The National Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was founded in 1874. The voice of women needed to be heard in order to protect them and their children.  The crusade against  alcohol was, in part, a protest by women, because of their lack of civil rights.



From Ontario County Journal 17 November 1876

Temperance Union -
A Woman's Temperance Union, auxiliary to the County Union, was organized at the Presbyterian Chapel on Monday evening.  The officers elected for the Canandaigua Union are:
President - Mrs. George Van Alstyne
Vice-Presidents - Mrs. James C. Smith, Mrs. Frank T. Bayley, Miss Darrow, and Miss Elmira Tichnor
Secretary - Mrs. S. T. Backus
Treasurer - Mrs. John Mosher
Previous to the organization of this Union the meeting was addressed by Miss Greenwood of Brooklyn, Mrs. Decker of Victor, president of the county Union, and Mrs. Dr. Foster, of Clifton Springs.  The next meeting of the Canandaigua Union will be held at the Baptist Church next Tuesday afternoon.  Mrs. Decker and Mrs. Foster will be present.



From Ontario County Journal 9 November 1877

Canandaigua W. C. T. U. -
At the regular meeting held at the Reform Club room on Coy street, Tuesday afternoon, the Canandaigua Women's Christian Temperance Union elected officers as follows:
President - Mrs. Jas. Whorrall
Vice-Presidents - Mrs. W. R. Benham, Mrs. Geo. Couch, Mrs. S. V. Lines, Mrs. Lee
Corresponding Secretary - Miss L. A. Ball
Recording Secretary - Mrs. N. Grimes
Treasurer - Mrs. Dr. Stevens



From Ontario County Journal 25 August 1882

Victor, N. Y. -
The annual meeting of the W. C. T. U. was held Saturday, August 19, and resulted in the election of the following officers for the ensuing year:
President - Miss Mary Moore
Secretary - Mrs. Dr. Mead
Treasurer - Mrs. Newman
Vice-Presidents - Mrs. Wm. Osborne, Mrs. Cassius Aldrich,
Mrs. Ward Curtice, Miss Cora A. Wilder,
Miss Emma Rawson, and Miss Cora E. Wilder.



From Geneva Courier 15 November 1882

TEMPERANCE CONVENTION


The semi-annual convention of the Ontario County Woman's Christian Temperance Union will be held in the Baptist church at Manchester, Dec 8th, 1882.  Exercises to begin promptly at 9:45 A. M.
PROGRAMME
Music
Reading of Scripture and Prayer
Music
Address of Welcome - Mrs. Howard Dewey
Response - Mrs. Dr. Pritchard, Phelps
Singing by Y. W. C. T. U., Manchester
Committee on Credentials
Report of Recording Secretary; Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Standing Committees
The Heredity of Alcohol - Mrs. G. Hemiup, Geneva
Best Methods of Sustaining Y. W. C. T. Unions - Miss Laura Boughton, Victor
Workers' Conference
Miscellaneous Business

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2 o'clock:

Praise Meeting - Mrs. Hathaway, Farmington
History of the Woman's Temperance Work of Ontario County - Mrs. E. M. J. Decker, Victor
Report of State Convention - Mrs. Dr. Foster, Clifton Springs
Report of National Convention - Mrs. U. R. Edgett, Fairport
Relation of Temperance to Schools - Mrs. Dr. Hibbard, Clifton Springs
Question Box - Mrs. L. S. Rounds
Exercise by Juvenile Union, Manchester
Miscellaneous Business
Adjournment Mrs. H. F. DeLarme - Pres.
Mrs. J. W. Neighbor - Recording Secretary
 


From Geneva Courier 27 June 1883

Ontario County W. C. T. U. -
The Ontario County Woman's Christian Temperance Union held its annual session in the Methodist Church at Victor on Tuesday last week.  There were 15 delegates present.  Mrs. H. F. DeLarme of Clifton Springs, the efficient president, occupied the chair.  An address of welcome was made by Rev. K. P. Jervis, of Victor.  A reply was made by Edwin Hicks of Canandaigua.  The report of the treasurer showed $1.88 on hand.  Reports presented, from eleven organizations of the W. C. T. U., and from ten Juvenile Unions, showed that much work was being done. In the afternoon a praise and promise meeting was led by Mrs. Margaret Hathaway of Farmington.  Mrs. S. E. Eastman of Canandaigua, read a paper on the question of the increase of power in the W. C. T. U.  Mrs. F. G. Hibbard of Canandaigua submitted the question of assisting in the publication and support of a State Organ.  Mrs. Hiram Peck of Canandaigua read a paper on "jail work," and Mrs. C. C. Thorne of Shortsville, on "Influence of Intemperance on the Home."  An interesting history of the County organization was read by Mrs. Decker of Victor.  The Geneva Union was the first one organized; that at Phelps the third. In the evening Mrs. Louise S. Rounds, Chicago, addressed the convention.

 The following are the officers for next year:  President - Mrs. H. F. DeLarme of Clifton Springs; Treasurer - Miss Jennie Pitts of Honeoye; Secretary - Mrs. J. W. Neighbor of Phelps; Cor. Secretary - Mrs. Dr. A. M. Mead of Victor; Committees on S. S. Work - Miss I. Southworth, Manchester; Mrs. Lawrence, Stanley; Mrs. Mattice, Canandaigua; Literary - Miss Carrie Boughton, Victor; Mrs. Mallette, Geneva; Mrs. Sears, Shortsville; Juvenile Work - Mrs. Dr. Foster, Clifton Springs; Miss Gleason, Geneva; Miss H. Herendeen, Farmington; Mrs. M. Smith, Manchester; Mrs. A. Smith, East Bloomfield; Scientific Instruction - Miss S. P. Thompson, Canandaigua; Mrs. E. C. Clark, Naples; Miss Maloney, Bristol Centre.



From Ontario County Journal 20 July 1883

Naples, N. Y. -
At the annual meeting of the W. C. T. U. held on Friday evening last, Mrs. Rev. Geo. Stratton was elected President; Mrs. S. E. Parker, Mrs. W. W. Holcomb and Misses Adelaide Olney and Cinda Watkins, Vice-Presidents; Mrs. E. C. Clark, Secretary; Miss Jane Mills, Treasurer; Mrs. I. A. Seamans, Collector.



From Ontario County Journal 21 March 1884

Shortsville, N. Y. -
The annual meeting of the W. C. T. U. was held at the residence of Mrs. Chas. Edgerton on Wednesday afternoon of last week. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:

President - Mrs. C. P. Brooks
Vice-President - Mrs. F. L. Brown
Treasurer - Mrs. Geo. Jessup
Secretary - Mrs. J. H. Pettit
Editress of Temperance Column,
Juvenile Union - Mrs. C. C. Thorne
President - Mrs. B. F. Harlow
1st Vice-President - Mrs. Frank Jessup



From Ontario County Journal 6 June 1885

East Bloomfield, N. Y. -
The annual meeting of the W. C. T. U. was held in the M. E. church on Thursday of last week, all the local unions in the county being represented. Progress was reported, under a great deal of discouragement. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President -  Mrs. Theo. Perkins, Canandaigua; Secretary - Mrs. J. W. Neighbor, Phelps; Treasurer - Mrs. Edna Steele, East Bloomfield.



From Ontario County Times 13 July 1887

At the annual meeting of the W. C. T. U. of Naples, held in the Presbyterian church on Wednesday, June 29, officers were elected for the ensuing year as follows: President, Mrs. Robert Coons; vice-presidents, Mrs. Ward Platt, Mrs. John Johnson, Mrs. Emily Hinckley, Mrs. G. S. Gallagher; treasurer, Mrs. Dr. Parker; Secretary, Mrs. E. C. Clark.



From Ontario County Times 6 June 1888

At the annual meeting of the Ontario County Women's Christian Temperance Union, held at Victor, on Friday, officers for the ensuing year were elected as follows: President, Mrs. L. M. J. Decker of Victor; vice-president, Mrs. G. C. Prichard, of Phelps; secretary, Mrs. J. W. Neighbor, of Phelps; treasurer, Mrs. Edna Steele, of East Bloomfield.



From Ontario County Journal 20 September 1895

Shortsville, N. Y. -
The W. C. T. U. met at the residence of A. Messereau on Wednesday afternoon and elected the following officers for the ensuing year: president, Mrs. J. M. Stoddard; 1st vice-president, Mrs. O. C. Buck; 2d vice-president, Mrs. Hattie A. Sears; secretary, Miss Lida Messereau; treasurer, Mrs. Clark Bradley.



From Ontario County Journal 17 December 1897

Officers-elect of the recently reorganized W. C. T. U. are: President, Mrs. H. H. Eighmey; secretary, Mrs. Alma Quick; treasurer, Mrs. Cornelius Clark; chairman of mothers' meeting, Mrs. F. H. Eighmey.



From Ontario County Journal 5 August 1898

Manchester, N. Y. -
The W. C. T. U. elected the following officers at the annual meeting held Tuesday afternoon:

President - Mrs. E. B. Smith
1st vice-president - Mrs. Mary Herendeen
2d vice-president - Mrs. Wm. Post
3d vice-president - Mrs. A. C. Mayham
Treasurer - Mrs. Hyat Sprague
Corr. Secy. - Miss Madge Howland
Secretary - Miss Emma Howland



From Ontario County Journal 9 August 1898

At the annual meeting of the Women's Christian Temperance union, held at Manchester, last week, the following officers were elected:

President - Mrs. C. A. Badridge of Seneca
Vice-president - Mrs C. H. Wood of Farmington
Corr. secy - Miss L. Crittenden of Clifton Springs
Rec. secy - Mrs. H. A. Davis of Reed's Corners
Treasurer - Miss Adela Hill of Phelps



From Ontario County Journal 4 August 1899

Manchester, N. Y. - 
The W. C. T. U. held its annual meeting on Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Ezra Smith. Officers were elected as follows:

President - Mrs. M. E. B. Smith
1st vice-president - Mrs. Albert C. Mayham
2d vice-president - Mrs. M. W. Covell
3d vice-president - Mrs. Mary Herendeen
Secretary - Emma Howland
Corr. secretary - Madge Howland
Treasurer - Mrs. Hyat Sprague

The following delegates were elected to attend the county convention at Bristol Springs; Mrs. M. W. Covell, Mrs. A. C. Mayham, Mrs. Flora Post, Mrs Merritt McOmber.



From Ontario County Journal 8 September 1899

Reed's Corner, N. Y. - 
The 23d annual convention of Ontario County W. C. T. U. was held at Bristol Springs last week Wednesday and Thursday. There was a large attendance. Officers were elected for the coming year, as follows: President, Mrs. J. S. Mallette, Geneva; vice-president, Mrs. H. A. Mayhan, Manchester; recording secretary, Mrs. H. A. Davis, Reed's Corners; corresponding secretary, Miss Elizabeth McKenny, Geneva; treasurer, Mrs. Mary Inghram, Naples; Y. secretary, Miss Elizabeth Mayette, Geneva. The delegates from this place were Mrs. S. B. Douglass, Mrs. Gertrude Putnam, Mrs. Eliza Davis, Mrs. H. A. Davis, Miss Hattie Harris, Miss Mary Johnson, Miss Lena Neckette.



From Ontario County Chronicle 28 August 1901

Reeds Corners, N. Y. - At the annual meeting of the W. C. T. U., the following officers were elected: president, Mrs. H. A. Davis; vice-president, Effie Roat, Mrs. Lucinda Colf; corresponding secretary, Lottie Swart; record secretary, Hattie Harris; treasurer, Mrs. Mary Pierce.



From Ontario County Chronicle 29 October 1902

Phelps, N. Y. -
The Woman's Christian Temperance Union have elected officers as follows:

President - Mrs. J. C. Gifford
Vice-presidents - Mrs. A. C. Post, Mrs. E. J.
Pardee, Mrs. S. S. Partridge, Mrs. B. E. Babcock

Treasurer - Miss Delia Hill
Recording Secy. - Mrs. E. N. Brown
Supt. Literary Dept. - Mrs. J. S. Miller
Supt. Mother's Dept. - Mrs. G. H. Parmalee
Supt. Parlor Dept. - Mrs. S. S. Partridge



From Ontario County Chronicle 19 August 1903

Reed's Corners, N. Y. -
The following officers were elected at the annual meeting of the W. C. T. U.:

President - Mrs. Helena A. Dowes
1st vice-president - Mrs. Hattie Pillow
2nd vice-president - Mrs. S. B. Douglass
Cor. secretary - Mrs. Isabelle Rodman
Rec. secretary - Mrs. Effie Roat
Treasurer - Mrs. Mary E. Pierce



From Geneva Daily Times 12 August 1904

Canandaigua, N. Y. -
The following officers have been elected by the W. C. T. U. of this village: president, Mrs. C. M. Partridge; vice-president, Mrs. Elizabeth Clark; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Lillian B. Wykoff; recording secretary, Mrs. Louise Sleght; treasurer, Mrs. Anna D. Eighmy.



From Geneva Daily Times 19 August 1904

Shortsville, N. Y. -
At the annual meeting of the South Farmington W. C. T. U., the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Mrs. Cora L. Gardner; Vice-president, Mrs. Lydia Gardner; Secretary, Mrs. Sarah W. King; Treasurer, Mrs. Nettie Prosser. Delegates were elected to the county convention to be held at Seneca Castle, August 31. Mrs. Mary Rogers, county president was present and addressed the meeting.



From Geneva Daily Times 14 April 1905

Canandaigua, N. Y. -
The Ontario county branch of the W. C. T. U. opened a two days' institute yesterday morning in the M. E. Church in this village, this being the twenty-eighth semi-annual meeting. Mrs. Mary E. Rogers, of Seneca Castle, is the president, while the other officers are: vice-president, Miss Charlotte A. Baldridge, Geneva; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Mary Belle Wheeler, Stanley; recording secretary, Mrs. Helen Davis, Reeds Corners; treasurer, Mrs. Mary Ingraham, Naples; secretary "Y" Branch, Mrs. Effie M. Lambert, Seneca Castle; secretary Loyal Temperance Legion, Miss Louis M. Crittenden, Clifton Springs.



From Geneva Daily Times 8 August 1905

Shortsville, N. Y. -
The following officers for the ensuing year were elected at the annual meeting of the Manchester W.C.T.U. recently held at the home of Mrs. William Hawkes:

President - Miss Emma Howland;
First vice-president - Mrs. Etta Hawkes;
Second vice-president - Miss Elizabeth Russell;
Secretary - Mrs. Fanny Huckerby
Treasurer - Mrs. Mattie VerPlanck
Superintendents of department work:

Anti-narcotics - Mrs. Ella Cole
Evangelistic work and Sabbath
observance - Rev. Joseph Weston and
Rev. S. S. Pratt, pastors of the Manchester
churches
Curfew - Mrs. Etta Hawkes
Flowers - Mrs. Daisy Osgood
Mother's meeting - Mrs. Joseph Weston
Scientific temperance instruction in the schools - Mrs. Charles H. Herrick
Sunday school - Mrs. Sarah Houston and Mrs. Mattie Hawkes
Non-alcoholics - Mrs. Mattie Ver Planck
Railroad work - Miss Marie Anderson
Parlor meetings - Mrs. Carlos P. Osgood




Gorham, N. Y. - Officers have been elected by the W. C. T. U. as follows:  President, Mrs. Nellie Aldrich; first vice-president, Mrs. Cora Southerland; second vice-president, Mrs. Anna Cross; third vice-president, Miss Phoebe Robson; secretary,  Mrs. Nellie Winagle; treasurer, Mrs. Charlotte Wells.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 15 August 1906

Manchester, N. Y. - 
The annual meeting of the Manchester W. C. T. U. was held Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the parlors of the Methodist church and the officers for the ensuing year elected as follows: President, Miss Emma L. Howland; first vice-president, Mrs. Mary Herendeen; secretary and second vice-president, Miss Elizabeth Russell; treasurer, Mrs. Martha VerPlanck. Four delegates were appointed to attend the semi-annual county convention to be held at Shortsville Aug. 24, viz.: Mrs. Reuben Gulim, Mrs. Mary Herendeen, Miss Maria Anderson and Mrs. Galbraith. Miss Elizabeth Russell was chosen delegate for the State convention to be held in Norwich in October.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 14 August 1907

Manchester, N. Y. -
The annual meeting of the W. C. T. U. was held Tuesday at the home of Mrs. W. H. Post. The following officers for the ensuing year were elected: President, Miss Emma Howland; 1st vice-president, Mrs. Mary Herendeen; 2nd vice-president and secretary, Miss Elizabeth Russell; treasurer, Mrs. Martha VerPlanck. The following delegates were chosen to attend the convention at Port Gibson: Mrs. W. H. Post, Mrs. John VanDuyne, Mrs. R. Gulvin and Mrs. Hickmott.



From Canandaigua Chronicle 21 August 1907

The following officers were elected at the regular meeting of the W. C. T. U. last week: President, Mrs. Harriett Steinbaugh; vice-president, Mrs. F. C. Sutherland; corresponding and recording secretary, Mrs. Louise Sleght; treasurer, Mrs. Elizabeth Clark.



From Geneva Daily Times 15 August 1908

Manchester, N. Y. -
At the annual meeting of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union were elected: President, Mrs. George Jessup; vice-president, Mrs. Henry and Mrs. Benton; secretary, Mrs. Smith; treasurer, Mrs. John Van Orman.



From Geneva Daily Times 10 September 1908

The following have been elected as officers and superintendents of the local Women's Christian Temperance Union for the ensuing year:

President - Mrs. James Malette
Vice-presidents - Mrs. F. D. Moore, Mrs. S. S. Finch,
Mrs. S. H. Gifford,
and Miss F. E. Gregory
Secretary - Mrs. A. H. Horton
Treasurer - Miss Elizabeth Malette
Asst. secretary - Miss Susanna Moore

Superintendents

Systematic giving - Mrs. W. I. Bonnett
Medical temperance - Mrs. W. P. Winters
Work for soldiers - Mrs. H. Peck
White ribbon recruits - Mrs. McCumber
Sunday schools - Mrs Gifford
Sabbath observance - Mrs. H. W. Reynolds
Anti-narcotics - Miss C. L. Mead
Press - Miss F. E. Gregory
Flower mission - Miss Alice Ormand
Evangelistic - Mrs. S. S. Finch
Rescue - Miss Elizabeth Malette
Moral education - Mrs. George W. Schumann



From Ontario County Journal 13 August 1909

Reed's Corners, N. Y. -
The W. C. T. U. held its annual meeting on Tuesday. The following officers were elected: President, Mrs. Effie Roat; vice president, Mrs. Marcia Miles; recording secretary, Mrs. Dora Washburn, corresponding secretary, Mrs. Isabelle Rodman; treasurer, Mrs. Mary Pierce. Mrs. Pierce, who has served the Union thirteen years as treasurer, was made a life member of the county W. C. T. U. by the Reed Corners Union. The following persons were appointed delegates to the county convention to be held at South Bristol August 24 and 25: Mrs. Cora Gerould, Mrs. Mary Pratt and Mrs. Isabelle Rodman.



From Shortsville Enterprise 11 August 1911

At the annual meeting of the Women's Christian Temperance Union held at the home of Mrs. James Melvin, Water street, on Thursday afternoon of last week, the following officers were chosen for the ensuing year: President, Mrs. Fred Trickey; first vice-president, Mrs. J. M. Stoddard; second vice-president, Mrs. O. C. Buck; secretary, Miss Carrie Bradley; treasurer, Mrs. Chas. Wadsworth.



The following officers were elected for the ensuing year at the 34th annual meeting of the W. C. T. U., held at the home of Mrs. Zillah Russ on Tuesday afternoon of last week: President, Miss Harriet S. Pratt; vice-presidents, Miss Emma Howland, Mrs. Frances VanDuyne; secretary, Miss Elizabeth Russell; treasurer, Mrs. Martha VerPlanck; supt. of evangelistic work, Mrs. Marietta Hawkes; supt. of Sunday School work, Mrs. Sarah Houston; supt. of press work, Miss Emma Howland; chairman of flower committee, Miss Fannie Hickmott; social committee, Mrs. Clara Bumpus and Mrs. Ella Cole; program committee, Mrs. Clara Bumpus, Mrs. Emma Latting, Mrs. Mary Macumber and Mrs. Sarah Houston.



From Shortsville Enterprise 14 August 1913

The annual meeting and election of officers of the Manchester Woman's Christian Temperance Union was held last week Tuesday afternoon. The following officers were elected:

President - Miss Harriet S. Pratt
Vice-presidents - Miss Emma Howland
and Mrs. Frances Van Duyne
Secretary - Miss Elizabeth Russell
Treasurer - Mrs. Fanny Hickmott

Committees:

Evangelistic:  Mrs. Emma Latting
Press:  Miss Emma Howland
Flowers:  Mrs. Martha Ver Planck
Sunday School work:  Mrs. Sarah Houston
and Aldrich J. Latting
Social:  Mrs. Ella Cole
Programs:  Mrs. Daisy Osgood, Mrs.
Flora B. Post, Mrs. Mary Macomber

and Mrs. Sarah Houston



From Shortsville Enterprise 5 August 1915

The annual meeting of Manchester W. C. T. U. was held on Tuesday afternoon at the home of Miss Elizabeth Russell on State street. The election of officers took place as follows:

Pres. - Harriet S. Pratt
1st vice-pres. - Mrs. Martha VerPlanck
2d vice-pres. - Mrs. Frances Van Duyne
Secy. - Mrs. Grace Macumber
Asst. Secy. - Mrs. Ed. Post
Treas. - Mrs. Sarah Houston
Evangelistic Supt. - Mrs. Emma Latting
Flower Supt. - Mrs. Frances Van Duyne
Social Supt. - Mrs. Ella Cole, Mrs. Marietta
Hawkes
Press Supt. - Mrs. Will Post
Sunday School Supt. - Irene T. Southworth
Program Supt. - Mrs. W. H. Post, Mrs. Sarah
Houston, Mrs. Mary Macumber, Mrs. Daisy

Osgood



From Shortsville Enterprise 26 August 1915

The annual business and tea meeting of South Farmington W. C. T. U. was held at the chapel on Wednesday, the 18th inst. Officers elected were: President - Mrs. Jennie Collett; Vice-pres. - Mrs. Edith Redfield; Secretary - Mrs. Emma Randall; Treas. - Mrs Elizabeth Camp.



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