From Ontario County Journal 1 January 1909
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - At a regular meeting of Camp No. 9058,
Modern Woodmen of America, the following officers were elected:
|Venerable consul - G. E. Patterson
Worthy adviser - M. H. Bell
Excellent banker - J. B. Sleight
Efficient clerk - H. L. Bennett
Escort - C. M. Henry
|Watchman - L. M. Affalter
Sentry - G. R. Beach
Physician - E. B. Sayre, M. D.
Manager, 3 yrs - G. R. Beach
To fill vacancy, 2 yrs - G. E. Patterson
Naples, N. Y. - Wanda chapter, No. 415, Order of Eastern Star,
is now fully organized.
|Worthy matron - Emma S. Bolles
Worthy patron - Gordon Lewis
Associate matron - Mary B. Tozer
Conductor - Josephine Kunes
Associate conductor - Alice Conley
|Secretary - Maude E. Charles
Treasurer - Carrie Housel
Trustees - May Clement, Mrs. Briggs,
From Geneva Daily Times 2 January 1909
Joseph Madia of this city received word yesterday from Italy to
the effect that all of his relatives were safe. Mr. Madia, with his
wife, returned from Italy, where they had been visiting, last week and
as his relatives live in the section reported destroyed, Mr. Madia
feared for their safety. He cabled to Italy as soon as possible and
word came back that his old home was out of the district destroyed and
that all of his friends were safe.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 January 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - Richard Neafie, an employee at the Crown Drill
Works, was badly bruised up by falling down the elevator shaft from the
first floor to the basement Saturday. His left arm was badly cut and he
may have been injured internally. Owing to his advanced age, the
injuries are considered quite serious.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 January 1909
Flint, N. Y. - Quite a little excitement was created here Friday
by the performance of a mad steer owned by M. N. Black. The
animal refused to walk upon the scales to be weighed and made a bolt
for Seneca Castle. It was captured there but on being started for home
turned on its captors and speedily sent them running in all directions.
Finally it was shot and now hangs in Robert Crabtree's slaughter
house. It is said that the hide will be given to the man who put an end
to the animal and will be made into a fur coat.
Mrs. George R. Turner sustained a severe injury this morning at
about 9 o'clock by falling from the top step of the porch at the back
of the house. She fell forwards down the four steps and broke her
collar bone and seriously sprained the right arm. Dr. J. J. Collie was
immediately summoned and reduced the fracture. This afternoon Mrs.
Turner is resting fairly comfortably. Mr. and Mrs. Turner but a few
weeks ago moved to their new home west of this city on the Seneca
Castle road near Litigation Hill.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 January 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - William Wright, of this place, the young man who
mistook bichloride of mercury for headache powders and took a liberal
dose to relieve a headache, last Wednesday night, has suffered a
relapse and today his condition is very critical. Almost immediately
after taking the deadly mixture, Wright discovered his mistake and
informed the members of his family of his condition. An emetic to
relieve his stomach of the poison was quickly administered by his
father and nearly all of it was thrown off. Wright rallied from the
effects of the drug and was thought to be out of danger, but on Sunday
night, he was again taken violently ill and Dr. W. A. Howe was called
on the case. A quantity of the mercury, it is supposed, worked its way
into the man's system. His chances at present for a recovery are very
From Ontario County Journal 8 January 1909
Naples, N. Y. - The 99th birthday of Mrs. Samantha Nellis, widow
of John D. Nellis and mother of J. Warren Nellis, was celebrated on
Tuesday at the home of her son. The wonderful vitality and strength of
Mrs. Nellis seems no less to the casual observer than it was ten years
ago. She is sprightly and active, does needle work nearly all of the
time, attends church often, hears very well and is genial with everyone
she meets. She is slight of form, but not of will power. Mrs. Nellis
came from the eastern part of the state to Naples in 1843, having then
been married 14 years. The farm on which they settled here is still in
the family and was about 60 years her home. She is a real daughter of
the Revolution, her father, Elijah Stanton, having served in the
Revolutionary war. She bids fair to pass quite beyond the century mark.
Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. John French pleasantly entertained
the following people at their home on New Year's Day: Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence King and Master Harold King of Orleans; S.
King, Colgate University; Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Mallory, Miss
Frances Mallory, Rushville; Miss Jessie Mallory, Clifton
Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. C. H.
Baldwin, Middlesex; Dr. George E. Baldwin, Geneva, and Mrs.
Minnie Newman, Canandaigua. After partaking of the bountiful
dinner, a short literary programme was given. As the guests were
informed that this was to be a permanent invitation to meet there on
New Year's Day, as long as Mr. and Mrs. French lived, it was decided to
organize a club, taking the name of C. S. A. H. - "Can't Stay At Home"
club, and elected the following officers: President, Mrs. King; vice
president, Mrs. Taylor; secretary, Mrs. Mallory.
Honeoye, N. Y. - On Thursday afternoon of last week while Harry
Clark of Richmond Mills, and Miss Nellie Mayle, of this
village, were out driving a spirited span of ponies, they were suddenly
frightened at some passing object and becoming unmanageable, started to
run; after running for a short distance, they dashed to one side of the
road throwing the occupants of the carriage some distance to the
ground. Young Clark was badly cut and bruised about the head and face,
and was otherwise injured. He was removed to the home of his
grandparents in this village, and Dr. Standish took eight stitches to
close the wound across the forehead. Fortunately the young lady escaped
with only slight injuries.
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Albert Francis entertained the
following at dinner on New Year's; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harris of
Naples; Mr. and Mrs. John Harris and Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Francis of Honeoye; and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Francis and Mr.
and Mrs. Hadley Crooks of Canadice.
From Shortsville Enterprise 15 January 1909
Pasquale Pacca, a Manchester Italian, now lies in a critical
condition at a Canandaigua hospital as a result of a stabbing affray,
which occurred at Manchester on Sunday night. Pacca, who boards at the
place commonly known as the "Pig's Ear," just south of the Lehigh
crossing, and which is conducted by Saverio Gragnuaniella, was
trying to prevent a quarrel which had been started between Frank
Bernadino and Angelo Catchator at the boarding house.
Bernadino request Pacca to step outside the building as he wished to
talk with him, and when outside, it is stated, that he drew a knife and
stabbed Pacca in the left side, below the ribs, inflicting an ugly
wound. Seeing that he had badly injured the man, Bernadino skipped out
and went to Oaks Corners, from where he boarded the 9:25 a.m. westbound
Lehigh passenger train. As the train drew into Manchester station he
was seen by some Italians and they at once entered the car and dragged
him to the platform, where he was held until the arrival of Officer L.
H. Aldrich of this village. A search of Bernadino's person revealed a
dangerous looking knife, which was very sharp and also bloodstained. He
also had plenty of money with him. It is said that his real name is
Francesco Sanslone. He was brought to this village by the officer,
where examinations were held on Monday and Tuesday, but adjournment was
taken to await the outcome of Pacca's injury, which is considered very
From Ontario County Journal 22 January 1909
Naples, N. Y. - The Sons of Veterans installation took place on
Saturday. Veteran John R. Dixon was the installing officer.
The officials are:
|Commander - John Huber
Sr. vice-commander - F. S. Richardson
Jr. vice-commander - George Eldredge
Patriotic instructor - A. F. Hotchkiss
Camp council - Arthur Briggs, Louis Huber,
Chaplain - Frank Eldredge
|Secretary - F. A. McMillan
Treasurer - L. A. Huber
Color bearer - William Tompkins
Guide - William Riker
Musician - Walter Tompkins
Inner guard - Jacob Schwingle
Outer guard - Conrad Schwingle
From Geneva Daily Times 25 January 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - At the meeting of the Modern Woodmen of
America held in Castle Hall, the newly elected officers of the lodge
|Council - A. L. Maslyn
Adviser - E. B. Weimers
Banker - M. Post
Clerk - Leslie Becker
Escort - August Garney
|Watchman - William Crawford
Sentinel - Hiram Brown
Camp physician - Dr. Frank H. Newland
Trustee - G. Bert Durkee
From Ontario County Journal 29 January 1909
Pelatiah G. Thomas, a farmer residing in the western part of the
town, lies at the Memorial hospital in a precarious condition as the
result of an accident which occurred on Friday morning. He was
repairing the belt on a gasoline engine, which he was using in sawing
wood, and his foot caught in the pulley and he was drawn into the
engine. Had it not been that he struck the engine with such force that
the wires connecting the battery were broken and the engine stopped, it
is thought that his life would have been crushed out before he could
have been rescued. His left limb was terribly injured. The bones of the
leg were broken about four inches below the knee and were protruding
through the skin and the clothing as well, while the bone of the thigh
was fractured about five inches above the knee. The muscles of the hip
were badly bruised. Physicians were summoned and he was removed to the
Memorial hospital, where the fractures were reduced with the hope of
saving the limb. But the injury was so great that circulation was
impaired, and on Monday it became necessary to remove the limb about
half way to the hip. His condition is considered very serious by his
physicians. Great sympathy is felt for his wife and four children
during these hours of grave apprehension.
From Shortsville Enterprise 29 January 1909
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Hannah Rouse celebrated her eighty-sixth
birthday anniversary on Saturday. The local scribe to a Rochester daily
has the following to say of the estimable lady: "All who know Mrs.
Rouse claim that she is one of the most heroic women of the age as on
the breaking out of the Civil War, and when the family was in very poor
circumstances, her husband enlisted and went to the front, leaving her
with five small children to support; the youngest less than two years
of age and the oldest only 11 years old. All through the years of this
trying ordeal, this woman toiled to supply her children with foot until
her husband's return at the close of the war. Her maiden name was
Hannah French and she was born in Warwickshire, England, in 1828, and
was united in marriage to William Rouse in December, 1846. In November,
1851, she and her husband started for America, making the voyage on a
sailing vessel which was 39 days at sea. She first resided at
Canandaigua, but moved here in 1885, and has now been a resident for 44
years. Mrs. Rouse united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in the
year 1859 and has proved herself an exemplary Christian."
From Ontario County Journal 5 February 1909
Honeoye, N. Y. - A painful accident befell Mrs. Eliza Phillips
on Saturday morning. In arising from her bed, she fell, striking
the bedstead in such a manner as to fracture two lower ribs. On account
of her advanced age, 88 years, grave apprehension is felt by her
family, but at present she is doing well. Her daughter, Mrs. Cyrus
Monks, of Bristol Center, is with her.
Honeoye, N. Y. - On Monday morning, while Dr. Standish, with
Edward Swartout, driver, was driving a span of colts down the
east lake shore road, when opposite the Deyo farm, the animals shied to
one side of the road, upsetting the cutter and throwing the occupants
into the snow. The horses started at a breakneck pace down the road,
the driver pluckily clinging to the reins for some distance, but after
being dragged in the snow, he relinquished his hold. The horses, thus
freed, ran home to the hotel barns, a distance of about two miles. The
cutter was strewn at intervals along the highway. In the afternoon Dr.
Standish was seen driving the same span attached to a heavy bob
Naples, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Boals, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Springstead, Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Myers, George and Frank Harvey, of
Naples, attended the funeral of Mrs. Jacob Harvey at Cohocton
on January 29. The above include four of her seven children, whose home
has been in Naples since their childhood. Some 12 years ago Mr. and
Mrs. Harvey removed to Cohocton.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 February 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - Tony Marvis, a resident of Phelps who went to
visit relatives in Italy last fall, and who was about to take passage
from Messina to this country on the day of the great earthquake,
arrived here yesterday. Tony was unable to leave Messina for this
country until January 25th and during the enforced stay in the stricken
city, endured awful suffering from hunger and exposure. His features
plainly indicate the ordeal he passed through and from a heavy robust
build, the man is reduced to a mere shadow of his former self.
Gorham, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Stokoe celebrated
Mr. Stokoe's 77th birthday on Saturday by entertaining a party of
relatives and friends at dinner. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs.
Austin Pulver, Mr. and Mrs. James Adamson, Mr. and Mrs. George
Southerland, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stokoe and children, Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Brown, Clifford Hypolite and mother, Mrs. John Stokoe and Mr.
and Mrs. Adney Phillips.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 February 1909
Having been a daughter of Jerome Loomis, who served with
Major Whitcomb's Northern Rangers, who harassed General Burgoyne's
operations in Northern New York during the Revolution, the National
Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has just paid an
honor to the late Miss Cordelia C. Loomis. The honor comes in
the form of a certificate which certifies that Miss Loomis was one of
the very few actual daughters of Revolutionary soldiers. Owing to the
recent death of Miss Loomis, which occurred on the 27th of last month,
she did not receive the honor herself, but the certificate was
delivered to her brother, Henry Loomis, Geneva's oldest
citizen. Mr. Loomis is proud of the honor which has been paid his
sister, but regrets that she could not have received the certificate
herself. It was slightly over a year ago that Miss Loomis became a
member of the Seneca Chapter, D. A. R., but owing to delays in the
national office of the society her certificate was not executed until
Feb. 15th, 1909. The certificate is engrossed upon parchment and bears
an engraving of Martha Washington. Its text is as follows: "This is to
certify that Miss Cordelia C. Loomis is a regularly approved member of
the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in
connection with Seneca Chapter, having been admitted by the National
Board of Managers by virtue of her descent from Jerome Loomis, who,
with unfailing loyalty, rendered material aid to the cause of the
American Independence, as a soldier during the Revolutionary War." The
certificate is executed by Emily Nelson Ritchie McLean, president
general; Elizabeth F. Pierce, recording secretary general, and Belle
Merrill Draper, registrar general.
From Ontario County Journal 12 February 1909
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - William Trickey's sixty-seventh birthday
fell on Sunday. His family gave a dinner on Saturday to a large group
Edgar A. Alford
and Floyd H. Alford attended the funeral of their cousin, Miss
Evelyn Briggs, at Vincent, on Friday. Miss Briggs was a former
resident of this place.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 February 1909
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The disappearance Wednesday afternoon of Adelbert
Bigham from his farm between Reed's Corners and Rushville has
created considerable excitement, and his friends and relatives are
anxiously searching for him. It is believed that Mr. Bigham is
temporarily deranged, having been worried of late over business
matters. Bigham has been traced to Canandaigua, and it has been learned
that a man answering his description boarded a car bound for Rochester
in the afternoon. Wednesday about noon, Bigham and his father, John H.
Bigham, started from home and the elder man left the rig at Reed's
Corners. The son then turned back and drove toward home for a short
distance. Then he again headed for Canandaigua, where he left his horse
in the Pierson feed barn. The last seen of him in this village was
about 4 o'clock. He is about 23 years of age, five feet tall and has
red hair. He was attired in a grey suit, a short dark green overcoat
and a black cap. Any information may be telephoned to Herber Roat at
Canandaigua, N. Y. - William Bradt, aged 62 years, a farmer
residing near Cheshire, a few miles from this village, suffered a
serious accident about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon when he was thrown
from his buggy and struck the ground violently on his head, partially
tearing off his scalp. It is said that the buggy tipped over as a
result of the horse attempting to cross a ditch into a lot. The
Memorial Hospital ambulance was sent for and the injured man was
brought to this village, where his injuries were attended to by Dr.
Harry C. Buell. The ambulance made the run to the scene of the accident
and back, a distance of four miles, in about thirty minutes.
From Ontario County Journal 19 February 1909
Bristol Center, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. John Walker entertained on
Feb. 10 in honor of the 78th birthday of Mrs. Walker's mother, Mrs.
Jane Raymond. The guests were: Mrs. Myra Bostwick and
brother, Rufus Whitmarsh, of East Bloomfield; Mr. and Mrs.
P. P. Bliss of Vincent; Mrs. Laura Sears, of Maywood; Mr.
and Mrs. Levi Totman, Mrs. Amelia Gardner, Mrs. Mary Reed, Mrs.
Elenora Gladding, Mrs. Jennie Sisson, the Misses Victoria and
Lillie Burge; Miss Prudence Williams and Arnold Beach. Mrs.
Raymond received pleasant remembrances.
From Ontario County Journal 26 February 1909
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - At the home of Mr. and Mrs. George E.
Kimble on Tuesday evening there was a pleasant surprise for the
members of the Bristol Center Military band. After the regular weekly
rehearsal was concluded, they were invited to the home of Mr. Kimble,
where they were surprised to find their wives. An excellent supper was
served and then followed a general good time. The band rendered a
number of selections. Those present included Mr. and Mrs. Marton
Montanye, Mr. and Mrs. William Allen and sons, Erastus and Bernard; Mr.
and Mrs. Leon Packard, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Reed, Mr. and Mrs. S. B.
Ketchum, Billings Case and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Morris C. Randall,
Charles Travis and family, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Simonds, Allen Simonds,
Charles Hicks and family, Mr. and Mrs. S. Case and Charles Waldron.
Canadice, N. Y. - On Friday as Peter Moore and D. H.
Preston were splitting posts, Mr. Preston accidentally struck Mr.
Moore on the head with his axe, inflicting quite a deep gash. Mr. Moore
drove to his home at Springwater, where the wound was dressed, the
doctor taking out seven pieces of bone.
Bristol Center, N. Y. - What might have been a fatal accident
occurred to William Strong on Monday afternoon. He was drawing
logs down a steep hill with a deep gully at one side. The sled skidded
and the team plunged head first down the gully and were caught by a
tree. Mr. Strong could see that they would soon choke and, although his
ankle was fearfully sprained, he cut the evener which held them and the
tugs, and the team fell to the bottom of the gully. Neither was hurt.
Mr. Strong's injury will confine him to the house for some time.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 March 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - While walking home Saturday night John Burns, who
resides near Phelps Junction, fell of the sidewalk of West Main street
hill, east of the stone bridge and broke the bones of his left leg
between the ankle and knee. He was taken to one of the stores and Dr.
Vanderhoof reduced the fracture.
Gorham, N. Y. - Wilson Butcher, an aged farmer living north of
the village, had the misfortune one day last week to break one of his
arms and has since been in a prostrate condition from the shock.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 March 1909
Two accidents from falling on slippery walks are reported, both to
women of advance age. Mrs. Michael Reddy, of Center street,
fell in front of the parochial residence of St. Francis DeSales church,
breaking her arm near the wrist. Dr. Charles D. Neider was called and
reduced the fracture. Mrs. Timothy Kelleher, of William
street, fell on the walk near the corner of Pulteney Park place and
Main street, breaking her right arm in two places. Dr. Charles D.
McCarthy was called in this case and reduced the fractures.
From Ontario County Journal 5 March 1909
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Mrs. H. G. Peck pleasantly entertained a
family party on Wednesday in honor of her father, H. C. Arnold's
seventy-first birthday. The event was one of more than passing interest
and will long be remembered by Mr. Arnold. Dinner was served, and after
a social visit of several hours, the company departed, all wishing the
guest of honor many happy returns of the day.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 March 1909
Gorham, N. Y. - Since Jan 1st, 1908, there have been 22 burials in
the Gorham Cemetery. The names and dates of burial follow: Jan. 5th,
1908, Wendell Stape, died in Potter of heart failure, aged 1
years and ten months; Jan. 16, Mrs. Nancy Torrey, died in
Middlesex, cause of death sarcoma, age 54 years; Jan 22d, Kate F.
Pearson, died in Gorham, cause of death gallstones, age 50 years;
Feb. 5th, Charles Worley, died in Gorham, cause fracture of
skull, age 39 years; Mrs. Helen Raymer, died in Gorham,
apoplexy, age 64 years; Apr 6th, Mrs. Hannah Kearney, died in
Gorham, of neuralgia, age 80 years; May 10th, John A. DePew died
in Seneca, cause hardening of the arteries, May 16th, W. A.
Burgess, died in town of Palmyra, cause, suicide by drowning; May
27th, Isaac Secor, died in Gorham, cause suicide by hanging;
June 19th, Mary E. Becker, died in Potter, cause hardening of
the arteries, age 74 years; July 5th, Mrs. Martha C. Lawrence, died
at Stanley of apoplexy, age 54 years; Charles Jonson, died in
Town of Gorham, cause fractured skull, age 58 years; July 24th, Mrs.
Jean Pybus, of apoplexy, age 72 years; Aug. 5th, Fenton Knapp,
died in Potter, cause scald, age 2 years and five months; Sept. 3d,
John H. Miller, cause cancer, age 73 years; Sept. 21st, infant
of Theodore Knapp, died in Potter; Sept. 27th, George
Montgomery, died in Montour Falls, of paralysis; Oct. 20th, Mrs.
Amelia Mathews, died in Lakewood, N. J., cause cancer; age 72
years; Oct. 14th, Mrs. Lydia Pulver, died in Gorham, cause
cancer, age 93 years; Dec. 2d, Mrs. Harriet Hershey, died in
Seneca of apoplexy, age 57 years; Jan. 5, 1909, Mrs. Miranda
Ferguson, died in Benton, of apoplexy, age 87 years; Feb. 17th, Mrs.
Rose Lacy, died at Southern Pines, North Carolina, of consumption,
age 57 years.
From Shortsville Enterprise 5 March 1909
Justus Sheldon, of this village, who is employed at the Swift
& Company's ice house at Manchester, received injuries in that
building on Saturday which will doubtless confine him to his home for
several weeks. The large ice house is now being filled with the yearly
supply of ice and in storing the frozen I aqua pure, it is
taken up to the different floors on small elevators run by a gasolene
engine. Mr. Sheldon was employed on one of the elevators and in taking
up a load of ice, for some unknown reason, the car did not stop at the
desired landing, but kept on ascending until it crashed into the pulley
at the top of the building. He was severely injured, and fears are
expressed that he may have received internal injuries. He was taken to
his home on Main street and is in the care of a physician.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 March 1909
Philip Morrissey of Phelps was rescued from death in a well on the
property of the Geneva-Seneca Electric Company last night by Lawrence
Murphy and Lyman Gray of this city. Morrissey was pulled
from the open well in the yard of the electric company by the men who
were attracted to the place by his cries. Morrissey had been in Geneva
for the evening and was on his way home. He intended to return on the
late train on the New York Central and stated that he started for the
station. Evidently he lost his way and instead of going toward the
station wandered along the towpath in the direction of the electric
light plant. In the yard of this company near the towpath is a large
well about twenty feet deep and twelve feet wide. the well is open at
the top and Morrissey, after wandering into the yard, fell into the
well. At present the well contains about six feet of water and the man,
when he struck the water thought he had fallen into the lake. Leading
from the well to the electric light plant are two suction pipes and
when Morrissey came to the surface he grasped these pipes and
immediately and began to call for help. It is not known just how long
the man was in the water but shortly after 10 o'clock Mr. Murphy, an
employee of the Geneva-Seneca Company, upon going late into the yard,
heard the man's cries of distress. The cries came from the direction of
the well and after investigating and finding that there was a man
clinging to the pipes, Mr. Murphy hurried back to the engine room and
secured Mr. Gray. The men secured pike poles and a rope and with the
aid of those were able to rescue Morrissey. The man was taken to the
engine room where he was given dry clothing and revived. The man was
nearly exhausted and it was sometime before he was able to leave the
place. He was taken to a hotel and put to bed. Morrissey stated that he
was employed on the Hallenbeck farm about three miles from Phelps.
From Shortsville Enterprise 12 March 1909
On Monday afternoon of last week Alexander Herro, a
Pollock living at Manchester, and who is employed on the ash track by
the Lehigh Valley railroad, had the misfortune to fall from a moving
flat car and strike in such a manner that the car wheel ran over one
foot, splitting it from the toe to the ankle. He was then caught by the
brake beam on the car and dragged for several feet, severely cutting
his face and sustaining other bruises. He was taken to the Memorial
hospital at Canandaigua where the injured man received proper care. It
is stated that the physicians hope to save the injured foot from
amputation. Herro had on a heavy felt boot and rubber at the time of
the accident and these protected the ankle bone.
At the regular service on Sunday, February 28th, the following
candidates were admitted to membership in the Trinity church by
baptism: Harriet Moyer, Dorothea Moyer, Kenneth Moyer, Harriet
Gaylord, Levi Huntington, Florence Stafford, John Stafford, Charles
Edward Peck, Robert McGurk. The church was completely filled with
a large and interested congregation.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 March 1909
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Matthew P. O'Brien of this place, a brakeman
on a freight train that runs between Canandaigua and Batavia, on what
is known as the "Peanut Branch" of the Central, was seriously injured
Saturday evening near Ionia. The crew was switching cars at that place
when he was caught between two of the cars and crushed. He was placed
on the engine and carried to Canandaigua. The Memorial Hospital
ambulance met the train at the Central station and the injured was
taken to the hospital. It was learned that the man had suffered
internal injuries, the seriousness of which is not known. It was stated
at the hospital yesterday that he might recover. Conductor John Ranny
and Engineer Long were in charge of the train.
From Ontario County Journal 19 March 1909
Naples, N. Y. - A lodge known as "Onna-Wanna," of the order of
Rebekah was organized here last week. The Noble Grand is Mrs.
Harriett Gillette; V. G., Mrs. Sarah Seamans; secretary, Mrs.
Bessie Smith; financial secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth
Klingenberger; treasurer, Mrs. Hermonie Seamans; trustees,
Miss Margaret Huber, Mrs. Clara Hotchkiss, Mrs. Mina Covel.
It is said that it is but a step from the commonplace to the
heroic, but people who witnessed the brave act of Byron VanOrman on
Monday morning feel that there are only a few who ever take the step. A
horse driven by Thomas Benham, who was bringing his mother, Mrs.
F. G. Benham, and brother to town from their home on the lake
shore, took fright at an R. & E. car as it came onto Main street
from Chapin street and dashed down Main street. As it did so a part
of the harness broke, letting the carriage onto its heels. With
this it began to kick. The driver was unable to control it and it was
making its way madly when Byron VanOrman came out of the Bateman store,
where he is employed, and in the instant he was on the street and with
one lunge at the horse's bridle and mane, he brought it to the ground,
but in so doing he fell under it and the carriage passed over him.
Bystanders held their breath, for they expected that Van Orman's life
must have been crushed out by the weight of the horse. He was picked up
unconscious and carried into the Bateman store. Both ambulances were
quickly on the spot, but when he revived he refused to be taken to a
hospital and walked to the office of Dr. P. M. Donovan, where he was
found to have suffered cuts on the face and a painfully bruised body.
Mr. VanOrman's act deserves the highest praise, for at the risk of his
own life, he snatched other lives from danger.
From Ontario County Journal 26 March 1909
Honeoye, N. Y. - On Saturday morning, while at work in the woods
on his farm on the west lake shore road, Fred Francis was
badly injured by a falling tree. He, with two hired men, were felling
trees with a cross saw. As the tree was about to fall, Francis ran to
get out of its reach, when he tripped and fell directly in its path,
the falling tree striking him across both limb below the knees. One
ankle was badly sprained, while the other was badly bruised and the
ligaments torn loose. Dr. Standish made him as comfortable as possible,
but he will doubtless be confined to the house some weeks.
From Shortsville Enterprise 26 March 1909
The following list of names has been handed us by a subscriber who
is authority for the statement that it contains the names of persons
who have died in Shortsville and vicinity during the past 30 years, and
who were 70 years of age or older at the time of their demise:
Roswell Sheffer, B. T. Adams, M. M. Buck, DeWitt Newton, William Camp,
Hiram McDonald, Jeremiah Huntington, P. L. Woodruff, Adison Lane, Mr.
Eelton, Dr. Deming, William Bryant, James Brewster, James Jones, Dr.
John Melvin, John Crain, Manly Crain, Frank Knapp, James Cuer, James
Johnson, Solomon E. Burton, William Potter, George Record, Hiram L.
Brown, Calvin P. Brown, Garrett VanSickle, Mr. Mersereau, Webster
Dewey, Seymour Aldrich, E. D. Aldrich, Newton Harrington, Danford
Booth, Jacob Latting, James Dillon, J. B. Wilcox, Patrick O'Brien,
James O'Hora, Zadok Warfield, John Warfield, James Corey, James Harlow,
John Fish, James McGarry, Mr. Runyon, Mrs. Hiram Brown, Mrs. Mary
Brown, Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Edward Hoff, Mrs. Clara Van de Carr, Mrs.
Henry Kipp, Mrs. Garrett VanSickle, Mrs. H. E. Woodruff, Mrs. Warner,
Mrs. Toplif, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. P. T. Adams, Mrs. Harlow, Mrs. Runyon,
Mrs. Darling, Mrs. Bronk, Mrs. James Corey, Mrs. Manley Crain, Mrs.
John Crain, Mrs. Felton, Mrs. Weller, Mrs. Lydia Washburn, Mrs. John
Melvin, Mrs. Dr. Deming, Mrs. Hart Lane, Mrs. Danford Booth, Mrs. James
Johnson, Mrs. Henry Derr, Mrs. Jeremiah Huntington, Mrs. William Lewis,
Mrs. Jacob Latting, Mrs. J. B. Wilcox, Mrs. William Camp, Mrs.
Mersereau, Mrs. Chauncey Sheldon, Mrs. James Cuer, Mrs. Seymour Aldrich.
From Geneva Daily Times 31 March 1909
Manchester, N. Y. - Hiram Collet, a well-known resident of the
town of Farmington, Monday, while engaged in repairing the roof of his
house, slipped and fell to the ground, a distance of sixteen feet,
breaking his left arm and receiving many serious cuts and bruises.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 April 1909
Shortsville, N. Y. - Mike Catansare, an Italian 32 years of age,
was seriously injured in the Lehigh Valley yards, just northwest of
this village, yesterday morning. The man was an employee of the Lehigh
Valley Railroad Company and was at work in the yards, when he fell
under a car and his right leg was crushed just above the ankle. No one
saw the accident, and Catansare had been lying on the tracks over half
an hour when discovered. Medical aid was at once summoned and the man's
wounds dressed, but the injury was such a serious one that the leg will
have to be amputated, so the Black Diamond was flagged and Catansare
sent to a Sayre Hospital. The man has a wife and four children and
lived in Sayre before coming to Manchester.
Canandaigua, N. Y., - James Johnson, of Cheshire, had the
misfortune to step on a scythe while working on the John Murray place
Saturday, cutting his foot severely.
Edson Ward, a young man residing with his father, Charles M.
Ward, about four miles south of this village, while working around the
cattle in the barn last evening, had his abdomen torn open by one of
the cattle, which became infuriated and caught the young man in the
groin. He was removed to the house and a doctor summoned. It was found
necessary to take seven stitches in the wound.
From Geneva Daily Times 2 April 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The following officers have been chosen
by the Clifton Springs Military Band to act during the ensuing year:
President, C. Lindner; vice-president, E. Slater; secretary,
W. Hughes; treasurer, George Walter; directors, V.
Siegwald, A. Siegwald, A. J. Lindner, V. Washburn, V. LaRue; musical
director, Leo Lindner. A great improvement has been made in
the band by the adding of electric lights.
Rushville, N. Y. - Barney Parker, who was found Wednesday morning
stiff with the cold, is suffering from a badly bruised hip, the result
of a fall. Tuesday night he fell on the railroad track while
intoxicated. It is believed that from here he crawled on his hands and
knees to the barn in the lumber yard, where he was found the next
morning. Shortly after being discovered he was carried home. Dr. A. T.
Halstead was summoned and treated his injuries.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 April 1909
Rushville, N. Y. - The newly elected officers of the Dunsmore
National Protective Legion, No. 533, are: Past president, Miss
Alice Whitman; president, David Bagley; vice-president, Ira
Randall; secretary and treasurer, J. B. Dewick; chaplain,
Mrs. J. B. DeWick; conductor, Mrs. Lizzie Blain; guard;
David Harvey; sentinel, Barney Barker.
From Ontario County Journal 9 April 1909
Manchester, N. Y. - The Manchester High school has organized a
baseball team among the pupils of the school as follows: Floyd Coxe,
manager; Charles Smith, captain; Alvin Howland, treasurer;
the others are: Edwin VerPlanck, Henry Jones, Edward Smith, Mitchel
Bennett, Gordon Cole, Stuart Hawkes, George Heaney, and James
From Ontario County Journal 16 April 1909
Mrs. Abraham Hawkins, of Geneva, wife of a prominent hardware
dealer on Castle street, was bitten on the hand by a mad dog on
Thursday of last week. A son of Mrs. James Green, of Seneca
county, was also bitten. The dog was later killed and the head sent to
Dr. Moore at Ithaca for analysis, from whom a report was later received
that the examination showed unmistakable evidence of rabies. Mrs.
Hawkins and the Green boy, upon the advice of physicians, left in the
evening of the day they were bitten for New York City, where they are
receiving treatment at the Pasteur Institute. The attack upon Mrs.
Hawkins was made by the dog while she was upon the porch at her home on
North Genesee street. Mrs. Hawkins was on the rear porch of the house
when the dog ran into the yard. She thought the animal which acted
strangely wanted a drink, so she went into the house and returned with
some water, which was placed on the floor of the porch. The dog refused
to touch the water and so Mrs. Hawkins went back into the house and
brought out a piece of meat, which she laid down. The dog, instead of
appreciating the kindness, immediately snapped at Mrs. Hawkins and
caught her by the hand. The attack was so sudden that the dog had
caught her by the arm again before she was able to get inside the door.
On Friday, Alfred Luiz and Harry Covert, two farmers
residing at Fayette, identified the remains of the dead animal as one
that had escaped from the Luiz farm, where it had been tied up, having
slipped its collar. The dog also bit a dog and a cow belonging to Mr.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 April 1909
Gorham, N. Y. - At the baseball meeting held last Saturday
afternoon at the New Age office the following officers were elected for
the season: Manager, Charles Adamson; assistant manager, Charles
Bell; captain, John Ferguson; secretary and treasurer, John
L. Deal. The following board of directors was also chosen: George
Fake, Alonzo Walter, Dr. Charles Compton.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 April 1909
Rushville, N. Y. - David Emory, who fell from the roof of his farm
house last week, is recovering from the terrible bruises he received.
That he was no killed or seriously injured is miraculous. He was
engaged in painting the roof. In some way he lost his footing and fell
to the ground, a distance of 27 or 28 feet.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 April 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - At a meeting of the Political Equality Club held
last evening, officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows:
President, Mrs. Carrie A. Bussey; first vice-president, Mrs.
Lucretia Holbrooke; second vice-president, Mrs. Sarah J.
Ottley; recording secretary, Mrs. Eva Dear; corresponding
secretary, Mrs. Jennie McKinney; treasurer, Mrs. Harriet
Padden; auditors, Mrs. Charlotte Johnson and Mrs. N.
W. Wolcott; delegate to state convention, Mrs. Carrie A.
Bussey; alternate, Mrs. James McKinney; delegates to the
county convention, Mrs. A. J. Wright, Mrs. Parmalee, Mrs. Van
Nostrand and Mrs. Pond; alternates, Miss Stewart,
Mrs. Wolcott, Mrs. Dewey and Mrs. Mulcahy. The prize
offered by the club for the best essay on woman suffrage was awarded to
Miss Grace Crampton, who will read the essay at the county
convention of the political equality clubs to be held at Phelps May
24th. Second prize was awarded to Miss Anna Devoll.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 April 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - Howard Jones, an employee at Fridley's saw mill,
north of Phelps, was painfully injured yesterday by being struck on the
side of the head with a small stick of wood repelled from a buzz saw.
The lobe of his right ear was mangled and the glancing blow of the
stick on the skull made an ugly wound. Dr. W. A. Howe was called to
dress the injury. Had the stick struck squarely, it is quite probable
that Mr. Jones would have been fatally injured.
From Ontario County Journal 30 April 1909
While driving down Ontario street shortly after noon on Friday, Michael
O'Hora, who lives a short distance east of Shortsville, was thrown
from his wagon and seriously injured. O'Hora had been to the mill and
was on his way home, the heavy wagon loaded with feed. When in front of
the jail, a clovis attaching the right hand whippletree dropped off,
allowing it to strike the horse's heels. The wagon tongue then dropped
down and the horses started to run. O'Hora clung to the reins, but when
near the corner of Wood street, the front wheel struck the curb and
O'Hora was thrown to the pavement, one of the wheels grazing and badly
bruising his head. The horses were caught on Wood street by James
Mooney. Dr. P. M. Donovan attended the injuries of O'Hora and he
was removed to the Memorial hospital.
Bristol, N. Y. - There are a few new cases of measles at
Baptist Hill: Ralph Atcheson, Alfonso Fisher, Mabel Wells, Lloyd
Wells, Harold Ingraham, and several cases in the western part of
From Geneva Daily Times 1 May 1909
While going up Genesee street at 11 o'clock this morning, one of the
delivery wagons of the Geneva Milk Co. was struck by a street car at a
point nearly opposite John street. The wagon was overturned and the
driver, George Cooley, was thrown to the pavement, receiving a
fracture of the collar bone. Dr. Gardner B. Young was called and
reduced the fracture. The glass of the wagon was smashed, but otherwise
was not seriously damaged. The horse escaped injury.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 May 1909
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Smith of State street, the
oldest person in this village, and who is now in her 89th year, is
engaged in the work of piecing a quilt which is nearly completed. This
quilt will contain nearly 700 pieces and will require nearly two
million stitches. Mrs. Smith is an expert with the needle, and in her
girlhood days was considered one of the finest lace makers in England.
She was engaged in making what was known as Nottingham lace, and the
fine needlework displayed in this quilt shows her remarkable skill.
When she was 84 years of age, she made a quilt. Then she did not use
spectacles, and her eyesight is good today considering that she has
nearly reached four score and ten, and she sometimes indulges in sewing
for an hour with her "glasses." She was born in Nottingham, England,
where she married Reuben Smith. She came to America 67 years ago on a
sailing vessel and was 39 days making the journey from Liverpool to New
York. She has lived in the same house over 62 years, and when she first
came to Manchester, which was 67 years ago, the settled portion of the
village was along Main street. Where her house now stands was then a
dense woods. Today it is one of the principal streets of the village.
Mrs. Smith's mind is remarkably bright, and she can relate in a glowing
manner descriptions of many of the places of interest that she visited
in her younger days.
From Ontario County Journal 7 May 1909
Bristol, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. John Savage, two sons and daughter, Leona,
Mr. and Mrs. Hollis McPherson and daughter and Floyd Murray attended
a family reunion at the home of Thomas Murray, at Canadice,
the occasion being Mr. Murray's 75th birthday. Mr. Murray has been a
Naples, N. Y. - Two serious accidents are reported, both
victims being aged veterans. During one of the recent gales, David
L. Ross, of Gulick, was standing near a hay stack pile of poles,
and the stack was lifted and the poles sent every way; two of them fell
upon him nearly breaking his back and smashing his head. He feels that
he had a very narrow escape from death. Saturday, C. W. Watkins, of
the village, about 80 years of age, somehow, he knows not how, fell
down the cellar stairs very heavily. No one else was in the house and
he lay at the bottom with a dislocated shoulder and a cut in his head,
from which the blood had flowed so profusely as to form a pool. It was
45 minutes before he was found. He had no remembrance of anything that
had happened. He was restored, his shoulder set and his deep cut sewed
up. It was a severe shock, but he may recover.
Bristol Center, N. Y. - Last Friday, as James Reed was
standing in the barn near the door, a furious gust of wind wrenched the
hook and staple off and the big door struck and rendered him
unconscious, cutting a gash two inches long over his eye and severely
bruising the back of his head and shoulders. Dr. McDowell took two
stitches in the wound. Mr. Reed is 86 years old. He is comfortable at
From Ontario County Journal 14 May 1909
Last Friday evening an informal meeting was held in the lodge rooms
of No. 377, F. & A. M., for the purpose of selecting officers for a
chapter of the Eastern Star, which be organized here. Twenty-five
ladies were present and the following officers elected:
|Worthy matron - Mrs. Florence Savage
Asso. matron - Mrs. Mary E. B. Turner
Worthy patron - W. F. Halton
Treasurer - Miss Rhoda Abbott
Secretary - Miss Adelaide Sutphen
Conductress - Mrs. Bessie Beach
Chaplain - Mrs. Ruby Walbridge
Marshal - Mrs. Mary A. Walbridge
Historian - Miss Adelaide Sutphen
|Organist - Mrs. Helen Carson
Warden - Mrs. Sallie Randall
Ruth - Miss Grace Voorhees
Ada - Miss Mabel Voorhees
Martha - Miss Edna Olmstead
Esther - Mrs. Irene Allen
Electa - Mrs. Helen Voorhis
Sentinel - Charles Allen
From Geneva Daily Times 25 May 1909
Canandaigua, N. Y. - A serious accident befell a young man named Thomas
O'Brien, who resides at Fishers, this county, last night about 7
o'clock. In attempting to board a moving freight train he lost his hold
and slipped down, going under the wheels, which passed over his right
leg above the ankle, crushing the bone. As train No. 19 was passing
through Fishers, young O'Brien, who is about twenty years of age,
caught the front end of the caboose and attempted to swing on, but was
drawn down and caught. O'Brien was placed on board train 18, a
passenger train, brought to this village and taken to Memorial
Hospital, where Drs. Buell and Hallenbeck amputated his leg three
inches below the knee joint. The young man stood the shock well.
From Ontario County Journal 28 May 1909
The sixth annual convention of the Ontario County Woman Suffrage
association was held at Phelps on Monday. It was a busy day and
included many addresses, Professor Schmidt, of Cornell, being heard by
a large audience. The officers elected are:
|President - Mrs. A. G. Lewis, Geneva
Vice-president - Miss Alice Ashley, Honeoye
Secretary - Miss Jennie F. Robinson, Geneva
Corr. Secy. - Mrs. Lucretia Holbrooke, Phelps
|Treasurer - Dr. F. A. Green, Geneva
Auditors - Mrs. R. M. Ashley, Honeoye,
H. A. Wheat, Geneva; Miss Mary Coolidge,
From Shortsville Enterprise 28 May 1909
Manchester, N. Y. - A christening was held at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. George Abbott in this village on Sunday afternoon, when
Rev. John Alexie, a Syrian priest from Glen Falls, baptized their
daughter, Beatrice Abbott, after which followed the christening
according to the rites and customs of the Syrian church. A Syrian
orchestra from Albany furnished the music throughout the afternoon and
many of the Syrian dances were indulged in by the numerous guests, many
of them coming from a distance. Refreshments of all kinds were served
to all who called to pay their respects to the family.
Farmington, N. Y. - Barney Romeiser, Sr., met with an accident
a short time ago. He was cutting bushes which were growing by the
fences upon his farm when he cut a deep gash in his left leg, severing
an artery. A neighbor, John Smith, chanced to pass by and
finding the aged man, assisted him to his home. Had he remained alone
but a short time longer, he would doubtless have bled to death, as the
wound was bleeding profusely. He is slowly recovering.
From Geneva Daily Times 4 June 1909
Manchester, N. Y. - A lively runaway took place on State street,
this village, yesterday when a horse attached to T. C. Brophy's
delivery wagon from Shortsville and driven by Joseph Corcoran of
Manchester, kicked turning the wagon over twice and throwing Corcoran
out. His mother was passing on the street, and thinking her son was
killed, fainted on the sidewalk. Corcoran's only injuries are several
bruises, but Mrs. Corcoran from the effects of the shock is suffering
from serious prostration.
From Ontario County Journal 4 June 1909
Rushville, N. Y. - One lot in the Rushville cemetery contains the
graves of three soldiers, Joel, John and Charles Davis, father
and two sons.
From Ontario County Journal 11 June 1909
Edward McIntyre, baggageman at the New York Central station, made
a quick move on Monday evening which doubtless saved the life of Homer
Woodruff, an aged Shortsville resident. The old man attempted to
board the 6:10 east bound train after it had started. McIntyre saw him
nervously running after the train and hastened to his side just as the
old man grasped for and missed the handles of a forward platform. He
was thrown to the ground with great force and rolled partially under
the car, Mr. McIntyre pulling him out just in time to miss the wheels
of the rear truck. The train was stopped and the old man, badly shaken
up and suffering considerable from the shock, was placed aboard and
taken to his home.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 June 1909
Phelps, N. Y. - Jeffery Binning, who resides on South Wayne
street, fell from the bumpers of a freight car Saturday night and
sustained painful injuries to his right shoulder. Mr. Binning, it is
said, attempted to cross the Central tracks at South Wayne street by
climbing between the box cars of a freight train, said to have been
blocking the street crossing, and fell just as he was about to leap to
the ground on the opposite side of the train. Dr. W. A. Howe was called
to attend the injuries.
From Ontario County Journal 25 June 1909
The descendants of Thomas and Rachel Totman picnicked at H.
C. Trafton's Sylvan cottage on the lake, on Saturday. Thomas was
born in 1768 and Rachel the next year. They were married in 1782 and
had 10 children, and five of these were represented at the reunion.
Samuel, the oldest, by two children, Mrs. Lucretia Briggs, of
Holcomb, and granddaughter, Hazel Tiffany, of this
place; Releaf Moore, by Grace Gourley Brace and son, Norman,
Mrs. Eli M. Gourley and two children, Lucile and Stuart, of
Victor. Calvin Totman was represented by Mrs. A. B. Gilbert of
Adams; Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Trafton and daughter, Miss
Minnie L. Trafton, of this place. Mrs. Eliza A. Trafton, of
this place, aged 89 years, and Mrs. Lottie Brown, of
Northville, aged 51, sisters of Mrs. Gilbert, were in Canandaigua, but
not able to attend. Releaf Washburn, another sister, aged 91
years, and one brother, Monroe Totman, reside in Adams. Rachel
Rice's descendants were represented by Mrs. Ada Shay, of
Ward Totman, the youngest of the children, was represented by 38
descendants, including his daughter, Kate and husband, P. P. Bliss
of Bristol; Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Bliss and children, Roland,
Elva, Leslie, Florence, Leota, Edith, Madelene; Mr. and Mrs. William R.
Andrews and children, Morris and Malvina; Mrs. Winifred
Flanders and children, Myron E. and Edna Wilder; Mr. and Mrs.
Lester P. Bliss and children, Kenneth, Helen, Ruth and Harlan
P.; Mr. and Mrs. Gooding H. Bliss and daughter, Zilpha I.
Bliss; Levi W. Totman and wife, Mrs. Ella Totman Case and
son, Maxwell B.; Florence Totman, Mr. and Mrs. Joel W. Totman and
daughter, Marie F.; Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Reed and daughter, Carol.
L. W. Totman, the president, and Mrs. B. F. Case arranged
a good program. W. L. Reed treated the company to a launch
ride in the Wallanick. The day was perfect and enjoyed by all.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 June 1909
Frederick Hyde, an employee of William F. Humphrey, had a rather
narrow escape from drowning last evening by falling from a boat into
the lake. Hyde and a number of other young people of this city had
secured a launch and made a trip to Kashong. When the party started to
return, Hyde, in some unaccountable manner, fell overboard. Not being
able to swim, his predicament was not a pleasant one. Albert
Fairfax, another member of the party immediately jumped in and
pulled his friend to a place of safety. Hyde was none the worse for his
escapade, except having had a good ducking.
From Ontario County Journal 2 July 1909
Rushville, N. Y. - The annual reunion of the Read family was
held at Electric Park, Lake Keuka, on June 24. Sixty members were
present. After a bountiful dinner, the president called a business
meeting and the following officers were elected: President, Austin
Read, Rushville; vice-president, Henry T. Read, Penn Yan;
secretary and treasurer, Charles A. Read, Dresden; historian, C.
Maude Read, Rushville; assistant historian, Arthur S.
Bostwick, Rochester. Following this, Mr. Bostwick gave an
interesting talk on the early history of the Read family, which also
included on the maternal side the history of Captain Jaspar Parrish,
the famous Indian interpreter, who was one of the earliest settlers of
Canandaigua. The family are the descendants of Joshua and Judith Read,
who had four children, all becoming heads of families and having in all
48 children. Descendants of each of those four were present, and the
following were appointed to write a history of each branch, before
another year: Henry T. Read, Penn Yan; Mrs. Charles Burrows,
Elmira; Dr. William Hawley, Dundee; Austin Read, Rushville.
At the conclusion of Mr. Bostwick's remarks, Mrs. Frank Cole, of
Benton, read a letter from Mrs. F. Snyder Wright, reminiscent
of early life. It was voted to instruct the secretary to convey to Mrs.
Wright greetings, and a vote of appreciation for her letter. The next
reunion will be held at Electric Park in June, 1910.
Bristol, N. Y. - The eighth annual reunion of the descendants
of Isaiah and Sarah Francis was held at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Selden Burlingham, at this place, on Saturday. Forty-one
sat down to an excellent dinner and a very pleasant day was spent. Next
year the reunion will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. M.
Pierce, at Bristol Center.
Bristol, N. Y. - The following from the town of Bristol
attended the 14th annual reunion of the descendants of David and
Polly Wheaton on Saturday, held at the home of Benton
Cartwright in East Bloomfield: Mr. and Mrs. G. F.
Wheaton and daughters, Mabel, Florence, Ruth and Lois;
Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Case and daughters, Esther and
Ruth, little Ruth being the youngest member present.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 July 1909
As a result of a premature celebration of the Fourth of July, Mrs.
John Van Scouter, who resides a few miles north of this city on
the Pre-emption road, is today lying in the City Hospital with a badly
burnt and mangled hand, the result of having a giant cracker explode in
her hand. Mrs. Van Scouter, with a number of small children, was
shooting off fireworks and firecrackers near their home on the evening
of July 3d. Among the materials on hand were several giant crackers,
and not wishing to trust her young seven-year-old boy with these, she
was setting them off for him. Several were fired without mishap.
One of the crackers, about three inches long, after being lit did not
explode, and Mrs. Van Scouter picked it up to light it again. No sooner
had she done so when it exploded in her hand. The little and fourth
fingers were torn completely away and the top of the third finger blown
off while the palm of her right hand was badly riddled, and the flesh
reduced to a pulp. A portion of the cracker flying off penetrated her
left wrist and made a large hold about a half inch in diameter. Dr.
Vanderhoof of Phelps was hurriedly summoned and the woman was removed
to the Geneva City Hospital where treatment was given her. Today she is
reported as doing well with no indications up the present of blood
poisoning or lockjaw.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 July 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Two accidents of quite a serious nature
have befallen residents of this village during the past few days. On
Wednesday while Samuel J. Walters, who conducts a store in
this village, was at the farm of M. J. Tower, just south of
this village, and was handling a young colt, the animal became
unmanageable and threw him from his feet, and he struck near the
horse's rear feet. The animal commenced to kick and to save his face,
he put up his left hand, which was struck by a hoof in such a manner as
to break his fore arm, and also severely cut one of his fingers.
The other accident happened to Louis Irish, an employee of the
Acme cigar factory. Mr. Irish was in Phelps on Monday evening and had
lighted a large firecracker, and threw the same away from him. After
waiting considerable time and there was no explosion, he picked the
same up and it exploded in his hand, badly burning three fingers. His
wounds were dressed by a physician and he will be laid up for several
From Ontario County Journal 9 July 1909
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Will French, who lives two and a half
miles south of this village, is in a critical condition as a result, it
is said, of an attempt to take her own life by drinking two ounces of
carbolic acid last Thursday morning. Between 1 and 2 o'clock in the
morning her husband called on a neighbor to come over to his house as
his wife was very ill. Not knowing any of the circumstances, she went
alone, and was horrified to find Mrs. French lying on the lawn near the
house, convulsed with agony, and her tongue so badly swollen that it
protruded from her mouth. Physicians from this village were summoned,
and every effort made to relieve the patient. Her throat was so badly
burned from the acid that it was impossible to do much for her, and at
present she is able to take but little nourishment.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 July 1909
Mrs. Coleman Watson of 317 Lake street was severely burned
Thursday afternoon as a result of accidentally drinking a quantity of
ammonia. Mrs. Watson was not feeling well Thursday afternoon and she
called to one of the members of the household to get her a bottle of
medicine from a closet. What was supposed to be the bottle was brought
and Mrs. Watson took a large mouthful of the liquid before discovering
that a mistake had been made. As soon as the liquid touched the throat
and mouth, it began to burn and Mrs. Watson instantly realized that
something was wrong. A hasty call was sent to the office of Dr. H. D.
Weyburn, who responded immediately. After receiving treatment, Mrs.
Watson rallied and it is believed that she will suffer no ill effects.
The attending physician stated this morning that in all probability
Mrs. Watson did not swallow any of the liquid and that she would
From Geneva Daily Times 12 July 1909
Shortsville, N. Y. - James McGurk, proprietor of the Perfection
Steam Laundry of this village, is suffering from the effects of a
premature explosion of a giant fire cracker which exploded in his face,
doing injury to one of his eyes. A party of young people were quietly
celebrating the Fourth at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. VanCott, a
couple of miles southeast of the village, when the accident happened.
He went to the home of a neighbor, Mr. Eugene Heath, and
stayed the following day, hoping the eye would be all right in a short
time, but such not being the case, he went to Rochester the middle of
this week to consult an oculist. Mr. McGurk reports to his people here
that the eye has not cleared enough from the powder yet for the doctor
to give a satisfactory report.
Carmelo Rizzo, an Italian employed on the New York Central
railroad is in a serious condition as a result of a peculiar accident
yesterday afternoon. A particle of steel broke from a chisel which
Rizzo was using and struck him in the neck, penetrated the flesh and
severed an artery. Rizzo was unconscious for a considerable time as a
result of the accident and is still in a weakened condition owing to
the quantity of blood which he lost. Rizzo is employed with the section
gang which has charge of the tracks in the Central yards. Yesterday
afternoon in company with the other men in the gang, he was engaged in
putting in new rails near the station. In the work it was necessary to
cut one of the rails and Rizzo was holding the chisel while another
employee hit it with a sledge. As the chisel was struck a heavy blow
with a sledge, a small chip of steel flew either from the chisel or
rail and struck Rizzo in the left side of the neck, just in front of
the jugular vein. Blood spurted in a stream from the wound and the man
fell to the ground. The other members of the gang hastily carried Rizzo
to the shade of the trainshed and did everything possible to stop the
flow of blood without succeeding. Rizzo was after a time removed to his
home in Wadsworth street and Dr. C. D. Neider summoned. The man was
unconscious when the physician arrived and was very weak from loss of
blood. After the wound had been dressed and the severed artery taken up
he rallied, however, and it was stated that he will probably recover.
It was said that had the sliver of steel struck just an eighth of an
inch further back, it would have severed the jugular vein.
From Geneva Daily Times 16 July 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - The forepart of this week, a very painful
and serious accident befell William H. Reed, a prominent
farmer and fruit grower who resides about three miles north of this
village. Mr. Reed was in the loft of his farm adjusting the ropes to a
hay fork when he lost his balance and fell to the floor below, a
distance of several feet, and struck in such a manner as to break his
right arm and left ankle. A physician was called who reduced his
fractures, but he will be confined to his home for several weeks.
Rushville, N. Y. - An organization known as the Baldwin Corners
Cemetery Association was formed on Tuesday last for the purpose of
improving the Baldwin Corners Cemetery. The officers elected were:
President, Newell Phelps; secretary and treasurer, Albert
Blodgett; trustees, Hiram Harkness, Burt Blodgett and Adelbert
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - Mrs. H. J. Whitney of this place was the
victim of a painful though not serious accident this morning. While
walking rapidly across the front yard of her home, she tripped over a
wire that was stretched a short distance above the ground and falling
heavily struck on her face with sufficient force to fracture her nose.
Dr. C. E. Grove of Geneva was summoned.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 July 1909
Naples, N. Y. - Yesterday evening Mrs. Frank Fink, of
this village, filled a kerosene lamp by mistake with gasoline. She lit
it and it blazed in an alarming manner. Before an explosion could
occur, her husband threw it out of the door, where the fierce blaze
excited alarm. The neighbors, believed that a fire had started on the
premises or that related fireworks were being used. There was no other
damage than the destruction of the lamp.
From Ontario County Journal 23 July 1909
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - A very serious accident befell Elmer
Shetler of Allen's Hill, last Friday while he was driving from
Lima to Honeoye Falls. When near Dann's corner, where the trolley
tracks cross the road, a car came along and just as it was opposite the
rig, the horse, a colt, reared and turned about, starting for a narrow
space between a pole and a stone wall. In trying to guide the
frightened horse, he turned so short that the rig was upset and Mr.
Shetler was thrown out against the trolley pole, breaking his left leg
and arm, and his face was badly bruised and his nose broken. It was
feared that he was hurt internally.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 July 1909
Hall's Corners, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Stephens entertained
the following company in honor of their niece, Miss Etta
Fogelsonger, of Buffalo, Thursday evening: Messrs. Charles
Temple, Willard Onderdonk, Harry Onderdonk, John Dorman, Dudley M.
Dixon, Henry Sutherland, John Murray, Thomas Murray, Walter Robson and
Mr. Easton; Misses Mae Dixon, Florence Southerland, Mercy
Crosier, Anna Ledgerwod, Jennie Robson, Miss Kuner of Saugerties, Helen
Mead, Elsie Mead, Harriet Dorman, Margaret Milton, Florence VanDeVorh,
Grace Rippey, Dora Horton, Emma Hibbard.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 July 1909
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Several accidents of a more or less
serious nature have occurred to residents of this village during the
past few days. On Tuesday while at work on a scaffold on the outside of
the second floor of the new residence of William A. Hulse on Broad
street, Seward A. Stone, a carpenter, lost his footing and
fell to the ground. In his fall he struck a piece of timber which cut a
deep gash over his right eye, and he was otherwise cut and bruised. On
Wednesday while drawing in a load of grain on the Fox farm, just south
of this village, John Sanders was thrown from the load and
struck in such a manner as to break his collar bone. The fracture has
been reduced by a physician, but the young man will be laid up for
several days. On Thursday Elmer Chapin, an employee of the
Cash Store on Crane street, was washing a window, and in some manner
the glass gave way and Mr. Chapin received a gash in his right hand. David
Hatmaker is suffering from an attack of blood poisoning. On
Saturday last he discovered a small sliver in the little finger of his
right hand and he removed the same with the blade of a pocket knife. On
Sunday his hand pained him and commenced to swell, and on Tuesday
when he consulted a physician, it was found that he was suffering from
blood poisoning. His hand and arm are still badly swollen and the wound
is very painful.
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