December 9, 1920

Formerly Published in Wolcott, N.Y.

Transcribed and Contributed by Diana Niedermeier

The following was transcribed from the Lake Shore News, a now-defunct newspaper published in Wolcott, N.Y. that covered local news about eastern Wayne county. All first and surname spellings are as in the original. Many, many thanks to Diana Niedermeier for her thoughtfulness in contributing!

Lake Shore News, Thursday, December 9, 1920. Published in Wolcott, N.Y.


   North Rose has been greatly agitated for the past week by a ghastly murder, apparently committed on the night of Sunday, Nov. 28, but not discovered till early in the evening of last week Wednesday.
   The victim was Sherman Russell, sometimes know as Russell Wilson, a laborer about 42 years of age, and the details of the crime most revolting.
   Russell, who was a widower with a daughter living with relatives in Pennsylvania, had lived in or near North Rose for between four and five years, working in the Salter canning factory summers, and picking up various odd jobs at other seasons. Recently he had been employed in an evaporator on the farm of Mrs. Carrie Aldrich.
   He was quiet and inoffensive, paid his debts promptly, and seemed a thrifty man. At the time of his death he was living alone in the little tenant house belonging to Allen Taylor, located in Poplar avenue, North Rose.
   He had few intimates, though sometime one or two fellow workmen went to his home of an evening and played cards with him to while away a few hours. But ordinarily, when not at work, he lived entirely alone.
   On Saturday, Nov. 27, he worked as usual, and was paid his week's wages before he left the farm. The next day he was seen about the village, at least as late as mid-afternoon and some say until 9 p.m.
   Monday and Tuesday he did not report for work, which was very unusual, and when on Wednesday he again failed to appear, fears were aroused that he might be ill, as he had said nothing about leaving town. After the evaporator had been closed, Roy Davenport and Clinton Dillingham, brother of Mrs. Aldrich, and who runs her farm, went to the Taylor tenant house to investigate.
   They found the rear door, ordinarily padlocked, slightly ajar, and all within was cold, dark and silent. Receiving no response to their calls, they went inside.
   Russell's form could be dimly seen on his bed, with his body concealed by the blankets, which had been drawn up over his head. When these were pulled down, a horrible sight was revealed.
   The man was quite dead, with several deep wounds, one on his forehead, one across his cheek, and another on the top so his head. All had apparently been inflicted with a hatchet or an axe, struck with great force. There was no evidence of a struggle anywhere about the premises, nor was the room bloody except about the bed, and his hands were folded across his breast as if this had been done after death.
   To all appearances, the crime was committed Sunday night, and he was struck lifeless while asleep.
   Robbery is believed to have been the motive, as no money could be found in the house, and his watch also is missing. At first his clothing could not be discovered, but his best suit was later found hidden. It is believed that he had at least $150 in his possession, Sunday, as well as a number of rare old coins, which he took delight in collecting. Letters in regard to these coins were found among his effects, and he had evidently been making inquiries as to their value.
   Coroner Winchell, of Rose, and Sheriff Newman, of Lyons, were notified at once, and were soon on the scene. Later the state police were summoned. There seemed little to work upon however. The criminals had had three days in which to escape, and apparently had covered up their tracks completely.
   From the nature of the crime, it is generally believed that tramps of the yegg type committed the murder, though a few hold that Russell may have awakened and recognized the intruder, after which he was slain to conceal the identity of the thief. But in that case he could hardly have left the bed or offered the slightest resistance.
   The entire community has been horrified to think that persons capable of such a cold-blooded murder should have lurked in the neighborhood, and the bare possibility that they may even be local residents is still more disquieting.
   After making a thorough investigation, Coroner George D. Winchell issued a certificate of death by violence at the hands of parties unknown, deeming an inquest with a jury unnecessary. After measuring the wounds, the authorities decided that the murder was committed with a barrel hatchet, of unusual sharpness. To all appearances the murderer had secreted himself in the little house, as there was no sign of a forcible entrance.
   Mr. Russell's daughter, Miss Reta Russell, resides at Westchester, Pa., with his mother, Mrs. J. W. Russell. The two were notified and at once sent for the body, which on Friday was shipped to them for interment in the family lot.
   Deputy Sheriff Jerry Collins entertains hope of finding the murderer, despite the lack of clues. He has secured the number of the missing watch from Morris E. Burke, who repaired it some time ago, and hopes to locate it if the present possessor pawns or sells it. He also has at least one person under strong suspicion.


   Even the greatest of warriors cannot win every battle. As is well known, the last Napoleon Bonaparte was some scrapper, but even he got licked at Waterloo.
   Over at Macedon last Friday evening there was no Waterloo, but there was a licking. Those who administered it were the Macedon high school basketball quintet, and the lickees were from the Wolcott high school.
   But it was by no means a slaughter, the margin being only two points in a score of 16 to 14, while the game was hotly contested from start to finish.

Following was the score:

Wolcott H.S.Pts.
Macedon H.S.Pts.
Rich, r.f.,2
Bradley, r.f.,2
Sharp, l.f.,0
Dwyer, l.f., 0
Garton, c.,10
Mierke, c., 14
Shaw, l.g., 0
Allen, l.g.,0
Streeter, r.g.,2
Youngs, r.g.,0
Eygnor, l.g. 0
Stevenson, r.f.,0
Referee, Youngman.

   Speaking of Waterloos, however, there was a real one over at North Rose last Thursday evening when the Wolcott town team went there after the scalps of five little North Rose boys. It was a famous victory.
When the smoke cleared away the scoreboard read: "North Rose 24; Wolcott, 4."
   It would be unkind to publish the official record.


   At the meeting of the local branch of the Dairymen's League, held in Grange hall last Friday evening, George DeKing was elected president for the ensuring year and Fowler Johnson, secretary. William S. Koch was chosen delegate to the convention at Utica on Dec. 8.


   It will be remembered that the late George H. Hall, who lost his life in the Seneca river at Three River Point last September, carried two insurance policies, one for $1,000 in the John Hancock Insurance Company, the other for a like amount in the New Amsterdam Casualty Company of No. 60 John street, New York city, this last being what is popularly termed "accident insurance".
   The John Hancock company paid its claim in full within two weeks after proofs of death had been submitted. The New Amsterdam company has refused to pay.
   Late last week Mrs. Hall received a letter from this company definitely refusing compensation. The letter is printed below. Comment seems unnecessary for if George Hall's death was not an accident, then in heaven's name, what is an accident?
   Perhaps it would be well to scan twice the phrase reading "and for any other such reasons as may arise" they're apparently still looking for them. But here is the letter:

New York, Dec. 1, 1920
"In re George H. Hall.
"Mrs. Edith Hall,
 "27 Jefferson street,
  "Wolcott, N.Y.
  "Dear Madam:-Papers in reference to the claim of George H Hall whom you claim was killed on or about Sept. 18, have been received. We call your attention to the fact that policy No.U-569404 S-173 is a limited form of contract and is sold at a very low rate of premium.
  "We quote from the clause under which your claim was made: 'While actually riding in a private automobile provided the insured is not in automobile racing or trials of speed, and the death must be caused in consequence of a collision or other accident to the conveyance in which the assured is riding.'
  "Our investigation in this case shows that Mr. Hall and Mr. Conway were driving along a road with which they were unfamiliar on a very dark night, and due to their unfamiliarity with the road they ran off the roadbed and into the river. There is no evidence whatever to show that this accident was caused by any mechanical defects in the automobile nor any collision occurred which caused the automobile to swerve from the road into the river.
   "For the reason stated above and for any other such reasons as may arise, your claim for indemnity must be hereby disapproved.
"Yours very truly,
"New Amsterdam Casualty Company,
 "By A. D. Whiteman,
  "Examiner of Claims."
Several local holders of New Amsterdam policies are expressing extreme indignation over this letter.


   In surrogate's court at Lyons, Monday, the will of Roseanna Southwick, late of the town of Wolcott, was admitted to probate. The value of the estate is $5,000. Letters testamentary were issued to Charles B. Kellecutt of Wolcott.
   By the terms of the will, a nephew, Charles Wilson, of Elba, N.Y., and a nephew, Byron Southwick, are bequeathed family portraits. The portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are given to Alice Wilson and Edith Wilson. Catherine Tompkins of Massillon, Ohio is given the sum of $200. The First Presbyterian church of Wolcott is given the sum of $200 in trust, the income to be used for the care of the cemetery lot of the testator in Wolcott and if there should be a surplus, it is to be used by the trustees of the church for the benefit of the church.
   The rest of the property is to be equally divided among Samuel Wilson of South Haven, Mich.; Charles Wilson, of Elba, N.Y., and William Tompkins of Massillon, Ohio. Claude T. Metcalf and Maurice C. Buckminster were appointed appraisers.
   The will of Charles H. Thomas, late editor of the Lake Shore News, was admitted to probate and letters testamentary were issued to Louis M. Mead, of Wolcott. The petitioner did not estimate the value of the estate.
   The will provides that the entire estate be given to the wife, Frances Perkins Thomas. Charles T. Ennis of Lyons, was, was appointed special guardian of Cornelia P. Thomas, who is not yet of legal age.
   An inventory was filed by M. Olive Welch and Harold J. Welch, executors of the estate of Thomas B. Welch, late of Rose, showing an estate amounting to $6,350.52.


   The Gloversville Leader of a recent date contained the following paragraph: "A massive mahogany Chippendale chair that once graced the dining hall of the late Sir William Johnson, founder of Johnstown, was recently acquired by Mrs. William C. Mills, of this city, who naturally feels a pardonable pride in securing this relic."
   When C. E. Hale, of Wolcott, saw this item, he smiled with pleasure and remarked under his breath, "There are others." For Mr. Hale also is the proud possessor of a Sir William Johnson relic.
   His piece of furniture is a large mahogany-framed mirror, still containing the original glass that came from England, probably in 1728, when young Johnson, removed to the then colony of New York as manager of the estate of his uncle, Admiral Peter Warren, in the Mohawk valley. Later Johnson became the greatest friend and manipulator of the Iroquois Indians that New York ever knew, acquiring fame and fortune in the process.
   The mirror was secured from the attic of what is now known as the Fish house near Johnstown, N.Y., and was purchased of the finder by Mr. Hale. This Fish house was the country residence of the Johnsons, and was vacated when Sir John Johnson, son of Sir William, and a notorious Tory, fled to Canada in Revolutionary days.
   Mr. Hale is also the possessor of numerous other relics, including the sword carried by his great-grandfather, Col. Ebenezer Hale, in the Revolution. This Ebenezer Hale, by the way, was a brother of Nathan Hale, the patriot spy, executed by the British in New York.
   His son, Captain Ebenezer Hale, also carried the same sword in the War of 1812.
   The collecting of old pieces of furniture is C. E. Hale's hobby. He has a large number in his home.


   Coming blithely down to the post office in his Ford runabout, just before 8 o'clock last Saturday morning, Willis L. Dynes had a rude awakening at the corner by the New Wolcott. As he drew near Main street, he saw Harry Farnum coming west along that thoroughfare, and slowed to a crawl, expecting the Farnum truck to pass him and circle west of the fountain into New Hartford street.
   But, Mr. Farnum was in a hurry, and did not bother to round the fountain as the rules and regulations specify. Also he was, perhaps, too busy to look about him as carefully as he usually does. Anyhow, he turned short, and slammed the runabout up against the concrete walk and lamp post.
   Mr. Farnum's machine had to be towed to Westfall & Fox's garage, but Mr. Dynes was able to drive his machine to the same garage, in spite of three broken spokes in one of the rear wheels, a broken storage battery box and numerous other damages. They looked-especially the runabout-like a bill of, say, one hundred plunks; but Fords are easily ironed out and are very hard to kill.
   For a total of about $21, plus one inner tube, both machines were put back in commission before nightfall, and were running as smoothly as before. Mr. Farnum settled, not precisely with a bright smile, for that is almost too much to expect, but calmly, cheerfully and willingly, and the incident was closed.


   The evaporator of Merlin Sherman, son of Jacob Sherman, of Wolcott, located southeast of North Wolcott on Wall street, was destroyed by fire early last Saturday evening. The blaze, which caught from an over-heated pipe, was discovered at about 7 o'clock, and the building, with its contents, was soon reduced to ashes.
   The loss is a heavy one to the young man, who carried only $500 insurance on the building with George P. Graves & Son, of this village. Evaporator insurance costs so much that almost all dryhouses are under-insured.
   Mr. Sherman carried nothing on the contents of the building, several tons of dried stock being a total loss; and he also does not know what to do with the apples piled outside which he was working up as rapidly as possible.
   The building was a good one, and the insurance money will not go far in replacing it.


   With flurries of snow and sleet to speed the parting, six more Wolcottonians headed for the sunny southland, Monday. This party consisted of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Henderson, who are veteran southlanders; Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln Harder and Mr. and Mrs. Horace Bacon. They went by rail, having a trip of about three days duration ahead of them.
   Lakeland, Fla., was their destination, and there they expect to pick oranges and jiggers, and ignore the colored population out of respect for sectional prejudices, until the robins nest again, when they will return to Wolcott.


   The musicale given in Levenworth hall last Friday evening by Glen Ellison, baritone, assisted by Miss Alta Hill, pianist, and the Edison "phonograph with a soul" was an unqualified success. It was free, and so, of course, the assembly hall was crowded, but the fact that it was free is no measure of its quality. Many entertainments for which standard prices are paid for tickets fall far below it.
   Mr. Ellison is a singer of remarkable talent, and a born entertainer as well. His Lauder and other Scotch selections were of a popular nature, and were sung with a combination of humor and sentiment that captivated the audience. The specially prepared phonograph records enabled him to rest at times while the machine took up the strain, keen attention being required to detect the change, and he also sang a duet with himself.
   Not content with singing, Mr. Ellison also recited with equal ability, proving his mastery of both humor and pathos. His closing number, in which he committed the audience to the kindly care of Allah, was both unique and effective.
   Miss Hill played very agreeably, both in accompaniment and in piano solo selections. Accompanying a phonographic song may be an easy feat, but it does not so impress a casual listener. Miss Hill accomplished it, however, with every outward evidence of ease. She possesses the further attraction of being easy to look at as well as to hear.
   The Rev. Duncan Salmond, who introduced the entertainers and did not omit a few kind words for Scotland, the native land both of Mr. Ellison and himself, further stated that the entertainment had cost $300. Without inquiring too closely whether Mr. Salmond figured both direct and overhead costs into this total, we may say, heartily and emphatically, that it was worth it; and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Murphey, who were its sponsors, are to be congratulated upon its success, and deserve a vote of thanks for bringing artists of such talent to Wolcott.
   That the program was designed as an advertising device does not detract from its cleverness; and, anyhow, this write-up is not an ad., but is as free as was the entertainment.


   The entertainment given in the joint classes' course at Leavenworth hall on Tuesday evening was by Miss Ellerbe Wood, a reader, who presented "The Country Cousins." This is a clever play in four acts, with five leading characters, and illustrates the acumen of an accomplished farmerette, who saves a young cousin from the wiles of a scoundrelly city father and incidentally rescues a dude from nonentity and sends him off to the wars with a heart filled with love and longing. There is much clever dialogue in the play, which Miss Wood handled well, altogether pleasing the large audience and giving them a number of laughs.


   Regarding the death of Mrs. Maria Waldo, Mrs. G. H. Northup writes from Rochester giving some details not known here at the time the brief account was published in last week's News.
   Mrs. Waldo died at the home of a cousin in Syracuse, who accompanied the body to Edmeston for burial. Her first husband was a major in the Civil war, and she received a pension on his account. Her son Charles P. Morse, paid a large share of the expenses connected with her long illness and death.


   Edwin Farrow, a long-time resident of Huron and latterly of Rose, died early Monday morning at his home in the latter township on what is generally know as the De King farm, bought some time ago of W.H. Paddock & Son. His age was 67 years, and the cause of death was cerebral apoplexy. He had suffered from a slight shock which impaired his speech to some extent but did not prevent him from getting about, when the final attack came, ending in death.
   Mr. Farrow was born in Irondequoit, N. Y., in 1853, and was the father of eight children, five sons and three daughters, who survive him as does his widow. They are Edward, William Lester, Wheaton, Jay, Della, Etta and Jessie, the majority of whom are married.
   The funeral was held from the house at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, with interment in the Huron cemetery. The Rev. A. L. Hobart, of the Wolcott M. E. church, had charge of the services.


   News has been received at Williamson giving details of the death at Boston of Leland T. Powers, noted elocutionist and teacher. He was born in Williamson and was the son of Mrs. Mary Powers. Early in life he evinced rare ability as a reader and elocutionist and later he appeared on the lyceum platform in all parts of the country, finally opening a school in Boston for voice culture, elocution and oratory. This became one of the most famous of its kind in the country. His nearest relatives still living in Williamson, are two aunts, Mrs. Louise Maines and Mrs. Martha Benton.


Rose Dec. 8-Mrs. Agnes Crisler, a resident of Rose for 40 years, died at 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, aged 62 years, at the home of Mrs. Flora Crisler in this village. The cause of death was myocarditis and asthma. She has been in poor health for years. She was born in Victor, N. Y., May 6th, 1858, and came to Rose with her parents, William and Mary Wolever McMurdy, in 1882. She married John Crisler, who died in 1908. She was a member of the Rose Presbyterian church. Services were held at the house on Monday afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. Mr. Wyse, pastor of the Rose and North Rose Presbyterian churches, officiating. Interment was made at Victor, on Tuesday. Those present from out of town were Mr and Mrs. Wallace Williams, of Rochester; Mrs. Harriett Crisler and Mr. and Mrs. Merwin Buel, of Williamson.

Mrs. Hannah J. Marriott, a resident of Rose since 1847, passed away about 12 o'clock, Sunday morning, Dec 5, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin P. Miner, in Sodus street, with whom she had come only a few days before to spend the winter. She was born in Fishkill, Dutchess county, N. Y., and came to Rose with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Genung, in 1847. She had been a member of the Rose Baptist church for about sixth years. She married John Marriott, who died about five years ago. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Marcus Baker, of East Rose and Mrs. Lottie Stanton, of Perry, N.Y. The funeral was held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Baptist church, Rev. A. H. Wright, pastor of the Immanuel Baptist church of Syracuse, officiating. Interment was made in the Rose cemetery.

Mrs. Charles Malchoff and daughter spent last week in Geneva.

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Briggs, of Ferguson's corners, will celebrate their 25th anniversary on Friday evening.

Rev. S. T. Kennedy, professor of oratory at Syracuse university, will preach at the Rose M. E. church next Sunday morning.

Mrs. O. T. Maynard, of Elyria, Ohio, is a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrus Diddy.

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Umpstead, of Baldwinsville, were recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ambrus Diddy.

Whitney Dobbin is ill of quinsy, near Stewart's corners. The neighborhood experienced a scare when it was first thought that he might have diptheria, but an analysis of cultures proved otherwise.

C. H. Seager was in Lyons, Wednesday

Mrs. Frank Harper, of Savannah, visited relatives in this section over Sunday.

Mrs. Marvin, of Warner, is a guest of Mrs. Edward Jarvis.

Mrs. Albert Fox, of North Rose, was a guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Baker, the first of the week.

A meeting was held at the Rose Inn, Saturday evening, in the interest of a community store. C. A. Steitler was elected president. Supervisor Hay acted as secretary for the meeting.


Mrs. Wallace Peer spent Friday afternoon with Mrs. Bert Pringle.

Mrs. Romaine Hubbard of Red Creek visited her sister, Mrs. Abe VanHoute, Friday.

Mrs. Henry Trickler visited her granddaughter, Mrs. Ruth Godkin, last week Monday.

Mrs. John Van Ostrand and Mrs. George DeKing were callers at Mrs. Bert Pringle's, Friday afternoon.

Mrs. William Watson spent Sunday afternoon with her mother, Mrs. Brownell, at home of Mrs. Susie Crowell, near the Yellow-Red. On Saturday Mrs. Brownell celebrated, her birthday. Her friends of the Silence Douglass class, of Red Creek, sent cards and books, and her children all sent her some remembrance. She is very feeble at present.

Miss Florence Bacon, of Wolcott, is visiting Mrs. Lloyd Morris this week.

Mrs. J. Byron Smith, who has been seriously ill, is better so that she is around the house again.

The local school was not in session Thanksgiving week, as the teacher. Mrs. Nettie Foster, attended the teachers' meeting at Newark on Monday and the state association at Rochester, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mrs. Nora Brown had as her guest of Monday her sister, Mrs. Nellie Falerdean, of New York, and relatives also from Oswego.

Mrs. William Gilluly has recovered from her severe illness following a fall down stairs, so as to be able to be about the house again.


Mr. and Mrs. Rollo Cox were over-Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Studor, of South Butler.

Mrs Frank Harper and daughter Bertha, spent the week-end with Mrs. Julian Jones, of Clyde.

Mrs. D C. Wheeler returned on Monday from Oneida, where she had been spending some time.

Walter Candee was operated on for varicose veins, Tuesday, at the Good Shepherd hospital in Syracuse. He is reported to be doing nicely.

Mr. and Mrs. W. A. ViVier spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Pearl Dratt.

Manville Dobbin, of Port Byron, was in town, Monday.

Rev. and Mrs. O. D. Young have returned from a ten-days' visit in Towanda, Pa.

F. S. Crofoot, of Ithaca, was home over Sunday.

George Fanning and Pearl Dratt were in Clyde, Thursday.

C. M. Foster was in Wolcott, Monday.

Mrs. Josephine Dratt, of Victor, spent Sunday with her daughter, Mrs. Emmett Howell.

Mrs. Sarah Seamans died at her home in this place, Sunday evening, at 11 o'clock after a long illness of a complication of diseases, aged about 60 years. She leaves her husband Frank Seamans. Services were held from her late home, Tuesday afternoon, with interment in the Butler and Savannah cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Woodford and Alonzo Parsons, of Victory, called on friends and relatives in town, Sunday.

Mrs. John Miles, of Savannah spent Saturday with her daughter, Mrs. George Eakins.

Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Crofoot were in Auburn the first of the week as guests of their son Vernon, and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Crofoot were in Syracuse, Friday.


Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Salter spent a part of last week in Rochester.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Phillips spent Wednesday in Rochester.

Mrs. P. H. Michel of Williamson, is passing some time with her daughter, Mrs. H. A. Tellier.

Miss Doris Catchpole spent Thursday in Rochester.

Mrs. Mary Ditton has returned from a visit in Syracuse.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Dinsmore, of Syracuse, were week-end guests of Mrs. Mary Ditton.

Miss Lela M. Rose and Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Partrick spent Sunday in Fulton.

Mrs. J. E. Tibbits and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Tibbits and children spent Friday in Rochester.

Mr. and Mrs. Irving Winchell, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Boyd and William Winchell spent a part of the week in Rochester.

Mrs. Charles W. Oaks has returned from a visit in Rochester and Hilton.

Mrs. H. E. Partrick and Mrs. Ross Tibbits, who have been conducting the coffee shop for the past year, have sold out to Preston Kirtland, who has already taken possession. George Gaffield, of Rochester, is clerking for the new firm Mr. and Mrs. Partrick have moved into the northern part of Miss Lela M. Rose's house in Main street.

Mrs. Edward Welch, who for the past two months had been a patient in the Clifton Springs Sanitarium, has gone to Rochester to pass the winter. Her daughter, Miss Anna Welch will also spend the winter in Rochester.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Quereau and Mrs. Ross Quereau spent Friday in Aurora. Miss Virginia Quereau, who is a freshman in Wells college, returned with them for the week-end.

The Literary club will be entertained next Wednesday evening, Dec. 15, by Mrs. J. E. Thomas and Mrs. Charles W Oaks at the home of Mrs. Thomas. The leaders will be D. P. Mitchell and George Porter.


Miss Lillian Cuyler, who had been spending the past week in town, left Monday evening for Sodus and Newark.

Mrs. C. E. Perkins is confined to her home by illness.

M. L. Douglass closed his evaporator for the season one day last week.

Mrs. Nellie Watson of Butler, was a guest of Mrs. Ella Waldron, Saturday and Sunday.

John Conner spent Tuesday in Owego.

The Corner class of the Presbyterian church met with Mrs. Harry Cortright last Friday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Sharp and Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Sharp spent Sunday with their parents in Wolcott.

Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Stevens entertained Mr. and Mrs. Van Buskirk, of Fulton, Sunday.

Mrs. R. M. Philo and son, L. Morris Philo, of New Haven, were guests of Mrs. Carl Becker and other friends here a short time last week.

Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Mott entertained at Sunday dinner their son Maurice and baby daughter, Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Frost of this place, and Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock of New Haven.

Mrs. Waite Cross left recently for Ithaca, where she and Mr. Cross will spend the winter with their son.

Mrs. Lloyd Loveless, of Butler, visited her sister, Mrs. H. Hoff, recently .

Twenty Philathea members and several guests were present at the Christmas meeting held with Mrs. Mabel Hoff, last Thursday evening.

A. E. Guinup and family, of North Sterling, were Sunday guests of Lewis Terwilliger and family.

Otto Cuyler was in town last week and returned to his home in Middleport with a truck load of household goods belonging to his mother, Mrs. Lillian Cuyler.


Miss Anna Sedore wishes to announce the engagement of her daughter, Marguerite Ruth Sedore, of Rochester, N. Y., to William Stewart Ernsweller, of Milton, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Versluys and Miss Myrtle Ramsey, of Rochester, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Sedore and son Ellis, of Kent, were week-end guests of Delos Sedore and mother.

John Souls and family ate their Sunday dinner with Mrs. Anna Sedore.

Delos Sedore husked corn for Ted Foley one day last week.

Ernest Lockwood finished threshing his grain last Saturday.


Rice's Mill, Dec. 18,-At the recent meeting of Wayne County Pomona Grange at Clyde, Dana Waldron was again elected county deputy. Bert Stanley was chosen representative to the State Grange from Huron and , A. L. Richardson from Wolcott Grange. The delegates were given the power of substitution. Huron Grange was represented at the Pomona Grange by Mr. and Mrs. Dana Waldron, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Webb, Mrs. Emma Phillips, Earl Henry and George Newbury, while Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kellecutt and F. L. Watson represented Wolcott Grange. Resolutions were adopted asking legislation regulating the telephone rates and service, hunting, fishing and trapping on farms and for the repeal of the daylight saving law.

The new barn on the William Bratt farm is nearing completion.

Miss Lucile Bloomingdale entertained her Sunday school class last Saturday, ten of the members being present.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. McOmber and family were in Rochester last week.

Mrs. C. L. Webb and Miss Bessie Olmsted were in Oswego last week.

John Williams had business in Rochester last week.


Milan Sherman, of Rochester was out to his farm last week.

Mr. and Mrs. West, from Connecticut, are visiting relatives in this vicinity.

Ross Loveless, wife and daughter, of Ira, spent a day or so with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Seward Loveless, last week.

Mrs. Lloyd Loveless spent a few days in Red Creek last week.

Lloyd Powers has an attack of appendicitis.

F. C. Rich is driving his car back and forth daily from Lyons this week.

Giles Winchell went to Clyde, Monday, with a load of calves.


F. L. Mixer was in Auburn last Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Blake have gone to housekeeping, having moved into Stanley McArthur's tenant house last week.

Mr. and Mrs. George Cooper, Mrs. John Cooper and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Blake and Mr. and Mrs. M. Blake were in Wolcott last Saturday shopping.

Mr. and Mrs S. T. McArthur were in Oswego last Saturday.

A reception and shower were given to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Roy last Thursday evening at the home of Irving Turner, about 30 being present.

Mrs. Leslie Griggs is in poor health.

The marriage of Maurice Cooper, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper, and Miss Mirion Howell, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Howell, occurred, Nov. 27, at the home of the bride's parents, only the immediate rlatives(sp) being present. They will make their home with the groom's parents east of this village.

The Friendly Bible class held a very pleasant meeting at the home of Mrs. T. K. Shafer last week Wednesday, there being fifteen members present. The day was spent in sewing and visiting. A devotional and business meeting was also held.


Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Field and children spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Walborn Blemley.

Mrs. Arthur Easton has been the guest for a few days of her sister, Mrs. Daniel Robertson.

Mrs. Iva Roberts and children are the guests of her sister, Mrs. Frank Buckman, of Wolcott, for the past week.

Music Bell Master Carl F. Ahrens will give an entertainment at the church, Tuesday evening, Dec. 14 for the benefit of the Hustlers' Sunday School class.

Frank Flint and mother have moved into William Larkin, Jr's. house.

A donation and oyster supper were held at the hall, Tuesday evening for the benefit of our pastor Rev. S. S. Lucey.

Dr. James Sebring, of Oswego, is quite ill at his home here.

Rodney Munger, who has been in a Syracuse hospital for fourteen weeks, being treated for an injury to his knee, is spending some time with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrus Munger. He expects to return to his work in Syracuse as soon as his recovery is complete.

Miss Grace Garner, who is living with D B. Barsdel and wife, was operated on for enlarged tonsils and adenoids at the Red Creek clinic last Wednesday. She is improving very nicely and expects to return to school next week.

Jerome DeWaters who has been with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Wolver, has gone to Blue Point, Long Island.

Mrs. Archie Shinebarger spent Tuesday with her aunt, Mrs. Nelson Field.

H. W. Woods, who has been working the Charles Hawley, Sr. farm, has purchased a farm on the Spring Green road in Butler, and is planning to move there soon. The barn having burned on the Hawley farm recently, Mr. Hawley sold nearly all the stock that was left. There is not much work remaining for Mr. Woods for the remainder of the year. Milo Hawley and family, of Detroit are visiting his parents, and may decide to return and move on the place vacated by Mr. Woods. Their many friends here will be pleased to welcome their return.


Mrs. A. M. Armstrong has been spending a few days with friends in Auburn.

Ed. Pierson of Lyons was in town Thursday and Friday.

At the Home Bureau meeting held at William Parker's, Dec. 1, the following officers were elected: Chairman, Mrs. James Walker; vice-chairman, Mrs. Peter Donk; secretary-treasurer, Miss Nellie Van Vleck.

Mrs. Albert Parker canvassed this section soliciting members for the Home Bureau.

Miss Ethel Shafer, of Wolcott, was the guest of Miss Luella Koch all of last week.

Burton little son of Leman Gibbs, whose illness was mentioned in the News last week, is recovering nicely.

Bert Kasson brought his son home from the Syracuse hospital last week Tuesday. He is improving rapidly.


   State of New York, Supreme Court, County of Wayne.    Charles Wilson , plaintiff, vs. Samuel H. Wilson, Edith Wilson, his wife, William I. Tompkins, Anna C. Tompkins, his wife, Grace Shuknecht, Gertrude Leschander, James E. Wilson, Ida M. Wilson, Rose Vant, Stella Wallace, Jennie Wilson, Angeline Wilson, Florence Stamp, Iva Stamp, Charlotte Stamp, Charles B. Kellecutt, as administrator of the estate of Ellen L. Wilson, deceased, and Fred W. King and Charles B. Kellecutt, as executors of the last will and testament of Roseanna Southwick, deceased, and Emma L. Wilson, wife of said Charles Willson defendants.
TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS-You are hereby summoned to answer the complaint is this action, and to serve a copy of your answer on the plaintiff's attorneys within twenty days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint.
   Trial desired in the County of Wayne.      Dated: October 4, 1920. O'Brian & Thompson, Atty's for Plaintiff office and P.O. address, Wolcott, N.Y.
   To Samuel H. Wilson and Edith Willson, his wife, of South Haven, Michigan, William I. Tompkins and Anna C. Tompkins, his wife, of Massillon, Ohio, Ida M. Wilson Jeanie Wilson of South Haven, Michigan and Angeline Wilson of South Haven, Michigan, defendants.
   The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, County Judge of Wayne County, dated the 22nd day of November, 1920 and filed with the complaint in the office of the Clerk of Wayne County at Lyons, N.Y.
   The object of this action is to make partition according to the respective rights of the parties and if it appears that partition cannot be made without great prejudice to the owners, then for a sale of the real property described in the compaint(sp) as follows:
ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL, OF LAND, situate in the Village of Wolcott, County of Wayne and State of N. Y., on lot number fifty Williamson's Patent, and bounded as follows: Beginning at the southwest angle of a lot formerly owned by Mary E. Nash, in the center of Draper street, in said village; thence south in the center of said Draper Street one chain and thirty-two links; thence east two chains and nine links; thence north one chain and thirty-two links; thence west two chains and nine links to the place of beginning, be the same more or less.
   Being the same premises conveyed by Homer L. Rumsey and Anna R. Rumsey, his wife, to Ellen J. Wilson, by deed bearing date the 2nd day of April, 1909, and recorded in Wayne County Clerk's Office on the 12th day of May, 1915, in Liber 235 of deeds at page 531.
   Dated: November 22, 1920.      O'Brien & Thompson, Atty's for Plaintiff, office and P.O. address, Wolcott, N. Y.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent. To Clayton I. Phillipps, Elmer Phillipps, Mame Lander, Maude Fenn, Belle Hendrick, Marion Phillipps, Margurite Phillipps, Esther Phillipps, Louise Lander, Harold Lander, Ellsworth Fenn, Eleanor Fenn, Mable Fenn and Frederick Lander, send greeting to all other creditors of and persons interested in the estate of Horace, A. Phillipps, late of Rose, in the County of Wayne, deceased, send greeting:
   Whereas, Elmer Phillipps of the Town of Rose and Harvey H, Sharp of the Town of Wolcott, Wayne County, New York, have presented their account as exrs of Horace A. Phillipps deceased, lately residing in the Town of Rose, in Wayne County, New York, and a petition praying that their account may be judicially settled, and the petition of Elmer Phillipps praying that a trustee be appointed to carry out the provisions of the will of said deceased.
   Now, therefore, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate's Court of the County of Wayne to be held at the Surrogate's office in the Village of Lyons, Wayne County, New York, on the 20th day of December, 1920, at ten o'clock in the forenoon why such settlement should not be had and a trustee appointed to carry out the provisions of the will of said Horace A. Phillipps deceased.
   And such of you as are hereby cited who are under the age of twenty-one years are required to appear by your guardian if you have one, and if you have none to appear and apply for one to be appointed, and in the event of your neglect or failure to do so the said Surrogate will at the time and place above named appoint a competent and responsible person to appear as special guardian for you herein.
   In testimony whereof, we have caused the seal of the Surrogate's court of the said County of Wayne to be hereunto affixed.
   Witness, Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate of the said County of Wayne at the Surrogate's office in the village of Lyons, in said (Seal) County, the 15th day of November, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and twenty.
   Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate.
   Joel Fanning, attorney for exrs., Wolcott.
   To the persons above cited: Personal appearance under this citation is not compulsory. You may appear in person, by attorney or not at all. If you have any interest in this estate and wish to protect it, appearance is person or by attorney should be made on the return day.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO PRESENT CLAIMS.- Pursuant to an order of Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate of Wayne County, notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against Ellen J. Wilson, late of the village of Wolcott, N. Y., deceased, that they are hereby required to present the same together with the vouchers thereof, to Charles B. Kellecutt, the surviving administrator of said decendent, at the residence of the said Charles B. Kellecutt in the village of Wolcott, N. Y., on or before the 25th day of February, 1921. Dated September 20, 1920. Charles B. Kellecutt, Administrator. O'Brien & Thompson, Attorneys for Administrator, Wolcott, N. Y.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO PRODUCE CLAIMS-Pursuant to an order of Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate of Wayne County, notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against Charles J. Walker, late of Wolcott, in the county of Wayne, deceased, that they are required to present the same with the vouchers thereof to Lena S. Walker, one of the executors of the said deceased, at her residence in Wolcott, N. Y., on or before the 13th day of March, A.D., 1921. Dated Sept. 7, 1920 Lena S. Walker, Harvey H. Sharp, executors.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO PRODUCE CLAIMS-Pursuant to an order of Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate of Wayne County, notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against Sarah Thomas, late of Wolcott, in the county of Wayne, deceased, that they are required to present the same, with the vouchers thereof, to Charles B. Kellecutt, one of the administrators of the said deceased, at the residence of said Charles B. Kellecutt in Wolcott, N. Y., on or before the 24th day of January, A.D., 1921. Dated July 13th, 1920. Harriet A. Richardson, Charles B. Kellecutt, Administrators of the estate of Sarah Thomas, deceased. John W. Brandt, Attorney for Administrators, Wolcott, N. Y.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO PRODUCE CLAIMS-Pursuant to an order of Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate of Wayne County, notice is hereby given to all persons, having claims against Marcus S. Fowler, late of the town of Butler, in the county of Wayne, deceased, that they are required to present the same, with the vouchers thereof, to Clarence M. Fowler in Butler on or before the 20th day of December, A.D., 1920. Dated June 12, 1920. George W. Fowler, Burton P. Fowler, Clarence M. Fowler, executors. O'Brien & Thompson, Attorneys for Executors, Wolcott, N. Y.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO PRODUCE CLAIME(sp)-Pursuant to an order of Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate of Wayne County, notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against Edward G. Barnes, late of Huron, in the county of Wayne, deceased, that they are required to present the same with the vouchers thereof, to Anna M. Barnes, the administrator of the said deceased, at the residence of said administrator in Huron, on or before the 15th day of January, A.D., 1921. Dated July 5th, 1920. Anna M. Barnes, administrator of the estate of Edward G. Barnes, deceased. Alfred S. Armstrong attorney for administrator, Clyde, N. Y.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO PRODUCE CLAIMS-Pursuant to an order of Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate of Wayne County, notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against Charles A. Porter, late of Wolcott in the county of Wayne, deceased, that they are required to present the same with the vouchers thereof, to Frank O. Porter, one of the administrators of the said deceased, at the residence of said Frank O. Porter in Wolcott on or before the 16th day of June, A.D., 1921. Dated December 6th, 1920. Nellie Stoughtenger, Frank O. Porter, Admrs. estate of Charles A. Porter, deceased, John W. Brandt, attorney for administrators, Wolcott, N. Y.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO PRESENT CLAIMS-Pursuant to an order of Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate of Wayne County, notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against Charles H. Thomas, late of Wolcott in the County of Wayne, deceased, that they are required to present the same with the vouchers thereof, to L. M. Mead, the executor of the said deceased, at the First National Bank of Wolcott, N. Y., on or before the 10th day of June, 1921. Dated: December 7, 1920. L. M. Mead, Executor. O'Brien & Thompson, Att'ys for Executor, Wolcott, N. Y.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO PRESENT CLAIMS-Pursuant to an order of Hon. Clyde W. Knapp, Surrogate of Wayne County, notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against Roseanna Southwick, late of Wolcott in the County of Wayne, deceased, that they are required to present the same with the vouchers thereof, to Fred W. King and Charles B. Kellecutt, the executors of the said deceased, at the law offices of O'Brien & Thompson in the village of Wolcott, N. Y., the place for the transaction of the business of said estate, on or before the 10th day of June, 1921. Dated: December 7, 1920. Fred W. King, Charles B. Kellecutt, Executors. O'Brien & Thompson, Atty's for Executors, Wolcott, N. Y.


Elliott Green was in Geneva, Monday and Tuesday, on business.

Miss Eva Lucile Robertson entertained the I-Deal Whist club, Wednesday evening.

Mrs. Edward Tilley, of Memphis, N.Y., is visiting her daughter, Mrs. S. W. Houston.

Mrs. Pearl Hayner Adams, of Rochester, was a visitor in town a portion of last week.

Mrs. A. C. Wing, of Butler Center, is spending a few days with her son, Hugh Wing.

The Thimble club will meet Thursday afternoon, Dec 16, with Mrs. E. A. Wadsworth.

The Wolcott Embroidery club is to meet this(Thursday) evening with Mrs. L. M. Mead.

Louis Marks is calling on friends in town, coming from the South, where he has been for some time.

Mr and Mrs. Fred Lord, of Burt, spent the past week with Mr. and Mrs. George O. Colvin, of Wolcott.

Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Cornwell are planning to leave for their annual trip to Florida in about two weeks.

A number of friends surprised Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Raynor Wednesday evening, in honor of their fifth wedding anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Fowler, Mrs. Helen Lamb and Mrs. John Fowler visited the sister of the last named, Mrs. Demmon, of Weedsport, Sunday

Messrs. Dobbin and Kasson, who with their wives are speeding southward, report consistent progress by mail. They are now believed to be in the Carolinas.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Kellecutt and daughter, Mrs. A. J. Ackerman, left yesterday morning on a visit to Nashville, Mich., expecting to be absent for several weeks.

Miss May R. Collins, of Victor, N. Y., formerly of Wolcott, arrived in town last Saturday, and will spend the month of December with Mrs. Carrie W. Clemence at her home in Washington street.

The post office force and their families gave a reception for Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence W. Stone, Saturday evening, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Green. The bride was given a purse made up by the boys in the office.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence W. Stone have returned from their wedding trip and are residing with the bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willis M. Stone. A shower for the bride was given on Monday evening by her sister in-law, Mrs. Leroy Skutt.


John W. Brandt, Attorney at Law, Kellogg's law office, Wolcott.

FOR SALE-My house and lot on Lake avenue, Wolcott. Barn, garage, plenty of fruit of all kinds. Charles W. Herter, 14 Main St.

WANTED-Competent man by the year on farm. Good house near school and other privileges. Steady job for right man. W. J. Clapper

WANTED-Forty or fifty women, to cut apples at canning factory. Good wages and steady work until Holidays. Twitchell-Champlin Co., Wolcott

LOST-A brindle dog, brown and black, mostly black, with short hair; black strap-collar; tag number, 259,926. Finder return to Cora Reed and receive reward

FOR SALE-Fertile lake front farm, 130 acres. Thirty acres woods, 14 acres orchard, half young trees, good buildings. Dana P. Waldron, Dutch street, North Huron

If you are looking for a first class article in ice cream, let me send you the County Club, guaranteed to suit; 80 cents for a quart brick. John G. Poulakis, Wolcott Candy Kitchen

LOST-after 1 p. m. Monday, in village, bull and shepherd dog, 1 year old, one hind foot slightly injured. Wore license tag. Notify E. Walker, Cato, or leave at Reeves' Market, Wolcott

See the new piano lamp at De Point & Ashdown's store Wolcott

Potatoes and onions by the bushel for winter use at Foster's Market

WANTED-Woman to do light house work for family of two. Address John Kerr, Wolcott, N. Y.

FOR SALE-New Home sewing machine with automatic drop head and oak library table. Mrs. J. E. Quance

FOR SALE-Kitchen stove, 8-day clock, 2 tables, feather bed, telephone, and a few chairs. E. R. Bigelow, No. 3 Lake St.

FOR RENT-Part of my house in New Hartford street, 5 rooms, city water and inside closet. Good heating stove for sale. A. C. Sours

FOR SALE-Thoroughbred spotted Shetland pony, one year old next spring. Cheap if sold at once. Dr. G. D. Winchell, 'phone 9 F 23, North Rose

WANTED-A carriage pole suitable for a rancher heavy Moyer surrey. To be attached by old style clip and bolt fastening. Addison Weed, North Rose, N. Y.

FOR SALE- Six pure Barron strain White Leghorn cockerels, from a good record egg-laying contest flock. $2.50 each. Lynn A. Munger, Wolcott

The regular meeting of the Maccabees will be held Thursday night, Dec. 16. Election of officers. State Deputy Becker will be present. Refreshments. L. W. Knapp, R. K.

NOTICE-The annual election of officers at Huron Grange will be held Saturday evening, Dec. 11. All members are requested to be present at this meeting. Charles L. Webb, secretary

ORDER BEFORE DEC 15TH-Boys Life, American Woman and Good Stories, $2.25. Christian Herald and American Woman, $2. Mother's, American Woman and Good Stories $1. Today's Housewife, Mother's and Good Stories, $1.35. Post Standard, Woman's World, Needlecraft, one year, Farm and Home, two years, $7. Burton Jeffers, Rose, N. Y.


Little change has been reported in the condition of Miss S. T. Devoe recently.

Charles H. Allen continues in very feeble health, through he is able to sit up to have his bed changed.

Mrs. Pearl Peterson is quite ill, from an attack of tonsillitis, her place in the local school being taken by Mrs. Gertrude Kerr.

Mrs. A. M. Jurden, who broke her right wrist by a fall at her home recently, is now able to be out, though forced to carry the injured arm in a sling.

News from the bedside of Mrs. Nelson Post, at Newark, continues to be favorable. She is being spurred to more rapid recovery by the hope of returning to Wolcott as soon as she is convalescent.

Mrs. Ben Christian was able to walk from the bed across the room and back, Monday, an exhibition of returning strength that greatly pleased her and the entire family as well It is now hoped that she is on the road to recovery.

Mrs. John Kerr, who is recovering from a serious operation at the Homeopathic hospital, Rochester, has gained sufficient strength to be able to write letters home Her return is now believed to be a matter of only a comparatively short time.

Mrs. Ida E. Cosad returned home from Hackensack, N. J., last Thursday. Her daughter, Miss Lillian Cosad, did not resort to skin grafting for the cure of her burned hand, but instead is taking violet-ray treatment from a specialist in New York city. It is hoped that this will produce better results in obviating a scar, though complete healing is likely to be long delayed.

Mrs. Etta Armstrong went to the Myers hospital in Sodus, on Monday, Mrs. A. B. Sabin, Jr., accompanying her, as she was in no fit condition to go alone. For more than a fortnight she had been in falling health, and, living alone as she did , was unable to prepare food or care for herself properly. It is hoped that rest in the hospital may restore her to health.

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