News of Ontario County

From The Expositor Geneva NY Wednesday 17 June 1807


The dwelling house & lot of land of the late John Johnston, Esq., deceased, situated in the village of Geneva.  For terms apply to A. DOX.

Those who wish to have their wool carded in the best manner, will please apply to the subscriber, who is now erecting in the the Town of Phelps, on the Canandaigua out-let, opposite to the farm of J. D. Robinson, a double machine of the best kind; also a picking machine.  He has employed a man to superintend the machines who has been regularly bred to the business, and will carefully execute all orders in his line.  It is expected that the coarsest of filth will be taken from the wool, and the grease will be kept separate from the wool.  The terms of carding will be usual.  Wool may be left at F. Barnard's Clothier's Shop, Geneva.  CEPHAS HAWKS


Notice is hereby given, that the subscribers, by mutual agreement, have dissolved partnership.  All persons indebted to them are requested to make settlement by the 1st of November next, to avoid the trouble of seeing a Constable ----- it is thought a hint to the wise will be sufficient. JOEL PRESCOTT; ROBT. W. ASHLEY, Phelps;


The house, lot and stable lately advertised in this paper by Robert Norris, is now again offered to be let.  For a description of the premises, see Mr. Norris advertisement -- and for further particulars, inquire of Mrs. Mizner, by whom the house is now occupied.  Geneva.


Strayed from the subscriber (at Boughton Hill) Bloomfield, on the 10th of May, a bay gelding horse, 7 years old, white hind feet, star on his forehead, clear trotter.  Said horse was seen near Ebenezer Lewis' in Lincoln, on the 11th of May, and is supposed to have gone towards Jerusalem or the Cayuga Bridge.  Whoever will return said horse, or give information where he may be found, shall be handsomely rewarded, and all reasonable charges paid by BENJAMIN A. PARSONS.  Bloomfield.

The subscriber has opened a House of Entertainment in the village of Hopeton, and has provided himself with the best liquors and good fare, and will use every effort in his power for the accommodation of those who will favor him with their custom.  The road passing through Hopeton is from its situation, the driest, best and most direct for those who are travelling from Geneva to Bath or the head of Seneca Lake.  THO. HOWARD.  Hopeton.

From the Geneva Gazette Wednesday 14 March 1810


Ran away from the subscriber, on Tuesday the 27th ult. an apprentice to the Hatmaking Business, named LEVI PHILLIPS, about 19 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high; had on a suit of dark brown clothes.  Whoever will return said boy, or give information where he is, shall receive the above reward.  All persons are forbid harboring or trusting him on account of the subscriber.  THOMAS SMITH.  Geneva.


All persons indebted to the subscriber for clothier's work, are requested to make payment to him by the first day of April next, as accounts of six months standing at that date, will, without fail, be put in suit. LEUTHER ROOT.  Phelps.

From the Geneva Gazette Wednesday 8 July 1812

having taken the stock of goods belonging to A. & G. L. DOX, offers them for sale.  The assignment is a very generous one, and will be disposed of for Ready Pay only.  Geneva.

AMOS WILMOT, respectfully informs his friends and the public, that he has re-commenced his business in the village of Geneva, three doors south of Maj. Colt's Store, and directly opposite Maj. Cook's, where he intends to furnish all kinds of work in his line, consisting of saddles, harness, bridles, caps, holsters, &c.  Those who favor him with their custom, may depend on having their work done on the shortest notice and in the best manner.  Geneva.


The subscriber having obtained a patent right for his invented, window spring, presumes to say that for its durability, cheapness, and convenience, it will meet the approbation of the public.  Any person willing to see one in operation, will please to call at the house lately occupied by Mr. D. S. Murray, and nearly opposite Goodwin and Ellis' Apothecary Store.  JAS M. PRESCOTT.  Geneva.      N. B.  A few boarders will be taken as above, where satisfaction shall be given.

The trustees having taken pains to procure an approved preceptor, are happy to announce that in Mr. Ransom Hubbell, a graduate of Union College, they have succeeded to the wishes.  He comes highly recommended by the Rev. Eliphalet Nott, President of Union College, as a gentleman of good moral character; of very respectable literary acquirements, and that he has for some time been successfully engaged in the business of instruction.  This academy is now open for the tuition of youth in all the branches of literature usually taught in an academy.  ANDREW WILSON    JAMES REES  Geneva.

From Ontario Gazette and Western Chronicle 19  October 1814


Phelps,  Oct. 14 1814;  At a General Court-Martial, of which Lieut. Col. Hooker Sawyer, was President, held at the house of Asahel Banister, in Phelps, on the 13th inst., was tried Capt. JOHN VAN AUKEN, of the 71st Regiment NY Infantry, on a number of charges exhibited against him -- the two following of which he was found guilty, viz.

"Not making proper Returns at Company training on the 5th September last, nor at Regimental training on the 9th of the same month."

"Not swearing his non-commissioned officers on the return of the warrants or Battalion training on the 26th Aug. last; nor at Company training on the 5th Sept. following; nor at Regimental training on the 9th of the same month."

The Sentence of the Court is that the said Capt. John Van Auken, be publicly Reprimanded by the General in such manner as he may think will most conduce to the benefit of the militia service, and the good of the Regiment.
HOOKER SAWYER, Lt. Col., 11th Reg't NYI, President
R. Hogarth, Judge Advocate
The Brigadier General approves of the above sentence and directs the same to be published in the Geneva Gazette.  The General Court-Martial is hereby dissolved.
Brig. Gen. 24th Brigade NYI

From Geneva Gazette 9 February 1826
A son of Mr. Homer Case, of Canandaigua, aged about 5 years, was holding a horse at a watering place in that village, on the 28th ult. with his hand through the noose of the halter, when the horse started and ran, dragging the boy over the rough earth, by which his head was dreadfully bruised, and in leaping a fence drew his arm from his body !

From Geneva Gazette & Mercantile Advertiser 7 July 1830

The creditors of ELIJAH T. WHEATON, a resident of the town of Seneca, in the County of Ontario, are notified to show cause, if any they have, before Charles Butler, Esq., Supreme Court Commissioner, at his Office in Geneva, in said County, on the twenty-seventh day of July next, at ten o'clock A. M. why an assignment of the said insolvent's estate should not be made, and his person be exempted from imprisonment, according to the prayer of this petition.  Dated May 25, 1830.

From Geneva Gazette 24 January 1838

The scandalous and vulgar conduct that is laid to the charge of Mr. Pullen, the account of which is reported to have been circulated by me, I pronounce to be false, and without any foundation.

Geneva, Jan. 24, 1838

From Ontario Messenger 5 May 1841

Mysterious - We learn from a notice in the Naples Neapolitan, that Mr. Ezra Cole of that town, left his residence suddenly and mysteriously, on the 7th of April, and has not since been heard of.  He is said to be a man of sober and industrious habits, and his sudden departure has caused much uneasiness, from the fact that he was subject to fits of insanity.  A general search has been made by the inhabitants in the vicinity but without success.  Mr. Cole is about 40 years of age -- nearly 6 feet in height. His dress was of brown homespun cloth, and a knit woolen cap.  He is the owner of a good farm in Naples, and is said to be in easy circumstances.  Any information respecting him may be addressed to B. K. Lyon, P. M. Naples.

From Geneva Courier 15 March 1842

Bankruptcy Applications filed
Stephen H. Ainsworth, of the town of West Bloomfield, March 24.
Josiah L. Yeckley, Gorham, March 24.
Samuel F. Norton, Oliver B. Ford, Wm. J. Hooker and John Watson, late of the firm of Norton Ford & Co., Vienna, March 28.
John Bannister, Phelps, March 28.
Oliver Miller, Geneva, March 28.
John Dixson, Richmond, in his individual capacity, and as a member of the firm of Chas. G. Hammond & Co., March 31.
David S. Hall, Geneva, March 31.
Anson Lamphire, West Bloomfield, and Othniel J. Gilbert, late of West Bloomfield, but now of Monroe co., in their individual capacities, and as partners under the firm of Lamphire & Gilbert, at West Bloomfield, April 4.
Wm. E. Hall, West Bloomfield, April 4.
George Linendoll, Geneva, April 4.
Thomas U. Bradbury, Canandaigua, April 4.
From Geneva Courier 22 March 1842
Reynold Knowles, Victor, April 5.
Albert Ball, Victor, April 9.
Daniel Tibbets, Phelps, April 11.
Alexander Gillespie, Seneca, April 15.
Phineas W. Dickey, Phelps, April 18.
Benjamin F. Stagg, Geneva, in his individual capacity, and as a member of the late firm of H. & B. F. Stagg,
April 13.
Samuel Tripp, Geneva, April 15.
Joseph J. Seidmore, Geneva, April 15.
James Bogart, Geneva, April 18.
Lodewick Vandemark, Phelps, individually and as one of the late firm of L. Vandemark & Co., April 18.
From Geneva Courier 5 April 1842
Mrs. Betsa Mann, Geneva, individually and as one of the late firm of Mann & Hastings, at Syracuse, April 30.
Almarzon Clark, of West Bloomfield, April 26.
From Geneva Courier 12 April 1842
Francis Windsor, Phelps, April 30.
Sylvester Alderman, Naples, April 30.
S. V. R. Bogert, Geneva, May 7.
Carlos A. Hawley, East Bloomfield, May 7.
Joseph Clement, Geneva, May 7.
John McComb, Jr., Geneva, individually and as of the late firm of Ogden & McComb, of the city of New York, May 7.
Lorenzo Hathaway, Farmington, individually and as of the late firms of Clapp & Hathaway, and Clapp, Hathaway & Moore, May 10.
From Geneva Courier 19 April 1842
Ery A. Northrop, Canandaigua, May 23.
William W. Sutherland, Canandaigua, May 23.
From Geneva Courier 24 May 1842
Jedediah W. Palmer, Phelps, May 23.
Samuel D. Burnett, Bristol, May 23.
From Geneva Courier 14 June 1842
Warren Mills, Manchester, July 6.
Edward White, Canandaigua, July 6.
Wm. H. Lamport, Gorham, individually and as of the late firm of Holmes & Lamport, July 6.
Stephen W. Stanley, Geneva, individually and as of the late firm of O. W. May & Co., Merchants at Tyre, Seneca county, July 6.
James Williams, Canandaigua, July 7.

Donated by Ernie Fulton  - thanks, Ernie

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List of letters remaining in the postoffice at Geneva, September 5th 1843.

Fulton, James M.

From Geneva Gazette 29 May 1846

Shocking -
A little boy, aged about three years, a son of Mr. Francis Carroll, confectioner, of this village, yesterday morning fell into a kettle of boiling sugar and was most shockingly scalded.  We understand that the child is not expected to survive.

From Geneva Gazette 12 June 1846

Mr. John Wetherly,
of the town of Phelps, has presented us with a fine bunch of Radishes -- one of which measured 4 1/2 inches in circumference, and 10 inches in length.  Good eating !  Beat this who can.

From Geneva Courier 20 April 1847

On Saturday morning last, as some workmen were engaged upon one of the 3 story houses in Seneca St., one of them named Thomas Crouchen fell from the roof to the ground.  Fortunately the shingles which had been stripped from the roof lay loosely upon the ground, so that the fall was broken.  None of his limbs were injured, and we are happy to say that he is doing well.  His escape was almost miraculous.

Geneva Courier Wed September 8 1847
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The Firm herefore existing under the name of MERRELL & FULTONS, consisting of Geo. Merrell, James M. Fulton, and Wm. Fulton, is at the date herewith, dissolved by mutual consent. The business will hereafter be conducted by Geo. Merrell and Wm. Fulton.    April 1, 1847.

Donated by Ernie Fulton

From Ontario Messenger 25 July 1849

Information Wanted - Henry S. Schoonoven
left the home of his father, who then resided in the town of Wantage, Sussex co., Pa., and came to this village. He stayed here some two or three years, and then removed to Alleghany county, in this State, since which time his parents have had no tidings of his whereabouts. He was a miller by occupation. Any information calculated to disclose his present place of residence, will be thankfully received by his aged father, Jonathan Schoonoven, at Phelps, Ontario co., N. Y.

From Ontario Messenger 22 May 1850

Attempted Suicide - Mr. Thomas Van Gieson,
of this village, made a bold and well-nigh a successful attempt to destroy his own life on Thursday last, by discharging a pistol at his head. The weapon was loaded with shot, and it is supposed that it was held obliquely to his right ear - the charge blowing off the ear and tearing away a portion of the skull, so that a part of the brain was discharged. His life was for a long time despaired of; but yesterday afternoon he had so far recovered as to be able to sit upright in bed, and converse with those about him, and there is no doubt of his recovery. Many surmises are afloat as to the cause of the rash act. He has been very wealthy, but squandered his means in inebriety save a moiety secured for his family - a wife and three children. He has several times threatened self-destruction -- but his threats have been treated with ridicule, no one ever dreaming that he had the hardihood or courage to carry them into execution. That this providential escape from a suicide's death will exert a salutary reform in him, is our earnest wish - as it will be of his many friends.  Geneva Gaz.

From Ontario Messenger 8 January 1851

Bloody Affray -
On Friday night last our village was the scene of a most bloody and horrible affray. According to our information, Alex. Benham, a lad of some 14 or 15 years, Wm. Knickerbacker and ______ Blanchard, each about 18, were at Morgan's Livery office playing cards and drinking. From some unexplained motive whilst Benham was in the act of raising the "fire water" to his lips, Blanchard struck the glass from his hand; Benham immediately returned the blow, and this led to a fight between them. Knickerbacker interfered and attempted to separate them, when Blanchard turned upon him; but K. refused to fight in the office. B. then dared him out into the street, intimating at the same time that he would "give him something that he couldn't buy." K. readily accepted the challenge, and after a few rounds in the street, K. knocked B. down and jumped upon him. Blanchard then drew a dirk knife, inflicted a most horrible gash across K.'s side and back, and stabbed him severely in several places. On feeling himself "knifed", K. gave the alarm and Benham rushed to his assistance, when he too received a severe cut in the hand. K. is yet alive but in very critical condition. Blanchard was forthwith arrested, and is now in jail awaiting the result of his anger and folly. He is nearly a stranger in this place, but bore the character of a hard case. The others were not regarded as particularly vicious or quarrelsome.

From Geneva Gazette 22 August 1851

Rail Road Accident -
On Monday night, a man named John Neal, a resident of Geneva, was at this place and intended to return by the one o'clock train.  Being a little too late, he attempted to get on the Cars while they were under way, and was thrown on the track.  Some of the cars passed over his left arm, rendering amputation necessary above the elbow, which was performed by Dr. L. Welles.    Seneca Observer

From Ontario Messenger 10 March 1852

Among the graduates of the State Normal School on the 5th inst., we notice the names of Miss Hannah M. Dickson of West Bloomfield, and Miss Mary J. Dorman of Geneva.  No gentleman from this county graduated at the close of the recent term.

From Geneva Gazette 2 April 1852

Hall's Corners, March 25th -
At the annual meeting of the Association for apprehending Felons in the town of Seneca, held Jan. 31, 1852, Edward Dixon was chosen Chairman.

The Trustees audited the accounts of the Treasurer and found the amount of money in his hands to be one hundred and thirty dollars and forty five cents.  The following members were elected officers:
Trustees:  William Foster, Edward Dixon, Paul F. Bill; Thomas Vartie, jr., Captain; Thomas W. Hall, Lieutenant.

Riders:  Edward Turnbull, Paul F. Bill, John Wheadon, Edward Dixon, James Beattie, John Robson, 2d. J. C. Wilson was appointed Secretary, and Thomas Vartie, Jr., Treasurer.
George Renwick paid one dollar for admission, and became a member of the Association.

From Geneva Gazette 28 May 1852

Distressing Casualty -
A serious and nearly fatal accident occurred on Monday , inst.near the village of Gorham.  While Mr. O. J. Rice, a much esteemed citizen of that town was rolling logs down a declivity into his sawmill, he was caught by one, which rolled entirely over him, mangling him in a fearful manner.  His legs were broken in several places; one of them so badly crushed that amputation was immediately necessary.  The injuries to his chest and head, it is hoped will not prove fatal. The amputation was performed by Dr. H. A. Potter, which his usual masterly skill, assisted by Doctors Rhoades and Deane. Hopes are entertained of his recovery.

From Geneva Gazette 30 July 1852

A Narrow Escape -
A few days since, as the wife of Mr. John Ackley and two children, with her mother, Mrs. Havens, were riding on Castle street, after a spirited horse, he became entirely unmanageable.  Owing to some defect in the harness, the carriage came against his heels, causing him to run at a frightful speed.  He soon brought up against a tree, throwing all the party from the carriage on to the side-walk with great force.  Those who witnessed the catastrophe supposed they would all be dashed to pieces; but strange to say, they all escaped with a few slight bruises.

From Geneva Gazette 26 November 1852

Sad Accident - Mr. N. Denton,
the deaf mute who recently purchased and now resides on the "Godfrey farm" near this village, met with a serious accident on Saturday last.  He hitched up three horses in "tandem" style, before a light carriage, and was coming into town for the purpose of taking out some friends to assist at a "raising".  When not far from home, the leader became unmanageable -- turned short around, and in so doing broke the pole.  The third horse was sent home, and the damage repaired sufficiently to reach town; but on descending the hill at the head of Seneca st., the pole got unfastened, the carriage came upon the heels of the horses, and they ran.  Unable to manage them with the reins, and from his infirmity, to soothe them by words, they flew down the street at a furious rate.  When opposite Mr. Kidder's Banking office, Mr. Denton leaped out, and broke one of his legs in the fall.  The runaways coming in contact with teams hitched at the side of the street, their progress was stopped, but resulting in the wreck of the carriage, and of two others, with which it came in collision.  One of the horses had a leg broken, and being rendered worthless was killed.  It was one of a pair for which Mr. D. gave $800.

Mr. Denton was taken to the office of Dr. Rhodes, where the broken limb was set, and he was conveyed home upon a litter. At the present time he is doing well.  He has the sympathy of our entire community, and their ardent wishes for a speedy recovery.

From Ontario Messenger 26 January 1853

Surgical Operation -
A surgical operation of great magnitude, and one of deep interest among the profession, was performed by Doct. Potter of Bethel, on Monday of this week at Reed's Corners, on the person of a young lady by the name of Miss Sarah Tozer, in presence of and assisted by Dr. Swart of Reed's Corners, Dr. Dean of Bethel, Drs. Hahn and Pratt of Canandaigua, and Drs. Smith & Gage of Bellona. The operation was for Scirrhus or Cancer of the breast. The tumor had grown very rapidly for several of the last weeks, involving the whole of the left breast and extending under the arm pit. It was one of those complicated operations much dreaded by the profession. The patient was put under the influence of chloroform and slept quietly during the whole operation, which occupied (including the dressing) about one hour -- although the main tumor was removed in about 37 minutes. Several smaller ones were removed from the arm pit, of different sizes. The principal tumor weighed 5 1/2 pounds. The operation was very skillfully performed by Doct. Potter, and the patient thus far is doing well.

From Ontario Messenger 28 September 1853

As Mr. Frederick Alverson was riding with his lady along Bristol street, near the foot of the hill, on Saturday evening last, his horse took fright and sheared around, upsetting the buggy, and breaking it pretty well into pieces, throwing them both out, bruising and injuring Mrs. A. considerable, though not seriously.

From Ontario Messenger 5 October 1853

Union Agricultural Society -
The inhabitants of Manchester, Hopewell, and Phelps, convened at the Clifton Springs House, kept by M. Parke, on Monday afternoon, Sept. 16th, and organized the above named Society by choosing the following named gentlemen for its officers:  President - Amos Jones; Vice Presidents - Andrew J. Hannah, Manchester; Jacob Wormly, Hopewell; Robert J. Griffith, Phelps; Treasurer - Lyman Crane, Manchester; Executive Committee - J. J. Coats, Hopewell; Henry Cost, Manchester, Wm. Hildreth, Phelps.

From Geneva Gazette 27 January 1854

of JAMES McCUTCHEON, from Muloin, county Tyrone, Ireland.  When last heard of, was in the employ of the widow of the late Gideon Lee, Esq., at Geneva, Ontario county, N. Y.  Any information of or from him will be thankfully received by his distressed mother.  Please address to Geo. Hick, 180 Fulton street, New York.

From "The New York Teacher, Vol. II." Albany: J. Munsell, Printer, 1854.

May, 1854
Resident Editor's Department.

Miss HARRIET GORSLINE, of Ontario county, N.Y., has accepted a situation at Fenn's Bridge, Jefferson county, Georgia She is a worthy young lady, and will do much for the locality in which she is engaged. We hope to have from her pen a description of Georgia schools [page 252]

Thanks to Martha Magill for this contribution.

From Geneva Gazette 16 June 1854

On Monday last, as Mr. Wm. R. Powers was driving into town with a pair of high spirited horses, they became frightened and unmanageable, and dashed furiously down Main street.  As they approached the head of Seneca Street from the south, they shied on to the side walk.  Two little boys -- one a son of P. A. Britton, only 5 years of age, and a son of Mr. O'Brien, teacher -- saw the team approaching and sought refuge under an apple stand located on the west side of Mrs. Beatty's Millinery Store.  It however, afforded but a poor protection, for the horses ran directly upon it and over it.  Mr. Britton's son had his collar bone broken, and his head and face severely lacerated.  The other boy was also badly bruised, and taken up insensible.  Medical aid was immediately procured, and under good treatment both the sufferers will soon be restored to health. No one blames Mr. Powers for the sad result of the runaway. It was one of those untoward accidents which occasionally will happen, and which human foresight cannot prevent.

From Ontario Messenger 6 September 1854

AFFLICTING - John McFarlin
of the town of Hopewell has buried, in the short space of two weeks, his wife and two sprightly little boys, they all having died of dysentery. We also learn that Charles Perry of the same town has lost two children within that time, and that his wife now lays dangerously sick with the same disease, which is prevailing to a considerable extent in that town.

From Geneva Gazette 19 January 1855

A sad and well-nigh fatal accident befell Mr. John Baxter of this village on the evening of the 16th inst.  He had been out a-gunning and was returning on the railroad track.  Upon crossing a bridge on the premises of Mr. Burrall, which he had to do by passing from one cross-tie to another, he stepped short and fell between them, striking his head against the timber, which fractured his skull in a shocking manner.  He also broke an arm in the fall.  In this pitiable condition he made his way across the fields to the 1st toll-gate on the Phelps Plank Road, almost exhausted from the loss of blood.  The humane keeper, Mr. Sam'l Carey, provided for his immediate necessities and as soon as circumstances would allow, conveyed him home. Although in a critical situation, it is thought he will recover.

From Geneva Gazette 21 December 1855

Two "young men of the town," Henry Snelling and David Jackson, were arrested yesterday morning on a warrant issued by Justice Walker, for stealing wool from Messrs. Lawrence, Seelye, and Lewis.  The amount purloined at various times is said to be about 300 lbs.  The warehouse where it was stored was entered through a window.  The examination of the parties took place yesterday afternoon, when they made full confession of the theft.  They had sold the wool to a Mr. Hayes of Waterloo, divided the money between them, amounting to about $80, and disposed of the greater part of it.  They were sent up to await trial at the next Oyer and Terminer.

From Geneva Courier 27 February 1856

Samuel Butcher, Jr. -
This boy, some 15 years of age, who stole the paper weight at Prof. Carling's glass blowing last winter, and was kicked out of Britton's auction room a few evenings since for stealing a bunch of suspenders, was on Friday last, arrested for setting fire to the barn which which was burned on Tuesday, the 19th inst., near the Canal bridge.  This is another of a very bad gang of boys who infest our village.  He was examined before Justice Horton, and bound over to await his trial at the next Court.  On his examination, he admitted entering the barn, and firing a match, at which time he heard a noise, when he dropped the match and ran off, but soon heard the alarm of fire which proved to be the barn.  He further admitted that his business since living in Geneva, had been stealing.  Stolen property from the bookstore of Prince, Axtell & Miller was found in his possession.  He can be set down as one of the b'hoys.

From Geneva Courier 12 March 1856

Horse Killing -
Last Wednesday evening we observed quite a crowd collected on the Post Office corner, who seemed to be discussing some subject with a great deal of animation.  On enquiry we learned that a valuable horse belong to Mrs. Dey had been driven to death by a young man named Horace Cowles.  It appears Cowles obtained the horse for the avowed purpose of riding about town.  And after driving up and down some of our streets at a furious rate, he drove the then tired horse to Waterloo, a distance of seven miles, in 28 minutes, at which place the horse was left standing without being cared for.  While on the return home, he dropped and died almost immediately.  Any person who is so dead to all sense of humanity, as to abuse so noble a creature as the horse, deserves to be punished in the most severe manner which the law provides, and we hope this young scape-goat will be taught a lesson he will never forget.

From Geneva Courier 23 April 1856

Rum and Rowdyism -
A man from the country, by the name of David Wilkie, visited our village on Saturday last, bringing with him a load of oats which he sold for the money.  After disposing of his oats he made a purchase of $15 or $20 worth of groceries and then got beastly drunk.  While in a state of intoxication, his team was bought of him by G. Page and I. B. Pike, a pair of loafers who are not responsible, it is said, for five dollars.  While in this state of inebriety, his groceries and all his money was stolen from him, by some of the night ruffians who infest our village.

As near as we can learn there are quite a number interested in this transaction.  The team has been taken from the village, and we learn that Page and Frank Featherly have been arrested for the same, and lodged in the Yates county jail, where they will be waited upon by constable Dey.

Men are not to be pitied who will come to our place and get so drunk that they are not capable of attending to their business, if they do meet with some punishment, but it should not be inflicted by a set of lawless rowdies who infest every hole and corner of our town watching for opportunities of this character.  We have a law to punish men for getting intoxicated, and it should be thoroughly enforced.  And those characters who are carousing about our streets by night and by day, should be more severely dealt with than has heretofore been the case.  It is said that all connected in this game of fraud are members of the Hindoo Lodge in this place.  Whether it is a part of their creed to commit such depredations, we are not informed.

From National New Yorker and Ontario Repository 11 June 1856

A Runaway -
On Saturday morning last, a team belonging to Thos. Ottley of Castleton, broke loose from the hitching post at the corner of Main and Seneca streets, and ran down Seneca street, at a most rapid rate, breaking and tearing in pieces everything with which they came in contact. Wheels from several buggies were literally smashed, axeltrees, reaches, &c., were broken, and several lives barely escaped. We often wonder there are so few runaways in Geneva, when we see the condition of our streets, in the way of loose paper which is permitted to be scattered around, causing horses to take fright almost everyday.

From National New Yorker and Ontario Repository 9 July 1856

Geneva, N. Y. -
On Thursday last, Mr. James Owen was holding his horses, seated in a small lumber wagon, near the Franklin House, and the horses being frightened by some boys who were firing off crackers, started at full speed, kicking, jumping and leaping. The leg of the horse caught in the dashboard, but using the remaining three very dexterously, he keeled himself over on the sidewalk, opposite the Express office, with no small percussion. The excitement being over, no apparent damage was done, except that one shaft was broken and the dashboard somewhat mutilated. Boys in the street ought to be more careful.

From Geneva Courier 11 March 1857

A disturbance occurred in the saloon of H. Ramsey, on Water street, on Thursday night last, caused by a drunken man named John Morrison, who made sundry unpleasant gyrations with a knife, declaring his intentions to stab somebody. Coming rather close to William Gilbert, he (Gilbert) knocked him down, and soon after left the store.  Morrison started after him, and having more sail than he was able to carry, he slipped on the curb stone, and fractured his arm.  Poor pay that, for imbibing too much bad liquor !

From Ontario Messenger 20 May 1857

An alarm of fire was raised in our streets on Saturday evening last. It was occasioned by the burning out of a chimney at the head of Main street. An alarm of this description is an occurrence of such uncommon nature here, that it very speedily had the effect to bring out the "crowd." Main Street, for about an hour, was unusually active, and "confusion worse confounded," had undisputed sway. We regret to learn that Mr. Ruel Davis, a member of Engine Co. No. 1, met with a very serious accident in returning from the fire. It appears that he was assisting in drawing the engine, and while proceeding down the street at a rapid rate, he was by some means thrown down, and the engine passed over him. One of the wheels passed over his face diagonally, crushing his nose, and shockingly mutilating the flesh. His injuries are said to be of a very serious character, and such as will be likely to confine him to his house for several weeks. This is the more unfortunate by reason of the circumstance that he is a man of limited means, having a family dependent upon his labor for their support, and can ill afford the loss of time which must be occasioned by his injuries. We are informed that a subscription is in circulation for his relief and we think we do not misjudge the character of our citizens, in assuming that they will, with characteristic generosity, contribute liberally toward so commendable an object.

From Geneva Courier 13 May 1857

Disgraceful Row - One Man Shot -
On Tuesday night, the 5th inst., a gang of drunken rowdies gathered at the Grocery of Patrick Roach, on Water street, in this village -- commenced quarrelling with the inmates -- and the affair wound up in a regular fight.  Roach came out of the spree considerably bruised, and severely cut about the head.  The assailing party then left, but returned shortly, and renewed the assault.  Roach, no doubt by this time considering his life was in danger, prepared himself with a Revolver, and fired once at the assailants but without effect.  He then advanced towards the door, and fired the second time, at, as he supposed, one of the party, but which proved to be his own brother-in-law, James Kennedy.  The ball entered immediately under, and at the out edge of the cheek bone  -- passing along under the surface of the skin, directly through the ear, and lodged in the back of the neck.  The victim fell, and had it not been for the arrival of a physician, (Dr. Maxson), when he did, it is supposed he would have bled to death.

We understand that the wound is not a dangerous one, and that the unfortunate man will soon recover.  He is now under the care of Dr. Stevens.  Harvey Butterfield, C. Ostrander, and A. J. Davenport, have been arrested by Constables Dey and Alsop, as belonging to the gang of assailants.  Mr. Roach, who admits that he shot Kennedy, has been examined before Justice Walker, who will not decide upon the guilt or innocence of the defendant, until the examination of the other parties for riot.

This disgraceful outrage is the direct result of Rum drinking, and Rum selling in our village, and before it is ended will cost the tax-payers of Ontario county from one to two thousand dollars.  There is one thing which presents itself to our mind as a fact and that is this:  If Mr. Roach did not keep a rum hole, it is altogether probable that his house and its inmates would not have been disturbed by the drunken rioters he had to contend with.  If he will keep and sell an article that makes men mad, and deprives them for the time being, of their right mind, he is not to be pitied, if the reward of their Bachanalian revels is lavished upon him, instead of some innocent person.

It is hoped that the whole gang engaged in the riot, will be detected, and made to feel the bitter end of the law.  Some of them are old offenders, and we doubt if justice can be done them, this side of Auburn Prison.

From Geneva Courier 8 July 1857

A fight occurred between Charles Dorchester, John Annan and Thomas Baxter, of this village, three dreadful hard cases, of the first part, and a boat captain, whose name we did not learn, and a young man named Conklin, from Bluff Point, Yates Co., of the second part.  The fracas commenced on Sunday morning, before daylight, on Rock St. near the Canal bridge, and terminated in a complete threshing of the parties of the first part, which they have deserved for some time.  We understand that young Annan's head was pounded almost to a jelly.  These three customers, headed by Mr. Dorchester, have been in the habit of knocking down people in this village, whenever it suited their fancy, and it is rather refreshing to hear that they have got for once, what they bargained for.  They consider themselves, and have been, the bullies of this village, not from any merit, but because they are desperate characters, perfectly void of principle and humanity, which have caused respectable citizens to stand in fear of their lives.

Conklin, a young man about 20 years of age, threshed the whole three, and no doubt could have doubled the number and performed the same feat, although he says it is the first fight he ever had.  It seems that he performed the job much better than green hands generally do.

From Geneva Courier 2 September 1857

In Phelps, a few days since, two boys named Charles Dowd and Hiram Pratt, got into a quarrel, when the latter drew a knife, and stabbed Dowd in three places, one taking effect in the back, another in the leg, and a third in the throat.  The knife used was a common single blade jack-knife, and very dull.  An examination was had, and the offender sent to the House of Refuge, Rochester.

From Ontario Messenger 3 September 1857

Serious Accident -
On Friday afternoon last, our neighbor, George L. Whitney, Esq., of the Repository, in company with a young lady of this village, started out for a trip to Clifton Springs. After proceeding on the plank road about a mile east of the village, one side of the shafts became detached from the buggy and striking the heels of the horse, he made tracks at a desperate speed. In attempting to engineer his way through the toll gate, the buggy came in contact with the building, and both the occupants were violently precipitated upon the ground some twenty feet in advance. The soil being of the "hard shell" variety, the shock was tremendous. Our neighbor was not, however, seriously disabled -- minus divers and sundry scratches and bruises, he was a good as new. His companion, however, was less fortunate. Aside from being very badly scratched and torn, she received a very serious injury in the head. Her situation is very critical and such as to furnish serious apprehension to her friends as to her ultimate recovery.

From Ontario County Messenger 17 September 1857

A man by the name of Louis Linder, the keeper of a Bowling Alley, was arrested yesterday and lodged in jail, in this village, for discharging a gun at a young lady, (a Miss Latting,) as is supposed with the intention of taking her life. She was quietly passing along the street, in front of Linder's, when he stepped to the door and deliberately fired at her, several shots striking her in the shoulder and back, causing an immense deal of alarm and considerable of a wound to the young lady. No cause is assigned for the rascally deed. We understand his conduct for some time past has been strange and suspicious, and it should now be fully investigated.

From Geneva Courier 23 September 1857

On Monday morning of last week, an attempt was made, by some person unknown, to poison the whole family of Mr. Christian Fisher, of Gorham, in this county.

When the tea-kettle was filled in the morning, for breakfast purposes, the water in it presented a whitish appearance, which was not accounted for by any of the family.  It was again emptied, rinsed, and filled, without any suspicion of poison, on the part of the family, who used it for breakfast.  Soon after they had done breakfast, the whole family, ten in number, were taken with severe pains, cramps, and vomiting, which indicated that they had all been poisoned.  A Physician was immediately sent for, and antidotes as the case seemed to require, administered.  We learn that the family have so far recovered as to be beyond danger.

The water in the tea kettle, upon being analyzed, was found to be strongly impregnated with arsenic.  The unprincipled wretch who committed this act should undergo some process of punishment, that is more severe than States Prison, or even hanging, for the latter would dispose of its victim in too short a time.

From Ontario Messenger 4 November 1857

On Monday morning last, as the carriage of Mr. Wm. Jeffrey, containing his wife and children, was coming down Gibson street, when near the residence of Dr. Carr, the horses took fright at a passing load of wood, and ran furiously towards Main street. Immediately after they started, some portion of the harness gave way, which prevented the driver from controlling them. They dashed across Main street to the railing in front of Gen. Granger's office, when the carriage was upset and badly smashed up. The driver, Mr. H. McGregor, was precipitated upon the ground striking on his head, and was seriously injured. In some mysterious manner the residue of the occupants escaped injury, and aside from a very uncomfortable fright, came out as good as new. The horses fortunately cleared themselves from the carriage as it upset, or the result might have proved much more serious. Mr. McGregor was picked insensible, and it was some time before he was restored to consciousness. We learn, however, that he is now rapidly convalescing. It was certainly a very frightful runaway to witness, and we are gratified that the results attending it are so favorable to life and limb.

From Geneva Courier 3 February 1858

A man named Burton Ham, residing in Bristol, in this county, while riding on horseback one day last, was thrown from his horse.  His foot caught in the stirrup, and his horse becoming frightened, ran, dragging him over the frozen ground for a distance of forty rods.  Fortunately his coat was drawn backward, which protected his head and side and possibly saved his life.  His foot was only extricated from its entanglement by being drawn out of the boot.  Strange as it may seem, he escaped with only a few bruises -- so says the Ontario Times.

From Geneva Courier 17 March 1858

A son of L. B. Garlinghouse of Canandaigua, a boy of ten years, becoming unruly at school one day last week, Mr. Miller, the teacher, gave him a whipping, whereupon the father of the lad procured a horsewhip, and when Mr. Miller was passing along the street, proceeded to chastise him; not being satisfied with this, he procured a warrant for Miller, and after an investigation of the case, the Jury concluded that the boy deserved the flogging, and justified Miller in administering it.  It is now Mr. Miller's turn to take Mr. Garlinghouse for an assault.

From Geneva Courier 24 March 1858

Another shooting affair occurred in Victor on Sunday the 14th inst.  The parties concerned are Nathaniel C. Mead, his son, and a German laborer named Joseph Weismitter.  The parties were neighbors but from some cause a feud had long existed between them.  On Sunday they met, when a violent altercation took place.  Weismitter started toward his home and was followed by Mead, who drew a double-barrel pistol and deliberately fired it at Weismitter, the ball penetrating below the right shoulder blade, and passing upwards.  Mead was arrested, and after an examination, lodged in Jail, to await the result of the wound inflicted.  He is said to be a man of desperate character.

From Geneva Courier 7 April 1858

The Rochester Democrat says that Elijah Maffet of Phelps, owns 13 oxen, whose aggregate weight is 24,700.  The heaviest weighs 2,239, and the average weight is 1900.  This is certainly an extraordinary herd, and worth of public mention. We are assured that six of the herd are only three years old.

From Geneva Courier 23 June 1858

A grave yard in Bristol, in this County, was visited by resurrectionists last week, and the body of Mrs. Caleb Brocklebank, who died in Canandaigua about two weeks since, was stolen.  The Times says that a quack doctor named Weed, together with A. R. Simmons and J. J. H. Graves have been arrested, charged with the offence and held to bail in the sum of $500 each for Oyer and Terminer.

From Geneva Gazette 6 August 1858

Mrs. Barzillai Slosson
met with a serious accident on Wednesday of last week.  Returning home from a visit to one of her country neighbors on the Lake road, with a little daughter in the buggy with her, the breeching of the harness gave way when the horse became frightened and unmanageable, and ran away.  As they approached the premises of Mr. H. G. Otis, Mrs. S., fearing the consequences of a ride down Mile Point hollow at such a furious pace, reined the animal up to Mr. Otis' gate, through which he dashed as if it had offered no obstruction whatever.  But inside the ground the buggy came in contact with a tree when it was literally dashed to pieces.  Mrs. Slosson was hurled to the ground with great violence, and one of her limbs broken between the knee and ankle.  Her daughter miraculously escaped injury.  Under prompt and skillful surgical treatment, the unfortunate lady is doing well.

From Geneva Gazette 8 October 1858

Mr. J. Todd,
Proprietor of the Clifton Springs Hotel, who is a live Rhode Island Yankee, has inaugurated an old-fashioned eastern "ClamBake and Chowder Party," to come off on the 13th inst.  This affair being quite a novelty with the people of this region, will attract many to a  participation in it.  It will close with a dance in the spacious hall of Mr. Todd's hotel.

From Geneva Courier 29 December 1858

Painful Accident -
We learn from the Ontario Times that a small party of gentlemen and ladies were skating on a pond at the village of Manchester in this county on the 22d inst. when the ice gave way, and a young man by the name of Henry L. Howland, and a daughter of Mr. Ezra Pierce of that place, were let into the water, which was about eight feet deep, and before sufficient assistance could be given, Mr. Howland was drowned.  Miss Pierce was rescued by the assistance of others of the party who threw her a rope and pieces of wood which she held to and was drawn out, but with much difficulty as the ice gave way as she came in contact with it.

From Ontario Messenger 31 March 1859

Last Wednesday afternoon, our Main street was the scene of an outrage as unparalleled as disgraceful to the principal actor. A young man named Thos. Peck, a school teacher of Hopewell, called at the Franklin House for some purpose, and was invited by George Lyon, of this village. to drink. Peck declined, which gave offence to Lyon, who applied a harsh epithet to Peck. He indignantly retorted and left the house, followed by Lyon, who attacked him (Peck) in the street, knocking off his hat and violently kicking him. The Times tells the remainder of the story as follows:

"Becoming more and more excited, he (Lyon) finally drew from his pocket a large dirk knife, and opening it, ran after Peck with the apparent intention of stabbing him. Peck ran for dear life, and finally sought protection in the office of Mr. Justice Metcalf. The Justice was absent, however, and the affrighted man ran around a table in the centre of the room and escaped into the street again -- still pursued by his assailant. As the pursuer emerged from the office, he was met by Constable Newman, who succeeded in disarming him of the knife, and then unfortunately allowed him to escape. Mr. Peck then proceeded to the office of Mr. Justice Brown, and swore out a warrant, which was immediately placed in the hands of Sheriff Hildreth for service; but in the meantime Lyon had disappeared and could not be found. It is probable, however, that the Sheriff will soon effect his arrest. We certainly hope so for the credit of our village. Such outrages should neither go unrebuked nor unpunished. They are becoming of quite too common occurrence."

Lyon, we understand, has not yet been found. Considerable indignation is expressed because Const. Newman did not arrest him, as it was clearly his duty to do. Perhaps he may have some good excuse for allowing so quarrelsome and dangerous a character to escape merited punishment, but whether he can justify himself before the community remains to be seen.

From Geneva Gazette 27 May 1859

Our townsman, Wm. G. Tuttle, whose reputation as a rifle shot is scarcely excelled by any man in the world, left for Buffalo on Monday last, in company with a few friends and backers, to test his skill in a match with a Mr. Bradley for $200 a side, and another with a Mr. Lincoln, for $50 a side.

Our sportsmen all feel confident that the Genevan will come out victorious, and we hope to be able to record such a result before going to press.  The distance is 40 rods -- three strings of 20 shots each with Bradley, and a single string of 30 shots with Lincoln.

From Geneva Courier 1 June 1859

Mr. Frank Ward,
a notorious character in this village, was brought before Justice Dusinberre, on Saturday last, for stealing a watch worth forty or fifty dollars, from Mr. James Thom, of Geneva.  He plead guilty to the charge and was sent to Canandaigua to await the action of the next Grand Jury.  It being the second offence, he could not be tried before a Justice of the Peace.  He will no doubt have to serve another term in the State Prison.

From Ontario Messenger 8 June 1859

Accident - George Shurtliff, employed as hostler at the Franklin House, was kicked by a vicious horse on Wednesday last, breaking his leg and otherwise injuring him. Docts. Cheney & Carson were in attendance, who dressed his wounds. They pronounce him improving.

From Geneva Courier 20 July 1859

Thomas Cunningham
and Wife, of Canandaigua, are charged with attempting to drown one of their children -- a little girl four years old.  It seems they put the child in the cistern to punish it, as they assert, while others think to kill it.  Probably they were angry, and not conscious of how they were acting.  They were held to bail to appear at the next court.

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