Thursday, January 8, 1880

Part 1

The following was transcribed from an original copy of "The Lyons Republican," Thursday, January 8, 1880. This paper also traditionally carried quite a bit of news from the Town of Galen, as well as other county towns. This is Part 1 of a multi-installment transcription.

Local Correspondence.


General Items. -
The third reception by the "Silent Ten," held at Perkins' hall last Friday evening, was the superlative of either of the former receptions. About one hundred and thirty guests were present. The hall had been re-decorated with fresh evergreens and national flags. We noticed a number of guests present from Huron, Rose and Savannah. The next reception will be held on Friday evening, Jan. 6th. The "Ten" will close their receptions for the season with a bal masque at Town Hall on Friday evening, Jan. 30th.

Rev. A.R. Strong, for about two years past the pastor of the Clyde Presbyterian church, having resigned his pastorate, preached his farewell sermon last Sunday. He has accepted a call from the Presbyterians of Hoboken, N.J.

Mr. L. McConnell, whose disappearance a short time ago caused a world of gossip here, has returned in safety. He had been nofarther than Syracuse.

From the fact that Mr. Hiram Hovey had formerly been in business here, and was as well-known in Clyde as in Lyons, his terrible death caused as much excitement here as it did there.

Mr. C.S. Cooper, a class-leader in the Methodist church here, was presented by his class with a splendid castor and cake-basket, as a New-Year's present.

The funeral of Mrs. Vandenberg, wife of Hon. John Vandenberg, took place from the residence at two o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. J.C. Thoms, pastor of the Baptist church preached the funeral sermon. Rev. A.W. Green, of the Methodist church, pronounced the benediction. S.S. Morley, S.J. Childs, Amos Delany, A.O. Holmes, R. Perkins and William Munn were bearers.


Again the fire-fiend has ravaged the property of one of our citizens; and again we shall hear the re-echoed cry from the papers in the country round - "When will Wolcott have a fire-engine?" Last Friday night our citizens were startled by the cries of "Fire! Fire!" It was soon found that the grist-mill of William Roe was on fire. It is supposed that it originated in the office of the mill, from the stove. It once before caught fire in the same place, but by timely interference the flames were extinguished. We understand that there was an insurance on the property of $4,000; but as the mill has within the last two years been extensively repaired and extended, and a great deal of new machinery introduced, the insurance will ono more than cover one-half the loss.

The scholars of the fourth grade have acknowledged their appreciation of their teacher Miss Leila Worthy, by presenting her with a beautiful Christmas gift - an elegant gold card-receiver.

Mr. Wardell will now have the sole management of the Wright & Wardell saw-mill.

Mr. J.E. Lawrence, of this village, has recenty erected a monment over the grave of Henry Graham in Clyde cemetery. It is twenty-one feet high, weighs eleven tons, and cost $1,800.

Miss Louise Wilder died at the residence of her aunt Mrs. J.E. Leavenworth on Sunday afternoon, December 28. Her health had for some time been failing, and her death was not unexpected. Her disease was consumption.

The annual election of the A.O.U.W. occurred at their lodge-room on Monday night, and the following officers were chosen; J.W. Hoag, M.W.; J.L. Phillipps, G.F.; Wm. Phillipps, O.; James Merrill, Recorder; E.J. Peck, F.; H.L. Munn, Rec.; M.C. Paddock, Trustee; J.W. Hoag, Representative to Grand Lodge; E.M. Walker, Alternate.

Miss Jennie Slee, a student of the Oswego Normal School, has been at home during the vacation.

Miss Louie Slee, of the Syracuse University, was in town during the holidays.

Chas. Gillette, of Oswego county, is visiting friends in Wolcott.

Dr. Wilder, of New York, was in Wolcott last week to attend the funeral of his daughter.

The pastors of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches fared well on Christmas day. Mr. Mills being the recipient of an elegant gold watch from the members of his flock, and Mr. Rice receiving an entire set of crockery from the members of his.

Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Northrup have been called to mourn the loss of their little son Harry, aged two years.

Clarence Smith, who is teaching the school in Cato, was home on a holiday vacation.

John Tompkins, of Brooklyn, is in town, visiting his relatives.

Sodus Centre.

The union Christmas-trees at the hall were pronounced very fine. The literary exercises wre also good.

The fair and supper at the Baptist church more than equaled the expectations of those who attended it, both in receipts and enjoyment. The net receipts were about $50.

The Sunday-school concert at the Baptist church on Sunday evening passed off very nicely.

The Week of Prayer is observed in the Baptist church, ministers from the different churches taking part.

Rev. Mr. Gaffney is out of town this week, doing missionary work abmong the convicts in the Rochester Penitentiary.

Gen. Kilpatrick was present at the services in the Presbyterian church on Sunday evening week, but did not address the audience as was expected by some.

Visitors in town: Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Tobey, of Pittsford; J.B. Lackey, Geary, Mich.; Chas. Lemmon, of New Haven; Mrs. C. Woodruff, Macomb Co., Mich.; Mrs. Fred Bennett and daughters, of Fulton; J.P. Berethrong, of Washington, D.C.; Amon Bronson, of Rochester; Mrs. G.D. Warren, of Rochester; Mr. Frank Blodgett, of Jamestown; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Crowley, of Rochester; F.B. Young, of Rome; Will Story, of Canandaigua; Mr. and Mrs. Nelson McMullen, of Clifton Springs; Chas. Hickey, of Phelps; Loren Ridley, of Rochester; Jno. Lemmon and daughter Rose, of Michigan.

Supt. T.J. Hamer, of the L.O.S. Ry., was severely injured one day last week, while superintending the loading of some "flats" at Gravel Switch; a heavy piece of frozen earth caved in upon him, striking him just above the knee and making a painful bruise and sprain.

North Rose.

Sleighing is taking a vacation, but we are favored with a fine run of wheeling.

Mr. S.W. Dunham dedicated his new shop by having a dance in it on New-Year's night. About thirty couples were present, and according to accounts they had a "rouser." The music was furnished by Messrs. Gardner and Bradburn.

We have heretofore neglected to mention that a Mr. Hathaway, lately proprietor of the lower hotel at Port Glasgow, has moved into the house vacated by Mrs. Johnson Dean (formerly Mrs. Thos. Hill,) and Mr. and Mrs. Dean have assumed control of the hotel.

We should have been pleased to have published the names of the ladies in town who would receive New Year's calls, but as we personally received no invitation from any lady to call, we take it for granted they did not receive.

Mr. Jas. Smith, son of J.S. Smith, is quite seriously ill. He is under the medical care of Dr. E.H. Draper, of Wolcott. Miss Maggie Smith is also in very ill health.

There seems to be some murmurings in regard to the conduct at the Lyceum. The principal cause is alleged to be unfair decisions on the various questions discussed.

There will be a sociable at the residence of Mr. Chas. G. Oaks on Wednesday evening, for the purpose of raising an additional fund for organ purposes.

The Collector's notices are up, inviting people to come out and pay the duty on the right of owning property within the limits of this fair domain. Geo. Jeffers is the man ready to take the tax-payers' cash; and if there is ever a time when a man is willing to declare his poverty it is at tax-paying time.

South Butler. (Reported by Miss Grundy.)

Suit has been begun by the South Butler Cheese Factory against R. Bamber & Co., of New York, to recover the proceeds of the last make of cheese, which amounts to some eight hundred dollars. The suit will be carried on in this county. Hon. J.H. Camp will conduct the prosecution.

When Dr. F__ came to this place the churches were all opened for him, and he preached in two of them. He stood before the open Bible, and taking a passage therefrom, delivered a discourse, claiming to be a christian minister; but on Sunday evening before last he spoke in the Phelps schoolhouse, giving out that the Bible is merely an hypothesis!

Rev. D.O. Thomas, of New Brunswick, has occupied the pulpit of the Disciple church for two or three Sundays, proving himself a very able preacher. We understand efforts are being made to secure him for the winter.

A donation was given for the benefit of Rev. R.H. Bateman of the Advent church, last week, in D.D. Doty's new house.

Little visitors here recently came to the houses of Edwin Campbell and Rob't. Weeks, Jr.

Azel Hough has been home on a vacation.

Miss Strong, of Weedsport, has been visiting at her grandfather's (Isaac Strong) in this village.

South Lyons.

The Athenaeum met on Tuesday evening, at the residennce of Mr. Benj. Bradley. The exercises, consisting of music, select readings, declamations, &c., were unusually entertaining. After intermission the society were favored with a song by Clayton Bradley, followed by the colloquy, "All is not Gold that Glitters" - which was admirably rendered in all its parts. The reading of The Reflector, by Miss Matie, was next in order. Its pages were overflowing with good things, both practical and pleasing - the query column, newsy paragraphs, advertisements, and the rare boquet of flowers from some contributor making it particularly attractive. The officers for the ensuing two weeks are as follows: Mr. Burr Jennings, President; Miss Fannie Bridgeman, Vice-President; Miss Maggie Bradley, Secretary; Mr. Bridgeman, Editor. The society then adjourned, to meet the following Tuesday evening, at Mr. James Hornbeck's on the Pre-emption.

Sodus Point.

The body of Morrison, the man who was lost from the dredge, a month ago was recovered yesterday (the 3d inst.). It was discovered floating in the water near the elbow of the east pier, by Charles and Fred. Doville, who were out shooting ducks. The skull was found to be crushed in; hence death must have been instantaneous. It will be remembered a reward of $50 was offered for the recovery of the body, but we understand the Messers. Doville will not claim it.

New-Year's day was celebrated here by a shooting-match and quite a general drunk; and speaking of drunkenness we will venture the prediction that no license will be granted in this town next year.


Mr. James Dingman, after a long illness, expired on Friday, Jan. 2d. He died in great peace and triumph.

Mr. Montague Nichols' sickness shocks our community, yet there are hopes entertained of his recovery.

Mr. Wm. Conine has had quite a violent attack of bleeding at the lungs.

James B. Rowe goes to Court this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Conine have been making quite an extended tour west. Their long absence from here has been deeply felt.

J.J. Herman has purchased a new carriage.


SHEER-KAISER:- In Arcadia, at the home of the bride, by Rev. L.L. Jacobie, assisted by Rev. Mr. DuBois, Dec. 30, 1879, Mr. Albert D. Sheer and Miss Louisa Kaiser, both of Fairville.


VANDENBERG.- In Clyde, Jan. 2, 1880, Rebecca, wife of John Vandenberg, aged 49 years.

LANCASTER.- In Lyons, Jan. 2, 1880, John H., son of Samuel and Louise Lancaster, aged 8 months and 15 days.

JOYCE.- In Clyde, Dec. 28, 1879, Patrick Joyce, aged about 60 years.

KELLOGG.- In Butler, Dec. 23, 1879, Mrs. Marietta Kellogg, aged 69 years, 5 months and 16 days.

WILKES.- In Port Byron, Dec. 28, 1879, Antoinette, wife of Alvin Wilkes, aged 40 years, 3 months and 20 days.

RIGGS.- In Mosierville, Mich., Dec. 28, 1879, Lily Riggs, only daughter of Mrs. Joseph Riggs (formerly Mrs. Spencer Riggs, of Lyons,) in the 12th year of her age.

Subscription Credits for December.

(This appears to be names of people who made payments on their subscriptions to this paper in December 1879. Names are given in order of appearance on the list, dollar amounts they paid left off. Residences weren't given, but some people might reside in Seneca or Ontario Counties.)

M. Gifford
John Weaver
N.A. Drown
Thos. P. Thorn
Erwin Foster
R.L. Barrick
J.H. Bixby
W.H. Hotaling
Isaac Barton
A. Van Valkenburg
F.A. Jenkins
Edmund Hill
C.B. Herendeen
Harry Bisch
Stephen Skinkle
J.T. DeGolyer
G.H. Filkins
Walter Cline
S.W. Braman
E.P. Soper
G.H. Cramer
Geo. Deuel
A.L. Closs
S. Scott
Geo. Stell
Geo. P. Foist
Miss Clare Rice
R.A. Lytle
J.W. Newton
D. Proseus
S.H. Briggs
A. Veeder
Mrs. P.P. Snyder
C.H. Graham
Mrs. E. Stitwell
Wm. Jordan
Mrs. Wm. Taylor
Wm. Barton
John Jewell
Miss Dwinell
M. Yackel
W.J. Filkins
Gilbert Burnett
A.H. Towar
C.S. Edwards
E.O. Wheeler
Mrs. F. Gardner
E.S. Wood
John C. Thurston
W.W. Paddock
Mariette Mitchell
T. Edwards
Chas. Potwine
A.P. Warren
E.E. Burleigh
Jacob Espenscheid
J.E. Fellers
Geo. Grenell
C.H. Putney
Chas. Deady
F. Maguire
Harvey Geer
Chas. M. Stone
Henry Gillett
Mrs. Eliza Palmer
Dr. W.H. Greene
Jas. Hannas
J. Welch
Geo. Frey
Warren Munson
T.S. Brink
E.R. Bloomer
Frederick Baker
E.H. Hopkins
Dr. H.D. Vosburg
Mr. Cash
John Overslaugh
A.W. Johnson
D.K. Perrine
Jos. F. Case
B. Catchpole
Adele Martin
D. Chappell
Jas. Hotaling
Mrs. Palmer
Martin Martin
Theodore Hill
Fred Hoeltzel
Wm. Pulse
Mrs. N.A. Parrish
Wm. Walling
C.H. Upson
Jas. Weller
Wm. Baldridge
G.W. Cramer
Geo. Shuler
Leland Johnson
H.S. Whitlock
James Dunn
Rev. Wm. Young
Wm. Ashford
Mrs. R.B. Hawley
C. Rooker
Mrs. S.S. Briggs
Silas H. Wares
A. Espenschied
C.W. Hinman
John C. Rogers
Edwin Pultz
Chas. Sebring
Henry Hoppel
M. Thornton
Lewis Barton
E.D. Francisco
Ehrhardt & A.
H. Lincks, Jr.
Wm. L. Stevens
A. McIntyre
V.R. Richmond
Edwin Evans
Jeff Sparks
Miss McRorie
W.H. Bockoven
W.H. Gilbert
J.T. Mack
S.H. Foster
I. F. McMillan
E.H. Hopkins
G. Case
B.H. Allen
Mrs. John Bartlett
M. Meder
A.R. Hunt
Louis Kreiss
Mrs. Mary Middaugh
Philip Boeheim
Walter Emery
Mrs. Dimick
A.L. Braden
Harry Richmond
E. Riggs
Mrs. Albright
H. Baltzel
M. Hart
Mrs. D.C. Austin
G.H. Lang
H.H. Wheeler, Jr.
Mrs. R. Hanchett
S.C. Unger
Jacob Vanderbilt
Edwin Campbell
Mrs. E.A. Hopkins

Destructive Fire in Lock Berlin.

Early last Saturday morning the small building adjoining the residence of Mrs. Morgan Cookingham in Lock Berlin, and occupied this winter as a grocery, was discovered to be on fire by a girl who slept in an upper room, and who was awakened by the smoke penetrating her window. She made an alarm at once, and roused the household. Mr. James Cookingham went at once to the door of the grocery building; and opening it, there came out such a volume of flame and smoke that entrance was impossible. The interior was all on fire; and the opening of the door only added to the fierceness of the flames, which were communicated in the dwelling. The neighbors turned out in force, and did all they could to save the property from destruction; but there wre no adequate means at hand for extinguishing the flames, and the buildings were soon burned to the ground. Nearly all of the furniture, carpets, &c., were saved, though in a somewhat damaged condition; but the grocery stock, boks, &c., including the books and accounts of the estate of Morgan Cookingham, deceased, were totally destroyed. Providentially the direction of the wind at the time prevented the fire reaching the barn. The buildings, &c., destroyed are estimated to have been worth between $2,000 and $3,000; insured, we are told, $2,000. The loss of the books and papers belonging to the estate may greatly embarrass the administrators in their settlements. A watch-dog, shut up in the grocery, was burned to death. The origin of the fire is not clear. Some suspect that it was the work of incendiary tramps.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS To Produce Claims. - Pursuant to an order of T.W. Collins, Surrogate of Wayne county, notic is hereby given to all persons having claims against Morgan Cookingham, late of the town of Galen in said county, deceased, that they are required to exhibit the same, with the vouchers thereof, to Mary Cookingham and George Carver, the administrators of said deceased, at the residence of said George Carver, once of said administrators, in the town of Lyons in said county, on or before the 11th day of September, A.D. 1880. - Dated Jan. 6, 1880.
Mary Cookingham
George Carver,

Suicide in Butler.

We are informed by a gentleman from Butler of a shocking suicide in that town on Monday night. The victim of the self-murdering mania was Charles Merritt, a quiet, industrious, well-disposed farmer, living on the Joel Laberteaux farm about one mile north of South Butler; making his exit from the world through the instrumentality of a razor, with which he cut his throat almost from ear to ear, and died within a few minutes after giving himself the fatal wound.

Merritt was a man in middle life, and had a wife and children. For several years and until about two years ago he lived on the John Fowler farm in Savannah; and removed to the one mentioned above, he took upon himself obligations greater (it would seem) than he was able to meet. Unable to see how he could meet payments nearly due, he grew despondent and moody, until in a moment of frenzy he took his own life.

The bereaved wife and family are deservedly the object of universal sympathy in Butler and Savannah.

[Note about the poor listings below. It's not stated whether these are people who were receiving "home relief" in December 1879, or people who provided goods and services to the two town overseers of the poor. As there are so many women listed, some might be widows or women with no means of support, or conversely, women who were paid for produce, cooking or providing nursing or sewing services for the town poor. Dollar amounts have been left off, but amts. are in even dollars or half dollars. If you recognize any of these people and know of their circumstances, that would help us to describe what this list represented.]


STATEMENT showing the expenditures of the Overseers of the Poor of the town of Lyons during the month of December, published in accordance with a resolution adopted at the Town Meeting in March, 1877.

By Joseph McCall.

Robert Ditton
John Parkman
Antone Valrath (probably Walrath, but written down as pronounced.)
Mrs. Fox
Mrs. Stell
George Klinck
Mrs. Grim
Mrs. Lake
J. Boyar
Mrs. Windows
Miss Woodham
Mrs. Peterson
Mrs. Richardson, Pilgrimport
Mrs. Koock
Mrs. Broderick
Mrs. Lumbert
Miss Fundy
Mrs. Johnson
Mrs. Enstee
Mrs. Beckwith
Mrs. Gates
Stiles Hecox
T. Creager
Mrs. Decker
Edward Ryan
Mrs. Omma

By C. Engelhardt.

Mrs. Hazard
Mrs. Clara Wooby
Mrs. Wooby
Mrs. Banister
Mrs. Matzolff
Mrs. Sarah Ryan
Mrs. Wilbur
Mrs. Weber
Mrs. Brundage
Mrs. Chappel
Mrs. Durkee
Mrs. Ditton
Mrs. Pikins
Mrs. Winslow (Arcadia)
Mrs. A. Walrath
Wm. Babcock (back order)
John Genthner, (board of child)
Peter Fingleton, (private)
Harry Warren

Elizabeth A. Jackson, plaintiff, against Thomas Agett and Mary Agett his wife, Mary Bourne, William Bourne and Sarah Bourne his wife, and George W. Jackson, husband of plaintiff, defendants. In pursuance of an order of the Supreme Court made in the above entitled action, dated the 30th day of December, 1879, the undersigned, referee in partition, will sell at public auction to the highest bidder, at the front steps of the Court House in the village of Lyons, N.Y., on the 21st Day of February, 1880, at 10 o'clock A.M., all that certain piece or parcel of land situate in township number eleven in the first range of townships, town of Lyons and Arcadia, in the county of Wayne and State of New York, (the town line running through the lots number 82, 69, 54, &c.,) being a subdivision of lot number sixty-nine next north of and adjoining lot number fifty-four, bounded as follows: [long surveyor's description omitted here. Please check with county clerk's office for deeds owned by parties mentioned. 60 & 75/100th acres]

Also, all that subdivision of great lot number eighty-two north of and adjoining the last named subdivision, bounded as follows: [long description left out. 20 acres.]

Also, all that tract or parcel of land situate in the town of Galen in said county of Wayne, and bounded and described as follows, viz.: beginning at the north-east corner of A.G. Percy's lot; thence south eighty-eight degrees east one chain and ninety-eight and one half links to the southeast corner of land owned by the heirs of Henry Murphy, deceased; thence south three degrees and fifty minutes west three chains and thirty-six links to a stake in the corner of a lot formerly owned by Aaron Wheeler; thence north eighty-eight degrees west one chain ninety-eight and one-half links to the southeast corner of a lot owned by A.G. Percy aforesaid; thence north three degrees and fifty minutes east three chains and thirty-six links to the place of beginning, containing two-thirds of an acre of land.
Dated, Jan. 2d, 1880,
W.J. Glen, Referee

J.W. Dunwell, Pltf's Att'y.

For information about persons or businesses listed, please direct all research inquiries to the Office of the County Historian.

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