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Part 6

NEW 12/3/11  From the Western Argus, unknown date shortly after the 4th of July, 1833 (Lyons NY)

[NOTE: these are "best effort" transcriptions of names, as the scanned images were difficult to read. Refer to an original paper copy of this newspaper, if surviving, to confirm spellings.]

LIST OF LETTERS remaining in the Post Office at Lyons, N.Y., July 1, 1833.
Samuel Alford
Sarah Alford
Orson Abbot
Sarah A. Avery
Daniel Ackley
Marsden Alexander
Ebenezer Austin
John Bush
Stephen Bond
Aaron Butterfield
Hannah Briggs
Wm. F. Brewster
Matilda Bradley
Mary Ann Ballard
Joseh A. Bonell
Benjamin Burton
Jonas Beach
Mary Brink
Cornelius Banborough
Wm. B. Cornwell
Lavina Collins
Thomas W. Colby
James Deitz
Eli Dorsey
David Derby
Elza (?) Douglass
Stepen Dillemarter
Mary Derby
Henry Dunbar
Giles S. Ely
Geo. W. Eaton
Chauncey Ford
John Fairchild
Sabrina Graham
Joel Gillet
Isaac Gregory
Hannah Grant
Morrel Grace
J.A. Hadley
Samuel Hall
Jacob D. Hughson
Wm. Holdridge
Jane Holmes
Minerva Hosford
Henry Inglehart
A.A. Jones
Teaple La Forge
John Logan
Emery Lamb
Anna Maria Lown
Hannah Learn
Eliza Bort
John M. Layton
Clark Mosier
George H. Moore
Catharine Mc Goon
Samuel S. Mussen
Miles Mosier
James Miller
____ Mathew (first name not stated)
R. W. Merrill John Nearpass
Abraham Nichols
B. Davis Noxon
Tobias Ostrander
James Otto
Mary F./P.(?) Owen
Israel Owen
Roswell B. Place
Ralph S. Palmer
Lauren Palmer
Augustus Place
Benjamin Price
Eliza Ann Pease
Teunis Quick
John Rhea
P.S. Ranson
Mr. Reeve
Isac Rogers
Mary Roosa
John Sloan
Gacop S. Sedore (first name as printed)
Alva Smith
Stella Sylvester
Mary Simons
George Striker
Elisha Sylvester
Merrick Shattuck
Peter Snyder
Josiah St. John
Frances C. Smith
Phebe Stickney
George L. Turner
Clark S. Tucker
Jesse Taft
Henry Vandercook
Charles Vancort
David Vanmater
Amos S. Wickoff
John Whittier
Sally Whitlock
Widow Whiting
Susan Ann Wirts

LIST OF LETTERS remaining in the Post Office at East Ridge, N.Y., July 1, 1833.
[NOTE: this post office was somewhere in the present-day Town of Sodus]
J. Arms
Phebe Avery
Nancy Andrews
Nathan Arnold
Jane Bates
John Cox
Ann Clemens
Jonathan Clemens
Jasin Collar
Elizabeth Collins
Hiram Collins
Lavina Collins
Clark & Tillotson
Thomas Davidson
John Darlin Jun.
Daniel Edwards
Lelly H. Gifford
Elihu Granger Jun
Simeon Graham
Elihu Granger 2d
John Hammond
Luton K. Hyde
Thomas Hopkins
Robert Harmsley
Hannah Jaquith
Lyman King
Mary Ladue
J.T. Mudge
William Orton Jun.
David J. Pulver
Henry B. Perce
David H. Pease
Robert Pollock
Lyman Roys
Orrin W. Seely
Mary Snow
Col. William Stone
Lewis Sage
Jacob Smith
Luther Sherman
Horris Stratton
Enos Turner Esq
Joseph Tikham
Adam Tinklepaugh
Lewis Tillotson
Amanda Tallmadge
John N.T. Tucker
John Teter
John M. Utter
Josiah White
Charles Whiting
John Roe
Urana Walker
Amos Wilbert
H. Woodworth
Lawrence Vosburgh


DR. LEWIS CARLISLE would respectfully inform the citizens of Lyons, and its vicinity, that he has commenced the practice of Physic and Surgery in the village of Lyons, and will be happy to attend upon all calls in the line of his profession with punctuality. Office in the north west corner of his dwelling house, on the east side of William street, next door north of G. B. Chapin's office, and two doors north of the Lyons Hotel.
June 26, 1833


RAN away, from the subscriber, on the 7th inst. an apprentice, named George Allvite, aged 18 years. The above reward will be given for his apprehension and return, but no charges will be paid.
July 10, 1833

NEW 12/3/11  From The Countryman, unknown date in October 1821 (Lyons NY)

[NOTE: this is a "best effort" transcription of names, as the scanned image was sometimes difficult to make out. Refer to an original paper copy of this newspaper, if surviving, to confirm spellings.]

List of Letters,
Remaining in the Post-Office, at Lyons, N. York, October 1st, 1821

A. Ebenezer Abbot, James Adams, Eddy Alden, John Alford, Moses Austin.
B. Milton Barney, Grace S. Beckwith, James Beard, George Backoven, Roger Benton, Daniel Brown.
D. Joseph Cole, Eliphez Clark, Jeremiah Case.
D. Mr. Dorsey, William Drew, Isaac Dickson, Samuel Dunn, John Drown, Isaac Delong, John Dagget.
E. Wm. Ellsworth.
F. Elizabeth Franklin.
G. James Grace, ___ (name omitted) Griswold, Esq.
H. Daniel Horan, James Heath, Elijah Horten, Henry Hyde, Captain Hull, Samuel Hecox, Elias Hull, Micajah Harding, George Huddleston, Thomas Hawley, Ira S. Hall, Curtis Hill, Joseph Haner.
J. Ezra Jewell, Albert Jaquis, William Jeffers, Eli Johnson.
K. John Keller.
M. William McLaren, Elizabeth McLaren.
O. Elihu Olmsted, Mr. Oughdin, Hugh Owen.
P. Alfred Peck, Salley Pope, William Paton, Henry R. Pendal, Wm. Pierpont, 2d.
Q. Peter Quick.
R. David Riggs, Desire Reynolds, Peter Robertson, Abraham Remyen, John Rhome, Soloman Riggs.
S. Allen Skinner.
T. Angevine Thorn, John Tuck, Newell Taft, Charles Tower, Charles Tindall, Robert Tomkins, Elisha Thornton, Absalom Tindall, John Thomson.
V. Simon Vanwikell, Eleanor Vanwikell, Joshua VanWagenen.
W. Elizabeth Wheeler, Marth (sic) Whitney, Ananias Wells, Oliver Waterman, Benjamin B. Wright.

On Monday the 3d instant, a man by the name of Martin Fosland(?), of the town of Middleburgh, Schoharie county, strangled to death in attempting to swallow a fish, (called sunfish) of the dimensions of two inches in width in its widest part, and four and a half inches in length. He strangled and expired immediately, notwithstanding all possible exertions were made to relieve him. He has left a wife and family to the mercy of friends.

DIED, In this town, on the 5th inst., Mr. WILLIAM BATTY, in the 82nd(?) year of his age. He arose in the morning in apparent good health, ate his breakfast as usual and left the house shortly after. Both his son & son's wife who resided with him being absent, he was not enquired for until the return of his son from the field toward evening. Search being made, he was then found lying near the barn, speechless and nearly exhausted, & from appearances had been struggling for some time. He survived about an hour after being taken to the house. For one of his age he enjoyed his faculties, both of body and mind, to an uncommon degree. - Communicated.

NEW 12/3/11  From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Friday, April 16, 1901, page 4

Marriage of Miss Anna Berrigan and John D. Driscoll Prettily Celebrated.

A delightful social event in the village of Newark was the wedding of John D. Driscoll, of Palmyra, and Miss Anna A. Berrigan, of Newark, which was solemnized at St. Michael's Church yesterday morning by the Rev. D. W. Kavanaugh. The ceremony was performed at 10 o'clock, the edifice being filled almost to its capacity by the friends of the contracting parties. In anticipation of the event the church had been handsomely and attractively decorated with smilex and carnations, and the altar was banked with palms and Easter lilies. The bride's gown was of white Paris mull trimmed with point lace, and she carried a white prayer book. Her maid of honor was Miss Gertrude Lally, of Newark, who was gowned in white Swiss trimmed with black applique. William Driscoll, a brother of the groom, of Palmyra, acted as best man. The users were Charles A. Hyman, of Newark, and Byron C. Willcox, of Port Gibson. Little Margaret Sanford and Isabelle Frances Willcox preceded the bride and groom to the altar, acting as flower girls. Mrs. Mary Walsh presided at the organ, and a full choir rendered the beautiful and impressive music of the church.

At the conclusion of the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Ernest Seider, No. 97 Main street, attended by only the immediate friends and relatives of the contracting parties. An elaborate collation was served under the direction of Mrs. Gerdes, of Newark. The decorations at the house were of white and pink throughout, and the room presented a handsome appearance. Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll left in the afternoon, intending to visit Albany and other points in the East, after which they will return to Newark and be at home at the corner of Washington and Main streets after May 15th.


Four Years' Government Contract Given to William Taylor.

The contract for supplying the United States government with leather mail pouches has been let to William Taylor, of Lyons, one of the best-known tanners and malsters in Western New York. The contract extends for a period of our years, beginning with July 1st next, and the contract calls for supplying all the pouches of that description used by the government.

After the necessary machinery has been procured and other details perfected Mr. Taylor will establish a factory for the manufacture of the pouches in Lyons. The factory will employ a goodly number of skilled workmen and will no doubt give steady employment the year round. This will add one more valuable industry to those which Lyons already possesses.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Countryman, unknown date in November 1821 (Lyons NY)


IN this village, one lot of Land with one dwelling house and blacksmith shop, situated in water street directly on the Canal and contemplated turnpike, for further particulars, inquire of the subscriber on the premises.
Lyons, Ontario Co., Oct. 27th, 1821.


And Soliciter in Chancery,
HAS opened an office in the village of Lyons, on the north west corner of the public square where he may be found ready to attend to the business of his profession.
November 9th, 1821.

Doct. Beaumont
WILL continue to attend to professional business, at his office in the west end of S.M. Palmer's store, directly under the office of J.S. Tallmadge, Esq.
Lyons, Nov. 9th, 1821.

NOTICE, IS hereby given, that Application will be made to the Legislature, at their next annual session for the erection of a new county to include the towns of Sodus, Williamson, Ontario, Palmyra and Lyons, in the county of Ontario, town of Wolcott, in the county of Seneca, and the town of Sterling, in the county of Cayuga.
Dated November 8, 1821.
Lines Stevens,
Enoch Turner,
Luther Bristol,
James Kain,
S. Ledyard.

Or other Articles,
in the line of his profession, will please call soon, as the subscriber contemplates leaving this part of the country, in the course of the ensuing winter - a liberal price allow - ck for produce. No trust for axes.
Lyons, Nov. 2, 1921.
[text is exactly as printed in the paper]

NEW 12/3/11  From the Clyde Herald, Wednesday, November 10, 1915, page 7

Mrs. Clarence Fisher, of Newark, is visiting in Clyde today with her mother, Mrs. Emory Vincent.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. S. Wetherby spent Sunday in Auburn, the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Wetherby.

Mrs. A. L. VanTassel left on Monday for East Downington, Pa., where she will spend the winter with her husband and son.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Matthews, of Newark, well known in Clyde, are rejoicing over the birth of a son, Monday of this week.

Mrs. Cornelia DeZeng, who has been visiting in Clyde for some time past, left on Monday for Syracuse where she will reside hereafter.

Sadie Swain was taken on Monday of this week to the hospital at the County home by Overseer of the Poor F. M. Wood, for treatment.

Stratton Tompkins left yesterday afternoon for Ithaca where he will enter Cornell University for the winter course in Fruit Growing.

Mrs. Louise Barile, of Rochester, is the guest here this week of her daughter, Mrs. A. DeMatteis. She will return home on Sunday accompanied by Mrs. DeMatteis.

H. M. Waldron, of Red Creek, stopped over on his way to Lyons, where he is serving on the Grand Jury, and spent Sunday here with his brother-in-law, Marshall Coe.

Wm. Bushwaller, a graduate of the Law Department of Georgetown University, was home over Sunday. He left the fore part of the week for New York City, where he has secured a fine position.

Miss Marjorie Vrooman, who is studying music in the Boston Conservatory of Music, following an examination for admission, has been made a member of the Boston Haydn and Handel Symphony Association. This is a gratifying distinction for our young townswoman.

Charles E. Zeluff was seized with a fainting spell last Monday afternoon and fell to the sidewalk on Columbia street. His son, Dr. Zeluff, of Buffalo, was near by at the time and soon had medical assistance. Mr. Zeluff was removed to his home and at this writing is resting comfortably. On account of his father's health, Dr. Czar Zeluff will remove to Clyde from Buffalo. The many friends of the genial Doctor and his wife will be glad to have them back in Clyde again.

Advertised Letters.

Following is the list of advertised letters at the Clyde Post Office, Nov. 8, 1915.

Wm. Howe, Mr. M. Smith, T. K. Schouten, Chas. Rogers, Frank Mayette.

When calling for the above letters please say advertised.


Consultation and Examination Free
Office on Glasgow Street, near Dezeng
Clyde, New York.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Palmyra Sentinel, unknown date in April 1828

MARRIED- In Manchester, on the 3d inst., Miss H. A. M'COLLUM to Mr. MICHAEL SPRAGUE.

On the 31st ult., Mr. WILLIAM POMEROY, to Miss SARAH GLEASON.

In Sodus, on the 27th ult, by the Rev. Jesse Townsend, Captain LEWIS SHAW(?) to Miss LOVINA GREEN.

In Marion, on the 3d inst. by Elder True, Mr. JETSON N. POND, of Arcadia, to Miss RUTH COGGSHALL, of the former place. [NOTE: clearly spelled "Jetson" in the paper. See "Judson N. Pond" in the 1830 Town of Arcadia census]

NEW 12/3/11  From The Monroe County Mail, Fairport NY, Thursday, December 6, 1917, page 5


Monday afternoon, November 26th, at 4 o'clock, Miss Rozetta M. Engert, eldest daughter of George W. Engert, and Benjamin L. Wunder of Rochester, were united in marriage at the home of the bride's father. Rev. Cloud of the Lincoln Baptist church, officiated. After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Wunder left for Allentown, Pa., and New York city. At Allentown they were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Sensendorfer and Rev. and Mrs. Frederick C. Wunder.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilcox was the scene of a happy family gathering, Thanksgiving day, in which the guest of honor was a sister, Mrs. S. A. Seymour, and her son of Jersey City. Others present were Floyd and Frank Wilcox of Rochester, and Mr. and Mrs. B. Hulbert and children of Lincoln.


Mrs. Glenn Burden spent last week in Marion, caring for her mother, Mrs. John Plyter, who is ill.

Twin boys were born to Mr. and Mrs. David Porray, Friday, November 30th.

Mrs. J. S. Seeley is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Vail of Syracuse.

Mrs. Winfield Bavis spent the latter part of last week with her aunt, Mrs. Luther Fillmore of Ontario.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Taber, a son, December 4th, weight 8 1/2 pounds.

Ed. Fulcrod of Elkland, Pa., is spending some time at the home of his son, John Fulcrod.

NEW 12/3/11  From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Monday, March 18, 1895, page 4

Miss Clara B. Mather, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Mather of Clifton Springs, will be united in matrimony to Charles Pomeroy Ford, of Newark, Thursday next at the residence of the bride's parents.

The committee of five, representing the taxpayers of Leavenworth Institute, district No. 1, Wolcott, have issued a unanimous report, condemning the old building as unsafe, inadequate and unsanitary. Accordingly four weeks' notice has been given to the people of the district to vote on the erection of a new building, to cost not over $25,000. The special election will be held at the building Tuesday, April 9th.

NEW 12/3/11  From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Tuesday, September 24, 1895, page 4

The marriage of Clarence Smith, of Wolcott, to Miss Anna Mitchell, of Rose, will be solemnized Wednesday evening, at the residence of the bride's parents.

NEW 12/3/11  From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, Newark NY, unknown date ca. early November, 1895


Isaac VanHee occupied the pulpit in the Dutch Reformed church last Sunday. He will return to New Brunswick, N.J., next week to finish his studies.

Miss Winiford Sheffield has returned having visited her niece, Miss Grace Sheffield of Newark.

Will Contant who was last week run over by a bicycle is about the same. His death, though, is looked for most any hour.

Mrs. Lena Deright was pleasantly surprised last night by relatives and friends who came to congratulate her on her 73d birthday. A bountiful supper was provided after which the folks enjoyed a pleasant evening.

NEW 12/3/11  From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Friday, September 13, 1895

At the residence of Mrs. Dewitt Fowler in Huron Tuesday evening, occurred the marriage of Miss Lizzie Fowler to Winfield Chadock of Rose, formerly of Dakota.

Michael Roach, a precocious youth of about twelve summers, who resides with his uncle, Andy McBride, in Lyons, tired of school life Tuesday morning and sold one of his school books for sufficient money to take him to Geneva, where he formerly lived. The case was reported to the police officials and Michael was captured in Geneva, where he was visiting relatives. He is an orphan and quite bright. He was returned to Lyons and will resume his studies under the watchful eye of the truant officer.

NEW 12/3/11  From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Friday, February 23, 1894, page 4

The marriage of George D. Ely, of Clyde, to Miss Irene Metcalf, is announced to have taken place July 8, '03, in Indianapolis, Ind.

Reports have been current for several days in Savannah and Butler of the death of Charles McGonegal formerly of the last named town, now residing with his son at Conquest. Mr. McGonegal cut his foot and blood poisoning ensued, but he is yet alive, though very low, with the chances in favor of recovery.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Monroe County Mail, Thursday, March 18, 1915, Fairport NY, page 3

Macedon, March 15

Miss Irene Fisher has purchased a millinery store in Honeoye Falls. She took possession last MOnday.

Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Ruth Granger of this place, and John DeSchmidt of Walworth, at the home of the bride's parents near Macedon Center. Mr. and Mrs. DeSchmidt will reside on the Myron Hoag farm north of this village.

Ontario Center, March 15

A little daughter has come to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Austen.


Walworth, March 15.- On Wednesday last at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Patterson, at 4 o'clock, occurred the marriage of Miss Blanche Patterson and Albert DeRight of Marion. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Sanford Brusie in the presence of a company of twenty-five. The bridal party preceded by little Miss Vila Patty, entered the parlor to the strains of Lohengrin played by Mrs. Clifford Malcolm, a sister of the bride and took their place under a large white bell, attended by Miss Ella Doyce(?) of Macedon, and Clifford Patterson, brother of the bride. The bride was attired in a blue suit with hat to match. The cloor (sic) scheme was green and white. Following the ceremony a wedding supper was served. Covers were laid for twelve at the bride's table. Mr. and Mrs. DeRight left in the evening for a short western trip. They will live on Mr. DeRight's father's farm, north of Marion.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Herald, Fairport NY, Wednesday, December 24, 1919

West Walworth, Dec. 22.-

Miss Blanche Lotze, daughter of Mrs. Etta Lotze, and Clyde M. Kuttruff, son of Chas. Kuttruff, were united in marriage Thursday afternoon, Dec. 18, at the home of the bride. Rev. A. Talman, pastor of the Evangelical church, performed the ceremony in the presence of the immediate families. The bride wore a blue traveling suit with a picture hat and dark furs. The young couple left for an eastern trip, after which they will be at home after January 15 at 64 Sawyer street, Rochester.

Miss Carrie Druschel was home from Webster over Sunday.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Monroe County Mail, Fairport NY, Thursday, February 24, 1898, page 7

West Walworth, February 22

The auction of Mrs. Lottie Knott was held last Thursday. The farm was also sold at the same time, but the buyer's name we did not learn.

It is reported that there were three weddings in this vicinity last week. Two of the brides were Miss Reta Shumacher and Miss Lillie Busch, but the names of the happy swains we could not procure. The other couple reported were Miss Cora Hunt and Frank Warren.

Henry D. Esten has shipped his household goods, etc., by rail to Protection, Erie county, and leaves here with his family today.

Macedon Center.

Mrs. J. J. Ramsdell of Moscow, Mich., is visiting her sister, Mrs. E. G. Ramsdell.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jennings are at Macedon, as Mrs. C. P. Jennings was called to her old home on Thursday, on account of the serious illness of her father, William Ford. He died Sunday afternoon, and will be buried at Pittsford, Tuesday. William Ford was born on the place where he died, 56 years ago. Beside (sic) a widow, one daughter and one son, he leaves several brothers and sisters.

Despatch, Feb. 22 (this is now East Rochester, Monroe County NY)

C. W. Phillips of Palmyra, who built the elegant house at the head of Main street, began moving in Monday.

Walworth, Feb. 22

Married, February 17, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Clark, Charles Henning to Laura Clark.

Miss Hattie Tuttle of Rochester, has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. Fred Boynton.


SLEIMAN-LISHER - In Roseland, February 23, 1898, by Rev. Mr. Arndt, Carl Sleiman of Penfield, and Miss Nellie Leisher of Roseland.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Fairport Herald, Wednesday, August 6, 1913, page 6

Walworth Center, Aug. 4

The marriage of Floyd Fredenburg and Miss Lucy Howard will be solemnized at the home of the bride in Sherburne, Wednesday, the 6th inst.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Herald, Fairport NY, Wednesday, January 14, 1920

Macedon Center, Jan. 7 - Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Greene celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary of marriage at their home in Macedon Center New Years day. Thirty-four guests were present from Rochester, East Rochester, Walworth, Macedon and Macedon Center. Mr. and Mrs. Greene were the recipients of many useful presents among which was a box containing twenty-five silver dollars from a Rochester cousin. Songs, recitations and music were enjoyed by all. As the guests departed congratulations were given Mr. and Mrs. Greene, all wishing they would be spared for their fiftieth anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Darwin Eldredge celebrated the century anniversary of the birth of Mr. Eldredge's father at their home Saturday, Jan. 3.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Herald, Fairport NY, Wednesday, July 7, 1920, page 8

Farmington, July 5 [Ontario Co.]

Mrs. Nellie Allen and son, Howard, of Clyde, spent last Wednesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Padgham.

Miss Anna Whalen, of Muscovi, Wis., was a guest of her cousin, Mrs. Gilbert Padgham last Wednesday.

Miss Laura Allen, of Clyde, is spending a few weeks at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Padgham.

Walworth Center, July 5

J. H. Eaton and son, Amos, of Olean, visited his sister, Mrs. Geo. Wilcox, for the weekend.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Monroe County Mail, Fairport NY, Thursday, December 13, 1906, page 5


Walworth, Dec. 11.- The following officers were elected by the Grange last Saturday afternoon: Master, W. M. Lawrence; overseer, Uly Sherburne; lecturer, Mrs. W. Cooper; chaplain, Mrs. Alma Billings; secretary, Mrs. J. Tobey; steward, Jacob Frowley; assistant steward, V. Bassage; lady assistant, Mrs. George Frowley; Flora, Clara Frowley; Pomona, Bessie Blyth; Ceres, Mrs. Percy Baker; gate keeper, Floyd Fredenburgh; janitor, Simeon Russell.

Mrs. Joseph McCrea has issued invitations to the marriage of her sister, Louisa McCrea to William Lincoln, December 25th, at 12 o'clock.

Ontario Center, Dec. 10.

At the regular meeting of the Myron M. Fish post, No. 406, G. A. R., the following officers were elected: Commander, James Spelier; S. V. C., H. E. Stanford; J. V. C., Loren Denney; chaplain, Thos. Dadswell; Q. M., Alfred Esley; sergeant, Smith Pratt; adjutant, John L. Utley.

Mrs. J. T. Hardy and two children are visiting her parents in Lebanon, Pa.

George Hollingshead was taken to the hospital the past week. There is no improvement in his condition.

Mrs. B. M. Hance spent the day with her cousin, Miss Benedict in Fairport, recently.

Arthur Carman, who was at home for the Thayer-Furman wedding has returned to Syracuse.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Herald, Fairport NY, Wednesday, July 7, 1920, page 8

Macedon, July 5

The following were elected officers at the meeting of the Mission Circle of the Universalist church held at the home of Mrs. Allison last week Friday evening: President, Mrs. A. E. Allison; vice president, Mrs. Ina Klock; secretary and treasurer, Mrs. S. H. Breese.

Harold Baker has gone to Kansas where he will meet his father, Percy Baker.

Miss Elizabeth Baker is spending her vacation with her mother, Mrs. Percy Baker.

Walworth, July 5

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Conant and Mrs. Alfred Esley attended the Burrow re-union Wednesday.

The Hadden reunion was held at the home of Byron Hadden Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Shepard Hurley were called to Canada Friday by the illness of their daughter, Mrs. Charles Langdon.

Mrs. Mary Hall fell at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Ray Carter, one day last week.

Mrs. William Stoddard, of Caledonia, visited at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Franke, Sunday.

Ontario, July 5

Miss Irma Huxley is home from Rockville, L.I., where she has been teaching the past year.

Miss Mildred Huxley has accepted a position with the Chalk Brokerage Co. of Cleveland, and has gone there to take up her duties.

Fred C. Hill, of Syracuse, spent last week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Hill.

NEW 12/3/11  From The Monroe County Mail, Fairport NY, Thursday, November 24, 1910, page 2


Ontario, Nov. 21.- The marriage of Miss Maud Reed VanIngen, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John VanIngen, to Arthur Wayne Risley, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Risley of Pultneyville, was celebrated at the bride's home at 12 o'clock, Saturday. The house was prettily decorated with autumn leaves and pink and white ribbons. The bridal party stood beneath an arch of greenery, from which hung a large white flower wedding bell. Prior to the entrance of the bridal party, Miss Minnie Pintler rendered several piano selections. Miss Bertha Sabin played the bridal music from "Lohengrin" as the bridal party came down the stairs. The ushers, Frank Bell of Rome, and Floyd M. Peer, led and were followed by the ribbon bearers, Marion VanIngen and Lela McCagg. Next came the ring bearer, Master Jason Craven. Then came the bridesmaids, Miss Nora L. Barker of Ontario, and Miss Mabel Reed of Fairport. The maid of honor, Miss Eunice Alford of Newark, preceded the bride, who walked with her father. At the foot of the stairs they were met by the groom and his best man, Floyd S. Risley, brother of the groom, when they took their places under the arch of evergreens, where the ceremony was performed by Rev. Fitzelle of Rochester. The bride's gown was of ivory messaline satin and she carried a shower bouquet of white chrysanthemums. The maid of honor was gowned in cream silk, with satin trimmings, and carried pink chrysanthemums. The bridesmaids wore gowns of pink silk, with messaline trimmings and carried bouquets of white chrysanthemums. The ribbon bearers were both dressed in white and carried white ribbons. the ring bearer carried a basket of white chrysanthemums, with ring. Immediately after the ceremony a four course dinner was served, Mrs. Charles Curry of Sodus, catering. Covers were laid for 108 guests. At the bride's table covers were laid for twelve. The following young lady friends of the bridal couple assisted at the tables: Misses Stella and Mable Fewster, Lillian Sabin, Sena Clark, Ira Roach, Anna Timmons, Celia Sherburne, Irma Huxley and Bertha Allen. Guests were present from Buffalo, Rome, Newark, Lyons, Interlaken, Pultneyville, Fairport, Rochester, Webster, and Sodus. The bride was the recipient of many beautiful presents, including cut glass, silverware, Haviland china, hand painted china, linen and furniture. Bride and groom left on an afternoon train for a trip to eastern cities. The bride presented each one of her attendants a beautiful broach set with topaz, and to the waitresses a collar set with a topaz setting. The groom presented to the best man a stick pin.

NEW 12/3/11  From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Monday, January 21, 1901

Young Goodell Crippled.

Saturday afternoon Doctors George D. Burrett and Clarence Klaer, of Clyde, amputated the right leg of Grover Goodell, which was crushed in the recent railroad accident of January 4th, at Clyde. The leg was taken off above the knee.

An interesting item pertaining to neighboring Monroe County:

The Monroe County Mail, Fairport NY, Thursday, May 28, 1903

Saturday, May 30th, will be the sixth anniversary of Despatch. On May 30th, 1897, the corner stone was laid for M. D. T. companies shops, and there were 10,000 people present. After the ceremonies the visitors assembled near the Vanderbilt Park and were served with roast ox, and it took four of the largest to go around. Since the above date Despatch has built 125 houses, twenty business places, two hotels, and four factories; one Union school, waterworks, and a fine park. May the next sixth anniversary show as much more improvement.

NEW 12/3/11  From the Wayne County Review, Lyons NY, April 20, 1905, front page

Justice Dunwell Disposes of Considerable Business.

In Justice Dunwell's adjourned special term of Supreme Court held in this village Saturday, findings were signed, final proofs taken and an interlocutory decree of divorce entered in the case of Frances A. Gambee against J. Frank Gambee. The custody of the child is given to the mother. The defendant is required to pay costs and also $20 per month toward the support of the plaintiff, the plaintiff being secured of payment of this sum by a bond of $500 which shall be approved by a justice of the Supreme Court. Gambee is well known here, having been for many years towerman of the New York Central at Lock Berlin. For a year past he has resided at Canastota.

Peter Hibbard vs. Anna Hibbard, an action for divorce, proofs were taken, findings signed and interlocutory decree of divorce granted. The parties were married at Oswego in 1878 and separated in 1890.

Before the Surrogate

Surrogate Sawyer's Monday term of court was a busy one again this week, several wills coming before the court for consideration and much other business being transacted. Dr. M. A. Veeder, of Lyons, petitioned for proof of the will of his aunt, Sarah Jane Veeder, who left a small personal estate. The will leaves $100 to the Methodist Episcopal church of Lyons, to apply on the church debt, and all the other property is to go to Dr. M. A. Veeder, of Lyons. In his petition Dr. Veeder states that his aunt came to this country when ten years of age; that she stated often during her life time that she had no blood relations to her knowledge. Attorney-General Julius M. Mayer was one of the persons upon whom citation for proof of the will was served in the absence of any known next of kin.

Esnor/Einor(?) E. Burley was granted letters testamentary upon the estate of Robert M. Galusha, late of Arcadia, the value of whose property is placed at $4000 real estate and $500 personal property. To the wife, Nettie L. Galusha, the use and income of all the property is left so long as she lives and remains his widow, subject to certain bequests made to two sons, Charles F. and Fisher M. Galusha. In the event of the death or remarriage of the widow all the real estate goes to the son, Hiram M. Galusha, on condition that he pay $500 to the daughter, Esther F. Galusha.

Abram Hubrechtsen's will was admitted to probate by the widow, Mary Catharine Hubrechtsen, to whom letters testamentary were granted. The document was drawn March 18, 189__, and probably with the object of specially preserving it, was recorded in the Wayne county clerk's office here on February 17, 1890, when it was with drawn shortly after the death of the testator, three weeks ago. All of the estate is given unconditionally to the wife.

In the matter of the estate of George W. Tiffany, late of Newark, a petition for proof of the will was filed by the decedent's widow, Theresa W. Tiffany, of Newark, to whom letters testamentary were granted. The property left by Mr. Tiffany is stated to amount to $7,000 for the real estate and $!,500 for the personal. The will devises all the real estate to the testator's daughter, Ina T. Tiffany, subject to a life use of same by the wife, who is the petitioner. The personal property is all given to the testator's wife. George S. Tinklepaugh, of Palmyra, was appointed special guardian of the daughter, who is still under age.

Charles S. Ackerman and Thaddeus Collins of Lyons, petitioned for proof of the will of Henry Ackerman, who left real property valued at $3,000 and personal property valued at $1,000. Judge Collins is appointed executor of the will and Charles S. Ackerman, a son of the testator, executor of the codicil of the will. The property is given to the son Charles and on his death is to go to the neices (sic) and nephews.

A petition was filed asking for proof of the will of Warren S. Skinner, who died in Marion, was entered by Raymond __.(?) Skinner, to whom letters testamentary were granted. The value of the estate is given as $1,000 and $2,0000 personal property, which, after a bequest of $500 to Samuel __.(?) Skinner, a brother of the decedent, and a small bequest to Mrs. Susie B. Benton, is left to the nieces and nephews of the the (sic) testator.

Letters of administration were issued on the estate of Oscar Weed, for many years a prominent resident of Huron, to a son, Abram Weed. Besides the widow, Rebecca W. Weed, five children are mentioned as next of kin.

NEW 3/21/11   From the Western Argus, Lyons, NY, unknown date in November 1836.


At a large and respectable meeting of the democratic young men of the County of Wayne, held at the Court House, in the town of Lyons, on Saturday, the 29th day of October ultimo, the Hon. Graham H. Chapin was called to the chair, and Cyrus Lawton and D. W. Geer, were chosen Secretaries.

The object of the meeting having been explained the following delegates appeared, and presented their credentials: from

Arcadia - R. W. Ashley, Martin H. Krum

Butler - John Kellogg, Ethan B. Kellogg

Galen - Cyrus Lawton, C. N. Wager, Geo. W. Watson, D. D. Field, Ambrose Field, Warner Buck, Seth Smith 2d

Lyons - James Rogers, Benj. J. Bradley, Wm. H. Sisson, De Witt Parshall, Horatio N. Taft, Daniel Watrous, Gaylord Barber, John O. Vorce, D. W. Geer, Jacob Shelbley

Palmyra - William F. Aldrich, R. S. Hendee, L. O. Goddard, B. L. Tripp

Rose - Sam'l Brewster, Lorenzo G. Thomas

Sodus - Charles Axtell, Thomas W. Lamson, Jesse Green, Rufus F. Norris, Milton Granger, John J. Smith, Stephen Gurnee jr., Abraham Onderdonk, Phineas Knapp, Oren Gaylord

Wolcott - John Davis, Hamilton Arms, Allenson Brafford, Calvin De Golier, Charles W. Reed, B. F. Cleaveland, Charles Allen, C. Easton, William McCourtie, Jacob Snyder jr.

The following committees were appointed:

Arcadia - Martin H. Krum, Joseph E. Crandall, David F. Cole, Joseph Treat, John Baxter, Edmund T. Aldrich, John W. Connell, Hiram Knapp, Wm. C. Lovejoy, Wm. Hoffman

Butler - John Kellogg, David R. Hamilton, Abraham M. Gibbs, John W. Clapper, Ethan B. Kellogg, Samuel Beach, Gansevoort Center, Horatio N. Wood, John Westcott, Abel Spencer

Galen - Seth Smith 2d, C. D. Lawton, W. S. Worthington, Luther Redfield jr., Samuel Roe, Owen W. Angel, D. D. Field, James L. Colvin, Hawlley Peck, Alfred Griswold

Huron - Elisha Gatchell, Abraham Graham, Cornelius Sours, Roswell Johnson, Dalus/Delus/Daius (?) Wright, James M. Jones, Robert C. Fulton, Robert Magdel, Moses Hill, Tunis Sours

Lyons - H. N. Taft, James Rogers, Jacob Sheibley, Benj. J. Bradlely, Wm. B. Sears, Nicholas Hooper, Alva June, Daniel Watrous, Levi Whitlock, Clark Bartlett

Marion - L. Clark, Morton Eddy, Marvin Rich, Stephen L. Wright, Wm. L. Hedling, Edgar M. Galloway, Jutson N. Pond

Macedon - H. W. Underhill, Morgan Ketcham, John Willets, Lewis Robinson, Morgan Robinson, John Ketcham, E. M. Klapp, L. P. Burns, William Bradish, Mr. Fowler

Palmyra - Burton Foster, Hendee Parshall, L. O. Goddard, W. F. Aldrich, B. L. Tripp, R. S. Hendee, James Reaves jr., John Beals (?) jr., Z. Williams, W. G. Gardner

Rose - John J. Dickson, Hiram Mirrick, Eron N. Thomas, Joseph Fuller, George H. Mirrick, Nathan Jeffres (sic), Wm. Briggs, Stephen B. Shannon, Samuel Worcester, George F. Simmons

Savannah - Michael Weatherwax, John Weatherwax, Oren Doud, Chauncey Ives, Gary Bunham, C. L. Daniels, Herman V. Wescott, James M. Needham, John C. Spaulding

Sodus - Asa B. Knapp, Lennard Merry jr., Gamaliel Case, Wm. S. Seely, Jeremiah White, Rufus F. Norris, Amos Irish, Seth Tillotson, John J. Smith, Jonas Pitcher

Wolcott - Nathan W. Tompkins, James Wallett, Stephen A. Munson, Cornelius W. Van Etten, George C. Gardner, David Easton, Chelon Easton, Aaron H. Boylan, Elias Y. Munson, Alanson Millington. [NOTE: Wallett is as written, but might be surname Hallett]

Walworth - Lysander Smith, W. B. Brown, Oliver Palmer, Jones Findley, Chas. Chase, Edmond Randolph, Caleb Knapp, L. Boyington, Ammi Smith, William Tucker

Williamson - Myron Whipple, Warner Curtis, Mr. Waters, John W. Sherman, Chas. G. Richards

NEW 3/21/11   From The Wayne County Review, unknown date in November 1904


Charles Titus of Kansas arrived in Savannah Sunday morning, making his first call on his brother, Simeon, who accompanied him to Butler his former home where he has two sisters, Mrs. A. Clapp and Mrs. John Doty.

Mrs. Elizabeth Townsend, aged 70 years, an inmate of the Willard asylum for several years, died Sunday November 6. Undertaker Silver brought the remains to Savannah for interment in Evans cemetery. Deceased has two daughters and three sons living around Savannah.

New Evans Cemetery
TOWNSEND, Richard S. 1828-1902
TOWNSEND, Elizabeth J., wife, 1836-1904

South Lyons.

The death of Dr. Henry Towar in Rochester Tuesday morning brings to mind some of the ancient history of Alloway. Dr. Towar's grandfather made the first settlement at that place and named it Alloway after the name of Alloa in Scotland, in which his family took refuge on being driven out of France by the revocation of the edict of Nantes. Dr. Towar's grandfather built the mills at this place and dug the raceway leading south. Both Dr. Towar and his father were born on the farm now owned by Robert Ennis, which consisted at that time of 600 acres.

Jennings Brothers are operating their cider plant Tuesday and Friday of each week.

Sodus Center.

The marriage of Mrs. Linda Combes formerly of this place to Edward C. Smith of Canandaigua is announced to take place at the home of Hon. C.H. Babcock in Rochester the 15th of this month.

Mr. and Mrs. George Fish of Toledo, O., and Mrs. Hattie Peeler of Severance, Kans. are visiting Mr. and Mrs. George Peeler and other relatives and friends.


About eighteen of the young people gathered at the home of Miss Annie Weimer last Monday evening in honor of Mr. Jacob Van Scaffle who had the misfortune to lose his left arm about a year ago. He left Tuesday afternoon for Valpariso (sic), Ind., for the purpose of attending school to learn telegraphy. We wish him success. [NOTE: also spelled Van Schaffel]

NEW 3/21/11   From the Arcadian Weekly Gazette, unknown date in December 1894 (Newark, NY)

Mrs. J. S. Comstock of Tully, has been spending a few days with her sons on Williams street.

Miss May McIntyre, daughter of S. B. McIntyre, and Frank Brown, two well known young people of Palmyra, will be married December 18.

Two serious accidents occurred to the family of Supervisor Geo. Miles, of Wolcott, Thanksgiving day. Early in the afternoon one of his sons was nearly drowned by breaking through the ice in a pond, and a little later another son accidentally shot himself while hunting. His case was a very serious one, but he will probably recover.

Surrogate Luther M. Norton held a special court in Newark, Friday, and transacted the following business: The will of Ansel Clark, late of Macedon, was duly admitted to probate, and W. B. Billings of the same place was made executor. The will of Sarah A. Beal, late of Macedon, was adjourned for probate until such a date as the interested parties may agree upon.


Newark Grange held a largely attended meeting Saturday afternoon last, at which the following officers were elected:

Master - Geo. Van Auken
Overseer - Frank See
Lecturer - Miss Minnie McLaughlin
Steward - O. M. Lincoln
Asst. Steward - John Hartnagle
Chaplain - W. H Van Benschoten
Treasurer - M. C. Welcher
Secretary - Mrs. R. S. Post
Gate-keeper - Philip Eckert
Ceres - Mrs. M. C. Welcher
Flora - Mrs. Mary Lovejoy
Lady Asst. Steward - Miss Mary Keeley
Librarian - Miss Sarah Bishop
Organist - Miss Carrie Welcher
Chorister - C. T. Lincoln

Baker & Tompkins, photographers, have opened up for business in the old Pease gallery in the Williams block. See their locals in another column.

NEW 3/21/11   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1894, page 8

There was quite a busy time in the Palmyra police court yesterday morning and three men, more or less desperate, were given sentence in the Monroe county penitentiary. Two of them, William Cole, of New York and John Connors, of Brooklyn, were "jist a trampin' for der healt," so they said, and were given 100 and 120 days in the penitentiary, respectively; the third was Edward Sexton, one of the notorious "prairie-chickens" who have been the terror of that part of the town called the "Prairie" for thirty years. Sexton went to Palmyra Saturday, got drunk and commenced looking for a fight. He carried a large saw, but before he had time to use it he was arrested. His sentence was 100 days. Lewis Anderson, who is tramping from New Orleans to New York, was arrested, but upon examination was allowed to go.

Clyde Grange P. of H., elected the following officers of the grange on Saturday last: Master, V. M. Ellinwood; overseer, J. Chester Baird; lecturer, Harvey Weed; steward, Eugene Burt; assistant steward, Mrs. P. A. Emigh; chaplain, Daniel Converse; secretary, Miss S. A. Little; treasurer, Harvey Benning; pomona, Grace Horton; Flora, Olive Barton; Ceres, Mable Weed; assistant secretary, Pearl Baird; librarian, Mrs. Hickok; gate keeper, J. Barton.

Returns just received from the post-office department at Washington show that of those who tried the civil service examinations in Newark last February and August, the following passed the examination satisfactorily: For grades of clerks, William J. Genthner, Newark; Emma B. Lehn, Newark; Emma E. Genthner, Newark; for grades of carriers, George B. Townsend and William Conklin, Jr.

NEW 3/21/11   From The Western Argus, Wednesday, March 29, 1837, front page

Take Notice.

WHEREAS my wife Lavina has left my bed and board without any just cause or provocation. Th is is to forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date.
Butler, January 9, 1837.

NEW 3/21/11   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Saturday, August 25, 1906




An Old Resident of Wolcott Celebrates
His 84th Birthday - Mishap at
the Dedication of the Presbyterian
Church - Methodist Brother's Retort

Wolcott, Aug. 24.- One of Wolcott's oldest residents who was born and brought up in this vicinity is Andrew Spencer, who was 82 years old to-day. Mr. Spencer's people came from Connecticut and settled in the town of Huron on what is now the Allen Robinson farm. At that time the main highway from "Oswego to Rochester passed by this farm and it was merely a blazed trail through the forest.

The medical services then to be had were of a positive character and epidemics of fever and measles were of common occurrence. Mr. Spencer was the youngest of nine children, and when but ten months of age both of his parents died of the measles. He was adopted by a family named Jones, who had no children of their own.

There were plenty of relatives of his parents, but all had large families of their own. One of them was Mr. Upson, his grandfather, who kept a tavern in Huron. This tavern is still standing and descendents (sic) of the family still occupy it. When he was a small boy he remembered attending the wedding of his sister in this house. She married Willis Roe and the great rooms were filled with a merry throng of settlers gathered from far and near. In later days a stage route running along the Ridge road from Oswego to Rochester made this tavern one of its principal stopping places and carried the mail, this place also serving as a postoffice.

When Mr. Spencer was 13 years old, the Jones family moved to the town of Butler and settled on what is now the Spencer farm. Mr. Spencer was given the best of religious training, and when 21 years of age he joined the Methodist Church and for over sixty years has been one of its strongest supporters. In politics he has always been a Republican, voting with the party at its formation in 1856. He case his first vote in 1845 for Polk.

Mr. Spencer has many interesting recollections of the early history of Wolcott and is one of but few now surviving who attended the dedication of the first Presbyterian Church ever erected in Wolcott. The church stood on the site of the present Dr. Walker's residence, and was begun in 1826 and dedicated in 1832.

The church was packed to the doors. The sermon was preached by Rev. Joseph Merrell, of Junius. The text was: "We have seen great things to-day." As he was about to announce it a seat in the gallery broke and a panic ensued and the house was stampeded until empty, the preacher crying out that the gallery was falling.

In the general uproar many smashed the windows and leaped to the ground. Mr. Spencer escaped but without his "pigskin" cap. After the people returned to the church and the services continued, the preacher realized that he had seen greater things than when he first announced his text.

When the Methodists started to build a church some times after this, "Priest" Clark, an early Presbyterian preacher, remarked that the Methodists would not last long but would soon be "rooted out." One of the good old Methodist deacons remarked, "if they want to be hogs and rot, let 'em root."

Mr. Spencer distinctly remembers the drawing of the great piles of logs of valuable timber together and and burning them to clear the land. The ashes were sold for a small sum to the asheries. Labor was then paid two and three shillings a day. Every farmer raised a small piece of flax which was dressed, spun, wove and made into linen clothing for summer wear. For making winter clothing sheep were kept.

NEW 3/21/11   From the Lyons Republican, Friday, August 8, 1924

Red Creek

July 23, a beautiful girl born to Patrick Tighe and wife.

June 29, 1924, Raymond Balch and Anna Showers, the beautiful daughter of Frank Showers and his wife were married at the bride's home by Rev. R. S. Brown, M. E. pastor. The Barkers of Sodus attended. The happy couple will be at home at Sodus next week.

Miss Sarah Hawley is working in the First National Bank of Jordan.

Barr Viele is stamping Frank West's mail rural route.

Henry Ingersoll is grand and Fred R. Maloney is vice-grand of NO. 725 I.O.O.F. here.

Under Dr. E. S. Bullis's care, Mrs. Mary E. Wood, whose life was despaired of, can now take a few steps without help.

Zurich Personals, News and Views

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lendt and daughter Jane of Rochester were week-end and Sunday guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bramer.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Shufelt and sons of Newark called on their parents Sunday.

Wilford Jayne returned home Sunday after spending two weeks with his cousins, Ruth and Robert Rawden at Sodus Centre.

NEW 3/21/11   From The Savannah Times, Friday, January 14, 1921


Items Taken from Files of the TIMES of Ten Years Ago.
Savannah, January 13, 1911

Willing that others should share distinction and honor with her, Miss Mary Soule calls our attention to the fact that the Bixby homestead, owned by Judge Bixby, the Hadden homestead owned by Fred Hadden, and the Secor homestead, owned by Adam Secor, Baggerly homestead owned by Jane Baggerly, have each been owned and occupied by members of the same family more than 75 years. (now in 1921 Bixby, Hadden and Jane Baggerly seem to be the only owners.)

Mrs. Herman Douglass died Jan. 18, 1911 aged 73 years. Interment was made in South Butler-Savannah cemetery.

Looking Back in the History of South Butler.

On the evening of January 1, 1831 a band of Disciples met in a farm house one and a half miles west of South Butler organized the society known as the "Church of Christ." The charter members were John Dratt and his wife, Andrew Hall, Israel Clapp, Lydia Knapp and son Sylvester, Mrs. Hall and son, Lyman and Mrs. Chapin, all of whom have long since passed away.

This society often met in the old tannery which stood just east of the Odd Fellows Hall.

In 1844 the house "across the creek" was built and there they worshiped until 1861, when the present edifice was built.

In about 1847 Josiah Lowell moved from near Syracuse and settled in a log house two miles east of South Butler and lived there for several years until the house lately owned by Mrs. Van Hoesen, was built when he moved there. Brother Lowell was the first settled preacher. He died in 1858.

[NOTE: the several occurrences of awkward sentence structure in the above articles are exactly as printed in the paper; this article was published in 1921 but the Disciples Church building built in 1861 burned in 1916.]

NEW 3/21/11   From The Wayne County Review, Thursday, December 25, 1902


The marriage of Miss Bertha VanDyne and Mr. Clarence M. Waterman of Tuxedo Park, N.Y. occurred to-day at noon, at the home of the bride.

The funeral services of Judge Henry C. Rising were held at his late home on Monday. A large attendance was present and the bearers were selected from his old associates on the town board. Deceased was a man and citizen who will be greatly missed in both Savannah and Butler. He leaves a father who is nearly a hundred years old, a wife, one sister and three children to mourn his loss. The remains were laid at rest in Butler Center cemetery.

South Lyons.

Harry Jennings has returned from Buffalo and is at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Jennings.

The annual meeting of the Charmed Circle, which was to have been held at week ago Saturday, was postponed until the following week. It was then held at the home of Miss Rena Myers and the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: president, Martha Gress; vice-president, Mrs. King; secretary, Grace Whitlock; treasurer, Rena Myers.

The dedication exercises at the new chapel at Marengo was attended by several from South Lyons.

Charles Smith has purchased the Dwyer farm of fifty acres.

Sodus Center.

The marriage of Mrs. Lizzie Powell, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Merchant, to Merritt Brown will occur on Wednesday evening, December 31st; at the home of the bride's parents.

South Butler.

Mr. and Mrs. Myron Wadsworth of Buffalo are guests of the formers mother, Mrs. Mary Wadsworth.

Chas. Davis, of Medina, and Ray Davis of Rochester, are with their parents during the holidays.

Invitations are out announcing the marriage of Mr. Azel Hough to Miss Harriet E. Viele at the home of the bride's father; December 31.


George Matthews and family of Lyons were guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Matthews Sunday.

Last Sunday was a day long to be remembered in the history of the lives of the people of this vicinity because of the dedication of the union chapel. Dedication services were opened at half past two by W. H. Weed, Master of Ceremonies, and the following programme was given:

Opening hymn, Jesus, my Savior; quartette from Clyde; opening prayer, Rev. Henry Scholl, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Junius; presentation of Altar Bible by W. H. Weed, (donated by Edwin P. Southerland of Chicago, formerly of this place, In memory of his mother, Theresa Southerland.); reading of Scripture lesson by Rev. Pulaski Smith, pastor of Baptist church of Tyre; selections from the 8th chapter of 1 Kings; song by congregation, Jesus Lover of My Soul, (requested by Edwin Southerland in memory of his mother); dedicatory sermon by Rev. Mr. Carter, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Waterloo, subject of discourse, "Let them build a sanctuary that I may be among you"; address by Rev. Mr. Hall, pastor of the Baptist church of Clyde; address by Rev. Jr. Hull, pastor of the Methodist church of Lyons; dedicatory prayer, Rev. V. N. Yergen, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Clyde; presentation of key to chapel by W. H. Weed to Aaron Peck, trustee of chapel; song by quartette, What a Joy; closing address by W. H. Weed, in behalf of Union Works and president of Chapel Association, thanking those who so kindly assisted in the services; collection; benediction by Rev. Henry Scholl. Thus closed one of the most eventful days in the history of Marengo, this being the first church built in this village.

There will be services at the chapel Sunday afternoon at three o'clock conducted by Rev. V. N. Yergen of Clyde; an invitation is extended to all to attend.

NEW 3/21/11   From The Register, Thursday, June 20, 1895 (Fair Haven, NY)

Wolcott, June 17

Word has been received of the death of Blanche Mitchell of Red Creek. She was a young lady of about sixteen and a general favorite.

Red Creek, June 18

Mrs. Lizzie Green returned the first of the week from a pleasant visit with her parents at Canandaigua.

Sunday afternoon, after a brief illness, occurred the death of Blanche, the pretty daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Mitchell. The funeral was held Tuesday at St. Thomas' church. Blanche was a favorite with her schoolmates as was evidenced by the beautiful floral offerings.

North Wolcott.

June 17.- Will Devoll returned from Minetto last week, accompanied by a fair helpmeet, who will travel through life with him.

Fred Flint's family had a narrow escape from death last Thursday from eating poisonous cheese which was purchased in Oswego. Six of the family were very ill but all have now recovered.

Miss Mattie Scott, of Meridian, is visiting her uncle, Ralph Forman.

NEW 3/21/11   From The Lyons Republican, Friday, July 6, 1928, page 11


One hundred and sixteen members of the Vought family gathered at the home of Charles Caster north of Red Creek for the fifty-second reunion of the Vought family. The officers elected for the coming year are: President, A. U. Vought of Savannah; secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Harry Fowler of Wolcott; committee on arrangements, Fred Caster and George DeKing of Wolcott. The following program was given: Talk, A. U. Vought; talk, Fred Goss of St. Paul, Minn.; poem written by Charles DeKing, Fair Haven, and read by Mrs. Merritt Fenn; recitation, Miss Helen Fowler, Wolcott; reading, "The Folks We Used to Know," Mrs. Andrew Burgduff, Victory; talk, Rev. Weaver, North Wolcott; talk, Charles Caster, Red Creek; talk, Merritt Fenn, Wolcott. Letters were read from T. L. Vought, Clear Lake, South Dakota; Donald Vought, New York, and Miss Gladys Vought, Syracuse. The picnic is to be held the last Saturday of June 1929.

Announcement was made of the marriage of Miss Gladys McMullen of this village on Monday. The wedding took place at the home of her cousin, Dr. Carlton Tague in Oswego.

The marriage of Miss Ruth Rouse and Mr. Clarence Corey of this place was announced on Monday.

Dr. Harry Waldorf of Sodus was in town one day last week to call on his brother Frank Waldorf and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fowler and family; Mrs. Emma Vought and Mrs. Luna Dickenson and Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Fenn attended the Vought family picnic at Red Creek Saturday.

Miss Myrta Enney was at Montour Falls last week to attend the commencement exercises at Cook Academy where Raymond Enney of this village was graduated. Raymond will enter college this fall and plans to fit himself for a lawyer, it is understood.

Mrs. Cora Thacker of Syracuse was the guest of her brothers Henry and Jessie Chatfield and family this past week.

Mrs. George Cornwell of Lyons was the guest of her mother, Mrs. John Palmer on Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Jeffers and baby of Rochester were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. D. Sharp.

Mrs. Ida E. Cosad is entertaining her daughter, Mrs. Laura MacDonald and baby of Atlantic City, N.J.


The marriage of Miss Gladys E. McMillan of Wolcott, for several years a teacher in the local High School, and Charles R. Tuck of Rochester and formerly of Clyde, took place Saturday, June 30, at five o'clock at the home of Dr. and Mrs. C. L. Tague in Oswego. Rev. Walter D. Covert of Grace Presbyterian Church performed the ceremony. The bride and groom left for a week's trip through Canada. The bride is a cousin of Dr. Tague.

Their many friends in this vicinity wish them much happiness on their voyage in the ship of matrimony.

South Butler News Cleverly Written by Correspondent

Mr. and Mrs. George Aikins attended the Vought family reunion at Charles Casters near Red Creek Saturday.

Mrs. Gladys W. Capron and son Eugene motored from White Plains Monday and Tuesday of last week.

Eugene Capron will spend his vacation with his grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Weeks. After a few days visit here with relatives, Mrs. Capron left for La Grande, Oregon, on Monday, where she with her friend Miss Jessie S. Cosgrove of Spencerport will spend the summer vacation with Mrs. Capron's brother, Louis S. Weeks and family.

Mr. and Mrs. W. Carlyle Harper and daughter Esther and Mrs. Gladys W. Capron and son Eugene motored to Remsen Wednesday to see their brother Howard H. Weeks. Mrs. George W. Weeks returned with them after spending form Saturday to Wednesday with her son.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Crofoot of Palmyra were in town Wednesday to attend the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. D. D. Crofoot.

Miss Eleanor Davis of Canton, N.Y., who teaches at Elmsford with Mrs. Gladys Capron visited Mrs. Capron at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Weeks from Saturday until Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Theron Patterson and children of Auburn were guests at the home of his father Rev. D. H. Patterson a portion of the week.

Everett Hill was home from New York over Sunday to attend the funeral of James Harder, Jr.

Mrs. Julia Wise is at Oneonta where she is attending Summer School. Mrs. Wise will teach in the South Butler School with Mrs. J. Earl Gay and Mrs. Frank E. Foster this coming year.

James Harder, Jr.

This vicinity was both shocked and grieved again on Friday evening when it received word of the death of James Harder, jr., age 22 years of Wolcott who was drowned in Cross Lake at Jordan Friday afternoon, while in swimming. He was born about two miles north of this village on a farm, the son of James and Margaret Harder. His funeral was held at the Church of Christ at South Butner of which he was a member. Rev. D. H. Patterson officiating, interment was made in Butler-Savannah cemetery.

Mrs. Eva Crofoot

Mrs. Eva Crofoot, wife of Delbert D. Crofoot died at her late home at the age of 66 years, Saturday night. She has been ill for some time cancer of the liver causing her death. She leaves besides her husband, one son, Duane and five grandchildren, Thea Crofoot, Lester and Earl Montana, Bernice Montana and Mrs. Eva Tyler. Two grand children Burton and Betty Tyler all of this vicinity and one brother C. R. Cole of Syracuse. Another son, the late Leo R. Crofoot of Savannah, died three years ago and her only daughter Mrs. Belle Montana died fifteen years ago. Funeral services were held from the M. P. church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. George Martin officiating. Interment was made in the Butler-Savannah cemetery. Mrs. Crofoot will be greatly missed in the community, she was a member of the M. P. church for which she loved to work. She was also an active member of the Rebekah Lodge, which attended the funeral in a body.

Lock Berlin News Briefly Told by Correspondent

Miss Marion Storms was graduated form the Lyons Union School last week.

An epidemic of chicken-pox is prevalent in this village.

The Bauer family reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bauer on Saturday. One hundred and fifty-three members of the family attended.

Slyburg and Vicinity News

Genevieve Graham spent several days of last week with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Graham.

Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Van Duyne and children attended a family reunion which was held at the home of their sister, Mrs. Edna Fry last Thursday.

Several from this vicinity attended the funeral of James Harder, which was held in the Disciple church in South Butler Sunday afternoon.

NEW 3/21/11   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Wednesday, July 3, 1895

- Lieutenant-Governor Charles T. Saxton, of Clyde, was 49 years old yesterday.

- Elmer R. Barless, son of Romain C. Barless, of Rose, left for Albany Monday to accept a position under Commissioner Eaton in the electrical department.

- At the commencement of Hamilton College last Thursday, at Clinton, the college conferred the degree of M.A. on Rev. A. D. McIntosh, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Sodus.

- Mrs. Elizabeth Humbles, of Lower Edmonton, near London, England, who has been visiting S. R. Willoughby, of Clyde, for several months, died yesterday morning, aged 75 years.

- The stockholders of the Clyde Glass Works have organized with the following officers: President, Gaylord R. Bacon; vice-president, William W. Legg; secretary, James R. Miller; treasurer, George H. Hoyt.

- Preparations are being made for the fourteenth annual encampment of the Wayne County Veteran Soldiers' and Sailors' Association. It will be held at Bonnicastle on Great Sodus bay on19th to 26th of August.

- On the 22d of April last Miss Carrie Dezeng Nichols, of Clyde, was married to George Keller Diller, of Philadelphia, Pa., by the Rev. William D'Orville Doty, D. D., of Christ Church, Rochester. The notice of the wedding has just been given out for publication.

- A very pleasant company gathered at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Forte of Clyde, last evening, to witness the marriage of their daughter, Eileen Muguette, to Dr. Dafydd L. Edwards. The Rev. E. F. Miller, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, performed the ceremony. The bride and groom departed on an early evening train for the East.

- Miss Lillie Smith lies at A. H. Whitbeck's in Wolcott suffering from sciatic rheumatism. She was taken ill last Thursday, at the same time that Mrs. Whitbeck, her employer fell and broke her arm. Early this week it was feared that Miss Smith would die from exhaustion, but the spasms are now less frequent. Mrs. Whitbeck is also getting better, though slowly.

- An action has been commenced in the supreme court of Wayne county by Wood & Florton, of Wolcott, as attorneys for Sarah Ann Hogan, against Ira B. Sedore, individually and as administrator, and Polly Hogan, individually and as administrator of the goods, chattels and credits of Ira H. Hogan, deceased, and others. The action is brought for the purpose of foreclosing a mortgage upon real estate in the village of Wolcott.

NEW 3/21/11   From the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Tuesday, June 14, 1904

Wolcott High School Exercises

Wolcott, June 13.- Regents examinations began at the Wolcott High School this morning and will continued throughout the week. The number who are trying the examinations is unusually large. On Sunday evening, June 19th, the Rev. Charles T. Shaw, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, will preach the sermon to graduates. A few days later Mr. Shaw will leave for a three months' trip in Europe. The commencement exercises will be held in Leavenworth Hall on Thursday, June 23d.

The graduating class this year numbers nine members, as follows: Lucy S. Park, George W. Van Vlick, Pleadus L. Coleman, Myrtle Bailey, Romaine C. Price, Martha Van Vlick, Mary L. Fanning, Edith Post and Edward Lowe. The class officers are: President, Romaine Price; vice-president, Martha Van Vlick; secretary, Lucy S. Park; treasurer, Myrtle Bailey. Green and gold are the class colors. The class honors have been awarded to Mary Fanning as valedictorian, and Lucy Park as salutatorian.

Source: The Dundee Record, March 23, 1888, a Yates County NY newspaper:

Henry G. Tinsley, of Lyons, has become editor of the Pomona, Cal. Progress. He is a son of ex-editor Wm. Tinsley. The latter learned to "stick type" in this office, about 1850. (page 4)

Source: The Livingston Republican, April 12, 1945, p. 3 [a Geneseo NY newspaper]:

Edward Norman, an employee of the New York Central Railroad at Lyons for the past 47 years, has retired on pension.

Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for this large group of marital notices and other short articles from early 19th century Ontario County newspapers.

From Geneva Gazette, 4 January 1832

MARRIED, in Palmyra, on Christmas Eve, Mr. Hiram P. Thayer to Miss Sarah E. Williams. In Sodus, Samuel C. Gordon, Esq., of Lyons to Mrs. Elizabeth Denny, of the former place.

From Geneva Gazette, 15 February 1832

MARRIED, in Clyde on the 8th inst., Doct. William M. Smith to Miss Mary A. Gildersleeve.

From Geneva Gazette, 7 March 1832

MARRIED, in Sodus, on the 19th inst., Mr. Alexander B. Williams to Miss Sarah M. M'Carty.

From Geneva Gazette, 11 April 1832

MARRIED, in Lyons, on the 29th ult., Mr. John Carrier of Syracuse, to Miss Saphronia Farwell of that town. On the 29th ult., by Hugh Jameson, Esq., Mr. John Sebring to Miss Sally Ann Reynolds, both of Lyons.

From Geneva Gazette, 18 April 1832

MARRIED, in Lyons, on Thursday, the 5th inst., Mr. Charles T. Payne of Palmyra to Miss Rebecca M. Pudney, formerly of Waterford.

From Geneva Gazette, 22 August 1832

MARRIED, in Lyons, on the 16th inst., Mr. Charles W. Westfall of Phelps, to Miss Eleanor Sutton of the former place.

From Geneva Gazette, 7 November 1832

MARRIED, in Lyons, on the 24th ult., Doct. Daniel Chapman, one of the editors of the Lyons Argus, to Miss Elizabeth A. Gorgas, daughter of Joseph Gorgas, Esq. of Pennsylvania. Also by the same, Mr. John O. Vorse to Miss Rosetta Voorhies.

In Newark, on the 11th ult., Mr. Joshue Mandeville of Sodus to Miss Hannah White of Lyons.

In Rose, on the 6th ult., Mr. John D. Winchell to Mrs. Margaret Ackerman. Also, on the 11th ult., Mr. William Dodd, Jr., of Lyons to Miss Hannah Jeffers of Rose.

From Ontario County Journal, 14 August 1891

An attempt to poison the family of Albert Goetzman, of Lyons, was made Monday evening by means of Paris Green dropped into the well. The attempt was discovered when Mr. Goetzman, after drinking a glass of water from the well late Monday evening, became violently ill. The mixture of Paris Green was so strong that it caused vomiting, and that fact saved Goetzman's life. When Mrs. Goetzman drank of the water a half hour earlier, it was all right.

From Ontario County Journal, 28 August 1891

While Charles Covert, the son of Humphrey Covert, a farmer living two miles north of Newark, was cutting bundles of grain for a threshing machine early on Saturday morning, he became dizzy and fell into the machine. His left arm was completely torn from his body. The feeder who was nearby grabbed young Covert, but before he could be rescued from the machine, his left foot was badly mangled in the cogs. He was conscious when he was taken to the house and lingered in great pain until half past three o'clock in the afternoon when he died.

From Shortsville Enterprise 11 February 1915

The marriage of Miss Ethel Bain, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Bain, of Rose, former well-known resident of Shortsville, and Clarence Converse, of Galen, this State, took place at the home of the bride's parents last week Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 3, at 3 o'clock. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Harold E. Springer, pastor of the Rose M. E. church, in the presence of the immediate relatives of the contracting parties.

From Geneva Gazette, 9 January 1833

Married in Lyons, on the 1st inst., Mr. Jesse Owen to Miss Mary Roys. Also Mr. Shem Thomas to Miss Mary Hayne.

From Geneva Gazette, 23 January 1833

In Walworth, Wayne Co., on the 10th inst., Doct. Pratt of Palmyra to Miss Mary Boynton, of the former place.

From Geneva Gazette, 30 January 1833

Married, in Sodus, on the 18th inst., Mr. Alfred Walton to Miss Sarah Buys.

From Geneva Gazette, 13 February 1833

Married in this village, on Thursday, the 7th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Alverson, Mr. Heman Bostwick to Miss Lois Dagget. At the same time, Mr. Henry Smith to Miss Matilda Bostwick, all of Newark.

Married in Sodus on the 27th ult., Ashumera Wandell Wicks to Miss Mary Ann B. Toy.

From Geneva Gazette, 27 February 1833

Married in Lyons, on the 17th inst., Mr. Thomas Brown to Miss Mary Miles. In Sodus, on the 13th inst., Mr. Benjamin D. Rolf to Miss Mary B. Pierce. In Arcadia, on the 13th inst., Mr. George M. Moore of Lyons to Miss Charlotte Worden of the former town. In Palmyra, on the 12th inst., Mr. Philo Durfee to Miss Mary White.

From Geneva Gazette, 6 March 1833

Married in Lyons, on the 21st ult., Mr. William Shaver to Miss Lucinda Weed, both of Galen.

From Geneva Gazette, 3 April 1833

Married in Palmyra, on the 13th ult., Mr. George A. Hathaway, to Miss Adaline Chase.

From Geneva Gazette, 26 June 1833

Married, in Lyons, Stephen Merrit of Tyre, to Miss Deborah Van Dyke; in Sodus, Shubel Nelson Baker to Miss Catharine Ann Mandeville.

From Geneva Gazette, 25 September 1833

Married in Sodus, 6th inst., Mr. William Buys to Miss Mary Ann Tuyl; in Palmyra, 15th inst., Mr. John S. Decker to Miss Betsey Hammond.

Source: undated article from an 1890s scrapbook. "Cartman" refers to Mr. Brinker's occupation, and is not his first name.

Snatched Child from Danger.

Lyons, Oct. 21- A lively runaway on Montezuma street this morning might have proved fatal for the little Pulser girl had it not been for the quick work of Cartman Brinker, who saw the team coming up the street at full speed without a driver. Mr. Brinker grabbed the child, who stood near a letter box in the path of the team. A second later the team ran by smashing everything in its way. The horses stopped about two hundred feet up the walk. The damage done was principally to the wagon, harnesses and letter box. The team was not hurt. It belonged to Mr. Frick, and had been frightened by some children.

Source: Wayne Democratic Press, July 20, 1887

Between four and five o'clock last Saturday afternoon William Exner, son of Mr. Horace Exner, was struck by the engine drawing a freight train on the West Shore road, and instantly killed. The accident was witnessed by several persons and there just as many versions of it as there are witnesses. All agree, however, that he was on the track and fell down, and before he could regain his feet the engine was upon him; his head was completely severed from the body. The funeral was attended from the residence of his parents at 2 o'clock on Monday afternoon.

Source: Wayne Democratic Press, February 10, 1886

Mr. Thomas Mc Eligott, of the firm of Murphy & Mc Eligott, hardware merchants, was united in marriage to Miss Hattie B. Roy on Wednesday of last.

A sighting from the Richfield Springs Mercury, Thursday, August 30, 1956 (Otsego County, NY)

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Knapp and son of Poultneyville, N.Y. (sic) are visiting Mrs. Knapp's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller. (p. 6, under village of Van Hornesville news items)

New 8/13/06  Newark and Lyons news briefs from The Post Standard, October 29, 1900 (Syracuse, NY)




Was Seen Going in the Direction of
Their Camp - People Are on the
Track of the Band and May Find the
Child - Also Likely That He May
Have Been Drowned.

Newark, N.Y., Oct. 28- (Special.) - The sudden and mysterious disappearance of Frederick Pemelton, the 7-year-old son of William Pemelton, who resides at No. 76 Palmyra street, just west of the Military Brook, has not yet been solved.

The little fellow was seen on Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, when he was sailing a small sailboat back of the Grippin Manufacturing Company, which is situated not far from the boy's home.

This morning it is thought that the boy was taken away by a band of gypsies who were camping at the Newark Fair Grounds, about a mile north of this village. It was stated that he was last seen going in that direction and, as the gypsy camp moved from the fair grounds on that very morning, it is thought that probably the young boy is with the camp.

There are people on the track of the gypsies and they may find the child when the camp stops at some point.

If the child is in the canal his body will come to the surface of the water on Wednesday. (p. 2)

[Note: death listing in The Arcadian Weekly Gazette index of deaths for surnames N - Z for March 1899-March 6, 1907: PEMELTON Frederick - Newark - 287.]

Miss Smith Improving

Newark, Oct. 28.- Miss Letitia Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Smith of this village, who stepped off a trestle and was wounded quite badly, is resting easy. She had a contusion back of the right ear. She is getting along well, but it will be some time before she will be able to be about. (p. 2)

Senator Depew on Friday

Newark, October 28.- Hon. Chauncey M. Depew will deliver an address from the Northern Central Station in this village on Friday morning at 11:27 on his way from Wallington via the Northern Central Railroad. (p. 2)


Republican Meetings.

Lyons, Oct. 28.- The Republican meetings to be held in this county for the remainder of the campaign are as follows: Monday, October 29, JOhn Raines at Wolcott and S. N. Sawyer at Newark; Tuesday, October 30, John Raines at Williamson, Jean L. Burnett at Clyde, C. Holcombe and A. E. Sutherland at Walworth and J. Z. Armstrong at East Palmyra; Wednesday, October 31, S. E. Payne at Marion, John Raines at Savannah, J. Z. Armstrong and N. D. Lapham at LIncoln, S. N. Sawyer at Shortville (sic); Thursday, November 1, S. E. Payne at Sodus, C. T. Saxton at Newark, G. E. Benton at Putneyville (sic), Chauncey M. Depew and party will be at Lyons at 12:05, at Clyde at 12:20 and at Savannah at 1 o'clock.

Enthusiasm at Alloway.

Lyons, Oct. 28.- The Republicans of the village of Alloway held a very enthusiastic meeting last evening, at which time N. D. Lapham and Hon. Willoughby spoke and were listened to with eagerness.

Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for another large group of marital notices and other short articles from 19th and early 20th century Ontario County newspapers.

From Ontario Republican Times, 15 February 1861

The Rochester Democrat gives the particulars of the death of Thomas Gardner, of Ontario, Wayne County, on Thursday of last week. The deceased was a respectable farmer. It appeared that he started for Rochester with a load of Oats in a two horse sleigh, but before reaching the city, the severity of the storm induced him to store his Oats at a tavern and return homeward. After leaving the tavern he was never seen again alive. On Friday morning his horses were discovered by a neighbor within half a mile of his home standing in the road. They were harnessed together and the tugs tied in knots, showing that they had been purposely unhitched from the vehicle to which they were attached. The horses were so coated over with snow and ice as not to be recognizable at first, but after being taken into a stable and rubbed off, they were recognized as belonging to Mr. Gardner. Enquiry being made at that gentleman's house, it was ascertained that he had not been home since his departing for Rochester, and a search was immediately instituted in the hope that he might still be alive. His sleigh was soon found in the road, not far from where the horses were discovered, and about 9 o'clock in the forenoon the neighbor who gave the alarm originally, came across the body of the missing man. It was frozen stiff, and covered with snow to the depth of about twelve inches. From appearances, it is supposed that Mr. Gardner, finding himself unable to proceed with the sleigh, unhitched his horses and attempted to make his way to a place of shelter on foot, but became benumbed and fell down in such a state of exhaustion that he was unable to rise. The horses went but a short distance further.

From Ontario County Journal, 7 June 1889

Lewis Bates, Samuel Coon and Charles Comstock, of Sodus Point, started out in a small sailboat Sunday, and went over to Eagle Island. In the afternoon the three started for Sodus Point, all very much intoxicated. Bates steered the boat and Coon went to sleep in the bottom of it. When near the south end of Little Island, Bates noticed a hat on the water in the rear of the boat and looking to the forward part found that Comstock was missing. He had fallen overboard and did not again appear. Comstock was 26 years of age and unmarried.

From Ontario County Journal, 4 October 1889

Last Monday night, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Humbert, who were riding in the country near their home, east of Lyons, they passed Jacob Schermerhorn. They had not proceeded more than three rods after passing him before the report of a pistol was heard and a bullet whizzed through the carriage top taking away a piece of Mrs. Humbert's sack. Humbert made a complaint and Schermerhorn was arrested. A revolver with one empty chamber was found in his house. He is a victim of the morphine habit and is thought to be irresponsible. He got off with a sentence of 30 days in jail.

From Ontario County Journal, 4 July 1890

Michael Wyman, a farmer living five miles north of Newark, Wayne county, and his son, Edward, were both drowned last Saturday afternoon while engaged in washing sheep in a creek. One of the sheep pulled Edward into deep water. His father went to his rescue and both were drowned. Mr. Wyman leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters.

From Ontario County Journal, 18 July 1890

On Thursday morning of last week, Charles Smith, a prominent and popular young farmer of Red Creek, Wayne county, attempted suicide with a pocket knife with which he inflicted ugly wounds in his neck. He did not succeed however, but made another attempt with the razor. He gashed himself horribly but his wife summoned aid and a surgeon was on hand before the young man's design had been accomplished. The large blood vessels of the neck were barely missed. It is expected he will live.

From Geneva Gazette,6 January 1830

Married, in Palmyra, Allyn Williams to Delia Payne; William Hyde to Caroline Rose; Harvy Cobb to Ann Durfee; Edmund Champion of Macedon to Delia Durfee. In Hopewell, Albert G. Fuller to Eunice Lee, both of Palmyra. In Pultneyville, James Holling to Rachel Throop.

All From Geneva Gazette

January 13, 1830 - MARRIED - In Newark, Thomas Parsley to Jane Adams; Jeremiah Van Ostrand to Jane Beckwith in Pultneyville, Nathan N. Sheffield to Maria Stalp; in Lyons, Capt Bartlet R. Rogers to Belinda Leach; Stephen Roe to Betsey Smith; Richard Hough to Matilda Plumley.

January 20, 1830 - MARRIED - In Clyde, Powell Jones to Alzina Blakeman.

January 27, 1830 - MARRIED - In Lyons, Joseph Hicks to Emeline W. Hill; Reuben Dutcher to Ruth Williams; in Palmyra, H. H. Treat of that place to Addela Bosworth of Pa. In Phelps, David H. Sherman of Palmyra to Mrs. Valina Marsh.

February 17, 1830 - MARRIED - In Alloway, Margin Geer to Emeline Drake; in Lyons, Alexander Estus of Manlius to Elizabeth Burnett. In Clyde, Charles Sly to Rhoda Wright. [NOTE: "Margin Geer" should read "Marvin Geer."]

February 24, 1830 - MARRIED - In Lyons, Elisha D. Maynard, of Arcadia, to Delila Ray. In Clyde, Philip C. Wells to Alvira Nelson.

March 3, 1830 - MARRIED - In Macedon, Orlando Bates, of Ridgeway, Orleans Co., to Irene, daughter of Abraham Spear.

March 10, 1830 - MARRIED - In Lyons, Deacon Rastus Wilder of Galen to Mrs. Elizabeth Mead. In Arcadia, Eber Thorn to Emily Tharp. In Sodus, John O. Kelby to Harriet Shirts.

March 17, 1830 - MARRIED - In Williamson, John J. Myers to Orelia Stalp.

March 24, 1830 - MARRIED - In Lyons, Joseph Gee to Eleanor Seaton.

March 31, 1830 - MARRIED - In Lyons, Ogden Morse to Hepsta Ann C. Watrus.

April 7, 1830 - MARRIED - In Arcadia, Albert J. Stearns to Charity Dunham; Samuel H. West to Ruth Hillman; Henry W. Brink to Hannah French. In Clyde, David Tuttle to Parna Richmond; Laben Spencer to Melinda Richmond.

May 12, 1830 - MARRIED - In Pittsford, Richard S. Williams of Palmyra to Olive Ann, daughter of Chauncey Porter, Esq.

May 19, 1830 - MARRIED - In Palmyra, Samuel H. Post to Elizabeth Hathaway.

July 14, 1830 - MARRIED - In Newark, John Hawes, M. D., to Miss Laura Louisa, daughter of L. E. Lathrop, Esq. In Arcadia, David Dunham to Mary Hilliman.

From Ontario County Chronicle, 24 April 1901

Married in Palmyra, April 17, Patrick Lynch of Palmyra and Bridget Curran of Manchester.

Married in Palmyra, April 10, Isaac Vienna, Jr. of Palmyra, formerly of Farmington, and Katharine Farrell of Palmyra.

The following news briefs and death notices come from the newspaper The Ontario County Times.

The Ontario County Times, (Canandaigua) Wednesday, May 6, 1925

Farmington, May 6 - Fred Wehrlinn of Palmyra spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wehrlin.

Mr. and Mrs. Lindley Gardner and children, Helen and Edwin, Mrs. A. E. Markham, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Gardner and grandson, Walter Gardner of this town, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Curtis of Canandaigua were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rouche at Walworth Station. (p. 3)


SHERMAN-COX - At Newark, April 26, 1925, Miss Hazel Izetta Sherman and Robert Cox of that village, formerly of Canandaigua.

RAYMOND-BANKERT - At Phelps, April 15, 1925, Miss Estelle Raymond of Newark and August Bankert of Phelps.

DEATHS (p. 4)

CATLIN - At Newark, April 25, 1925, Mrs. Emma E. Catlin. Interment at Geneva.

The Ontario County Times, (Canandaigua) Wednesday, February 6, 1924

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Blair and little sons, Howard and Curtis, passed Sunday with their mother, Mrs. Helen Andrews, and daughter, Miss Frances Andrews, at Lyons.

Orleans News

Abram Johnson and family have moved to Newark where they will make their home.

Miss Ruth Van Dusen and Ray Lancaster of Newark were guests of friends here Sunday.


Miss Florence Stevely spent the week-end in Geneseo the guest of Miss Ethel Eddy of Lyons and Miss Doris Smith of Clifton.


This week Friday evening the Clyde Eagles come to this village for what promises to be one of the fastest games of the season.

The following news briefs and death notices come from the newspaper The Port Byron Chronicle and Cayuga County News, for Saturday, June 26, 1926, Vol. CII, No. 23. This paper covered Cayuga County villages and towns to the immediate east of Wayne County and often had items about Red Creek residents.

Throop News

Mr. and Mrs. Charles McConigal were in Savannah Tuesday evening.

Sennett News

Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Grant, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Sheldon and children, were in Wolcott, Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mr. Grant's brother's wife Myrta Loveless Grant, wife of Horace Grant.

Conquest News

Mrs. Frank Blass and daughter, Mrs. Charlton Timerson, of Red Creek, Mary and Addie Johnson of Spring Lake, were entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. VanTassel, Thursday of last week.

Strictly Local News [Port Byron]

The 46th annual reunion of the 75th New York Volunteer Regiment will be held at the G.A.R. Hall in Auburn, on Tuesday of next week, June 29th. It is expected that a large number of the surviving members of the famous Civil War regiment will attend this year. Lieutenant William H. Root of this village, who is oe of the few remaining officers of the outfit, is president of the 75th Association, and will have charge of the meeting on Tuesday. Dinner will be served the veterans at 12 o'clock at the hall, and the business meeting will be called at 1:30 P. M.

As it is customary at this season of the year for many people to open their homes to fresh air children, I wish to draw their attention to the children of our County who have made their home for many months past in our Cayuga Home for Children. Many of these children would enjoy a few weeks stay in the country where they might be close to nature. If there is any one interested, they can learn more about these children who are under our charge by getting in communication with Mrs. Elizabeth S. Young, Cayuga County Children's Agent, whose office is on the 3rd floor of the County Clerk's Building at Auburn, N. Y. [Note: Cayuga Home for Children in Auburn goes way back. It was an orphanage and refuge for area children in need.]

Mrs. Harold Dobbins of Wolcott, is the guest of her parents Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Bodine.

Mrs. William Blake is spending the week in Williamson the guest of her son Leslie Blake.

Miss Gertrude Williams of Savannah was the guest of Mrs. Herbert Lade, Thursday of this week.

Mr. George Nye of Newark, spent Thursday in town, the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nye.

Mr. Clayton Pratt and Mr. and Mrs. Parker VanDusen were the Sunday guests of their aunt Mrs. Sarah Harwood of Wolcott.

Conquest News

Mrs. Emma Olmstead of Clyde, is the guest of her daughter Mrs. Fred Guilfus.

Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Wilcox were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Whiting at Red Creek.

[NOTE: the following death-related items have no stated Wayne County association, and are posted to help someone. The coordinators of this site have no information about anyone listed.]


[Note: name of lady, who appears to have 11 surviving children, not stated, but presumed to be surname Aldrich, and Cayuga County resident.]

We wish to thank the neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness during the sickness and death of our mother. Also we extend thanks to the Ladies' Aid of the M. P. [typed as printed] Church and others who sent flowers.

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Stevens
Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Clark
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Aldrich
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Aldrich
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Sabin
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Newkirk
Mr. and Mrs. Zack Aldrich
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Aldrich
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. William Judson
Mr.and Mrs. W. Z. Aldrich


Mr. George M Duryea, 89 years old and a life long resident of Cayuga County, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur C. Bodine in River street, on Monday of this week, June 21st.

Mr. Duryea had been ill for several months past and his passing was not unexpected. Born in the town of Niles, most of his life was spent in the southern part of the county. For several years past, after retiring from active business he had made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Bodine in this village. During his residence here he made many friends, and it is with sincere sorrow that they mourn his death.

Surviving Mr. Duryea are two daughters, Mrs. Bodine and Mrs. Jennie Sealey of Denver, Colo., one son, Fred Duryea of Auburn, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the late home in this place on Wednesday afternoon. Burial in Owasco Rural Cemetery.

[Note: location of death presumed to be Port Byron.]

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From Geneva Gazette, 19 October 1825

Married, on the 6th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Wightman, Dr. Levi Ward of Ontario, Wayne county, to Miss Lillis Barton of Lansingburgh.

From Geneva Gazette, 7 December 1825

Married, at Williamstown, Mass., 20th ult., Mr. Russel Mallory of Lyons to Miss Harriet Taft.

At Lyons, 24th ult., Mr. Ezra M. Peet to Miss Clarinda Fabrigue.

From Geneva Gazette, 21 December 1825

Married, at Sodus, 28th, Chauncey Newell to Samson A. Stone, daughter of Rev. Wm. Stone.

In Lyons, 11th, Hiram Shepherd to Eliza Sherwood.

From Geneva Gazette, 1 March 1826

Married, in Galen, 15th, Mordecai Vanderbelt to Hannah Phillips of Fayette.

From Geneva Gazette, 17 May 1826

Married in Galen, Wayne co., on the 27th ult., Mr. Alson Woodford of Junius to Miss Betsey Petteys of the former place.

From Geneva Gazette, 31 May 1826

Married in Lyons, on the 21st, by Rev. Mr. Smith, Mr. Michael Miller to Miss Lydia Dorsey.

From Geneva Gazette, 2 August 1826

Married, in Palmyra, on the 29th June, Mr. Elnathan Bentley to Miss Diantha Wilcox.

From Geneva Gazette, 30 August 1826

Married, in Lyons, on the 22d inst., Mr. Benjamin Johnson to Miss Dorcas Brown.

From Geneva Gazette, 25 October 1826

Married in Sodus, Wayne Co., on the 18th inst., by Esq. Bancraft, Mr. Noah Rockwell of Bellona, Yates Co., to Miss Sally Mariah Stevens of the former place.

From Geneva Gazette, 23 May 1827

Married - In Palmyra, Milton Hill to Mary Bartlett. Also, Constant Merry to Lucy Brown.

From Geneva Gazette, 11 July 1827

Married - In Lyons, 4th inst., Alvah R. Turner, of Macedon, to Christina Rippinburgh.

From Geneva Gazette, 18 July 1827

Married - In Lyons, Geo. W. Farley to Caroline Smock. In Galen Nelson Roosevelt of Junius to Sally Armitage.

From Ontario County Journal, 4 January 1889

James Green of Wolcott, tried to cut his wife's throat with a razor on the morning of December 27, and then attempted suicide by the same means. He was unsuccessful in both attempts, but after being arrested for the crime, he managed to end his existence by cutting his jugular vein with a razor he had secreted. The cause of the deed was a quarrel over Green's intemperate habits. The woman's wounds are not fatal.

From Ontario County Journal, 1 February 1889

The disappearance of Joshua Granger, a prominent citizen of Pultneyville, and the attending circumstances have created a sensation in Wayne county. Granger settled near Pulteneyville forty years ago, married an amiable young lady and pursued an industrious honorable career. After his first wife died, he married another estimable lady. The other day the postmistress received a letter asking if such a man as Granger lived there. Granger heard of it and suddenly disappeared just before the arrival of a lady who claims that over forty years ago Granger was working for a wealthy planter in West Virginia. He made love to his employer's daughter, married her and ran away with a large sum of her money.

From Ontario County Journal, 8 February 1889

Last Friday, during her parent's absence, Miss Alta Wigglesworth, daughter of Superintendent of the Poor Wigglesworth, of Palmyra, eloped with Frank Utter, son of Rev. Mr. Utter, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Shortsville. Mrs. Utter is only twenty years of age and her parents had forbidden her to marry within a year. The couple were married in Rochester.

From Ontario County Journal, 15 February 1889

Small pox is still raging in Lyons and other Wayne county towns. The continuance of the disease is said to be due to neglect of strict quarantine measures.

From Ontario County Journal, 22 February 1889

Frank L. Silvens killed his wife and two children and then committed suicide at Tecumseh, Mich., last Saturday night while insane. Mrs. Silvers (sic) was the only daughter of Benjamin Shepard, a prominent farmer of South Lyons.

From Ontario County Journal, 5 April 1889

Alanson Boughton of Huron, aged 60, advertised in the Lyons paper for a wife. He received thirty-two answers and from the lot selected Mrs. Henrietta Budd, matron of the county asylum. He sent her a gold watch and $35 and was to marry her April 3d at Newark. On his arrival at Newark Wednesday he found a letter from Mrs. Budd, returning $25 of the money and the watch and informing him that match was off. She had taken the morning train bound for Michigan, and Boughton will have to try again.

From Ontario County Journal, 12 April 1889

It turns out that Mr. Alanson Boughton, of Huron, who advertised for a wife, and was reported to have been jilted by the one he selected, was made happy after all. The meeting between Mrs. Budd and Mr. Boughton was at the residence of a daughter of the former in Newark. Mrs. Budd had another daughter in Palmyra. When they parted after having arranged for their marriage, Mr. Boughton said: "I will meet you at your daughter's." Mrs. Budd assented and on the appointed day repaired to her daughter's in Palmyra, while Mr. Boughton went to her daughter's in Newark. Each feared that the other had deserted, and it was through this mistake that Mrs. Budd returned Mr. Boughton's love tokens. Mrs. Budd's daughters realized the awful mistake that was wrecking two lives and in a few hurried words explained matters. Another meeting followed, and on Thursday last there was a quiet wedding. All of which goes to show that advertising accomplishes its object in the end.

Source: Fifth Annual Report of the Education Department, For the school year ending July 31, 1908. Albany: New York State Education Department. 1909. The names of several State normal school students from neighboring Seneca County were also abstracted. All names are exactly as spelled in the original official State of New York book.


Bachelor of Science

Stanley Bernard Covert - Interlaken

Kindergarten Course

Grace Marion Barrett - Clyde


Classical Studies

Myrta Eliza Bachman - Waterloo
Margaret E. Smith - Macedon


Normal Course

Celia H. Raymond - Seneca Falls

* CORTLAND NORMAL SCHOOL - graduates 1908

Professional Course

Neva Ellena VanWinkle - Waterloo

* FREDONIA NORMAL SCHOOL - graduates 1908

Classical Course

Hugh Lester Gillis - Macedon

* GENESEO NORMAL SCHOOL - graduates 1908

Professional Course

Florence Honora Kelley - Clyde
Alice Madden - Clyde
Dora Madge Tallman - Savannah

* ONEONTA NORMAL SCHOOL - graduates 1908

Kindergarten Course

Harriet M. Bassett - Interlaken

* OSWEGO NORMAL SCHOOL - graduates 1908

Normal Course

Sarah Teresa Duffy - Red Creek
Lucy Sarah Park - Wolcott

Kindergarten - Primary Course

Lea V. Weeks - Clyde

School Commissioners in the State of New York for the Term of 3 Years
Ending December 31, 1908 with Post Office and Express Addresses

Revised to August 1, 1908

County, Name, Post Office, Express Office

Wayne County

Idea E. Cosad, Wolcott, Wolcott
Albert H. McMurray, Walworth, Walworth

First grade certificates issued by school commissioners

Number of certificate, county/district/name, post office address, date of certificate

4883, Grace M. Haslem, Red Creek, August 1, 1907
5012, Gertrude C. Hatcher, Huron, August 1, 1907
5198, Ethel E. Morey, N. Rose, August 1, 1907
4862, S. Maud C. Quick, Wolcott, August 1, 1907
4962, Albert L. Richardson, Wolcott, August 1, 1907

5061, Mabel L. Schnetzer, Ontario Center, August 1, 1907

Note: the following legal case brings to our attention the occurrence of a contagious, and often deadly, childhood disease that was circulating at least within the Town of Palmyra in the spring through autumn of 1907. Health authorities required that homes be fumigated after cases of scarlet fever were diagnosed in a household and before children returned to school, a regulation that parent Beverly R. Crowell resisted. Mr. Crowell believed, based on the diagnosis of the official public health physician, that his own children had not had the disease. The school board, whose members were not physicians, ignored the diagnoses of both the NYS Health Department and attending physicians and expelled the children due to their own caution and the conflicting opinions of other area physicians.

If a young relative of yours died in 1907, their dying of scarlet fever is a possibility. The report is several pages long, part of the following being illustrative excerpts. Please refer to pp. 569-573 in the original book, which should be available at the New York State Library in Albany, NY.


5363 - Beverly R. Crowell from the action of the board of education of union free school district no. 1, town of Palmyra, Wayne co. Appeal sustained. Decided December 16, 1907.

In the matter of the appeal of Beverly R. Crowell from the action of the board of education of union free school district no. 1, town of Palmyra, county of Wayne.

It is manifest that school authorities should give greater weight to the opinions of physicians who are officially charged with responsibility concerning the public health than to the views of other physicians who are not charged with such official responsibility.

A board of education is not justified in barring from attendance upon school, children who are alleged to have had a contagious disease when the health authorities have formally declared that such children did not have the alleged disease.

S. K. and B. C. Williams and Hon. W. P. Rudd, attorneys for appellant
Hon. Charles McLouth, attorney for respondents

This is an appeal from the action of the board of education of union free school district no. 1, town of Palmyra, Wayne co., in excluding the children of the appellant from school. There is no contention about the right of the appellant to send his children to the school, except for cause. The cause alleged by the school board is that the children had scarlet fever in May 1907 and that the house has not since been fumigated. The appellant admits that the children were ill for a brief period, but contends that the disease was not scarlet fever and that there has been no scarlet fever in the house. He resists the desire of the school board to have his home fumigated, and stands on what he conceives to be his legal right that his children be admitted to the school without it.

The pleadings show that the children were admitted to the school on September 3, 1907, and attended until October 15, when they were excluded by the board of education because of some apprehension about the matter, which was quickened by the presence of considerable scarlet fever in the school district. Fortunately, there appears to be no wrongful intent; the school board appearing to be only desirous of fully meeting its responsibilities.

Excerpts from the report -

"Several physicians in the town, some of whom saw the patients, say that the disease was scarlet fever; the attending physician says that it was not. The proper representative of the State Department of Health visited the place and saw each of the children at the time of the illness, consulted the attending physician and other physicians who saw the children, and determined that the disease was not scarlet fever."

"It also appears that the health officer reported to the village health board that the facts in the case did not authorize the board of health to fumigate the Crowell house."

"It might have been well if the appellant had thought proper to submit his home to the process of fumigation, but it can not be overlooked that his house is his castle and that when the public authorities sought to invade it he was entitled, if he saw fit, to stand upon his legal rights..."

"It is ordered, That the board of education of the union free school district no. 1, town of Palmyra, Wayne co., shall forthwith admit the children of Beverly R. Crowell, the appellant herein, to the public school maintained in said district."

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New 1/29/06  Information extracted from Fifty-fifth Annual Report of the New York State Agricultural Society for the Year 1895. Albany and New York: Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., State Printers. 1896. All names are exactly as spelled in the original official State of New York book and will not be changed. We thank you in advance for directing ALL questions about persons listed to the appropriate historical societies, not to the site coordinators.


Budd, S. Emery, Newark
Cooper, H. A., North Wolcott
Gallup, Wayne, Macedon
Kent, H. J. Palmyra
Littel, H. M., Macedon
Pangborn, William, Clyde
Rice, Albert J., Sodus

Thank you again to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for more articles from 19th century Ontario County newspapers.

From Ontario Repository & Messenger, 6 January 1869

SUICIDE - We are informed that John H. Sweeney, a respected citizen of Palmyra, and formerly proprietor of the Eagle Hotel, in that village, committed suicide about six o'clock Saturday evening, by shooting himself through the head with a pistol. A few moments before he committed the fatal act he was conversing pleasantly with his friends. No cause is assigned for the rash deed.

From Ontario County Journal, 13 July 1888

Charles Hegman, aged 40 years, a dissolute man of the town of Sodus, drove to Sodus village Saturday and got drunk. About five o'clock Sunday morning, his wife discovered his horse and cart in front of the house and the body of Hegman was found entangled between the shaft and the wheel. Apparently Hegman had tumbled out and fell inside the wheel and the horse had run away. His head had been mutilated horribly by the wheel, and life had been extinct several hours.

From Ontario County Journal, 13 July 1888

Monday last, Conrad Ellis, a well-known farmer of Walworth, made two attempts to take his own life, but was unsuccessful, though he used a razor with terrible effect. This was early in the forenoon. He remained in his room until two o'clock p.m. and then started out, saying that he wanted to look over the farm. Reaching a corn field some distance from the house, he pulled the razor from his pocket and began a second attack upon himself. He drew the keen blade across his throat from ear to ear, completely severing the anterior jugular vein. He then ran to the house and locked himself in his room where he was found soon after. Dr. Huff soon arrived and after stopping the flow of blood, put about thirty stitches in the wound. Ellis will probably recover.

From Ontario County Journal, 14 September 1888

Married in Geneva, Sept. 6, 1888, by the Rev. Halsey B. Stevenson, George P. Goetzman and Bertha L. Schwartz, both of Lyons.

From Geneva Daily Times, 8 June 1897

Clyde, N. Y. - Last Sunday morning, Mrs. Nicholas Fitzsimmons, who resides about two miles east of Clyde, left a large pan of hot water on the stove while she attended to some domestic duties. A few moments later, the mother was startled by agonizing cries of her two-year-old daughter, Nellie. She hastened to the kitchen and found that the little child had attempted to pull the pan from the stove, and in doing so had capsized it. The hot water had burned her face and hands and body terribly. Dr. T. H. Hallett, of Clyde, was summoned and everything possible was done to lessen the sufferings of the little one, but yesterday noon death came to her relief.

New 12/15/05   Contributed by Neal Smith!

"I came across an article about my great-grandfather John Conklin that was quite a shock. He was arrested in 1895 in Fulton for non-support of his family. In fact, for non-support of his two families. It seems he had a family in Newark and another in Michigan. I knew of all the family in Newark since his daughter Maude was my grandmother. However, I didn't know about Michigan.

I have checked the 1880 and 1900 census reports. In 1880, John was living in Phelps with my great-grand mother Belle Barrett Conklin. I found a Jane Conklin, 31, who said she was divorced, living with her parents in Romulus, Wayne, Michigan. She had a daughter Hannah, 3, and a son John, 2. Looks like John's other family. I don't know if he actually went to prison as the article said he would. In 1900, he was living with Belle and his 5 children in Newark. He died in 1924 in Eloise, Wayne, Michigan. I have a copy of his death certificate. In the block that says Husband or Wife on the certificate it says UNKNOWN."

A few days ago the Times published a special dispatch from Fulton relative to the arrest in that village by Deputy Sheriff Murphy of a man named John Conklin for non-support of his family. The Patriot gives some additional particulars as follows, obtained from Chief Stansell of Newark:

About eighteen years ago, Conklin left Newark and went west; he came back again and shortly afterwards returned to Michigan where he married and lived with his wife until the first child was born. He then came back and paid attention to a young girl in Newark, but soon departed for the west again. On his next visit to Newark he married the girl, notwithstanding he had a family in Michigan. And for the past fifteen years he has been playing "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," between the two points, until now he has a wife and two children in Michigan and a wife and five little children in Newark. He has never given either family adequate means for support and his trips between the east and west had created suspicion, and lately he was traced down and his Mormon propensities discovered. The case was then give to the police and they began a search for Conklin, with the result above given. Conklin will go to prison for a term of years on the charge of bigamy of the most reprehensible nature.

[Note: the Times is the Oswego Daily Times. The issue of the Fulton Patriot this was published in was August 24, 1895.]

This biographical sketch of Willard Brink comes from History of the Original Town of Concord: being the present Towns of Concord, Collins, N. Collins, and Sardinia, Erie County, New York, by Erasmus Briggs. Rochester N.Y.: Union and Advertiser Co.'s Printing, 1883. Page 857.

Willard Brink.

Mr. Brink's father, Anthony Brink, was born in New Jersey, June 5, 1812. He married Sophrona Aldrich, who was born in 1814, in what is now Wayne county, N.Y.; Town of Arcadia. They came from Orleans county to Aurora, Erie county, in 1847 or '48, and to Colden in 1857, where Mr. Brink died in 1869. Mrs. Brink is now living.

Their children were: Isaiah died young. William married Harriet Crump; lives in Colden. Willard. Luraine married Davis Greene; lives in Aurora. Clark married Sarah Savage; lives in Sardinia. Mary married Peter Zimmer; lives in Springville. Orrin; Austin. Eliza married George Gregson. Myron married Ella Gould. Carrie married Charles Olin. Anna married George Odell.

Willard Brink was born Aug. 13, 1840, in Phelps, Ontario county, N.Y. He was married in 1863, in Palmyra, Wayne county, N.Y., to Alberteen Miller. They have one daughter, Cora.

Mr. Brink enlisted April 25, 1861, in company I, Seventeenth New York volunteers; mustered out of service June 10, 1863. He participated in the battles of the Peninsular campaign up to the close of his service - First Bull Run, Seven Pines, etc.

Mr. Brink has been a resident of Sardinia since 1866, and has served as Commissioner of Highways and Collector in that town.

Thank you to Darwina, coordinator of Ontario Co. NYGenWeb, for this large group of marital notices and other short articles from early 19th century Ontario County newspapers.

From Geneva Gazette, 18 September 1811

MARRIED - In Lyons, the 10th inst., by the Hon. P. Swift, Capt. Elias Hull to Miss Anna Riggs, daughter of John Riggs, Esq., all of that place.

From Geneva Gazette, 3 June 1812

MARRIED - In Palmyra, Mr. Nathaniel T. Holmes to Miss _____ Robinson; Mr. Charles Peckham to Miss Jerusha Kellogg; Mr. Samuel Horton to Miss Polly Galloway; Mr. Marcus Swift to Miss Anna Orsburn; Mr. Freeman Cobb to Miss Polly Harris; Mr. William Cheney to Miss Susan Davidson; Mr. Charles Ford to Miss Sally Ellis; Mr. Isaac Davidson, jun. to Miss Clary Field; Mr. George Durfee to Miss Pamilla Starkes; all of Palmyra.

In Boyle, Mr. Robert Smith, of Palmyra, to Miss Palty Jackson, of the former place.

From Geneva Gazette, 30 December 1812

MARRIED - In this village (Geneva), the 24th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Axtell, Mr. Purchase Roberts of Junius to Susan Inslee.

From Geneva Gazette, 8 December 1813

MARRIED - In Lyons, the 18th ult., by John Brown, Esq., Mr. Joseph Beard to Mrs. Zilpha Howley, all of that town.

From Geneva Gazette, 13 April 1814

MARRIED - In Galen, the 3d inst., by W. B. Dickson, Esq., Mr. James Valentine to Miss Louisa Bidwell, both of that town.

From Geneva Gazette, 4 May 1814

MARRIED - In Lyons, the 23d April, by the Rev. Mr. Denser, Mr. Joseph Pelham, aged 21, to Mrs. ____ Rundell, aged 51 years -- sister to the groom's father's second wife !!

From Geneva Gazette, 1 February 1815

MARRIED - In Seneca, the 30th ult. by the Rev. Mr. Axtell, Mr. John H. Loper, of Lyons, to Miss Catharine Fisher, of the former town.

In Canandaigua, the 23d ult, James Smedley, Esq. to Miss Ann Hastings, late of Herkimer.

From Geneva Gazette, 26 July 1815

MARRIED - At Sodus, on the 17th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Powell, Mr. Evan Griffiths to Miss Harriet Higgins, both of that place.

From Geneva Gazette, 13 September 1815

MARRIED - In Lyons, the 2d instant, by the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, Mr. Upton Dorsey to Miss Ann Stebbet, all of that place.

** DIED - At Sodus, on Monday the 4th inst., Doct. Samuel Barnard, ae 50 years.

From Geneva Gazette, 18 October 1815

MARRIED - At Lyons, the 10th inst., by the Rev. Lawrence Riley, Mr. Silas Chapin of Geneva, to Miss Deborah Dorsey, daughter of Mr. Daniel Dorsey, of the former place. On the 8th inst., Mr. Benjamin F. Sheldon, of Phelps, to Miss Charlotte Patton, of Lyons.

From Geneva Gazette, 7 February 1816

MARRIED - In Pittsfield, Mass., on the 15th ult., Mr. Samuel Ledyard, merchant of Pulteneyville, to Miss Sophia Childs.

From Geneva Gazette, 21 August 1816

MARRIED - In Lyons, on the 13th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Riley, Mr. Loring Stiles to Miss Keziah Stout.

From Geneva Gazette, 12 February 1817

At Pultneyville, the 29th ult., Archy B. Lawrence, Esq. of Ridgeway to Miss Sarah Fairbanks of the former place.

From Geneva Gazette, 10 December 1817

MARRIED - In Palmyra, by the Rev. J. Irons, John Rogers to Minerva Mason; Stephen Durfee to Minerva Kingman; Job Chase to Martha Miller; Olba Hill to Ellet Gannet;

By the Rev. Mr. Townsend, Jesse Perrin to _____Burd; George Wheeler to Mary Wilson; Smith Thayer to Eliza Durfee; Milo Comstock to _____ Perry; Hugh Moore to Rebecca Woodmancy; William Hunt to Polly Shadduck; Wecom Harringdeen to Phebe Osborn; Gideon Wilcox to Mercy Harringdeen; George Palmer to Harriet Foster.

From Ontario County Journal, 7 May 1886

Yesterday at Palmyra occurred the marriage of Miss Carrie Groat and H. N. Harmon, both of Palmyra. The ceremony was performed by Rev. T. M. House. Messrs. E. D. Brigham, O. C. Durfee, J. W. Rushmore and A. S. Beadle officiated as ushers.

From Ontario County Journal, 14 May 1886

John G. Cook, of Wayne Centre, was brushing a horse at his barn Monday morning, when the animal kicked him in the breast. He was thrown several feet in the rear of the horse, and struck heavily against a board partition. Several minutes later he was found unconscious and carried to his house. A physician found that two of Mr. Cook's ribs had been broken and his lungs lacerated by the broken ends of the ribs pushed into them. The wounds are serious, but it is thought they are not fatal.

From Ontario County Journal, 1 October 1886

Early Sunday morning, Mrs. Lou Reid of West Walworth, who had been visiting her uncle, Truman Carmen of Palmyra, attempted to commit suicide by taking laudanum. After drinking the contents of a two ounce bottle, she laid herself out for burial. When discovered she was unconscious, and a whole day elapsed before the physicians, Drs. Trowbridge and Hennesey, could restore her to consciousness. She will now probably recover.

From Ontario County Journal, 7 January 1887

In Geneva, Dec. 31st, 1886. by the Rev. Chas. H. Wright, Myron A. Butts of Lyons and Esther D. Riesdorft of Junius.

The following Wayne County men attended Princeton University. Names abstracted from Princeton University Alumni Directory, 18th Edition. Princeton University Press: Princeton, N.J. October 1, 1948. There was no notation regarding being deceased, or whether the villages were their hometowns when attending the university or where residing in 1948.

' = graduate of a particular class year
* = recipient of higher degree
- = non-graduate
no mark = undergraduate at time directory was printed

BILLMAN, J.H., East Marion, *35
HURST, V. W. Jr., Palmyra, '27
JEWITT, J.H. Jr., Lyons, '14
KNIGHT, T.S., Newark, 52
LANSING, E.O., Clyde, '03
LOCKHART, R.J., Sodus, *00
REYBINE, R.F., East Marion, '33
OLNEY, W.B., Sodus, -25
WHALLON, J.M., Lyons, '40
WEEKS, W.S., Lyons, '41

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