From Geneva Daily Times 6 January 1911
Phelps, N. Y. -
The breaking of a harness strap caused a horse
belonging to Adelbert Dunn to take fright and run away while
it was being driven to Phelps yesterday by Lew Burns, a hired
man. The driver lost control of the animal as it ran through South
Wayne street and to save himself from personal injuries, leaped from
the cutter. Addie Dunn, a daughter of the owner, who was on
her way to school, occupying a seat near the hired man, also jumped
into a snow bank, and escaped with a few minor bruises. The horse
finally freed itself from the cutter and ran to the business portion of
the village, where it was captured. Aside from wrecking the cutter, no
other damage resulted.
Mrs. Samantha Stanton Nellis, of Naples, grandmother of Miss
of this city, yesterday celebrated her 101st
birthday. She is the oldest resident of Ontario county and is enjoying
remarkable health for one of her advanced years. Mrs. Nellis is
sprightly in conversation and is interested in the news of the day, is
skilled in needle work and is able to thread her own needles and except
for partial deafness, is in possession of all her faculties. Mrs.
Nellis's lineage is traced back in the direct paternal line of the
Stantons for twenty-four generations to Byron Lord of Stanton
Castle, a contemporary of Edward the Confessor in 1048. The ninth
generation brings her to Robert Washington, ancestor of
Washington. Her father was Elijah Stanton, one of Washington's
body guards, and the family home was at Fairfield, Herkimer county, N.
Y., where she was
born January 5, 1810.
September 29, 1829, Mrs. Nellis married John D. Nellis, of
that town, and in 1843 they came to Naples, locating on the fine farm
where she now resides with her one remaining son, J. Warren Nellis,
and his family. Her husband died twenty-seven years ago, and later
two sons and her only daughter, Mrs. Charles Gregory. She has
eleven grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Mrs. Nellis is an
honored member of Astenrogen Chapter, D. A. R., of Little Falls, one of
the few real daughters of the Revolution, and she has received many
gifts indicating their pride and interest in her. Naples is justly
proud of its oldest resident and hopes she may enjoy many more years.
Miss Mary Neary, a maid employed by Mrs. A. B. Wells of
yesterday afternoon and sustained severe injuries
although no bones were broken. She was taken to Dr. Sweet's drug store
and Dr. C. P. Nieder was summoned. She was afterward removed to the
home of her uncle.
From Ontario County Journal 6 January 1911
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - At the meeting of camp No. 9058, Modern
Woodmen of America, held on Saturday evening, the following officers
|Venerable consul - G. E. Patterson
Worthy advisor - M. H. Bell
Excellent banker - J. B. Sleight
Efficient clerk - H. L. Bennett
Escort - C. M. Henry
|Watchman - L. N. Affolter
Sentry - G. R. Beach
Managers - G. R. Beach, G. E.
Patterson, M. H. Bell
Physician - E. B. Sayre, M. D.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 January 1911
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On Friday evening at his home on Teft
avenue, as he was about to go downstairs, Joseph Lindner, Sr., had
his fall, he fractured two ribs on the right side. A physician was
called and dressed the injury and Mr. Lindner is now improving,
although he will be confined to his home for several days.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 January 1911
Phelps, N. Y. - Arthur Harvey, the premier twirler of last year's
Phelps fast amateur baseball team, has signed to play next season with
Binghamton in the New York State League. It is doubtful if the
youngster will be called upon to do much, if any, of the box work for
the Binghamton's, but will be played at either second or short. His
brilliant work at the keystone sack in several games played here last
year attracted the attention of a Bingo scout who visits here
occasionally, and who touted the lad as a "find." Young Harvey, who is
barely out of his teens, has pitched and played with phenomenal success
against many of the fast semi-professional teams of Rochester and of
Western New York. His friends here will watch with interest his entry
into professional baseball.
From Ontario County Journal 13 January 1911
David L. Ross, an aged soldier, while getting hay from the mow at
his barn in Gulick, was crippled and hurt. The ladder parted and his
right hand was hit when he fell and quite put out of use. He was
rendered unconscious, striking his head.
From Geneva Daily Times 17 January 1911
Henry H. Loomis, who is making his home at the Hygienic Institute,
had the gratification of receiving hearty congratulations last Saturday
upon attaining his 94th birthday. As he was surrounded by many of his
friends in the parlors of the sanitarium, he related many interesting
incidents in his life's experience. Mr. Loomis is unusually active for
one of his advanced yrs. He is able to transact business and goes
downtown unaccompanied and one sees him about the streets when the
weather is favorable. On Saturday afternoon Mr. Loomis was greatly
pleased when a large birthday cake, brilliant with candles, was placed
before him when he was surrounded by friends who sang for him the old
familiar songs, such as "Auld Lang Syne," and others.
From Geneva Daily Times 18 January 1911
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - On crossing the street in front of her
home on East Main street on Monday, Mrs. Frank S. Lapham slipped
as to severely injure
one of her limbs which will confine her to the house for several days.
From Ontario County Journal 20 January 1911
Bristol, N. Y. - Ruel Brown of Vincent, who carries cream and
butter for the Bristol Valley Creamery Co., narrowly escaped death in a
frightful accident. On Friday afternoon, as he began the descent of
Canandaigua hill, the wheels of his heavy wagon swerved on the slippery
surface and in a twinkle the heavy wagon was overturned. The startled
horses began to gallop, dragging their driver along the ground. They
went full speed down the hill, just escaped overturning the water
trough and were making a dash for the front entrance of the Hunn
residence when one of the wheels caught on to an apple tree.
Fortunately, Fred Tones and Chauncey Ingram were near
by and seized the frightened animals and with some difficulty brought
them under control. Dr. McDowell was soon in attendance. The injured
driver was conveyed to his home. No bones were broken. However, it will
be some time before he can resume his duties. Mr. Brown is improving
From Geneva Daily Times 25 January 1911
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - An accident occurred on Monday afternoon
to a prosperous young farmer, who resides about three miles north of
this village, which will deprive him of the use of his left hand for
the remainder of his life. At the home of Sylvester Ketchum, his
Weade Ketchum, was feeding corn into a corn sheller,
which in some manner, his hand became caught in the machinery, and
before the gasoline engine which was driving the machine could be
stopped, the hand was badly mangled. The unfortunate young man was
hurried to a private hospital at Newark, and upon investigation by a
physician, it was deemed necessary to amputate the hand.
From Phelps Citizen 26 January 1911
Mrs. Milantha Marsh will enter upon the 100th year of her life next
Tuesday. Mrs. Marsh retains all of her faculties, both mental and
physical, and although her sight has begun to fail, she still reads
without the aid of glasses.
From Ontario County Journal 27 January 1911
Victor, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Howland, an elderly
couple residing west of the village, had an exciting experience on
Tuesday when, as they were driving into the village, the horse's bridle
broke. The animal started to run, but Mr. Howland managed to hold his
wife in the carriage. The horse, instead of staying in the center of
the road, ran to the curbing and went through the business center of
the village and down East Main street. Near the residence of Romeyn
Brace, the rig struck a tree, one wheel came off and the couple
were thrown violently into the street. Both escaped with bruises. The
horse was badly cut.
From Shortsville Enterprise 3 February 1911
Manchester, N. Y. - Paul Worden was much surprised on Jan. 24, his
79th birthday, on going to the post office and finding himself showered
with post cards, some from Newark, Port Gibson, Shortsville,
Canandaigua, Palmyra and his own village, Manchester. Words cannot
express his gratitude to his many friends for their kind remembrances
and the many cheery words they contained on this another milestone of
From Ontario County Journal 3 February 1911
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Joseph Kavan, infant son of Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Rigney, and Augustus, infant son of Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Lancer, were baptized by Rev. FitzSimons on Sunday.
St. John's Church - At the morning service on Sunday, Rev. William
D. Walker, bishop of the diocese of Western New York, confirmed the
following class: Misses Charlotte Lewis, Frances Hll, Mildred
Pratt, Mae Elizabeth Huie, Anna M. Brotzman, Hazel Laura Bissell,
Katherine Crowly, Harriet Elizabeth Humphrey, Florence Freeman Coleman,
Alice Sophia Green, Carrie Bell Ingraham, Sarah Ashley, Emily Grant
Henderson, Clara Manther, Mrs. Lillian Edna Pierce, Lester
LaVergne Lee, Samuel Dukelow, Harold Reynolds, Edward Freed and Philip
From Ontario County Journal 10 February 1911
Icy sidewalks were responsible for several accidents the past week.
Charles Batchellor, Telyea street, fell and struck upon a
growth on the back of his head which required an operation. F. D.
Cribb, Esq., did a daylight star-seeing act on Monday, and the
bump on the back of his neck was sewed up by a physician. Mrs.
Charles W. Smith, Howell street, fractured a bone just above the
ankle, and Miss Julia McPhillips, Gorham street, broke her
Cheshire, N. Y. - Mrs. William Williams slipped on the icy
pavement while on her way to church on Sunday morning and injured her
arm quite seriously.
Martin Moran, who works in the Rice nurseries near Geneva, was
murderously assaulted on Tuesday night by an Italian with whom he had
previously quarreled, and who laid for Moran after dark. Moran was
stabbed in the neck and 30 stitches were taken to close the wound. The
From Ontario County Journal 17 February 1911
Naples, N. Y. - William H. Seamans, proprietor of the Naples
laundry, had the misfortune on Saturday, while adjusting some
machinery, to catch the first finger of his right hand in the cogs;
severing it at the joint.
Gorham, N. Y. - Friday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Brown drove into town with a high-spirited horse. Stopping in
front of the market, Mr. Brown left Mrs. Brown to hold the horse. A dog
frightened the horse, causing it to start up Main street. Mrs. Brown
has only the use of one hand and had very little control of the horse.
As it reached South street it turned so rapidly it turned the cutter
over, throwing Mrs. Brown out. William Boyce caught the
runaway a quarter of a mile south of the village. Mrs. Brown sustained
a bad cut over the eye besides a nervous shock.
From Shortsville Enterprise 3 March 1911
The large steam "clam," used for handling coal in the Lehigh Valley
yards at Manchester included two more victims in its list of injured
men on Saturday morning last. The first employee was Asa Baker, aged
was deemed necessary to amputate it at the wrist. Asa was hurried to
the Memorial hospital at Canandaigua by Dr. John H. Pratt, of
Manchester, where the amputation was performed. Late reports concerning
his condition are to the effects that he is getting along as well as
can be expected. The young man is popular among our villagers and the
accident brought forth many expressions of regret.
About 10 o'clock, an hour after the first accident, John Moraski, of
of Dr. I. J. Furman in this village where his injuries
were given the proper attention. He was taken to his home in
Canandaigua, and it is not expected that any serious results will
From Ontario County Journal 10 March 1911
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Arvanite, Gorham
street, on Friday, their infant child was christened with the unique
ceremonies of the Greek church. Bishop Constantine Douropolous, of
Baltimore, Md., officiated.
From Shortsville Enterprise 17 March 1911
Manchester, N. Y. - While at work in the Lehigh Valley yards in
this village on Tuesday evening of last week, Joseph Gillett, a
knees. Mr. Gillett and family have only been residents of this
village about two months, having moved here from Canandaigua.
From Ontario County Journal 24 March 1911
Naples, N. Y. - Among Naples' most prosperous farmers is Thomas Goundry, who
has reached the age of 95 years. His two stalwart sons, Isaac and John
Goundry, are well known and noted for their industry, good sense and
sturdy Republicanism, inherited from their father. Mr. Goundry came
over from England in 1834. and has been a resident of Garlinghouse
district in Naples for 63 years. There seems to be no reason why he
should not celebrate his 100th anniversary. From extreme poverty he has
risen in this country to a man of wealth and high standing, and has
been active in all good works.
From Ontario County Journal 31 March 1911
Honeoye, N. Y. - Harrison H. Reed was seriously hurt Saturday
afternoon. He was driving out of the swamp on a load of hay when one of
the wheels dropped into a hole and the sudden jar threw him to the
ground. He struck on his head and shoulders and was badly bruised. Mr.
Reed was taken into Charles Olmstead's and a doctor called. He was brought home on a cot that night.
Naples, N. Y. - George Muck, a laboring man, was seriously
disabled last Saturday while cutting down timber trees for E. R.
Parrish. A heavy limb at the top of the tree broke loose and falling,
struck him squarely on the left side, causing a severe bruise and wound
which will disable him for several weeks.
From The Fairport Herald 5 April 1911
(Monroe County, NY)
Mrs. Charles E. Townsend, of Canandaigua, who tried to break up
a cold by taking large doses of camphor, was rendered very ill. The
physician pronounced it a case of ptomaine poisoning, caused by the
After the judicial deliberation Judge Thompson has decided that the $10
bill which Oliver Bird lost at Port Gibson and which Fred
Lehr found, and refused to give up, is one and the same $10 bill.
The learned judge concluded that $10 bills were not lying around the
streets of Port Gibson in such numbers as to create doubt of ownership
when a $10 is lost, and a $10 bill is found. The case went through a
justice's court and the little hamlet chose sides and got all worked up
over the matter.
From Geneva Daily Times 5 April 1911
Myron H. Stockwell of Milton street was somewhat severely injured yesterday by being thrown from the back of a horse which he was riding.
Frank McCormack, Geneva's principal representative on the baseball
field, will leave this week for Harrisburg where he will begin his work
in preparation for the 1911 season. McCormack has acted as coach for
the Cadet basketball season this winter, and as a result is in the pink
of condition. Geneva fans expect him to make a good showing this year
with the Harrisburg club which reports state will make the other teams
hustle for the pennant in the Tri-State League.
From Shortsville Enterprise 7 April 1911
Manchester, N. Y. - Michael Opper, a Hungarian, who has made this
village his home for the past seven years, left on Tuesday of last week
for a visit to his old home in Madarasz, Hungary, the first visit in
twenty years. It is reported that he took $7300 with him as a result of
his twenty years toiling in this country. He plans to return to the
United States at the conclusion of his visit.
From Ontario County Journal 14 April 1911
Clifford Cribb and Will Hutchens, in R. R. Scott's automobile, collided with Clarence W. Case, son
of E. T. Case, who was riding a motorcycle, at corner of Main and
Gibson streets, and young Case is in the Memorial hospital with a very
severe fracture of the left leg. The accident happened about 9:30 last
evening. The auto was coming down Main street and turned into Gibson as
young Case was coming up Main. Neither party saw each other until they
were almost together. Case struck the rear part of the auto and was
thrown against the curb and upon the lawn.
George T. Thompson's big Thomas touring car and a local street
car collided at Main street and Fort Hill avenue yesterday afternoon
and the auto was badly damaged. George Popplewell was taking
the auto home from his garage, having just finished a complete
overhauling of the machine. Mr. Popplewell saw the street car, but not
the signal which Conductor Hancock says he gave to warn the driver that
the car was going to turn into the switch, and the auto was struck as
the car left the main track. No one was injured.
From Shortsville Enterprise 21 April 1911
A peculiar accident occurred in the Lehigh Valley yards at
Manchester about 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon when Peter DeGroot, an
locomotive which was passing along what is
known as the "cripple track." In putting his head out of the window he
was suddenly caught between a carload of telephone poles and the cab,
drawing him out through the window. Before the engine could be brought
to a standstill, he was rolled a distance of several feet between the
poles and the cab. Owing to the fact that the poles gradually tapered
near the end, he was released from his perilous position and dropped
onto the running board on the locomotive. He was removed from the
engine and taken to his home in Main street in Manchester and medical
assistance summoned. While the full extent of his injuries have not
been ascertained, it is known that he was seriously hurt.
From Ontario County Journal 28 April 1911
On Tuesday evening as W. M. Henry, of this village, was returning home from Geneva in his automobile, with a party of five, he collided with a sulky driven by James Barry, of
Hopewell. Barry saw an automobile coming from the west and in
attempting to dodge it, drove in front of Mr. Henry's auto. The sulky
was demolished, and the automobile was overturned on the side of the
road, the six occupants being thrown out, but marvelously escaping
serious injury. In the car, besides Mr. Henry, were Mrs. Henry, Miss Lela Jones, Miss Hazel Clarke, George Denniston and Charles Johnston.
From Shortsville Enterprise 5 May 1911
The baseball season will officially open in the Parlor
Village on Saturday when the new team of the Shortsville High
School will cross bats with the High School nine from East Bloomfield
on the East Main street diamond at 3:30 o'clock p.m. The lineup for the
local representatives will be as follows: John Curran, shortstop;
Harry Howe, second base; Floyd Gillis, first base; Earl
third base; Ralph Petty, right field; Emmett
O'Brien, center field; Denzil Wilson, left field; Elwyn
catcher; Stanley Stoddard, pitcher and captain.
From Ontario County Journal 5 May 1911
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The home of Mr. and Mrs. John Bennett was the scene of a pleasant gathering on Saturday afternoon in honor of the birthdays of Mrs. Elvira A. Hayward, Mrs. Elmira F. Dibble, Mrs. Ella L. Partridge, Mrs. Zoe Forsyth, Mrs. William Harvey and Doris Dibble. Mrs.
Hayward and Mrs. Dibble are twins and it was their 75th birthday. A
bountiful supper was served, the table beautifully decorated with
spring flowers. The three oldest ladies enjoyed an auto ride with Mr. William Harvey of Ionia.
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - On Monday Mrs. Mortimer Hotchkiss met
with a peculiar accident. Mr. and Mrs. Hotchkiss were preparing to
drive to their farm in Gulick and Mrs. Hotchkiss got into the wagon to
which Mr. Hotchkiss was hitching the team. The horses became frightened
at something and cramped the wagon in such a position that Mrs.
Hotchkiss was thrown to the ground. A doctor was called and upon
examination found that Mrs. Hotchkiss' left shoulder was broken.
From Shortsville Enterprise 12 May 1911
Miss Hazel Clarke, of Canandaigua, a former resident of this
village, had a narrow escape from serious injury last week Tuesday
evening while riding in an automobile. Miss Clarke was in company with Walter
and family of Canandaigua, and the party was returning from
Geneva. In attempting to avoid running into a rig, the auto was
overturned and the occupants
thrown out. The members of the party escaped, fortunately, with slight
Patrick McLaughlin is now nursing a broken left arm as the
result of a peculiar accident at the Lehigh Valley depot in Manchester
on Tuesday evening of last week. He is employed by the Lehigh Valley
Company, and was to assist in the loading of some heavy baggage on a
passenger train. He was helping to place a baggage truck near the
tracks and when the train pulled into the station, his arm was laying
over the edge of the truck in such a position as to be struck by one of
the coaches bending the member back so far as to break it near the
Farmington, N. Y. - A serious accident occurred at the Lehigh
Valley crossing in Manchester last Saturday. Emily Arnold, a
girl of thirteen, was driving across the tracks when the end of one
gate, which was partly raised, caught in the buggy wheel, frightening
the horse and resulting in an overturned vehicle. The young lady was
thrown out, sustaining some bruises and a deep flesh wound upon the
head. Her father, who was driving a team just ahead, came to her
From Ontario County Journal 19 May 1911
Wednesday night Stanley Hicks, on a motorcycle, ran into an
automobile standing in front of the Ajax garage. He escaped with a few
bruises and the motorcycle was damaged. Yesterday afternoon an auto
driven by a LeRoy man ran into a buggy in which Mrs. George Thompson, of
Victor, was riding. She was thrown to the pavement, but hung to the
reins, receiving minor bruises. Her clothing was ruined and the harness
From Ontario County Journal 26 May 1911
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Hiland Shepard was seriously injured while playing ball on Friday. He was struck with the ball club which slipped from the hand of Basil Griffin, striking
him in the face. Dr. Benham was called and decided the cheek bone was
fractured. He was taken to the Homeopathic hospital that night and the
next day his uncle, Dr. Hiland Shepard, operated, removing five pieces
of bone. At last reports he was doing well. His mother, Mrs. Sophia
Shepard, is staying with him.
From Shortsville Enterprise 2 June 1911
Richard Herendeen went with a party on a fishing excursion to
Bushnell's Basin last Saturday, and while walking along the banks of
the canal some of the earth gave way under his feet, precipitating him
into the water. None of the party could swim and they were unable to
reach Mr. Herendeen with their poles. A passing stranger rescued him as
he came up for the third time. He was brought to his home and on Sunday
was able to be about the house, apparently not much injured by his
enforced bath, but the following day he was obliged to remain abed and
for several days was critically ill. It is thought that this was due to
the large amount of water he had taken into his lungs. A present he is
Manchester, N. Y. - On Monday afternoon last while driving from
Clifton Springs to her home north of this place, Mrs. Richard Hoare
met with quite a serious accident when she reached the turn in the
State road, near the Persons farm. Her horse became frightened and
threw her out of the carriage, the animal freeing itself from the
vehicle. In falling, Mrs. Hoare suffered a fracture of her right collar
bone, a scalp wound and an injury to her hip. The horse was captured
before it ran far.
From The Fairport Herald 7 June 1911 (Monroe County, NY)
East Penfield - Mr. Dorr B. Harris of Canandaigua is
visiting his brothers here this week. p. 6
South Perinton - Mr. and Mrs. John Murphy of Clifton
Springs spent Sunday at the home of William Gillette.
Mrs. Frank Guest and daughter Ruth, of East Victor, spent
Saturday at the home of Martin Guest. p. 6
From Shortsville Enterprise 9 June 1911
At the farm home of William Diets, located two miles east
of this village, June 2d there was found an army sword, which is
supposed to have been used in the war of the Revolution. The house
where the sword was found is said to have been built one hundred years
or more ago, and is now undergoing a thorough repairing. The sword was
found by L. M. Wallace, a contractor of this village, in a plate inside
the plaster which was being removed this morning. This sword, which
must have been placed where it was found at least a century ago, is
still in a good state of preservation, its only defect being that a
piece is broken from the point, while the steel is tarnished. This
weapon is supposed to have once belonged to one of those from this
locality who participated in the War of the Revolution.
From Ontario County Journal 16 June 1911
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - Louis Henry, while playing with
dynamite caps, one of which exploded, received severe wounds to both
hands. He was obliged to have one finger amputated. He is at the
Stanley, N. Y. - Excitement was caused on Sunday at the home of Mrs. Margaret Russell when
in some manner the oil stove in the kitchen was overturned and set fire
to the surroundings. Prompt action soon put out the fire but not until
considerable damage had been done.
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Fred Graf was seriously hurt at his mill
last Friday. While the saw was in motion, his father fell through an
opening in the floor, which caused him to drop a board he was holding
on the saw. The board struck Mr. Graf in the side, cutting through his
clothes, making a bad wound, and swerved, hitting him on the shoulder.
It was feared he was injured internally, but he is is more comfortable
From Ontario County Journal 23 June 1911
While eating cake on Sunday at the home of her mother, Mrs. L. Brand, near Seneca point, Mrs. Arthur Lacy, who
lives with her husband on H. L. Howe's farm, swallowed a fine wire
about two inches long that evidently had come from the screen in a
flour sifter. The wire caught in the lower part of the throat and after
suffering distressingly for several hours, and when other means of
removing it had failed, physicians opened the throat and gullet and
removed the wire after X-ray photographs showed its location. Mrs. Lacy
has been able to talk only with the greatest difficulty since the
operation, and is unable to take any nourishment naturally. Her
condition is still critical.
From Shortsville Enterprise 30 June 1911
Saturday last was the occasion of much merrymaking at the home of Robert
northeast of this village, when members of the Brandow
families to the number of sixty assembled to celebrate their annual
reunion. Four generations were present, coming from many different
parts of the State. A five-course dinner was served on the spacious
lawn, the decorations being green and white. The next reunion of the
families will be held at the home of Robert Brandow, a former
resident of the Parlor Village, in Bristol on June 25, 1912.
This Friday evening Miss Frieda Hinz, of this village, will be
one of the five young ladies who will graduate as trained nurses from
the Hospital of Physicians and Surgeons at Canandaigua. The
commencement exercises will be held in the Baptist church in that
From Ontario County Journal 30 June 1911
The Francis reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Seymour, Adelaide
avenue, on Saturday with an attendance of 50. The bountiful dinner and
supper were served under a large tent on the lawn. In the afternoon a
fine program was given. Especially interesting were a number of
readings by Miss Bessie Briggs, who graduated in elocution from
Lima seminary this year. At the business meeting, the following
officers were elected: President, W. F. Seymour; vice-president, Mrs. Cooley Fletcher; secretary, Mrs. Henry Baker; entertainment committee, Miss Bessie Briggs and Mrs. Mark Patchen. Guests were present from Bristol, Honeoye, Lima, Holcomb, Rochester and Shortsville. The reunion in 1912 will be held with Mr. and Mrs. Elnathan Briggs at Lima.
Rushville, N. Y. - About 70 enjoyed the Read family reunion at Electric park on Saturday. Officers elected are: President, Henry T. Read, Penn Yan; vice-president, Frank Cole, Penn Yan; secretary and treasurer, Miss C. Maude Read, Rushville; historian, Arthur Bostwick, Rochester; assistant historian, Miss Caroline Hunter, Rushville.
The descendants of Thomas Totman held their seventh annual reunion at Sylvan cottage with Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Trafton, on June 24. Five of Thomas Totman's children were represented: Releaf Moore by Mrs. George Gorley Brace, two children,
Mrs. Minnie S. Gorley and two children, all of Victor; the fourth child, Dolly Fletcher, by Mrs. Henrietta Fletcher and two children; Calvin R., the sixth child, by Mrs. Laura H. Gilbert of Adams, his youngest daughter of five. Donald Kenyon, of Adams, represented Calvin's only son, Monroe. Mrs. Eliza A. Trafton, Calvin's
second child, aged 91, of Canandaigua, was unable to attend. Her son,
wife and two daughters and one grandchild represented her. Rachel Rice was represented by Elizabeth McPherson, Mrs. Ada McPherson Shay, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Dorrance and three children. Ward, the youngest child, was represented by 28: Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Totman, Mrs. B. J. Case and two children, Mrs. Spencer J. Corser and three children, Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Bliss, their children, Mrs. William Andrews and husband, Mrs. C. W. Flanders, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Bliss, Mrs. John Wilder of Cleveland, O, and nine grandchildren. Mrs. W. L. Reed and daughter, Carol, represented
Nancy Totman Reed. Fifty-one descendants and three visitors enjoyed a
bountiful picnic dinner and all seemed to have a good time.
From Ontario County Journal 7 July 1911
On Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Evans, Bristol street, was held the 25th reunion of the Davis family. The
reunion was held under tents and 55 members were seated at the table at
the annual dinner. Flowers and flags made the surroundings bright and
cheerful. The committee for next year is composed of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. George McMillan, Leslie Green, Miss Lena Eighmy, Elmer Davis and Miss Bertha Baldwin.
From Ontario County Journal 7 July 1911
Manchester, N. Y. - On the afternoon of July 4, George Parrish of
Shortsville, who was acting as conductor on a Lehigh yard engine, and
two Poles, Lehigh employees, were badly scalded while at work with an
engine putting out a fire which had caught in the grass, south of the
tracks in the west yard.
From Ontario County Journal 14 July 1911
Canadice, N. Y. - Mrs. Jane Winch celebrated her 82d birthday recently by entertaining several of her nieces.
From Shortsville Enterprise 21 July 1911
The annual reunion of the Gillett family was held on July
4th at the "old homestead," in the town of Hopewell, now the home of Francis
There were present Charles A. Gillett and wife,
Misses Susan and Emma Wakefield, and James Gillett, of
Mrs. Harriet Gillett Wilson of Canandaigua; Frank
Patch and wife of Boston, Mass.; F. W. Taylor and wife of
Brooklyn; Dr. John Gillett, wife and four daughters, of
Kingston; Lewis Gillett and wife, of Brockton, Mass.; Prof.
of Rochester; Miss
Grace Gillett of Auburn; and Francis W. Gillett, wife and four
sons. In the afternoon and evening many of the friends and
neighbors of years past called, and all joined in a very pleasurable
revival of old times and enjoyment of the present.
From Ontario County Journal 21 July 1911
Cheshire, N. Y. - The Hutchens reunion, which was held at the hospitable and spacious home of Mrs. Laura M. Hutchens, on Sunday, was largely attended. Friends from Johnstown, Porto Rico, Canandaigua, Rushville and Bristol were present.
From Ontario County Journal 28 July 1911
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Mrs. Charles Earls is confined to her
home suffering from poisoning inflicted by stepping on a rusty nail.
Her foot has been much swollen and very painful.
Canadice, N. Y. - While working at a binder one day last week, Harold Preston caught
the small finger of his right hand in the machine, crushing it so badly
that it was necessary to amputate it at the second joint. George Affolter was
quite badly injured on Saturday by a pulley from a hayfork which fell,
striking him on the back. Two stitches were required to close the
wound. Arthur Ingraham ran a nail nearly through his hand on Monday, causing a painful wound.
From Ontario County Journal 4 August 1911
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Harry, the six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Sweeney, fell
into a cistern, while playing at Dr. W. T. Walsh's barn, Monday morning
and narrowly escaped drowning, as the cistern contained about five feet
of water. He was rescued by William S. Hicks, who was working near by and heard the splash.
Reed's Corners, N. Y. - The second family reunion of the Gage family was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Amasa Gage on
Wednesday. Dinner was served on the large lawn, after which a picture
of the family was taken. The occasion was the 65th birthday of Mr. and
Mrs. Gage. The next reunion will be held at their home next year on
From The Fairport Herald 9 August 1911 (Monroe County, NY)
Penfield - Miss Georgia McGowan of Canandaigua is visiting
Mrs. Margaret McGowan. p. 6
Farmington, Aug 7 - The Gardner family reunion which was held
at the home of Charles H. Gardner last Saturday, was largely
attended by nearly a hundred people from this and surrounding towns.
were present from Lyons, Buffalo, Manchester, Lindsay, Can., Walworth
and Canandaigua. Among those from the latter place were Hon. Anson
L. Gardner, a rising young lawyer, and master of the Canandaigua
who made a speech, during the program of vocal and instrumental music
was greatly enjoyed, especially the local hits on different members of
the family relatives. Byron Johnson of Buffalo, also gave an
talk on reunions. The day was ideal and every one enjoyed the
of the host and hostess. Dinner was served on the spacious lawn, which
been fitted up with lawn swings and cozy seats. The eldest member
was Mrs. Annette Gardner, relict of the late Sunderlin P.
a noted preacher, and the youngest, her grandchild, Edith, daughter of
Anson L. Gardner, 3 months old. p. 6
Farmington - Miss Ella Harm, of Buffalo is visiting her cousins,
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Popenhusen, for a few days. p. 6
Mrs. Mary Eldredge of Penfield visited her sister, Mrs.
Carrie Haynes Padgham, several days last week., p. 6
A. B. Katkamier attended several grange lecturers' conferences
at Poughkeepsie, Oneonta, and Cortland last week. p. 6
From Ontario County Journal 11 August 1911
Bristol, N. Y. - The descendants of John A. and Sarah Ketchum held their reunion at the home of Charles Ketchum last
Saturday. Thirty were present. The dinner was served in Mr. Ketchum's
grove, after which Mr. Ketchum took three old ladies for their first
ride in an automobile. One of them, Mrs. Ira Sanford, was 85, and the
others were past 70. Mrs. Sanford remarked that she had now rode in
everything but a flying machine. The family spent a very enjoyable day.
Manchester, N. Y. - Last week Mrs. Charles Harrington gave a dinner in honor of the 83d birthday of her father, Nathaniel Herendeen. The guests were Edwin Harrington, Mrs. Hulda Sheldon and Mrs. Harriet Brewster, all octogenarians.
From The Fairport Herald, 16 August 1911 (Monroe County, NY)
Local Briefs - Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Ritter and son George and wife,
Mrs. L. A. Schoomaker Sunday. p. 2
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parker and daughter, Hazel, former Fairport
residents, but now living at Honeoye, were in town last week. p. 3
Willis Robbins of Geneva was a guest of his mother and sister on
West st., yesterday. p. 3
Pittsford - Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Eckler and children of Victor
spent Monday with L. A. Wilson and wife. p. 6
South Perinton, Aug 15 - Mrs. Martin Guest and mother, Mrs.
Daly, spent Friday at Canandaigua at the summer home of Mrs.
Thompson, Sonnenberg. Visitors are only allowed every two weeks, on
Friday afternoon from two until five o'clock. It is a very beautiful
Charles Bowerman spent Saturday and Sunday at Canandaigua with
his wife, who is there for some time to get relief from hay fever. p.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Guest and daughter of East Victor, also
Miss Grace Reynolds and Fred Barnard of Syracuse and Mr.
Shannon and daughter of Rochester spent Sunday at the
home of Martin Guest. p. 6
From Shortsville Enterprise 18 August 1911
Last week Wednesday, Mrs. Hulda Sheldon of Farmington,
aged 81 years, and Nathaniel C. Herendeen of Main street, aged
84 years, enjoyed their first automobile ride. Allen Sheldon of
Mrs. Lydia Aldrich, aged
took supper with Mrs. Aldrich.
From Ontario County Journal 25 August 1911
The Emory and Dayton families held their annual reunion on Aug. 17 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Sanford, who
reside on the east shore of Canandaigua lake. Sixty-two were present.
Dinner was served on the lawn. The newly-elected officers are: F. D. Emory, president; C. P. Emory, vice-president; and James Brandow, secretary and treasurer.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 September 1911
An interesting quoit-pitching contest was engaged in by employees
of the Buckley grocery store and meat market yesterday. The contest,
after numerous tryouts, finally settled down to a contest between H. D. Lynch of the meat department and Lester McGuire of the grocery department. The match, which was a close one, was finally won by Mr. Lynch.
From Ontario County Journal 1 September 1911
An automobile driven by Mrs. Mortimer Parsons struck a carriage driven by James Cade on
Main street Wednesday noon doing considerable damage to the wagon. No
one was injured. Both vehicles were moving in the same direction when
the carriage turned suddenly in the path of the machine which was
moving at a moderate rate.
From Ontario County Journal 6 October 1911
Naples, N. Y. - John Rector, a well-known farmer, while
picking apples, fell about 20 feet. He was about to fall on his head,
when he seized a limb and turned himself so that he struck on his
shoulder and chest. He was badly jarred and bruised, but it is believed
he will pull through. Mr. Rector is about 70 years old.
From Ontario County Journal 3 November 1911
Ionia, N. Y. - Hyatt Norton, a well-known young man of this place,
was seriously injured on Friday of last week while returning from work
to his home. He had been employed by State Road Contractor Johnson to
run the road roller, and had going to and from his work on a motor
cycle. The lamp on his machine did not work properly and he stooped
over to fix it, when he dashed into the rear of one of the heavy road
wagons, striking with such force as to break his leg below the knee,
driving the bone through the back of the leg and injuring the knee cap.
Dr. Wheeler was called and took him at once in his auto to the
Canandaigua hospital where the fracture was reduced and he is reported
as doing well.
From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1911
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Oakley Maston was seriously burned
about the head and face last Sunday. Thinking the fire was out, she
attempted to kindle it with coal oil. There was an explosion, which but
for the presence of mind of Miss Blake, a teacher in the High school,
who rooms with Mrs. Maston, would have resulted in a fire.
From Shortsville Enterprise 1 December 1911
While descending the stairs at his home in the village of
Manchester early Saturday morning, Carlos P. Osgood, manager
of the Red Jacket Telephone Company, slipped near the top and fell to
the floor below. His wife heard the noise of his fall and ran to his
side, assisting him to a couch. Medical aid was summoned and it was
found that one shoulder had been dislocated and three ribs broken. Mr.
Osgood's numerous friends will deeply regret to learn of his mishap and
will join with us in wishing for his early recovery.
From Ontario County Journal 29 December 1911
Rushville, N. Y. - On Saturday a family reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Robson. There were present William Robson of New York; Harry Staple and family of Penn Yan; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robson and daughter; John Phalen and family and John Robson, Jr., and
family of Middlesex. Among the Christmas gifts presented to the host
and hostess was a Victrola from their son, William, of New York.
Rushville, N. Y. - The Green family reunion was held on Christmas day at the home of Charles Green and family. Those present were Mrs. Emory Green and daughter, Grace; Thomas Dwyer and daughter, Hazel; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Porter and son; William Green and family; B. G. Clark and family; and Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Carson of Geneva. After the usual feast of good things, a business meeting was called at which Mrs. Alonzo Carson was elected president for the coming year with Miss Grace Green as secretary.
From Shortsville Enterprise 5 January 1912
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Converse royally entertained about forty
relatives on New Years day at their home, two miles south of Clifton
Springs. Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Roth, of Shelby,
Mich., the latter a sister of the host; Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Converse of
Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Converse of Palmyra; E. P.
Converse and family of Farmington; Leland Barber and
family of Clifton Springs; Mrs. Coville and Miss Clara
Coville of Canandaigua; Mrs. L. C. Tremaine and Ray
Burleigh of Newark, and Miss Dora Coville, Mr. and Mrs.
Allison Converse and family and Mr. and Mrs. Sibley Converse and
From Ontario County Journal 5 January 1912
Last Saturday, Mrs. Frank Wardwell, Jefferson avenue, gave birth to triplets. All died within a few hours. The mother, who was dangerously low, is now recovering.
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Smantha Nellis was 102 years old
yesterday. She was born in Herkimer county. Has lived in Naples 65
years. Has lived to see her husband and three sons and one daughter
buried. She is a member of the Daughters of the Revolution. Packed 800
bushels of grapes last fall. She lives on the farm on Rushville road, 2
miles below Naples village.
From Shortsville Enterprise 12 January 1912
Manchester, N. Y. - On Saturday, Mrs. Emma Poole celebrated
An exciting runaway took place in this village on Tuesday evening
of last week. As a horse, driven by Peter Rubins, the
16-year-old son of Joseph Rubins, who resides west of the
village, was passing the Methodist church on State street, the
thills became detached and the horse started to run. At the corner of
Main street, Mrs. John Wolford, who was riding with the boy,
was thrown out, striking the ground nearly 12 feet from where she left
the wagon, and when picked up, it was feared that she was fatally
injured, as she weighs over 200 lbs. When medical aid was summoned, it
was found that she was badly bruised and suffering from shock, but no
bones were broken.
From Ontario County Journal 19 January 1912
His horses, coming home without driver on Monday, gave the family of Sylvanus A. Taft, who
lives on the town line road between Canandaigua and Hopewell, their
first intimation that Mr. Taft, aged 70 years, he met with an accident.
Searchers went back down the road and at the corner where the town line
and county house roads join, the old man was found by the roadside in a
helpless condition. He was carried home and Dr. P. M. Donovan called,
whose examination showed that Mr. Taft had suffered serious injuries to
his spine and shoulders. Later he was taken to the Memorial Hospital in
an effort to locate by x-ray pictures suspected broken bones. It is
believed Mr. Taft had a stroke of paralysis while driving home, as he
was partially paralyzed when found, and remains in that condition.
From Ontario County Journal 26 January 1912
Ionia, N. Y. - On Wednesday afternoon Mrs. C. R. White gave a pleasant surprise in honor of the 77th birthday of Mrs. Oliver White. The following guests were present: Mrs. O. J. Hallenbeck, Canandaigua; Miss Caroline Pattengill, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Mrs. N. W. Dibble, Mrs. J. Heech, Mrs. Walter Dibble, Mrs. R. McMichael, Miss Minnie Dibbs and Mrs. E. W. Bennett, of
this place. Mrs. White received some very pretty and useful presents,
besides a large number of post cards. After an afternoon of visiting
and music, supper was served. The table was prettily decorated with
red, white and green.
From Geneva Advertiser 29 January 1912
S. Fletcher Weyburn, brother of Dr. H. D. Weyburn, has
recently published a genealogy of the family extending back some six
hundred years, hailing from England. The tracing of the family, the
name spelled in various ways, has been very carefully done, and he
believes is as near accurate in detail as can be made. Some of his data
came from England. He has been several years in the compilation of it.
From Ontario County Journal 2 February 1912
Naples, N. Y. - Harvey Burke celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Flora Graves and Mrs. Helen Briggs. In the summer Mr. Burke takes care of a quarter of an acre of garden.
From Ontario County Journal 9 February 1912
Rushville, N. Y. - On Sunday the children and grandchildren, numbering 20, invaded the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orin Gage, giving
them a complete surprise. They brought with them not only good wishes
for the occasion, which was Mr. Gage's 72d birthday, but a bountiful
dinner which included a birthday cake.
From Shortsville Enterprise 16 February 1912
On Tuesday night of last week Antonio Pasco, an employee
of the Lehigh Valley at Manchester, who resides just west of that
village, had a thrilling escape from being burned to death. He retired
about 10 o'clock and was gently sleeping when he was awakened by the
sound of something falling. Antonio's custom is to place a lighted lamp
on a stand near his bed and on the night in question left his light as
usual. He found that a member of the feline family had jumped upon the
stand, evidently for the purpose of getting warm, and in crowding too
close to the lamp had pushed it off to the floor. There was immediately
something doing in the fire works line. The lamp exploded and sent the
burning oil over some curtains. Antonio, clad only in his nightgown,
jumped from the bed and tried to put out the blaze on the curtains, but
instead of accomplishing his purpose, his night robe ignited. Other
inmates of the house heard the noise in his room and ran to ascertain
the cause. Seeing that he was in danger, they wrapped him in a blanket
and extinguished the flames. He was seriously burned.
This Friday evening occurs the leap year dancing party of the Jolly
Dozen in Maccabee hall. Over 100 invitations were issued and plans are
arranged for entertaining a goodly crowd. The hall is beautifully
decorated for the occasion. The committee in charge is composed of Miss
The 87th birthday anniversary of Mrs. Harriet Hinde was
delightfully celebrated at her home, one mile east of this village, on
Friday last, a large party of relatives assembling to assist her in the
observance of the day. The occasion was a surprise to the estimable
lady, each guest bringing refreshments. Mrs. Hinde was born in
Warwickshire, England, on February 8, 1825, and made her home there
until the fall of 1868, when she came to America with her husband and
family. She located in the town of Walworth, where she resided for five
years, and ever since lived in the town of Manchester.
From Ontario County Journal 16 February 1912
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - Richard M. Allen, Joshua Simpson, Asa N. Deal and Mortimer Summy, the least remaining veterans of the civil war of this place, were entertained at a bountiful 2 o'clock dinner by Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Garlinghouse, Wednesday,
Feb. 14. The occasion was in honor of Mrs. Garlinghouse's father, Mr.
Deal, it being his 70th birthday anniversary. Mr. Deal has resided in
or near Allen's Hill during the greater part of his life.
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Miss Matilda Carey, of Honeoye Falls, who was visiting her sister, Mrs. Fred L. Rigney, and Miss Cora Nudd,
who was also at the Rigney home, came near being asphyxiated by natural
gas on Friday night. About midnight, Mrs. Rigney was awakened by the
sound of someone falling and immediately went upstairs and found Miss
Carey on the floor, where she had fallen in her attempt to leave the
room. She was still conscious, but Miss Nudd was unconscious. It was a
half hour before Miss Nudd was revived. Although Miss Carey was not
unconscious, she had no idea of what happened. Had not Mrs. Rigney been
awakened, both girls would have been dead in the morning. The chimney
had become filled with fallen brick, and hence the fumes all came back
into their sleeping room.
From Shortsville Enterprise 23 February 1912
Farmington, N. Y. - Last Saturday evening as Clyde Redfield and
John Acomb, were returning from a Grange meeting,
about one mile south of the Hook, their cutter was overturned in a snow
drift, which frightened the young horse they were driving to such an
extent that it escaped, leaving the young men and cutter in the snow.
They gathered together the robes, cutter and pieces of harness by the
roadside and started to walk home, expecting that the horse had
preceded them, but upon their arrival nothing had been seen of the
animal. Sunday forenoon was spent in following tracks and clues in a
fruitless quest. Later in the day by the aid of telephone the horse was
located at Albert Padgham's, not far from the scene of the
accident, apparently none the worse for the adventure. The cutter and
harness were both broken.
From Geneva Daily Times 24 February 1912
Clifton Springs, N. Y. - Quite a painful accident occurred on
the highway in front of St. Agnes cemetery, just west of this village,
on Thursday, when a load of hay, upon which Charles Montford, Sr., and son, William C. Montford,
were riding, tipped over. The senior Mr. Montford fell with the load
and was not injured; his son, however, did not fare as well, as he fell
backward, away from the load, and striking on the frozen roadway, was
badly bruised and shaken. He was removed to his home about one mile
distant, and upon examination it was found that no bones were broken.
His bruises were quite painful and he will be confined to his home for
several days. The two men were bringing the load of hay from their farm
to a customer in this village when the accident occurred.
From Ontario County Journal 1 March 1912
Elmer Schapp, a Phelps lad, slipped while attempting to catch a
freight train, and his left foot was mangled and had to be amputated.
He also lost one toe on the right foot.
At St. Mary's Church, baptized on Sunday: Robert Eugene, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Meath; Frances Joseph, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Halder; and Catherine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benedict Fuller.
From Ontario County Journal 8 March 1912
Mrs. Joel Hall, of Canandaigua, was pleasantly surprised last Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. McCann, it being the occasion of her 83d birthday. There were 32 present, among them were her three daughters, Mrs. William Potter, of Rochester; Mrs. Jennie Sherman of Bristol Springs; and Mrs. D. McCann of Canandaigua; one son, C. G. Hall of
Canandaigua; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They were
all served with a bountiful dinner, after which Mrs. Hall received a
post card shower from friends and relatives from all over the United
States, to the extent of 160, besides numerous presents and
remembrances. Mrs. Hall has retained all of her faculties and is very
active for a lady of her age. She resides with her youngest daughter,
Mrs. D. McCann, coming here from Ontario, which was her lifelong home
until 16 years ago.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Hiram S. Bailey, while going
across the fields to call upon a neighbor on Friday, slipped on the ice
and fell. Fortunately she was able to call help and was taken to her
home, where it was found she had fractured her leg. She is doing well.
From Shortsville Enterprise 15 March 1912
A posse, composed of about 20 Shortsville and Manchester men and
boys, under the leadership of Deputy Sheriff William Mills and officer
L. H. Aldrich, of this village, thoroughly searched the woods and
swamps west of this place on Sunday in the hopes of locating one
John Montcrieff. The man in question left his farm home in the
township of Hopewell on Feb. 26th and has not been seen since.
Montcrieff, who is subject to dizzy or fainting spells, left for the
home of his brother-in-law, Chas. Brown, living southwest of
this village. Brown had promised him a colt if he would break a number
of the young animals. Montcrieff stopped at Manchester with a view to
liquidating a debt previously contracted with Dr. Geo. A. Shaw, the
veterinary of that place. He did not find Dr. Shaw at his place of
business and stated that he would call again. A man answering
Montcrieff's description was seen to cross the Lehigh Valley yards at
Manchester and go across fields. Residents at the home of I. S. Weaver,
just west of the village, also believe that the man in question crossed
their yard on the day of disappearance. The posse found numerous tracks
in the snow in that vicinity, but Montcrieff was not found. Several
theories have been advanced over his disappearance. One is that he was
robbed and killed somewhere along the Lehigh Valley tracks and that his
body has been concealed. He had about $100 in his pockets when he left
home. Another is that he has gone into Canada. It has since been
ascertained that on the 26th of February a man said to be of
practically the same description appeared at the ticket office of the
Lehigh Valley railroad at Manchester and asked for a ticket to Toronto.
R. R. Losee, the ticket agent, informed the party that he could not
sell him a ticket to that point and he purchased a ticket for Niagara
Falls. It seems that Montcrieff has a mother and other relatives living
in the portion of Ontario, Canada, west of the Niagara River. It is
also rumored that financial difficulties are responsible for his going
away. Montcrieff is a prosperous farmer residing on the farm of
Cornelius Breen in Hopewell. He is a steady man, of splendid habits,
and well liked by all. He is 46 years of age and has a wife and five
children, the oldest a boy 16 years old.
From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1912
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Amanda Lyon celebrated her 92d birthday last Friday. Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Perry Bartholomew of Garlinghouse, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bartholomew of North Cohocton.
From Naples Record 10 April 1912
Glancing Backward - Doings in Naples and Vicinity Thirty-Eight Years Ago - From the Naples Record of April 11, 1874:
John King is fixing up his sawmill for the spring campaign.
Judson Watrous, brother of H. H. Watrous, and a former resident, is here.
Miss Kittie LeValley is here with relatives and friends to spend a fortnight.
Names of the first settlers to and through Hunts Hollow: Alanson
Lyon, Elisha Sutton, Ephraim Cleveland, Charles Wilcox, Isaac Sutton,
Solomon Garfield, William Sullivan, Andrew Hunt, Elijah Belknap,
William Porter, James Wright, Henry Naracong, James Holden, Jacob
Hartwell, James Garlinghouse, John Kelley, John Otto, Isaac Maltby, Samuel Parker, James Moore, J. P., Gail Washburn.
First settlers on the road from Naples to Cohocton: Mr. Winslow,
William James, Asa Perry, Nathan Watkins, Oliver Tenney, John Barber,
Lemuel Barber, Zachariah Barber, Otis Pierce, Deacon Carrier, Amos
Stancliff, John Cronk, William Wilson, William Parks, Thos. Wilson,
Amasa S. Tift, Nathan Corey, Walso Curtiss.
From Shortsville Enterprise 19 April 1912
Manchester, N. Y. - Joseph Natoli, an Italian of this village, who
is employed by the Lehigh Valley, met with a serious accident last week
Wednesday. The Manchester work train was called to Maxwell station to
clear the tracks, which were so badly blocked by a wrecked freight
train that traffic was suspended. Natoli was among the men sent with
the train. In clearing away the debris he was caught between some
timbers and his arms and ribs fractured and a shoulder badly crushed.
He was taken to the Geneva hospital.
From Geneva Daily Times 9 May 1912
About thirty-five couples attended an informal dance last evening
in Odd Fellow's Hall given by the Misses Albie H. Reed and Florence
Music was furnished by Messrs. Fred Henle and Frank
Herbert for the dancing which began at 9 o'clock and lasted until 2
a.m. After a short intermission, at which time light refreshments were
served, the party was turned into a Leap Year affair which was a source
of enjoyment to all present. Guests present were the following: Misses
and Winifred Badgley, Emma Dugan, Sara Reed, Edith
Guile, Eletha Cary, Elsie Smith, Mary Kime, Louise Smith, Sarah Scott,
Helen Scott, Elizabeth Hofmann, Ione Lerch, Hazel Reader, Edna Dobbin,
Emma Sessler, Jennie Harvey, Bertha Ranf, Edna Dusinberre, Phoebe
Dusinberre, Jennie Barden, Elizabeth Camm, Miss Pardee, Sylvia Beard,
May McKane, Miss Simmons, Albie Reed, Florence McKane and Messrs.
Pierce, Archie Dusinberre, Mr. Levy, Louis Guard, Leslie Gray, Donald
McIntosh, Willis Henderson, Henry Hause of Rochester and Seelye
of Phelps; Mr. and Mrs. N. K. Badgley, Mr. and Mrs. F.
A. LaPointe, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Berry, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dusinberre,
Mr. and Mrs. Court of Seneca Castle and Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Meacham of Seneca Falls. The affair chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs.
H. L. Reed, Mrs. W. F. McKane and Mr. and Mrs. Reader.
Rochester, N. Y. - Pietro Fabrizi, whose American name is Frank
and who lives at No. 246 Torrey Park, Geneva, has
appealed to the Rochester police to assist him in looking for his wife
and little son. He says his wife was stolen from him and has been
forced to live the life of a "white slave" somewhere. He knows she is
detained against her will. Fabrizi says his wife and child were removed
from his home on the night of April 16th about 8:30 o'clock. The woman
is 19 years old, while the boy is but 2 1/2 years. She wore a black
suit. Her maiden name was Felicia Budngiorna. The man who
stole Mrs. Fabrizi is believed to be a fellow known as "Sam." He is
marked with many smallpox scars. Fabrizi says Black Handers stole his
wife, and that they stole another about three months ago.
From Shortsville Enterprise 10 May 1912
Thomas Mahaney, who disappeared from this township several weeks
ago and for whom search was made, has been located in the county alms
house near Canandaigua. He was sent there by Overseer of the Poor,
Thomas Baker, at Mahaney's request. He had been staying with his
daughter at Rochester, but left that city to transact some business
with Farmington residents. His daughter, who failed to hear from him
after two weeks absence, communicated with the police at Canandaigua.
He owns some property in this town and his daughter wrote that he had
"lots of money" with him when he left home. Even murder was hinted at
in her letter.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 May 1912
A horse attached to a rig owned by Lewis Derby and driven
by George Walden ran away on Tillman street yesterday
afternoon. The horse caused considerable excitement by dashing around
the corner into Exchange street and coming to a sudden stop almost on
top of an auto owned by Richard Knight, which was standing at
the curb. The runaway was caused by a part of the harness breaking and
with the broken harness the driver was unable to control the horse.
From Shortsville Enterprise 17 May 1912
John Montcrieff, the Hopewell farmer who disappeared from his home
during the latter part of February and from whom nothing was heard
until Saturday last, has written his wife, now a resident of
Canandaigua, stating that he has taken up a government tract of land at
Moose Jaw, in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada. He reports that he
is enjoying good health.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 May 1912
Phelps, N. Y. - Harry McDougle, driving an automobile owned by his
brother, Nelson, collided with an iron hitching post yesterday while
attempting to avoid a collision with Elmer Miller, who was
running his machine eastward on West Main street. McDougle was
approaching West Main street from Eagle street and neither one of the
autoists saw the other until the machines almost came together. The
former turned his machine abruptly and it hit the post while running at
the rate of fifteen miles per hour. No one was injured but the impact
broke the axle and bursted one of the tires on the McDougle auto.
From Geneva Daily Times 31 May 1912
Henry J. Guard, a retired wagon maker residing at No. 23 Exchange
street, is at the City Hospital with two bullet wounds in the head and
severe injuries to his throat due to swallowing a quantity of toothache
drops containing creosote and carbolic acid, while his wife is at her
home suffering from numerous scalp wounds alleged to have been
inflicted by Mr. Guard with a hammer before he fired the two bullets
into his own head from a small .22 calibre revolver and swallowed the
poison. The injuries to both parties were inflicted during a family
quarrel at the Guard home at about 8 o'clock yesterday morning. As near
as can be learned, jealousy due to temporary insanity was the cause of
the assault and attempted suicide. At the City Hospital this morning it
was reported that Mr. Guard was in a serious condition. His throat is
seriously burned and the physicians had not as yet attempted to probe
for the bullets owing to his serious condition. In Mrs. Guard's case it
was reported that while the wounds are serious they are, so far as the
doctors can ascertain, simply abrasions of the scalp and that no
fracture of the skull could be found. Her condition this morning was
favorable and the attending physicians are assured of her complete
The weapon used by Mr. Guard in the assault upon his wife was a hammer
somewhat heavier than the ordinary carpenter's hammer. The weapon used
by himself in his attempt to end his own life was a small old-fashioned
.22 calibre gun. The assault upon Mrs. Guard was made in the family
home in an upstairs room where Mrs. Guard was at work at the time while
Mr. Guard made the attempt upon his own life in a barn located in the
rear of his house. It is declared that Mr. Guard has been acting
strangely of late and that for some time past his actions have
indicated that he was not entirely right mentally. It is stated for a
week or so Mr. Guard has had numerous quarrels with the people living
in his neighborhood and also with several people occupying houses owned
by him. In several instances, it is stated, he ordered tenants from the
houses. It is stated that Mrs. Guard learned of the actions of her
husband with reference to the tenants and went to them and told them to
pay no attention to him as he had been acting strangely home for some
time and that he had been continually finding fault with everything. It
is declared that on a couple of previous occasions Mr. Guard has made
threats to end his life and that in the present instance that when he
learned that his wife had been taking a hand in his business affairs,
he became violent and determined to end her life and his own. Several
neighbors living in the vicinity were made aware of the assault by the
screams of Mrs. Guard.
John Kane, who resides on the opposite side of Exchange street,
was cutting the grass in his front yard at the time the affair
happened. Mr. Kane heard the screams and the next instant saw Mrs.
Guard at an upstairs window. The woman was calling for help and Mr.
Kane noticed that her head was covered with blood. He immediately
started for the Guard residence and while crossing the street saw Mr.
Guard running from a back door toward the barn located in the rear of
the residence. Mr. Kane, after entering the Guard house, found Mrs.
Guard lying on the floor of an upstairs room with blood flowing from
several wounds in her head. She was still conscious, however. The woman
was removed to the home of Paul Krug next door. In the
meantime, several telephone messages had been sent by other neighbors
whose attention had been attracted by the screams of the woman. Dr. C.
D. Neider responded to the call for a physician and immediately took
charge of Mrs. Guard's case. Patrolman Lawrence Kinney responded to the
An investigation showed that Mrs. Guard was apparently in an upstairs
room at work when Mr. Guard entered and without warning dealt her
several blows on the head with the heavy hammer. He then ran to the
barn where he had a small .22 calibre gun, and fired two bullets into
his own head. Mr. Guard then returned from the barn and then swallowed
the entire contents of a box of toothache drops containing creosote and
carbolic acid and then lay down on a couch. He was found on the couch
by Patrolman Kinney and as his condition did not seem to be serious was
first removed to the police station and then immediately taken to the
City Hospital where he was attended by Dr. J. S. Allen. At the hospital
it was found that one bullet had entered the head back of right ear and
apparently gone forward. The other bullet entered the ear. His throat
had been so severely burned by the creosote and carbolic acid that the
physicians considered that it would be impossible to do anything with
reference to the bullets until after the condition of his throat
improved somewhat. The gun used was a small, old-fashioned one. One
bullet was fired and then the chamber either skipped or Mr. Guard
turned it as several cartridges were missed before the second one was
fired. Yesterday Mr. Guard regained consciousness and on the way to the
hospital informed the patrolman that he was sorry he had not made a
good job of the affair.
The injuries to Mrs. Guard consist of four bad bruises on the head. Two
of these are back of each ear and the others farther up on the head.
The attending physician is convinced that they are but scalp wounds and
that they will not prove fatal. The hammer used to inflict the injuries
was very heavy and the physician regards it as almost a miracle that
the injuries were not more severe.
From Ontario County Journal 12 July 1912
Honeoye, N. Y. - Mrs. Carrie F. Wilbur had a family reunion on the Fourth. Twenty-three members of the family were present. The guest from out-of-town were Mrs. Charles Miller, Miss Elizabeth Miller and Robert Miller, all of Columbus, O,; Mrs. Mary Wilbur and Miss Rice, of Fremont, O.; Hollis Wilbur of Kobe, Japan; and Miss Gough of Providence, R. I.; Mr. and Mrs. Esty, of Buffalo.
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Herbert Coye, with a team, was crossing a
cleared field last Wednesday during a thunder storm, when a electric
bolt struck him and the team, throwing him a distance of ten feet and
rendering him unconscious. He is now around as usual.
From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1912
Flint, N. Y. - Leon Barrett, while sitting on the porch last week
during a severe thunder storm, received a severe shock, rendering his
unconscious for a long time.
Flint, N. Y. - While F. D. Esty was at work on Monday morning, helping T. D. Whitney draw hay, a window fell on his arm, which was quite badly hurt by the broken glass. George Brown was
also hurt in the same barn on Monday afternoon by being hit on the head
with a pulley from a horse fork, which cut two deep gashes. Dr. Selover
of Stanley was called and dressed the wounds.
Flint, N. Y. - Neils Michaelson, employed on the Fred Tallman
farm, near Seneca Castle, sustained a compound dislocation of a bone in
his right foot and a fracture of the large bone in his right leg, when
he jumped from a wagon drawn by a team of runaway mules on Saturday
morning. He was taken to the Memorial Hospital at Canandaigua by Dr.
Selover and the fracture was reduced.
From Ontario County Journal 26 July 1912
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - William Andrews, who had his leg broken in
a runaway last week, is doing as well as possible. As usual, the men of
the Hill were on hand to help and looked after his haying. His aunt,
Mrs. Priscilla Briggs, has come to help care for him.
From Ontario County Journal 16 August 1912
Canadice, N. Y. - George Affolter had the first fingers of his right hand badly crushed in a hop sprayer on Monday morning.
It is thought they can be saved.
From Ontario County Journal 23 August 1912
Canadice, N. Y. - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Colegrove met with a
runaway accident on Sunday evening when their horse became frightened
at Fayette Huff's automobile near the home of Wells Purcell. The horse
ran off a bridge throwing the occupants of the buggy out, bruising them
quite badly. The horse ran a short distance to the Colegrove home,
where it was stopped. No damage was done to the horse or buggy.
From Ontario County Journal 30 August 1912
Rushville, N. Y. - Last Saturday as Charles Strobridge was
mowing grass near the road side, his horses became frightened at an
approaching auto and ran away. The machine struck against a post and
Mr. Strobridge was thrown from his seat, under the mower. He was
rendered unconsious for a time and was badly bruised. Otherwise there
were no serious injuries.
On Saturday evening Lorenzo Stafford, a local Italian, was
attacked by five unknown men near the Lisk plant. The fracas resulted
in Stafford receiving a cut in the left cheek several inches long
extending into the nose. Eight stitches were required to close the
wound. A gang of Italians who have harbored a grudge against Stafford
for some time are suspected of having a hand in the attack. Stafford's
companion ran and was not followed. Dr. Alfred W. Armstrong care for
the injured man.
From Shortsville Enterprise 27 September 1912
A telephone call to this village about 10:30 o'clock Saturday
morning requested that a doctor be sent at once to render medical
assistance to a party of autoists that had met with an accident on the
Chapin road a short time before. Dr. D. A. Eiseline was quickly located
and driven to the scene of the accident in the auto owned by H. D.
Aldrich. It was learned that Mr. and Mrs. Homer C. Dewey and
Mrs. Orson Dewey, all
of Phelps, were driving in their machine toward Canandaigua and in
turning out to pass a team, about two miles south of this village on
the Plank road, the sod on the side of the roadway gave way and allowed
the heavy car to turn over. The car went over the embankment, a
distance of about six feet, and pinned the two ladies beneath. It
required the summoning of nearby residents to extricate the ladies from
their painful positions. Mrs. Orson Dewey had her back, hips and legs
sprained and bruised and Mrs. Homer Dewey was badly bruised about the
lower limbs. Mr. Dewey escaped unhurt, aside from a severe shaking up.
After the physician had rendered all possible aid, the party was taken
to their homes in Phelps. The windshield and the dash of the machine
were wrecked. The Deweys were enroute to the Canandaigua fair.
From Ontario County Journal 4 October 1912
Last Friday, as George Straight, of East Bloomfield, was driving on Howell street, accompanied by his wife, seven children and Miss Belle Wyville, of
this village, his horses were frightened by an automobile. The carriage
was upset and eight of the occupants were cut and bruised. All of the
10 persons in the carriage were thrown out.
From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle 7 October 1912
Phelps, Oct. 6 - Mrs. Charles Vincent, an employee at the Seneca
Kraut works, was the victim of a painful accident Saturday, when her
left arm came in contact with a revolving coring knife. While Mrs.
Vincent attention was attracted elsewhere, the blade caught her arm
just above the elbow and before she could release herself, it gouged a
hole four inches across in the flesh to a depth of two inches. The
injury was attended to by Dr. (can't read).
Victor, Oct. 6 - As Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Brizee were going
to their home east of the village in their automobile last evening,
they turned out of the road near the farm of L. Herendeen at
Woodworth's corners, and not seeing anything ahead of them, attempted
to get back when they struck a wagon in which was Bruce Harris, who was driving without a light. Both vehicles were slightly damaged, but the occupants escaped with a severe fright.
From Ontario County Journal 11 October 1912
Bristol Springs, N. Y. - George H. Johnston, who works for George T. Standish, met
with an accident as he and Mr. Standish were unloading alfalfa with a
hay fork. Johnston was struck on the head and rendered unconscious by
the loaded fork. Dr. Barringer was called and thought he would be all
From Ontario County Journal 18 October 1912
Naples, N. Y. - John Ulmer, of Rhine street, was brought
before Justice George A. Bolles, for alleged abusive treatment of his
wife. The proof was of such a nature that Justice Bolles felt it his
duty to impose a severe fine. He ordered that John should be put under
$500 bonds and failing to secure approved bondsmen, he was sent to jail
for 100 days.
Naples, N. Y. - Last Friday, Herbert Snooks, a farmer, drove
a load of produce to the station. Leaving his team for a minute, a
shifting engine frightened the horses and they ran furiously down West
avenue and Tobey street, scattering the contents all along the road.
When at last overhauled, the wagon was a wreck but the horses were all
Bristol, N. Y. - The family and neighbors paid Mrs. Maria Tubbs a
surprise visit on Wednesday evening, the occasion of her 90th birthday.
The surprise was complete and the evening thoroughly enjoyed by Mrs.
Tubbs. She retains all her faculties, reads and writes and has never
worn glasses. Her hearing is acute. She was united in marriage to Moses Tubbs in 1858. Five children were born to them, all of whom are living: Mrs. Villa Ashley, of Armada, Mich.; Mrs. Minnie Gates of Barker; Mrs. Harry Bliss and William Tubbs, of Bristol; and Miss Addie Tubbs, who lives with and cares for her mother. There are also seven grandchildren. Many tokens of love were presented.
Bristol, N. Y. - Mrs. Eugene Clement met with a serious
accident Thursday. The men were away and she went to the barn to water
the horses. She slipped and fell behind one. When she recovered
consciousness, she managed to creep to the house and phone for help.
Dr. McDowell was called and found one hip was broken. Whether she was
injured from the fall or by being kicked in not known.
From Ontario County Journal 25 October 1912
Honeoye, N. Y. - Edward Wesley's horses ran away on Monday. He was
thrown from the wagon and his right leg broken in two places. He was
returning home when his horses became frightened at the steam roller at
the head of the Gull road. One of the lines broke and the team ran
away. Before they were stopped they ran into Brown's rig and broke his
Honeoye, N. Y. - Truman Stevens' horse became frightened at a
dog last week and tipped the buggy over, throwing out Mr. and Mrs.
Stevens. The latter was quite seriously injured.
From Syracuse Herald 30 October 1912
Geneva, N. Y. - Chief Kane and Officer Hawkins arrested Thomas McDermott after
he had been pulled out of the canal into which he had jumped. After
McDermott struck the water, he made little effort to help himself, but
after being chilled through, he was anxious to be dragged to dry land.
Bystanders procured a couple of long sticks and pushed them to
McDermott who willingly caught hold and was pulled to the towpath. Herb
Cronk, proprietor of the hotel, leaned over the dock and lifted the man
to the towpath, where he was placed in the arms of the policeman.
McDermott said that he was tired of life and as he had no work, he
became despondent and wished to end his life. It is believed that the
man was intoxicated and when he sobers up and realizes what he had
done, he will recall his statement.
From Ontario County Journal 22 November 1912
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Elizabeth Wood had the
misfortune to fall last Thursday afternoon, breaking her right arm near
the shoulder. Dr. B. J. White was called and made her as comfortable as
From Ontario County Journal 13 December 1912
Rushville, N. Y. - Last Thursday Mrs. Thomas Spoor had
a narrow escape from serious injury when she caught her dress in the
fly wheel of an engine at the evaporator of the Rushville Evaporating
and Packing Company. Her dress, being thin, was torn from her body and
she escaped with a few injuries.
From "Telephony, Volume 62." By Harry B. McMeal. Telephone Pub. Corp., 1912.
Vol. 62, No. 15.
CLIFTON SPRINGS, N. Y. - At a meeting of the Rural Telephone Co. the following officers were
elected: President, William H. Vanderhoof; vice-president, L P. Conley;
secretary, Joseph L. Johnston; treasurer, Harry F. Flint. [page 486]
Thanks to Martha Magill for this contribution.
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