Part 16
Wayne County, N.Y.

Contributed by Allyn Hess Perry, from papers at the Office of the County Historian.

The Commercial Press was a monthly newspaper from Pultneyville, Town of Williamson. The Office of the County Historian has a small bundle of issues. A small part of the paper was devoted to Personal Items, listing various names of people from the area.

There is some fascinating reading about the Lake Ontario shipping trade in the 1860s, and neat ads for businesses from all over the place in these papers. There was quite a schedule of ships from Pultneyville to Charlotte to Toronto, naming ships and captains (the new ferry runs between Charlotte/Rochester and Toronto.) Not to be ignored in this paper are the railroad schedules, with stops in Palmyra, Oswego, Syracuse. And the Pultneyville & Palmyra Stage. "Leave daily at 6:45am - Arriving at 7:30pm connection at Palmyra with the N.Y.C.R. Road, Going West at 9:46a.m. and 4:20p.m. Going East at 11:20a.m. and 4:20p.m." The obits aren't detailed but give such an essence of the way life was. Spellings and misspellings are exactly as in the original paper.

Allyn Hess Perry
Co-coordinator, Wayne County NYGenWeb
July 2004

July 1869
August 1869
September 1869
October 1869
November 1869


July 1869

REMITTANCE FOR JUNE - Miss Libbie Mount, Newark, N.H.; B.A. Gurnee, Marion; T.A. Meeker, Valley Station, Nebraska; Geo. Freeman, Brockport; H.E. Tufts, Walworth, Wis.; Augustus Beach, Williamson; Sarah Gage, Ontario; C.C. Stoddard, Fairgrove, Mich.

ARRIVALS - Dr. W.S. Lee, Rev. E.P. Smith and Lady, Mrs. Dr. Moses, Sodus; Mr. Howard, Buffalo; Mr. Tracy, Syracuse; John Jones, Palmyra; Messrs. Grant, Wallace and Clark, and Mrs. J.H. Ledyard, Rochester; Mr. Hopkins, Ontario; Chas. Redfield, Syracuse; W.J. Parker, W.R. Sheffres, Henry Barnard jr., Rochester; Geo. Freeman, wife and son, Brockport; Mrs. Lucy Nash, Chicago; Welthy Bryant, Guilford, N.Y.; Mr. Sherwood, wife and sister, New York.

THE EXCURSION - The propeller City of Concord, Capt. Russ Smith, arrived at this port, July 2nd, with the Chicago Excursionists, having been absent only sixteen days. The passengers speak in the highest terms of the trip, as well as of the propeller and gentlemanly commander.

THE EXCURSION - Company "H", 54th Regiment N.Y.S.N.G. Capt. A.J. Hatch, made an excursion from Charlotte to Pultneyville, on the Steamer Rochester, Thursday July 1st. The afternoon was devoted to Target Shooting, and a grand Ball in the evening, at "Gazlays Hall." The day passed off finely, and Capt. Hatch and his Company will long be remembered by the inhabitants of our village, and they will be Welcomed by the citizens at any time, should they choose to make us another visit.


-L.S. Cuyler will pay the highest market price for wool delivered at Pultneyville.

-Mrs. Levi Roys fell from the stoop of her sons house, June 20th, and broke her arm. Dr. Shelden was called.

-Miss Harriett Thatcher, formerly of this town, was married to Mr. Lee Patterson, of Wabash, Ind., May 26th.

-John S. Thorp died very suddenly at his residence in this town, on Sunday evening July 4th, aged about 70 years.

-John Tompkinson of our village lost a very valuable horse; it was sick but a short time - disease, inflamation of the lungs.

-Mr. Case of West Webster had a social party at his Hotel in commemoration of our National Independence, Monday evening, July 5th.

-Mrs. McMichael, of Williamson, has a house and about two acres of land to sell, situated south of the Hotel, a pleasant and desirable place.

-Rev. E.P. Smith, rector of "St. Johns Church," Sodus, will hold evening service at the Union Church in this place Sunday July 18th at 7 o'clock.

-Isaac Straight, of Rochester, Minn., has had his leg amputated on account of a fever sore. He was formerly of our town, and was a son of Hosea Straight.

-Married June 24th, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. J.R. Pendall, Mr. Horace Edgar Tufts, of Richmond, Wis., to Ellen A. Shipley of this town.

-A.A. Cornwall having leased "Ayers Hotel" in Rochester, sold off his personal property at auction at his late residence in Pultneyville, on Saturday June 26th.

-Ed Baker is now with Russ Coats & Co., No. 14 State Street, Rochester, where he will be pleased to see all of his old friends. Ed is a fine fellow and has a host of warm friends, go and see him.

-Samuel Lyon, of the late firm of Lyon & Griffin, Pultneyville, is now closing out his part of the stock of Dry Goods, Groceries, &c., cheap for cash. Geo. W. Griffin will continue the business at the old stand as formerly.

-Evi D. Stoddard, Jacob D. Pearsoll, and James M. Hinolf are the Rail Road Commissioners for this town, and to see if a majority of the inhabitants are willing to bond the town for a Railroad from Oswego to Niagara River.

-T. Scott Ledyard is the Notary Public for this village and vicinity, and has a Notary Stamp.

-Mrs. Zenus Burnell has been repairing her house, in this place, by an addition in the rear and a Paiaza in front.

-P.B. Roys one of our old inhabitants lies very low with a cancer in the face, and hopes of his recovery are doubtful.

-P.H. Robinson of this place is constantly receiving additions to his stock of goods, and will sell them cheap for cash.

-Joseph Gazlay dedicated his new Hall in this village July 5th, and sold over seventy-five tickets. The music was Maj. J.H. Gilbert's Band.

-Miss Joanna Johnson and Miss Orra Stoddard of our village, read an original temperance essay in the lodge room of the Good Templars, Sunday afternoon June 27th. The productions were highly creditable to both, and were received with pleasure and satisfaction by all who heard them.

-Harlow David died very suddenly near his old residence in Ontario, June 29th. He had moved to Michigan near Jackson nearly two years ago, and was down on a visit, was taken sick in the evening and died the next morning.

-Pallister Brothers would respectively inform the inhabitants of this place and vicinity, that they will keep constantly on hand and for sale, Flour, Corn Meal, Feed, Plaster, Salt, Water Lime, &c. They have also opened a Coal Yard in this village.

THE SANGERFEST - This is the first festival of the kind ever given in Rochester, should be witnessed by all. The musical talent of the State will be present on the occasion. It is chiefly under the auspices of the Mannerchoir Society, William Groscurth of Buffalo, being the leader. The occasion will be a lively one for Rochester, such as the citizens never before witnessed. Let the county of Wayne be represented on the occasion.


August 1869

MILITARY - The members of Company "H", 54th Regiment, N.G., S.N.Y., Capt. Grant commanding, partook of a sumptuous repast at Gordon & Kimpals' last evening, on invitation of the newly elected officers of the company. Scott's Ryan Zouave Band was in attendance and gave the best of music. After Capt. Grant called upon ex-Mayor N.C. Bradstreet for a speech, which was responded to in fine style; after which Col. Reynolds was called out, and there being two of the same title, both arose at the same time, but as Col. John A. had the floor he proceeded with his remarks, which were listened to with marked attention, after which Col. John M. Reynolds, of the Commercial Press, was loudly called for by the company, and after complimenting the company offered the following toast: "THE Greatest of our Military Chieftains - Gen. Ulyssus S. Grant; may Co. "H" be as successful in bringing to light a "new Grant" Major Malony, Capts. Henderson and O'Neil, and others, were then called upon. Capt. Grant said as there were two Col. Reynolds present, he would move that Col. John M. Reynolds be promoted to Brigadier General by brevet, which was unanimously adopted by the company, when Gen. Reynolds then arose, thanking him for the honor conferred upon him, and proceeded to relate his military record, which was received with great applause; and at a late hour proceeded to serenade Col. John A. Reynolds, the press and other notables of the city.

Co. "H" is composed of some of our most enterprising citizens, and for drill, soldierly bearing and gentlemanly deportment, the company ranks first-class among our military organizations. Under the command of Capt. Grant, who is every way qualified for the duties of the position to which he has been recently elected, the company will retain its prestige.(Rochester Express)


-A Canadian side-wheel steamer passed this port July 13th, with a raft of timber in tow.

-The Schr. Pilot, Capt. M.V. Pallister left July 18th, for Oswego for Salt and Coal for this place.

-The Schr. Sylph, Capt. Duval, of Sodus, took 150 tons of iron ore from this place to Cleveland, July 13th.

-The Schr. Balou, Capt. John Sheffield, arrived in port July 22d, to paint and repair for the fall business.

-The Schr. Rival, Capt. Armine A. Holling, is in port to paint and repair, and will leave for Chicago soon.

-The Schr. J.J. Hill, Capt. J.S. Todd, passed this port, only stops for a short time, on her way to Oswego, with a cargo of 5,000 bushels of wheat from Toledo, at 7 cents freight.

-The Schr. Grace Sherwood, Capt. Mat. Morley, of Sodus, took 150 tons of Iron Ore from this port to Cleveland July 10th.

-The Schr. Union, Capt. John G. Roy, brought in a cargo of lumber and fish for John Paddock and Mr. Tinklepaugh, of Sodus, July 13th.

REMITTANCES FOR JULY - Ezra Brown, Macedon; 75 cents; Phillip H. Mink, Pultneyville, 25 cents; George Calhoun, Williamson, 25 cents.

ARRIVALS FOR JULY - Andrew Cornwall, wife and son, Alex. Bay; Prof. Samuel Owen, Mich.; Dr. W. S. Lee, Sodus; Alfred B. Worster, Syracuse; John Cooley, New York; Mrs. Frank Pierce, Plattsburg; Misses Frank and Ella Tucker, Webster; Mrs. Henry Ward, Iowa; H. Epstein, John Reynolds, Mrs. Mary P. Farwell, Rochester; Clarence Auchampaugh, Albany; E.W. Capron and wife, Editor West Branch Bulletin, Williamsport, Pa.

PIC-NIC - The Spiritualists of Western New York, are to have a Pic-Nic at Portage, Aug. 12. Fare for the round trip from Rochester, $2.25 each. All are invited as a good time is expected.

CONVENTION - A County Convention of Good Templars, met in this place July 20th, and 21st. In the evening an address was delivered by Samuel McIntire, of Palmyra. The weather was bad during the time, but there was a good turn out.

TIDES - A heavy tide of over two feet was witnessed at this place July 10th, as well as elsewhere about the lake, lasting for over three hours, indicating undoubtedly, an Earthquake in some part of our Globe, which was followed by a gale the following day.

OUR STAGE - Benham and Jones have the Mail contract again for the term of four years, at about $350 a year, having purchased it from Henry Butler, of Palmyra, and have put a good Coach on the route, with the same Tom for driver, as he can't be beat. The stage that was formerly run by the same company between Palmyra and Williamson, has been discontinued, and a line has been formed between Marion and Clifton Springs, which is a great improvement on the old one.

OUR RAIL ROAD - Developments every day go to show the necessity of having a line of communication between here and the south by the extension of the "Northern Central Railroad" from Canandaigua to this place. It would run through one of the finest fruit sections of western N.Y., thereby opening up a market to the southern states, which has been and now is finding a channel through to Boston, and other places in the east, as well as points throughout our great west. Timber is getting scarce, Coal must be used on our northern frontier, and carry back in return lumber from the great pine forests of Canada. Our Iron ore almost would pay for the building of this road from Canandaigua, a distance of only twenty-eight miles. Already are there thousands and thousands of tons of this ore shipped annually from this port to Charlotte, to supply one of the greatest blast furnaces that can be found on this continent, that is now in operation at that place, as well as to the city of Cleavland, Ohio, at which point a large quantity was shipped but a few days since. An immense amount would be used at Williamsport, Pa., and other places throughout the Key Stone State, were this mode of communication opened. And while Commodore Vanderbilt is fighting against a parallell line to the New York Central, would it not be wise for the Northern Central company to stir in the matter?


-Capt. Samuel W. Roys has purchased a farm in Nebraska, and has moved there.

-Capt. J.J. Morley, of the Steamer Bay State, has a very sick child, and hopes of its recovery are very doubtful.

-J. Haven Powers, formerly of this place, has moved to Palmyra on account of its being more convenient for his business.

-A.J. Bixby, of Ontario, has delivered 800 tons of iron ore on the dock at this place, which has been shipped to Cleveland.

-Evaline Cornwall put his arm out of joint at the elbow, July 28th. Dr. Sheldon was immediately called, and he is now doing well.

-E.A. Green, as well be seen by his advertisement in another part of our paper, still continues his banking and exchange office, at that place.

-Mr. Howard, of Albion, N.Y., has removed to this place, and entered into partnership with Chester Curtiss, in the foundry business.

-Philaster Miller, on the east town line, says he found a very large hens egg a few days since, and on breaking it found it to contain three yolks.

-Stephen Reeves, of our town, died at his residence near the Ridge Chapel, July 21st, aged about 70 years. He has been sick for some time.

-Samuel J. Cole, of Lyons, fell through the floor of his barn a few days since, hurting his head very bad, and was insensible for a time, but is all right now.

-Mr. Pentler, who lives on the place formerly owned by Cornelius Brewer, on the west town line, was killed by lightning, July 28th, while getting in hay.

-Capt. E.H. Todd, is, we hear doing good business keeping hotel at Port Dalhousie, C.W., and investing his money in our government securities. Whoe, Fan!

-Capt. Henry W. Roys, son of Philander B. Roys, of our village, has arrived home from California, having been gone about two years, on a whaling voyage on the coast of Alaska.

-Martin Prentiss, of our town, has purchased 115 acres of land in Virginia, about thirty miles out of Richmond, for $13 per acre, good land, a fine house and well timbered. He will move soon.

-Hon. E.M.K. Glenn, of Macedon, and Member of Assembly from this district, is, we understand, now looking for the nomination of State Prison Inspector at our next State Convention.

-A.J. Hopkins, the popular builder, who has done some heavy work in this place, we learn has opened an office as architect, at No. 20 Village Hall, Palmyra.

-Thomas Fish, of our town, has had a paraletic stroke, but will recover soon if he does not have another, and is so that he can walk a little.

-Mrs. Capt. J.H. Ledyard, has opened a store over 42 State Street, Rochester, where you will find childrens and infants furnishing goods, patterns, worsteds, fancy work, &c. Give her a call when you visit the city.

-Chester Curtis and Peter Holland had a touch of the pugilistic fever in this place July 20th, Peter took Chester up to Williamson, before Lewis French, Esq. And after examining a host of witnesses, the jury decided no cause of action.

-Samuel Lyon, of the late firm of Lyon and Griffin, of our village, has gone out of business, and gone to Iowa to look up a location. George Griffin will cary on the business here as formerly, and at the old stand.

-Commodore Wm. Perry, of engine No. 104, of the N.Y.C. railroad, has been on the road twenty-eight years, and never had an accident of any importance happen in the whole time.

-Clark Mason, of Lyons, and Samuel B. McIntire, of Palmyra, are the two prominent candidates for County Judge of our county, and the impression is that Clark has the inside track, although he does not belong to the ring.

-Oliver P. Davis has been appointed Post Master at Marion, vice Thomas K. Young removed; Adam Piper, of Sodus, vice Edward L. Green removed; Wm. Smith, at Joy, and Nathan R. Reed, of West Walworth have also received the appointment for their respective places.


September 1869

ARRIVALS FOR AUGUST - Thomas Robinson and wife, Clyde; John S. Rich, Israhel Springer, Marion; Willet L. Brows, A.B. Worster, Mst. Van Waggoner, Jim Eaton, Syracuse; Daniel Howell, wife and Son, Toledo; M.H. Coggswell, Deerfield, Mich; Clarence Howland, Miss Nettie Curtis, Miss Florence Ward; Mrs. H.L. Fish and Son, Rochester; Mrs. Julia Stoddard, H.K. Southwick, Palmyra; Dr. Clyde, Mr. Klink, Lyons; J. Wells Pitkis, Oswego; Mr. Husted, of the firm of Abbey, Husted & Co., New York; Mrs. E.G. Curlies, Dansville; Mr. Aldrich, Colorado; Miss Hepsey Leaver, Cincinnati; Mr. Howard, Canada; Capt. P.B. Macy, New York city.

CHANGED ADDRESS - Robert Russell from Pultneyville to Joy.

REMITTANCES FOR AUGUST - Thomas Fish, Phillip Hoot, Pultneyville; James H. White, Florence J. Beach, Williamson; Phillip I. Feller, Palmyra; Barlow Baldwin, Oak Creek, Wis.; Thomas Pierce, Joy; Dr. B.S. Bush, Mary Ann Coggswell, Marion; Chas. Pease, Ontario; Thomas Tour, Jr., Sodus; John Stretch, Adrian, Mich.; Joseph Stretch, William Stretch, Grand Ledge, Mich.; Robert Stretch, Lydia Coggswell, Tecumseh, Mich.; Ann E. Carpenter, Lyons, P.O., Ohio; Chas. C. Lewis, ___; Norton Sheldon, Albion; Prof. Hicks Halstead, West Walworth.

FIRE - Our quiet village was thrown into intense excitement on Saturday night, Aug. 27th, by the cry of fire, on the burning of Capt. H.N. Throop's steam saw mill and shingle factory. The building was all on fire when first discovered, and every effort to put it out was unavailing, and not a thing was saved. The total loss will not fall far short of $10,000, upon which there was no insurance. It is not only a great loss to Capt. Throop, but a severe blow to the place. We understand Capt. T. will rebuild it immediately.

MEDICAL SOCIETY - At a meeting of the Wayne County Medical Society, held at Sodus Point, July 26th, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year. President, Dr. A.F. Sheldon, Pultneyville; Vice-President, Dr. J.C. Smith, Clyde; Treasurer and Secretary, Dr. W.F. Nutton, Newark.

-Rev. Mr. Webster, rector of St. John' Church, Palmyra, held evening service at the Union Church, in this place, on Sunday, Sept. 5th, at 3 and 7 1'2 o'clock.


-Joseph Leadley, of Sodus, died of cancer of the stomach, August 31st.

-John Van Winkle and wife, of our town, are now absent on a trip to the west.

-William Loomis, of Sodus Point, died quite suddenly of heart disease, August 21st.

-Mr. And Mrs. John A. Boyd, of Sodus, celebrated their Silver Wedding August 21st.

-Osburn Sherman, lies very low with consumption, at his residence in Newark.

-Mrs. Charles S. Decoe, died at her residence in Michigan, August 9th, aged sixty-eight years.

-S.C. Cuyler lectured on Spiritulism at the Union Church in this place Sunday, August 29th.

-Ansel Cornwall, wife and daughter, arrived home August 10th, from a trip to Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.

-Samuel and Hiram Coggswell have sold their farm and steam saw mill in Marion, to Gideon Howell, consideration $3,200.

-A. Taylor, formerly a merchant at Sodus Center, has sold out and purchased a farm near Adrian, Mich., where he is now residing.

-John Stretch, formerly of this town, now of Adrian, Mich., was in town August 21st, and looked as fresh and young as he did thirteen years ago.

-John W. Van Etten has been appointed Postmaster at Lyons, over B.V. Ellis removed - he did not belong to the ring and had to go out.

-George Burnett, of Lyons, one of the few remaining soldiers of the war of 1812, died quite suddenly on Monday last, aged eighty-six years.

-Mr. R.B. Belden, of Sodus, has put up a new Peppermint Still, and he announces that he is ready for business. Big goes in strong and should be patronized.

-Major V.S. Eggleston, Paymaster in the regular army, accompanied by his wife, are spending a few days in Palmyra, where he formerly resided.

-Rev. Mr. Webster and family, rector of St. John's Church, Palmyra, have been spending a few days in town, at the Lake Cottage, the residence of T. Scott Ledyard.

-G.W. Taylor, of Buffalo, spoke to the Spiritualists at Alton, Sunday, August 29th. Several hundred were congregated and a spiritual time was had.

-Chauncey Fish has been appointed Deputy Collector of Customs for this port by Collector Emerson. S.C. Cuyler, Zimri Waters and L.S. Cuyler, signed his bail bond.

-George Carver has been appointed by Hon. Ornon Archer, Assistant Assessor for the towns of Lyons and Galen, in place of George T. Kent, removed to make place to a ring man.

-Amos Skellenger has sold his place in Marion, of about sixteen acres, to James Ross, of Galen, consideration $3,800. Mr. S. intends to return to his farm, near the Ball School House.

-Barlow Baldwin wishes to sell a house and lot, and a vacant lot occupied by Samuel Baldwin, in the village of Williamson. Can be bought on time to suit the purchaser. Inquire of S.S. Poppinoe.

-John Nash died at his residence in this town, August 2d, aged about forty-five years. Rev. Thomas Raines, of Lyons, officiated. Mr. Nash made a good citizen, was highly respected and leaves a wife and two children.

-T. Scott Ledyard, Asshal Todd, Jr. and Dr. D.S. Beardsley, have entered into partnership for the purpose of manufacturing Vinegar in this place, and they have purchased the Wright Tannery for that purpose.

-S.B. McIntire, of Palmyra, lectured on Temperance at the Union Church, in this place, on Sunday, August 22d, to a full house. Mr. McIntire is looking for the nomination of County Judge, and wants the temperance vote.

-Munson Seeley offers for sale his village property in the town of Williamson, consisting of eight acres of land, good buildings, &c. Also fourteen acres about one mile north of Williamson village. Possession will be given on the 1st of November. For particulars inquire on the premises, or of Calvin Seeley, at Palmyra.

-Capt. Russ Smith, of this place, has left the employ of the "Northern Transportation Co.," and has accepted position as Captain of the propeller Fremont, running between Chicago and Port Sarnia, and one of the largest steamers on the upper lakes. This is a pleasant route, and a better or more gentlemanly commander can't be found on our lakes.

-Philander B. Roys, died at his residence in this town, August 15th, aged eighty-two years. Mr. R. selected the chapter for his funeral sermon, and the Rev. Erastus P. Smith, Episcopal clergyman of Sodus to preach from it. Mr. Roys moved from Connecticut to this town about fifty-five years ago, and was one of our earliest settlers; was a man of sterling integrity, and a prominent man in town.


October 1869

REMITTANCES FOR SEPT. - T. Twaddell, George N. Knapp, R.B. Belden, Sodus; George Culver, Chesaning, Mich.; Miss Lina Brownell, Macedon Center, N.Y.; Charles C. Lewis, Webster, N.Y.; P.P. Cooper, Cooperstown, N.Y.; Rob't Russell, Joy; Orlando Powers, Ann Arbor, Mich.

ARRIVALS FOR SEPT. - George Ely and wife, William H. Ely and wife, New York; Miss Hill, Sodus Point; Mrs. Samuel Burdick and daughter, Guilford, N.Y.; Mr. Williams and wife, Hannibal, N.Y.; Peter P. Cooper and wife, Cooperstown, N.Y.; James Fergerson and wife, Mich.; Gilbert Reeves, wife and two children; Miss S. Throop, Palmyra.

WHITE FISH - The White Fish are being caught here in large numbers, as they are leaving the Canada side of the lake.

MITE SOCIETIES - Two of these Institutions have been started in our village for benevolent purposes. One allows them to dance, play cards, &c., while the other don't.

MUSIC - Sodus has organized a new Brass Band, with George N. Knapp, as its President, Mr. Kingsley as leader, Governor Tryon as instructor, and a tip top lot of boys as Musicians.

HIGH LAKE - The lake is higher this fall than usual, having not fallen more than five inches from its highest point, which is usually about the first of July. The usual wet season no doubt with the small amount of hot weather last season would account for its keeping so high. The indications are that we will have a high lake next season.


-Dr. B.P. Peer is again troubled with a scrofulous swelling on his neck.

-The Walworth Lodge of Good Templars had a pic-nic at this place Sept. 11th.

-Mrs. Carlton H. Mason, died in Sodus, September 23d.

-The Centenary Lodge I.O.G.T., now numbers some fifty members.

-Harvey Auchampach offers for sale his horse, buggy, robe and two setts of harness cheap. Call and see.

-Clarence Auchampach intends to go to school in Rochester this winter.

-Mrs. William S. Vosburgh of Sodus, died very suddenly Sept. 10th, with asthma.

-John Cole, of this town, got hurt on the head a few days ago by a threshing machine.

-Mr. H.K. Seaver, of Byron, N.Y., gave a spiritual talk at the Union Church in this place Sunday, October 2d.

-David Verbridge has sold his farm on the ridge road consisting of twenty-five acres, to J. Truax. Consideration $1700.

-John W. Van Winkle, and Samuel P. Belden, are buying Apples at this place, of which the market price will be paid.

-Capt. H.N. Throop has broke ground in this village for the building up of his mill that was recently destroyed by fire.

-The Schr. Minnie, Capt. Huggins, from Bellville, C.W., arrived Sept. 20th, after a load of Peaches for the Canada market.

-Mrs. Munson has rented Lyon's store in this village, and is to open a Millinery Store.

-Miss Elizabeth Gowthrop of Sodus, daughter of Robert Gowthrop, died Sept. 16th, aged twenty-eight years.

-George W. Griffin, of our village, was presented by his wife Sept. 22d, of a fine girl baby.

-Miss Carpenter - daughter of the late Clark Carpenter - of our town, died Sept. 23d, of consumption, aged twenty years.

-Mrs. Williams, widow of the late Joseph Williams, of Sodus, died Sept. 17th, aged eighty years.

-Mrs. Williams, the spiritual medium, gave a private lecture to the ladies of this place, at Gazlays' Hall, September 24th.

-George L. Tinklepaugh attends to his customers in the insurance business, is correct, careful, and prompt. Call on him.

-Rev. E.P. Smith, rector of "St. John's Church," Sodus, preaches every other Sunday evening at the Clark School House.

-Charles Tummonds has sixty-five bushels of wheat that grew on less than two acres of ground, and is the Robinson variety.

-The Schr. Union, Capt. John G. Roys, arrived in port from Canada Sept. 10th, with a load of Lumber for A. Holling.

-The Schr. J.J. Hill, Capt. John S. Todd, left port Sept. 10th, for Oswego, after a load of Coal for Toronto.

-Dr. W.L. Lee and wife have returned to their residence in Sodus, after a visit of three weeks to their friends in the eastern part of the State.

-Aaron Pratt has lost his only son, having died Sept. 16th, aged about 16 years. Mrs. Williams, of Hanibal, N.Y., the spiritual medium, preached the funeral sermon.

-Nelson D. Youngs, of Marion, lost $2000 Sept. 13th. He had sent to the "First Nation Bank" by Mr. Burbanks to check it out, and lost the money out of his pocket.

-There was a hard scrabble near Mr. Howcrofts, in Sodus, the other day, in which a hard fisted old blacksmith got awfully hamered.

-The boys who bought the old Thresher of William Howarth in Sodus, have already paid out more than fifty dollars for repairs. Not a good investment boys.

-The Schr. Pilot, Capt. Pallister, arrived in port Sept. 11th, with Flour and Corn Meal, and left for Sodus after a load of wood for Toronto.

-Cornelius Deright having sold his farm, one mile south of Slocum's Corners, in Ontario, sold off his personal property at auction Oct. 14th. Add Turner was auctioneer.

-R.B. Belden is now building a new cider brandy still in Sodus village, to run in connection with his cider mill. Of course the highest price will be paid in cash for cider apples.

-Orlando W. Powers, son of J.W. Powers, Esq., and Charles S. Lacy, son of Mr. D.V. Lacy, of our village, have gone to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to attend lectures this fall and winter; the former is studying for a Lawyer, while the latter has entered for a Physician.


November 1869


On Sunday morning, Oct. 10th, Mr. Charles Leppe, of Sodus, and mate of the Schooner Sylph, Capt. Charles Doville, of Sodus, while off Port Stanley, Canada, was swept overboard by the forboon. We append the letter of Capt. Doville, to the father of the unfortunate young man, announcing the sad accident:

Lake Erie, Oct. 10th, 1869

My Dear Friend: I write to give you the particulars about your lost boy. Just after eating breakfast this morning I told Charlie we would wing the vessel out. We were then going with the canvas all on the starboard side. They were hauling all the sheet, and had it nearly in. The sail was going from one side to the other. I saw Charlie in the way of it on the deck-load, and I told him to get down or he would be swept overboard; but no, he said he was all right. There being a big sea on, the sail came over, and he was in the way of it, and it pushed him overboard. I had cautioned him that morning about standing where there was danger, but he said he would not get overboard, so I said no more. As soon as henwent over there was a plank thrown out for him to get on, but he had a flannel smock on and could not swim for more than two or three minutes, and in that time he could not reach the plank. I put the wheel down and jibbed her all standing. I was afraid I would dismast the vessel, but little did I care for that if I could only save him from drowning. As soon as the vessel was in such shape that we could get the small boat down, she was immediately lowered, and three of us got into her and started. We were not over two minutes getting started with the boat, but there was such a sea on that it took us some time before we could reach the place where we last saw him. We were going about nine or ten miles an hour, so it did not take a great while for to leave him some distance astern. We came very near losing our lives while in the boat. The boat shipped a sea which filled her about one-fourth full. I thought it was all day with us too. This all happened at about 8 o'clock A.M., about off Port Stanley, as nearly as I could judge. You cannot imagine what my feelings were when I saw that he was gone. I could not have felt worse if it had been a brother; but feeling bad will not bring him back. You may lay this to the vessel and you may lay it to me; but when you hear all, you will not lay it to either.

From your most sincere friend,

Cha's Doville.


-Mrs. E.F. Ellet, the Authoress, has been spending a few days at Mr. Purdy's in Clyde.

-John Gage, of Ontario, an old inhabitant, died October 12th, aged about 80 years.

-G.W. David of the Clyde Times, has gone to St. Louis.

-Mrs. Parsons, of Sodus, sold her paint shop and lot to Mr. Drake for $700.

-John Couts, of Sodus, has sold his interest in the furnace to Wing O'Brien, for $900.

-Hon. S.C. Cuyler sprained his ankle a few days since, and is now confined to the house.

-Capt. James B. Todd, is at home with a lame hand, and will not be able to sail any more this fall.

-Charles Butcher, of Red Wing, Minn., will please accept our thanks for documents received.

-Alexander Sunds, of Ontario, is building a new house at Lake Side, to cost when completed about $10,000.

-Joseph Cottrell, of this town, has purchased 160 acres of land in Western Kansas. His son, George, intends to go there soon.

-Belden & Paddock, have purchased a large quantity of Apples at this place this fall.

-Henry Beeter, of the late firm of Beeter & Woodhull, of this place, intends to remain in town this winter and work at his trade.

-Samuel Lyons, of this place, has sold his stock of goods to Fish & Benton, of this place, and intends to move to Virginia.

-Joseph Polger's daughter, of Sodus, fell and broke her arm at the elbow, a short time since.

-David Alexander and wife, formerly of this town, now of Michigan, have been stopping in town for some days.

-Capt. H.N. Throop has been confined to the house for several days with inflammation of the eyes.

-Mrs. Dr. H.R. Moses, of Sodus, has returned from a visit to her friends in Cayuga county.

-Col. John Cottrell and wife, and James Johnson, have returned home from the West, having been absent on a visit four or five months.

-Mary Conlin, a blind girl from Savannah, in this county, has become an inmate at the new State Asylum for the Blind at Batavia.

-Clarence Auchampach, son of Harvey Auchampach of this village, has gone to a Dry Goods Store at Elbridge, Onondaga county.

-Silas Tabor, a veteran of the war of 1812, walked from Palmyra to Marion, a short time since, to celebrate his eightieth birthday.

-Mrs. J.H. Green, of Sodus, was severely bruised a few days since, by being thrown from a buggy and trampled upon by the horse.

-A.B. Maynard, of South Butler, was severely gored by an ugly Cow, some days since, and hopes of his recovery are considered doubtful.

-Mr. Kellicut, of Huron, has sold his farm in that town to Mr. R.H. Newell, for $2,000; and has bought the farm lately owned by Mr. R.B. Sours, in the same town, for $5,300.

-George W. Paddock, of Sodus, has erected a new front to his house, and C. Snyder is getting up the foundation for a new building.

-Samuel Lyon, James B. Craggs, Capt. John Palmer, and Capt. Henry Roys, all of this place, have gone to Virginia with the intention of buying land.

-Capt. E.M. Allen, of Williamson, has been again elected to the office of School Commissioner for this district, and John McGonigal for the eastern, by small majorities.

-Ambrose Hall, of Marion, has been elected Member of Assembly from this district by the Republicans. Jacob Norris, of Palmyra, run as an independent candidate.

-Phillip Hoot and Joseph Tunally, Jr., have purchased the balance of the Corn left in the Schr. John Welden, wrecked at this place, for $300, and will make about $150 each clear.

-Thomas Masten, of Sodus, who was hired to take the rigging off the Schr. John Weden, that went ashore just below this place, fell from the trestletrees Nov. 3d, and was killed.

-Martin Prentiss and family left this town November 13th, for Virginia, where he intends to reside, having purchased a farm of 126 acres, about forty miles from Richmond, and said to be good land.

-William Beckwith, of this place, wishing to go back to England, will sell his Cabinet Shop, and Furniture on hand, at greatly reduced prices. Give Mr. B. a call, as he is determined to sell.

-Capt. Andrew Roys, arrived home from Liverpool, a few days since, having been absent on a two years' cruse on the Atlantic and Pacific. He now thinks of making California his future home, as he is of the opinion that for climate and farming purposes it cannot be beat.

-George F. Waters, son of Zimri Waters, of this village, has left for Philadelphia, he having been appointed Paymaster's Clerk in the U.S. Navy, and assigned for duty on board of the U.S. Iron Clad Steamer Miantonomah. George will no doubt give perfect satisfaction.

ACCIDENT - On the evening of Nov. 11th Mrs. Thomas Seely, of Williamson, while walking the streets, fell and broke one of her legs, which was probably adjusted by that skilled physician and surgeon Dr. A.G. Austin.

-Ledyard, Beardsley & Co. have their Cider Vinegar Works all in running order at this place. They have Tank Room capable of holding one thousand barrels, and they are all full. It is quite an establishment and will well pay any one to take a look at their works.

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