From Ontario County Times 2 January 1889

Reed's Corners, N. Y. - 
On Friday of last week a joyous gathering took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis P. Witter. The occasion was the eighty-fifth birthday of Mr. Witter. There were twenty-four relatives present, and all enjoyed themselves greatly. Perhaps not the least pleasurable part of the occasion was the bountiful dinner to which ample justice was done. May Mr. Witter see many happy returns of so joyous an event as a birthday party.

Allen's Hill, N. Y. -  Old Mrs. Crooks, mother of Tompkins Crooks, fell in her room last Sunday morning in such a manner as to fracture her hip. She is a great sufferer and will probably not survive the injury, as she has reached the advanced age of 85 years.

From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1889

A melee in which about thirty intoxicated men were engaged in Daffy's saloon on Mill street Christmas resulted in an injury to John Cunningham, which is liable at any time to prove fatal, should the slightest complication arise. The parties were all in such a state of intoxication that it was difficult to ascertain who struck Cunningham, but three witnesses were found who testified before Police Justice Dwyer that William Carson was the man. He was arrested and was admitted to bail in the sum of $500 by Judge Rice. Cunningham was struck in the nose, and it is believed the bone was broken. The greatest possible care is necessary to prevent internal hemorrhage. A sneeze or a cough, it is said, may produce death at any time.

George I. Rose,
a young boy of North Bloomfield, has been missing from his home since December 10th. The reported cause of his disappearance is that he formed a dislike to the teacher of the district school which he attended. He is a boy of rather diffident and timid disposition, and having been told that the teacher was unusually severe he greatly dreaded to attend. On the morning of December 10th, his father, who was taking him to school, stopped on the way to talk with a friend, and while they were busily engaged in business conversation, the boy quietly slipped out of the buggy, and when last seen was walking along the railroad near Gates' crossing. Diligent search has been made in all directions but no trace of him has been discovered.

From Ontario County Times 9 January 1889

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - 
On the last day of the year, Mr. Thomas J. Park took it into his head to try the capacity of a threshing machine in operation in his barn, by putting his foot into it, which came out in a terribly dilapidated condition, or in other words, "mashed to a jelly" and the consequence was an amputation above the ankle, successfully performed by Dr. W. A. Hubbard. We are glad to announce that notwithstanding his age, between sixty and seventy, he is doing remarkably well.

From Ontario County Times 16 January 1889

Port Gibson, N. Y. -
The holidays brought the usual number of absent members of various families to their old homes for reunions, among whom were Miss Ada Parker from Syracuse; A. Thompson Throop from Lehigh University; Frank Throop from Cornell; Henry Schutt from New York; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Fisk and Ina Beal from Orleans; Miss Anna Allerton from Victor; and Augusta Allerton from Cuba, N. Y.

From Ontario County Journal 18 January 1889

Mrs. Ellen O'Lahey of Canadice has recently been granted a pension of twelve dollars per month and $3400 back pay. John O'Lahey, her husband, served through the war. In August, 1865, while his regiment (the 160th N. Y.) was in Georgia, he was taken sick and remained so until his death in 1873. A year or two after he came home, he applied for a pension for rheumatism, but it had not been allowed at the time of his death. Mrs. O'Lahey applied for a pension soon after her husband's death but it took 15 years to get it through. Rev. Father Hendrick of Livonia was instrumental in securing it.

Will L. Smith, of this village, was seriously injured on the road between Shortsville and Palmyra last Saturday night. While passing a carriage in his dogcart, the wheels collided and the cart was tipped over throwing him face downward to the ground striking on his head. He was unconscious for an hour after the shock and for a time it was feared he was dead. He was carried to the nearest house and cared for until Dr. Beahan arrived and attended to his injuries. He was brought home the first of the week and has been in a critical condition although yesterday it was thought the crisis had been safely passed.

From Ontario County Journal 25 January 1889

Academy, N. Y. - Mrs. John Casby of Stid Hill, who has been sick for some time past, became suddenly insane on Friday night, the 4th inst., and left her home without the knowledge of any member of the family and with no wraps except a small cape. She took the rings from her fingers and the strings from her shoes and laid them upon a shelf before leaving the house. The next morning after building the fires, Mr. Casby saw that his wife had left the house and immediately went in pursuit of her. He tracked her in the snow by a round about course traveling a number of cross roads to Canandaigua, where she had arrived about 6 a.m., having knocked at the door of a sister. When the door was opened, she fell forward perfectly exhausted and insensible. The family think she left the house between 12 and 1 o'clock and traveled about fifteen miles. This affliction rests heavily upon Mr. Casby and their nine children and certainly excites the sympathy of every one.

From Geneva Gazette 8 February 1889

Miss Emma Phillips,
the sixteen-year-old daughter of Vantyne Phillips, of Bristol, tied the sheets of her bed to the bedpost, about midnight Wednesday night, and eloped with a young man named Frank Pixley. Miss Phillips's parents, who are wealthy farmers, have been bitterly opposed to the attentions which young Pixley has been paying to her, and have done everything to break up what seemed to them to be the beginning of a marriage.  The young couple were driven to Canandaigua by some neighbors, and took the train to Geneva, where they were married.  From Geneva they took a train for the West.  The girl had barely enough clothing to clad her form, and it is believed that she was assisted in her flight by some of the neighbors.  The old people are said to have become so determined in their efforts to squelch the match that the girl was imprisoned in a room for three weeks, and was terribly frightened by her father telling her that he was about to have her sent to a convent.  Mr. Phillips knew nothing of his daughter's elopement until he went to her room on Thursday morning, when he discovered the sheets tied to the bedpost and hanging out of the window.  After inquiry we failed to ascertain the civil officer here who performed the ceremony.  If the important event culminated in Geneva as reported, the officiating magistrate has failed to file a record of the same with the registrar of vital statistics as required by law.

From Geneva Gazette 15 February 1889

A most exciting and thrilling run-away occurred last Wednesday afternoon.  A team owned by Thos. R. McCurdy, liveryman, hitched to a doubled sleigh, took it into their heads to bolt for the stable while for a moment released from the care of their driver who had a call at the Misses Bridge school on Main street.  Two little boys only were left on the driver's seat.  On a keen run the team dashed down Main street.  As it rounded into Seneca street, people who looked on fairly held their breath in fear that the sleigh would be upset; but it did not.  One of the boys had cowered down out of sight beneath the seat--the other held and retained his seat, with a firm grasp on the reins, but powerless to check the animals in their mad careen.  The little fellow screamed incessantly in his dreadful fright.  On, on went the team, fortunately keeping in the center of the street.  Whirling around the Bank corner the team pursued its flight down Exchange street and across the railroad tracks, halting from very exhaustion as it seemed in front of Catchpole's iron works.  Neither team, sleigh, nor frightened young occupant sustained any injury, and it is almost miraculous that they did so escape in such a long and furious run of the team.  The boy who clung so tenaciously to the reins in this maddening ride is Folger Stotenbur.  He is not anxious to repeat it.  A leap from the sleigh or its overturn would have maimed him for life if not resulted fatally.

From Ontario County Journal 15 February 1889

William Booth, a young man employed in the Union Pacific tea store on lower Main street, took an involuntary cold bath in the lake near the water works crib last Saturday. He was skating near the crib with a number of young people, and venturing too far out on the softer ice, suddenly broke through. He went under water and when he arose to the surface, Hilem Paddock threw him one end of a skate strap and pulled him out. He was quite thoroughly chilled, but was otherwise none the worse for his ducking.

Reeds Corners, N. Y. - That was a novel hitching post that David Snyder used last Monday at Stanley when he hitched his horses to a freight car. There was no engine attached at the time David hitched, but there was in about three minutes, and it started to learn them how to lead, but a bystander untied them with a jack-knife.

From Ontario County Times 20 February 1889

Reed's Corners, N. Y. -  Mr. John Bolles,
f this place, was drawing a hundred bushels of corn from Gorham; above the sleigh box he had tied on forty-one bags of ears. About a mile from Reeds Corners, the load tipped over upon him, pinning him down into the snow. As the load was so tightly bound, he could not extricate himself and lay an hour and a half before assistance came. He sustained no internal injuries, but is strained and sore from exertion and contracted a heavy cold.

From Ontario County Journal 22 February 1889

Last Saturday Harrison Carr, who runs a small store at Boswell's Corners in the town of South Bristol, assaulted William Parker, whom he had quarreled with and ordered out of the store. It is reported that when Parker was in the store Friday afternoon, somewhat under the influence of liquor, he had an altercation with Carr and used abusive language. Next day when he went in Carr ordered him out several times, but Parker paid no attention to him. Finally Carr started to put him out forcibly, and grabbing a large round iron used as a stove poker, struck at him with it. Parker dodged and the iron struck him in the side. Carr followed the blow quickly with another, which fell on Parker's head, inflicting a very serious wound. Carr was arrested and placed under $1000 bond to await the result of the assault. Parker has been in a critical condition and small hopes are entertained of his recovery. The wound on his head is an ugly gash and it is feared his skull is fractured. Parker is a man about 45 years of age, and one of his neighbors represents him as being a quiet, peaceable citizen. Carr is between thirty-five and forty years of age, and is said to be of a pugnacious disposition.

From Geneva Gazette 8 March 1889

A Nonagenarian Celebration - The children, relatives and friends of John Proudfit held a party at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. John Van Riper, Gorham, Feb. 28, 1889, to celebrate his 90th birthday.  The occasion was very enjoyable - the refreshments served were bountiful as well as luxurious, of which a very tasteful birthday cake was noticeable.  Some very appropriate presents were also given.  Among the guests was Mr. Jesse Squires, who had been present at Mr. Proudfit's wedding, fifty-nine years ago.  Mr. Proudfit's temperate life has left his mental faculties unimpaired.

We were very much interested in his reminiscences of the past.  He said he was one of the first subscribers of THE GENEVA GAZETTE, over seventy years ago, Mr. Bogart then Editor; and that was not the first Democratic paper he had taken.  When he was thirteen years old, his father lived in York, Pa., and being a Federal he was taking "The York Recorder.  It was during the war of 1812.  The Recorder could not see any good in the war or in the administration of Pres't James Madison -- seemed glad when Washington was burned and Congress left in haste for New York, comparing it to "John Gilpin's ride."

"Having a dollar of my own," said Mr. Proudfit, "that I had earned hoeing corn at two shillings per day, and wishing, boy as I was, to know the other side, I subscribed for "The Susquehanna Watchman," a Democratic paper.

"My father was very much surprised when the paper came, inquiring who that paper could be for?  I replied it was mine.  He said nothing to me, but I heard him telling my mother later, as tho' it was one of the worst things that could happen to me, that he was afraid John was going to be a Democrat."

Mr. Proudfit is a living example of how we may all grow old gracefully, contentedly and lovingly.

From Geneva Gazette 15 March 1889

Will and Amelia Scott of Phelps were honored by a surprise party numbering about 80 of their friends from that town, Phelps, Waterloo and Newark, who paid them a visit Wednesday evening last, March 13th.  The floors were crashed, excellent music furnished by Doherty and Black, and dancing never more highly enjoyed.  The tables were laden with all the delicacies of the season.  The affair was pronounced by all present one of the most enjoyable events that has occurred the past winter.

From Ontario County Journal 22 March 1889

Millers Corners, N. Y. -
Last Saturday as Frank Brown was riding into the village of Honeoye Falls on the top of a car, not heeding the warning signals, he was struck by the bridge and knocked off, sustaining severe and apparently fatal injuries. He was brought back to his home at Miller's Corners on the next train, and Dr. Finucane, of West Bloomfield, was summoned to take charge of the case. At the last reports the patient was improving.

From Geneva Gazette 5 April 1889

On Friday last, Thomas Cass, an employee in the New York Central Iron Works, met with an accident which destroyed the sight of one eye. On Monday the eye was removed by Dr. Covert.

From Ontario County Times 17 April 1889

Academy, N. Y. -
A serious runaway accident occurred here Monday, the 8th inst. Newton Rogers and daughter, Julia, were driving down Foster's Hill when the breeching gave way and the horse became unmanageable. Freeing himself from the buggy, he ran down the hill, colliding with a team driven by John Tufts, throwing Mr. Tufts from his buggy and fracturing three of his ribs, besides otherwise injuring him severely.

Victor, N. Y. -  Quite an exciting runaway occurred this forenoon in this village. Miss Nellie Gunnison and another lady were driving in a covered buggy when the girth of the harness broke, letting the buggy on the horse's heels, frightening him into a run. The driver controlled him quite well until a man attempted to stop him with a shovel, causing the horse to shy quickly and overturn the vehicle, throwing both ladies violently to the ground. Although somewhat bruised and badly mussed up, they sustained no serious injury. The horse was soon caught and the buggy and harness were found in need of considerable repair.

From Ontario County Journal 10 May 1889

Academy, N. Y. - Mrs. Frank Johnson and her sister, Emma Martin, left a lighted lamp on the table the other evening and went upstairs. In their absence the lamp exploded setting the table spread and the floor where the oil fell into a blaze. They were terribly frightened but did not lose their reason and showed themselves heroines by putting out the fire before help arrived.

Last Friday Frank Hobson, clerk in the hat store of George Weigel in Geneva, disappeared under suspicious circumstances. About three weeks ago, Mr. Weigel bought a safe, place $175 in the chest, and closed the safe. When he attempted to open it again, he found he had forgotten the combination and also the original instructions were missing. Believing that he had accidentally locked the combination and instructions in the safe, he let the matter rest until Friday. After Hobson's disappearance he sent for experts, and upon opening the safe, they found the money box had been taken. The police were at once given charge of the affair and they are in search of the young man.

From Geneva Gazette 10 May 1889

Theft at Seneca Castle - Rose Bronson, who figured in the police court answering to a charge of vagrancy last October, is again in trouble.  Rose is a comely maiden of 19 summers and as many winters. She was born in Romulus, and lived consecutively in Auburn, Geneva, and Seneca Castle.  While in the latter place she was employed in the family of
Garrett Poole.  While the family was temporarily absent, Rose attached herself to all the available jewelry and walked to Geneva, thence to Waterloo where she was captured. The missing valuables, consisting of a watch and chain, a ring, a bracelet, and a pin marked "Darling," were found, duly attached and were replevined.  Arraigned before Squire Nichols, the arrant Rose plead guilty to the charges of petty larceny.  she was committed to the House of Refuge for women at Hudson, N. Y., for five years.  Discharge before the expiration of that time is discretionary with the board of directors.

From Ontario County Journal 24 May 1889

A new band has been organized at Clifton Springs with the name of "Citizen's Cornet Band of Clifton Springs," and with the following officers: J. H. Wicks, president; G. Gaines, vice-president; W. Waterman, secretary and treasurer; J. O'Sullivan and R. Williamson, directors; E. O'Sullivan, leader and librarian.

From Ontario County Journal 31 May 1889

James Elton,
his wife and two children, were thrown from their carriage in front of the residence of Miss Brown, in West Bloomfield last week, in consequence of the horse suddenly shying and running two wheels off of the bank of the roadway. It was first thought Mr. Elton was seriously injured, but he soon regained consciousness and on examination it was found the damage was confined to the loss of some cuticle and a collapsed carriage top.

Sunday morning while Mrs. James Richmond and son, George, her sister, Miss Mary Richmond, and Miss George of Phelps, were riding to church, their horse became frightened at some tile lying near the road, and shying, threw them all out. Mrs. Richmond and Miss George were quite seriously injured. Miss George was unconscious when taken home, her brain and spine being affected. Dr. W. A. Howe was called and reports them all doing well with, fortunately, no bones broken.

Charles Barnard,
of this village, has been missing from his home for over a week, and fears are entertained that he has been drowned in the lake. The bulkhead in the feeder was drained last week in search for his body, but it was not found. Barnard was last seen at Willow Grove.

From Ontario County Times 5 June 1889

Farmington, N. Y. -  Henry Karson
fell off from a wagon the other day, struck on his head, and one wheel ran over him. He was carried home insensible; a physician was summoned, restoratives applied, and after a while he revived. He and another young man were riding on the wagon, and they began sparring or scuffling with the aforesaid result. Perhaps they will both come to their senses and profit by their experience.

From Ontario County Journal 7 June 1889

Rushville, N. Y. - Mr. William Reddoutt,
while in the field Sunday to catch his horses, was kicked by a colt, receiving severe bruises and a broken arm. His age, 85, makes the accident more difficult to endure.

Rushville, N. Y. - Ira Raymond was quite seriously injured by too close relations to a runaway mustang.

Rushville, N. Y. - At a meeting of the Soldiers' Union officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, J. C. Fox; vice-presidents, Wm. A. Monegal and George W. Ford; treasurer, D. J. Harkness; trustee, Fred Ebert; secretary, Lyman Culver.

Last Tuesday while William Wiley and Miss Ida Ballend, of Naples, were engaged in a scuffle, Wiley pointed a pistol at the young lady's face and she covered the muzzle with her hand. The revolver discharged and the ball passing through Miss Ballend's hand, lodged in her cheek. Her hand was terribly lacerated and at last accounts, the ball had not been taken from her cheek. Wiley claims that he didn't know the pistol was loaded, and that the shooting was entirely accidental.

From Ontario County Times 3 July 1889

A horse and buggy driven by Miss Maud Sayre, and a rig driven by Miss Smith, collided in Main street on Saturday, and both vehicles were sadly demolished. The occupants were thrown out, but no serious injury was sustained by either of the young ladies.

From Ontario County Journal 12 July 1889

Denton Wright, a farmer, was terribly gored by a bull at the Joseph Rice farm in Gorham a few days ago. Rice was away from home and Wright entered the bull's stall, when the animal rushed upon him and gored him in the groin. Wright is 36 years of age.

From Ontario County Times 17 July 1889

Edward Wright,
a well-known farmer, residing in the north part of this town, had his right foot badly lacerated by the knives of a mowing machine last Thursday afternoon.

Frank Brandow,
of this village, a young man about seventeen years old, last Sunday evening deliberately walked up to Albert N. Mason, on Phelps street, and stabbed him with a knife in the forehead, and on his right shoulder. Young Brandow, it seems, in company with several of his chums, had procured a keg of beer on Sunday morning, and after putting it into a box freight car, proceeded to "fill up" with liquid hops. This programme was kept up during the afternoon, and after the beer had been disposed of, Brandow procured a knife and made a tour through Phelps street. He had not gone far when he met some boys and young men playing base ball (on Sunday and within the corporate limits of Canandaigua, too.) Going out into the street among the players, he said, "I suppose some of you fellows think you can lick somebody," at the same time flourishing the knife in the air. This frightened the boys, and all save Mason ran away. The latter walked over to a fence, and climbing up on it, sat down. Brandow followed, and as he reached him he plunged the knife into Mason's head to the bone, cutting a gash from the center of the forehead almost to his left ear. Brandow also struck him in the shoulder and made several other attempts to stab Mason, but by dodging Brandow's blows, he further managed to escape without injury. Brandow was promptly arrested and upon being arraigned before Justice Dwyer on Monday morning, asked that his examination be postponed until Monday next. The request was granted and he was sent to jail to await examination. Mason's wounds were promptly dressed by a physician and his is now able to be about.

From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1889

John Rupert, of Clifton Springs, was seriously injured Tuesday while unloading hay at the Sanitarium barn. A harpoon horse hay fork fell and struck him on the left side, one of the prongs entering his body below the ribs. The physicians pronounced the injury a very serious one, but not necessarily fatal.

On Saturday, the 13th inst., a very serious accident occurred to Mr. John Riordan of West Bloomfield. He had been mowing away hay in the horse barn of Mr. R. M. Peck, and in attempting to descend a ladder, became unconscious and fell to the floor below, a distance of about twelve feet. As Mr. Riordan is 70 years of age, the shock to his system was very severe. At last accounts he was gaining slowly.

From Phelps Citizen 25 July 1889

At Canandaigua, last Sunday evening, Frank Brandon, while intoxicated, stabbed Albert Mason. Brandon was arrested and his examination was set down for next Monday. Mason was not seriously injured.

From Ontario County Journal 26 July 1889

Last Tuesday evening Emmett Boltwood, a blacksmith of Victor, aged about forty years, attempted suicide by hanging. About three weeks ago he took a dose of laudanum with the same intent, but the physician who was called saved him. He had been mentally unbalanced for some time, and it was feared that he might make such an attempt. Tuesday evening he was considerably excited and a physician was called to see him. While Mrs. Boltwood and the doctor were conversing downstairs, they heard a noise in the stairway, and on going to the door found Boltwood hanging by a strap around his neck. Mrs. Boltwood grasped his body and held him up while the physician cut the strap. Boltwood soon recovered, but had he been left hanging a short time longer he would have succeeded in his design.

From Geneva Gazette 2 August 1889

Here is an example showing how easily innocent people are sometimes wrongfully accused.  Last night in front of Burton's, at 11:30, a man named Tim Mahoney cried for the police.  The police came promptly to his rescue.  Mahoney claimed that he had been robbed, and saddled the robbery on a young man named Michael Burke.  Burke declared his innocence and asked to be searched for the missing money, $13.00.  Policemen Mensch and Kane took the matter in hand.  Burke and Mahoney had been together during the evening.  Policeman Mensch left the accuser and the accused in charge of officer Kane and started off on a journey of inquiry.  He soon found that Mahoney had left his money in care of a saloon keeper and that it was all right.  He had forgotten all about it.  Burke was cleared and went his way very much rejoiced.

From Ontario County Journal 9 August 1889

Thomas Riley
of Geneva, a young man about 22 years of age, has been missing since Friday, July 19th. On that day he locked himself into the Geneva House barn, where he was employed as hostler, and has not been seen since. His best suit of clothes and other belongings were found in the barn after his disappearance. His friends are greatly concerned over his mysterious departure. He is of medium height, slim, and wears a black mustache; he is naturally bashful, and when looked at intently colors up quickly and lowers his eyes.

The simultaneous disappearance last week of a Shortsville woman and a young man from Farmington created a sensation. The woman was the wife of Thomas Hines, an employee of the Empire Drill Co. One evening last week when he went home from work he didn't find a tempting supper and the tender caresses of a loving wife awaiting him, but, instead, found a note from his life partner stating that by the time he read it she would be far, far away, never to return. Mr. Hines could not believe the evidence of his eyes at first, but when he found his four children locked in a barn, and learned from them that a man had been at the house that day before Mrs. Hines' departure, it began to look like a clear case of "gone with a handsomer man." The discovery that a sum of money he had laid up in the house was missing was a further confirmation of the unwelcome news contained in the note. Mr. Hines later ascertained that a young man of Farmington who had already gained notoriety by destroying the happiness of one family had disappeared with bag and baggage. The young man in the case is only 26 years of age while Mrs. Hines is 40. Hines is on their track with the determination to get his money if it isn't spent by the time he finds them.

From Ontario County Journal 16 August 1889

Richmond, N. Y. - The principal topic of conversation at the present is the result of the sinking of two or three gas wells in the south part of the town of West Bloomfield upon the farm of James Worthington and Wm. Morrow. Lo the excitement which naturally follows the opening of a "gusher" in the gas field, comes the report that a new company with unlimited capital is negotiating for the purchase of the old company's interest, and would develop the territory for both gas and salt, and then "a railroad through the Honeoye Valley".

From Ontario County Journal 6 September 1889

William C. Bedoe, of Clifton Springs, was rescued from a pond in the Clifton Springs Sanitarium Park last week Thursday in a serious condition. It was believed that he had attempted suicide, and was accordingly placed in custody of Officer Rockwell. He said before Justice Lapham that he had no money, no home and was out of work. He was sent to the Monroe county penitentiary for 60 days. Bedoe lost an arm in a railroad accident at Clifton Springs about a year ago. He was run over by a freight train and one arm was severed from his body.

From Ontario County Times 11 September 1889

Reed's Corners, N. Y. -  James Partise
came very near losing an eye one day last week while engaged in the blacksmith shop of Thomas Lynch, where he is employed. An iron rod, which he was straightening, slipped out of the vise in which it was being held, one end of it striking him in the corner of the eye, inflicting a serious injury. He is now, however, doing well.

Reed's Corners, N. Y. -  As Rev. W. G. Marts, with his wife and infant child, were returning from Canandaigua one day last week, an accident took place which might have proved fatal to some or all of them. When about to cross the railroad near Garrett's saw mill, a train of cars which the occupants of the buggy did not see on account of the ice house near the track, came along and took two wheels from the vehicle, throwing the family out upon the ground, but not injuring them to any extent. The horse and buggy belonged to Geo. Miles.

From Ontario County Times 18 September 1889

The wife of Gooding Packard, a wealthy and highly respected farmer of the town of Bristol in this county, left her home on Friday with a man named Frank Esser, and has not since been heard from. Esser was a laborer and was formerly in the employ of Mr. Packard. He is represented as being shiftless and unprepossessing in appearance. His relations with Mrs. Packard had been for some months such as to cause neighborhood gossip. Mrs. Packard, before her marriage, was a resident of Bristol Springs, being the daughter of Isaac Trembly, a prominent farmer of that place. She is a very handsome woman and well educated. It is believed that the guilty couple have gone to a Western state.

From Ontario County Times 16 October 1889

The home of Mr. Albert Simonds, of Victor, was the scene of merriment and joy on Monday evening, the occasion being the celebration of his eighty-first anniversary. There were about fifty relatives present, all being children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. Notwithstanding the host's advanced years, their presence seemed to rejuvenate him and overflow his cup of happiness. To add still more to the pleasure of the occasion a bountiful repast was served. Mr. Simonds has been a resident of Victor for fifty years, forty-five years of which he has been actively engaged in business. He has been a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church, and is highly esteemed both in church and out of it. That he may live to enjoy many a pleasant anniversary is the wish of hosts of friends.

From Ontario County Journal 1 November 1889

East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Caroline Carter
celebrated her 80th birthday anniversary last Tuesday. Her children, Mr. Harley Carter of Mendon, Mrs. Jane Hutchinson of Richmond, Ind., and Mrs. Martha Parmelee, together with L. B. Gunn and a few invite friends, were present and added to the enjoyment of the occasion.

From The Shortsville Enterprise, November 2, 1889, Vol. 7, No. 44, page 2.

Manchester Murmurings - Mr. C. O. Sunderland has been suffering so much from ill health for several months past that he has been obliged to remain at home most of the time. Himself and wife are contemplating visiting a warmer climate.

The Shortsville Enterprise, November 2, 1889, Vol. 7, No. 44, page 3.

Local Matters - Miss Eliza Dawson, of Manchester, has gone to Adrian, Mich., where she
will spend the winter with her brother's family.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Hawley and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Putney, of Livingston county, are visiting Mrs. C. L. Bryant, in this place. The ladies are  twin sisters of Mrs. Bryant.

Miss Stella Knowles
, of Chittenango, is the guest of Mr. H. E. Knapp and family in this place.

Palmyra Courier:  "Mr. William W. Myrick has just received from Carrera, Italy, a beautiful statuary, representing the  Recording Angel, which is five feet high, and is to be erected in the Shortsville cemetery to the memory of Ira Callister.  It is of exceedingly fine workmanship, and attracts much attention."

Mrs. Daniel Brown and Mrs. Dell Camp, of this place, spent last week in Canadice, the guest of friends.

Mrs. Carrie Stark, of Vassar, Mich., accompanied by her little son, is visiting Dr. J. Melvin and family. Mrs. Stark is a daughter of Daniel Wakeman, who was formerly a resident of this place.

Mrs. Ann Mabon, of Pekin, Niagara county, is visiting Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Longstreet in this place.

Thanks to Martha McGill for this donation.

From Ontario County Journal 8 November 1889

Bristol Springs, N. Y. - Our usually quiet village was aroused at midnight Saturday by shouts and a number of pistol shots, and it was learned on Sunday that L. A. Holcomb, in company with some younger men, had tried to arouse Clark A. Niece, and had succeeded in doing so. Niece has kept a saloon for more than a year directly across the street from Geo. B. Hemenway's store, with "hop soda" for a sign. We don't know whether the said beverage is a temperance drink or not, but it seems to meet a ready sale among those who indulge in strong drink sometimes. In the above mentioned instance, Holcomb and the others had tried to call Niece into his saloon, which is a part of his dwelling house, and he thinking that Holcomb and the others were taking liberties that the law would not allow, fired four or five shots among them, one of which took effect in Holcomb's elbow. Although not a very serious wound, it was a dangerous and disgraceful proceeding, and what will grow out of it, we don't venture to predict. One thing is certain, that anything that would compel Niece to keep a more necessary line of goods than at present would be hailed with satisfaction by all the friends of law and order.

Chapinville, N. Y. - A large birthday party, comprising the relatives of Jacob Martin, gave him a surprise on Wednesday, the 6th, his 70th birthday. He is as hale and hearty and about as young as he used to be. He received from the party present a beautiful gold-headed cane, which will be useful to him in his remaining days, which we hope will be many.

The Shortsville Enterprise, November 9, 1889, Vol. 7, No. 44, page 2.

Manchester Murmurings - Ed Lyman was ill for about a week, suffering from the effects of poisonous gases inhaled while employed in the dry house.

Mr. and Mrs. Preston Gatchel of Auburn have been visiting Mrs. T. Rodney and family.

Another bouncing boy baby at Mr. A. Macomber's on the 1st inst.

Miss Caroline Meachem is spending the week at Auburn, visiting relatives and friends.

Mrs. Esther Holstead of Illinois is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Elkanah Pratt.

Julian Fish has been confined to the house the past week by illness.

Mrs. Waler Mason and son Clinton visited relatives at Pierson's Point on Thursday.

Mrs. Bortle, who has been caring for her invalid mother for several weeks past, has returned to her home in Conesus.

Mr. Augustus Post and family, of Phelps, are visiting relatives here.

Mrs. Irene Jones received last Saturday $1,000 for her house and lot from the Geneva and Buffalo R. R. Co.

District No. 6 (Manchester) Items - Mr. Michael and Miss Mary Haberlin of Rochester are visiting their parents
in this district.

Mrs. W. Howland spent Saturday with her mother, Mrs. D. Rogers, in Farmington. Mrs. Rogers is quite ill.

Mr. Wilbur Howland of Victor is visiting his son Will and also his daughter, Mrs. C. Rogers.

Where is the itemizer from No. 1 who once or twice favored us? That brand new boy of Mr. Joe Gilbert's is certainly worth reporting.

Farmington Tidings - Miss  Amy Ann Herendeen is repairing her residence.

Peter Trenfield passed his 76th birthday on Sunday last. May he witness many returns of the day.

Miss Huldah Goodell has been on the list of invalids for two weeks, but she has so far recovered as to be in school.

Will Sessions has been very unfortunate of late in coveting property belonging to another; consequently he will remain in Rochester this winter. [ i.e. he stole something, and was sent to the Monroe County Penitentiary.]

Theda Collett, who has been suffering from an attack of pneumonia, is convalescing.

Miss Mary Farrell of Victor has been dressmaking for Mrs. Dennis Keif. Jeanette Rourke of the same village has been in town sewing for Mrs. G. Power.

Mrs. George  Herendeen is visiting the families of Edward and Lemuel Herendeen at Geneva.

Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich Brown spent the day recently with Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Smith at their home in Shortsville.

Congratulations are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Woodruff, as they are grandpa and grandma of a fine little girl.

Master Leon Smith celebrated his second birthday the twenty-first of last month. The occasion was an enjoyable one as well as one of rare interest, there being four generations present.

Mrs. Ann Ryder of Rochester visited friends in the Hook the past month. As Mrs. Ryder was formerly a resident of this town she was warmly welcomed by her old neighbors.

Miss Joanna Curran, who has been in Chapinville the past summer will make her home with her brother John this winter.

Mrs. Andrew Power is in very poor health. Mrs. Power has not fully recovered her health since her severe sickness last summer.

The Shortsville Enterprise, November 9, 1889, Vol. 7, No. 44, page 3.

Local Matters - Mrs. Anna Skinner, of Ashtabula, O., is the guest of her mother, Mrs. B. T. Adams, in this place.

George Smith, who was so seriously injured by being run over by a team of horses on Main street two weeks ago, is recovering slowly from his injuries, although it will be some months before he will be able to do manual labor. We do not see why he is not entitled to some compensation from the owner of the team.

Mrs. Wm. Bently is spending a couple of weeks with relatives and friends in Median.

Miss Nina Kipp has gone to Lima to remain over Sunday, as the guest of Miss Florence Hoff.

Mr. L. C. Mead, of Poughkeepsie, was in town over Sunday, the guest of his brother, Mr.  E. D. Mead.

Mr. George B. Longstreet and daughter, of Auburn, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Longstreet, in this place, the first of the week.

Mr. Charles E. Brown, who has been spending some weeks with his parents in Michigan, returned to this place on Saturday last.

Thanks to Martha McGill for this donation.

From Ontario County Journal 29 November 1889

Miller's Corners, N. Y. -
The census of this community is short by one family. The said family, consisting of August Thomas, his wife and six children, suddenly disappeared one night last week. The next morning passers-by observed a deathlike stillness pervading the premises, and on investigation no trace of man, woman, child or beast could be found. Under cover of darkness, they had "folded their tent like the Arabs and silently stolen away." The procession of anxious-faced creditors upon the scene the next day told the whole story. The Thomases are supposed to be safe in the Queen's dominions. The first feature of the escapade is that they took with them considerable property that had been mortgaged to secure creditors. It looks like a well-conceived and well-executed plot to defraud a large number of their honest dues.

From Geneva Gazette 6 December 1889

Norman Alger,
who resides in the edge of the town of Richmond, but whose business place is Naples, was robbed of from $300 to $400 cash, besides valuable papers, early last Tuesday morning.  The robber, masked, entered by the front door, which was not locked, and attacked Mr. Alger, who was asleep on a lounge, demanding his money.  A hot struggle ensued, but Mr. Alger being feeble and with one hand crippled was soon exhausted, and the assailant snatching the book from his pocket, fled.  A sister of Mr. Alger, who slept upstairs, hearing the noise came down with a light; but the villain told her that if she stirred from her place he would kill her, and drew a revolver.  Mr. Alger was so exhausted that he could not notice which way the fellow went, and has no idea who he is.

From Ontario County Times 25 December 1889

Thomas Johnson,
of the well-known lumber firm of Johnson & Crowley, of this village, met with a sad and painful accident in their planing mill on Monday morning. It seems that Mr. Johnson was assisting in putting a board up on to a buzz planer, when in some way, his right hand was caught in the planer and completely severed just back of the second thumb joint. He was immediately conveyed to the office of Dr. O. J. Hallenbeck, who, with the assistance of Dr. A. L. Beahan, made an amputation of the injured member just above the wrist. Although suffering excruciating pain, Mr. Johnson is in as comfortable condition as possible, and we are pleased to learn that his injuries are not such as to endanger life.

From Geneva Gazette 27 December 1889

Charles Albro ran away from home in Geneva on November 14th, and his family have not seen him since then.  They hear that he went to Syracuse.  He is 13 years old, about five feet tall, has dark complexion, with a scar between his eyes, that are dark as well as his hair, is rather thick set, weighs about 115 pounds, and wears a short coat with belt knickerbockers, button shoes and light-colored striped cap.  Any information about him will be gratefully received by his mother, Mrs. M. D. Albro.

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