Part 2
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 businessess 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
June 2004

August 1868
September 1868
October 1868
December 1868
January 1861
February 1861
March 1861
April 1861


Pultneyville, August 1868


-Helen, eldest daughter of Augustus Folland, Sodus, died June 20, aged fifteen years.

-E.S. Averill, of the Palmyra COURIER, has been absent on a trip to Montreal and Quebec.

-Harvey H. Pound, has been appointed Post Master at Williamson, vice J.S. Thompson resigned.

-Rev. William Hayward, held Episcopal Services at the Union Church, in this village, Tuesday evening, July 14th.

-William Cogswell, the oldest resident of the town of Marion, died at the old homestead, July 17, aged 90 years.

-Ed. A. Green, Sodus, has gone out of the Hardware business, having closed out his store to Hulett & Gaylord.

-Dennis Lafurgy died at his residence in Sodus Friday, June 26, of cancer on the neck. He has left a large estate to be closed up.

-George Newland, of Palmyra, had his house struck by lightning July 3, and the timely assistance of the family saved his house.

-Cephas Moody of Williamson, has been confined to his house for some time, and hopes of his recovery are very doubtful.

-Geo. O. Baker, of Clyde, the late District Deputy Grand Master of the 18th Masonic District of New York, has been reappointed.

-Col. John Daggett, an old and esteemed citizen of Newark, died in that village on Monday, July 13, and was burried in Masonic honors.

-Prof. Lewis H. Clark, of Sodus, had a Son stroke July 4th. He has so far recovered from the shock as to realize his fatherly condition.

-H.B. Nash has been painting the outside of his hotel at Williamson, and intends in a short time to put a piazza around it. Horace knows how to keep a hotel.

-Rev. J.W. Swallow, Clergyman of the M.E. Church, of this village, baptized twelve persons in the lake at this place, Sunday, July 5, and are now members of his church,.

-Thomas Quaif, our gentlemanly and popular stage driver, has once more taken his seat on the box, having been confined to the house by sickness for the past month.

-M. A. Thorp, yoked up two cows, with his span of horses a head, and worked them for seven days steady, plowing green sward, and the cows gave the same quantity of milk as usual.

-Henry Ward Jr., Freight Agent of the N.Y. Central Rail Road, at Auburn, has been presented with a set of silver plate by the Company. The Old Subscriber is deserving of it.

-Married by the Rev. R.W. Knight, Presbyterian Clergyman of this village, May 28, Henry Allen, of Moravia, to Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Burlingham, daughter of E.W. Shove, of our village.

-J. Haven Powers, is the agent for the Guardian Life Insurance Co., for this town, also agent for the sale of publications, from the well known house of S.E. Scranton & Co., Hartford, Conn.

-Brother Ira Green, died at his residence in this town, July 22, aged 74 years. He was burried in Masonic Order at Williamson, the 24, being a member of Pultneyville Lodge, No. 159 F.A.M.

-Lyon & Griffin of this village, are selling of Dry Goods, Groceries, Cookery, Hardward, &c, at greatly reduced rates, and will defy competition. They have also received a fine stock of coal, both hard and soft.

-John Derew, of our village, was arrested for stealing a short time since, and brought up before Chief Justice Throop, who required him to give bail for $220, or go to jail. He did'nt do no sich thing, for he slid out of town before morning.

-D.L. Reed, residing about four miles west of our village, said that Pope in his writings says "that an honest man is one of the noblest works of God;" but he says that it has been about seventy years since he has had a job of making one.

-One by one the roses falling,

Drop by drop the spring runs dry,

One by one the hairs will fall,

But Higgins' hair regenerator containing no Sulphur, it is used by all, gray or bald, and sold by Druggist in every town.

-Gen. John B. Murray, of Seneca, and Hon. Ormon Archer, and T.W. Collins, of this county, are looking for a nomination to congress from this 24th District, at the convention to be held at Port Byron, the 5th of August. It is rumored but it may be mere rumor, that our present member Hon. T.M. Pomeroy, does not expect a re-nomination. His prospects for speakership can't save him now.

ARRIVALS: - Mrs. Kellogg, Palmyra; Mrs. J. Case, Clifton; Prof. Samuel Owen, the glass blower from Michigan; Jennie Butler, Canada; William Sherwood, New York; Mrs. Benj. Lee, Daughter and Niece, Albany; George Freeman, Wife and Son, Brockport; Josie Wilder, Lyons; Chas. Redfield, Long street & Manning, A.B. Wooster, Mat Van Wagoner, Jim Eaton, Demster Mooer, Syracuse; Mrs. Capt. Ross Smith, Chicago; Wm. J. Harris, Mr. Jennings, Avon,; J.G. Genn, Rochester; Capt. Boynton, Utica; Miss Florence Ward, Alexandria Bay; J.M. Reynolds, Ogdensburgh; Past Ass't Paymaster W.W. Woodhull, U.S. Navy, Wife and Son, Philadelphia, Pa; W. Smith, Prop. "Lowell;" Russell & Huggins, J.S. Rich, Marion; Miss Nellie Pallister, Walworth; J.S. Goodnow, Ontario; Mrs. Capt. Henry W. Roys, Mrs. Geo. M. Nichols, Palmyra; Mrs. Beemer, Williamson; Miss Jennie Wilcox, Rochester; T.W. Collins, Lyons; L.E. Phant, Troy; Spring C. Hicken, Fowlerville.


September 1868


-Hon. Lewis Selye, M.C., Rochester, will please accept our thanks for documents received.

-Mrs. J.C. Lovett, died at her residence in Palmyra, August 15th.

-Dr. L.M. Gaylord, of Sodus, has sold his corner house and lot to Elijah Blanchard, consideration, $1000.

-Joel Pratt, living just west of our village, was presented a few days since by his wife, with a pair of twins.

-John VanWinkle, of our village, has about completed one of the finest barns in this section, large and roomy.

-Mrs. E.F. Ellet, gives one of her Dramatic readings at the Sodus Academy, Friday evening, September 4th.

-Amasa Garritt, formerly of Ellenville, N.Y., died at the residence of R. Reynolds, in this village, August 2, aged 72 years.

-Dr. A.G. Austin, of our town, fell from a lead of hay a short time since, breaking three of his ribs. But the Doc is out again.

-Prof. Curtiss, of the Sodus Academy, commenced the Fall Term of that institution August 17th, and will continue fourteen weeks.

-Lorenzo Whitney's son, Sodus, was thrown from a wagon a short time since, while the team were running away, breaking his ankle.

-Passed Assistant Paymaster Wm. W. Woodhull, of the U.S. Navy, and family, will leave for Philadelphia, Pa., Monday, August 31.

-Jefferson Sherman, of Marion, has received the appointment as principal of the Macedon Accademy, and has commenced the Fall Term.

-Capt. Andrew Holling and wife, were thrown from their buggy in this village, August 22, by the breaking of the wheel, fortunately escaping uninjured.

-Prescott Fairbanks, son of Rufus Fairbanks, of our town, was married to Eliza, only daughter of James Cooper, at the residence of Mason L. Rogers, July 14.

-Capt. H.N. Throop, has just returned from the Bay of Quinte, where he has purchased quite a large lot of yellow cedar, for ship timber and other purposes.

-Abijah White, of this town, had the fingers of his left hand cut off in a shave machine a short time since, and nothing is left but a part of his thumb and little finger.

-Charles Tremble, living on the ridge road was married to Miss. Chase, of Walworth, Aug., 19; also on the same day, Alfred Pratt, to Miss Ellen Phelps, of Walworth.

-Rev. E.P. Smith, Episcopal Clergyman, of St. Johns Church, Sodus, held evening service at this place August 17. He left the next morning for Buffalo to attend the Diocesan Convention.

-Hiram Harding was in town a few days ago feeling as fine as an old fiddle just strung up, but had to hurry home with his grist, or send for a tailor, as the family were most out of feed.

-T. Scott Ledyard, of our village, lost his youngest daughter, "Maude," August 18, having died with Scarlet Fever. The servises were held at the house, Rev. J.W. Webster, Episcopal Clergyman of Palmyra, officiating.

-Luther Shults, a merchant at Walworth, fell out of a wagon at the Depot in Palmyra, Aug. 24th, striking the back of his head on the ground, he was taken up for dead, but at last accounts he was considered out of danger.

-Capt. Russ Smith has been promoted in the "Northern Transportation Co.," by taking him from the propeller Empire, and placeing him on a new boat that has just been launched at Cleveland, the name of which we have not learned.

-Orlando Austin, and E.R. Woodhull, of this town, have the agency for the Patent Fruit Picker, for the counties of Wayne, Ontario, and Seneca. They have a soft thing, and it can't help but sell where it is introduced. Live agents wanted.

-W. Sinsabaugh, has bought out the Harness Shop, formerly run by Todd & Maines, at Williamson. Several years experience in a first class city shop, a general knowledge of the business, and a determination to use good stock, and to sell as cheap as the same class of work can be bought for elsewhere.

-Abram Wesse, in J. Reynolds' store at this place, got burnt a few days since, by the bursting of a carboy of oil of vitriol. He was attempting to get some out, when it flew all over his pants, burning them up instantly: he ran immediately into the lake, and luckey for him, escaped with only the blistering of his feet.

-Mrs. William Hoagland, of our town, displayed good deal of nerve a short time since; she heard a Weasel after one of her chickens, and in less than a minute she had Mr. Weasel by the throat; but the animal let his teeth in to her hand so bad, that she had to send for a butcher knife and cut its head off before he would release his holt. Bill that beats your time.

-Alfred Allen, died at his residence in this village, on Saturday, August 22, aged 57 years and was burried the 25th, disease consumption. The services were held at the house, Rev. J.W. Webster, Episcopal Clergyman of Palmyra officiating. Mr. Allen was a fine man, made a good citizen, and was respected by all. He had a life policy of $5,000 in the "Charter Oak," which will go to his two daughters.

-Married on the 24th of August, at the residence of the brides father, James H. Reeves, in the town of Arcadia, the Rev. David Hathaway, of Battle Creek, Mich., to Miss Mary Reeves, by the Rev. Mr. Shumway, of Newark. About 200 relatives were present, among which were Merrit Adams, ages 88 years, and Stephen Reeves, aged 73 years; also Dr. Reeves and Dr. Sprague, of this town, and Dr. Peer, of Ontario, were in attendance, and they had a good time generally. The happy pair will leave in a few days for their western home.


October 1868


-Benoni Nye of this town, lost a daughter of five years old, a short time since, with heart disease.

-Saxon B. Gavitt, of Lyons, had the misfortune to sprain his ankle a few days since, but he is all O.K. again.

-Adrian Contant, has the exclusive right for the sale of "Morton's Patent Fruit Gatherers,' in the town of Sodus.

-John D. Westfall, of Lyons, has bought a farm of 180 acres near Battle Creek, Mich., and is going there in October.

-Pliny Sexton, of Palmyra, had his house entered a few nights since, and about $30 in money was taken from his pockets.

-Rev. Wm. H. Goodwin, of Clifton Springs, addressed the Republicans, at the Union Church, in this village September 16th.

-Capt. Russ Smith has taken charge of his new propeller the City of Concord. She is old splendid, and he is the man for her.

-Peters Allen has been very sick with a fever, at his residence in Williamson, and hopes of his recovery at one time were considered doubtful.

-John Cottrell and Wife, and James Johnson, have returned from New Jersey, having been absent about three weeks on a visit to their friends.

-Isaac Bruno, of this town, is Agent for the "Knickerbocker Life Insurance Company," of the city of New York. See his advertisement on first page.

-Dr. Woodworth, of Sodus, has sold his interest in the drug store to his partner, Geo. Tillotson, that he may have more time for the practice of medicine.

-Charles Bingham, spread himself in Palmyra September 15th and 16th, by having a horse trot; but he was to windy to get Prof. Squires to go up in his balloon.

-Miss. Maria Waters, and Miss. Josie Wilder, of our village, are attending the Catholic School in Rochester. It is spoken of as being the finest school in the state.

-Rev. E.P. Smith, Episcopal Clergyman of St. Johns Church, Sodus, will hold evening service at the Union Church, in this place, on Sunday, October 4th, at 7 1-2 o'clock.

-Griffin Lacy & Co., of this village, are getting in their fall stock of Hard Ware, Crockery, Paints, Oils, School Books and Stationery, and they are determined not to be undersold. Call.

-Joseph Gazlay, is making very extensive repairs to his hotel in our village, by adding a wing on the south side, two and a half stories high and about forty foot long. George Cole has the job.

-George Culver, in writing from Chesaning, Mich., says if there is any one in this section that wants to buy land, that they can purchase it there at from five to twenty dollars an acre, and just as good as any in this section.

-T. Scott Ledyard, William R. Liddle, John S. Todd, and Samuel P. Belden, are buying Fall and Winter fruit at this place. They understand their business and intend to pay the market price.

-William Benton has sold his farm, about two miles east of here, consisting of about 60 acres, to Wing O. Brien, of this place - consideration $3,600. It is the farm formerly owned by Milton Fairbanks.

-E.M.K. Glen; of Macedon, has been denominated for Member of Assembly from this district, and Merritt Thornton, of Sodus, for the eastern district, DeWit C. Parshall, of Lyons, declining a re-nomination.

-George Carver, Deup. U.S. Marshall, at Lyons, arrested Charles Knox, of Huron, Sept. 10, for passing 24c fractional currency. He was taken before Commissioner Stors, at Rochester, and held to bail.

-Albert A. Pallister, of our village, has a fine stock of Boots and Shoes constantly on hand; also Custom Work made to order. Burt pays strict attention to business, and should be liberally patronized.

-Chauncey Fish of this town, was nominated by Collector Parsons, for Deup. Collector of Customs for this port, in place of Dr. A.F. Sheldon, the present incumbent, but he was rejected by Sec. McCullock.

-William Whipple, who has been baggage master at the Depot for the past sixteen years, was out here a few days since for the first time in his life. Bill understands handling trunks better than he does a fractious team.

-Hon. George W. Cowles, of Clyde, and Hon. Ornon Archer, of Palmyra, are to speak at the Republican Pole Rising in this village Sept 25. The Pole will be 118 feet above the ground, and will have a Bunting flag 19X30 feet.

-Lyon & Griffin, are constantly receiving from New York, a fresh supply of Dry Goods, Groceries, Crockery, Paints, Oils, &c. They also keep a Coal Yard. The highest market price paid for Wheat and Barley, delivered at their Store-house.

-Friend Tinsley, of the Lyons Republican, says that "Elder" Stegar owes him $2. And that he would like to have him pay up. Bill we have a Judgement against him, besides many dollars due from him when he peddled tin for us, don't you want them cheap?

-Hon. Andrew Cornwall, Member of Assembly from Jefferson Co., last winter, has been nominated for Congress by the democrats of the 20th district, composed of the counties of Jefferson, Lewis, and Herkimer. That district is 4000 Republican majority, hard to overcome; but if they can draw from the opposite party as they did last fall, he will be elected. He is a thorough Democrat, but his record in the House was straight forward and manly.


December 1868


-William A. Fuller, an old resident of Ontario, died at his residence November 10th, aged 66 years.

-J.W. Powers has just returned from Coldwater, Michigan, having never been west of Rochester before.

-Capt. H.N. Throop, has his Shingle Machine in running order, and he is making some splendid cedar shingles.

-Prof. J.E. Tiffany, of Walworth, will commence his Select School in this village on Monday, November 30th.

-George C. Butts, son of Lyman Butts, Sodus, commenced the district school in our village, the 16th of November.

-E.E. Woodhull, is the agent for this town for the sale of "Brinkerhoff's Corn Sheller, Separator and Cleaner."

-John H. Bump, was married to Miss. Helen S. Esterly, both of Palmyra, by the Rev. Horace Eaton, November 19th.

-William J. Douglass, of Williamson, commenced his first Singing School in this village, on Saturday evening, November 21.

-Elizabeth Brock sold off her personal property at auction, at her residence near Clark's Cemetery in Marion, November 14th.

-John, son of George Selby, of our town, and a resident of Michigan for the past eighteen years, has been down on a visit.

-H. & D. Rosenberg, Rochester, is the place to buy first class jewelry goods. They are fine fellows and understand their business.

-Griffen, Lacy & Co., have a fine assortment of Hard-Ware, Coal and Wood Stoves, Crockery, Books and Stationary, Paints, Oils &c.

-George Rayner, who formerly lived near R. Kenyons, and who has for the past twenty years lived in Wisconsin, has been down on a visit.

-Peter Corteville, is the administrator of the estate of John Bogart, deceased, and will sell off the personal property at auction, November 27.

-Lyon & Griffin of our village, have as fine an assortment of Groceries that was ever brought into this town, and cheaper than can be purchased elsewhere.

-D.V. Lacy has sold his house and lot in the village to Evi D. Stoddard for $2000. Evi has rented his farm and will move into the village in April next.

-Rev. E.P. Smith and wife, Episcopal Clergyman, of St. Johns Church, Sodus, left for their home in Chenango County, November 23, to be absent about two weeks.

-Charley, son of Rev. J.R. Pendall, Methodist Clergyman of our village, fell from a gate post a few days since, striking on a picket, and injuring himself seriously.

-McLean & Hastings, dealers in paper, and paper stock, at 44 Exchange St., Rochester, are fine fellows, and the cheapest place in the state to buy any thing in their line.

-Richard Craggs has been making an extensive alteration in the appearance of his farm house, by putting a hard finish on the outside walls, giving it the appearance of free stone.

-James M. Wake, has sold his farm to Ezra Stewart, comprising 100 acres, at $90 per acre. He has had the farm about two years, and made by the sale $2,500. Jim that's a good soft thing.

-Adrian Copeyan, having concluded to move west, sold out his personal property at auction, November 18, at his residence two miles east of here, formerly known as the Henry Phelps farm.

-Joseph Gazlay has the addition to his Hotel nearly completed, making a front of 165 feet on both streets. The upper room is about twenty four by sixty, and will be fitted up for Concerts, Balls &c.

-Dr. A.G. Austin, B.P. Peer, and others have gone up to Michigan on a boat, to be absent about two weeks. If the animals don't find out that they are coming, we shall be looking every day for some of the game.

-Thomas Quaif, our gentlemanly and wide-a-wake stage driver, accidentally stuck a pitch fork in his foot a few days since. Tom you have been on the road long enough to know how to handle a fork better than that.

-Asa H. Stoddard thinks that Hiram Harden must have been rather shaky himself, in reporting every one having the ague up their; and he thinks Hi must be partial to bonnets, or those that wear them, or he never would have thought of it.

-William H. Rogers, of our town, has forty five acres of orcharding, containing over sixteen hundred trees, of the choicest kind of fruit. He had a light crop this year only selling 700 bbls. Of Apples, amounting to $3,5000; with a full crop he has about 3300 bbls.

-John and James Reed have sold their farm to Thomas Lofthouse, consisting of 100 acres for $6,500,00 The boys have considerable personal property, and they will close it out at auction, at their residence, one mile north of the Old Furnace, on Friday, November 27th.

-Capt. Samuel W. Roys, of the Hawaiian bark Mamaluke, reports that a bark from Callao took 69 coolies on board from a coolie ship, and started for a plantation, with the owner and $20,000. First day out the coolies took the ship, and killed all hands, except the owner and servant (a chinaman) who saved his life. They then divided the money and run the ship to suit themselves.


Pultneyville, Thursday, Jan. 5, 1861


OUR PAPER - In presenting this little sheet to the public, (although enlarged in size from the one we have issued monthly,) we deem it best to make a few remarks explanatory of its objects and aims. It is not our purpose to make it a partizan paper, at the same time we cannot consent to compromise a single principle we may entertain or express, and its columns will always be opened to a candid investigation of all subjects. Its principle object, however, will be to promote the interests of our village and vicinity - giving all the items of interest that may transpire at home and abroad tending to the elevation of society, and make the Platform of universal Brotherhood broader that all may in time stand upon it, regardless of partizan feelings or prejudice. - Then we can enjoy each others society - investigate all subjects in their turn, and canvass thoroughly the doings of nature, and learn that whatever she does is always right, and by following out her great laws and the dictates of our consciences we shall be better and wiser men and women. And I hope that it is not expected by those that subscribe for this paper that they are to get in return an equivalent in the shape of Editorials; If they do, the quicker they banish that idea the better. We would like several correspondents, as they are one of the main springs to a paper. Nothing can ever enter its colums tending to the injury of any person, but to elevate. - We shall occasionally have some things, perhaps, in the shape of mirthfulness, for without this we cease almost to exist - but enough of this. In conclusion all we can say is, we will do our best, and in the end if it proves a failure on our part, we shall be under the necessity of throwing the responsibility on a distinguished personage that is always present in a Printing Office.

-We insert in this number, the new Time Table of the American Express Line of Steamers for the season of 1861, varying but slightly from the past season arrangements. The three Boats - Ontario, Bay State and Cataract, will form the line running through from Lewiston, touching at Charlotte, Oswego, Cape Vincent, Alexandria and Brockville, arriving at Ogdensburgh some four hours in advance of the last seasons time, as they do not touch at Sacketts Harbor or Kingston on their downward trip, but connect with one of the Companies Steamers at Cape Vincent that convey the passengers to the points above mentioned. - Connections will be made at Ogdensburgh with a splendid line of Steamers for Montreal & Quebec. The public should remember that this is the only genuine American Express Line on Lake Ontario, and will be under the supervision of Capt. H.N. Throop, long and well known as one of the most popular Steamboat Captains that ever commanded on the Lake.

-We shall run off 500 copies of this edition for circulation - 200 for regular subscribers, the rest will be for sale at this office - price One Cent.


The Ladies of Pultneyville has just organized an Association under the above title, for the purpose for building a Hall in this village. Its officers are Miss. E. Gildersleeve, President; Miss. Helen Pallister, Vice President; Miss. Mary Cornwall, Secretary, and Miss. S.M. Todd, Treasurer. It is a pretty good arrangement, and just the thing that this place needs, and we hope that they may raise a sufficient amount this winter that will spur up the community to take hold of it in the spring and crowd it through. Then we will put that bell up, and Pultneyville will be improved fifty per cent. Go ahead Ladies, we are with you heart and hand. They meet every Friday evening. Come one - come all.

N.Y. CENTRAL TIME TABLE. - We come out in this issue with the Winter arrangement of the N.Y. Central Railroad. The Road has been doing a grand business the past fall, and is under the supervision of H.W. Chittenden, an able and efficient Superintendent. It is rumored that he will take the post of General Superintedent when Mr. Vibard takes his seat in Congress.

-The Republicans of this and the adjacent towns are requested to meet at W. Casees Hotel Willamson, on Wednesday evening, December 18, for the benefit of Abram Pryne. Let there be a crowd, for he done good service to the case during the late Presidential Campaign. He done his duty - now let us do ours.

-The Eleventh Annual Ball of the Sailors' Return will come off at J. Gazlay's Hotel, Pultneyville, on Thursday evening, December 20. - Music by Maj. J.H. Gilbert's Quadrille Band, of Palmyra. The prospect is good for sleighing; if there is he will have a large company. No better music exists for dancing than the Major's Band.

THE COLLATION. - The Ladies of Pultneyville and vicinity gave a Collation to the Wide Awakes of the town and the friends of Old Abe, on the 20th of Nov. Although the weather was inpropitious, still there was a good turn out. After listening to a few remarks from Mr. Pryne and Mr. S.C. Cuyler, Chairman of the meeting, the audience was invited to partake of a Collation where there was "enough for all, enough for each," and more. After partaking of which the meeting broke up highly gratified with the evenings entertainment.

-All persons receiving this number through the Mail, will be considered as regular subscribers, unless the paper is returned.

EDITORIAL NOTICE. - Persons wishing to advertise should notice our terms on the first page, for it will depend a good deal on the amount of advertising we get, whether we continue our weekly or not. This is the size of the sheet we intend to issue hereafter.

INDUCEMENTS FOR 1861. - Those wishing to Club can do so. We will furnish the COMMERCIAL PRESS in connection with the N.Y. WEEKLY TRIBUNE for one year at $1.50, with the Semi-Weekly at $2.50, with the Daily at $6.50, and no less. Send in your names at once.


-Ansel Cornwall presented us, a few days ago, with a Beet weighing over 8 lbs.

-Mrs. H.G. Higgins, has bought the house formerly owned by Dr. D.C. Higgins.

-Henry Lewis lost one of his fine matched horses a few days ago, with the horse distemper.

-A.W. Higgins and family left for Adrian, Michigan, about the middle of November, to make a permanent residence.

-E.W. Capron, Editor of the Chester County Times, Westchester, Penn., and wife, paid us a visit a few days since, feeling good over the majority that the "Old Key Stone" gave for "Old Abe."

-Persons wishing to see a Model Tannery should not fail to visit the one owned by J. Reynolds - especially Leather dealers.

-Peter Allen and wife left for Michigan about the 10th of last month, where they intend to spend the winter.

-E.M.K. Glen, of Macedon, Wayne Co., N.Y., is the Agent for Wayne county, for the sale of Clark & Sloat's Sewing Machine. He has put up several in this section, and they give good satisfaction.

-Capt. Thos. Roys, (son of P.B. Roys of this place,) has returned home after an absence of 5 or 6 years, to take out a patent on a Gun for Shooting Whales. He has been in England and France most of the time, and had the assistance of the two countries in bringing it to completion, and now has it patented. He left a short time since en route for Washington, and will be home again by the first of January next. It will be one of the greatest inventions of the age, and we hope he will realize a handsome sum out of it.

-Miss Hattie Todd closes her Select School in about a week. Every one speaks well of her as a Teacher. Miss Frank Gates of Ontario will open a Select School on Monday, December 17, at the room now occupied by Hattie.

-Wm. O. Duvall, of Port Byron, has been spending a week here visiting. It is a rich treat to be in his company - not only for the mirthfulness that he can make - but for the sound reasoning that he uses on all questions affecting the future welfare of mankind. We think him to be a CHRISTIAN of the true stamp - not only in faith, but practice.


-The Steamers Bay State and Ontario have gone into winter quarters at Charlotte. Also the schr. Rival owned by Capt. H.N. Throop.

-The schr. J.J. Morley, owned by Brewer & Fergerson of this place, ran ashore four miles above Kingston, on Saturday, November 24.

-Glen Cuyler Ledyard left for Chicago on the 10th of December, to spend the winter.

-The schr. Happy Jack has laid up at Sodus.

-The schr. Glen Cuyler has been raised and towed into Little Sodus, where she sunk.

-The schr. Charles Smith, of Sodus, went a shore four miles above this place in a snow storm, and is a total wreck.

-The following Skippers have arrived home: Captain B.B. Brewer, Capt. S.D. Tompkinson, Capt. E.H. Todd, Capt. Wm. Fleming, Capt. Jas. B. Todd, and Capt. Jas. T. Holling, with the respective crews.

-The following Steamboat men have arrived home: Capt. H.N. Throop, Superintendent of the Steamboat Company; H.T. Wilcox, Ticket Agent at Rochester; Geo. E. Curtis, Engineer of Steamer Bay State; Glen C. Cuyler and Armine Holling, Wheelsmen.


Mary, daughter of David V. and Deborah Lacy left the form Monday, November 19, at 4 P.M., aged 8 years and 11 months, of Diphtheria.

The following lines were composed by Mrs. H.M. Griffen:-

Softly, gently, little Mary

Bid her earthly friends adieu;

With a smile of Heaven upon her,

Passed away beyond our view.

When her little hands were folded

Peacefully across her breast,

Then the angels whispered softly,

Now we'll take her home to rest.

Like a weary bird that flutters,

Trembling as they took her hand-

Then with shouts of joy she utters,

This is Heaven! "Tis Spirit Land."

How strange it seems to those in darkness,

That have no spirit lamp prepared;

But little Mary's lamp was ready -

Burning bright to light her there.

Early taught to be familiar

With the angel courts above -

Now her little spirit's ready,

To assist in works of love.

O, how much more of soul enjoyment,

Will she find with playmates, where

There is wise and pure employment,

And a guardian spirits care.

Brother, you've a Spirit Sister,

Call her so, it is her will;

You do not see her now as ever,

But she is your Sister still.

An angel daughter - parents hear it:

Is it not music to your ears -

Celestial choirs each day proclaim it,

And will thro' never ending years.

DAVE MARSH, of North Adams, has discovered the mystery of the coal-oil business. He says they are sinking wells into a great whale that got lodged between the rocks at the time of the flood, and the reason they exhaust some wells is because they have dug way through the whale. On being asked why it was coal oil instead of sperm, he had a horse to hitch up very suddenly and disappeared.

A TRUE WOMAN. - When a man of sense comes to marry, it is a companion he wants, not an artist. It is not merely a creature who can paint and play, sing and dance; it is a being who can comfort and console him - one who can reason and reflect, and feel and judge, and discriminate - one who can assist him in his affairs, lighten his sorrows, purify his joys, strengthen his principles and educate his children. Such is the woman who is fit for a mother and the mistress of a family. A woman of the former description may occasionally figure in the drawing-room and attract the attention of the company, but she is entirely unfit for a helpmate to a man, or to train up a child in the way it should go.

-We understand that Mr. Nicol, a well known Teacher of Penmanship, proposes giving a course of lessons in this place, provided a class can be formed. A specimen of his penmanship may be seen at the Post Office.

HARPERS MAGAZINE - Every person should take Harper's Magazine. The first article in the December number is well worth the price of the book, "A Peep at Washoe." Price $3 per year; 2 copies $5; 3 copies $6; Harpers' Magazine and Harper's Weekly $4. They cant be beat.


Mr. Editor - Sir: Secession is so common in the United States - with the Southern States more particularly - I have thought perhaps it would be well worth the consideration of the inhabitants of Wayne county on the subject of secession. I have thought perhaps it would be well for Wayne county to secede and open its ports between this county and all foreign powers for free trade, that is, if we could do so peaceably, or without a civil war, and according to the President's Message. - I do not see why we can not secede and set up for ourselves in a peaceable way. We have no very large manufacturing interests to injure by so doing in this county; and we could build up a large trade for Sodus Bay, Pultneyville, and perhaps other important places might spring up under such a system in other parts of the county, and make large to accommodate our inland neighbors.

South Caroline, and a few of those Southern States ought not to be the only places to throw open their ports to foreign imports. If the President allows one section to do so, why not allows others. If we are to allow secession in any shape, and "Old Buck" seems to think if it is done peaceably, it is well enough. So let us keep our eyes on the gun, and if things work well for the South, we may come in for a chance. It looks favorable now, and I see secession talked about in other quarters.

The Hon. Mr. Sickles, M.C. from New York city - and for a more particular description, it is the person, I think, who had some difficulty with a Mr. Key, at Washington, and if I mistake not, he shot the said Mr. Key in the street; this Mr. Sickles proposes, with all the gravity of a Senator, in a speech in the House recently, that the city of New York secede from the Union and throw open her ports to foreign free trade. Also, he says there is not a good feeling between the city he represents and the other parts of the State; that, however, was the first time I ever suspected that any such feelings existed. I thought, and still think, that in every part of the Empire State the people felt proud of the Empire City; and in return the city felt proud of the many cities and villages spread over the whole surface of our State, as well as being extremely thankful for the immense trade she has flowing into her harbor from every town in the State through our Canal and Railroad - a vast amount of produce that reaches tide water for transhipment to other parts in this country by her people, as well as large exports to foreign countries. I doubt not the city of New York will make such a champion as Mr. Sickles Emperor, King or President of the city, when she secedes from our Union. But we will see. W.Y.



James M. Scott, Vs. Before W.S. Throop, Esq.

C.M. Adams

10 O'clock A.M.

The suit of James M. Scott vs. C.M. Adams came up for hearing this morning before Esq. Throop. John Tincklepaugh, of Sodus, Plaintiff's Attorney, Esq. Fuller, of Ontario, Counsel for Defendant, were here and suit called.

11 O'clock, A.M.

Every thing is quiet and the suit if progressing slowly on account of a witness from Williamson not being present.

12 O'clock, A.M.

Nothing has transpired since the last report, and the cause seems to drag heavy. One witness has slipped off slyly after the one at Williamson.

1 O'clock, P.M.

Nothing done since the 11 o'clock report.

2 O'clock, P.M.

The report at this time seems to be contradictory, the wires in not a working condition on account of the storm south.

3 O'clock, P.M.

The witness has arrived, and the Court is now in working order again; prospects however, of a protracted suit.

4 O'clock, P.M.

The suit drags slow and nothing has transpired of any consequence.

6 O'clock, P.M.

Adjourned for ten, the witness begin to get uneasy and want to go home.

7 O'clock, P.M.

The suit has been called; but it is impossible to get through before morning, and no evidence has been brought forward that warrants such a waist of time only by Pettyfoggers.

8 O'clock, P.M.

Some of the witnesses are a gapping about the stoses and other public places, and swear they will go home. The Justice is firm in all of his decisions.

2 O'clock, night.

All asleep in the Court Room except the Counsel, Justice and witness on the stand. It is difficult to take down the testimony on account of the snoring.

5 O'clock, A.M.

Counsel for the defence refuses to stay any longer, and has left for home completely tired out, and does not make any plea.

6 O'clock, A.M.

The plea on the part of the prosecution is now being given. No one present but the magistrate and he smoking his pipe.

7 O'clock, A.M.

The Court has requested that the argument be staid until he can go out and get a cider barrel for a man that is waiting outside, and taking 4 days to decide.

THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY. - The Atlantic Monthly is now in its seventh year. All that is necessary to say about this Magazine is, that the contributions are of the first order. One number will satisfy any one of its true value. One copy $3, 2 copies $5, 5 copies $10, 11 copies $20. Published by Ticknor & Field, 155 Washington Street, Boston.

GODEY'S LADIES BOOK. - Every Lady should have Godey on her table. He is always up to the times with his Fashion Plates, and it is one of the best Magazines for the Ladies that is published. Send in your names at once. One copy $3, 2 copies $5, 3 copies $6. Godey's Lady's Book and Harper's Magazine both one year $4.50.

ERRATA. - Accidents will happen in the best regulated families, so by some strange mistake we dated our outside '60 instead of '61. Our readers will please right it.


February 1861

Editor Com. Press:

Dear Sir-Persons having occasion to make use of the Pultneyville and Palmyra State Route, have a decided reason to congratulate themselves on the accession of Dan. Murphy to the line. Dan, is a model driver - courteous, accommodating and attentive to the patrons of the line.

The Proprietors have showed good judgement in securing his services: and if they desire to retain and increase its popularity, they will keep Dan. On the Box.

A driver may be faithful to his employers and yet, by his disobliging disposition and want of respect toward his passengers, bring a route in disrepute and cause many who would otherwise patronise it, to put themselves to almost any inconvenience rather than subject themselves to his petty arrogance.

I think I speak the sentiment of nineteen out twenty of the patrons of the line, when I state that Dan's removal would be exceedingly regretted by all.

The fact is, we are well suited with him, and must respectfully request the proprietors to retain him at the helm.

A Frequent Passenger

Wm'son, Feb. 1st.


A Regular Smash Up!!

From our own Correspondent

A Collision occurred yesterday, Feb. 4th, between two Ice Boats. As they were a running at a certain angle, and before they could handle them quick enough they came in contact, and, until this happened we did not think there were so many hemlock slivers to the square foot, as flew in all directions. W.F.

-John and I.E. Shipley have 21 Sheep that the average wt. Is 141 lbs. Beat this who can.

-MARRIED: On Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, at 8 o'clock, at the residence of N. Meeker on the west town line by the Rev. Mr. ___, Mr. B. Quimby, of Ontario, to Miss Mary Ann Meeker of Williamson.


March 1861

J.M. Reynolds, Proprietor.

-The following gentlemen are our authorized agents to procure and forward subscriptions for this paper: Wm. Hoagland of Williamson, Charles C. Lewis of Sodus, G.H. Case of Sodus Point and Wm. Birdsall of Ontario.


-Wm. Hoagland is good in the Turnip line, he raised some Sweet Turnips this last fall that would not sit in a half bushel.

-E.W. Capron, Editor of the Chester County Times, and Clerk of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania, will please accept our thanks for Pub. Doc. That we have received.

-Chas. S. Decoe and wife are down from the west, and spending the winter with their friends in Williamson. They return in the spring.

-Geo. D. Phelps, wife and child, arrived here from Milwaukie, Wis., on Friday evening, Jan. 25. His wife and child will spend the winter here. He will remain here a short time and then go to the New England States to dispose of a Patent of which he has the exclusive right for that territory, and one that every Railroad Company should have, and no doubt will, after he gives them a fair demonstration. We call it a grand invention.

-Mrs. H.G. Higgins and Brother, have leased the Hotel at Sodus Point, known as the Wood Stand, and took possession on Wednesday, January 30th.

-Cornelius Brewer has rented his Hotel at Ontario and moved back on his farm - a part of which he reserved at the time he traded for the Hotel property.

-G.H. Case, Proprietor of the Johnsen House, Sodus Point, keeps a first class Hotel; persons stopping at his House can rely on every thing being done up in good style, and no rowdyism going on. Such a Hotel ought to be patronized by all travellers and parties of pleasure. Sodus Point should be proud of such a house.

-R. & B. Quimby are doing a heavy business at Ontario in the Harness line, as they are supplied from J. Reynolds' Tannery, and we know about what they buy every week. They are fine fellows and should be patronized.

-Griffin & Reynolds have gone into a general assortment of Stationery and School Books in connection with their other business.

-Capt. Thos. Roys has got his Gun for Shooting Whales patented. His friends look for him in a few days.

-Capt. J.H. Ledyard and wife arrived at his father's in this village on Saturday evening, Feb. 2, from Boston, New York and principle places in the New England States. They will remain here a week or two, and then leave en route for Ogdensburgh.

-Philip Wemesfelder is the sole manufacturer of Wooden Shoes for this locality. He has lately received from Holland all the tools necessary for their manufacture, and has all he can do. Shoe and Leather Dealers, look out!

-Dr. W.S. Lee, Surgeon Dentist, late of Georgia, is now stopping at A.A. Cornwall's. He may be found after Feb. 12th at his office in Sodus.

-Capt. J.J. Morley arrived here from Sodus Point Tuesday evening, Feb. 5.

-We understand that Messrs. Dickinson & Brisbin intend putting up a Stave Cutting Machine in connection with the Coopering business this spring. Coopers in want of Staves, and those in want of Flour or Apple Barrels take notice.

-Cornelius F. Cuyler, son of Hon. S.C. Cuyler, of this place, lives very low with Consumption, and is not expected to live from one day to the next.


April 1861

THE LECTURE - Dr. Barnard, of Canandaigua, has been giving a course of Lectures in this place on the scientific evidences of a future state, demonstrating it beyond a doubt by the Science of Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology and Phylosophy.

The Doctor has done a good service in this community, and will be long remembered, Leo Miller and Dr. Barnard can calculate on overflowing houses whenever they are announced for this place again.

CONCERT - James G. Clark gave us one of his Concerts at the Union Church in this village on Friday evening, Feb. 23, to a crowded House, and gave perfect satisfaction. He was followed on Saturday evening, March 2, by Geo. W. Clark, of Rochester; the weather was unpropitious, and consequently not many out.

-Hon. H.M. Butterfield, M.C., and Senator A.B. Williams, will please accept our thanks for Public Documents received.


-J.W. Powers has sold one of his farm - the one lying on the Plank Road, (formerly known as the Thos. Fish farm) to Ezekiel Clark of Marion.

-Edmund Nichols, the Sculptor, son of Lewis Nichols, (formerly of this village,) arrived on Wednesday, Feb. 13th. He left in a few days for New York.

-Capt. J.J. Morley, of Steamer Bay State, left for home on Saturday, Feb. 10, via. Marion, Palmyra and Lyons.

-Capt. J.H. Ledyard, of Steamer Cataract, and wife, left for Ogdensburgh on Monday morning, Feb. 18th.

-Wm. O. Duvall, left the Hon. S.C. Cuyler's for New York on Monday morning, Feb. 18th.

-John Rickman, formerly a Cabinet Manufacturer in this village, is now in Parma, west of Rochester, practicing Medicine. He has good success and an extensive ride.

-Silas Anthony has bought a farm in Macedon, near Walworth. He is to take possession on the first of April. His P.O. address will be Macedon, N.Y.

-Ives, of the firm of White & Ives, Jewelers, Palmyra, visits this locality occasionally with as fine an assortment of goods as can be found in western New York; and whatever he says in reference to it will be as good as bonds and mortgages.

-Miss Millis, of Oswego, N.Y., the test Medium, has been spending a few days in this village giving demonstrations, and they were truly delightful as well as convincing to the skeptic. She has been invited to visit England, and will probably accompany her father there some time in June. Judge Edmonds and daughter will also sail at the same time in company with them.

-John A. Fries, has sold his farm and calculates to move to Michigan. His Auction Sale comes off March 12th.

-John Albright has sold his farm to A.A. Cornwall, to take possession on the 1st of April. His Sale is the 20th of March.

-Joseph Mason has sold his farm to James Shipley. His Auction Sale will take place on March 14th.

-D.V. Lacy will move on his farm near Williamson, April 1, (formerly known as the John Borridale farm).

-Capt. A. Holling has bought out Capt. B.B. Brewer's interest in the schr. J.J. Morley.

-Capt. H.N. Throop arrived home from Detroit on Saturday evening, March 9th, and left for Oswego on Monday morning, March 11. He will have the Steamers in readiness by the 10th of April.

-Capt. A. Holling has his Plaining Mill all in running order again, with a good stock of lumber on hand. His advertisement will appear in the next issue.

-Thomas Stead, the Daguerrean of Palmyra, is stopping here a few days. Those in want of Pictures should not lose this opportunity.

-Capt. E.H. Todd is calculating to have some more of those nice Canada White Fish as soon as it will answer to make the run over.

-Joseph Mason, in returning from a vendue on horseback, was severely injured by his horse stumbling and falling on him.

-MARRIED: On the 6th of March, by the Rev. A. Pryne, at the residence of the Bride's father in Ontario, Mr. Wm. H. Topp to Miss Harriot H. Sweeting.

(The beautiful lines on the opposite page were the closing sentiment of a hastily written letter of a much loved sister to any only brother; and are but a fit reflection of a true sisters love and affection.)


Forget thee brother? No never shall:

Though widely severed we may be;

In years to come, shall memory tell,

Of happy moments spent with thee.

Those sunny days are o'er now,

And manhood's cares are claiming thee;

Age may some day mark thy brow,

Yet, brother, will thou think of me?

Oh! Gaze upon the evening star-

In silent splendor let it tell,

When thou art distant - absent far,

Of one who loves the best - Farewell.


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