From Geneva Advertiser 1 January 1901
One day last September while plowing or harrowing in a field on his
father's farm on the Castle road, Thurber Simmons uncovered
two bullets, rusted with age, which many believe are relics of some
Indian battle or of Sullivan's march through this section. They
are round, solid lead, and one of them shows where it was cut off from
the old-fashioned mould in which it was cast, none of which are seen in
these days. Valuable finds, these.
Mrs. Homer W. Guilford of Genesee street had her entire family
of children and grandchildren with her on Christmas day. Will from
Syracuse, Frank from Elmira, Fred of Castle street and Mrs. Leake
constitute her own family. There is nothing that will bring more joy to
the hearts of people along in years than to be surrounded on such a day
by all their children.
From Ontario County Chronicle 2 January 1901
Some poor unfortunate was saved from an untimely end through the heroic
efforts of Fred Willson, who
succeeded in pulling some demented tramp out of Melvin's brook
on Christmas night. As the night was very dark it required a man
of great nerve to attempt to follow the cries of the drowning man.
But Mr. Willson was equal to the emergency and succeeded in getting the
poor unfortunate dry docked.
From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1901
Orleans, N. Y. - On Friday afternoon, while loading a car of cabbage, Edward Briglin slipped and fell, falling under the car. He was picked up insensible and quite badly bruised but is recovering.
From Ontario County Journal 4 January 1901
The following appointments of deputy sheriffs have been announced by Sheriff Edmonston: H. E. Sheldon, Geneva; J. Wesley Booth, Canandaigua; William Rowley, Bristol; John LeGore, Naples; William Hill, Victor; Edgar Norton, East Bloomfield; W. E. Stubbs, Geneva; Jason B. Gates, Gorham; George Muskett, Clifton Springs; C. H. Landen, Phelps.
George Greig, of this village, who is a fox hunter of
considerable repute, he having captured over 200 of the wily fellows,
has added to his list during the last week a catch of more than
ordinary interest. On one of his trip a week ago, he captured in the
vicinity of Menteth's point, a fox which is said to be of the
silver-gray variety. Many persons declare that no one in recent years
has seen or even heard of a silver-gray fox in this region, but Mr.
Greig has the pelt and no one has appeared to deny the dignity of it.
The fur of the silver-gray fox is of great value.
From Ontario County Journal 11 January 1901
Orleans, N. Y. - Dwight Severance has had a narrow escape from
death. He was loading a car of produce and had built a fire of
charcoal. When found he was completely overcome with coal gas. He was
found by Clarence M. King, whose efforts restored him to consciousness.
Gorham, N. Y. - William Pitts and family were nearly suffocated
by coal gas on Saturday night. They had just moved into the Dunham
house and had put up a new stove and retired for the night. Sometime
during the night they were awakened by their youngest child in
distress. Mr. Pitts, in attempting to get up, was unable to rise, but
realized his condition and managed to get to the door on his hands and
knees and thus relieved the other members of the family.
From Geneva Advertiser 14 January 1901
Mrs. George Hennessey, of North Exchange street, was visiting a
Mrs. Madden Friday evening, and on leaving for home slipped and fell
off the steps landing on a sharp stake that penetrated her right side
fully an inch. She was taken to her home and Dr. Means summoned, who is
attending her. She is aged about forty years, is a rather strong woman,
and these conditions are certainly in her favor.
The colored people's whist club has been organized for the season. The president is Frank Davis. The club had its first meeting Thursday night, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Webb Coleman in Pulteney street. The next meeting will be held Thursday evening at the home of Reuben Hawkins.
An indoor base ball league has been organized here. The new league is
composed of four strong teams, comprising the High School, Nester Hose
Company, the Standard Optical Works and the 34th Separate Company
nines. Among the players on the latter team are Harry Little, Thos. Coursey, Thomas Folger, Joseph Hutchinson and J. W. Brennan. The
four teams of the league will practice in the large armory drill hall
every Wednesday evening. The schedule, arranged by the management,
includes games way up to next June.
From Geneva Advertiser 22 January 1901
The fame of Geneva's colored dancers seems to be spreading far and
wide. Twice last week prizes were won by Genevans at out-of-town. At a
masquerade ball, given in Penn Yan, prizes were won by Harry Harden and Arthur Kenny, two well-known Geneva rag-time dancers.
Charles Alcock, the 12-year-old son of Mrs. Susan Alcock, who
reside in the Fairfax building, fell on the sidewalk Thursday
afternoon, in Genesee street, and sustained a compound fracture of the
right arm. The little fellow was playing with some other boys at the
time of the accident. His companions carried him to his home nearby,
and Doctors Skinner and Eddy were summoned and reduced the fracture.
The lad will be confined to the house for some weeks.
From Ontario County Journal 1 February 1901
Saturday afternoon, George Wilkinson, an employee of the
Lisk Manufacturing Co., met with an injury in the loss of the ends of
the four fingers of his left hand. A rod on a drop press he was
operating broke, and allowed the great weight to make an unscheduled
drop with results as above told. The fingers were severed at about the
On Saturday morning, John Gleason, an employee of Murray Bros.
grocery store, went into the cellar with a lamp, and in setting it down
upon the stone bottom, cracked the glass, allowing the oil to flow out
and ignite. The fire was promptly smothered out, but not until Gleason
had received painful burns about the left hand and face. The injury was
most painful and will lay him aside for some time.
From Ontario County Journal 8 February 1901
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - A team of horses owned by Cholette Collins broke
through the ice on Tamblyn's pond last Friday morning. A large gang of
men employed cutting ice on the pond succeeded in getting them out
after an hour's hard work. The horses were hardly able to walk after
being taken out of the water.
From Ontario County Chronicle 13 February 1901
Phelps, N. Y. - A triple runaway occurred on Main street last
Thursday. A horse driven by Ray Ottley was frightened by some
boys who were throwing snowballs and
dashed down Main street frightening a horse belonging to Frank
Hicks. Hicks' horse dashed into a rig driven by Mr. and Mrs.
Romain of Geneva, whose team also ran away. Mrs. Romain was struck
in the chest by one of the thills and severely injured. She was
attended by Dr. Burt, who pronounced the injuries more to the nerves
to bodily damage. The other horses were stopped before any more damage
From Geneva Gazette 15 February 1901
A Serious Accident - Befell Mr. S. W. Hopkins, a
well-known nurseryman of this city, last Friday afternoon. He was
on his way to the Geneva Mineral Spring carrying a large bottle or jug
to get a supply of the medicinal water. He slipped and fell on
the icy sidewalk, breaking two of his ribs. Mr. Hopkins is about
86 years old and was a well-preserved man of his
years. Dr. DeLaney is attending him, and it is hoped will pull him
through. He is a leading member of the North Presbyterian church.
Victim of a Runaway Accident - We find the following in the
Rochester Herald of Monday last: Mrs. M. R. Romain, who
was injured by a runaway horse in Phelps Friday, was removed to her
home on Genesee street, this city, Friday night, and is reported in a
very critical condition. Mrs. Romain, accompanied by her husband,
drove to Phelps and they stopped in front of the Phelps Hotel.
A horse attached to a cutter dashed down the street, frightened a
delivery horse which was standing opposite the Romain rig on the other
side of the street. The delivery horse dashed across the street
and into the Romain cutter, one of the thills striking Mrs. Romain in
the side. She was removed to the Phelps Hotel and Dr. Vanderhoff
was summoned and applied restoratives. Dr. Rupert of this city, upon
the arrival of the injured woman, made an examination and found that
two ribs on the right side were broken, but could not tell if the
patient had received other internal injuries.
From Ontario County Journal 15 February 1901
The three members of the family of John Abbey, of Gorham
street, were poisoned by eating chicken pie on Monday. The pie had been
made on Sunday and the family had partaken of it for Sunday dinner and
Monday dinner. At three o'clock on Monday afternoon, they were all
taken violently ill. A physician was hastily summoned and did not leave
them until midnight, so precarious was their condition. The family
consists of the father and mother, aged 80 and 81 respectively, and son
and the father was the one to be the most affected by the poison and
for some hours his life was despaired of. Instances of this kind of
ptomaine poisoning are not uncommon.
From Geneva Advertiser 19 February 1901
There are three Geneva men up in the mountains of Idaho mining gold, P. N. Nicholas, Maurice F. Markham, George E. Whitwell. It is not Florida weather, thermometer rather below zero.
From Geneva Gazette 22 February 1901
Arrested for Bigamy - Chief of Police Kane of this city last
Saturday received a letter from Attorney Olin of Watkins inquiring for Mary
Bettis, wife of John Bettis. A photograph of the
missing woman was also inclosed. After studying the features, the
chief decided that the picture answered the description of a woman who
was married to Moses Burgess of Geneva under the name of Mary
Zall on January 17. The Watkins authorities were notified by
telephone that the woman was in this city and requested that John
Bettis come to Geneva and also bring his marriage certificate.
Bettis arrived and had with him the certificate certifying that
he was married to the woman who at that time gave her name as Mary
Graunniss, on January 19, 1897, by Cyrus Roberts, of Watkins.
With this evidence Chief Kane went to the Burgess residence in Powers
Alley and arrested Mary Burgess alias Mary Bettis, on charge of bigamy.
When arraigned before Judge Wyckoff she admitted her guilt and
was held in $1200 bail. The woman is one of the party who were
married in the old waiting room of the Navigation company by Rev.
Hector Caugn, and the report that they belonged to the Salvation Army
is emphatically contradicted.
The woman admitted to Chief Kane that she was twice married to Bettis.
It is reported she has another husband living in Pennsylvania.
She said her maiden name was Minsio and that her home was in
Woodhull, this State. She also said she had a daughter living
with a married sister in Osceola, Pa., and goes by the name of Addie
Geneva Advertiser 5 March 1901
Three accidents occurred here Saturday morning. Mrs.
Jeremiah Deneen of Washington street fell on the slippery sidewalk
and broke her right arm. Cornelius Murphy fell from a box
car in the Lehigh Valley yard,
and dislocated his left shoulder. His back is also severely injured.
Farmer John Prichard was run over by his team and badly
injured in the back.
From Ontario County Chronicle 6 March 1901
Naples, N. Y. - George Harris, a nephew and an adopted son of
Mr. and Mrs. Levi Harris, ran away from his home last Monday noon, and
has not returned. He is 16 years
of age, tall and had a habit of winking noticeably when he is talking.
He was a pupil of Naples High school and was mixed up in a school
trouble, a probability of his being called as a witness. He was at
school Monday forenoon and went home to dinner. After bidding his
parents goodbye, he started back toward school but took the train at 3
o'clock, went to Geneva and then bought a ticket for Buffalo. He had
been supplied with some money. He was wearing his mother's gold watch
which he took
away. His parents would gladly welcome him home. He bore a good
reputation, was a good pupil and a favorite with his teachers. He was
the only son and was taken by the Harrises when he was a mere baby,
having come alone from Nebraska to Naples when 4 years old. Mr. and
Mrs. Harris are much distressed and feel that their son has been
enticed or frightened to take this flight.
Another lively runaway, just such a one as has often been witnessed in
Canandaigua's Main street, occurred last Thursday morning. It was fast
and furious as usual, and for fifteen minutes everybody was excited and
breathless. It seems that George W. Ellis was sitting in a
cutter waiting for the arrival of Smith Johnson, the owner of
the rig. Before Mr. Johnson appeared,
however, two of the supernumerary dogs, which infest the town, rushed
out in front of the horse and so thoroughly frightened him that he
started down Main street at a terrific rate of speed. The start was
made so suddenly that Mr. Ellis was taken at "unawares," as they say
in "One Summer," and before he could get a good hold on the reins he
was half to the lake. Mr. Ellis was thrown out and sustained severe
lacerations about his head and face. The horse was found later standing
the lake pier, badly winded, but fortunately uninjured.
While coming down the lake on an ice boat the other day, W. W.
Case, Jr., LaRoy Benham, Fred L. Benham and Robert Shay had
a very narrow escape from drowning. When opposite Menteth's Point, on
the west shore of the lake, the boat broke through the ice,
precipitating the occupants into the cold water. Fortunately the water
was shallow, so that the gentlemen were able to wade to shore.
From Geneva Gazette 8 March 1901
John Pritchard, who lives northwest of this city, was knocked down
while trying to get his team through a snow drift Saturday. He was
quite severely injured.
From Ontario County Journal 8 March 1901
Naples, N. Y. - Mrs. Caroline Walker, an old lady past 80 years of age, slipped on the ice and fell, breaking her hip.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Ulysses S. Wheeler broke his left
leg below the knee on Saturday, while at work in the woods. In
attempting to escape from under a falling tree, he stumbled over a log.
This is the sixth fracture of a leg that Mr. Wheeler has sustained
within ten years.
From Ontario County Journal 15 March 1901
South Bristol, N. Y. - Irving Covert had the misfortune, while at work in the woods, to cut his knee, severing a cord and causing much lameness.
Honeoye, N. Y. - William Franklin, of this place, passed his
eighty-sixth birthday on Saturday, March 2. His sons, John and Alfred,
with their families, made him and his wife a surprise visit. Mr.
Franklin has resided on the farm where he is now living for 75 years.
Though he has reached such an advanced age, Mr. Franklin's mental
faculties are unimpaired and he retains his interest in all the affairs
of the day.
Notices of allowance of the following claims for pensions have recently
been received by Charles B. Lapham, as attorney of record: Henry A. Van Wie, Cheshire, allowed $6 from April 30, 1897, and $8 from July 11, 1900; Alonzo Egbert, Clifton Springs, allowed $10 per month from Oct. 17, 1900.
From Ontario County Chronicle 20 March 1901
Victor, N. Y. - Let those who will scoff at advertising,
especially that carried on through the agency of
matrimonial gazettes. Nevertheless the fact remains unquestioned that
at the present writing there in this town four hearts that
beat as two, which blissful state was brought about by the rather
unromantic means of an advertisement. About a year ago George
Moore, a rural youth living about four miles east of this village,
discovered an "ad" in a matrimonial paper in which a young lady of
means and refinement wished to correspond with a young gentleman for
and anything else that might follow. George responded and the
was very rapid, so much so indeed that it was soon up to George to
part of his summer wages in a railroad ticket to a town in Vermont, in
which is stated his charmer resided. George hoped to bring back a
bride but for some reason his plans went wrong and he returned alone.
incident was supposed to be closed, but subsequent events proved the
George was not fickle. His heart was in Vermont although the rest of
anatomy worked on a farm in Brownsville. The correspondence was kept
After a while it developed that the lady of George's heart had a sister
who was not adverse to a little long range courting and George at once
produced his brother, Bert, to match her.
Everything was not lovely and the mail clerks worked overtime carrying
the tender messages of love to and from the
four fond hearts. The plot thickened and soon the climax was reached.
The boys were informed that only the paltry sum of $20 each stood
between them and wedded bliss and that if the amount was forwarded
the ladies would come on to Victor immediately. A little thing like
$40 could not daunt George and Bert and the sum was raised and sent
speedily and the date of the girls arrival fixed for last Monday
The boys, attired in their "Sunday best," were
on hand and met all the trains up to 8 p.m. after which expectancy gave
place to despair and the returned to their home disconsolate. At 11
p.m. the girls arrived, strangers in a strange land and their lovers
invisible; they were obliged to put up at the Benson House over night
and the next morning a livery rig took them to the Moore mansion in
The meeting is not described simply because what transpired is not
known to the general public but it is stated that love has broken down
all barriers and triumphed and that
if the wind is in the right direction, the sound of wedding bells
may soon be detected by any who may happen to be listening. All
on account of a ten cent advertisement. It pays to advertise.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Last week George Becker was
sent to the county jail at Canandaigua upon a peculiar charge. There is
scarlet fever in the Becker home and young Becker persisted in defying
the orders of the board of health by appearing on the streets. He was
taken before Justice Munson, who sent him
to the county jail.
Phelps, N. Y. - An exciting runaway took place on Church street
about 6 o'clock last Thursday evening. Chas. Fisher was
driving a young horse attached to an open buggy across the New York
Central tracks when the safety valve on a locomotive that was standing
there began to "pop." The horse took fright and ran down the street.
Mr. Fisher was unable to control the animal, which in a
few moments dashed against a hydrant, smashing the buggy and tearing
himself loose from the harness. Mrs. Fisher, who was in the buggy
also, was thrown over the dashboard, but aside from a nervous shock was
uninjured. Mr. Fisher also went over the dashboard and suffered a
severe injury to his shoulder. The horse cut about the legs.
From Ontario County Journal 29 March 1901
Naples, N. Y. - In a runaway last Thursday, Hiram Warren was
drawn through the front window of his milk wagon and in falling to the
ground was somewhat hurt. The king bolt broke and the wagon separated.
Warren hung to the lines until he was dazed by the fall. The team ran
with the fore wheels a half mile and were stopped.
From Geneva Advertiser 2 April 1901
James Goodwin, machinist, at the Herendeen works, had an arm lacerated last Friday morning, it being caught in the machinery.
From Ontario County Chronicle 3 April 1901
Manchester, N. Y. - Jacob Cornelius, who recently purchased the
Antisdale farm near the town line on the northern boundary, while
preparing his summer wood recently cut down a hollow tree and on the
inside was found an old tea pot containing twenty golden eagles, which
were covered with green mould and had been coined for many years; at
least such is the story in circulation which is claimed
to be true.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 April 1901
Chapinville, N. Y. - George Dailey of this place had an
unfortunate experience Thursday. He was returning from Canandaigua when
his horse wanted to play a little making two or three jumps and getting
out of the road. Mr. Dailey had been driving with a slack line and when
he undertook to get control of the horse, he found
that he had no use of his left hand or foot. The horse returned to
the road and they arrived at J. Stitts, when Mr. Dailey, by
pulling on one line, managed to turn into the barn. He attracted the
attention of Station Agent McCrane and was helped from the
wagon. Dr. John Pratt was called and pronounced it a stroke of
Mr. Dailey was reported better this morning.
From Geneva Gazette 19 April 1901
Dennis McCarthy, one of the professional baseball pitchers of this
city, has signed with the Utica state league team for the season.
Mr. McCarthy will leave for that place today.
From Ontario County Chronicle 24 April 1901
Phelps, N. Y. - Gail Odekirk, a malster employed in the S. K.
Nester malt houses, disappeared last week Monday evening and nothing
has been see or heard of him since. He left Monday evening with his two
weeks pay and told his wife he was going to Geneva to buy some shoes
for his children. He took the evening train for Geneva and from there
all trace of him has been lost. Odekirk moved here from Lyons a couple
of years ago and has worked quite steadily all the time. While driving
a delivery wagon for a Lyons bottling works about three years ago, he
drove to this place and abandoned the team and left for parts unknown.
He returned in about three months, but would give no reason
for his queer actions. He has a wife and two small children and during
his six years of wedded life has left them seven times. His wife says
she can give no reason for his running away, that there never has been
any real trouble in the home and she is at a loss to account for him.
From Ontario County Chronicle 15 May 1901
Bristol, N. Y. - A very shocking tragedy occurred in the western
part of this town last Friday when Curtis Hitchcock, a
well-to-do and respected farmer made an attempt at suicide
but failed for the time being in his undertaking. His wife was about
to make an afternoon call when Mr. Hitchcock persuaded her to remain
at home for awhile. In a few minutes Mrs. Hitchcock and Geo. Briggs,
a young nephew who lives there, heard three reports of a revolver which
came from a room in the upper story of the house. They hurried to
the scene above and found Mr. Hitchcock in a very critical condition
slashing himself in and around the arms with a large jackknife. Mr.
finally succeeded in getting him quieted, only after a hard struggle.
Upon an examination they found that three bullets had entered his
besides the gashes in his arms. At the present writing he lies in a
critical condition. The cause of this step is hardly understood. While
many theories arise as to the cause of this act, it still remains a
Of late he has been afflicted with the grip which fact accounts for his
state of despondency. His wife and daughter have the sympathy of the
entire community in their sad affliction.
Bristol, N. Y. - Gooding Simmons, a farmer and an equestrian of
reputation, living southwest of this place, had a
very narrow escape recently. He was driving near the farm of Otto
Davis when a colt became frightened and left the remains of a road
cart in several different fence corners. Mr. Simmons clung to the
ribbons, however, and escaped with a few bruises which are not serious.
pathmasters should shoulder part of the blame, as the fertility of
the roads is unquestioned without the huge furrows which are left for
people to travel over.
Shortsville, N. Y. - Tuesday of last week, James Tracy's 5-year-old
girl fell into the outlet where the stream ran at great speed, between
this place and Manchester pond. The child's clothing and the swift
current prevented the child from sinking. Her playmates soon gave alarm
and a crowd of friends ran down the stream after the supposed body of
the dead girl, but Hilary Jones, who chanced to be fishing
near the Lehigh R. R. bridge, saw the bright dress glide swiftly down
near him. He quickly rescued the nearly exhausted child, and prompt
measures soon restored her to her grief-stricken parents, little the
worse for her spring bath.
From Geneva Gazette 17 May 1901
Mrs. Arnold Recklinghausen, wife of an Exchange street shoemaker,
was taken violently insane last Tuesday and repeatedly attempted to
kill her husband. On the latter's complaint she was taken in
charge by policemen Merry and Hawkins and a commission in lunacy called
-- Drs. Covert and McCaw. On their commitment she was closely
watched over night and next day taken to Willard Hospital. She is
49 years old and has been married to her present husband five years.
It is doubtful that she
will ever recover her reason.
From Victor Herald 17 May 1901
Frank Brewster, who resides a short distance northeast of this
village, met with quite a serious accident, Thursday morning. He was
plowing with a pair of spirited horses which became frightened and
started to run. Brewster soon lost control of them and was dragged back
and forth across the field, frequently coming into contact with the
plow. The team was finally brought to a standstill and Brewster was
carried to his home, Dr. A. M. Mead was quickly summoned and could find
no bones broken but the injured man is very seriously bruised and
shaken up. It was a very narrow escape.
From Ontario County Chronicle 22 May 1901
Farmington, N. Y. - A runaway may cost the life
of Irving Brewster. While plowing on the farm of Lyman
Bowerman in Farmington Friday, he noticed that one of the horses
had a stone caught in its shoe. He unfastened the trace and removed
the stone, returned to the plow and noticed that he had forgotten to
fasten the trace. He started to fasten it, when the horses began to
run. Brewster attempted to grasp the lines, but lost his footing and
was caught in the lines, throwing him under the plow and whiffletrees.
The horses ran around the lot three times. Almost as soon as they
stopped a number of bystanders were on the scene of the trouble and got
Brewster out from under the plow. He was terribly bruised up, and
aid was summoned from Victor. Dr. Mende was soon on the scene of the
accident, and stated that Mr. Brewster was internally injured and that
he was in a
The Manchester band has been engaged to furnish music for the Empire
State organization of Veterans and Sons of Veterans who hold their
annual encampment at Margaretta Grove, Sodus Point, for one week
beginning August 19. The vocal music will be furnished by Mrs. A.
W. Hawkes, Manchester, soprano; Mrs. J. P Hill,
Shortsville, contralto; Frank B. Spencer, Canandaigua, tenor;
and Thomas Furner, Rushville, basso. This makes a very
desirable place for a person to spend their summer vacation as there is
always plenty of amusement.
Phelps, N. Y. - Galen Oderkirk, who disappeared
some time ago and was reported to have deserted his family, has
returned to Phelps. Several weeks ago Oderkirk left town, saying that
he was going to Geneva to purchase a pair of shoes. Nothing was heard
from him, and his wife removed to the home of her grandfather in
appeared before Justice Cornford saying that if he was wanted on a
of desertion, he would give himself up. Justice Cornford dismissed him.
It is said that Oderkirk was accustomed to leave his family for days
at a time, for no apparent reason.
From Ontario County Journal 24 May 1901
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - On Friday afternoon, Millard H. Parmele, of
this place, purchased a ticket for Honeoye Falls and took the 4:10
train. Since then he has not been seen in this town. Friday morning he
worked around home as usual and after dinner changed his clothes and
started for the depot. He was seen in Rochester on Saturday and since
then all trace of him has been lost, although search has been made for
him and the police of nearby towns have been notified. Mr. Parmele is a
man well known in Ontario county, as he was once deputy sheriff and was
also constable of this place. It was rumored that Ellis Bayliss saw Mr.
Parmele on the railroad track in the swamp on Sunday afternoon. A
search of the swamp was made on Tuesday by some 20 men, but without
From Geneva Advertiser 28 May 1901
Murray Witter of Gorham, who has always been prominent at the
Barden-Witter reunions, suffered a severe paralytic stroke on Saturday,
the 18th, and his condition is very critical. His arms and legs are
completely paralyzed. He has several relatives in this city and and the
towns of Seneca and Geneva.
From Ontario County Journal 31 May 1901
Gorham, N. Y. - While Mrs. George Dinahart and Miss Edith Fritz were
returning to their home from this village, on Friday evening, the horse
became frightened when near the latter's home. Mrs. Dinahart was thrown
out and injured quite badly. Miss Fritz escaped unhurt. The horse ran
as far as the house and after making a circle of that three times, it
was caught. Mrs. Dinahart was picked up unconscious and carried into
the house of Mr. Fritz. She remained in this state until Sunday
morning, when she regained consciousness, but was still very weak. Dr.
A. D. Allen is attending the injured woman. She was able to be removed
to her home on Tuesday.
From Ontario County Chronicle 5 June 1901
Bristol Center, N. Y. - An exciting runaway occurred here last
Wednesday. Wm. M. Simmons' team became frightened
at the swinging of a blanket; ran out of their yard to the north in
the highway hitched to a lumber wagon, containing Mr. and Mrs. Simmons
and their daughter, Belle. Mr. Simmons fell over the back end of the
wagon, his wife and daughter continuing in the wagon until Mrs. Simmons
caught one of the lines and brought the team up against the fence of James
McKinney and stopped them. Fortunately no one was injured and not
much damage done.
From Geneva Gazette 14 June 1901
Charles Ward of Phelps who was recently assaulted by Frank
Williamson with a billiard cue, is still in a critical condition.
The assailant is under bonds for $1,000 to appear and answer but he has
skipped out to parts unknown.
From Geneva Advertiser 18 June 1901
after commencement Mr. D. J. VanAuken is going to enjoy an
outing with his automobile. His first
trip will be to his old home in Oswego County. He
will not attempt fast travel, although on smooth roads his machine is
good for 25 miles an hour. He has a handsome, and almost a noiseless
decreased number of sales it would seem that the bicycle craze is
nearly over, or that all who want wheels are now provided. New
wheels are selling at very little
above cost, while second-hand wheels can be bought at from $3 to $10.
Automobiles are getting to be the rage with those who can afford the
From Ontario County Journal 21 June 1901
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - On Saturday, the thirteenth annual reunion of the Carpenter family was held at the home of Charles W. Simmons. Although
the day was favorable, the attendance was smaller than at any previous
meeting, only 59 names being registered. Possible it being the unlucky
"thirteenth" kept some of the friends at home. After dinner, which was
served on the lawn, an interesting programme was rendered and the
following officers elected: President, Richard M. Allen; vice-president, Arthur Carpenter; secretary, Mrs. O. L. Simmons; committee on arrangements, Frank Parker, Elmer D. Hall and Daniel W. Pierce; committee on programme, Dora Standish, Jessie Pierce and Eleanor Simmons. Only one death occurred during the past year, that of Walter D. Parker, one of the older members, and at whose home the first reunion was held on September 29, 1889. An invitation was extended by Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Pierce to hold the next reunion at their home in Canandaigua, Saturday, June 14, 1902.
From Ontario County Journal 28 June 1901
Hopewell, N. Y. - The Brundage family reunion, which
took place at the Brundage-Scandling homestead in Hopewell, on
Saturday, was a largely attended and thoroughly enjoyable event. The
number present was about 75, including besides relatives from the
various towns in this vicinity, others from New York, Rochester,
Coldwater and Lindon, Mich., four generations being represented. The
floral decorations were elaborate and tastefully arranged, including
potted palms, roses and carnations, while the refreshments fully
sustained the family reputation for hospitality. In the evening music
was furnished by Weller's orchestra for dancing, and refreshments were
served on the lawn. The perfect weather combined with the lavish
entertainment to make the event pass off pleasantly. The next reunion
will be held in June, 1902, at the home of Joseph Birdseye in Hopewell.
From Victor Herald 5 July 1901
As Mrs. P. M. Skuse was driving home, Tuesday evening, her
horse took fright at a traveling peddler's camp which had been
established by the roadside near the overhead bridge. The carriage was
overturned and Mrs. Skuse thrown down the bank. She was quite seriously
bruised and the carriage was practically wrecked. A warrant was secured
for the peddlers and they were arrested by Constable Brown, who took
them before Justice Norton. After some delay, caused by the men sending
to Rochester for counsel, they concluded to settle the matter and were
allowed to do so by paying the costs and other expenses incurred,
amounting to $12.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Albert Smith had the misfortune to break
a leg last Saturday, the outcome of a runaway. While driving down the
hill in front of John Hamlin's, the whiffletree bolt broke,
striking the horse, which started on a run. Mr. Smith was thrown out
breaking his leg. He is bearing up bravely and doing well under the
From Ontario County Journal 5 July 1901
A team belonging to George Mather, of Rushville, became
frightened on lower Main street on Monday and made a lively run around
the corner of Saltonstall street. In front of Kelly's store was hitched
Jesse H. Mason's horse, which caught the spirit and ran through
Antis street. Mather's team was stopped in the lane in the rear of the
Catholic church. The wagons were somewhat damaged.
The pupils of Mrs. Julia Fox gave a pleasant musicale at Mrs. Fox's home, Gibson street, on Tuesday afternoon. The following participated in the program: Inez Benham, Harold Benham, Leland Monagle, Elsie Fox, Charlotte Fox, Pauline Fox, Miss Emma Monagle, Miss Florence Brady, Miss Louise Quigley and Miss Grace O'Connor.
From Geneva Gazette 5 July 1901
Frank Mustare, an Italian, fell from a window in Union house,
corner Exchange and Lewis streets at 2:30 o'clock this morning,
sustaining injuries which may prove fatal. He was taken to City
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 July 1901
Farmington, N. Y. - Three serious accidents occurred
in Farmington Monday of last week. The first was of minor importance
compared with the others. While loading hay in Albert Padgham's
field, Warren Herendeen was thrown to the ground and jarred
considerably. The second accident was on the road between Farmington
and Macedon. Rev. Thomas Williams was taking a Miss Howard
and Mr. Irish to the train. Mr. Williams struck the horse
with the whip when it gave a sudden jerk, throwing Mr. Irish and Miss
Howard to the ground. They were both
picked up in an unconscious condition. Medical aid was immediately
and they were soon made as comfortable as could be expected. Charles
was riding on a load of hay with Charles Jeffery. When
the barn, Mr. Jeffery stopped and waited for one of the hands to remove
a wagon that was between him and the barn. Mr. Cotton was on the back
of the load when the horses suddenly started, throwing him to the
a distance of fifteen feet. He struck on his head and side. When picked
up he was in an unconscious condition. He was carried to the home of
aunt, Mrs. E. C. Betz, which is only a short distance away;
aid was summoned and after a careful diagnosis of the case, the doctor
that no bones were broken; but that he was seriously injured.
From Ontario County Chronicle 10 July 1901
Last Saturday forenoon Hart Gillis and Fred Schroth, of
the town of Victor, drove to Canandaigua to purchase a hay rake. When
they reached the railroad crossing in this village, their horse,
which was driven by Gillis, became frightened at an electric car and
started to run away. The animal was going at a terrific speed through
the street, and when opposite Coy street, the horse crossed the
car tracks. This jolted the wagon, letting down the end of the seat on
which Gillis sat. This precipitated him out of the wagon, throwing him
with great force on his head and shoulders. Mr. Gillis was horribly cut
about the head and face, and was carried to the Beahan hospital in a
condition. There he was attended by Drs. Beahan and M. R. Carson. It
found that his skull had been fractured, his spine seriously injured,
and that his right side was paralyzed. He is still in critical
After Mr. Gillis had been thrown out, Schroth gained possession of the
lines and finally brought the infuriated animal to a stand still. Mr.
Schroth and the horse were uninjured. During the flight of the runaway
rig, it collided with a wagon of a farmer from Honeoye and almost
demolished it. It is now thought Mr. Gillis will recover. He is a
prominent farmer of the town of Victor, where he is the road
From Geneva Gazette 12 July 1901
F. D. Pulver of Gorham lost a valuable horse which dropped dead on
Washington street, this city, Monday night last -- the second horse he
has lost in two weeks of fruit colic.
John Conners of Center street met with a painful accident Tuesday
at the Geneva Preserving works, by falling and breaking his leg.
Dr. Charles D. McCarthy was called and reduced the fracture.
Mr. Conner had just recovered from a broken hip, of the same leg.
He was sitting on
a box and when the noon signal sounded he attempted to rise, but
slipped and fell. He was conveyed to his home in a carriage.
Mr. Conners is the father of P. J. Conners of the Western Union
Telegraph Company of Rochester.
From Victor Herald 12 July 1901
Mrs. Almira Dusenbury, an aged resident of South Bloomfield, was
carrying a pail of lye across her yard Saturday when she fell, spilling
the contents of the pail, some of which was dashed in her eyes. The
result was total blindness, one eye having been eaten out before
medical attendance could be secured. Dr. S. R. Wheeler of East
Bloomfield has the case in hand.
From Ontario County Journal 12 July 1901
Naples, N. Y. - The Green family reunion took place at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Mower, West
River, on Wednesday. Nearly 100 were in attendance. Mrs. Mower is 86
years of age, but looks and acts 20 years younger. She is a charming
From Geneva Advertiser 16 July 1901
Herman Berg of 282 Washington Street, met with a painful accident
last Wednesday morning while at work in the Herendeen works. He
attempted to remove several large iron rings from a car, the top one
falling on his right leg,
crushing the bone in a frightful manner. He was placed in a bus
and two shop men accompanied him to Dr. Eddy's office. The bones
were so badly crushed that amputation was necessary. He is 70
From Ontario County Chronicle 17 July 1901
Last Thursday evening S. C. McKechnie, manager of the Grand
Opera House, was attempting to frighten away a number of sparrows which
had collected on his premises in Howell street. In accomplishing his
purpose, he used a Giant fire cracker. He lighted it and before he
thought it time to drop it, the cracker exploded in his right hand,
lacerating it horribly. His index finger was torn open its entire
length, the palm of his hand was gouged out, and the member was
otherwise mangled. At first it was thought he would lose several
fingers if not his entire hand, but Dr. J. H. Jewett, who is attending
him, says the wound is healing rapidly and that eventually the hand
will be as strong as ever. Two weeks ago Manager Charles H. Sisson of
the New York Casualty Company, a friend of Mr. McKechnie, tried to
induce the latter to take out an accident policy, but he declined to do
so, much now to his regret.
From Geneva Gazette 19 July 1901
Henry Whaley, of 35 Tillman street, is said to have deserted his
family on July 7, and no reason can be given for his disappearance.
Mrs. Whaley and family have been in most unpleasant circumstances
husband left, for he did not pay the rent nor did he buy his usual
amount of groceries for the week. Jessie, a 13-year-old daughter
was taken to the City hospital Tuesday.
Isabelle Ives, of Geneva, one day last week rode a bicycle to
Dresden, a little hamlet in Yates county, on the western shore of
Seneca lake. The "maiden fair to see," did not know that Dresden
was running according to law, and undertook to rides on the sidewalk.
She was promptly arrested and fined $2. People who ride
"bikes" should remember that the bicycle sidewalk law is a state
statute, and therefore applicable to every town and city in the state.
Phelps, N. Y. - Aquilla Smith, who was arraigned before Justice
Cornford last Friday on complaint of Mrs. Amy Van Auken, charging
him with using vile and undecent language was found guilty and a fine
of $5 was
imposed on him.
No word as yet has been received from James Stanton, who
deserted his wife and family three weeks ago. Stanton was
employed by J. Q. Howes' Sons and drew his wages amounting to $45.
He told his wife he was going to Geneva to buy clothes and would
probably stay over night. That is the last she has heard or seen
From Victor Herald 19 July 1901
Mrs. Gertrude Thomas, better known as "Aunt Gitty," passed her
eighty-ninth birthday yesterday, at her home on East Main street in
this village. Mrs. Thomas is enjoying good health and is in her usual
From Ontario County Journal 19 July 1901
"Ain't you goin' to kiss me goodbye, mamma," cried 6-year-old Charlie Sawdey, who
had just come over home from a neighbor's cherry tree in time to see
his mother pace nervously out of the home on Bates street. The mother
made an excuse for not kissing her young son and hastened through Antis
street and disappeared. A cartman with a trunk heavily ladened had
preceded her. It was Monday morning and the hours flew by until the
father came home at noon. His wife was gone and no dinner had been
prepared. Lewis E. Sawdey was suspicious. He had seen his wife in the company of Adolphus Beyea, a
drayman, and had told her the neighbors were talking. He immediately
went to the Beyea home on Phelps street and his suspicious were
sustained. Beyea had also disappeared. Warrants were sworn out for the
pair and the police telephoned to nearby places. It was learned that
they had left town on the Rochester road, riding in a red wagon behind
Beyea's bob-tailed horse, the trunk strapped on behind. The pair were
not abundantly supplied with capital but both had picked up everything
of value about their respective abodes before they started. Their
whereabouts at the present time are unknown. It not intercepted soon,
it is believed that they will spend a part of their supplemental
honeymoon at the Pan-American exposition. The woman leaves three
children, a boy of 6 years and two girls aged 8 and 11 years, while
Beyea leaves an invalid wife and six children, the youngest being 3
years of age. Both left their families with small debts and no money.
Sawdey is heart-broken over his wife's escapade. He is a blacksmith and
is employed in James Rockwell's shop. "I never thought she'd do
anything like this," he said between sobs, "and I don't think she would
have gone if her mind had been right. She's been reading a story about
a couple that eloped and talking about it a good deal. I tell you, it's
hard to go home and find the children crying for their mother. We've
been married for 12 years and I've always treated her right. No one can
take care of them children like their mother, and if she'll come back,
I'll support her, but I'll not turn over my wages to her every week as
I have always done. Just say that I offer a reward of $10 to the person
who will arrest her and bring her back to the family she has deserted."
Sawdey said that his wife was only 28 years of age.
From Ontario County Chronicle 24 July 1901
Naples, N. Y. - A. W. Doolittle, 75 years old, injured his foot
a few days ago and blood poisoning set in. It became necessary to
amputate his leg below the knee to save his life.
Phelps, N. Y. - Nothing as yet has been heard from James
Stanton, who deserted his wife and family three weeks ago. Stanton
worked for J. I. Howe's Sons, and after drawing his wages, amounting to
$45, he told his wife he was going to Geneva to buy clothes and would
probably stay overnight. Since then has neither heard or seen any thing
From Ontario County Journal 26 July 1901
Rushville, N. Y. - On July 16, while running a binder, Thompson Holley had
his left hand caught in the machine in such a manner as to mangle three
fingers. Dr. Halstead found it necessary to amputate them.
Gorham, N. Y. - Mrs. Frank Green met with a serious accident
at the Johnson farm, west of the village, while engaged in driving a
horse fork. The fork caught in some way, jerking the horse so that it
fell on Mrs. Green, breaking her leg between the knee and ankle. She
was removed to the home of her sister, Mrs. Albert Whyte, of this
village, where she is as comfortable as possible.
From Geneva Advertiser 30 July 1901
Harry Phillips was taken to the city hospital last Saturday, as was also a daughter of Mrs. T. J. Murphy, both suffering from typhoid fever.
From Ontario County Journal 2 August 1901
Stanley, N. Y. - The pupils of Mrs. Julia F. Fox, of Canandaigua, gave a musicale on Friday evening, and the following took part in the programme: Miss Emma Boley, Miss Sarah Connors, Miss Margaret Lawrence, Miss Belle Putnam, Miss Marion Shepard, Miss Hill, Miss Rippey and Edward Bristol, of this place; Miss Monagle, Elsie Fox and Leland Monagle, of Canandaigua; and Miss Minnie Scott of Gorham. The evening proved a genuine musical treat.
From Ontario County Chronicle 7 August 1901
Stanley, N. Y. - A very serious accident occurred at Flint
last Saturday p.m. Mr. Lester Youngs, while at work in
heating mill, in someway stooped down under a circular saw, which was
in motion, to fix something about the machinery. He forgot the saw and
raised his head up directly under it so as to bring the central part of
top of head against the rapidly revolving teeth. A gash five inches
was cut across the top of his head and down toward right eye going
scalp and the skull also for about three inches so as to expose
covering the brain. The hemmorhage was very profuse for a few minutes,
owing to the thoughtfulness of Mr. Robinson who made pressure over the
he did not bleed to death. Dr. Powers was phoned for and arrived in a
minutes. He had him removed to his home and cleaned up the wound and
in seven stitches so as to hold the edges of scalp together. Mr. Youngs
is doing nicely.
From Victor Herald 9 August 1901
Mr. and Mrs. William Cornford, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cornford, Mr. and Mrs.
Milton Aldrich, Elmer Cornford with his children, Alta and
Allen, attended the annual picnic and reunion of the Cornford
family Wednesday. The party left here on an early morning train for
Auburn, where they were met by a party of relatives. After visiting the
Auburn prison, they went to Owasco Lake, where a basket luncheon was
enjoyed and the remainder of the day spent. Over forty members of the
Cornford family enjoyed the day and with some invited guests, the party
numbering fifty-six, the occasion was a most happy one.
From Ontario County Journal 9 August 1901
West Bloomfield, N. Y. - What might have proved to be a very disastrous runaway occurred on Friday. Mrs. B. W. Hopkins, with
four others, started for a drive when the horse became unmanageable,
throwing them all out. The animal then kicked itself loose from the
carryall, running through the village, and was caught uninjured. Miss Lucy Hollingsworth was badly cut and bruised about the head. Several stitches were taken. Mrs. Thistle's wrist was badly sprained, and Mrs. Hopkins' hip was injured. The others were badly bruised but no bones broken.
Allen's Hill, N. Y. - An unexpected family reunion was held at the home of George Thayer on Saturday, when Mr. and Mrs. Shepardson, of Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Adams, of Naples, and Miss Thayer of Buffalo, came to visit him. The three ladies are sisters of Mr. Thayer.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. William Cain and her granddaughter, Grace Burritt, were
driving down the Rowley hill on Saturday, when the horse became
frightened at a chicken buyer's wagon and started to tun. When in front
of David Thomas' it ran into the horseblock and the occupants
were thrown out. The little girl was uninjured, but Mrs. Cain was
painfully bruised. The horse ran down by the Swift and Eaton shops and
was caught there by Burt Burritt. The horse was uninjured but the wagon was badly broken.
From Geneva Advertiser 13 August 1901
We have ascertained who the oldest living person in Geneva is -- Mrs.
Benjamin Norrish of 395 South Main street, 96 years old, and quite
hale and hearty yet, although very
deaf. She has resided in Geneva nearly sixty years, came here
with her husband and family from England. She has four children,
but only one resides in Geneva, Mrs.
Henry G. Rice. Fifty years ago their home was on Castle street, and
Castle street people mostly live to a good old age, those who are of
regular habits, ordinarily healthy, and barring seasons of epidemic.
Shot to Kill - About six o'clock Sunday evening last, the report
of three pistol shots were heard down on Herbert street, and it aroused
the whole of that part of town. The row was in the home of an
Italian named John Potch. It seems that he had become
suspicious of the attentions paid by one John Cirillo to his
wife, and he put a keen watch upon them. That evening his watch
was rewarded quite as fully as he expected. He went into the
Cirillo away from his wife, and then shot him twice, one bullet
piercing Cirillo's left breast, the other his abdomen. Cirillo
was taken to the hospital where his wounds were examined by Drs.
Eddy and McCarthy who said he could not live. Potch fled, running
hatless and coatless over in Seneca County. Of course it
was impossible for him to escape, but his provocation was great,
and we doubt if any jury will convict him of murder in the first
degree. Cirillo is reported to have a wife living in Italy, and a
From Ontario County Chronicle 14 August 1901
The twentieth annual reunion and picnic of the descendants of Jonathan
J. and Lucy Case, of Bristol, will be held at Seneca Point, on
Saturday, Aug. 24. The committee in charge will be: Frank Case, president;
Mrs. Effie Mills, secretary; Mr. and Mrs. Watson Case, Mrs.
and Mr. Mortimer Case, Mr. and Mrs. Omar Case, Mr. and Mrs. Riley Case,
and Mrs. Eben Benham, Dr. and Mrs. B. T. McDowell, Charles
Sophronia Pomroy, Bert Codding, Ada Spier, Orestes Gregg and Gladys
From Ontario County Journal 16 August 1901
Shortsville, N. Y. - Charles LaBounty, of Manchester, who has
been employed in the wood room of the Empire drill works for the past
two years, met with quite a serious accident on Friday afternoon. While
he was truing up one of the table saws, his hand slipped, cutting off
the fourth and fifth fingers on his left hand. The wound was dressed by
Dr. John Pratt.
From Ontario County Journal 23 August 1901
A reunion of the Totman family was held at the home of P. P. Bliss at Bristol on Friday. There were present the descendants of Rachel and Thomas Totman, who
were born in 1762 and 1763 respectively, and married in 1782. Their
children, Samuel, Thomas, Calvin, Rachel and Ward, were represented by
the following: Samuel, by his granddaughter, Mrs. E. E. Briggs; Thomas, by his grandson, W. U. Nichols, with his daughter, Lena, and son, Floyd; Calvin, by his grandson, Henry C. Trafton, with his daughters, Minnie and Ada; Rachel, by her granddaughter, Mrs. H. McPherson, with her daughter, Ada, and her sons, L. D. and Hollis; Ward, by his daughter, Sophia Luther, and her daughter, May Luther. Catharine L. Bliss with her daughters, Edith Bliss and Rena Bliss Andrews and her children, Maurice and Malvina, Winifred Bliss Flanders and her children, Myron and Edna Wilder, her sons, Lester, Gooding and Henry Ward Bliss, and his children, Roland, Elva, Leslie and Florence, Levi W. Totman with his son, Joel, and daughter, Ella Totman Case, and her son, Maxwell, Grace Totman Corser and her children, Levi and Helen; his granddaughter, Edna Reed Ormsby and her children, Esther and Stewart, and his grandson, Wallace L. Reed, and his daughter, Carol. There were also present Mrs. W. U. Nichols, Mrs. Henry C. Trafton, F. B. Ormsby, Mrs. Wallace L. Reed, P. P. Bliss, Mrs. Levi
W. Totman, William Andrews, C. W. Flanders, Mrs. Henry W. Bliss,
Benjamin Case, Spencer Corser, Miss Edith Turner, H. Lake Crane and Miss Lucina Coye. A
bountiful repast was served and the day was most delightfully spent in
recalling old acquaintances and reviving the memories of the past. Lawn
tennis, croquet and quoits were freely indulged in by the young people,
while music aided in making the occasion one of the most enjoyable in
the history of the family.
The eleventh annual reunion of the Pierce family was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian C. Brandow at Bristol on Saturday. At 11 o'clock nearly all were present, including George Watkins and family of Hammondsport, and T. D. Elliott and
wife, of Elmira. At 1 o'clock dinner was served on the lawn. The
election of officers for the ensuing year took place after the dinner,
and the following were chosen: President, Henry L. Pierce of Canandaigua; vice-president, William H. Pierce of Canandaigua; secretary, R. Melvin Pierce of Canandaigua; Committee of Arrangements: Adrian C. Brandow of Bristol, and Warren Pierce of Naples. The remainder of the day was spent in out-of-door games and social chats. There were 59 present.
Brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins, all descendants of the late Gates and Harriet Davis of Canandaigua, held their annual reunion with Carleton A. Davis, Main
street, on Saturday. Mr. Davis converted the carriage room of his
stable into an attractive place. Flags and bunting were used profusely,
and there the day was happily spent, renewing old associations and
recalling events of other days. The entertainment was given by the
children. Neda Davis and Ruth Davis sang. The officers for the coming year are: President, Carleton A. Davis; secretary, Mrs. Belle Evans; treasurer, Mrs. Emma Depew. Committee for reunion of 1902: Carleton A. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Evans, Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Eighmey, and Lowell M. Baldwin. Besides the representatives of the family residing in Ontario county, there were those from Rochester, Buffalo and Penn Yan.
The following young people spent last week at Vine Cottage: Misses Gladys Felton, Eugenia Heath, Jane VanCott, Mary Knowles and Florence Wadsworth, of Shortsville; Bertha Saile of Batavia and Rebecca James of Rochester; Richard Clarke, Robert Stewart, Walter Sears, William Mills, Harry Heath and Sidney Heath of Shortsville; and Claude Hallenbeck of this village. The party was chaperoned by Mrs. Wadsworth of Shortsville.
From Geneva Advertiser 27 August 1901
THE OLD REED HOUSE
Oaks Corners, Aug. 24, '01.
Editor Geneva Advertiser:
About the old Reed house that was a few days ago. I would
like to set matters straight, being one of the descendants of the
fourth generation. The house was built and occupied by my
great-grandfather, John Reed, who came from Berkshire Co.,
Mass., when his youngest son, Iasiah Reed, was 18 years old.
They bought land at 18 cents an acre.
Washington and Hamilton streets went through the lands owned by
John Reed and his sons, of whom there were three, Nathan, John
Taft, Josiah; Nathan being my grandfather. My parents were
In what year the house was built I cannot definitely say, but it must
have been in 1780's somewhere, for my father was born
in 1809, and was the fifth child of Josiah Reed and _____Hammond,
whom he married after coming from Massachusetts, she being a sister
of Mrs. Tuttle, then living on the old Tuttle place, now known as the
J. S. Lewis farm.
There was one house at the foot of Colt's Hill, so I have been
told when my great-grandfather first came here. The house he
built was very large and fine for its day, having upper and lower
porches fronting south, a wide hall through the middle. My
grandfather lived with his father until he died, which was about the
year my father and mother were married, 1832. When it came to my
grandfather he portioned the land to his children, my father, Vincent
Reed, living very near, and we, the older children of Vincent Reed
being perfectly familiar with our grandfather's estate. After my
grandfather's death, the farm came into the possession of John S.
Reed, my father's youngest brother. He did not keep it long,
not a year I believe, but sold it to John R. Johnston and
removed to Chicago. He took the old family record or I could give you
the dates. Then I think Elisha Sherman was the next
purchaser, the Shelden & Root, then Bronson, Merrell
That house was never used as a tavern -- the tavern being kept by my
maternal grandfather, Nathan Reed, a little south on Hamilton
Thought I would like to give you a straight account of the matter.
If I were in health, I would come in and see you. I could
perhaps tell you many incidents connected with the early settlement.
CALISTA M. REED
From Victor Herald 30 August 1901
A family reunion was held Sunday, August 25th, at the home of Mrs.
Martha Hunt, one mile north of Fishers, it being the first time in
twenty years that all the sons and daughters of Mrs. Hunt have
assembled together, on account of the absence of her son, John, who
resides in Michigan, and who has been visiting his mother and other
relatives. A bountiful repast was served to thirty-six, after which
Mrs. Hunt and her fourteen children assembled on the lawn and had a
picture of the family group taken. The group included Mrs. Hunt,
Stephen Hunt, Miss Sarah Hunt, Mrs. Edward Bristol, Allen E. Hunt, Mrs.
John Jones, John B. Hunt, Mrs. John Smith, Mrs. Adelbert Hulbert,
Ulysses G. Hunt, Charles H. Hunt, Mrs. Emmet Dwyer, Thomas B. Hunt,
Mrs. Arthur E. Collins and Mrs. Orin F. Adams.
From Ontario County Journal 30 August 1901
Naples, N. Y. - The reunion of the descendants of the late David Smith, drew a large number together yesterday at the home of George Smith in
West Hollow, where a jolly time was experienced; and on the same day a
goodly number of Naples residents attended the annual reunion of the Edson family, held at the home of Myron Smith, Prattsburgh. Tomorrow the great Polmanteer family, counting way up into the hundreds, meet at Blodgett's grove in Ingleside. The Hatch family, largely of Naples, had an impromptu gathering at Woodville last Thursday, at the bidding of the young bride of A. D. Hatch, now
of Chicago, who desired to meet the family while she was here on a
brief visit to Naples for the first time. Tomorrow the Sunday School of
Bristol Hill will have a picnic in H. E. Seman's woods. Other schools will join them.
From Geneva Advertiser 3 September 1901
T. Wilson Crozier of Halls Corners had a serious fall a few nights
ago, while feeding his horses, breaking two ribs, and it is feared
sustaining internal injuries.
From Ontario County Journal 6 September 1901
Rushville, N. Y. - Mrs. E. A. Ketcham chaperoned the following party of young ladies at D. E. Reed's cottage on Canandaigua lake last week: Miss Alice
Bates, Helen Blodgett, Frances Savage, Genevieve Wilson, Grace
Williams, Florence Abbott, Leah Reed, Alice Gage, Nellie Stark, Grace
Voorhees, Nettie and Helen Green.
Rushville, N. Y. - On Thursday of last week, Minor Loomis drove
into the village and left his horse tied in the street. It soon became
restless and pulled itself free of the post and ran into the postoffice
where it was checked by the buggy, which caught against the building.
One of the front doors was torn from the casing and a large window
broken. The buggy was also somewhat damaged.
South Bloomfield, N. Y. - The reunion of the Wheeler family, held at George A. Wheeler's
last Saturday, was not largely attended on account of the rainy
weather. However, quite a number came from a distance, among whom were A. B. Munson and wife of Cheshire; William Gooding and wife of Geneseo; T. C. Lee of West Bloomfield; Mortimer Sleght and wife and Walter S. Sleght and
family of Canandaigua. Feelings of regret were expressed because of the
relatives in East Bloomfield were unable to be present on account of
the illness of Mrs. Arthur Buell. The officers elected for the coming year were: Mortimer Sleght, president; J. A. Wheeler, secretary; A. B. Munson, William Gooding and G. A. Wheeler, location committee.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - One of the oldest citizens of the town, T. H. Kellogg, handed
to a Journal representative this interesting item: "The following named
persons were born in the year 1817, and have resided in East
Bloomfield: Stoughton Hayward, Lansing Porter, Burton Ham, William Hobart, Aaron Olmstead, Thomas Hosmer Kellogg, Simeon R. Wheeler, Daniel R. Bostwick, Simeon Sears, Jeanette Sears, Stephen B. Dudley, Moses Eggleston and William Wilcox. All were natives born save Mr. and Mrs. Sears. Of the number the first named six are living."
From Geneva Daily Times 6 September 1901
Charles J. Folger has received an offer to play base ball with the Rome State league team next season.
From Ontario County Journal 13 September 1901
Rushville, N. Y. - The annual reunion of the Tyler family was
held at Genundawah, Canandaigua lake, on Saturday, Sept. 7. There were
about 60 members present from Naples, Atlanta, Middlesex and Rushville;
also Miss Frances Tyler, from Coffeyville, Kas., and Charles Beckwith and
wife from Wellington, Kas. It was 14 years since Mr. Beckwith had been
in this vicinity and met with his relatives here. During the past year
three births and three deaths have occurred in the Tyler family. A
happy day was spent in visiting by the older people and in games and
bathing by the young people and children.
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - While Wilbur Davis, of Bristol,
was unloading hay at the station on Saturday, his team took fright by
one of the balers of hay falling against their heels. They started at a
lively pace down the track. Making a short turn at the switch, they ran
a bee line for M. B. Eaton's shop, where four top carriages and two
lumber wagons were in the yard. The carriages were not strusck, but a
wagon was overturned. They were caught just as they struck the sheds.
The wagon was somewhat broken up, but the horses escaped injury, except
some slight cuts on their legs.
From Geneva Advertiser 17 September 1901
M. C. Knight writes us that Mrs. Martha Myers, 200 North
Main street, is aged 92 years, and he thinks she is the oldest person
in Geneva who has lived here twenty years or more. Mrs. Benjamin Norrish is
older, and has lived here about fifty years. So far as we know, she is
the oldest person in Geneva, and if she will send to this office the
record of her birth, where born, date of coming to Geneva, she will be
entitled to one year's reading of the ADVERTISER free.
From Ontario County Journal 20 September 1901
A distressing accident befell Daniel I. Boswell, a painter,
who lives on Bristol street, on Saturday morning. He was painting on a
ladder at the Lisk works when the ladder was accidentally knocked from
under him. He fell in such a manner as to produce a compound fracture
of the left ankle. The injury was so serious that Dr. H. C. Buell, the
attending physician, deemed amputation immediately necessary to save
the life of the patient. The operation was performed by Dr. G. R.
Williams of Rochester, and Mr. Boswell is recovering as rapidly as his
age, which is nearly 70, and other conditions will permit.
From Geneva Advertiser 24 September 1901
When returning home from his work last Saturday evening, Will Persons, son
of John Persons, whose home is in Dorchester avenue, was overcome by
exhaustion and dropped upon the sidewalk in front of Giles Parker's
home, into which he was carried. He had no more pulse than a stick of
wood. Dr. Jennings came who gave him remedies that revived him, but he
was not able to go home until about midnight. The cause of the boy's
collapse is not stated, but irregularity of meals and light eating is
believed to be one feature of the cause.
From Ontario Chronicle 2 October 1901
Phelps, N. Y. - Phelps football team has been reorganized and
will commence practice at once for the coming season. The lineup will
be as follows: Thomas Brophy, captain and left halfback; Carl
White, right halfback; Frank Benton, manager and
fullback; Ray Hull, quarterback; Frank Salisbury, right
end; Ray Hicks, right tackle; Jay Hicks, right guard;
Jay Gilbert, center; Bert Covert, left guard; Orville
Carpenter, left tackle; Fred Vanderhoof,
From Phelps Citizen 3 October 1901
Pan-American visitors during the past week: Robert Willing and wife, S. J. Ferguson, Henry Warner and wife, the Misses Nellie and Lina White, Miss Leah Smith, S. S. Partridge, Esq. and wife, R. A. Willing and wife, Stewart Willing, Mrs. James Taylor, Miss Libbie Webster, Leon Bridger, George R. Clark and wife, Mrs. O A. Roberts, Fred Severance, Chas. White, T. F. Musselman and wife, W.
H. Clayton, Harry Smith, William Edson, Mrs. C. H. Harris, E. F. Marsh,
George and Hobart Walthart, Henry Williamson, Frank Overslaugh, wife, son and daughter, Mrs. C. L. Bigelow and daughter, Charles Whiting, Miss Whiting, Henry Van Demark and wife, A. S. Vincent and wife, W. G. Page, Fred Stephenson.
From Victor Herald 4 October 1901
Kingsley Brownell, the genial millerman of Fishers, met with a
painful accident Tuesday. While working in his sawmill at a circular
saw, his right hand was drawn into contact with it and three fingers
were entirely severed. The accident is peculiarly unfortunate as Mr.
Brownell's left hand is so crippled by reason of an accident several
years ago, as to be almost useless.
Advertiser 8 October 1901
A genealogist down at Pittsfield, Mass., has traced the Parker family
back to 1645, the date of a marriage which occurred in Connecticut.
The Geneva Parkers are in direct line with that family, as we
have been furnished the names and dates of birth and marriage of each
since 1645. Presuming that this original was 25 years old at date
of marriage, this carries the record back to 1620. It is a very
interesting thing to study up.
From Ontario Chronicle 9 October 1901
Last Tuesday while Garfield Holley was walking through Brooks
street, a small dog ran toward him. Holley attempted to shoot the
and in doing so shot himself instead of the dog. The ball was removed
Dr. George McClellan and Dr. F. P. Warner, with the aid of an X-ray.
From Ontario County Journal 11 October 1901
George Bolan, a colored laborer, had a narrow escape from serious
and perhaps fatal injuries while assisting in cutting down a large
maple tree in front of the Tate residence on Bristol street. The tree
had been sawed nearly in two and was just balancing when Bolan climbed
a ladder to fasten a rope about it for the purpose of pulling it over.
When he had reached the top of the ladder, and before the rope was
attached, the tree started to come his way. His escape from being
crushed to death is almost miraculous. When Bolan struck the ground the
great trunk crashed by him close enough to graze his clothing.
From Ontario Chronicle 16 October 1901
Last Thursday night while William Chisholm, J. W. B. Herendeen, of
Farmington, and Fred Louis, of Shortsville, were driving up
Main street about midnight, they were stopped by Officer Mulligan, who
were making too much noise and driving too rapidly. The horse shied and
turned the buggy over. Herendeen had his right ankle dislocated.
Herendeen was taken to the Beahan hospital and Chisholm was arrested,
Louis escaping. Chisholm was fined $4 by Justice Parkhurst. It is said
Chisholm and Louis had been drinking, but that Herendeen, the injured
man, is a total abstainer.
From Geneva Advertiser 22 October 1901
whose home is near Stanley, about four weeks ago, while unloading
hay had some chaff or seed blown into his left eye. He paid
little attention to it at the time but went on with his work. The
next day the eye was inflamed and very painful, being aggravated by his
rubbing it. Growing continually worse, he applied to Dr. Covert
of this city, who had him placed in the hospital under treatment where
he remained four weeks. We saw Walter last Thursday
with a patch over that eye, and he says that he expects to lose the
sight of it altogether. It is a hard job for the honest old
man, and we hope yet that his fears of the outcome will not be realized.
From Ontario County Chronicle 23 October 1901
Saturday evening while Charles Hartsleep and wife, residing on
the Crane farm on the County House road, were on their way to
Canandaigua, their buggy was struck by a freight engine at the County
House crossing. The occupants were thrown into the ditch, but
miraculously escaped injury. Mrs. Hartsleep had one shoulder and elbow
injured and received a slight gash in her head. Mr. Hartsleep was more
seriously injured, sustaining an injury to his hip and having his face
cut. Dr. Jewett happened along at the time of the injury, and after
assisting in getting the unfortunate couple back to their home, he
hastened to Canandaigua, and sent Dr. O. J. Mason back to attend to
them. The buggy was demolished, but the horse escaped injury. Mr. and
Mrs. Hartsleep are prominent members of the Salvation Army in this
village, and at the
time of the accident they were on their way to attend a meeting of the
From Ontario County Chronicle 30 October 1901
Manchester, N. Y. - The order of Modern Woodsmen of America of
this village, elected the following officers on Wednesday evening:
|Venerable Counsel - Fred Ver Planck
Worthy advisor - Frank Fairchild
Clerk - John Gilman
Banker - Ward Hickmott
Escort - John Potter
|Watchman - Frank Macomber
Sentry - Fred Hickmott
Board of Managers - Edward Lyman,
John Potter, Fred Ver Planck
From Geneva Daily Times 7 November 1901
Car Ran Into a Vehicle at Washington Street - A wagon in which was
William Cowney was struck and partially demolished by a car
yesterday, at the corner of Washington and Pulteney streets.
Cowney was thrown out but was not injured. The wagon
was carried some distance, having been separated from the
horse by the force of the collision. Several witnesses of the
accident declared that Cowney was asleep when the collision occurred.
From Ontario County Journal 8 November 1901
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Joseph Parrott was injured Saturday while loading potatoes on Charles Page's
farm. Mr. Parrott was about to start for the field on a load of empty
potato crates when some of the crates slipped, throwing Mr. Parrott to
the ground under the horses' feet. The horses became frightened and
started to run, and in so doing stepped on Mr. Parrott and drew the
wagon over him, breaking two ribs and badly bruising him. He will be
confined to the house for some time.
From Geneva Daily Times 11 November 1901
A small party of friends assembled at the residence of Mrs. J. N.
Page, William street, Saturday evening last. The occasion was the
90th birthday of Mrs. Maria Reed Rhoades. Mrs. Rhoades
was born in Saratoga, N. Y., Nov. 9, 1811. She is in the
full possession of all her faculties, and in good
health with the exception of some trouble with rheumatism. Mrs.
Rhoades takes a lively interest in the current events of the
day. Her memory of names, dates and incidents would put
to shame many one-third her age. The little gathering was
a complete surprise to the venerable woman. The event of the
evening was the presentation of a large birthday cake. The cake
was prepared by Mrs. Maria R. Hemiup, Miss Mary A. Mitchell, Miss Mary
F. Easter and Mrs. Vernie Hemiup Haley. The decorations were
ferns and pink geranium blossoms. The cake was encircled by 90 pink
candies, one for every year of her life.
From Geneva Daily Times 15 November 1901
The horse attached to
Herman F. Kinney's rural mail delivery wagon
ran away this morning. Kinney left the animal standing in the
road when he went into the office of W. & T. Smith Co. When
he came out the animal was dashing up Castle street at full speed.
It entered a yard and started between
a barn and hen house. The passageway was narrow and the
wagon caught. As the horse was unable to pull down either the
barn or hen house, it stood there until Kinney arrived and released it.
The animal was bruised and the vehicle was slightly damaged.
From Geneva Advertiser 19 November 1901
Serious Runaway - While on their way to their home in Reeds
Corners on Saturday night, John and Lewis Ringer met
serious accident. They had been in this village on
business and when near the Poplar Corners on their return, their horse
became frightened and started to run, the two men were
thrown from the wagon and received injuries which rendered them
unconscious. They were taken to a nearby house and medical aid
summoned. Lewis' hip was badly crushed and his brother's arm
broken. Both received internal injuries, which the physicians
fear may result fatally. The horse ran to his home after breaking
away from the wagon, which was badly wrecked. Can. Times
From Geneva Daily Times
21 November 1901
The second pension to be granted the widow of a Spanish-American
was issued to Mrs. Delia York, the widow of Volney York, yesterday
afternoon. Private York died at the
City hospital Oct. 12, 1898, with typhoid fever. The petition was made
shortly after by the widow. She will received $14 per month, and
back pay from the time the petition was filed, which amounts to over
From Clifton Springs Press 21 November 1901
Herschall Baggerly is suffering from a very painful and severe
accident which occurred at his home last Tuesday morning. Mr. Baggerly
was upon a load of potatoes 3 tiers high, and was about to drive from
under a shed where they were loaded, but as it was a sloping roof, he
did not have sufficient space to drive out. He leaned forward and had
just got his head out when the roof caught him by the shoulders, thus
breaking his clavicle and several ribs, and other injuries were
received. He is, however, reported as resting as easily as possible. Mr.
Baggerly is a young man and highly respected citizen. His many friends
tender their sympathy and truly wish him a thorough and rapid recovery.
From Geneva Gazette 22 November 1901
Two men fell from the building in course of construction in Avenue
E for the Vance boiler works this morning. One of the men
sustained a fractured arm and a dislocated elbow. The other was
considerably shaken up but not seriously hurt The men were William
Vogt and Robert Schnirel, of Madison street. They
had contracted to cover the roof with tarred paper. This morning
the roof was slippery and when they essayed to climb it they slid off
and fell to the ground 16 feet below. Vogt landed on a block of
wood. His left arm was fractured and dislocated at the elbow.
Schnirel escaped serious injury. Both men were removed
to their homes in carriages. Dr. G. B. Youngs, assisted by Dr.
J. Pope DeLaney, reduced the fracture and dislocation in Vogt's arm.
From Geneva Daily Times 5
HURT IN A RUNAWAY - Allen W.
Williams, an aged farmer residing near Earls Station,
was severely injured yesterday afternoon, in a runaway which occurred
three miles south of this city. Mr. Williams was returning home
from this city in a buggy attached to a lively
horse. The latter became frightened at a Fall Brook locomotive
and ran away. Mr. Williams was thrown out. He was
found by George Brooks of this city. Williams was
bleeding profusely from a wound in the back of the head. He
insisted on proceeding to his home, and Brooks, having recovered the
horse, assisted the farmer into his vehicle.
From Ontario County Journal 6 December 1901
On Monday afternoon a team of horses belonging to Thomas McIntyre, who
lives northwest of the village, became frightened on Main street near
the railroad. In attempting to hold them, Mr. McIntyre was dragged
through the mud some distance. The horses were stopped near Chapin
street and little damage was done.
From Victor Herald 13 December 1901
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - At the annual meeting of Sheridan
Crandall Relief Corps, No. 187, the following officers were elected for
|President - Mrs. Ella Partridge
Sr. Vice-president - Mrs. Emily Barks
Jr. Vice-president - Mrs. Ellen C. Rury
Chaplain - Mrs. Hannah Fox
|Treasurer - Mrs. Cora E. Burrell
Conductor - Mrs. Emily Smith
Guard - Mrs. Edna Gaines
From Ontario County Journal 13 December 1901
East Bloomfield, N. Y. - Mrs. Guy Sleight, of this town, had
the misfortune, while visiting in Brighton, to fall into the canal on
Wednesday night, Dec. 4. It seems Mrs. Sleight and a lad about 15 years
old started out to catch a car. They had to cross the canal bridge to
get to the car line. The young lad went on ahead to signal the car and
took the foot bridge, the big bridge being raised. Mrs. Sleight, being
unfamiliar with the surroundings, walked straight ahead into the icy
water. The lad heard her scream as she fell and ran back across the
foot bridge. He grasped Mrs. Sleight by the hair and clung to her until
assistance came. She was taken to the home of Mr. Stewarts and a doctor
was summoned, who by heroic treatment succeeded in bringing Mrs.
Sleight to consciousness. During the night she had two hemorrhages.
Mrs. Sleight was formerly Essie Baley and lived in the northern part of
the town where she was well-known. Since her marriage to Guy Sleight,
they have lived on the Sleight homestead south of the village.
From Geneva Advertiser 17 December 1901
The veteran, Matthew Wilson, is now in his 83d year, is
hale and hearty, down town almost every day even in the coldest
weather. He has had several invitations to go down to Florida and
spend the winter, but says he is all right here, with an
occasional "teaspoonful of red eye," and he will let well enough
From Geneva Daily Times 20 December 1901
Matthew Dwyer, of West street, had a narrow escape from serious
injury early this morning, while driving a horse out of the barn of G.
C. Dorsey. The horse became fractious. Dwyer was
thrown out and dragged some distance. He clung to the reins and
managed to bring the horse to a standstill. Dwyer's legs
were badly bruised.
From Geneva Daily Times 23 December 1901
Shortly after 10 o'clock this morning, William L. VanBuren, a
carpenter employed by William Sattler, fell from a house in
Genesee street and was painfully injured. Van Buren was working
on a scaffold directly under the eaves of the house that is
being erected by Mr. Moyer. The scaffold gave way and VanBuren
dropped eight feet to the scaffold below, striking his
chin on the edge of a plank. The plank cut through his mouth.
He did not lose consciousness and climbed to the ground, bleeding
profusely. William G. Dove, who was passing the
place at the time, took VanBuren to the latter's home at 3 Park
avenue. Dr. Will McCaw was called and took 15 stitches in the man's
chin. The physician states that the flesh was torn entirely loose
from the jaw bone and that the patient will be unable to hold any
liquid in his mouth. VanBuren will be confined to his house for
at least two weeks.
From Geneva Daily Times 26 December 1901
Charles Hemans, an employee at Humphrey's printing office, was
severely burned about
the face and neck Tuesday night while playing the part of
Santa Claus at the home of Charles E. Turner, 51 Sherrill
street. For several years past it has been the custom at the
Turner residence to have a Christmas tree on Christmas
eve. Tuesday evening the custom was perpetuated and a tree
was given in honor of Miss Madeline Heman. Charles
Hemans, the little girl's father, played the part of Santa Claus.
He dressed himself in a big fur coat and cotton whiskers.
As he was stooping over the tree in the process of gathering his
crop of presents, his beard caught fire from a candle, blazing
up about his head and face. He forthwith turned the big collar
of the coat up about his neck and one of the women in the room threw
a rug over his head which smothered the flames. His neck, ears
and lower part of his face was burned to a blister. Dr. Will
McCaw was called and dressed the burns.
From Geneva Daily Times 27 December 1901
Mrs. Walter Heffernan, who resides about three miles southwest of
this city is dangerously ill with some unknown disease. Dr. Ely, of
Rochester, counseled with Dr. McCarthy, of this city, but it was
learned this morning that they were unable to decide as to the exact
nature of the disease. Mrs. Heffernan will be removed to the City
hospital tomorrow morning.
From Geneva Daily Times 28 December 1901
Benjamin Tinney, an employe
of the Geneva Gas Co., had what is considered a narrow escape from
death this morning, while at work in an excavation made to repair a gas
pipe. Tinney was taken from the pit unconscious and was revived
only after the sustained efforts of a physician. Tinney went to
work this morning in an excavation in front of
the residence of William Knight in Genesee street. He
removed a plug from a three-quarter inch gas pipe. The workman
was overcome by the flow of gas and sank to the bottom of the pit,
which was about six feet in depth. Henry Coleman, another
employe of the gas company, found Tinney in a stooping position
and unconscious. With the assistance of two other men, he
dragged Tinney from the excavation. Dr. T. D. Rupert was hurriedly
summoned. The physician worked over Tinney for the space of
20 minutes, and at length brought him to consciousness. Tinney
went to his home. It was said that had he remained in the pit a
few minutes longer, it would have been impossible to revive him.
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