From Ontario County Journal 2 January 1903
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Saturday afternoon, while Robert Bigham was
returning to his home from the funeral of Marshall Washburn, his cutter
struck bare ground, breaking the whiffletree. The horse, being
frightened, ran. Young Bigham held to the lines and was dragged some
distance before he succeeded in stopping the horse. He received some
small cuts and bruises on the face.
From Ontario County Journal 9 January 1903
Hopewell Center, N. Y. - Joseph R. Lockwood, who is 86 years of
age, has husked 256 bushels of corn this season, besides doing general
work about a farm. Mr. Lockwood is an example of thrift and temperance
to younger generations. He attributes his splendid physical
preservation to his being temperate, having never used liquor.
Albert Marshall met with a painful accident on Wednesday. He was
riding on a load of wood when a sudden lunge of the bob threw him to
the ground. Several ribs were fractured.
From Geneva Advertiser 13 January 1903
The officers of
the Geneva Chapter No. 83, order Eastern Star, will be installed
tonight. The following are the officers for 1903:
|Worthy Matron - Mrs. Matilda Chambers
Worthy Patron - Conrad Wehnes
Associate Matron - Mrs. Lunrette Vantassel
Conductress - Mrs. Emma Belding
Asso. Con. - Mrs. Wartler
Treasurer - Mrs. Anna Cook
Secretary - Mrs. Sarah Ripley
|Warder - Mrs. Edna Smith
Ada - Mrs. Belle Barth
Ruth - Mrs. Van
Esther - Mrs. Grace Lewellyn
Martha - Mrs. Catherine Edgerton
Electa - Mrs. Margaret Hofmann
Organist - Mrs.
Sara R. Parker
From Geneva Advertiser 13 January 1903
Mr. John Haas, whose home is on the Fort Hill road, has lived here
fifty years, and says that this is the first winter of good sleighing
that he has seen that the highways were not lined with teams drawing
logs to mill. The timber has disappeared along with our wheat and pork
markets. Still the Catchpole Brothers have their
yard nearly full of logs.
From Geneva Advertiser 13 January 1903
Geneva has quite a number of people who have passed beyond the age
of four score years, men and women, most of whom are still in very good
health. Among them we may mention William Smith, nearly 85, L.
L. Howe, S. W. Hopkins, Matthew Wilson, Mrs.
W. W. Hemiup, Mrs. E. Kent, Wm. E. Hayes, Hugh Dennison, Joseph
Robinson, John L. Rice, Matthew Middlewood, Wm. P. Harmon, and we
know that there are many others whose names we cannot recall just now.
Of all the men the above, Mr. Hayes is the only one born in Geneva. Of
all the men born in Geneva prior to the year 1838 and now living here,
there are just twelve, no more. Our out-of-town readers may be
interested in their names: W. E. Hayes, S. Southworth, J. Silas
King, Geo. W. Nicholas, Lyman R. Gray, John Gardner, Wm. Whitwell, Geo.
G. Codington, Chas. Kipp, H. D. Beach, Henry Bourn, Edgar Parker.
From Ontario County Chronicle 14 January 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - Cyrus Anderson was starting out to hunt
rabbits and stopped at Parsons' shop to get shaved, and as he had some
time to wait, he thought he would get his gun in shape for his hunting
expedition. The gun happened to be loaded with buckshot. As Anderson
was removing the last shell it discharged. The load just missed
Parsons' head and buried itself in a door.
From Phelps Citizen 15 January 1903
On Saturday, the 31st inst., Mrs. Milantha Marsh, of West
Main street, will celebrate her 91st birthday. Mrs. Marsh is not only
the oldest lady in town but bears the distinction of having resided in
the town for a much greater length of time than anyone else ever has.
She was born January 31, 1812, in a log house on Melvin Hill, and all
of her life has been spent in this vicinity. Her parents and
grandparents came from Conway, Mass., about 1799, and were among the
first white settlers here. Her grandfather, John Hall, was a sea
captain and after coming here cleared a tract of land at Unionville. An
uncle, Seth Swan, was killed at the battle of Bunker Hill.
Mrs. Marsh lost her father when 12 years old, his death being caused by
a kick from a horse. Her mother died 57 years ago, at the age of 75. In
1833 Mrs. Marsh was married to Samuel Marsh, whose death occurred about
25 years ago. The only associate of her youth now living is Mrs.
Theodore Swan, whose age is 87 years. Her children now living are Miss
Eugenia Marsh, Mrs. Hull, E. F. Marsh, E. O. Marsh and Mrs. Henry
Sweet. She also has 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Marsh is still very active and industrious and recently in one
week wove 22 yards of carpet. She also weaves pretty rugs and has been
engaged with this sort of work for over 80 years. She has her mother's
old loom which her brothers went into the woods and hewed out. On the
occasion of the services for the old people at the Presbyterian church
last fall, Mrs. Marsh attended and walked both ways to and from church.
It is to be hoped that her 91st and all succeeding birthdays will be
appropriately observed as certainly they should be after long years of
From Geneva Advertiser 20 January 1903
In our list of Geneva people aged more than eighty years, we last
week omitted some names. Among them are Mrs. E. S. Reed of
South Main street, Mr. Thomas Laws, and Ernest W. Fox. There
may be still others. We believe that Mr. Matthew Middlewood is
the oldest person, aged as we are told, about 90 or 91 years.
Edward Walthart, a trained male nurse, who used to live in
is now in Phelps, has been notified that he has been through will left
a large sum of money by Edward Bailey Buck,
a wealthy Baltimorean, whom he nursed at the Geneva Hygienic
Institute in 1895, and accompanied his patient home, nursing him there
until he died. Mr. Walthart will go south this
week to establish his identity.
From Ontario County Chronicle 21 January 1903
Shortsville, N. Y. - While at work at the Lawless Paper Company's
mill in this place on Wednesday afternoon, Ed Casby, a
Canandaiguan, aged about 18 years, fell through a chute and struck on
the hard floor three stories below with terrific force, sustaining
injuries that have paralyzed him from his hips down and may be serious
and permanent. His spine is injured and his hips and legs, although no
bones were broken. Dr. H. C. Buell was called from Canandaigua and had
the patient removed to the Beahan Hospital at that place for treatment.
From Ontario County Chronicle 28 January 1903
The widow of Andrew Young, a former veteran of Cheshire,
has recently received $1160 back pension and $8 per month. Mrs. Young's
name was Mary Tobin and she is a cousin of Michael
From Ontario County Chronicle 28 January 1903
There was an unusual sensation in about the corridors of the county
jail on Saturday morning. It is doubtful if Sheriff Edmonston, Turnkey
Fish and Game Protector Wallace Reed ever flew around faster than they
did at that time. The excitement was due to the birth of an Italian
child. It appears early Saturday morning Mrs. Simone Matella of
Manchester appeared at the jail and asked to see her husband, who is
held at the jail awaiting the action of the grand jury on a charge of
having murderously assaulted a fellow countryman in Manchester several
weeks since. Mrs. Matella was ushered into the corridor where her
husband is and the two were left alone. In a few minutes the officials
mentioned heard a vigorous knocking on the door. It was quickly
discovered that the services of a physician were needed and a hurry up
call was sent to Dr. O. J. Hallenbeck and to the Beahan Hospital for a
nurse. Before the doctor arrived the cries of an infant rang through
the jail, notifying all that another representative of sunny Italy had
arrived in America.
From Victor Herald 30 January 1903
Mrs. Catherine Tallmadge of this village, was 83 years of age
yesterday. Mrs. Tallmadge is still able to do her own cooking, and is
quite active for one of her age.
From Victor Herald 6 February 1903
The 87th birthday of Alexander H. French was celebrated
Wednesday afternoon at his home in this village by a gathering of eight
gentlemen, beside the members of the family who helped to make this day
memorable. A fine repast was served at noon. Of the eight guests seated
at the table, four were 78 years of age. Including Mr. French the
average age of the nine gentlemen was over 80 years. Mr. French was the
oldest of the company. The ages and names of the guests are here given:
John Conover, 85; I. E. Humphrey, 84; Jabez
Wilder, 82; S. Sale, 78; John Olney, 78; Hiram
Sweezey, 78; J. G. Mead, 78, and Richard Cline, 72.
Much regret was expressed that D. Henry Osborne who recently
passed his 83d anniversary, was unable to be present. Truly such a
meeting is very rare indeed and Victor should be proud to recount its
occurrence. A fortunate feature of the day was the visit of Rev. Loren
Stiles who secured with his camera a group negative of the entire party.
From Ontario County Chronicle 11 February 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - Andrew Beden who resides in the eastern part
of this town, has in his possession several old curiosities, which have
been handed down through his family for over 120 years. They were
formerly owned by his great-grandfather, Caleb Hammond, who
located in this town about the year 1801, coming from Massachusetts,
where he resided a short distance from Boston. Among the most valuable
of Beden's curiosities is a yellow silk banner which was made in 1776,
a few months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The
banner proper is about two feet square and at the top appears the face
of George Washington, worked in black silk. On the right of this and a
little below, so as to form a circle, is the face of Thomas Jefferson,
and on the left of the circle formed appears the face of John Adams.
The circle is then completed by the original thirteen states of which
New Hampshire is first, followed by Massachusetts, Rhode Island,
Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland,
Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, which complete a
circle about a foot in diameter. Inside this circle is the Declaration
of Independence, worked in silk, with the names of the signers of the
same and directly above this are the words, "In Congress, July 4th,
1776," worked with large letters. Above the face of George Washington
is a large American eagle, encircled with stars and spears.
Mr. Beden also has an arithmetic which was completed in 1791, all of
which was written out with a pen made from a goose quill. The book
contains over 200 pages, and furnished a source of knowledge for
several generations. The problems in this book are more difficult than
in most of the textbooks of the present day, and many terms than used
are today unknown.
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Milantha Marsh celebrated her 91st
birthday anniversary last Saturday, January 31. On the day before Mrs.
Marsh demonstrated her ability to work by weaving six yards of carpet.
Phelps, N. Y. - William Shear had a narrow escape from a
frightful death Thursday night. Taking a lantern, he went to the
barnyard to look after the cattle. While there about three loads of
straw slid off the stack, striking the spot where Mr. Shear had stood
but a moment before. Had he been caught under the straw with a lighted
lantern, the result can readily be imagined.
From Geneva Advertiser 17 February 1903
While cutting meat last Friday in his market on Castle street, Lewis Fisher accidentally
cut his hand or arm, and not paying attention to it at the time, the
blood from the meat mixed with his own in the wound, resulting in a
severe case of blood poisoning which endangers his life, or what is
nearly as bad he may lose his arm. Dr. Skinner is attending him, and
doing all that he can to save life and limb. We never heard of such a
case here. Mr. Fisher is one of our oldest meat cutters, too, following
the trade of his father, who was in the old Fulton Market more than
fifty years ago.
From Geneva Advertiser 3 March 1903
In looking up the very aged people of Geneva, we quite overlooked Mrs.
Maria Rhodes of No. 26 William street, 92 years, and now the
oldest person in the city. She is in remarkably good health, is all
about the house, and has quite a good memory. Her maiden name was Reed,
a sister, we believe, of Dr. B. Reed, the dentist. Mrs. M.
N. Abby of Brooklyn, who is the sole survivor of the family of the
late Aaron Young, is aged 86 years. Hers is a memory for old
time events worth having. She was born and reared in Geneva.
Frank Pike was brought here from the eastern part of the state
to defend a suit brought by his wife, daughter of Mrs. Charles Alcock,
for non-support. Pike is traveling with a theatrical company, receiving
a wage of about $12 a week with his expenses to pay out of that. We do
not know what demand is made. His wife has been living with Mr. Pike's
people on Main street. Judge Wycoff advised that they get together and
settle their differences between them, avoiding the courts. This would
be the better plan.
From Geneva Advertiser 10 March 1903
We learn of another old citizen, probably the oldest in town, Mr. James Burrill of
Washington street. We are informed that he is in his 97th year. He does
not appear in the street at all and is quite infirm mentally and
physically. Although not born in Geneva, he is one of our oldest
From Ontario County Journal 13 March 1903
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Tuesday, Mrs. Adaline Rines was
happily surprised by a party of friends, the occasion being the 76th
anniversary of her birth. While Mrs. Rines was called into the parlor
to entertain some friends, others went to the dining room and set the
tables with delicious refreshments before Mrs. Rines was made aware
that her house had become invaded by friends. The combined ages of six
guests who were seated at the table with Mrs. Rines, were 589 years.
From Ontario County Chronicle 25 March 1903
While Mrs. Cyrus Newman, Wood street, was walking in her
bedroom Saturday evening, she fell and fractured her right leg, just
above the knee. Sunday morning the fracture was reduced by Dr. J. H.
Jewett, but owing to her advanced age, it is doubtful if she will ever
be able to walk without crutches. Mrs. Newman has been in feeble health
since the death of her husband about two years since. Although
suffering internally from the injury, Mrs. Newman pluckily refused to
take an anaesthetic while the doctor reduced the fracture.
From Victor Herald 17 April 1903
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Sunday, April 5, was the 84th anniversary
of the birth of Mrs. A. Olmstead, and her daughter, Mrs.
Agustus Wright, with whom she lives, planned a little surprise for
her. On Saturday, Mrs. Olmstead was invited to the home of her son,
George, where she remained over night and during her absence, Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Olmstead of Geneva; Mr. and Mrs. James Olmstead of Richmond,
and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Olmstead of East Bloomfield, had gathered at
the home, and were there to greet her Sunday when she returned. With
Mr. and Mrs. George Olmstead, this group included all of her children
and the day was a very happy one for Mrs. Olmstead. Mr. and Mrs. Wright
From Ontario County Chronicle 29 April 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - Edward Smith, a contractor of this village,
met with a peculiar accident here Thursday while engaged in repairing a
house belonging to a resident on State street. An old chimney was torn
down and a new one was being erected in its place, and Mr. Smith was on
the roof engaged in cutting some shingles from a piece of tin, when he
slipped and lost his balance and began to slide down the roof. He threw
up his hands to catch hold of something, his right hand holding a newly
cut shingle which came in contact with his ear and cut the lower half
free from his head, so that it only hung from the lobe, as clean as it
it had cut by a razor. Dr. Platt was at once called and it was found
necessary to take seven stitches to faster the ear back in position. It
is claimed by medical authorities that new tin is very poisonous and a
cut produced with it something very dangerous and apt to produce blood
poison, which makes Mr. Smith's friends somewhat anxious about the
From Ontario County Journal 1 May 1903
Gorham, N. Y. - An accident occurred at the gas well on Wednesday morning when Thomas McDonald became entangled in the rope and broke his leg. He was taken to his home at Hopewell in the afternoon.
From Ontario County Journal 15 May 1903
W. H. Stoutenberg, of Geneva, who recently purchased the steam yacht, "Fairy," from F. C. Smiley, had
an unfortunate experience on Tuesday, while preparing to take a party
out on the maiden trip. Mr. Stoutenberg was acting as engineer, and the
boat was about to sail, when, in tightening a leaky valve, the nut was
twisted off and steam poured out in great volumes, filling the boat and
frightening the passengers, who lost no time in climbing to the pier.
Mr. Stoutenberg was seriously burned on the lower part of his left arm
and also on one leg. Dr. H. C. Buell dressed the wounds.
From Geneva Advertiser 19 May 1903
John Alsop, one of the oldest employees at the optical works, last
Friday morning made a misstep and slipped on the grass, severely
wrenching his right leg near the knee. He has been laid up ever since.
It is very unfortunate as he never misses a day from his work, and
besides had very recently bought a nice home. We hope he may get around
in a few days.
From Ontario County Chronicle 20 May 1903
Shortsville, N. Y. - Fred Mink cut his hand 10 days ago. The cut
was not thought to be severe enough to be thought to be dangerous, but
in three days his arm swelled and in spite of the best care of Dr. J.
H. Pratt, who now has charge, there is great fear of serious
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Levi Case met with quite an accident
at the Durkee saw mill Thursday afternoon. He was carrying a plank
across the shop when one end came in contact with a rapidly turning
buzz saw, which threw him almost directly over the same. In falling he
came in contact with the saw several times, cutting gashes in his legs
and hands and bruising him badly about the face.
From Ontario County Journal 22 May 1903
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. John W. Porter celebrated her seventieth birthday on May 12. She received 22 letters from children and grandchildren.
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Marcus Wilson, of Vineland, N. J., said
to be one of the oldest living American authors, was formerly a
resident of this place, having lived on the farm now owned by Horace G. Peck. Mr. Wilson is 91 years old. He married a sister of Hon. David A. Pierpont, of this place.
From Geneva Advertiser 26 May 1903
Ira Manning and his wife were injured yesterday while riding. The
horse was turned too sharply and the fore wheel of the buggy was
broken, throwing them out. Mr. Manning suffered severe bruises about
the hip and his face was peeled. Mrs. Manning has a severely sprained
ankle. He clung to the lines, so that the horse did not run far.
From Ontario County Chronicle 3 June 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - George Hickmott, a man over 76 years of age,
fell from his wagon Tuesday and sustained a severe fracture of the
collar bone. Mr. Hickmott, who is a market gardener, had been to
Canandaigua with a load of truck and when about to enter his own yard
on returning, his horse jumped and turned short, throwing the old man
with such sad results.
Phelps, N. Y. - Amy, the 10-year-old daughter of Gilbert
Van Auken, of Phelps, met with a serious accident Wednesday
afternoon. She was on her way home from school, and along the road
found a torpedo such as is used by railroad men for signals. To see
what the effect would be the little miss placed the torpedo on a stone
and struck it with a hammer with sufficient force to cause it to
explode. The concussion was so great that the torpedo flew in all
directions, and most of the contents entered her flesh like so much
shot. A piece of tin cut a deep gash in her right leg, which bled
profusely. A physician was summoned and dressed the wound, but was
unable to extract but very little of the contents of the torpedo.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 June 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - John Curran, a farmer living two miles
northeast of this village, Saturday afternoon met with a serious and
painful accident which may cause him the loss of one or both of his
eyes. He was building a fence and in the construction a barb wire was
used for the top and was being fastened to the fence posts with
staples, which the builder thought were not heavy enough to secure the
wire. He was driving a wire nail into a post, and bending it around
when a blow caused the head to fly from a nail striking him in the
right eye, causing a complete rupture of the eyeball. Dr. Pratt was
summoned and acting on his advice last night he was conveyed to a
From Ontario County Journal 12 June 1903
On Saturday Herry Karkaletchy, employed at the Olympian store, had one foot badly mangled in the wheels of an ice cream freezer.
From Ontario County Journal 19 June 1903
North Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Friday, the eightieth birthday of Eunice A. Lloyd was
celebrated at the home in North Bloomfield, where she was born. The
event was honored by a large gathering of relatives from Chicago, Ill.;
Cincinnati, O.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Elmira, Rochester, Canandaigua and
nearby towns. The direct descendants included grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren of Marvin and Rachel Gates,
pioneers of Ontario county, whose original residence still stands
nearby Miss Lloyd's home. After the guests were assembled at the long
tables, a greeting of welcome from the hostess was read, in which many
reminiscences of the early days were related. A response was made by Lyman Gates
of Kalamazoo, Mich., wherein he paid a beautiful and most appropriate
tribute to Miss Lloyd, to her useful life in every direction,
especially in her career as teacher, extending over a period of nearly
half a century. The old fireplace, with its crane, the pewter dishes
and utensils of a century ago, with many other interesting mementos,
incited the more elderly guests to recollections and tales of bygone
times; and an afternoon of good fellowship followed. It was a matter of
regret that Miss Lloyd's nephew, John Uri Lloyd, the well-known author, was unable to be present on account of illness.
From Geneva Advertiser 23 June 1903
The following officers
of Geneva Painters Union 179 were elected last night:
|President - Arthur Perrin
Vice Pres. - Martin Broderick
R. S. - Robert Murrin
F. S. - Wm. J. O'Brien
Treas. - J. H. Weber
Warden - James Junard
|Conductor - T. V. Roberts
Trustee - J. P. Opdyke
Delegates to G. F. of L. - Wm. Leach,
E. Ostrander, A. Perrin
Delegates B. C. T. - Leach, Perrin, Ostrander,
M. C. Seager, Junard
It was reported here Friday that James Armstrong, the well-known
farmer of the town of Geneva, was a very sick man of Bright's disease,
or something of that sort, and that his case was dangerous. Never a
week elapsed but he was in town.
From Ontario County Chronicle 24 June 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - George Lindner of Clifton Springs and Charles
Lane of Phelps arrived in this place Wednesday night from
Rochester with a new automobile, known as the "Rambler," having made
the run from Rochester, without a stop, in two hours and five minutes,
with a machine that had never been run before.
Manchester, N. Y. - Maria T. Smith, who is over 76 years of age
and lives north of the village, was severely injured Saturday by a calf
that was fastened out to feed with a long chain. She attempted to move
the animal to other quarters when it started to run, the chain becoming
wound around the old lady's ankle throwing her to the ground. Dr. Frank
Pratt was called and found that the rough treatment had wrenched the
tendons severely, causing the leg to swell considerably.
Phelps, N. Y. - Almond Whitney, a well-to-do farmer of Phelps,
has been sued for $5000 damages for alienating the affections of the
wife of Stanley Landschoat of that village.
From Ontario County Journal 26 June 1903
On Saturday William Tracey, employed in the Northern Central
freight yard, was caught between two cars on adjoining tracks and
painfully injured. As one of the cars moved, Tracey's body was rolled
between it and the adjoining car. His escape from serious injury was
From Ontario County Chronicle 1 July 1903
Phelps, N. Y. - Saturday afternoon Seth Bessell, in
company with William Gilbert Stanton, was walking the railroad
tracks toward the west village, and when a few rods above the depot a
slowly moving freight train came along. They attempted to get aboard
the side of a box car, and in so doing Bessell was struck by a switch
standard and thrown beneath the wheels. One of the trucks passed over
his left foot and crushed it to a pulp. William Stanton summoned help
and had the injured man removed to his home where Dr. Howe dressed the
injury. Part of the foot will have to be amputated.
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - One of the oldest and most respected
citizens of this place, C. W. LaDu, met with an accident which
proved nearly fatal. Mr. LaDu, who is nearly 92 years of age, sat
smoking his pipe when it turned upside down without his knowing it. The
first he was aware of it was when his vest and shirt blazed up. Being
somewhat feeble he was unable to extinguish it, and before help reached
him he was badly burned about the chest and face. A doctor who dressed
the burns reports that he will survive the shock.
The eighth annual reunion of the Wheaton family was held at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Olmstead, town of Richmond,
June 27. A bountiful repast was served by the ladies, and a good
programme was rendered by the young people, after which a very pleasant
hour was spent together. The company broke up with the understanding to
meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Johnson, South
Bloomfield, on the last Saturday in June 1904.
The following house party will take possession of Red Cedar Lodge on
the west shore of the lake Friday, and remain until Monday: Mr. and
Mrs. Henry C. Hutchens, Misses Lulu Masseth, Elizabeth Burke, Margaret
Quinn, Ethel Norris, Belle Hulse, Beulah Haire, Alice Elton, May
Conway, Charles S. Parmele, Charles Bradburn, Fred Anderson, Bruce G.
Broad, Will Tracey, John S. Flanigan, Melvin Spencer, William
From Ontario County Journal 3 July 1903
On Saturday, while driving to his home north of this village, James Collins, who
is well advanced in years, was thrown from his wagon by a sudden lunge
of his horse, and his left hip was broken. Misfortune again visited the
family on Wednesday when a son, George Collins, broke his right ankle.
Late yesterday afternoon, Vincenzo Massena, an Italian employed
at Sonnenberg, was returning from his work through the railroad yard
when a car that was being shifted ran into him, nearly amputating one
of his feet. He was taken to the hospital.
From Ontario County Journal 10 July 1903
Stanley, N. Y. - An accident occurred here on Wednesday afternoon. A team belonging to Merton Pitt became frightened and ran from the barn of Frank Thompson, where they were unloading coal. The occupants of the wagon were William Moran and Frank Flanagan. Mr.
Moran was badly injured in the left shoulder and bruised about the
head. Mr. Flanagan received a bad shaking up and one foot and ankle
were sprained and badly bruised. The horses fell in a ditch and the
wagon was overturned on the men. One horse was injured.
From Geneva Advertiser 14 July 1903
Louis M. Vail was automobile riding with a lady cousin last
evening when he met with an accident that came near to being fatal. He
was returning down the lake road, and when near Pendle's house, and
running at a
fifteen miles' speed, his steering gear broke and left him helpless to
guide it. He reversed the driving power and put on the brake, one wheel
striking a stone and brought the auto to a stand so suddenly as to
throw both out, the young lady being thrown twenty feet and landing in
the grass. Mr. Vail was thrown forty feet, turning a somersault and
landing upon his left shoulder. Had it been a few feet further on they
might have gone down a quite steep gulley at the side of the road with
the heavy auto on top of them. Mr. Vail was down town this morning
having the damage repaired, but feeling very sore for his bruises.
From Ontario County Chronicle 15 July 1903
Naples, N. Y. - Carlton Smith, his wife and son, and an old
veteran, Eli Thayer, were riding Friday evening down Mt.
Pleasant street in this village. There is a steep grade and a tug
became unfastened, the pole fell, the team ran to the foot of the hill,
where all were thrown out. Mrs. Smith was seriously hurt. Mr. Smith,
too, will be laid up for some time. The others escaped. The team left
the wagon, jumped a wire fence, ran through a long cornfield, jumped
two more fences, landing in a garden, all without a scratch.
About the same time, Daniel Smith, of another family, a
veteran of the Civil war, missed his footing and fell nearly down the
rear outside stairway of the Lyon block. His head was cut open and he
was bruised and stunned. It is believed he will recover.
Yesterday afternoon while William Bennett, lineman for the
Inter-Lake Telephone Co., was repairing the wires in Lower Main street,
he grabbed a live electric wire and was horribly burned before he could
be relieved. He hung from the wire until a telephone message reached
the power house at Littleville, when the current was shut off. His
almost lifeless body then fell to the ground, a distance of 25 feet. He
struck on his head, inflicting a deep gash. He was taken to the Beahan
Hospital, where it was found that one side of his face and upper lip,
besides his hand, were seriously burned. His recovery is doubtful.
From Ontario County Journal 17 July 1903
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. John Bergman and daughter each
suffered a fracture of the arm on Monday evening by being thrown from a
carriage. They were driving between the village and the station when
their horse became frightened at a pony and ran, overturning the
carriage and wrecking it. The horse, after freeing itself from the
carriage, ran as far as the station, where it was caught.
From Ontario County Chronicle 22 July 1903
During a severe electric storm which passed over Manchester Monday Ralph
De Mott was struck by lightning and rendered totally blind. He was
picked up in an unconscious condition, but under the care of Dr. Frank
Pratt, he revived but his sight is gone. His brother, Philip, was
slightly stunned. They were shoveling coal at the time.
From Ontario County Journal 24 July 1903
While at work on a dough mixing machine in the Continental bakery on Monday, Earl Martin, an
employee, suffered a severe injury to his left hand. Dr. H. C. Buell
removed portions of three fingers which were badly crushed.
On Saturday, David G. Benham, of Hopewell, took a tablespoonful
of a solution of potash, which he mistook for lemonade. His mouth and
throat were badly burned. He was treated by Dr. H. C. Buell.
From Victor Herald 31 July 1903
Mrs. George Van Voorhis escaped what might have been a serious
accident with only a bad wound on the wrist, Sunday night. In going
into the cellar with a lighted lamp in one hand and a pitcher in the
other, she tripped and fell cutting her wrist on the broken pitcher and
at the same time throwing the lamp which broke also. She was able to
get up stairs unassisted. Will Carter had his team hitched at
the post and after they had bound the arm, she rode to Mendon and had
Dr. Guyett take five stitches in it, leaving her very helpless and in
From Geneva Daily Times 1 August 1903
N. Y. - It was a remarkable gathering here yesterday in the
reunion of the Crosier family descendants of Adam Crosier,
a pioneer. There were 133 persons present, most of whom were lineal
descendants of the
pioneer or connected to the family by marriage. The patriarch of the
gathering, an old man of 80 years, Adam Crosier also by name,
was seated beside the youngest child, Miss Ethel
A. Crosier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Crosier. The
family of Adam Crosier, himself and wife and five sons and three
daughters, came in 1801 from Glasgow, Scotland, to the English
settlement, from which grew the towns of Seneca and Gorham. The
descendants of Adam Crosier and their families now number over
200. Of the direct descendants of Adam's family, there were forty-five;
of these only six now survive, Henderson Crosier, Thomas Wilson
Crosier, and Isabella Dixon, of Hall's Corners; John
Renwick, of Gorham, and Margaret Charleton Mead of
From Geneva Advertiser 4 August 1903
Harry McDonald was quite seriously hurt last Wednesday afternoon.
He was riding his wheel near the post office and a street car and
several carriages being in the street, he may have become confused, and
ran directly into the horses and carriage driven by John Gambee. No
bones were broken, but he suffered a severe scalp wound. Dr. Weyburn
attended him, and Thursday evening he was up and dressed, out of
danger. The accident attracted a large crowd.
From Ontario County Chronicle 5 August 1903
Chapinville, N. Y. - Mrs. Ann C. Riker celebrated
her 86th birthday Saturday evening, July 25, by a party of 32 relatives
and friends. A very pleasant time was enjoyed by all.
A remarkable gathering of people took place Friday at Halls Corners. It
was the reunion of the Crosier family, the descendants of the
pioneer, Adam Crosier, who aided in the settlement of the town
of Seneca, and the upbuilding of all that section. There were 133
persons present, most of whom were lineal descendants of the sturdy
pioneer, or connected with the family by marriage. The patriarch of the
gathering, an old man of 80 years, Adam Crosier also by name, was
seated beside the youngest child, Miss Ethel A. Crosier, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Crosier.
The family of Adam Crosier, consisting of himself and wife, five sons
and three daughters, came in 1801 from Glasgow, Scotland, to the
English settlement, from which grew the towns of Seneca and Gorham. The
descendants of Adam Crosier and their families now number over 200. Of
the direct descendants of Adam's family there were forty-five; of these
only six now survive, Henderson Crosier, Thomas Wilson Crosier and
Isabella Dixon of Halls Corners; John Renwick of
Gorham and Margaret Charleton Mead of Michigan.
From From Ontario County Journal 7 August 1903
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Jordan Bradley tripped and fell on the
walk on Friday evening and suffered a fractured hip. The walk was being
repaired and some slight obstacle had not been removed.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 August 1903
The condition of George Wilson, the employe of the White
Springs farm, who was seriously injured Friday afternoon while breaking
in a spirited colt is somewhat improved today although the man is still
unable to leave the hospital. It seems that Wilson was driving the
animal hitched to a sulky a short distance from the farm. Several hours
later he was found by a farmer lying unconscious by the road about a
mile from the house fearfully wounded having been kicked in the face by
the colt. The man was brought to this city and taken to the hospital
where Dr. W. W. Skinner found that the man's nose was broken and this
face otherwise cut, bruised and lacerated. Inasmuch as
his condition is so much improved, it is hoped that he will soon be
able to leave the hospital.
From Ontario County Chronicle 12 August 1903
Phelps, N. Y. - The sixth annual reunion of the Cornford
family was held here Wednesday. Arrangements had been made to hold
the reunion on the lawn surrounding William Cornfords, Jr's., residence,
but on account of the inclemency of the weather, the festivities were
transferred to Gibson Hall. The annual report showed that no deaths had
occurred in the family during the year and that there had been one
marriage, that of Miss Elizabeth Ottley to William Case. There
was one birth, a son to Mr. and Mrs. M. U. Aldridge of Victor.
The following names appeared on the register: Mr. and Mrs. William
Cornford, Sr., H. E. Cornford and family, Mr. and Mrs. A. R.
Cornford, Mr. and Mrs. M. U. Aldridge and family, William J.
Brown, Victor; Mr. and Mrs. J. Kimbar, Mrs. J. A. Robertson, Rochester;
Solomon S. Roberts, Clifton Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Amos
Francisco, Flora McCombs, Glen and Theodore McCombs, Vine Valley; Mary
A. Buntin, May Armatige, Ruth Armatige, Auburn; Mary
Adicott, B. F. Adicott, Syracuse; Mr. and Mrs. Francis
Dinehart, Rushville; Thomas Ridley, Olean; Mr. and
Mrs. Leonard Furner and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ford and
family, Canandaigua; Mr. and Mrs. Lon Osboren, Dudley Osboren, Padelford;
Anna Ottley, Mr. and Mrs. William Case, Ruth and Evaline Ottley, G.
W. and Louis Ottley, Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Marsh, Mr. and Mrs. C. E.
Ridley, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Cornford, Jr., E. Marsh Cornford,
Richard H. Parmalee, Stuart Caves and Lynn Ottley, Phelps.
Chapinville, N. Y. - The Griswold family reunion which
was held Wednesday was fairly well attended, there being about fifty
present. The following officers were elected: President, William F.
Cooper, Chapinville; vice-president, Morris Parker, Italy
Hill; secretary, Miss Lois Dean, Geneva. The next reunion will
be held at the home of Mrs. Olive Geralds, Gorham, on the 15th
of June, 1904.
From Victor Herald 14 August 1903
The following party of young ladies, chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs.
George Wesley Hill, went to Canandaigua Lake on Monday for a
week's stay at Hill's Cabin: Misses Jean and Fannie Ladd, Gertrude
and Bertha Concannon, Pearl and Ruth Lauder, Maida Snyder, Laura
Wilbur, Ina Finucan, Florence Padgham, Anna Adams, Dora Mead, Lillian
Green and Martha Gallup.
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Wednesday, August 5th, Mrs. M. J.
Peck celebrated the 82nd anniversary of her birth, Many friends
called during the afternoon to extend congratulations and wish her many
more birthdays. Her husband, M. J. Peck, celebrated the 81st
anniversary of his birth one week ago.
From Ontario County Chronicle 19 August 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - The date of the annual Herendeen reunion has
been set for Wednesday, August 26, and the place of meeting will be the
home of Daniel Everetts, which is near the town lines of
Macedon and Farmington. Arthur C. Gatchell of Farmington is
the secretary and treasurer of the association. Nathan Herendeen, whose
descendants congregate once each year at some appointed place, was a
native of Massachusetts, and in the year 1789, he exchanged some
property he had in that state for 1,000 acres of land in this locality,
most of this land being in the town of Farmington. In the following
year, 1790, he, in company with his two sons-in-law, left
Massachusetts, driving an ox team, and took up their home in Farmington
on the premises now owned by George Mersereau, and a long line
of lineal descendants of the Herendeen family exist throughout Western
From Victor Herald 21 August 1903
The annual reunion of the Wheeler family will be held at
the home of Mortimer and Frank Sleight, Scotland Road,
Canandaigua, on Saturday, August 29th. These gatherings have always
been well attended and much enjoyed and we trust this will be one of
the best. The following are the present officers: H. E. Wheeler, president;
J. A. Wheeler, secretary; refreshment committee: Mrs. Frank
Hall, Mrs. H. E. Wheeler, Mrs. Charles Hopson, Mrs. Gooding
Simmons and Mrs. Demerill Ingraham.
Erastus Stoddard was 84 years of age on Friday, August 14, and
about fifty of his friends and relatives gathered at his home to make
the day an event to be remembered. There were children, grandchildren
and just ordinary friends who have had the pleasure of Mr. Stoddard's
acquaintance during all or a part of his many useful years in this
community and there was a time of genuine enjoyment. At 6 p.m., supper
was served on the lawn. Mr. and Mrs. David Thomas were present
and added to the pleasure of the day by rendering the old time music on
violin and piano. Guests were present from Holcomb, Victor, Farmington,
and other nearby towns. Mr. Stoddard's many friends extend heartfelt
good wishes and hope that he may be with us far beyond the century mark.
From Geneva Advertiser 25 August 1903
Brother William E. Hayes is not sure that he is the
oldest Free Mason in the State or in the world, but he was initiated in
the fall of 1845, and has never belonged to any other than Ark Lodge
No. 33 of Geneva, and has always maintained good standing in all the
orders. That is 58 years. He was born January 31st, 1821, and although
past 82 years of age, is down street and in his shop every day.
From Ontario County Chronicle 26 August 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - As Gideon Herendeen, 66 years of age,
was returning from Canandaigua Thursday, accompanied by a neighbor, John
Garno, they were met in the road by an automobile going in the
opposite direction. His horse took fright and began to rear and plunge
until it became unmanageable and hurled the buggy against a telephone
pole on the side of the road, which threw the occupants of the carriage
out. Mr. Herendeen, striking on his head, was picked in an unconscious
condition, from which he did not rally for nearly an hour. He also
sustained several injuries which included a dislocated knee, side and
back badly injured and a battered face. One eye was swelled shut and
his temple where he struck when thrown from the carriage is frightfully
bruised and as he lies in bed, he is indeed a pitiful sight. Both of
the occupants of the carriage claim they made several motions for the
automobile to stop when it was approaching, but all in vain. The auto
came down upon them, not even stopping after the accident.
From Victor Herald 28 August 1903
A notable family gathering -- probably the largest ever convened in
this region, took place at the old brick homestead of Mr. and Mrs.
Fayette Short, six miles miles east of Livonia village, in the
town of Richmond, just over the line dividing the two counties. The
occasion was the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the
building of one of the pioneer brick farm houses in Western New York by
Mrs. Short's grandfather, Philip Reed. Mr. Reed came from
Paulet, Vermont, in 1794, and by successive purchases, mostly from the
agents of Phelps and Gorham, he was the owner in 1803 of nearly two
square miles of land, paying about $2 per acre. Philip Reed's father
was Jacob Reed, from Connecticut, near New Haven. Phillip
married Margaret Fitch, daughter of Colonel William Fitch --
a family of distinction in Connecticut history.
In 1803, Philip Reed contracted for the building on his farms of the
two-story brick farm house still occupied by Mrs. Short and her family.
The bricks were made on his farm, the mason and carpenter work being
done on a written contract with Lewis Morey, the old paper and
specifications being among the papers read. One of the items provided
that the men should be furnished two gills of whiskey each per day.
Over 450 people were entertained by Mrs. Short and provided with an
excellent dinner, after which a series of most interesting papers were
read of family and local history interspersed with music by Stedman's
Orchestra of Livonia. Spencer Short, of Honeoye, who was
chairman of the meeting, called on several well-known citizens for
remarks. Among the out-of-town speakers was Dr. Burrell, the
managing physician of Brigham Hall, Canandaigua. The family historical
paper, prepared and read by Wells Reed, was a valuable
collection of facts. People from several different states came to meet
their kin making the occasion memorable. An old family Bible, dated
1723, with full family records, was among the valuable relics. At
dinner the first table was filled by people over 70 years old and they
numbered near 90.
The fifth annual reunion of the Woolston family was held at
South Park, Rochester, Thursday, August 20, 1903. under the most
favorable circumstances possible. A perfect day with a cool breeze
added greatly to the enjoyment of the occasion for the seventy-five
members of the family who were present. After dinner a short business
session was held at which the following officers were elected for the
ensuing year: President, John A. Woolston; vice-president, Joseph
Olney; secretary-treasurer, Mrs. Jennings. Among those
present from surrounding towns were: Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Carpenter,
Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Sisson and daughter of Canandaigua; J. R.
and Miss M. Kate Shulters of Bristol; Mrs. Laura Hill,
Mr. and Mrs. William Hill and family of Victor; Mr. and Mrs.
Perry Fowler, Mr. and Mrs. George Fowler and son, Mr. and Mrs.
Ambrose Ford and daughter of Fishers; Mr. and Mrs. A. B.
Collins, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Brown and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
Alfred Gates and family of North Bloomfield; Mr. and Mrs. John
Hudson and family, W. R. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Preston Gates and
Miss Grace Hudson of Mendon. Members of the family were also
present from Niagara Falls, Rochester, Fairport, and many other towns.
Letters were read from Alma Needham of San Jose, Cal., and Joseph
Ford of Walworth. Appropriate remarks were made in memory of the
late George W. Hill of Victor, and of Julius Shulters of
After adjournment an enjoyable visit was held and all voted it, if not
one of the largest, one of the pleasantest reunions held since the
first five years ago. South Park is an ideal place for such gatherings
and the continuance of the Woolston reunion there is a certainty. There
are many things to make it attractive -- comfortable benches, a
pavilion and a merry-go-round, which is a source of never-failing
delight to the children, and was also patronized by some of the older
and supposed-to-be more staid members. Altogether it was a very
enjoyable occasion and will be long remembered by all present as a
From Ontario County Chronicle 2 September 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - The annual reunion of the Herendeen family
which was held at the home of Daniel Everett of
Farmington, was attended by over 100 of the descendants of Nathan
Herendeen. The oldest descendant present was Gideon Smith, who
is over 82 years of age and the youngest, Julian Gallup Everett, a
child of tender years. As usual, this family reunion has been looked
forward to with a sense of pleasure by many of the older members as the
one day in the whole year when they can meet the friends of their
childhood and talk over the many pleasures and pastimes of their
earlier pioneer life. After partaking of a bountiful dinner which is
always a feature of these gatherings, officers for the coming year were
elected as follows: President, Charles H. Herendeen, Farmington;
vice-president, A. G. Sheldon, Farmington; treasurer, John
Homer, Macedon; secretary, Arthur M. Gatchel, Farmington.
It was decided to hold the next reunion on the last Wednesday in
August, 1904, at the home of S. H. Everett, Macedon.
Those present from a distance were: George Palmer, Iowa; Dr.
B. S. Palmer, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Collins, Washington,
D. C.; Mr. and Mrs. Chittenden and Miss Olmstead, Rochester;
Mrs. B. D. Everett and son, Julian, Syracuse; Mrs.
C. C. Herendeen and daughter, Geneva; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Smith
and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Lincoln, besides numerous others
from the surrounding towns who are lineal descendants of Nathan
Naples, N. Y. - At a meeting of the Naples Grape Growers
Association, C. W. Watkins was elected president; C.
Kimysenberger, recording secretary; E. C. Clark, corresponding
secretary; John Bolles, William Berger, Jacob Fox, executive
committee; Lester Story, treasurer.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 September 1903
Painful Fall - Mrs. Phoebe Rowley fell down a flight of stairs at
her home, No. 46 Lewis street, at an early hour this morning and
received painful injuries. Mrs. Rowley, who is an elderly woman, was
mounting the cellar stairs when she made a misstep and fell backwards
cellar floor. Her head struck against the sharp edge of the lower
stair. Her cries attracted her daughter, Mrs. Albert Radder,
who rushed to her mother's assistance. A physician who was
called found a bad cut at the base of the skull and took several
in it. The patient suffered chiefly the shock to her nervous system,
and will be up again in a few days. Mrs. Rowley had planned to leave
with her grandchildren on her summer vacation today.
From Geneva Advertiser 8 September 1903
Mr. George Phillips, coachman for Dr. Jordan of the Experiment
Station, was quite badly injured last Tuesday afternoon. He went into
A. E. Smith's hitching stables to get out his horse. There happened to
"kicker" hitched close by, and he struck out just as Mr. Phillips got
within range and the blow struck him with considerable force just above
the left knee. It was a very painful bruise, and for a few minutes he
feared he would faint. He was taken home and Dr. DeLaney summoned. No
bones were broken, but the member is very stiff and
sore yet. Mr. Smith does not take in a kicking horse if he knows it
to be such, unless the shed is about half-filled and there is plenty of
room away from other horses. And even then with his help he prefers to
do the hitching and unhitching, thus taking all the chances of
accidents. Mr. Phillips was laid up the balance of the week.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 September 1903
Mary C. Finn, the 18-year-old daughter of Michael Finn, of No. 48
North Exchange street, sustained severe injuries to her right hand
besides the amputation of the index finger at the second joint while
working at the American Can company shortly after 11 o'clock this
morning. The girl attempted to readjust a piece of tin which clogged
the machine on which she was working when the die fell, cutting off the
first finger of her right hand at the middle joint besides badly
lacerating the hand. The girl was taken to the office of Dr. G. B.
Young. She suffered great
pain and at 1:30 o'clock she was taken to her home. Miss Finn sustained
painful injuries to two fingers of her left hand in a similar manner
at the same place a year ago. In that instance, however, the injuries
were light and both fingers were saved.
From Ontario County Chronicle 9 September 1903
John Welch, the 16-year-old son of Martin Welch, who
lives three miles north of Geneva, near Skuse's Corners, has been
missing from his home since last Thursday. The case has been reported
to the police. The lad left home Thursday afternoon, saying he was
going to ride his bicycle to Geneva to have some dental work done. He
stopped at his grandmother's house near the Lehigh Valley station
shortly after 8 o'clock and left his wheel there. From there no trace
of him can be found.
From Ontario County Journal 11 September 1903
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Hiram Steele, a lifelong resident of
this village, will celebrate his 97th birthday on Sunday. Men, women
and children delight to honor the venerable gentleman, who has come to
the evening of life like the golden wheat, ready for harvest, ripe and
From Geneva Daily Times 18 September 1903
William Gibson of Naples came down to Geneva yesterday to see
the sights of the city. In his travels he partook liberally of the
amber fluid and as
a result, his gait became so unsteady that Officer Kuney thought he
needed a guardian. He accordingly took him to the police station, where
he remained over night. This morning he was arraigned before Judge
Wyckoff and was given ten days or five dollars. He paid the five.
From Ontario County Journal 18 September 1903
Honeoye, N. Y. - William Thomas was accidentally run over on
Saturday night while crossing the street on the way to his home. His
right arm was broken twice and his face badly cut and bruised. Owing to
his extreme deafness, Mr. Thomas did not hear the approach of the team,
and the night was so dark that the driver did not see him.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 September 1903
Edgar M. Ball, a teamster of 47 North Exchange street, was found
lying near the curb at the corner of Exchange and State streets last
night at 11:45 o'clock in a semi-conscious condition by M. R.
Tracy. The latter notified Policeman McDonald and the man
was removed to his home. Dr. Jay Covert was summoned and found that
besides having a deep gash on the right side of his face, his right leg
was badly cut and the bones were fractured near the ankle. After he
regained his senses, Ball told Night Captain Beales that James Lake
of 15 State street had murderously assaulted him without any
provocation. He said that he met Lake and a woman named Davis, supposed
to be his wife, in Van Lew and Burn's saloon on Exchange street and
after having a few drinks, the two started down the street. They
stopped into another saloon and shortly afterwards proceeded homewards.
At the place where Ball was found he claimed that Lake struck him in
the mouth and
knocked him down and then kicked him. Upon hearing Ball's story,
Captain Beales detailed Policeman McDonald to arrest Lake and the
came to this city from Penn Yan a short time ago and has until recently
been employed by the Geneva Ice company. His father resides at Penn
Yan. Lake was arrested at 1:40 this morning by Captain Beales and
McDonald at his home.
From Geneva Advertiser 22 September 1903
David Raymond, who was injured at Phelps yesterday afternoon, was
brought to this city at 5:55 p.m. on the train which ran over his arm,
and was taken to the City hospital, where his arm was amputated by
Drs. Skinner and Young. Raymond was employed by the Geneva Telephone Company.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 September 1903
Alvin R. Persons of Pulteney street was seriously if not fatally
stabbed by Henry Chase
of 180 Pulteney street in front of the Nester Hotel last
night shortly before 9 o'clock. Persons is chef at the Nester Hotel and
Chase is employed as a waiter at the same place. During the supper hour
they became engaged in a heated argument over some trivial
matter, and when they had finished their labors they renewed the
argument in front of the hotel. Persons slapped Chase in the face and
the latter immediately drew a long jackknife and stabbed Persons in the
abdomen, the cut being over two inches long and very deep. Chase fled.
Persons was carried into the hotel and a physician summoned.
Persons was after removed to his home. The affair was reported to
Captain Beales and after investigating, he assigned Policeman Manley to
arrest Chase. He went on the case in citizen's clothes. At
11:35 o'clock he had a line on Chase's whereabouts and soon after
Captain Beales and Manley arrested him at his home. He was in his
bed but was ordered to dress and was taken to the station. The knife
was found upon him. He said Persons struck him and that he acted in
self defense. Both men are colored. The injured man is at his home, 238
Pulteney street, where he is resting comfortably. The wound is
not considered fatal although it is a serious one. According to Dr.
Lytle, who attended Person and dressed the injury, Person can thank his
extra averdupois for his escape, as the knife cut clean through his
coat, vest and other clothing and cut a gash three inches long and an
inch deep in the flesh. Mr. Person is a large man and this probably
saved him as the wall of the stomach was not penetrated nor any of
the intestines touched. City Judge Wyckoff this morning took the
dispositions of William Davis, Charles Robbins and Arthur
Boswell, three waiters at The Nester, who were witnesses of
the stabbing affray. The disposition of Alvin Person was also taken at
From Geneva Daily Times 23 September 1903
The Phelps football team was organized last evening with Frank
Benton manager and Charles Corbett captain. There was
plenty of good material present who wished to join the team and the
next two weeks will be devoted to trying out each man for his position.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 September 1903
The Hinkey Dees - The Hinkey Dees, composed of members of the
Ziz Zag Club will have an outing the first part of this week. The
officers are as follows:
Main Guy, Bert Jenkins; Money Grabber, Sam
Warburton; into Slinger, Patsy Carrol; Feed Them All, Sidney
Ham; First Aso Man, Samuel Koch; Second Aus Man, Fred
Baumgartner; First Forager, James Stevens; Second
Forager, Fred Gaylord.
From Geneva Advertiser 22 September 1903
John Lynch, employed as driver on one of O'Malley's trucks was
unloading a barrel of liquor at an Exchange street store last Wednesday
morning, when the barrel got the best of him and rolling from the truck
upon his leg, broke that member between the knee and the ankle. An
ambulance was summoned and he was taken to his home for treatment. The
bones will be set, and it is hoped that he will save the leg. The
accident attracted a big crown of people, running there from every
From Clifton Springs Press 1 October 1903
The annual floral exhibit by pupils of the public school took place
last week. Premiums were awarded as follows: Asters - First, Francis Fischer; second, Ralph Nelson. Nasturtiums - First. Edna Benham; second, Cora Graves; third, Sarah Fries. Pansies - Richmond Pratt. Zinnias - Francis Whitehead. Dwarf Asters - George Cooper. Gladiolas - Florence Warner. Sweet Peas - First, Cora Graves; second, Anna DePlanter. Marigolds - First, Max Lindner; second, Beulah Bostwick. Larkspur - Gertrude Braman. Dahlias - First, Ella Devereaux; second, Emma Devereaux; third, Doris Barrell.
On Tuesday afternoon, while picking pears, Mrs. Mary Costel, who
resides on the Bartlett farm east of this village, fell from the tree
backwards to the ground, a distance of about twelve feet, breaking her
right collar bone and left wrist. The injuries were dressed by Dr. L.
From Geneva Gazette 2 October 1903
A horse owned by Douglass Cleggett caused considerable
excitement in the alley between the Nester hotel and the Dorchester
& Rose building yesterday afternoon. A quantity of goods to be
delivered had been laded on the wagon in the rear of the Dorchester
& Rose building and Mr. Clegget endeavored to persuade him that
everything was right and that he should go ahead but the horse would
not have it that way and stopped still. A crowd quickly gathered and
began to offer suggestions as to the proper method of procedure in the
case. Several of the suggestions were acted upon and the horse was
struck over the head, gently tickled behind the ear and rubbed on the
nose. He was coaxed, cajoled and promised all sorts of good things if
he would only take the wagon to
the top of the hill but every effort was in vain until he took the
that it was easier to let the wagon back down the hill than to stand
there holding it, and he acted accordingly. The wagon reached the
without any mishap and after a quantity of the stuff had been removed,
he was started again and on the second attempt, probably forgetting
himself, he got to the top without any trouble.
Anna Lahr, of Evans street, who
is employed at the Gregory laundry in Exchange street, had
her right hand painfully burned yesterday afternoon. Miss Lahr
was operating a mangle, when a sheet which was being ironed became
caught, and in attempting to loosen it, her hand was drawn against the
hot iron and the skin badly blistered. Although the burn is a
painful one, it is not considered serious and with the exception of
being laid up for a few days, no serious result is anticipated.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 October 1903
Fred Kellar and John Coleman had a narrow escape from
serious injury, if not death, late yesterday afternoon. Kellar and
Coleman were operating the lifting and lowering hand cranks of a stone
derrick near the outlet bridge. When the two young men were engaged in
lifting a stone weighing over
a thousand pounds, the rope of the machine snapped, the stone fell to
the ground and the sudden snapping of the same threw the operators
several feet. Coleman struck on his head and was rendered unconscious.
lips were badly cut and his face bruised. His companion, Kellar, struck
on his back, but was not knocked insensible. Kellar picked Coleman up
and id the best he knew how to revive him. In five minutes the young
man came to. Both Coleman and Kellar had a hair-breadth escape from
death. The handle of the derrick struck both young men in such a way as
to throw them on the opposite side from where the stone was falling. It
was all done in an instant. Had the force of the blow been in the
opposite direction, the operators would have been struck by the stone.
Both young men are bruised up and lame from their experience but appear
to be otherwise uninjured.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 October 1903
John Thornton of Hamilton street, a salesman for Swift &
Company, was painfully injured at the storehouse of that company in
Middle street yesterday afternoon. Mr. Thornton and some other employes
were engaged in getting out a shipment
of meat and were hurrying to have it ready in time to catch the
regular car on which the shipment is sent out. The hooks on which
the meat is carried from one part of the storehouse to the other
were hanging rather low from the track and Mr. Thornton did not notice
them. In stooping over to pick up a piece of meat, one of these hooks
caught him in the right eye. It was feared that the eye had been gouged
and a hurried call was sent for Dr. McCarthy, who dressed the injury.
Although the injury is a painful one, the sight of the eye will not
From Geneva Daily Times 13 October 1903
Gorham, N. Y. - Walter McClure injured his hand severely last week
while repairing a machine at the evaporator. The machine was
accidentally set in motion, catching his hand and tearing the flesh in
From Ontario County Chronicle 14 October 1903
Shortsville, N. Y. - The list of nominations made at the
Prohibition caucus in this village is as follows: Supervisor, Charles
Howland; town clerk, William Hawkes; justice of the
peace, William Howland; assessor, Peter Baggerly and J.
R. Hillman; commissioner of highways, I. N. Smith; collector,
W. C. Bradley; overseer of the poor, W. H. Wilcox; constables,
Harry Bennett, Albert Dunlap, William Klinck.
From Geneva Courier 17 October 1903
- Attempted Suicide of Miss Mabel Condit on Account Despondency -
Phelps, Oct. 13. Miss Mabel
Condit attempted suicide Monday morning
by taking laudanum. She had been acting as housekeeper
for Eugene Bennett for some time and during the past week
difficulties arose which resulted in Bennett discharging her. She
became melancholy and when Bennett entered the kitchen that morning she
informed him she had drank a cup of poison. Dr. Vanderhoff was
summoned and administered antidotes which
were successful in overcoming the effects of the laudanum.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 October 1903
A horse attached to a buckboard wagon owned by the Geneva Power
& Light Co. and driven by Timothy Nylon, laid down in
Grove street shortly before 8 o'clock this morning, and by refusal to
rise again drew a crowd and made things lively
for the residents in that vicinity. When Mr. Nylon was driving
in Grove street the animal stumbled and fell. The cross piece under
the whiffle snapped and the animal laid down. Nylon tried in vain to
get his steed to get up. Douglas Cleggett, Fred Hardy and
others were soon on the scene and different methods were suggested to
get the animal on his feet. The horse seemed to enjoy the excitement
occasioned by his refusal to get up and the more the men tugged and
pulled, the lower the center of gravity on the road seemed to fall. At
the end of fifteen
minutes of tugging, the men finally lifted the horse up bodily. The
decided to remain on his "pins" rather than again enjoy the tuggings of
the men who were well nigh used up by their efforts. A goodly loss of
and nervous force and a broken cross bar were the only results of the
incident aside from the accompanying excitement.
From Geneva Daily Times 31 October 1903
William D. Williams of 53 Middle street
was badly burned by the explosion of a ladle of molten iron
at the Summit stove foundry yesterday afternoon. Large
lumps of iron struck him on the back and shoulders and spots as
big as a man's hand were badly burned. He immediately went to his
family physician, who dressed the injuries. A number of other moulders
narrowly escaped being injured. Williams was carrying his ladle
of iron to his floor in the shop, when without warning, it exploded,
scattering the contents far and wide throughout the shop. It is thought
that the surface of the interior of the ladle was wet, in which case
it will cause an explosion. Several large lumps of the metal fell on
moulds waiting to receive the metal and several moulders lost part
of their day's work as a consequence.
From Geneva Advertiser 3 November 1903
Young Walter Worden of West Castle street lost an arm in
the Lehigh Valley freight yards last night. The particulars of the
accident have not reached us. It is said the arm was severed just below
the shoulder. He had only recently entered the employ of the company as
brakeman. It is the hardest kind of hard luck. His father is boss of a
gang of workmen on the street.
From Ontario County Journal 6 November 1903
Naples, N. Y. - Charles E. Hamlin fell on Saturday with the
ladder on which he was picking apples and broke both bones in one leg.
He had placed the ladder against a dead limb. Dr. Preston, who was
passing, attending the sufferer, who is doing well. On Saturday night
the leg of Milo Pulver was broken in a scuffle.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 November 1903
Matthew J. Dwyer, a driver in the employ of Dr. Henry D. Clapp,
had a narrow escape from injury yesterday. Mr. Dwyer was in the hay
loft of the barn in Lock-up alley, when suddenly
the boards beneath his feet gave way. He fell in a heap to the floor
below and was rendered unconscious. Harry Fowler, who was
nearby, heard the crash and ran to see what was up. He found Dwyer
buried beneath a pile of boards and hay, and with several other young
men he managed
to extricate him from his bad position. Stimulants were applied and he
From Geneva Daily Times 9 November 1903
Everett Rupert is organizing a football team. He is now making out
the eleven which will consist of boys under eighteen years of age. "Chet"
Reynolds if slated for the "big center."
From Geneva Daily Times 11 November 1903
Thomas Bowen of Castle street, better known to his friends as
"Happy Hooligan," because he is always anxious
to help his fellow beings, was severely bitten by a sick cat yesterday
afternoon in a Chinese laundry on Castle street. The cat, which
was the property of Tom Ling, the proprietor the
has been deathly ill from the effects of too much food, and was having
fits by the wholesale. Bowen happened along and upon observing the
that the cat seemed to be in, hied himself to a drug store and secured
some choloform with which to transport the unhappy feline to the cats'
heaven. Securing the deadly stuff, he gently rolled the cat in a paper,
and took her to the back of the laundry. He gave it a good dose of the
liquid and waited its demise. But the end didn't come. The cat showed
of life and Thomas was compelled to administer more choloform. He
a piece of cotton with the stuff and laid it gently in front of pussy's
nose. It moved its head, and in pushing the cotton closer, Bowen's hand
got too near to pussy's mouth and it grabbed the middle finger with its
teeth. Thomas yelled "murder" and tried to shake the cat off, but it
on with the grip of death and but for the prompt arrival Ling, Thomas
have been minus a finger. The cat was choked off and the injured man
out of the laundry yelling that he was killed. His cries attracted James
Gallagher who was passing. He took Bowen to a drug store, where
some soothing lotion was put on the finger. He was advised to go see a
doctor. The cat recovered from its illness shortly afterwards and
walked out into the front part of the store, purred once or twice and
was about to lay
down on a rug when it gave a piercing cry, leaped high in the air and
From Ontario County Journal 13 November 1903
Naples, N. Y. - James Snyder, a man of 55, was kicked on
Monday by a horse, both feet striking him on the cheek. He is
considerably mangled. The horse was kicking at a dog, but Snyder
stepped in the way and received the blow.
From Geneva Advertiser 17 November 1903
Mr. William Smith has outlived all the men who went to work for him and the firm of W. & T. Smith prior to 1855. There are two old ones left, Edward O'Dea and John Fletcher. Two of the oldest, Wm. Baxter and Thos. J. Murphy, were
carried to their graves last Saturday. Yet in years Mr. Smith is far
beyond them, now past 85 years and quite well and hearty.
From Ontario County Chronicle 18 November 1903
Naples, N. Y. - Two old and highly respected citizens of this
place were severely injured last week. Irving M. Lyon fell
from a roof which he was repairing and broke his hip. James
Springstead fell over backwards from his wagon and struck on his
shoulders inflicting severe injuries. It is doubtful if either ever
When Supervisor J. E. Lyon came home from Canandaigua Friday
night, where he had been to attend a metting of the Board of
Supervisors, he found his home well filled with neighbors and friends.
A complete surprise had been planned by his wife and Mrs. Frank
Donley and Mrs. Dr. Bell. Among those present were Town
Clerk C. E. Koby, Justices J. T. Kenfield, A. W. Dunton,
W. W. Holcomb and Officers F. A. Mannahan, and Frank
Donley. Justice C. L. Lewis was absent on account of
illness. The evening was pleasantly passed in games and social
intercourse. Thanks were returned by Rev. C. P. Roop, after
which a sumptuous repast was served. The guests returned to their homes
glad that J. E. Lyon had been reelected supervisor of Naples.
From Geneva Advertiser 24 November 1903
Eugene H. Crouch, who has been an attendant at the billiard room,
foot of Seneca street, for some time, suffered a severe stroke of
paralysis last Thursday afternoon. He had a shock about a year ago
affecting one side, and this stroke is affecting the other side. It is
hard luck for a fellow so young, for he must be helpless.
From Geneva Advertiser 1 December 1903
Asa Barber, the old undertaker, was the father of Wm. C. Barber,
who succeeded him in the business; and from W. C. Barber the business
descended to his grandson, Percy L. Learch. The first interments made
in old Pulteney were somewhere in 1790's, before Asa Barber was an
undertaker here. All the men known in the early history of Geneva were
From Geneva Daily Times 1 December 1903
The family of William D. Williams of 53 Middle street had
a narrow escape from asphyxiation by coal gas early
Monday morning. The escaping gas came from a parlor stove and made
its way into an adjoining bedroom. Early in the morning, Mr. Williams
was awakened by a dryness in his throat and a choking sensation.
Immediately upon awakening, he recognized the smell of gas and although
nearly overcome, he managed to get over to a window and open it. He
then returned to awaken his wife, who was almost in an unconscious
condition from the effects of the gas and, after assisting her to the
open air, he called some
of the neighbors and sent a hurry call for Doctor McCarthy, the family
physician. The gas had been discovered, however, before its effects had
been fully felt by Mrs. Williams and when the physician arrived she
was fully restored. Aside from the sickening effects of inhaling the
gas, no serious results followed, and after an hour or so, both Mr.
and Mrs. Williams had fully recovered. The son of Mr. Williams, who
was sleeping in an adjoining room, was not affected. The direct cause
of the escaping gas is not known, but it is supposed to have come from
a damper becoming turned before all of the gas had burned off the coal.
From Clifton Springs Press 3 December 1903
On Wednesday , Dr. L. P. Conley amputated the first finger on the left hand of Albert West. About
two weeks ago, Mr. West pricked his finger on a piece of tin, and since
that time the bone had become diseased and an operation was necessary.
On Tuesday noon, while Walter Powell and James Sweeney were
in a piece of woods near Orleans hunting rabbits, Mr. Sweeney
accidentally shot Mr. Powell, the whole charge of the shot entering the
groin. Dr. F. H. Newland was summoned by telephone and now has charge
of the case. It is thought that there was over one hundred shot in the
charge, about fifty of which have been removed. At the present writing,
Mr. Powell is doing as well as could be expected.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 December 1903
Edward P. Broderick, one of the best basketball players in the
city, who has been playing with the professional Springfield, Mass.,
team for the past month, has returned home, being unable to play for at
least three weeks on account of a badly injured ankle. He has not
severed his connection with the Springfield club and is under contract
to return when he recovers. He is undecided as yet whether to return.
Phelps, N. Y. - Percy Condit, an employe of the
Lawrence-Bostwick company's plant, was shot and seriously injured by
discharge of a shot gun in the hands of Frank Fisher yesterday.
Condit was going to his work and while turning the corner of Flint and
Main street, he met Fisher coming down the street carrying a gun which
was pointed directly at him. Fisher seemed to be occupied in examining
the gun and Condit was about to cry out to him to turn it away when it
was discharged, the full load striking Condit in the hip and side. He
was carried to the office of Dr. Burtis who after two hours of hard
succeeded in extracting nearly all the shot. He will recover. Aside
gross carelessness no blame is attached to Fisher who says "that he
know that the gun was loaded." He had been out hunting and was
home. He had taken five shells out of the magazine and he supposed that
the gun was empty. The shell which was discharged contained one hundred
and twenty-five No. 6 shot and nearly all of them entered Condit's leg.
Had the shot struck a few inches higher, the victim would have been
Rushville, N. Y. - This morning Mrs. Norman Fisher
was taking her son, William and Miss Helen Blodget,
the teacher, to the Overacker school, when the horse ran away.
The wagon was badly damaged, the occupants thrown out and Miss Blodget
was badly hurt and rendered unconscious for some time. Mrs. Fisher and
son were unhurt. The horse was seriously cut.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 December 1903
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Joseph Travis, a Hopewell farmer, was
seriously injured yesterday afternoon while driving out Ontario street.
His horse became frightened at the cars and ran as far as the corner of
Wood street, where the wagon was overturned and the old man thrown out,
striking against a telephone pole with great force. He was picked up
and taken to the Beahan hospital, where his injuries were found to be
severe. Besides suffering a concussion of the brain, one ear was almost
torn from his head. His age, 70 years, is against his recovery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 9 December 1903
Mrs. Nelson McIntyre, an aged lady living in Gorham, near this
place, is suffering from the effects of a fall. Mrs. McIntyre, who is
84 years of age, was attempting to hang up some clothes on a line in
the attic, when she lost her balance and fell, breaking her hip in two
places, in such a way that it is impossible to replace the bone in its
proper position. She is being cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Marlow,
From Geneva Daily Times 11 December 1903
Phelps, N. Y. - A runaway occurred on West Main street yesterday
afternoon. Joseph Hicks and E. L. Schellenger were
driving a horse belonging to David White and were passing the
school house just as the children were being dismissed. The horse
became frightened and started down toward the covered bridge, throwing
the occupants out. The animal then crossed the ice on Howe's pond and
finally made its way to the stable. Neither Hicks nor Schellenger were
From Geneva Daily Times 18 December 1903
A peculiar accident, which luckily did not end seriously, happened
to Alfred Hargrove, a moulder employed at the Phillips &
Clark stove shop, yesterday afternoon. Hargrove was "pouring off" and
was at the cupola receiving a ladle of iron. The iron needed skimming
and Hargrove dipped his skimmer into the ladle for this purpose, when
small pieces of the hot iron flew in all directions, one of them flying
squarely into his mouth. With great presence of mind, Hargrove spit and
scraped the hot piece of iron off his tongue as soon as it struck, and
although a spot on his tongue was badly scorched, the burn did not
as it would if the iron had remained for a second's time. It is
that Hargrove's skimmer was damp and the dampness coming in contact
moulten iron caused it to fly.
From Ontario County Chronicle 23 December 1903
Shortsville, N. Y. - Chancy Sheldon met with a severe mishap a few
days ago. He was trying to turn on one of the small bulb electric
lights that was out of order, the wire coming in contact with the brass
outside the bulb. Mr. Sheldon got so severe a shock that he fell
headlong, landing on his head. As he is upwards of 80 and weighing
about 200 lbs., his fall was serious, but at present he is around, but
he will play no more with electric lights, he says.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 December 1903
Manchester, N. Y. - Henry Lynch of Manchester, a brakeman on a
through freight on the Lehigh Valley, running between Manchester and
Suspension Bridge, was struck by a bridge, while on the engine, near
Victor, yesterday and received injuries which will probably cause his
death. His skull was fractured and he was otherwise badly injured.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 December 1903
Phelps, N. Y. - The following students are home for the holidays: Charles
Norton of Cleveland, O.; George Wisewell of Hamilton
College; Harlan Howe, Buffalo university; George Weeks, Ann
Arbor dental school; Stuart Willing, Cazenovia; Earl
Warner and John Ingals, Cornell; Leonard Partridge, Hobart;
Thomas Wright, Yale; George Parmalee, Pratts institute,
Brooklyn; William Norton, New York; Miss Meta White, Miss
Minnie Buckley and
Miss Florentine Schell, New England conservatory of music,
Miss Julia Wright, Vassar; Earl White, Rochester
and Edward P. Ryan, Jr., university of Buffalo.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 December 1903
Irving Cleveland, James McDonough, John Donohue and Thomas
McDonough, four young lads thought yesterday afternoon that the
on the street was too cold for comfort so they began to look around for
a refuge from the chilling blasts, and after considerable searching,
discovered that the Y. M. C. A. building was open and they accordingly
made that place their headquarters for the afternoon. Some of the
of the building happened to see the boys going upstairs and when they
to come down after a time, Officer Merry was notified. The officer
and found the boys in one of the rooms quietly enjoying a smoke and
cards. He brought them to the station and last night, after a severe
by Judge Wyckoff, they were let go with suspended sentences.
From Geneva Advertiser 29 December 1903
Mrs. Maria Rhodes of No. 26 William street, has entered upon the
93d year of her age. She passed her 92d year mark last November, and
celebrated her birthday by preparing the dinner, everything being of
her own preparation and cooking. The old lady is smart and active yet,
and has a remarkable memory for old-time events. Her maiden name was
Reed, an own sister of the late David Reed and is the last of her
family. She bids fair now to round out a hundred years of life.
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