In 1912 most of our relatives still lived on farms or in rural communities, areas not always well-covered in standard city and village directories. Telephone service wasn't that widespread so they might not be found in old telephone books. Many farmers were members of local agricultural associations or Grange members (Patrons of Husbandry) and can be found listed in old membership records and minutes - if there are surviving records. Still, we hope that they're listed somewhere at some point in time! Often overlooked printed resources for finding yearly listings of rural residents include publications such as state agricultural yearbooks, large technical agricultural and horticultural reports, and national and state livestock breeders' registries and directories.

The names below were abstracted from an extensive specialized state-wide listing in:

Twentieth Annual Report of the Department of Agriculture For the Year Ending September 30, 1912, Part III. State of New York Department of Agriculture. Albany: J.B. Lyon Company, Printers, 1913.

This publication series would be available for this and other years at the State Library in Albany, the N.Y. State Agricultural College at Cornell University in Ithaca, and in the historical collections of other agricultural colleges in New York or other states. This book is not a directory per se, consisting of many technical articles relating to farming. However, publications such as this often have some sort of topical state-wide directory listing indicating county of residence.

From the census, we're aware that a relative was a "farmer" and aren't able to explore beyond that fact. The Wayne County residents below were farmers who were specifically reported by breeders' associations to the State of New York as owning purebred livestock. There were most likely others not included here who had not registered their stock with breed-specific associations. The listing below gives us some idea of the individual farmer's personal agricultural interests, whether as a hobby or a full-time business. The numbers are the number of animals they owned, and where -- is indicated, the State was unaware how many animals they owned. All spellings are exactly as listed and won't be changed on the page.


Raymer, Fred C., Sodus, 1

Raymer, Fred C., Sodus, 2


Beeman, Geo. M., Lyons, 5


Beeman, Geo. M., Lyons, 4

Harris, L.L., Red Creek, 3
Leggett, C.E., Newark, 20
Lont, Stell, Red Creek, 1
Lookup, C.H., Marion, 1
Malcolm, J.B., Marion, 9

Bates, George, Red Creek, 4
Coveny, Robt., Walworth, 39
Danford, W.E., Sodus, 15
Eddy, J.C., Williamson, 12
Eldredge, C.A., Palmyra, 1
Garlock, A.N., Marion, 1
Hawley, C.H., Red Creek, 2
Hewson, Bertrand, Lyons, 1
Lawrence, W.H., Clyde, 1
McArthur, J.W. & Sons, Red Creek, 1
Meade, Willis S., Clyde, 4
Mertz, George J., Palmyra, 3
Mitchell, E.C., Sodus, 6
Perkins, H. & Son, Red Creek, 35
Preston, Geo., Sodus, 1
Raymer, Fred C., Sodus, 4
Reeves, R. Newell, E. Palmyra, 2
Rice, Judson E., Sodus, 1
Richardson, John H., Wolcott, 6
Sembke, Fred W., Lyons, 9
Sweezey, C.R., Marion, 7
Sweezey, L.J., Marion, 26
Townsend, Geo. J., Palymra, 1
Tuttle, DeWitt A., Walworth, 4
Walhizer, A.G., Sodus, 1
Walton, John H., Palmyra, 13
Wykle, Alexander H., Clyde, 20

Beal, Catherine E., Palmyra, 7
Buell, Fred G., Clyde, 2
Gordon & Hallingworth, Pultneyville, 19
Lapham, Geo. P., Maedon, 10
Littel, H.M., Macedon, 20
McLouth, Charles, Palmyra, 2
Morris, Robert, Lincoln, Wayne 10
Page, Mrs. W.C., Palmyra, 1
Reynolds, John J., Macedon, 3
Shourds, D.S., Macedon, 8
Townsend, Geo. J., Palmyra, 1
Vanderbilt, Ronaldo, Lyons, 11

Beal, Catherine, E. Palmyra, 2
Norris, E.B., Sodus, 4
Stearns, Geo. T., Palmyra, 20


Eldredge, C.A., Palmyra, 65

Blakeman, W.S., Clyde, 8
Glover, E.H., Clyde, 1

Whitney, J.C., Red Creek, --

MERINO (American)
Whitney, J.C., Red Creek, --

MERINO (Rambouillet)
Hiserodt, William, Red Creek, 30

Whitney, J.C., Red Creek, --

Beal, Catherine, E. Palmyra, 41
Mitchell, Albert A., Palmyra, 80
Perkins, H. & Son, Red Creek, 34
Stearns, Geo. T., Palmyra, 30

Whitney, J.C., Red Creek, --


Eldredge, C.A., Palmyra, 22
Little, H.M., Macedon, --
Pierie, John W., Clyde, 8
Reeves, R. Newell, E. Palmyra, 1

Mitchell, D.P., Clyde, R.D. 1, 10
Whitney, J.C., Red Creek, --

CHESTER-WHITE (Ohio Improved)
Gordon & Hollingworth, Pultneyville, 1

Whitney, J.C., Red Creek, --

Little, H.M., Macedon, --

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