From Canandaigua Chronicle 2 January 1907
On Sunday, December 23rd, John Gartland, Sr., celebrated
his 86th birthday; and on Christmas, as has been his custom for the
past 27 yrs, he took dinner with his daughter, Mrs. Ellen Whalen, of
94 Willis Place. At the Christmas dinner three generations were
assembled, including Mr. Gartland, his daughter, Mrs. Whalen, her
daughters, Miss Elizabeth J. Whalen of Rochester, and Mrs.
Frank Ferguson of Canandaigua, and the latter's baby daughter, Irene
Geneva Daily Times 3 January 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - In a well-meant effort to start a much
needed crusade against the host of worthless curs in Canandaigua, one
brother shot another yesterday. The full extent of the injuries is not
yet known, but the wound is
quite a serious one. It appears that Ed and Arthur Dempsey became
incensed at the of one of the roving canines
with which the village is infested and shortly after midnight
started out with a shot gun. They chased the dog to a nearby field, and
shot at it once or twice, missing it in the dark. Finally they thought
they had it where they could kill it and Arthur fired
the gun. At the same moment his brother, who was running toward him,
caught his foot in a clump of grass and fell in front of the gun,
the full charge of about 100 No. 6 shot in the front of his thigh. Word
was sent to Dr. H. C. Buell after the injured man had been taken to
his home, and on examining the injury it was decided that Ed ought to
got to the Memorial Hospital. An effort was made to remove the shot,
some of which were clear through the fleshy part of the thigh. Unless
complications ensue, it is thought the injured man will recover.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 9 January 1907
Naples, N. Y. - Saturday, Jan. 5, Naples oldest citizen, Mrs.
Samantha Nellis, celebrated her 97th birthday. She possesses
remarkable strength and vigor and save for impaired eyesight enjoys all
her faculties. She is the widow of John D. Nellis and has led an active
life on the large farm property which has long been in the possession
of the family. This winter she is living with her son, J. Warren
Nellis, in the village.
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Mrs. Samuel Jackson, who lives
in Plainsville, near Clifton Springs, had a rather unusual experience
last week with a skunk. She went into the hen house to gather the eggs
and found a large black and white skunk asleep in one of the hen's
nests. She called her husband who succeeded in getting the animal away
from the coop. They found the carcass of a hen near the hen house and
believe that it was killed and eaten by the pole cat. They were unable
to kill the animal but feel quite fortunate in getting rid of it so
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 10 January 1907
The installation of officers of Seneca Rebekah Lodge No. 159, I. O.
O. F., took place last Friday night. Those installed were:
|Noble Grand - Jennie Armstrong
Vice Grand - Gertie Tills
Recording Secretary - Viola Vail
|Financial Secretary - Dora Welcher
Treas. - Lida Smith
Chaplain - Addie Chapman
From Geneva Daily Times 12 January 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - While covering his mail route yesterday, rural
carrier Frank E. Benton, was, by force of circumstances
obliged to cover part of it on foot. He
left the post office as usual, driving a horse that had been
in the mail business for seven years, going over the same route three
or four times a week. When Mr. Benton arrived at Chester Lumbert's near
Melvin Hill, he had a registered package to deliver and went in the
house to get the signature. The horse which had been left untied,
became impatient at the unusual delay and started down the road. When
Mr. Benton returned the horse was several rods away running at a lively
gait and the driver was unable to overtake him. The horse would,
however, stop at every mail box and wait the usual time that had been
customary to drop the mail in the boxes, and then start on again.
During this time Mr. Benton had been left a couple of miles in the rear
and it was not until the horse reached the Beardsley farm that he was
captured. There was no damage to the
vehicle or horse but the incident caused Mr. Benton about three hours
From Canandaigua Chronicle 16 January 1907
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - The annual installation of officers of
No. 9058, Modern Woodmen of America, was held January 5th at Allen's
Hill. The following were installed:
|Venerable Consul - G. Edward Patterson
Worthy Advisor - L. N. Affalter
Excellent Banker - John B. Sleight
Efficient Clerk - O. Clark Reed
Escort - H. L. Bennett
|Watchman - Will Belcher
Sentry - George R. Beach
Camp Physician - E. B. Sayre, M. D.
Manager - M. H. Bell
From Geneva Daily Times 17 January 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - A serious accident occurred to Albert
Vienne, at Manchester Center, about two miles north of this
village, yesterday afternoon. He was assisting in repairing the
machinery in the grist mill at that place and in some way he got caught
in the shaft. His body made a good many revolutions and he is in a very
critical condition as the result. Both legs were broken and the left
was in such a condition that amputation was necessary. One arm was
broken and his head badly mangled. He was taken in the Clifton Springs
ambulance to the Canandaigua Memorial Hospital where his injuries are
being cared for.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 January 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Three Phelps people, Mr. and Mrs. William
B. Hobbie and daughter, Helen, were among the passengers
of the S. S. Prinz August Wilhelm that landed at Kingston last Friday
and they were probably in the city or the immediate vicinity at the
time of the great earthquake Monday afternoon. No news of any sort has
been received here by
their friends and great apprehension is felt for their safety. Mr.
Hobbie's sister, Mrs. Spaulding, who is spending the winter
at Rochester, is prostrated over the fact that she hears nothing from
them and is using every available means to get in communication
with her brother. Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Partridge, who left
here Monday bound for Jamaica, are still in New York. A letter received
from them yesterday states that they are undecided as
to whether or not they will give up the trip.
Phelps, N. Y. 24 January 1907
The anxiety of the relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. B.
Hobbie and daughter, Helen, who were at Kingston, Jamaica, when the
earthquake occurred, was relieved Thursday by the receipt of a telegram
by Albert Ross, Mrs. Hobbie's brother, from Mrs. Lelia Spaulding of
Rochester, saying she had received a cablegram from her brother, Mr.
Hobbie, announcing they were all safe and unharmed. Yesterday morning
Mr. Ross received a message from Mr. Hobbie saying the party had
arrived in New York City, and following a few days sojourn there, would
return home. They expected to remain in the tropics until April 1, but
Kingston catastrophe caused them to change their plans.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 23 January 1907
Holcomb, N. Y. - The Relief Corps elected officers for the year as
|President - Mrs. C. E. Taylor
Sr. vice-president - Mrs. Frances Wheeler
Jr. vice- president - Mrs. Urana Parsons
Chaplain - Mrs. Sparrow Mayo
|Secretary - Mrs. L. T. Partridge
Treasurer - Mrs. George Burrell
Conductor - Mrs. George Hotchkiss
Guard - Mrs. P. D. Gurnel
From Geneva Advertiser Gazette 31 January 1907
William E. Hayes, the veteran tinsmith, reaches his 86th birthday
today. He was born in Geneva January 31, 1821. He is in very good
health for a man of his years, yesterday evening cleaned his walks
after being all day at the shop. He has made a few tin dippers and
small pans, brazed with his initials and date, giving around to a few
of his friends. Ark Lodge of Masons honored him a year ago by placing
him on the life membership list and presenting him a large easy chair
which it is hoped he will enjoy for many years.
Yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock Cyrus Bray, aged 75 years,
a farmer residing at Seneca Castle, was assaulted and severely injured.
Raymond F. Carl, the hired man, who is alleged to have
committed the crime, was captured in Orleans. The affair took place in
the barn. Mr. Bray had just returned from Canandaigua and went to the
barn to feed his horses, Carl, it is alleged, thought his employer had
some money and attempted to rob him. Mr. Bray was just going up in the
loft and had his feet . . . . . . Carl, it is claimed, crept up behind
him and with a king bolt hit the aged man across the head. Mr. Bray
fell to the floor of the barn. His daughter, Charlotte, ran to her
father's assistance. Carl threatened her, she claims, and then she ran
out on the roadway and screamed for help. A neighbor named Thompson
came to their assistance and carried the unconscious man into the house
and Dr. Sargent was summoned. After Mr. Bray had been taken into the
house a general alarm was sent out for the capture of Carl. He was
traced toward Orleans, where he was captured by two farmers named
Kaywood and Johns. Carl gave a hard fight, but the men overpowered him,
and brought him back to Seneca Castle. He was taken before Justice of
Peach E. E. Thatcher and charged with assault with an iron bar with
intent to rob or kill. Up to a late hour last night, Mr. Bray was still
unconscious and little hopes of his recovery are entertained.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 February 1907
Gorham, N. Y. - On Tuesday, as Charles Werley was in
the swamp near his farm with sleigh and team, after a load of wood, the
horses broke through the ice into several feet of water which nearly
covered them, so that they were unable to get out with the sleigh. The
harness was cut away but all attempts to rescue them were of no avail
until the team of Frederick Kindelberger was secured, which
drew them out. When rescued they were so chilled that they were unable
to stand, having been in the water four hours.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 6 February 1907
Bristol Center, N. Y. - Frank Aldridge had four ribs broken last
Friday. He was thrown from a load of hay while going down the steep
hill near the Trafton place.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 13 February 1907
Michael Connell, aged about 64 years and a resident of Park
street, was struck by a train at Main street crossing one day last
week. He sustained a slight scalp wound. His escape was miraculous.
Naples, N. Y. - There was a basketball contest on Thursday
evening between the Naples High school five and a five composed of
young business men. The contestants were Charles Linton, Arthur
Dutcher, Harold Ingraham, Fred Fox, Walter Harrington of the High
school team; and J. Gordon Lewis, J. C. Morgan, Jr., M. F. Walker,
J. Rechtenwald, Dr. O. R. Charles of the town; substitutes, G.
Woodard and Schuyler G. Parrish. The game was very
close and exciting and resulted in a victory for the older team.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 February 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Walter S. Hubbell, Esq., an octogenarian of
this village, is confined to his home on Main Street North
by severe burns which he received by falling on the heated
drum of a stove. He had been standing at the window watching the
squirrels and in stepping away lost his balance and fell.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 February 1907
Manchester, N. Y. - The many friends of John Burns of
Center street will be glad to learn that his pension has been raised to
$30 per month dating from January, 1907. Mr. Burns has been an invalid
for over a year.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 February 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - At the Canandaigua Hospital for Physicians
and Surgeons, Wednesday, Harry Bliss of Vincent, in the town
of Bristol, was operated upon with the X-rays to
locate three pieces of a large calibre rifle bullet that he shot
into his foot while loading the rifle to shoot a cow. The bullet was
split upon his arctic rubber buckle as it struck his foot, making a bad
wound, but the lead was successfully removed and Bliss is doing well.
He was attended by Dr. B. T. McDowell of Bristol Center.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 February 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Frank T. Hutchens, son of H. L. Hutchens
of this village, has had his painting, "An Olive Grove in Capri," which
he painted in Capri two years ago, accepted by the jury of the Corcoran
Art Gallery at Washington, D. C., and the picture will be hung for the
first annual exhibit of contemporary art.
Phelps, N. Y. - A sensational runaway took place on the streets
here last evening shortly after six o'clock. A four-year-old colt
owned by Elisha Kennedy, who works the Potter farm, that had
been standing under the Cottage hotel hitchsheds, got loose and dashed
through the driveway, crossed Church street
into Mrs. Carpenter's yard and then plunged head foremost into the rear
of the Catholic church. He then circled around the church and while
running between the parsonage and the church, he struck an iron pump
with such force that it broke off at the curbing. At this point one of
the rear wheels of the carriage was demolished and when he again struck
the street, he was dragging the carriage on three wheels. In this
manner he ran about four miles when he managed to break loose from the
buggy and then ran directly home where he was found when Mr. Kennedy
reached there. The horse was cut up considerably and several had narrow
escapes from being struck by the horse in
his mad flight. There are several circumstances connected with the
affair that Mr. Kennedy will fully investigate. When he left the horse
in the shed, he was securely tied and had on a new bridle. This bridle
is missing and it was not attached to the animal when he came through
the driveway at the Cottage hotel. The tie strap which was fastened
around the horse's neck and then through the ring in the bridle bit
was found in the shed tied to the hitching post. Some one
evidently removed the bridle and stole it, leaving the horse fastened
strap around its neck which it afterwards slipped off and then got
The buggy that was smashed was a new one and belonged to Eben
From Geneva Daily Times 1 March 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Frank McWilliams, who lives on Flint creek,
near Flint, in the town of Gorham, was terribly injured about 6:30
yesterday afternoon while felling a tree. Mr. McWilliams and Joseph
Potter were cutting down a tree on the bank of the creek. They had
planned to have it fall into the water, but in some way miscalculated
and it fell toward them. Mr. Potter, who had just changed places with
Mr. McWilliams, escaped injury, but his employer was caught under the
tree and narrowly escaped being crushed to death. His skull was
injured, eight ribs were broken, his right arm was broken and he was
bruised besides. Notwithstanding his injuries, he walked to his home, a
few rods distant. Dr. Folover of Stanley was summoned and made him as
comfortable as possible. It was stated last evening that he was
conscious and the chances favored his recovery.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 March 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - A horse belonging to John Anderson, that
was tied under the Presbyterian Church hitch barns, broke loose
yesterday afternoon and ran away. As he turned the corner heading to
Main street, the carriage upset and was completely wrecked
in his wild dash up the street. After running a couple of miles
the horse was captured near the Anderson home west of Phelps.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 March 1907
Stanley, N. Y. - The National Protective Legion of Stanley held
its annual election of officers Monday evening. The following officers
were elected for the ensuing year:
|Charles Franklin, President
William Bristol, Worthy Vice-President
Mrs. Thompson, Secretary
Fanny Dougleby, Treasurer
Anna Harvey, Chaplain
James Murphy, Conductor
|Alfred Nelson, Guard
Thomas Loughlin, Sentinel
William Moon, Degree Master
Thomas Joyce, Arthur
William Stratton, Trustees
From Canandaigua Chronicle 20 March 1907
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Olin Washburn fell from a load of
hay on Saturday, sustaining serious injuries. He was taken to the home
of his sister, Mrs. Anson Gage. Dr. Selover of Stanley was called. At
this writing he has regained consciousness and is comfortable.
Monday, about 10:30 o'clock, Fred Payne, a carpenter, employed
by Fred Treat, was painfully injured while working at the County house.
He and some other carpenters were engaged in tearing up some joists in
the kitchen of the building when a heavy cupboard which stood against
the wall suddenly tipped over catching Payne and breaking his collar
bone. Dr. H. C. Buell was summoned and set the bone. Mr. Payne returned
to his home in Davidson avenue and will be incapacitated for several
From Geneva Daily Times 22 March 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Wednesday, Mrs. Ruth Olmstead, who
resides on the "Silver Hill" farm, northwest of Phelps, celebrated her
eighty-fourth birthday. Mrs. Olmstead recently suffered a severe
illness with pneumonia, but despite the fact she is very smart and
active and has all the indications of celebrating many more
anniversaries. Those present at the gathering were Mrs. James Fisk of
Clyde; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clark, Mrs. L. M. Norton, Mrs. F. E.
Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Burgess, Mr. and Mrs.
William Bell, E. F. Bussey, Miss Busey and Mrs. Mary Filkins of
From Geneva Daily Times
26 March 1907
Frank Salome, an Italian, paid $5 last evening for the
privilege of carrying a
gun without a license. Since the Black Hand letter was received here
last week, the police have been keeping a closer watch on the members
of the Italian colony and suspicious characters are being searched by
the policemen. The man could give no satisfactory excuse for carrying
the weapon, so Judge Keyes fined
him five dollars and added the gun to the collection at the station.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 27 March 1907
Stanley, N. Y. - The National Protective Legion elected the
following officers at its annual election, Monday evening, March 18:
President, Charles Franklin; worthy vice-president, William
Bristol; secretary, Mrs. Mary Thompson; treasurer, Frannie
Duggleby; chaplain, Miss Anna Harvey; conductor, James
Murphy; guard, Alfred Nelson; sentinel, Thomas
Loughlin; degree master, William Moon; pianist, Mrs.
William Stratton; trustees, Thomas Joyce, Arthur Washburn and
From Geneva Daily Times 30 March 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Thomas
McCarthy, carpenter for the Central Company, is
confined to his home on North Pleasant street suffering from severe
burns which were incurred while attempting to light
a fire with an inflammable liquid that is used in paint as a
dryer. The liquid ignited on some hidden coals and spread to the can
and instantly the contents exploded, covering McCarthy's clothing, face
and hands. The flesh on the left side of his face and on
his left hand was painfully burned. Dr. P. M. Donnovan attended
Manchester, N. Y. - Michael Langlan, a Lehigh Valley
locomotive engineer of this village, met with a serious accident
and narrowly escaped death while in the discharge of his duties
Wednesday, by falling from his engine when it was going at the rate of
thirty miles an hour. The accident happened near Williamsville, a short
distance from Depew Junction. Langlan started to go from the cab to the
tender, when what is known as the hand rail broke and he fell from the
engine. His fireman saw the accident and stopped the train, and the
going to Langlan's aid found him suffering from a bad cut on his
head and his back injured, but to what extent is not known. It is
considered almost a miracle by railroad men that he was not instantly
From Geneva Daily Times 3
The stork visited at the
home of Police Commissioner Frank Dwyer yesterday.
When it left, there was a new pair of twins at the Dwyer home. The
latest arrivals are a boy and a girl. This is the second
visitation of the kind in this family. The first time it was two boys
and the last pair makes five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dwyer, four
boys and one girl. Mr. Dwyer, who is a prosperous Geneva business man,
is known all over the country in baseball circles. For years he was
pitcher on the Cincinnati team and afterwards was an American league
umpire. He began his baseball career at Hobart college.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 3 April 1907
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. John French narrowly escaped a
serious accident last Friday morning. While attempting to remove the
cover from a tea kettle, some of the boiling water spurted into her
eyes. Fortunately Mr. French was near at hand and immediately applied
an ointment especially prepared for burns. The pain, although severe,
lasted but a few hours.
Victor, N. Y. - The following officers have been chosen
by the National Protective Legion, No. 1023, for the ensuing year: Past
president, Miss Sara M. Harrington; president, James
Struble; vice-president, Birr Lum; secretary, Miss
Maida H. Snyder; treasurer, Charles L. Brown; chaplain, Mrs.
Henry Benson; conductor, Miss Rosa Lynaugh; trustee, Henry
Benson; grand, Mrs. William Lewis, sentinel, Miss
Lena Lynaugh; pianist, Miss Maryett Benson.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 April 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The following officers have been
elected by the Clifton Springs Military Band to act during the ensuing
year: President, Gregory Lindner; Vice-President, W.
Hughes; Treasurer, G. Walters; Secretary and Leader, Leo
Lindner; Executive Committee, J. Kelly, A. Stevens, E. E.
Hayden, R. Scott and S. Siegwald. During the year 1906
the cash receipts of the organization were $819.53.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 April 1907
Oreste Dellons, an Italian, paid fifty dollars into the city
treasury this morning
for the privilege of carrying a gun without a license. Dellons was
picked up on Exchange street in company with another Italian at an
early hour this morning by Officer Kuney. When searched at the station
a large gun was found on the man. In police court
this morning he was arraigned on the charge. He was not a citizen and
had secured a license to carry the weapon. Since the reception of the
many Black Hand letters here, the police have been searching almost
every suspicious Italian for weapons. It was not thought that the man
belonged to the Black Hand but it was believed that he was better off
without the gun. Judge Keyes therefore imposed a fine of $50 just as a
warning to other Italians that the practice must be stopped. Dellons
had a fat roll of bills and he rolled off a shiny, yellow-backed fifty
dollar bill and paid the fine.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 17 April 1907
Eugene Simonds of Bristol Center was injured in a runaway which
occurred in Bristol street Saturday morning. The wagon tongue loosened
and fell, frightening his team which started and ran down the asylum
hill. The wagon struck the curbing and threw Mr. Simonds out upon the
pavement with great force. He sustained painful bruises and injuries to
his head and back. He was taken to the Canandaigua Hospital of
Physicians and Surgeons and attended by Drs. Armstrong and Gregg.
St. Mary's Church, Canandaigua - Baptized last Sunday, Edward
William Finnerty and Salvatore Fardella.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 April 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Carl Bankston,
a farmer 60 years of age, who resides on the Olmstead
farm north of Phelps, was struck and badly injured by a Lehigh Valley
passenger train due here at 3:12 Sunday afternoon. The accident
happened at the crossing a few rods west of the Lehigh Valley station.
Mr. Bankston was spending the afternoon at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. John Bossant, who live near the crossing, and as he was
about to cross the tracks going home, the train appeared in sight.
He turned the horse off the tracks but just as the train was about to
pass, the animal became frightened and made a leap in front of the
The horse was instantly killed and the carriage completely demolished.
Mr. Bankston was thrown in front of the locomotive, but miraculously
escaped being run over. His leg is said to have been broken and he
sustained serious bruises about the body. An ugly cut on the head
appears the most dangerous but it is not thought the injuries will
prove fatal. Dr. W. A. Howe was called and dressed the wounds.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 April 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Charles Carr, of this village, underwent
another operation at Dr. McClellan's hospital, Canandaigua,
yesterday. This time his left foot was amputated above the ankle. Mr.
Carr has been having trouble with his foot for some time and has had
several operations performed in hopes that amputation would be
unnecessary. Last week particles of decayed bone were removed from his
ankle. The two operations so near together have left Mr. Carr in a
From Canandaigua Chronicle 24 April 1907
Thursday about 10:30 a.m., at his residence in Clark street, Geo.
Voorhees' touring car caught fire and was burned up. The chemical
engine was summoned but was unable to save the auto. The machine was
valued at $1200 with $500 insurance.
Myron Randall of Allen's Hill suffered serious injuries to his
face and arms Monday while attempting to rescue the horses from his
barn which was being destroyed by fire. He entered the barn which was
in flames and brought out one horse. He returned to get the other
animal which kicked him in the jaw which was fractured by the blow. He
was also seriously burned. Mr. Randall was removed to the Memorial
hospital and at last reports his condition was favorable.
Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. Caroline Gallup celebrated her 84th
birthday on Monday, April 22nd, at her home in this village. Mrs.
Gallup is bright and active and enjoys excellent health for one of her
age. She is one of the oldest living members of the First Presbyterian
church of this village, and was a teacher in the Sunday school for over
forty years, giving up the entire charge of her class during the past
year, now acting as assistant teacher. Mrs. Gallup is a true Christian
woman and beloved by all who know her. Her life is a grand example for
Victor, N. Y. - John Conover, who resides east of this
village, passed his 90th birthday on Saturday, April 20th. Mr. Conover
is active for one of his years and on his birthday, last Saturday,
spent the most of the day working, engaged in sorting potatoes. Mr.
Conover does not get away from his home often, but is still able to do
considerable work about the farm.
Shortsville, N. Y. - On Wednesday evening, Charles
Van Buren, Railroad avenue, was completely surprised by about 25
of his friends who had been invited to spend the evening with him in
celebration of his 62d birthday. The party was arranged by his
daughter, Miss Anita Van Buren, and was a genuine surprise party. The
evening was passed pleasantly at cards and supper was served by Miss
Van Buren, assisted by the Misses Hester V. Heath, Roma Baggerly and
Irene Hebbard; and Messrs. Lyle Felton and Levi Huntington.
Manchester, N. Y. - Albert Reeves and Wm. Shaw, both
of Farmington, experienced an exciting runaway Sunday about noon. They
had been to the village and were driving home with two horses on a
democrat wagon, when about two miles west of here one of the horses
stumbled and a bit was broken. Both horses started into a run, and it
being impossible to guide them with the broken bit, the wagon collided
with a telephone pole, smashing both forward wheels, throwing Mr.
Reeves, the driver, out, Mr. Shaw having previously jumped out. The
horses being freed from the wagon ran into a nearby wheat field, the
men in pursuit; the owner of the field came out and ordered them to get
out of the field as soon as possible; that being just what the men were
trying to do no quarrel ensued. The horses were finally secured, broken
harness temporarily repaired, and the men continued their homeward
journey on foot, leaving the broken wagon by the roadside.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 April
Michael Petrio, an Italian, had
his right thigh broken just above the knee while at work
on the New York Central Railroad near Border City yesterday afternoon.
Petrio was helping to handle a rail when it slipped and fell. The rail
caught the man on the leg, which was broken and also badly bruised. Dr.
H. D. Weyburn was called. The physician
bandaged the injury and sent a call for the ambulance. Petrio was
removed as soon as possible to the city hospital, where the fracture
From Geneva Daily Times 29 April 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - A spirited horse driven by Frank Barringer became
unmanageable on West Main Street Sunday afternoon and before Mr.
Barringer could get control of the animal, he collided with a telephone
pole. Mrs. Barringer, who was riding with her husband, jumped and
escaped injury. Mr. Barringer was cut about the face and somewhat
bruised but the injuries will not result seriously. The carriage was
From Geneva Daily Times 30 April 1907
Gorham, N. Y. - The one hundredth
anniversary of the town of Gorham will be reached in the present
month. On Jan 27, 1789, when the territory which had been named
Ontario County was divided into townships, history says that the
town was called "Easton" and in April, 1806, it was changed to Lincoln.
One year later, in 1807, in honor of Nathaniel Gorham, one of the
proprietors of the Phelps and Gorham purchase. The first town meeting
on record was held April 4, 1797, at the dwelling house of one of the
pioneers, Frederick Fallet, and the officers elected were
the following: Supervisor, Samuel Day; town clerk, James
Austin, overseers of the poor, Wm. Eagle and Joseph
Brundage; commissioner of assessors, Samuel Day, Frederick
Silas Reed and James Warner; highways, Elijah Hurd,
Robert Whittery and Wm. Hicks; constable, John Warren.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 1 May 1907
Chapinville, N. Y. - A notable visit to a remarkable woman was
enjoyed by the pastor and his wife of the Chapinville church last
Thursday. In the home of Mrs. Ann C. Riker, on the farm east
of the village where they have lived for more than two score years, we
found the oldest lady resident of the town of Hopewell, in good health
and spirits with a mind more vigorous than many women of fifty. She
related not only incidents of her past life as all old people are
pleased to but talked of present day occurrences with her family and
neighbors with the keen interest characteristic of her younger days. A
few months ago your correspondent went to call on her and found her
cleaning the cook stove, overhauling it top and bottom, to put it in
better condition for baking. At this time she sat at the head of the
table and served the tea. The other day she had prepared for her
guests, and she frequently does it, so we were told by her youngest
daughter, Cora, the most delicious bread and mince pie. In the
afternoon, instead of lying down for her accustomed rest, she sewed rug
rags and wound quite a ball as well and rapidly as the younger lady
working with her. On the 26th of next July, should the Good Providence
see fit to spare her life till then, she will be 90 years of age. She
has lived a simple, humble faithful Christian life in the faith of the
Quakers of the New England states from which they came to this state
about 70 years ago. Rearing a large family she was unable to indulge
her taste for the fine arts, which longing was suppressed for more than
three score years. When she became released from the excessive family
cares, most naturally she took to the use of the brush, paints and
palette and has painted since her three-score and ten floral designs
which now beautify not only her own home, but the homes of her many
friends, as they have been gifts from her skillful, aged hands and
great heart. Less than one year ago she painted with sweet brier roses,
a souvenir post card to send to her daughter in Brooklyn. Among other
pictures, old and new, she showed us the old home of her mother in
Somerset, Massachusetts, and gave us to copy for the press an ancient
marriage certificate of the Order of Friends when they were united in
matrimony by the joining of hands with solemn mutual vows at the
monthly meetings, in the absence of clerical ceremony as now required.
I here append the certificate of this remarkable old lady's aunt which
was found among other gifts after the aunt's will was executed:
Form of Ancient Marriage Among the Friends:
Whereas, Brice Wing, of Dartmouth, in the county of Bristol, in
the government of Massachusetts Bay in New England, son of Daniel Wing
and Lydia, his wife, and Mary Davis, daughter of Benjamin Davis and
Lydia, his wife, of Freetown in the county of Bristol and government
Having declared their intention of taking each other in marriage
before several Publick meetings of the people called Quakers, at
Swansey according to the good order used among them whose proceeding
therein after a deliberate, consideration thereof were approved by the
said meetings, they appearing clear of all others, and having consent
of Parents and others Concerned.
Now these are to Certify all whom it may Concern that for the full
Accomplishing of their said Intentions this Second Day of the fourth
month Called April in the year of Our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred
and Seventy-Eight, They the said Brice Wing and Mary Davis, appear in a
Publick Assembly of the aforesaid people and others met together in
their meeting house at Swansey Aforesaid And in a solemn manner, he the
said Brice Wing taking the said Mary Davis by the hand did openly
Declare, that he took her to be his Wife promising through the Lord's
assistance to be unto her a true and faithful husband until Death
Separate them, or words to that Import. And they the said Brice Wing
and Mary Davis Then according to the custom of Marriage Assuming the
name of her husband as a further confirmation thereof did there and
then to those present set their hands.
And we whose names are hereunto Subscribed being present at the
solemnizing of their marriage Subscription in manner aforesaid as
witness hereunto have also these presents Subscribed our names the Day
and year Above Written:
Phillips Chase, Theophiles Shove, Jr., Clark Purintun, Moses
Buffenton, Moses Chase, Stephen Stead, Amasa Chase, John Howland, John
Earl, Joseph Weaver, William Bowers, Mary Bowers, Lydia Weaver, Hannah
Chase, Rebecca Earl, Patience Brayton, Patience Brayton, Phebe
Robenson, Elizabeth Chase, Abigail Thearman, Lydia Puventon, Alice
Chase, Hannah Stead, Deborah Chase, Henry Bowers, Susan Davis, Benj'a
Davis, John Wing, Thomas Weaver, Emma Davis, Jermiah Wing, Eber Chase,
Caleb Earl, Bessie Buffinton, William Lawton, Benjamin Head.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 May 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Today Mrs. Mary A. Dawkins, a well-known
resident of this town, will observe her 87th birthday at her home near
Steele. Mrs. Dawkins was born in England, and came to this country when
nine years of age. In company with her parents, long before the advent
of railroads, she made the trip from the eastern part of the state by
wagon and ever since has resided in this vicinity. Among her treasured
possessions is a tiny pair of shoes that she wore when a child. Mrs.
in full possession of her mental faculties and is in good health. For
many years she has been a communicant of the Episcopal church.
year her friends arrange that the anniversary of her birth is a
From Canandaigua Chronicle 8 May 1907
St. Mary's Church, Canandaigua, N. Y. - Baptized last Sunday: Vincenza
Di Marcantonio, Giusepppina Gentile and Gertrude Helen Norson.
Canadice, N. Y. - Oliver Childs of Bald Hill, while on the way to
Hemlock on Thursday of this week, met with quite a severe accident. The
team became unmanageable and ran away throwing Mr. Childs out and
injuring him so badly that he has been unable to be taken to his home
at this writing.
Shortsville, N. Y. - On Saturday afternoon, May 11, the
Shortsville Baseball Nine and Home Plate team of Rochester, will play
the opening game of the season in this village, on the East Main street
diamond. It is expected that a band will be in attendance. The
Shortsville nine includes the following players: Pitchers, Harry
Dixon and Harry Schultz; catcher, Eddie Recinwald; first
base, Dan Schultz; second base, Walter Wagner; third
base, Brushard; shortstop, Leech; left field, Harding;
center field, Dygert; right field, Hillyer. The
officers for the Baseball association for this season are: President, J.
R. Hillman; vice-president, DeWitt Power; manager, Clarence
D. Bentley; directors, O. C. Buck, Sydney L. Heath and Howard
From Geneva Daily Times 9 May 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - There was a family reunion last evening at the new
home recently prepared by Dominick Fauet on Quarry street, for
the reception of his wife whom he had left in the old country four
years ago, while he came to
America to lay the foundation of their future home. Dominick had
been married but two months when he sailed from Italy leaving his
bride in care of his brother, Lewie. He has made Phelps his home
for the past two years, saved his earnings aside from the money that he
sent to his wife, and is now financially able to bring her to this
country where they will make their permanent home. Mrs. Fauet arrived
here Tuesday evening.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 May 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Village Attorney
Horace W. Fitch was quite badly injured in a runaway
accident at Gorham yesterday afternoon. He drove a Canandaigua
livery horse to Gorham to attend the funeral of a relative, and
the runaway occurred there, resulting in Mr. Fitch being thrown from
the carriage and dragged. He sustained a bad cut on his face and
the loss of several teeth, besides painful bruises and other injuries.
He was brought to his home here on Chapin street.
From Geneva Daily Times 13 May 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - To settle an argument over the ownership of a
pint of whiskey, Charles Smith of Unionville and James
Welsh of Clifton Springs, engaged in a fistic encounter on Main
street Saturday and were so busy pummeling each other that they failed
to notice Office Loney approaching. He
stopped the melee and hauled both pugilists before Justice Cornford.
During the melee, the bottle that was the cause of the disturbance got
smashed and the fiery contents went to waste. Smith got fifteen days
straight at the county jail and Welsh had the alternative of paying
dollars fine or accompanying his partner to the county seat for a
like number of days. He was unable to raise the money and had to take
From Canandaigua Chronicle 15 May 1907
Centerfield, N. Y. - On Sunday morning as John Monahan's young
sons were returning home from delivering their milk, they ran into a
light buggy driven by Isaac Kimber and Isaac Kimber, Jr., of
Bristol Center. The little fellows lost control of their horse and the
heavy milk wagon soon made way with the light wagon. Mr. Kimber, Sr.,
was not injured very much but his son was thrown out and dragged some
distance before the frightened horse could be stopped, when at last it
ran into the fence by Albert Morris' orchard. The horse was
terribly injured as well as Mr. Kimber, Jr. They were on their way to John
Collins'. Mr. Kimber, Sr. is a brother of Mrs. Collins.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 May 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Hard cider was the vehicle that brought three
unfortunates before Justice Cornford yesterday. The first one was George
Cuddeback, better known as "Chawteback," a well-known character. A
new found friend with money purchased a half barrel of cider which
Cuddeback hauled to the home of Curtis Young, where all
present did full justice to the apple juice. A complaint was made and
Constable Landon went to the scene of the revelry and placed Cuddeback
and his partner under arrest. Cuddeback promised Justice Cornford that
he would stay away from Phelps until the first day of January, 1908, if
let go and the justice took him at his word. His partner, who is a
stranger here, was ordered to go to work at once.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 May 1907
Manchester, N. Y. - Alvin H. Dewey, one of the most prominent and
highly respected citizens in the township of Manchester, met with a
serious and perhaps fatal accident at his farm, one mile east of this
village, Saturday. Mr. Dewey retired from farming on April 1st, and
moved to the village of Clifton Springs, his farm being taken in charge
by his son. Saturday Mr. Dewey came from his home and was engaged in
drawing a load of wood from some newly cleared timber land. As Mr.
Dewey was riding on top of the load coming out,
one of the wheels struck a log or root and he was thrown from the load.
The team continued to move on with the load, a wheel passing over Mr.
Dewey's right shoulder and leg. He now lied in a critical condition
at the home of his son, suffering with a broken shoulder, a broken leg,
several broken ribs and injured back, and it is feared serious internal
From Geneva Daily Times 1 June 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - William Egbert and Joseph Dene, employees
at the Lisk, had a narrow escape from drowning Thursday afternoon. They
were fishing in the lake and when about in the middle, opposite
Tichenor's Point, the boat filled with
water and overturned. They were plunged into the water, but clung
to the ends of the boat, while calls of distress brought the E. H.
Bryce launch to their rescue and the men and their capsized boat were
brought safely to land.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 June 1907
Miss Loretta Gibson, of Exchange street, delightfully entertained
a number of her friends at her home last evening.
Music and games were indulged in and refreshments were served.
Among those present were the Misses Hazel Van Huben, Marguerite
Hannum, Bertha Habberfield, Irene Van Huben, Mary Rogers, Alva
Habberfield, Hannah Rogers, Matilda Huber, Messrs. Frank
Demming, James Callan, George Bourn, Eddy Jackson, Lloyd
Bosworth, and Harold Raaf.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 June 1907
Peter Conover, a well-known character about the city, made an
unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide yesterday afternoon. Mr. Conover
took a quantity of morphine but was discovered before the drug had a
chance to do its work and was rescued by a vigorous use of the stomach
pump by two physicians. The attempt to end his life was made by Mr.
Conover, it is believed, while he was in a fit of
despondency. Under the old village government, Mr. Conover was
one of the constables. At one time he was possessed of considerable
property. Of late he has had but little to do and it is also stated
that he has lost most of his property through poor investments. For the
past year or so he has been engaged chiefly as a process server for
local attorneys and he has, as a rule, made his headquarters at the
police station. For some time it had been noticed that Mr. Conover had
been gradually failing in health, and also in spirits. Yesterday
morning he was at the police station as usual. In conversation with
Officer McDonald, he stated that he was not feeling well and that he
was going to have an operation soon. He was acting somewhat strangely
at the time, but no particular attention was paid to him by the
afternoon Mrs. Conover noticed her husband acting strangely and she
watch of him. Shortly after 3 o'clock he went upstairs. She followed a
short time afterwards and found Mr. Conover unrobed and in bed. He was
half asleep and apparently rapidly sinking into unconsciousness. Mrs.
Conover, her suspicions aroused, asked him if he had taken anything and
he replied, "Yes, it is all off."
There was no one in the house at the time except
Mr. and Mrs. Conover and a young daughter. Mrs. Conover called
to the little girl to telephone for a physician while she endeavored
to keep Mr. Conover awake. It was some time before a physician
was located. Finally Dr. Youngs, and later Dr. McCaw, were located.
Both physicians responded as soon as they got the call. Mr. Conover
was unconscious when the physicians arrived. Emetics were administered
without result and then the stomach pump was resorted to and the poison
removed from the stomach. The physicians worked over the man for nearly
three hours before consciousness was restored. As he regained his
it is stated, he struggled with the physicians and cried out that if he
did not died this time he would accomplish his purpose in some other
Mr. Conover is supposed to have taken a powder containing about five
of morphine. It is stated that about five days ago he purchased such a
powder and took it home saying it was to be used to kill a dog with.
Conover discovered the powder in the pocket of his coat and removed it
and hid it in a bureau drawer. Mr. Conover, it is said, discovered the
powder after he went upstairs and immediately swallowed it.
Another attempt to end his life, it is stated, was made by Mr. Conover
about two weeks ago. On this occasion he took a gun from its usual
place and went into the cellar. Mrs. Conover followed him and after a
struggle took the gun away from him. Mr. Conover is a son of the late
George S. Conover, who had a considerable reputation as a local
From Canandaigua Chronicle 12 June 1907
Shortsville, N. Y. - Herman Inglis of Hopewell had a narrow
escape from serious injury on Saturday morning. He was turning a horse
into pasture when the animal kicked him making a bad wound in the
forehead just above the eyes. Several stitches were necessary to close
the wound which is a very painful one.
Rushville, N. Y. - Last Wednesday while Ernest and
Ethel Cole were driving home from school, their horse became
frightened at an automobile which was crossing the bridge by the lumber
yard and turning quickly upset the carriage throwing the occupants into
the ditch. Some men nearby promptly caught the horse and helped the two
out of their difficulty. They escaped with slight injuries.
From Victor Herald 14 June 1907
Mrs. Laurence Meagher received a serious scalp wound and other
injuries as the result of being thrown from a wagon in a runaway
accident which occurred near the New York Central station in this
village Thursday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Meagher, who reside south of
this village, drove up to leave some packages at the express office.
While Mr. Meagher was in the office the horse was frightened by the
noise of a train on the other side of the station and whirled suddenly,
throwing Mrs. Meagher out onto the cement walk. Turning into Maple
avenue, the animal dashed down the hill from the station and was
brought to a halt by becoming entangled with the large freight wagon of
the Locke Insulator Mfg. Co., which stood at one side of the road near
the foot of the hill. Mrs. Meagher was removed to the Central Hotel. It
is hoped that she may be able to be taken to her home today.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 June 1907
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Jane Crandall, an old lady of Farmington,
fell to the floor Thursday and fractured her collar bone for the second
time within a year. It is stated that during her life this accident has
been repeated three times.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 June 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Francis Miller, of Farmington, is in
county jail here charged with abduction. He was arrested Saturday on a
charge preferred by Abram Douglass, who claims that during the
latter's absence, Miller, who is a farm hand and was in Douglass's
employ, took a ladder and got into the room of Douglass's daughter,
Bertha, and took her with him to Palmyra, where they took a car to
Lyons and were together that night and part of the next day before the
girl's father overtook them. The girl is only 16 years old. Mr.
Douglass caused Miller's arrest, and he was remanded to jail by Justice
Edwin Gardner, of Farmington, and will be held for grand jury disposal.
Shortsville, N. Y. - Fred Warne, of this village, a brakeman on
the Lehigh Valley Railroad, came near being fatally injured at
Manchester Station night before last. Mr. Warne was
off duty and was going to Buffalo where his wife is, having been
summoned there last week because of the serious illness of her sister,
when he slipped and fell almost under a passing car. The eye witnesses
of the accident think it was a very narrow escape, and as it was his
injuries are quite severe as his head was badly cut and bruised.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 19 June 1907
Saturday afternoon a horse driven by Elmer Davis was
struck at the corner of Chapin street and Adelaide avenue by an
automobile driven by Fred R. Appleton, Gorham street. In the
auto with Mr. Appleton was his little daughter, who was thrown out by
the force of the collision but escaped with few bruises. Neither Mr.
Davis nor Mr. Appleton were injured and the horse was only slightly
cut. Both the carriage and the auto were somewhat damaged by the crash.
Friday morning about 9:45 o'clock, after taking fright at the railway
cars in front of the town house, a young team of horses attached to a
farm wagon and driven by Porter D. Smith of Farmington, ran
away down Main street at a fearful pace, furnishing one of the ugliest
runaways seen in this place in some time. The team at top speed ran to
the lake road, turning in front of the Lake Breeze hotel, causing a
rapid clearing of the street to give it right of way, while Mr. Smith
sat braced in the wagon box guiding them as much as possible to prevent
collisions. A large crowd soon gathered in the business portion of the
street and watched the course of the team, which attempted to turn the
lake road corner at their mad speed. The turn was too short and one of
the team slipped and fell, sliding about 30 feet, pulling down the
other horse and bringing them both to a halt, when a passerby caught
their bridle. Mr. Smith suffered no injury although the strain of the
incident weakened him greatly for the time. The first horse which fell
suffered several slight scratches.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 June 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Eveline Smith fell at her home
on Chapin street Thursday evening and fractured a hip.
She was alone at the time and was found lying on the floor. Mrs. Smith
is advanced in years and is quite feeble. She was removed to the
Memorial Hospital. Some time ago she fell and fractured her jaw. She
had also broken a wrist previous to that accident. She is the widow of
Dr. J. T. Smith, one of the leading physicians of this town for many
From Geneva Daily Times 24 June 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - The annual reunion of the Ridley family was
held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wheeler Saturday.
there were 125 members of the family, their relatives and friends,
present. The guests were entertained with games, music and the
literary programs: "Aunt Hetty's Reflection on Matrimony," Miss
Lake; "John Takes a Degree," Mrs. J. W. Donnelly; "How
is Grandpa?," Charles Ridley, Jr.; . . . . . . also rendered by
the Misses Emma Severn, Alice Lake, and Master Loyd
and a vocal selection given in German by Miss Anna Conine. Following
these exercises, a banquet was served on the lawn. The following
were elected: President, E. L. Ridley; vice-presidents, William
L. Crothers, Mrs. William Dudley, Mrs. Horace Hughson, Mrs. S. E.
Burgdorf, Mrs. George A. Conine, Mrs. J. W. Donnelly, Charles Crothers,
Jesse Severn, Nelson Ridley, William Hughson; secretary, James
Jackson; treasurer, Elmer VanIngraham.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 June 1907
The annual meeting of the Standard Bearers was held
Saturday evening at the home of Miss Mae Storms. The following
officers were elected: President, Edith Ingraham; first
vice-president, Gertrude Brizzee; second vice-president, Grace
Shaw; third vice-president, May Smith; fourth
vice-president, LaVern Stoddard; recording secretary, Grace
Brizee, corresponding secretary, Miss Etta Powell; treasurer,
George Smith; collectors, Howard Green, Warren Stoddard and
May Storms; organists, Grace Shaw and Grace
Brizzee; chairman of literary committee, Rev. H. L. Andrews; literary
committee, Grace Shaw, Edith Ingraham and LaVerne
From Canandaigua Chronicle 26 June 1907
William C. Watson, Perry Place, an employe of the McKechnie
brewery, was struck by a wheel in the ice plant Thursday afternoon and
sustained a severe cut on the right side of the face. It was necessary
to take five stitches in the cut. Friday afternoon at about the same
time Mr. Watson fell from a scaffold in the cold storage plant and
fractured his right leg above the ankle.
St. Mary's Church, Canandaigua, N. Y. - The following names
were given to the infants baptized last Sunday: William James
McNamara, Alphonse Joseph Van Damme, Antonio Caruso, Maria Louis
From Geneva Daily Times 27 June 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Thomas Ryan of Victor was struck by a
Rochester and Eastern car near Victor late Tuesday night and was
brought to the Memorial Hospital in this village suffering from a
dislocated shoulder and fractured rib. The flesh was torn for several
inches from the thigh. Ryan was in such a heavy stupor that he did not
rouse while his wounds were being cared for. Dr. O. J. Hallenbeck, the
company's physician, attended him. Ryan is about 40 years of age and
From Geneva Daily Times 28 June 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The wedding of Thomas F. O'Connell of
Chapinville to Miss Ada May Randolph, who is employed in this
village, which has been announced in several papers as having taken
place Wednesday, did not come off on scheduled time. The groom had made
arrangements with Rev. James T. Dougherty to perform the ceremony, the
girl giving her age as eighteen. The news reached the girl's family at
Italy and the mother and her three sons came to town as quickly as
possible, arriving here in time to stop the ceremony on the ground that
was only sixteen. The girl's brothers applied for a warrant for
charging him with abduction, but after taking counsel with the justice,
decided not to press the charge, and the family returned to Italy,
the girl with them.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 July 1907
Manchester, N. Y.
- Friends here have been notified that Mrs. W. H. Post of
this village, who went to Rochester to
attend a picnic a few days ago, had been injured while getting on a
street car, and had been unable to walk since. An effort
will be made to bring her home today.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 July 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y.
- For attempting to kill his wife, his daughter, and her child, Paddy
Mitchell of Ontario street is incarcerated in the police station
today. He managed to inflict a bad scalp wound on his wife's head with
an axe. Paddy
is not considered mentally responsible, and he indulged in fire
water instead of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth.
Gorham, N. Y. - Saturday evening as William Pulver left
his store to
go home, going out by the back door, he encountered some obstruction
which in the darkness he did not see, and fell, running a nail into the
roof of his mouth through the lip. Treatment
was immediately given by Dr. Stevenson to prevent blood poison
and it is hoped that no serious consequences will result from the
From Canandaigua Chronicle 10 July 1907
On July 4th, the house of Mr. and Mrs. John Bundy, on the
Geneva turnpike, was the scene of a pleasant family gathering, when
children and grandchildren, together with friends, gathered for a happy
day. The day was an ideal one, and when father and mother and their
nine children, together with sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law, and
grandchildren gathered, making a group of 22, there was the look of joy
and happiness on each face as they sat on the porch for a photograph,
then they went out on the side lawn, where tables were set, loaded down
with a bountiful dinner to which all did ample justice. Amusements
followed and several fine selections were given by Clarence Brandow
on his phonograph. After the last rocket was sent up and the
cracker set off, the merry party separated, each going home with the
remembrance of a happy time. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand
Tum of Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brandow and two
daughters, S. A. Brandow, Mr. and Mrs. William Bundy and baby
of Cheshire, Mr. and Mrs. Adelmon Bundy and Mr. and Mrs.
John Collins and James Collins, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Stark
and three children of Centerfield, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stark, Miss
Mabel Stark and Thomas Stark of Rushville.
Victor, N. Y. - George Pittinger, who resides east of
this village, was a victim of the Fourth. Mr. Pittinger had the
misfortune to lose a finger by an explosion caused by attempting to
remove a jammed cartridge from a magazine shot gun.
From Geneva Daily
Times 15 July 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - M. F. Truax, of Geneva, was here yesterday
conferring with laboring men with the view of establishing a branch of
the Laborers' Union in Phelps. About 25 joined Mr. Truax at the Phelps
Hotel and the local conditions were thoroughly discussed. Those present
enrolled themselves as charter members and instructed Mr. Truax to
apply for a charter. Officers as follows were elected: President, Patrick
Cannavan; secretary, Frank Van Buren; treasurer, Jeffery
From Geneva Daily Times 16 July 1907
Phelps, N. Y. - Charles Coburn, a Crown Drill employee, is
suffering from blood poisoning, as a result of a slight injury that he
received while handling a heavy piece of timber a few days ago. The
timber dropped on Mr. Coburn's finger and caused a
slight bruise which, so far, has refused to heal. The entire
hand and the arm below the elbow is now affected.
T. H. Truslow and E. A. Ellis returned last night from
an automobile trip to Cleveland. They left Geneva at 2 o'clock Saturday
afternoon and drove to Buffalo, arriving at 7 o'clock. On Sunday they
went to Cleveland and yesterday returned to Geneva, covering the 300
miles in twenty hours. This is an exceptionally long
days' run and the route was covered without incident. The trip was made
on an average of eighteen miles to a gallon of gasoline.
T. H. Chew and H. H. Schieffelin purchased new Buick
automobiles yesterday. Both cars are of the two cylinder 24-horsepower
From Geneva Daily Times 18 July 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. -
Saturday Mrs. Michael Durand, who resides on the Durand
farm on the Cheshire road west of this village, will celebrate her
100th birthday. This notable anniversary will not be made the occasion
of a formal celebration owing
to the fact that last fall Mrs. Durand fell and fractured her hip and
shoulder and since then her strength has failed. She
is able to be lifted from her bed to her chair and joins her family
during the day. She is cared for by her daughter, Miss Myra Durand. Six
children, thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren complete
the family. She was a daughter of Captain George
Hickox, a pioneer settler of this town. Her husband, Elias
Durand, died many years ago. Mrs. Durand retains her mental faculties
to a wonderful degree and her memory is remarkable.
From Geneva Daily Times 22 July 1907
Clifton Springs, N. Y.
- The following young ladies, chaperoned by Mrs. Ed. Benham, are
camping at Beckwith Cottage, Sodus Point, this week: Misses Laura,
Katherine and Mary Donovan, Jennie Benham, Kittie Madden,
Jennie Madden, Minnie Lindner, Anna Lindner of Clifton Springs,
and Miss Nellie Wormsted of Seneca Falls, and Marge Sabine
From Geneva Daily Times
24 July 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Yesterday afternoon the Memorial Hospital
received two badly injured patients from Reeds Corners. They were Martin
Jones, who suffered from fractures of both ankles and a rib, and Benton
Pierce, who had his thigh and one arm broken. The men were working
on a scaffold, painting the barn of H. A. Pratt on the Middle
road, between Rushville and Leeds Corners, when the scaffold fell and
precipitated them to the ground. Dr. F. C. Brockmyre was called, and he
placed the injured men in a comfortable a condition as possible for
their removal to the hospital.
From Canandaigua Chronicle 24 July 1907
The following party of young ladies are spending two weeks at
Ko-Ko-Ko-Ho Lodge on the lake, chaperoned by Mrs. G. A. Wegner, Howell
street: the Misses Edna Williams and Eleanor and Lillian
Gunnell of Buffalo; and Misses Linda Combes, Charlotte Fox,
Wilma Wegner, Marguerite France, Mary Lane and Bertha Case of
Shortsville, N. Y. - When returning from the ball game at
Palmyra on Saturday evening in their Ford run-about, Clarence
Heath, and his son, Sydney L. Heath, had a narrow escape
from a serious accident. Just outside the village of Manchester, the
roads have been filled with gravel, and as the machine struck this bad
road, on a down grade, the steering apparatus failed to respond to the
driver's hand, and the car was ditched. Mr. Heath was thrown several
feet in the air, and it was at first feared that he was severely
injured, but he luckily escaped with nothing worse than a very thorough
shaking up. The machine was put out of business for the time being, and
was hauled to Shortsville by the Wheel shop team.
Cheshire, N. Y. - Last Tuesday Roy Mullen met with a
painful accident. He was unloading hay when the rope on the horse fork
became twisted. In attempting to untwist the rope, his finger was
caught in the pulley, breaking one of the bones and also smashing the
nail and the end of the finger and bruising other fingers. Dr. Hutchens
dressed the wounds.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 July 1907
Rushville, N. Y. - Vernon Squires, Cazort Boardman, Rushville, John
Furgeson, Gorham, Harold Dwyer, Canandaigua, Misses
Fay Fisher, Effie Fisher, Bessie Jones, Rushville, Miss
Mildred Phillips, Gorham, have gone to Sodus Bay for a ten-days
outing, having rented a cottage, taking Mr. and Mrs. William Holbrook
along in the capacity of chaperons.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 July 1907
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Today at her home, three miles west of
this village, Mrs. Michael Hickox Durand reached her one
hundredth birthday anniversary. Owing to her feeble condition, the
event is not being formally celebrated, as the family had hoped, but
her sons and daughters and as many of her grandchildren as could be
present are with her. They include Mrs. E. A. McGerald of Buffalo; Miss
Myra Durand, who lives with her mother and whose life has been devoted
to her comfort and happiness; Rufus A. Durand and Henry A. Durand of
Canandaigua; and Will G. Durand of Phelps. There are thirteen
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Within the year Mrs.
Durand has fractured a hip and a shoulder, and though she has partly
recovered, she has failed gradually under the strain. She is able to be
lifted from her bed into her wheel chair and goes out on the veranda
daily when the weather permits. She usually shares the midday meal with
the family. Her mental powers are still strong, and her memory is
clear. Newspapers and periodicals have been her constant companions,
and she has read assiduously on all topics of the day. Within the last
few months, during the time when she has been confined to her bed, with
a fractured limb, she has read less. She delights to recall interesting
events of pioneer days and the changes she has witnessed in the manner
of living afford an endless subject of conversation. She repeats long
poems and sketches which she learned in her youth.
Mrs. Durand was a daughter of Captain George Hickox and was a
granddaughter of Levi Hickox, who was among the first settlers on the
Phelps & Gorham purchase. The senior Hickox was a soldier in the
Revolutionary War and was with Washington at Trenton. Mr. Hickox
obtained the rank of captain by his service in general training, when
twice a year the yeomen between the ages of 18 and 40 years were
summoned to the two training days, and in case of non-appearance they
were fined. Later in the war of 1812, Captain Hickox was stationed at
Buffalo, in charge of a company of militia. Mrs. Durand's mother was
Eunice Holcomb, who came from New England to teach school in the
New country. She met Captain Hickox and their marriage followed. Mrs.
Durand was married to Elias Durand in 1830, when she was 23 years of
age. Her husband was a descendant of Dr. John Durand, a Huguenot, who
came to this country from France in 1665. His tombstone still stands in
Derby, Conn. The wedding outfit of Mrs. Durand was secured from the
sale of twenty coverlets, which she wove with her own hands and
of at $1.25 each. The married life, and, indeed, the whole life of Mrs.
Durand has been spent within a few miles of her birthplace. Here she
has lived for a century. Her children have grown into manhood and
Her husband has been taken from her, and for 42 years she has been
his companionship. But through all the changes of times, she has
her sweetness and simplicity of mind and heart. For 75 years, she has
been a devoted adherent of the Methodist faith. She was received into
the church in the Coke chapel, which was situated near her home.
From Geneva Daily Times 30
Mrs. Louis Stauff of Exchange street was severely injured by a
fall from a street car in Exchange street last evening. Mrs. Stauff was
on her way home on a car coming toward the city. Just how the accident
happened is something of a mystery although it is supposed that she got
dizzy as she attempted to step from the car and and fell. The car
was moving at the time. The conductor had been told to stop at the
corner of North and Exchange streets. He evidently misunderstood the
signal however, for the car kept on going. As it passed Mrs. Stauff's
home, she got up and again motioned to the conductor. The car slackened
speed somewhat and the woman moved over toward the side of the car.
As she got near the edge she fell over and onto the pavement. The
car was stopped and Mrs. Stauff was picked up and carried to a nearby
porch. She was unconscious. Dr. W. W. Skinner was called immediately.
It was found that the left shoulder was fractured and that there were
numerous bruises about the head and shoulders. One knee was also badly
bruised. Mrs. Stauff regained consciousness after a time and was
to her home. Today it was reported that she was somewhat improved.
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