From Geneva Daily Times 1 July 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Eugene Irish, who lives at Unionville,
accidentally took an overdose of chloroform yesterday and for a time
was in a precarious condition. Mrs. Irish had been in feeble health and
the chloroform was taken to relieve pain. Her husband, who had been
doing chores around the barn, found her on returning to the house and
immediately summoned Dr. Howe. She is now considered out of any
From Geneva Daily Times 6 July 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - While at work haying yesterday, Elias
Anderson, an aged Swedish resident of this village, fell to the
ground from the top of a load which he was drawing, and a wheel of the
heavy wagon passed over his body, breaking several ribs, and causing
other minor injuries. Mr. Anderson is the father of Mrs. Charles
Doley of Sheldon street.
From Ontario County Chronicle 6 July 1904
The following party of young people, chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs.
John Harkness, spent Sunday and the Fourth at Fisher's cottage on
the east shore of the lake: Misses Isabella McKechnie, Eliza Burke,
Ethel Norris, Lulu Masseth, Belle Hulse, Gertrude Phetteplace and Beulah
Hare; Messrs. William Tracey, Charles Bradburn, Charles Parmele, Arthur
Dugan, Melvin Spencer and William Barker.
From Victor Herald 8 July 1904
John Mosher suffered a severe accident Wednesday morning,
resulting in the breaking of his jaw and the lacerating of his face.
Mr. Mosher is over seventy years of age and was employed by Henry
Padgham on what is known as the Brace farm. He was engaged in
hitching three horses to a drag and, it is supposed, had an attack of
heart trouble, to which he was subject, and fell, startling the horses,
which pulled the drag over him inflicting the injuries described. Mr.
Padgham, who was waiting in the field for the drag, saw the horses
standing by the gate and noticed that Mr. Mosher was not in sight. As
he started toward them, the horses turned and Mr. Padgham caught the
reins just in time to prevent the drag from again going over the
unfortunate man. Dr. Clapper was hastily summoned and brought Mr.
Mosher to his home in this village, where he is now as comfortable as
could be expected.
From Geneva Daily Times
12 July 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - The employes of the Shortsville Wheel company
have recently organized a first-class baseball nine that has met with
but one defeat in the five games played this season. The team is made
up of the following: Pitcher, Ira Corey; Catcher, Ward; First
base, Ballard; Second base, Deane; Third base, Roy
Corey; Short stop, Bruce Davis;
Left field, Ray Corey; Center field, Ford Manly;
Right field, John Shaw.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 July 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - Mrs. Robert
Tolhurst, who lives about three miles east of Phelps,
was the victim of quite a serious accident Saturday, sustaining several
cuts and bruises, but no broken bones. She will recover. Men from
Geneva were fishing in the vicinity of Mrs. Tolhurst's home, and not
having very good luck, decided to remain over night and try it again
the next day. They engaged lodging at the Tolhurst home and were given
a room on the first floor, that was
generally occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Tolhurst, the latter taking a room
upstairs. When the young men did not return to their home at Geneva,
their parents became alarmed and at once instituted a search. They
drove to the Tolhurst house, arriving there past midnight, and aroused
the occupants. Mrs. Tolhurst arose and thinking she was on the first
floor, walked to the stair landing and pitched headlong down the
stairs. When help arrived, she was found lying at the bottom,
unconscious and bleeding from a number of cuts and bruises. Medical
assistance was summoned and she was made as comfortable as possible.
From Geneva Daily Times 20 July 1904
The horse owned by Rev. A. H. Knight, ran away yesterday,
while coming down the hill on East Main street. It was hitched to a
Democrat wagon, occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Knight, Mrs. John Bell
and Miss Sarah Osborn. The carriage swayed from side
to side, and while crossing the bridge, hit against the iron railing,
but was not overturned. Mrs. Knight managed to turn the
horse into the driveway of the Presbyterian church, where it was
stopped. The occupants of the wagon were badly frightened, but
From Geneva Daily Times 27
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Mrs. Michael S. Hickox Durand, the oldest
resident of Canandaigua, and probably the oldest resident of Ontario
county, celebrates her ninety-seventh birthday today, at her home four
miles south of the village. Mrs. Durand is in many ways a remarkable
woman, her mind being as clear and strong as it was twenty years ago,
and her memory being extremely good. Her health is excellent, and
her time is largely spent in piecing quilts, of various patterns, of
which she has completed twelve since she was ninety years of age. Mrs.
Durand was born July 27, 1807, four miles west of Canandaigua. She
is the daughter of Captain George Hickox, who served as a captain of a
company of state militia during the war of 1812, and who died at
the ripe old age of ninety-four. Levi Hickox, one of the pioneers of
Western New York at the time of the Phelps and Gorham purchase, was
Mrs. Durand's grandfather. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary
war, being with Washington at the battle of Trenton. Mrs. Durand's
mother's name was Eunice Holcomb. She was a pioneer school teacher,
coming to New York state for the purpose of teaching. The well-known
statesman, Joshua Giddings, was in his youth one of her pupils. In
Durand, then Miss Hickox, was married to Elias Durand, who was a direct
descendant of Dr. John Durand, one of the original Huguenots, who
emigrated to America from New Rochelle, France, in 1685. Seven children
were born to the couple, six of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs.
Durand early united with the first Methodist church in Canandaigua, and
Mrs. Durand has for seventy-one years been an active and devoted
church member. Her husband died thirty-nine years ago. Many of her
children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be with her today
to offer her congratulations, and to help make the day one of pleasure
to the old lady, who has passed so many milestones on the road of life.
From Ontario County Chronicle 27 July 1904
The first patient to be treated at the Thompson Memorial hospital
was Hiram L. Hutchens of Chapin street. His right foot and
ankle had been injured by a fall into a ditch which he was having
excavated at one of his Chapin street houses, and the attending
physician, fearing that some of the small bones might be broken, had
him removed to the hospital for examination under the X-ray. It was
found that his ankle was badly sprained but that no bones were broken.
From Victor Herald 29 July 1904
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - The following party, chaperoned by Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Chase of New York City, are sojourning at Canadice
lake for a few days: Henry C. Arnold and sister, Miss Jennie
Wheeler, William Buell and sister, Miss Caroline, Cladd Chase and
sister, Miss Clara, Miss Julia Quick and John Buell.
From Geneva Daily Times 1 August 1904
Frank Derr, of Chapinville, met with an accident while at work in
the Martin Wheel
works. A heavy piece of machinery, which he was helping to
move, slipped and one end struck him in the eye, causing a serious
injury. The lid was so badly cut that several stitches had to be taken
to close the wound.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 August 1904
James Kelleher, driver of one of the city teams, stopped an
exciting runaway shortly before 1 o'clock today, in front of the Smith
opera house building. Two small children were in the wagon at the time,
both escaping injury. The horse was attached to a buggy and started in
of the Weld drug store while the mother of the children was putting
some groceries and other supplies in the wagon. In attempting to get
hold of the reins to stop the horse, one of the children pushed a
wooden express cart out of the wagon, which struck the horse's heels.
At this the animal bounded up the street on a run. Kelleher, who stood
in front of the city building, saw the imminent danger of the children,
and dashing into the street, caught the horse
by the bridle. No damage was done except the smashing of the express
While attempting to stop a runaway on Exchange street last night, John
Mulcray of Exchange street was injured about the feet and legs. He
was dragged some distance by the excited horse, and near Canal street
became wedged between the curbing and the wagon. The horse, which was
owned by a farmer who had stopped at a hotel, became frightened at a
searchlight on the front of a R. & E. car and started to run down
Exchange street. He was going slowly, and Mulcray, thinking that he
could easily stop him, ran into the road and made a grab at the reins.
This only frightened the animal still further, with the result that
Mulcray was injured.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 August 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Clair Davis
of Bristol is suffering as the result of a mistake
which might have proved very serious. While working in the
hayfield, a hay seed lodged in Mr. Davis' eye. It gave him considerable
trouble and he went to the house and procured a bottle of what he
thought was an eye wash. He applied this to his eye, but instead of
relieving the pain, the eye grew much worse until it was necessary to
summon a doctor, when it was found that the liquid put in the eye was
carbolic acid. The physician immediately took measures to save the
sight of the eye, and it is reported to be healing.
Shortsville, N. Y. - The Shortsville Gun club held a shoot at
the range, on Main street, Friday, which was well attended by the local
sportsmen, and where
some excellent records were made. The highest average was won
by William Allen and Clarence Heath, Wendall K. Bushnell and
Benjamin W. Slocum won firsts in different events.
The club has made arrangements with William Lewis and will fit
up a range in Lewis park, Railroad avenue, for future meets.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 August 1904
The following house party, chaperoned by Mrs. Smith of
Canandaigua, are enjoying a two week's outing at "Arbordale," Cottage
City: Misses Anna Doyle, Minnie Hogan, Margaret Lally, Kathryn Law and
Elsie Huebler of Canandaigua, Anna Giligan of Penn
Yan, Anna Coons of Rochester, and Messrs. John Hogan,
Thomas Melvin, Richard Griffith, Joseph Lally, James McPhillips, Frank
Welch, William Casey of Canandaigua and Ray Banks of
The following house party chaperoned by Mrs. H. W. Lapham spent
several days last week at "Glen Gerry": Misses Elsie McKechnie,
Julia Coyle, Bertha Case, Anna and Louise Quigley, Elizabeth
Turner, Louise Donovan, Julia Kelly, Ethel Smith, Ethel
Davidson, Lovetta Cappon of Canandaigua and Mary Toole of
The following house party chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. John Skinner of
Geneva, returned to their homes after enjoying a two weeks' outing at
"Buslies": Misses Ethel Wadsworth, Essie Bety, and Mrs.
Fletcher of Geneva; Misses Anna Pierce, Jennie Cullinane,
Maude Etherington, Glena Dubel, Lillian Herrington, Bertha Frier,
Hattie and May Finn of Canandaigua; Messrs. Frank
McGuire, George Sweeney and Mr. Briggs of Geneva; Messrs.
Stanley Wilson, Frank Pierce, Paul Schamp, William Wilson,
Clayton Hulse and Fred Pierce of Canandaigua.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 August 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - James Hefferon, a farmer, is reported missing from
his home south of Oaks Corners, since last Friday night, and up to
yesterday, no trace of
him has been found. Sunday evening he was seen in Phelps in company
with a young man named Sullivan, and both started towards home, about
midnight. Hefferon was forty years of age and lived with his sister.
From Geneva Daily Times 12 August 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Miss Fannie Allen of East Bloomfield, who has
been visiting in this village for some time, met with a peculiar and
perhaps very serious accident yesterday morning. Miss Allen had been on
an errand upstairs and was descending when she suddenly slipped and
fell part of the way down. A carpet sweeper was standing in a corner at
the foot of the stairs, and Miss Allen had the misfortune to run the
end of the handle under her arm penetrating the flesh to about three
H. C. Buell was called and dressed the injury. At last reports the
young lady was doing as well as could be expected.
From Victor Herald 12 August 1904
A very interesting event occurring last Saturday, August 6th, was
the annual reunion of the Thorpe family held at Hoppaugh's, on Canadice
Lake. Some one hundred representatives of this tried and true family
were present, among them, Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Knowles, who made
the long journey from Adams, Michigan, to be present. Those in
attendance from here were Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Thorpe and
daughters, Mildred and Isabel, who were accompanied by Mr.
and Mrs. Orville Curtis of Canandaigua. A very entertaining letter
of regret from Franklin Knowles of Litchfield, Mich., was read
by Mrs. Willard Caskey of Canadice. O. E. Thorpe gave
a very interesting talk, embodying a succinct history of the Thorpe
family, the genealogy of which, it is expected, will soon be published
in book form. The annual reunions of the family will hereafter be held
on the first Saturday of August in each year, and an organization for
this and kindred purposes was effected with the following officers:
President, Henry Thorpe of Canadice; Vice-President, O. E.
Thorpe of East Bloomfield; Secretary, William Thorpe of
Honeoye Falls; Treasurer, Milo Thorpe, of Canadice. Weekly
From Geneva Daily Times 20 August 1904
Manchester, N. Y. - Mrs. Andrew Smock
and Mrs. James McLoughlin will chaperone the
following party of young people to "Auburndale,", Cottage City, on
Canandaigua lake: the Misses Mary, Margaret and Anna
Dunn, Margaret Phipps, Jennie McCarthy and Loretta McLoughlin,
all of Shortsville; Miss O'Keefe of Canandaigua; James and
Patrick O'Loughlin, Andrews S. Crawford, A. Farnz and James
Atkinson of Shortsville; G. Engbert of Canandaigua; Frank
Childs of Buffalo, Frank Russell and William Bryant of
From Geneva Daily Times 22 August 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - The members of the Hiram L. Brown branch
of the Brown family assembled at Brown's Landing, Canandaigua lake,
Friday, and enjoyed a fish fry and clam bake. William M. Brown, of
chief cook, while Louis L. Brown of Brooklyn, was fireman.
Supper was served to forty people in true picnic fashion on the beach.
After which the company gathered in congenial groups and discussed old
times. Among those present from a distance, were Mr. and Mrs. W.
H. Brown of Baltimore; Miss Edwina Brown of Baltimore; Mr.
and Mrs. Louis L. Brown, of Brooklyn; Mrs. Henry T. Elliott and
sons of Corning; Miss Ella M. Chase, Miss Sue Thomas and Miss
Albert Walker of Washington; Miss Arey of Brooklyn; Andrew
Harkness of Pittston, Pa.; Rae Howland, of Ann Arbor; Miss
Gertrude Ward of Washington; Mrs. Isabel Stewart of
From Ontario County Chronicle 31 August 1904
Painful Accident at Victor - Saturday John Conover Jr., while
assisting to thresh on the John Mahon farm attempted to
descend from a straw stack on a chain when he was caught on a hook on
the end of the chain which tore a large hold in his abdomen so as to
nearly expose the intestines. Medical help was at once summoned and the
wound sewed up. It is thought that he will recover.
From Victor Herald 2 September 1904
Bristol, N. Y. - Last Thursday afternoon a severe wind storm
visited this place and during the gale, Jerome Case, a farmer
living about one and one-half miles south of here, was blown off an oat
stack which he was topping out, striking on his face and left shoulder.
A portion of the stack was blown on him and it was some little time
before he could be gotten out from under the straw. When found, he was
nearly suffocated and unconscious, remaining so for over an hour. Dr.
Wheeler was called at once. Mr. Case is a man 75 years old.
From Geneva Daily Times 6 September 1904
Rushville, N. Y. - Lewis Mertz and bride came home from Ionia
Saturday evening to spend a few days with his mother. About 11 o'clock
a crowd of about forty boys and young men congregated at the house west
of this village, to give them a horning. Mr. Mertz's mother, in coming
down stairs, fell and sustained a badly broken arm and severe injuries
to her head. A physician was immediately summoned and the "horning" was
brought to a sudden termination.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 September 1904
William Marlow, an employe of the American Can company, had the
first three fingers of his right hand
taken off while running a press at the works of the company yesterday.
Marlow was engaged in cutting out blocks of tin and allowed his fingers
to be drawn under the heavy press, which came down with
sufficient force to almost sever them from the hand. Dr. G. B. Young,
the company physician, was called, and it was found necessary to
amputate the fingers. It is believed that no further serious effects
will come from the injury.
Seneca Castle, N. Y. - During the recent survey for the
placing of the cement walk in front of the Presbyterian church, a
search among the papers in the possession of Henry J. Peck revealed
the following interesting document, the original deed of the church
"This indenture, made the 6th day of May in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty - 1830, between Thomas
Ottley of the town of Seneca, in the county of Ontario and state
of New York and Lucinda, his wife, of the first part, and Nathan
Whitney, Henry W. Jones, John Yeckly, J. Tallman, Selah Hart, trustee
of the Presbyterian society of
Castleton, of the same place, of the second part, witnesseth that
the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the
sum of 100 dollars, to them in hand paid by the said party of the
second part, the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged,
have granted, bargained, sold, remiss, . . . . . Excepting two
pews and the ground they stand on in the house on the above premises
being No. 10 in the North Alley, and No. 20 in the South Alley. With
the privilege to go to and from the side pews. Together with all . .
. . .
The document in its quaint language goes on at length to hand over the
property to the "Second Part to have and to hold forever.
From Geneva Daily Times 7 September 1904
Flint, N. Y. - Recently, while driving through here, Henry
Raymer of Stanley, was overtaken by a big
automobile, and fearing his horse might be frightened, signaled
the autoist to stop. As usual, the signal was disregarded, and upon
Mr. Raymer's refusing to let the car pass, some hot words were
Mr. Raymer has since learned the number of the machine and threatens
to prosecute the autoist. James Clark, last Friday, while
toward the village, met a large touring car running at least forty
miles an hour, and he was crowded into the ditch by its passing. It is
evident to residents along the macadam that some strenuous measures
must be taken to prevent speeding through here and to force the auto
drivers to heed signals.
From Geneva Daily Times 8 September 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Word just comes to Canandaigua from Bristol,
that Miss Clara Wheat of that place, lies in a critical
condition at the home of John Gregg, a couple of miles south
of Baptist Hill, as the result of an attempt to take her life by
shooting herself in the breast. Miss Wheat, it is alleged, was jealous
of her lover, who had paid some attention to another girl in the hop
field where all were engaged in gathering the hops on the farm of John
Gregg. It is alleged that Miss Wheat left the field, and went to her
home, half a mile away, where she obtained her brother's 22 caliber
revolver, and started back for the field. When between Mr. Gregg's and Morey
Trick's farms, she shot herself in the left breast, the shot
lodging near the heart, being slightly turned by a rib. Miss Wheat then
walked to the field and showed her wound to her lover, telling him that
he would soon be rid of her. She was then removed to the Gregg
farmhouse and Dr. B. T. McDowell summoned. He has been over her
constantly since, and hopes to save her life, although she refuses to
take nourishment and declares that she will still finish up the work
begun and end her life.
From Geneva Daily Times 14 September 1904
Frank McCormick, of North Exchange street, who is at present
playing baseball with the Coudersport, Penn. team, will leave that
organization tomorrow to enter Bucknell university at Lewisburg, Penn.,
where he will try for a tackle position on
the football team. He is a fast man in any position, and his friends
are confident that he will make the Bucknell team. This university
always has a strong team and plays such elevens as the Carlisle
Yale and Princeton.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 September 1904
Henry Sullivan, of No. 43 Jackson street, manager of the Ontario
Coal company's yards fell out of bed at his home last night while ill
and dislocated his right shoulder. Mr. Sullivan is very ill today and
his condition requires the constant attendance of a physician. Mr.
Sullivan had been complaining for a week,
and last night he walked up town a short distance, but became dizzy and
weak and was compelled to return. He went to his home and
throwing himself on his bed tried to recover from the weakness. Instead
of recovering he became worse and in rolling over fell from
the bed. Physicians were notified and soon the injured man was made as
comfortable as possible. His weakness is attributed to a run-down
system. It is not thought that serious results will follow the attack.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 September 1904
The formation of a local historical society
has stirred up considerable rivalry among the older residents
of the city, all of whom are striving for the honor of the longest
residence in his city. The honor is believed to lie between W.
E. Hayes, the Castle street tinsmith, who came to Geneva along
in the forties, S. H. VerPlank, who has been identified with
Geneva banking institutions since along in the fifties, and Henry
Loomis and William Smith, who have been residents of
Geneva since about 1850. The honor so far seems to rest with Mr. Hayes,
has been a member of the local Masonic lodge since 1845.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 September 1904
Harry D. Marshall, of No. 177 Lewis street, was badly injured
about the face late yesterday afternoon by being stuck in the mouth by
the handle of a windlass crank which he was using in hoisting his
gasoline launch from the water near the long pier. He had the boat
clear of the water when the crank got beyond his
control and the handle struck him with force in the mouth, cutting a
long deep gash across his upper lip and breaking one and damaging
of his front teeth.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 September 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - Luther J. Howe, who was thrown from his wagon
July 5, when his horse became frightened by a passing automobile, and
who received a compound fracture of the right leg, was on his milk cart
again Saturday morning.
From Ontario County Chronicle 28 September 1904
The friends and relatives of Herbert J. Edwards, a wood
worker employed at F. R. Beecher's planing mill on Niagara street are
much disturbed over his sudden and unaccountable disappearance and the
failure of efforts to locate him. Mr. Edwards was one of Mr. Beecher's
most trusted employees. About two weeks ago, he lost a portion of one
of the fingers of his left hand while working on a buzz saw. As he was
not yet able to resume his regular duties, Mr. Beecher had lately given
him employment at lighter work and for several days he had been engaged
in collecting accounts for his employer about the village. Wednesday
morning he left the office of the mill ostensibly upon a collecting
trip and that was the last seen of him in Canandaigua. The bills which
he was supposed to have with him were later found in a desk at the
office of the mill. Persons who were acquainted with him report having
seen him in Hopewell, the last authentic report being that he was seen
on a Rochester and Eastern car at Seneca Castle. Search has been made
for him in Geneva but without avail. His family was greatly worried
over his absence and are making all possible efforts to locate him.
They will be assisted in the search by the Maccabees and Odd Fellows of
which societies he was a member. Edwards is a married man with two
small children and resided on Gregg street.
From Geneva Advertiser 4 October 1904
Patrick O'Keefe, employed at the Herendeen Works, met with an
accident early Saturday morning that will lay him up for a few weeks.
He was at work among the sectional boilers, when a heavy section fell
against his right leg, breaking it below the knee. We did not learn how
bad the fracture, but it is feared the bone is splintered. Some of the
heavier castings weigh over 500 pounds, and had it been one of the
heaviest, the bones would have been broken sure.
From Geneva Advertiser 11 October 1904
Mr. Jonathan H. Wilder says that every man who owned property on
the Castle road when he was a boy -- that is between his farm and
Seneca Lake -- is dead or has moved away. There isn't a man who has
lived on the old Castle road as long as he. We guess that the next
oldest is the editor of this paper. We know them all from Main street
to the Melvin Hill road, and call off many of the names now -- Ruckel, Codington, Sterling, McGregor, Godfrey, Crittenden, Hildreth, Bronson, Warner, Guilford, Probasco, McKane, Butcher, but west of there we are a little at sea until we get to the Wilder place. Probably it is the same all over the country.
From Geneva Advertiser 18 October 1904
George Carr is another old citizen passed the age of fifty years,
who lives on the place where he was born. He thought when he registered
to vote the other day, that he was the oldest man in Geneva who lives
on the place where he was born, but he found another a few years ahead
of him, and in the same ward, and he knew it when the name was given to
him. We think that E. B. Webster is still another, in first ward, but we are not sure he lives on the place where he was born, nor do we think Charley Kipp does. Of course, there are many older, but all have changed residences.
Mrs. Isaac B. Dusinbury and a son are in the hospital suffering
from typhoid fever leaving a little girl, aged 14 years, to care for a
family of eight. If this isn't hard luck we don't know what is.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 October 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - Norman Rockefeller of this village observed his
ninety-second birthday Monday. While enjoying a pleasure ride with his
daughter, Mrs. C. T. Bradley, he called upon a number of old
friends, among them being Col. T. C. Stevens whose
ninety-seventh birthday will occur Friday; Eliphet Stotenberg, who
is in his ninety-third year; Truman Dewey, Dr. G. C.
Prichard, and Earl Humphrey. Mr. Rockefeller takes an
interest in the topics of the day, and keeps himself well posted on
the principal events. His brother, William, the father of John D.
Rockefeller, the Standard Oil magnate, is ninety-five years of
and is living in the West.
From Victor Herald 21 October 1904
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - John Fitzmorris, one of the oldest of the
active men of the town, narrowly escaped serious, if not fatal, injury
in a runaway Monday. He was driving past the residence of Mrs. S. H.
Hollister with a load of empty apple barrels when a barrel fell from
the load, startling his horses. They were soon beyond his control and
dashed down the hill, scattering barrels as they ran and throwing their
aged driver into the road. He received a severe shaking up, some
painful bruises and several cuts about the face.
From Ontario County Journal 21 October 1904
Information is desired as to whether any of the descendants of Ebenezer Matteson are now living. He was born between 1791 and 1794. He had two brothers, Jeremiah and Joseph; and a sister, Kate, and sister, Jemimah, the
latter being a a twin of Joseph. Descendants are believed to be living
somewhere in the vicinity of Canandaigua, N. Y. Ebenezer Matteson
married Prudence Burlingame. His brother, Jeremiah, married Clarissa Burlingame, presumably sisters, Ebenezer's children, so far as known, were Alvira, Mary Jane, Fanny, Janette, Eben, Melissa, and Sarah. Janette married David Eddy and is believed to have settled in Canandaigua. Their children were Elmira, Rose and Prudence. Can any of the old residents of this section give any clue to the present whereabouts of any of the descendants of Mrs. David Eddy,
nee Janette Matteson, or of any other branch of Ebenezer Matteson's
family descendants, or of the descendants of Jeremiah Matteson, who
married Dorris Cook, of or Kate Matteson, her sister. If so, they will confer a great favor by notifying William H. Spear, Bridgeport, Conn.
From Geneva Daily Times 25 October 1904
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. Charlie Johnson, who resides east of this
village, fell from a wagon Friday, which passed over her limbs,
splintering the bones of one and badly bruising her.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 October 1904
Shortsville, N. Y. - Patrick McNally, of Manchester, foreman of
the coal pocket at the Lehigh yards, fell twenty feet
from the top of the trestle to the coal platform Wednesday afternoon,
and sustained severe injuries. He was hurt about the head, his back
was injured, and he received a thorough shaking up.
From Geneva Daily Times 29 October 1904
While operating a press at the American Can company's plant this
morning, Frank S. DeVaney of No. 37 West avenue, had the
misfortune to lose two fingers on his left hand, the members having
been drawn under the press with a piece of tin. Dr. G. B. Young dressed
the injured hand. DeVaney is a member of the Thirty-fourth Separate
company and it is thought that his injuries will necessitate his
discharge from the service.
From Geneva Daily Times 3 November 1904
Martin McMann of Clifton Springs arrested on Exchange street last
night by Officer McDonald for intoxication, when arraigned this morning
pleaded guilty and was sentenced to ten days or $5 fine. He was allowed
to go on a promise to remit the money to Chief Kane as
soon as he reaches home and friends.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 November 1904
For some months reports have been current that Peter Damick, the
Italian who runs a fruit stand on Main street, just south of the First
Methodist church, has been selling tobacco and cigarettes to boys under
sixteen years of age. Saturday Chief Kane learned of
several of these youthful tobacco customers of the Italian. He summoned
them to the police station, where they declared that they had purchased
cigarettes from Damick. On their assurance the chief swore out a
for the arrest of the fruit vender. When he was arraigned this morning
and was fined $2 for each offense. He paid the fine of $6 and was
Rushville, N. Y. - Two Rushville women were seriously injured
in a runaway Friday afternoon. They are Mrs. G. A. Whitman and
her niece, Miss Rose Robinson. They had an old horse belonging
to Mrs. Blair, a neighbor, which they drove to Middlesex. On
their return, in order to avoid a threshing machine, they took the
Overackers road, and when passing the vineyard of Mrs. Emma
Stebbins, their horse became frightened at a large ash heap beside
the road, jumped and threw himself into the ditch, the wagon
and its occupants being overturned. Miss Robinson crawled out from
under the wagon and dragged out her aunt, who had become unconscious.
soon arrived and they were taken to the home of a relative, Edward
Carey, in Middlesex, and a doctor summoned. Mrs. Whitman has a bad
puncture in her head, where a hair pin was forced into it, her neck is
injured, the pelvis bone cracked, and her whole body strained and
Miss Robinson received severe injuries to her right limb and left arm,
and a bad scalp wound. She was able to ride to her home. Mrs. Whitman
was taken to her home.
From Ontario County Chronicle 23 November 1904
Bristol Center, N. Y. - Tuesday evening when Mrs. Levi Totman was
driving home from Horace Cases's house, a piece of harness
broke, causing her horse to run away. She was thrown out and had three
ribs fractured. Dr. McDowell attended her.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 November 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - The mystery which surrounded the sudden
disappearance of Herbert G. Edwards, of this village, on
September 21, has at last been cleared up, at least partially so, for
it has been ascertained that he is still alive instead of having met
with foul play or having committed suicide as was feared. At the time
of Edwards' disappearance he was employed at the lumber yards of
Frank R. Beecher, and was sent to to do some collecting for his
employer. He never came back, and vanished as completely as if the
earth had swallowed him up. His distracted wife and his aged parents
and others searched for
him or for some trace of him for weeks. Edwards' wife received a letter
yesterday from her runaway spouse postmarked Oswego. The letter was
only a line, stating that the writer inclosed $3 and requesting she
kiss the baby for him. It also stated that he might see his family in
the future. Edwards did not mention his present whereabouts and did not
tell the reason of his going away.
From Geneva Daily Times 30 November 1904
Canandaigua, N. Y. - William Kenneer, a young man employed in
pressing hay at Michael Foley's farm, west of the village, had
a remarkable escape from a serious accident yesterday. A side of
the hay press, weighing 2300 pounds, fell on him, pinioning him to the
earth. He was picked up in an unconscious condition and Dr. H. C.
who attended him, found severe bruises about the hips, but unless
internal injuries should develop, his condition is not considered
From Ontario County Chronicle 30 November 1904
Victor, N. Y. - Luther Norton, who resides on High street, met
with a most unfortunate accident last Tuesday afternoon while working
on the farm of Allen E. Hunt. Mr. Norton was engaged in
feeding a corn husker and ventured his hand in a little too far, and as
a result sustained a badly crushed right hand. It was found necessary
to amputate the two middle fingers. The other two are save though
severely and painfully bruised.
Reed's Corner, N. Y. - The reunion of the Megaffee family was
held at Halls Corners on Thanksgiving. Among those present were: Mr.
and Mrs. Chas. Putman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Roat, Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Megaffee, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Megaffee and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Emory Megaffee, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bigham of this place. There
were twenty-four of the family present, there being eleven more who did
From Clifton Springs Press 1 December 1904
Orleans, N. Y. - Early Friday morning, while climbing the bank of Flint Creek, near the Orleans mill, Samuel Bill, a
lad of fifteen, had the misfortune to discharge the contents of a rifle
into one of his limbs, the ball entering near the ankle. He was taken
to Clifton Springs, to the office of Dr. Wm. Turck, on Saturday
morning. The doctor located the ball with his X-ray machine. Dr. M. B.
Tinker, at the surgical department of the Sanitarium, removed the ball
and dressed the wound, and the young man is now doing nicely.
From Victor Herald 2 December 1904
Walter Ashe was found lying unconscious Sunday morning in his
barn, where he had gone to do his usual work. When he did not return to
the house as soon as he was looked for, his brother, John Ashe of
New York, who had been spending his Thanksgiving vacation with him,
went to the barn to look for him and found him lying on the floor
unconscious. With the exception of feeding one horse, no chores had
been done and it is supposed he had been lying there about an hour. Mr.
Ashe immediately summoned their neighbor, Mr. Harvey, and they
carried the stricken man to the house. Dr. H. S. Benham of Honeoye
Falls, who was called, thought Mr. Ashe must have fallen from the hay
loft, injuring his spine. Mr. Ashe return to consciousness about an
hour after he was found. He cannot remember anything about how he was
injured, or what happened after he left the house. A bruised hip was
the only visible injury. At present writing Mr. Ashe's mind is still a
blank in regard to his injury.
Another victim of the corn husker is George Nudd, of East
Bloomfield, who lost three fingers of his right hand in the remorseless
mechanism, Wednesday afternoon, while working for Thomas Forbes. The
young man is now in the Beahan hospital at Canandaigua. Luther
Norton of this village, who was similarly injured last week, is
getting along as well as could be expected and is able to be around on
From Geneva Daily Times 3 December 1904
Mrs. F. M. Mackie of Gorham, was thrown from her buggy in Seneca
street shortly before noon today and her right hip and side
quite seriously injured. She was able to return home. Mrs. Mackie,
accompanied by her husband and mother, were driving down Seneca street.
In front of the Carrollton, the horse stopped on a street car rail, and
fell heavily to the pavement. Mrs. Mackie, becoming frightened, tried
to jump, but a sudden twist of the wagon caused her to fall. The other
occupants remained seated and escaped harm. The horse was unhurt.
After working for thirteen years at the local plant of the Phillips
& Clark stove company for from $2 to $2.35 per day, performing
labors decidedly arduous, George McCullough, forty-one years
old, of Pre-emption street and Hawkins avenue, grew tired of work
Thursday morning and decided to take a short rest. The rest proved
beneficial in more ways than one for yesterday Mr. McCullough was
notified that he is one of thirteen heirs to the estate of his great
grandfather, valued at $325,000. The share of each heir will be about
$25,000. This morning he resigned his position with the stove concern.
Mr. McCullough, who is married and has two children, a boy and a girl,
came to this city thirteen years ago from Erie, Penn. He was born at
Harbor Creek, a small town ten miles from Erie. According to his own
story, his great grandfather, James Churchill, died at Erie
twenty-five years ago leaving a vast acreage of farm property and
valuable holdings. He was aware that some of his people would receive
some of this money when a final division was made but it was
so long coming that he had completely forgotten it until yesterday when
he was confronted by an uncle, Orville Wheeler, whom he had
seen in many years. Mr. Wheeler came to this city to take up what had
been a fruitless search for McCullough. He has been trying to find the
Genevan for some years to close up the estate of the great grandfather
had visited many cities and towns in New York and Pennsylvania. The
clue that he had of McCullough was that he worked for a stove company.
Yesterday the man visited Phillips & Clarks and was jubilant to
learn that there was a McCullough employed there. Being informed that
was taking a vacation, he renewed his search. He found McCullough at
the Interurban Hotel in Border city.
The meeting by the two men is described by eye witnesses as being
similar to that of a long-separated father and son. McCullough,
entirely ignorant of the mission upon which his uncle had come, was
overjoyed at his presence, while the visitor, conscious of the joy he
would cause to his nephew and family by making the object of his
mission known, was reluctant to divulge it until they were safe within
the walls of McCullough's home. At the house, the little family circle
gathered about while Mr. Wheeler related his experiences in searching
for McCullough and finished by informing him that he was at present an
heir to about $25,000, and that he could
expect to receive the money or its equivalent sometime during January.
Wheeler had his nephew sign papers proving his identity and as he is
last heir to produce, the uncle left last night for New York for the
of closing up the business. When questioned concerning his good fortune
this morning, Mr. McCullough was very modest. He admitted that he had
idea of ever receiving any money from relatives inasmuch as he
understood that the distribution of the funds in trust had been made
many years ago. He said that the thirteen heirs to the vast amount are
all relatives of his and comprise the entire circle of the descendants
of the Churchill family.
Asked concerning his prospects for the future, Mr. McCullough said that
he hadn't even thought of them. He intends to go to Syracuse to work
shortly but cannot say as yet what he will do when he gets his money.
"I will have enough to last the remainder of my days, and I will
probably secure a position where the work is not too hard and will
invest my money," was all he would say.
Canandaigua, N. Y. - Several Canandaiguans have been
unfortunate the past day or two, and as a result are now under the care
of their physicians. Michael Doran, of Park street, was kicked
in the thigh by a colt, while he was working in the stable of Willis
H. Tuttle. Doran
was badly bruised. Dr. M. R. Carson attended the injury.
An employe of the New York Central road, Adam Boop, was
severely burned about the legs Thursday night, while working in the
railroad yards. A lighted torch which he carried set fire to his oil
soaked clothing, which flamed up instantly, and Boop was badly burned
before those who came to his assistance were able to subdue the fire.
was removed to the Memorial hospital, where J. H. Jewett dressed his
Patrick Finnegan, who lives on the town line between the
village and East Bloomfield, was brought to the Memorial hospital
yesterday and his injuries were determined by means of the X-rays.
Finnegan was found by his physician, Dr. H. C. Buell, to be suffering
from a fracture of the bone of the left shoulder. He received the
injury by driving against a clothesline in a neighbor's yard. The
accident happened after dark.
George Nudd, a resident of East Bloomfield, is at the
Canandaigua hospital, where he is being treated for injuries to his
right hand, which was badly mangled Wednesday, in a corn husker. Dr.
A. Beehan found it necessary to amputate the third and fourth fingers
entirely, and the thumb at the first joint. The other two fingers were
From Geneva Daily Times 6 December 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - On complaint of his wife, Joseph Stanton was
arrested by Officer Smith and arraigned before Justice Cornford
yesterday charged with third degree assault. In the complaint it was
alleged that Stanton, after eating his dinner Sunday, became involved
in an argument with his wife over some trivial matter and losing his
he picked up a case knife from the table and hurled it at her head. The
handle of the knife struck her over the eye and caused it to turn black
blue. Stanton admitted throwing the knife but claimed he had no
of hitting her. In view of his past record, which, it is said, has been
far from being good, Justice Cornford gave Stanton a sentence of
days in Canandaigua jail.
From Geneva Daily Times 10 December 1904
Charles H. Star, a miller, who has been employed at the works of
the Patent Cereal company for the past seven years, was painfully
injured just before noon today. His left arm and face were cut in
several places. At the time of the accident, he was cleaning around an
idler, a wheel
used to adjust the tension in a belt, when his sleeve caught in the
The rapidly turning wheel pulled him down to the floor, but he was able
to pull himself loose, by tearing out the sleeve of his frock and
In the meantime, however, his arm and face were drawn against the belt
inflicted several severe flesh wounds. Dr. G. R. Young was called, who
arriving at the works, found that no bones were broken. After dressing
man's injuries temporarily, he was removed to his home, No. 48 Elmwood
avenue. The doctor thinks that he will be able to resume work within a
From Geneva Daily Times 13 December 1904
James Dutton, forty years old of No. 108 Lewis street, an employe
of O. Goodelle, iron merchant, was very painfully injured in a runaway
accident near Phelps last evening. His left side was badly bruised, his
arm sprained and blackened and a deep gash was cut in the top of his
head. According to the story told by Dutton, he was driving a
three-horse team attached to a heavy load of scrap iron from Phelps to
this city and while going down a steep hill just south of Unionville,
east of Phelps, one of the horses became frightened at the rattling of
the iron and behaved in
such a manner as to start the other horses running. Mr. Dutton
trying to stop the team, but that is all. He thinks that the team
to run away about 6:20. Some time later he recovered his senses and
himself lying in the road. Pains were shooting through his left side
blood was flowing from the cut in the forehead. He gained his feet,
after an effort, and wandered aimlessly about searching for the horses.
Finally becoming exhausted, he applied at a farm house for succor. The
farmer hastily hitched a team and brought Dutton to this city. He was
dazed, but managed to ask to be taken to the office of his employer.
Goodelle was there and he summoned Dr. George Means and had the man
to his home. After the man had been divested of his heavy overcoat, a
new state of affairs revealed itself. The man's pockets were turned
out and his pocketbook with about $50 could not be found. The back case
of his watch had been wrenched off and the timepiece had stopped at
The police were notified by members of the family and Dutton, being
in a dazed condition, told a story of how he was assaulted, robbed and
tossed by robbers from the load of iron which had been driven. The
investigated, searched Dutton and soon found the pocket book in the
right boot. A big hole in his trouser pocket had permitted the book to
down his leg. In the meantime, Mr. Goodelle began phoning to various
west of the city in an effort to locate the team and soon received word
that they were at a farm near Mitchell's station, practically unharmed.
A farmer took care of them over night and this morning a local employe
the outfit home.
How Mr. Dutton came to have his pockets turned inside out is not
definitely known, but the damaged watch is attributed to the fact that
in falling from the wagon, Dutton struck on a rapidly revolving wheel,
that literally twisted the cover off of the case. It is not thought
that an attempt was made to rob him, but that while in a dazed
condition, he imagined such to have been the case and turned out his
own pockets in a search for his money.
From Geneva Daily Times 19 December 1904
Phelps, N. Y. - George Brownell, a veteran harness maker in the
employ of W. H. Cornford, was seized with a sinking spell as he was at
Wayne street early Saturday evening, and fell directly of the tracks.
was seen by the crossing flagman, who, with the assistance of others,
Mr. Brownell to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Condit, his
house, where he now rests quite comfortably. It was first thought that
had suffered a stroke of paralysis.
From Geneva Daily Times 21 December 1904
It has been a common sight to see persons of all ages and sexes
sliding down Seneca street hill after losing their equilibrium, but it
is uncommon to see a horse make the descent. Such a feat was
today by a brown delivery horse attached to a laundry sleigh owned by F.
L. Shyne of No. 511 Exchange street. The horse was left by its
John Brown, standing in front of a fraternity house on Main
near the college. Becoming frightened it started to run down Main and
it reached Seneca had attained high speed. In attempting to turn short
horse went up on the walk near the Hook and Ladder company's house and
slid, sleigh and all, down the street and directly into the door way of
the Bonnett & Co. grocery in the Schnirel building. The horse's
struck a display stand and articles of merchandise arranged upon it
strewn over the walk. The stand was demolished. The horse was quickly
by some men. Save for a few cuts on its legs, the fractious animal was
Much excitement reigned on the street during the cavortings of the
down the hill. Several steeds attached to delivery wagons standing in
of stores became frightened and started to run causing a stampede. All
were captured before any damage was done. Several shoppers who were on
the street barely escaped injury.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 December 1904
Bullets were flying like flakes of snow for a few minutes in Little
Italy Saturday night and the opportune appearance of Policeman McDonald
prevented a wholesale shooting affray. One resident, Joseph Anglio,
was arrested and taken to the station. Yesterday morning in court
Judge Wyckoff fined
him $10. As was expected by the police, the Italians started to
celebrate the near approach of the festival day early Saturday evening
and a policeman was detailed to cover the colony. Barely had Officer
McDonald reached North Sherrill street when he saw a man, who
afterwards proved to be Anglio, step out of a door and discharge both
barrels of a shot gun in the air. Almost simultaneously with this an
unknown Italian fired a shot from a revolver
through a window in the living room in the second story of a boarding
further north on the street. There were nine people, mostly women and
in the house at the time but unfortunately the bullet expended its
after striking the heavy window glass and dropped to the floor on the
At the station Saturday night some of Anglio's friends appeared and
that he had not shot through any windows. They named another man whom
police are looking for. Anglio was released on $50 bail Saturday night
his appearance yesterday.
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