Part 4
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

October 1861
November 1861
December 1861
January 1862
February 1862
March 1862
April 1862
May 1862


October 1861

VOLUNTEER MEETING - A meeting was held at Williamson on Thursday evening, September 19, for the purpose of raising a sum to support the families of volunteers that are to enlist from this town. Hon. S.C. Cuyler was called to the chair, and J.M. Reynolds appointed Secretary.

Hon. Mr. Goodwin and Capt. John Brown addressed the meeting. The necessary committees were appointed to further the object, and $400 was subscribed that evening. On Friday morning following the volunteers were addressed by Hon. Mr. Goodwin, when they left for Newark, accompanied by a crowd of persons and led by martial music. The whole affair passed off in a patriotic style, and the people seemed willing to do their share in trying to crush out rebellion, and to stand by the flag of our country.


-Joseph Mason is down from Michigan on Business, and has purchased the farm now owned by A.A. Cornwall, and will take possession about the first of November.

-Captain A. Holling has been enlarging his Planing Mill and making other improvements. The building is now seventy-five feet long.

-Mrs. R.A. Moses has just returned from Rochester with a good assortment of Millinery goods.

-J.W. Burtis has got the fence around the Cemetry completed, and it looks well. The ground has been cleared up, and our citizens need not feel ashamed to have strangers visit the place, but on the contrary feel proud of it.

-James Sheffield is getting his building enclosed for a Machine Shop.

-T. Scott Ledyard, son of Samuel Ledyard, of this village, was married to Miss Ellen Nichols, daughter of Benj. Nichols, of Williamson, on Tuesday morning, Sept. 20th.

-John P. Bennett, Esq., of Williamson, was married to Miss Bradley, daughter of Deacon Bradley, on Tuesday morning, Sept. 10th, both of Williamson.

-John Miller, son of Philaster Miller, was married to Miss Sarah L. Throop, daughter of W.S. Throop, at Ontario, Sunday evening, Sept. 8, both of this village.

-Chas. T. White, formerly Editor of the Newark Courier, has sold out to his brother, late of the Port Byron Gazette, who has moved to Newark and entered upon the duties of that paper. Success to him.

-Curlis C. Lewis has removed to St. Paul, Min., and is dealing in Cider and pure Vinegars, under the firm of C.C. Lewis & Co. P.O. Box 1485.

-The following are among the appointments made by the East Genesee Conference at its recent session:

Clyde-J.N. Brown. Lyons-T. Stacy. Geneva-T. Tousey. Newark-D. Nutton. Sodus-G.E. Havens. Fairville-R. Harrington. South Sodus-O.F. Trowbridge. Penn Yan-S. VanBenschotten. Palmyra-K.P. Jervis. Walworth and Marion-P. M'Kinstry. Macedon and Perrington-W. Bradley. Pultneyville-Wm. Potter. East Palmyra-J.C. Hitchcock.

-Rev. J.N. Austin, of Auburn, and Editor of the Christian Ambassador, has been appointed Consul to Prince Edwards Island, so says the "Clyde Times."

-A.A. Cornwall, having sold his farm, will move into the village again soon.

-Mrs. Rhodes, wife of John Rhodes, died Oct. 3d, at 4 A.M. The funeral will take place at the Union Church on Friday, October 4th, at 2 o'clock. Services by A. Pryne.

-Frederick Douglas and G.B. Stebbins will lecture at the Union Church in this village on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and at the Wesleyan House in Williamson in the evening at 7 o'clock. The subject - "The Present Crisis, its Cause and Remedy." Let the House be full to overflowing at both places. The truth will do you good.

-Abram Pryne and Uriah Clark are having a discussion on Spiritualism, at the Baptist Church, Williamson. It commenced Monday evening Sept. 30, and to continue five nights. They also discuss the same question at Marion, commencing Oct. 7, and to continue five nights. An admission fee of five cents each is taken to defray expenses. The discussion, so far, is well attended.

-Capt. H.N. Throop, discontinues the daily Express line of Steamers on Monday, October 7th, and will form a semi-weekly one - leaving this port at 7 o'clock P.M. The steamer Cataract will go into winter quarters at Charlotte Saturday October 5th. The Bay State and Ontario to form the line the remainder of the season.


Sept., 10, 1861

Editor Com. Press.

Dear Sir - This day at 6 o'clock P.M., finds me at this beautiful village, which is situated on Salmon Creek, about three miles from its entrance into Lake Ontario.

Pulaski has about 1300 inhabitants, and is one of the shire towns of Oswego county. I found the County Court in session, and this very day afternoon the celebrated libel suit between Dewit C. Littlejohn, of Oswego, member of the New York Legislature, and Speaker of one of its former, as well as the last House of Assembly, and Horace Greeley; Editor and proprietor of the N.Y. Tribune, was brought before the Court.

Horace Greeley's familiar face appeared in the Bar with his Council, bearing his accustomed animation. His Council consists of Ira T. Williams, of New York city, Peter Cagger and John K. Porter, of Albany, A.P. Grant and Edwin Allen, of Oswego. Dewit C. Littlejohn's Council consists of D.H. Marsh and John C. Churchill, of Oswego, Henry A. Foster, of Rome, and Charles B. Sedgwick, of Syracuse.

This case, as you doubtless understand, is a Libel Suit for Slander, in which Dewit C. Littlejohn, of Oswego, claims $25,000 damages at the hands of Horace Greeley, of New York city, for publishing in the New York Tribune, some time last spring, that our last Legislature was corrupted in the passage of the New York city Railroad bill, and the Washington Market bill, of New York city: which bills were passed over Governor Morgan's veto, and that Dewit C. Littlejohn, he believed was one of foremost of that corruption - The Railroad bill embraced an endless grant and right of way for Horse Car Railroad in New York city, to parties in New York city, among whom was George Law, who boasted publicly of being able to bribe the Legislature whenever he wanted to secure an enterprise in which his money would double every six months.

The Washington Market bill embraced the sale of State property, in New York city - property, (land) that had been reclaimed from the sea, that was represented as being worth $2,000,000, and in its present deranged state, was renting for $108,000 to private parties in New York city, for the small sum of $300,000.

D.W. Marsh, council for the plaintiff, opened up the suit for the plaintiff, and Ira T. Williams, council for the defendant, answered thereunto for the defendant. Judge Bacon, of Utica, is on the bench.

Among the witnesses for the defendant, I notice Geo. Law, one of the great "Bears" of New York, and Frederick A. Conklin, one of the princely merchants of New York, now member of Congress, and policy Thurlow Weed, of the "Albany Evening Journal," Albany, N.Y., and Mr. Taylor, one of the purchasers of the property embraced in the Washington Market bill.

The case bids fair for an interesting one. Greeley is after them with sharp sticks; and I tell you, they have to look to it and dodge corners well, or he will have them sure,.

Law, Taylor and Weed were brought here on a bench warrant, as prisoners, to be used by Mr. Greeley, as witnesses, in this case. They do not exactly like to swear to the truth in this case, it seems. I wait patiently the result.

Thine. B.

Friday Morning, Sept. 13.

In the case of libel suit between D.C. Littlejohn and Horace Greeley, the jury on the case admitted before the Court this morning, after being out all night, FAILED TO AGREE.

It appears that nine of the jurymen were for NO CAUSE OF ACTION, two of them for SIX CENTS damages, and one of them for FIFTY DOLLARS. So the case rests; and, I tell you, they have had a rich time. Some more awful developments have been disclosed to the people, and the town was crowded with parties from almost every part of the State. The "Philosopher" is "top"-yet.

In haste, thine, B.


November 1861

WAR LECTURES - Frederick Douglas and G.B. Stebbins, of Rochester, spoke to the inhabitants of this village on Sunday, Oct. 13, on the cause and remedy of the present war, showing it clearly as all know it to be, attributed solely to the existence of slavery in our country; going back to the commencement, and at the time the two ships landed on our continent, one at Plymouth and the other at James River, Virginia, and tracing it along down until the present time. The remedy is to petition Congress, at its next session, praying for the emancipation of slavery throughout the Union - confiscating whatever property may be found in the hands of the rebels, and recompensing all those that are found true and loyal to the Union. The administration, as well as the people, will find out very soon that the policy which Fremont has marked out on our western borders will be the only true course to adopt.


-A.W. Higgins and family, son of Dr. D.C. Higgins, arrived in this village from Adrian, Mich., about the 17th of October.

-Capt. Hitchcock is here again from N. York after more recruits for the army.

-Capt. John M'Intosh has moved to New London, Con., where he is stationed in the fort. His captaincy is in the regular army at a salary of $1300 a year.

-A.A. Cornwall will move into the village about the first of November, and will occupy his old place - now owned by Leo Miller.

-Capt. A. Holling left the 14th for Canada after a winter stock of pine lumber.

-Abram Pryne of this town has received the unanimous nomination for member of Assembly for this district from the Union and Republican Convention. His competitor is Luther Sandford of Palmyra.

-John S. Todd has just returned from New York. Some of his goods have arrived.

-G.B. Stebbins, of Rochester, will speak at the Wesleyan Church in Williamson on Sunday Oct. 27th, at 2 o'clock; subject "The benefit of true Spiritual Freedom." Also in the evening at the Union Church in this place a 7 o'clock, subject - "The Powers and Duties of Humanity." All are invited to attend.

-Mrs. J.W. Powers has just returned home, having been off some time on a visit to Chemung county. Her health is very much improved.

-Mrs. John Craggs is on the gain slowly. Hopes of her recovery were, at one time, very slim.

-Albert Milliman has got four heavy buck rams he thinks cannot be beat very easy. Farmers investigate this thoroughly.

-John and Isaac Shipley have left a splendid sample of Spitzenbergs in the Show Case for some one to beat if they can. Also W.S. Throop, H.M. Griffen and J.W. Powers a sample of Greenings and Russetts that will be difficult to match.

-Alfred Allen still continues in the Wool market yet, and prices are on an upward tendency after it is too late - "but better late than never."

-J.H. Ford left for Rochester the 17th inst. To fill his orders in the fruit tree line.

-John Rhoades has his Saloon in running order and doing a good business. His oysters are "tip top."

-B.G. Eaton, dealer in Silver Ware and Jewelry, visits this section once in two months. Persons in want of any thing in his line will find him a candid and straight-forward man. We have known him for years, and we speak understandingly.

-John P. Bennett, Esq., of this town, has received the nomination of Sheriff by both the Union and Republican Conventions.

-John Carles has the rate bill of School District No. 1 in his hands for collection. All sums paid within 15 days will be subject to a fee of one per cent. Dated Oct. 16th.

-Ledyard S. Cuyler and wife have been absent several weeks ago on a visit to Chenango county.


December 1861

THE LADIES HARBOR ASSOCIATION - This Association met for the first time at the residence of Alfred Allen, on Tuesday evening, November 26. It was called to order by its former President, Miss Gildersleeve. After mature deliberation selected the following officers for the ensuing year: Miss S.M. Todd, President; Mrs. T. Scott Ledyard, Vice President; Miss Nellie Pallister, Secretary; Miss Jennie Cornwall, Treasurer.


-Geo. W. White is going to teach school this winter in the south-east part of the town.

-Geo. E. Curlis, Engineer of the Steamer Bay State, came home on Tuesday evening, November 26.

-Capt. S.D. Tompkinson, of the schr. Kingsford, has laid up his vessel and came home for the winter.

-John Sheffield, jr., has returned home for the winter. He has been sailing the past season on the schr. Gerritt Smith, of Oswego.

-Capt. Z. Burnell came home from Buffalo to winter, about the middle of October.

-Geo. Benton is at home on a furlough. He belongs to the Wayne county Regiment stationed at Lyons.

-Thomas Morgan, formerly a Finishedr in J. Reynold's Tannery, has joined the Wayne county Regiment. He is expected here in a few days on a furlough.

-A.W. Higgins has removed into the house owned by John Rickman.

-Wm. H. Gazley's wife died of Consumption on Thursday, Nov. 21. Her funeral took place on Saturday, the 23d.

-Daniel Jennings, of Ontario, has married Miss Mary Wilson, a daughter of Ralph Wilson of this place. His age 69 years, her 24 years.

-Capt. Wakely, of this town, belongs to the Wayne county regiment.

-Mr. Pope has a Singing School in this village the coming winter. They meet on Friday evening.

-William J. Wilcox, brother of H.T. Wilcox, has been spending a few days in this place. He has been with his brother the past season in the Ticket Office of the Ontario Steamboat Company at Rochester.

-Mrs. Thompson, of Ohio, Lectured on Temperance in this village on Sunday evening, Nov. 17th to a crowded house.

-Geo. D. Phelps, jr., is in the Oil business in Canada. He is expected home soon after his wife, and will move there to spend the winter.

-Munson Seeley has taken possession of his farm - the one formerly owned by Amasa O. Miller.

-Ann Jones, wife of John Jones, of Adrian, Mich., is a failing slowly with a disease of the Lungs.

-Miss Jane Smith commences school with a house full - too many for one teacher to attend to and do justice to her scholars.

-Merwin Pallister came home Nov. 28th. He has been sailing this season on the schr. Titan, of Oswego.

-Wm. Denton, of Ohio, will deliver a course of Lectures on Geology in this place about the 15th of this month. We shall issue an extra as soon as we hear from him.

-Wm. Waters and Dr. Beardsley are making grand improvements by setting out shade trees in front of their residences. We hope those on the opposite side of the street will do likewise.

-Henry Biter will be married to-morrow (Sunday, Dec. 1st), to Miss Elizabeth Hamlinck, both of this village, by Rev. Wm. Potter, at 11 o'clock, A.M. in the Union Church in this village.

-Lewis H. Clark commences his school for the winter term at the Academy in Sodus, on Tuesday, Dec. 3. He is admitted to be the best Teacher and to have the best school in the county - and withal, a "tip top fellow."

-Wm. Carloss Martyn, of New Haven, Conn., assisted by Geo. W. Clark, the singer, gave a War Lecture in this place on Sunday evening, November 24. Mr. Martyn is a talented young man, and surpasses in oratory any person we ever listened to in this village.

-Andrew Cornwall, jr., son of A. Cornwall, of Alexander Bay (sic), is in Rochester this winter attending the Mercantile College; a grand place for boys that wish for a practical education in the business affairs of life.


January 1862

THE 12TH ANNUAL DANCE. - This Annual Dance came off on Thursday evening, December 19th at Gazlay's Hotel, in this village. Oswego, Rochester, Charlotte, and places hear home were well represented. It was the remark generally, that as fine a party has not been here for years. Some of our Ladies were dressed very gay, and would have graced the ball room in any of our large towns or cities.

THE UNION CHURCH - Mrs. Mary Farwell, Miss Eliza Gildersleve and Miss S.M. Todd, were the committee appointed by the Ladies Mite Society to expend the money that was raised last winter for the repair of the Church in this village. They have gone forward with the work, and by their energy and winning way, (such only as women are capable of,) have added considerable more to the sum that was raised, and they have been enabled to paint it thoroughly and re-carpet it, which makes it look as good as new.


-Platt Nims and wife have been down from Michigan visiting. They went back December 18th.

-A.A. Cornwall has got 40 tons of good Timothy Hay for sale. We think it is good if he has profited by his past experience, as he was engaged the whole of the past season in making the article.

-John Easterly and son had an auction December 19th, and sold out every thing. He is to move to Spencerport. His son will remain here.

-Dr. L.E. Barnard is in Cayuga county, Lecturing.

-William Denton will not be able to give his course of Lectures on Geology in this place until about the first of March next, as his appointments in the west will detain him until the last of February.

-Prof. L.H. Clark, of the Sodus academy has for the winter term over 90 scholars. Miss Eunice Allen and Miss Mary Holling attend his school from this place.

-Capt. Frank Morley, of Sodus, is getting up a company for the Wayne county regiment. He has a recruiting office at Sodus Point. John W. Mount, of Albion, (son of R.R. Mount, of this village.) who goes with him, has a recruiting office at Albion. Capt. Morley is a grand man to lead and a fine fellow.

-W.A.D. Hume, of Cleaveland (sic), Ohio, will read a Poem on Washington at the Union Church in this village, on Saturday evening, February 22nd.

-George P. Little, Photographic Artist, of Palmyra, is a scientific fellow in his profession, which will prove true to any one who wishes a Picture. See his advertisement in another part of this paper.

-John Granger says that water is good enough for Babies, Women and Navigation, but it ain't no drink.

-Capt. S.D. Tompkinson and wife are spending a few weeks at Dansville.

-The Lyons Hotel kept by Wm. Smelt, has been thoroughly overhauled the past season. It will be a grand place to stop, and he is a model Landlord. He opens the House for a party about New Years.

-The Singing School taught by Mr. George Pope, is progressing finely. We consider Mr. Pope one of the best Teachers of Vocal Music and under his training we may have a well drilled and efficient Choir for our Church services.

-At the annual election for officers of Pultneyville Lodge No. 159, F.A.M., held at the room, Thursday, Dec. 25th, the following were chosen officers for the ensuing year: John Todd, W.M.; Dr. D.S. Beardsley, S.W.; J. Todd, J.W.; R.R. Mount, Treas.; T. Scott Ledyard, Sec.; John N. Brownell, S.D.; Z. Burnell J.D.; A.A.Cornwall and James Ferguson, J.C.; R. Russell, Tiler.

-Capt. N.N. Throop has drawn another __ of our Harbor and village, which is to be forwarded to Washington to be placed before the Home Committee on Rivers and Harbors, as per request of Hon. T.M. Pomeroy, our member of Congress. Our prospects are brightening in anticipation of a trouble with England.

-Capt. J.H. Ledyard and wife are stopping at the St. Lawrence Hotel, in Rochester, for the winter.


February 1862

A NEW PAPER IN CLYDE - We learn that a new paper is to be started in Clyde shortly, to be called "The Clyde Commercial," we would like to be put on the exchange list.

Dr. D.C. Higgins, of Adrian Mich., is to be a regular contributor to this paper, after this number.

THE PORT BYRON GAZETTE - We are also thankful for an exchange with this paper.


-F.W. Tinklepaugh, and family have taken up their residence in Sodus Village.

-Alfred Allen, of this place, has on hand 50000 lbs. Of choice Dried Apples, all new fruit.

-Rev. Wm. Potter, Methodist Minister of this village, had a Donation on Wednesday eve., Jan. 15.

-Joseph Gazlay has the timber all ready for a new barn, to be put up in the place now occupied by the old shed. It will be a decided improvement on that street.

-John Reynolds has a fine stock of Leather on hand, manufacturers in want of any should order at once!

-A.A. Cornwall and George M. Nichols, have been buying up Turkeys this winter for the New York market.

-Byron Gates son of Joseph Gates, of Ontario, has been promoted to the Lieutenancy of one of the Rochester companies.

-J.A. Holmes, Station Agent, Palmyra, has sent us a new time table of the N.Y.C.R. Road, of which there is a slight variation in the running of trains. See advertisement.

-Amasa O. Miller sold a hog to Hesler and Young a few days since that weighted 506 lbs.

-W.O. Duvall, of Port Byron, has been spending a week with us, and attending the lectures of Prof. Wm. Denton.

-F.C. Brown, of Palmyra, has all the late improvements in the line of Dentistry, and we must say, that all who favor him with a call in his line, will be satisfied as to his work, as well as his gentlemanly and obliging manner. See his advertisement on our first page.

-John Albright, of this village, has got up a new Bee Hive, which if it works as he calculates it will, is ahead of anything in this line - see advertisement on our first page.

-E.W. Capron, will please accept our thanks for Pub. Documents received.

-Capt. J.H. Ledyard, we notice in the "Rochester Express," is in the Burnside Expedition, an attache to one of the Steamers that he once commanded on our lake.

-Capt. J.J. Morley, we are happy to announce, is getting better, he was here a short time since.

-B.G. Eaton, the Jeweler, will be here in a few days, with a nice lot of Jewelry.

-Dr. A.G. Austin, has a Glee Club started in this village. He can learn them to sing, if they will show a disposition for it.

-"Van" of the Wayne Dem. Press," is a fine fellow, for giving us that good editorial in reference to our Harbor. We hope he will keep us on his exchange list, for we will do him all the good we can.

-Mr. James B. Craggs, is going to build a brick house this season on the site of the old one. He is getting the brick on the spot this winter.


March 1862

TOWN ELECTION - Great effort was made by some of our own men, assisted by the Democrats to defeat Chas. P. Moody, for collector, and Geo. W. Miller, for justice of the peace; the former only getting 6 maj., the latter 8 maj.

THE CRISIS - We are in receipt of important military operations, but dare not publish them for fear of our press being destroyed. Sec. Stanton has his eye upon us.

MARRIED - At the residence of Mr. Alfred Allen, on Tuesday morning, March 4th, Mr. J.H. Ford, to Miss Eliza Gildersleeve, both of this place. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Amasa Stanton, of Marion. We had a grand breakfast and a lively company.

Geo. E. Curliss, of this village, married Miss Julia Aldrich, of Dansville, on Tuesday morning, March 4th.

The following letter from the Woman's "Associated Sanitary Commissioner, or Woman's Central Association of Relief," together with the list of articles sent has been handed in for publication.

New York Jan. 27th 1861

To the Ladies of Pultneyville and vicinity.

Your letter, a box of valuable articles and $3 came safely to hand. Please express to the ladies of Pultneyville, our grateful acknowledgement of their liberal contribution. The supplies will prove very acceptable, and will be forwarded as soon as possible. As many of the officers and soldiers who have been in the Hospitals agree, that the kind forethought and generosity of the loyal women of the North, had contributed so much to their comfort.

Very Respectfully,

Ellen Collins,

Com. On Supplies, Per. C.M.

7 quilts, 6 pillows, 4 wollen blankets, 1 coverlet, 12 pillow cases, 2 linen sheets, 4 cotton sheets, 2 cotton shirts 2 towels, 6 prs. drawers, 5 undershirts, 10 cushions, 3 dressing gowns, 2 rolls linen cloths, 1 roll bandages, 12 prs. socks, 1 pair slips and $3.


-Leo Miller's family, are expected home the last of this month. They will remain here during the summer.

-John Craggs had an auction Thursday, March 6th.

-Wm. Reeves, (son of Stephen Reeves,) is at home on a Furlough, sick, he belongs with the army on the Potomac.

-J.W. Powers sold a Spring pig that weighted 367 lbs - beat this who can.

-Adam Nash, sold a hog that weighted 538 lbs.

-Dr. W.S. Lee, of Sodus, will be in this village about the 10th of this month, and will remain about three days in his dental capacity at A.A. Cornwall's. The Dr. keeps constantly on hand a good assortment of silver and plated ware, jewelry and watches, at his office, Sodus. A liberal patronage solicited.

-A.S. Woolworth, merchant at Williamson is going to move his stock of goods to Baldwinsville, where he intends to reside.

-G.D. Phelps, Jr., arrived in town from the Oil regions of Canada, on Friday, the __. He will remain about 10 days, his family is with him.

-Capt. Sellimer, of Charlotte, arrived in town Tuesday, Feb. 18, he has been spending some time this winter with the army on the Potomac.

-Russell Smith, (formerly of this place, and son of Capt. Abner Smith,) is to sail the propeller Vermont, this summer.

-Henry C. Lewis, has bought about 40 acres of land, of Capt. W. Pratt, lying near Wanton F. Millard's.

-L.O. Goodrich, has the appointment of a Lieut., and was at the battle of Roanoak.

-A.A. Cornwall and wife, have been down to Jefferson co., on a visit.

-Hon. A. Pryne, preached at Williamson, on Sunday, Feb. 23d. He leaves for Albany, Tuesday, Feb. 25th.

-Griffith M. Cooper, of Williamson, is very much out of health, and has been confined to his house most of the winter.

-Mrs. Decroyft, an old resident of this village, fell down cellar a few days ago. She was found insensible; but was soon brought to her senses, and is now well again.

-Capt. A. Holling has been making more improvements in his Planing Mill the past winter, by adding an upright saw, &c. He has a fine lot of seasoned pine lumber of hand, and would like to have all those intending to build the ensuing season, give him a call before purchasing elsewhere.

-Alonzo and Orlando Gazlay, sons of Ella Gazlay, of Dutchess co., have been spending a few days with us, the former with his wife, who now reside in Mendon.

-Prof. F.F. Hoecker, of Bath, has made us another visit, he left for home Feb. 12.

-John B. Burrud, of Marion, is an agent for the sale of Melodeons. See his advertisement on first page.

-Capt. Wm. Pratt, (son of the late Johnathan Pratt,) is about making arrangements to go into the New England house, Rochester.

-John Hill, of Sodus Point, has made an arrangement with Capt. Holling, for a portion of his steam power, for the manufacture of doors, blinds and window sash.

-G.C. Borradaile, of the Franklin House, Clyde, had a Valentine Ball on the 14th of Feb. We had the pleasure of being present on the occasion, and we met with several couples from our adjoining town of Sodus. The party seemed to pass off agreeably to all.

-A.B. Williams of Sodus Village, is agoing to build a new store. R.A. Moses has the contract for the work.

-J. Reynolds is manufacturing a large quantity of "French Kid Skins." The shoe dealers all say that they are as fine as any that are imported. Try them.


In turning over my journal, kept while at Pultneyville, I find this record: May 30th, 1856, the weather is cold, the wind blows strongly and steadily from the North West. The lake is rough, the waves roll sluggishly to the shore, murmuring hoarsely and retire to renew their strength for another onset. This morning the sun rose brightly, and gave promise of a fine day, though the air was like ice to the touch. Soon however the sun was veiled in clouds, and the day passed without much increase of temperature. In the morning the ground was covered with snow to the depth of two inches. The apple trees are not yet in bloom, and but few other trees have yet blossomed. - Some farmers are planting corn, many are not ready to do so.

May 31 - we all sat shivering over the fire; today is no better. Still the dull roar of the laboring lake, sadly salute our ears, and the cold winds sweep over the earth; drear and murky clouds obscure the sun, shedding gloom over the face of nature, and imparting a corresponding feeling to man. These are evils that we cannot avoid, and we must bear them patiently. But let us avoid other evils of a more dangerous character, and more destructive to our peace.

We can spurn the intoxicating cup, and the cruel hand that holds it to our lips, and urges us to drink to our ruin. The deleterious compounds that are dealt out at the present day are the harbingers of ruin, remorse and death. O man! Why will you blast your hopes, and wither every joy of your family and yourself, by yielding to a vice so destructive to all? Be a man, and spurn, both the vice and the tempter.



April 1862


-We understand that A.A. Holing, is to command the schr. J.J. Morley, the present season.

-Gustavus Mills, formerly Insurance Agent of Newark, is now Sutler in the army.

-J.H. Ford and lady, returned home from their wedding tour, on Monday, March 17th.

-Alfred Allen left for Ohio, Tuesday, March 18th. He will be absent about ten days.

-Geo. E. Curlis, arrived home with his new wife, on Saturday, March 8th.

-Dr. D.C. Higgins and daughter, (wife of John Jones, Adrian,) are expected here soon.

-Levi McCarty, of Sodus, is very sick with inflamation on the lungs.

-Henry Ward Jr.'s wife, of Seneca Falls, has been home on a visit, and went back Tuesday, March 18th.

-Wm. Strong, of Sodus, who was injured very severely, while removing an old building, is slowly recovering.

-Jabez Blythe, formerly in the Mill with J.B. Craggs, of this place, has left for Lima, to attend school.

-H.T. Wilcox, left for Charlotte, Tuesday, March 25th, to assist in fitting out our steamers, by the time navigation opens.

-Geo. C. Allen and wife, (son of John Allen, Adrian, Mich.,) has been on a visit, and left for home, March 18.

-William Todd, has entered into partnership with Hinolf, at Williamson, in the mercantile trade.

-Edwin W. Gloyd, died in a fit; at the residence of R. Wilson, on Tuesday morning, March 25th.

-Prof. Wm. Denton, has been written to from Williamson, to postpone his lectures at that place, until next fall.

-Prof. Lewis H. Clark, has postponed the opening of Sodus Academy, until the 8th of April. There are still vacancies to be filled in the teacher's class.

-Miss Hattie Todd, returned from Ithaca, Tuesday, March 18th, where she has been attending school for the past year. She will take charge of the school in the Cuyler district this summer.

-Wm. Waters, an old resident of this village, has responded to the appeal of Mrs. Nancy Muffat, published in our last paper, by handing in $2 Let others follow the example.

-Wm. Smelt has got "Congress Hall" in running order, and it is a grand place to stop; the rooms are large and well furnished. "Billy" well understands the wants of the public. See his advertisement in another column.

-Mary Allen, daughter of Chas. Allen, of Sodus, some three years of age, died very suddenly, with a disease resembling diptheria, which prevails to some extent in Sodus - four deaths having occurred within a week.

-E.W. Capron, is now the chief clerk of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Capt. Rauch, who was elected clerk at the commencement of the session, having been ordered to join his regiment at Anapolis, Md.

-Hollis Johnson's store at Williamson, took fire on Monday eve., March 12. It happened to be a still time, had it be otherwise, it would have swept the entire block. It was insured in the "Fire City Co."

-Tompkins Allen, formerly of this village, now of Marshall, Mich., gave us a call on his way to N. York. He is now a merchant at the above place.

-Geo. M. Nichols, left for New York, Monday, March 14th, to be ready for the Spring trade - he is in the grocery house of Freeman & Husted, 61 Front St.


May 1862


-E.F. Roys, has moved on to his fathers farm.

-Chas. Robison has now the driver's seat on the stage route - vice Daniel Murphy, removed.

-Miss M.L. Cuyler, sister of Hon. S.C. Cuyler, arrived in town, on Wednesday, April 30th.

-Benj. Gibbs, died at his residence, on Tuesday, April 18.

-J.S. Thompson has been appointed Post Master, at Williamson vice Hatch resigned.

-Capt. S.D. Tompkinson, left for Oswego on Tuesday, April 8th.

-Dr.L.E. Barnard, came home from a lecturing tour, on Saturday eve., April 5th.

-Curlis C. Lewis arrived in town, about the 15th of last month, from St. Paul, Min.

-H.W. Curtis, sold a hog, 20 months old, to Col. Fowler, that weighted 572 lbs.

-Harmon Feller, has moved from P.B. Roys' farm, up to G.M. Cooper's farm at Williamson.

-Alfred Allen, has bought out James Fergerson's interest in the Schr. J.J. Morley. The owners are now Holling and Allen.

-A.A. Cornwall, has started in the clothing trade, at this place, in Todd's block, formerly kept by B. Todd & Sons.

-A.A. Cornwall has moved to the upper part of this village, on Hamilton st., opposite the steam flouring mill.

-Geo. Alstrop, has a lamb, 5 weeks old, that weighs 40 lbs, and a steer, coming 3 years old, that girts 7 feet. Beat this who can.

-E.J. Stout, of Lockport, N.Y., will be a contributor to the "Commercial" - poetical department.

-Leo Miller and family, arrived in town, Thursday, April 17th, at their new residence, on Jay street.

-R. Reynolds, had his clothing store broke open, on Thursday evening, April 3d, and about $50 worth of clothing &c., taken off.

-Capt. W.W. Williams, vessel Inspector, for the Marine Insurance Companies, was here on Friday, April 4th.

-John Hill, of Sodus Point, has connected himself with A. Holling, in his planing mill, and is going to manufacturing sash, doors and blinds.

-Henry Douville, the ship builder, has moved up from Sodus Point, and taken the residence of E.J. Roys.

-S.S. Poppino, had a horse stolen on Friday, eve., April 4th, from his barn in Williamson - He was found a few days afterwards near Palmyra.

-Eugene Scott, of the Lima Seminary, is to be a contributor to this paper. The first production, "Hope of the Slave," will appear in our next issue.

-Griffen & Reynolds, have been adding paints, oils, and hardware, to their already extensive assortment of tin, glass, books and japanned ware, as they have formerly kept.

-Dr. D.C. Higgins and daughter, (Mrs. Jones,) arrived in town, from Adrian, Mich., Thursday eve., April 1st. He is looking quite smart, and younger than when he left here, about one year ago.

-Wm. Phelps, formerly of this village, and for several years past a resident of Milwaukee, died about the middle of March.

-John Reynolds will pay the highest market price for veal and deacon skins, delivered at his tannery, in Pultneyville.

-John Coultis, of Michigan has married Mrs. Lydia Wilsey, of Sodus. He has gone on to her farm near Eli Clark's on the Lake Shore.

-William Wake, son of James Wake, of this town, died in the Hospital on the Potomac. His funeral was preached by the Rev. Wm. Potter on Sunday, April 20th.

-H. Brockhouse, of this village came very near losing his life, by the accidental discharge of his gun, while on duty. He was leaning on the muzzle of his rifle, when his foot accidently hit the lock, causing the discharge of the piece, shattering his thumb, and narrowly missing his head.

-Capt. A. Holling, has purchased the house and lot adjoining his planing mill, on Mill street, formerly owned by Thos. Williams, and is to open a new road on said street, down to his mill and ship-yard.

-The firm of B. Todd & Sons, was dissolved by its own limitation, on the first of April. The business will now be conducted by John S. Todd, and J. Haven Powers, under the firm of B. Todd's Sons.

-Melvin S. Grant, formerly of the town of Ontario, has located at Leavenworth City, Kansas, in the grocery and seed business, of whom we receive a copy of the Leavenworth Weekly Times, regularly.

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