|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
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
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
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
The semi-annual convention of the Ontario County Woman's Christian
Temperance Union will be held in the Baptist church at Manchester, Dec
1882. Exercises to begin promptly at 9:45 A. M.
Reading of Scripture and Prayer
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
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
Question Box - Mrs. L. S. Rounds
Exercise by Juvenile Union, Manchester
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
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.
of Farmington. Mrs. S. E. Eastman of
Canandaigua, read a paper on the question of the increase of power in
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
of Intemperance on the Home." An interesting history of the
organization was read by Mrs. Decker
of Victor. The
Union was the first one organized; that at Phelps the third. In the
evening Mrs. Louise S. Rounds, Chicago, addressed
The following are the officers for next year: President - Mrs.
of Clifton Springs; Treasurer - Miss Jennie
Pitts of Honeoye; Secretary - Mrs. J. W. Neighbor of
Cor. Secretary - Mrs. Dr. A. M. Mead of Victor; Committees on
S. S. Work - Miss I. Southworth, Manchester; Mrs.
Stanley; Mrs. Mattice, Canandaigua; Literary - Miss
Boughton, Victor; Mrs. Mallette, Geneva; Mrs. Sears, Shortsville;
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.
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
and Cinda Watkins, Vice-Presidents; Mrs.
E. C. Clark, Secretary; Miss Jane Mills, Treasurer; Mrs.
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
|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
year: President - Mrs. Theo. Perkins, Canandaigua;
- Mrs. J. W. Neighbor, Phelps; Treasurer - Mrs.
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
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
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.
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,
Mrs. H. A. Mayhan,
secretary, Mrs. H. A. Davis,
Reed's Corners; corresponding
secretary, Miss Elizabeth McKenny,
Geneva; treasurer, Mrs.
Naples; Y. secretary, Miss Elizabeth Mayette,
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.
following officers were elected: president, Mrs. H. A. Davis; vice-president,
Effie Roat, Mrs. Lucinda Colf; corresponding secretary, Lottie
record secretary, Hattie Harris; treasurer, Mrs.
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;
secretary, Mrs. Lillian B. Wykoff; recording secretary, Mrs.
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
to be held at Seneca Castle, August 31. Mrs. Mary Rogers, county
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.
of Seneca Castle, is the president, while the
other officers are: vice-president, Miss Charlotte A. Baldridge, Geneva;
Mrs. Mary Belle Wheeler, Stanley;
recording secretary, Mrs. Helen Davis, Reeds Corners;
treasurer, Mrs. Mary Ingraham, Naples; secretary "Y" Branch, Mrs.
Castle; secretary Loyal Temperance Legion, Miss Louis M.
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
Curfew - Mrs. Etta Hawkes
Flowers - Mrs. Daisy Osgood
Mother's meeting - Mrs. Joseph Weston
Scientific temperance instruction in the schools - Mrs. Charles H.
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.
President, Mrs. Nellie Aldrich; first vice-president, Mrs.
second vice-president, Mrs. Anna Cross; third
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
secretary, Miss Carrie Bradley; treasurer, Mrs.
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.
and Mrs. Ella Cole; program committee, Mrs.
Clara Bumpus, Mrs. Emma Latting, Mrs. Mary Macumber and Mrs.
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
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
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
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
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