of the explosion of a gun recently, Charles Shelman has
lost the sight of his right eye. Shelman was hunting in the woods on
the Burt farm in the northern part of the town, and his gun
accidentally exploded, the entire charge of powder entering his right
eye, destroying the sight. The other eye was burned as was also his
Victor, N. Y. - An affray occurred in this village on election night which caused considerable excitement. John Rafferty engaged in an altercation with George Underhill and Edward Monks, with
the result that, so Rafferty alleges, he was badly beaten with a brick
in the hands of one of the other parties. Officer Concannon arrested the trio. As the officer was leading Rafferty to the office of Dr. C. O. Jackson, who dressed his injuries, M. D. Crowley, with
whom it is said Rafferty had some words earlier in the evening, stepped
out of a stairway and struck him a violent blow. Concannon placed
Crowley under arrest. After Rafferty's injuries, which proved to be all
right, had been attended to, the four were arraigned before Justice
Theodore M. Norton. Crowley, Monks and Underhill gave bail to appear
for trial on Saturday. In default of bail, Rafferty was sent to jail to
await trial at the same time.
From Ontario County Journal 16 November 1900
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Fred Nudd was seriously injured on
Saturday afternoon and he will be confined to the house for some weeks.
While assisting his brother, Sidney, in unloading a barrel of cider,
his foot slipped and the barrel slid off the board and struck his leg, breaking it between the knee and the hip. Dr. S. R. Wheeler was called and reduced the fracture.
Victor, N. Y. - Barney Murphy, engineer in the Locke
Insulator works, met with an accident a few days since that nearly
resulted fatally. He was returning to his work at noon when in some say
he slipped, twisting his ankle in such a way as to rupture an artery.
By a desperate effort, he reached the factory where help was given him
and a physician summoned, but not before he had lost a large quantity
Yesterday afternoon Samuel Johnson, a farmer living near East
Bloomfield, fell from his wagon at the corner of Chapin and Garden
streets, and struck heavily upon his head on the pavement. A wound near
the eye bled profusely and he appeared to have suffered a slight
concussion of the brain. He was carried into the house of George
Randall where Dr. O. J. Hallenbeck attended him. Later his relatives
cared for him. His horses ran on, evidently homeward bound.
From Geneva Gazette 23 November 1900
Thursday night, while Hiram Wilbur, who lives with his two
sons at Phelps, was sitting by the stove, a kerosene lamp on a table
behind him exploded. The burning oil fell on his back, setting
fire to his clothes. The boys, aged 12 and 14 respectively,
immediately tore off the clothing and saved their father from a
horrible death. His back and side was severely burned. In
the meantime the fire had become well started among the furniture and
flooring. This the boys subdued with
pails of water.
From Ontario County Journal 23 November 1900
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Charles H. Bowerman met with a painful
accident on Friday. As she was descending the cellar stairs, she in
some way slipped and fell to the cellar floor. She was alone at the
time and lay in a half conscious condition for some time before before
she was able to make her way to the upper room. She was considerably
shocked by the fall and her ankle was badly sprained.
From Ontario County Chronicle 28 November 1900
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Spencer F. Lincoln has recently
purchased an old-fashioned, tall, wooden clock, which is valuable
not only as an heirloom, but also on account of its value as a
The clock was brought to Seneca Point, from New England in 1793, by
Gamaliel Wilder, the first settler on that point, and a
of Mrs. Lincoln. It is seven feet in height with wooden works, and
perfect time after being in constant use for 143 years.
From Geneva Gazette 14 December 1900
Thomas Bowen, a painter by trade and a
veteran of the civil war, has been missing for several days.
The last seen of him was in Joe DeWitt's saloon, south Exchange
street. He is a married man, but his wife and two daughters
reside in Rochester. He is a good-natured, inoffensive man and a
good workman. He may have gone to the Soldier's Home at Bath.
From Ontario County Journal 21 December 1900
Canadice, N. Y. - Jay Allen, of the standing army, stationed
at Oswego, spent last week with his brother and sister in this place. A
number of his friends gave him a surprise party at the home of his
brother, Cyrus, on Thursday evening.
From Victor Herald 21 December 1900
William Maltman had a narrow escape from serious injury Tuesday
evening. He was driving down Maple avenue toward the Lehigh tracks and
in some way came into collision with John Conway, who was
going the other way. Mr. Maltman was thrown from his carriage and the
horse, which had been headed almost due east by the force of the
collision, started up the Lehigh tracks. Coming into collision with a
semaphore pole, the animal turned down the steep embankment and was
there captured. It had suffered no very serious injury but the carriage
was badly wrecked. Mr. Maltman escaped injury by what seems to have
been almost a miracle.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The Catholic Mutual Benefit
the following officers at their last regular meeting:
|Spiritual adviser - Rev. P. A. Neville
President - David Condon
1st Vice-president - John Connelly
2d Vice-president - Timothy Brenan
Recording Secy - Peter Neenan
Treasurer - Michael Monahan
Asst. Secretary - Thomas Welch
Financial Secy - Ed. Neenan
Marshal - Thomas Purcell
Guard - Patrick Hilliard
Trustees - Thomas Welch,
M. McInerney, Peter Neenan
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 26 December 1900
Three ladies in Victor met with an accident Monday evening that resulted quite seriously for one of them. Mrs. Minnie B. Lusk, Miss Margaret Doyle and Miss Lizzie Doyle were
driving from Mrs. Lusk's farm into the village at about 7 o'clock. The
night was very dark and just before reaching the New York Central
tracks, Mrs. Lusk, who was driving, attempted to pass a team in front.
Just at this point is a high embankment, and, in endeavoring to pass,
the horse, carriage and occupants were all precipitated down the bank,
landing on a stone pile at the bottom. Some men coming along at that
time assisted the ladies in disentangling themselves from the wreckage,
and securing another conveyance, carried them to the village where they
were attended by Dr. C. O. Jackson. All were considerably shaken up and
bruised, and it was found upon examination that Miss Margaret Doyle's
arm was broken at the wrist. The horse was uninjured, but the carriage
was badly wrecked.
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