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Ontario Repository & Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Wednesday,  April 12, 1871    by:  Dianne Thomas

Nearly Drowned - On Wednesday last, a little girl, daughter of Mr. ROCHEFORT, a shoemaker in the employ of Mr. E. LINES, was very nearly drowned in a cistern on Pleasant street.  Her mother was visiting a friend, and the little girl went out of doors, got playing around the open cistern, and accidentally fell in.  When taken out she was all but dead. As soon as she was extricated, vigorous efforts were made to resuscitate her, which proved successful, much to the delight of both parents and friends.

Rev. Vincent L. GARRETT, who has been Pastor of the Baptist Church of Orleans, Ontario County, the past three or four years, is about to return to Italy Hollow to serve as Pastor of the Baptist Church in that place.

Sudden Death - Yesterday forenoon, at recess, Mr. DURGY'S School No. 11, was thrown into a state of consternation by the sudden death of one of the scholars, named John OSBORN, aged about 16 years, son of Mr. J. OSBORN, painter.  It seems that in company with others, the unfortunate lad had been jumping, and just as the bell rang, calling in the scholars to return to the duties of the day, young OSBORN ran to the pump for a drink.  As his head reached the lever, he dropped dead.  Dr. HAWLEY was immediately sent for, but he was apparently past recovery.  the child was then taken to his home and Dr. BENNETT also called in, and for over an hour every effort that could be made to resuscitate him was made, but all of no avail - no earthly skill or power was able to rescue him from the grasp of death.  The affair created a profound sensation among those connected with the school, and all exercises for the rest of the day were dispensed with.  His remains will be interred in the cemetery on Thursday morning at 11 o'clock.  His parents reside on Phoenix street, and feel keenly this fearful visitation of Providence in thus snatching from them, one so young and promising.  The cause of his death is supposed to have been heart disease and the rupture of a blood vessel, super induced by over exertion.  

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER       Wednesday       May 10, 1871        col 5           by: Ron Hanley  
 
 Deaths -    On the 26th of April, Mrs. Margaret J. McCabe, at the residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. James McKechnie.

Ontario Repository & Messenger   Wed,      January 31, 1872                by:  Dianne Thomas

DROWNED - On Saturday afternoon last (June 10), the painful intelligence reached this village that two boys named MADDEN and WELSH were drowned at Seneca Point, while boating.  They were employed at the Lake House by Mr. H. M. LEE, the proprietor.  Arising early in the morning, they took two boats from their mooring, and went for a row.  Making a landing a little later, they took a rest, during which time, the boats drifted from the shore.  Securing another boat, they went in pursuit of the ones that were fast escaping them, but a storm came up and upset them.  Being expert swimmers, nothing worth mentioning happened to them and they came to dry land all safely enough.  The report in the village was soon dispelled by the appearance of the youths themselves - one of them with his discharge in his pocket, for playing truant, when he should have been tending to his master's business.  

 Ontario Co. Newspaper   Jan 1872       by: M. Kelly       [deceased]

DIED - Hawley in Canandaigua, January 18th 1872, Mrs. Anna Hawley in the 75th year of her age. The deceased left 11 living children. Three of her sons are practicing physicians, yet were they powerless to save the life of a mother whom God had called her home.

Ontario Repository & Messenger   Wed      January 31, 1872      Pg  3, col  3   by: Ron Hanley 
 
Barn burned yesterday morning about two o'clock. a large barn on Gorham Street, owned and occupied by Mr. Sherman Kingsbury, was discovered to be on fire, and in a short time it was completely destroyed with all its contents. 
 A horse, carriage, cutter and several valuable robes were also burned. The loss will probably reach $3,500. Insurance small. The fire was undoubtedly the work of an incendiary, as no one had been in the barn since 5 o'clock the day before. The barns and out houses of other parties caught fire several times from the flying sparks, and it was with great difficulty they were saved.

Repository & Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Wed    Feb 14,  1872             by:  Dianne Thomas

Almost A Serious Fire - The residence of A. Y. PECK , up street,  accidentally took fire Thursday night, but was providentially discovered in time to save it .  One of the sons retired late, leaving a candle on the mantle, supposing his brother would soon follow; but he sick grandmother occupied his time and it was much later when he retired.  The candle had turned over in some way, burned some clothes, the fire board and mantle, before the brother went into the room .  The sleeper was with great difficulty aroused and saved from suffocation; water was promptly used and the damage was not serious.  Had it been a little longer before discovery, or a chance for a draught for the flame and smoke, the large building must have been burned and perhaps a life lost. (Naples Record)

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER    Wednesday     February 14, 1872     Pg 3, col 4     by: Ron Hanley  
 
+  NARROW  ESCAPE -   Our friend and fellow townsman, Dr. F. C. Hawley, had a narrow escape from strangulation last Saturday. He was at Rochester on business, and feeling somewhat hungry, stepped into a restaurant and procured a dish of Oysters.  In some manner he swallowed a piece of shell which became  fastened in his throat, and despite all exertions it was not removed until Sunday, when the Dr. succeeded in getting it out himself.
 
 
REPOSITORY and MESSENGER Wednesday March 6, 1872  Pg 3, col 2
 
A horse belonging to Mr. Heman Andrews became frightened at the cars last Friday night, and turning suddenly overturned the buggy, throwing Mr. A. out heavily to the ground, injuring him somewhat.

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER       March 27, 1872     Page 3, col 3                 by:  Ron Hanley                   
 
The other day, two bold butchers attacked another butcher boy, and the result was that butcher No. 3 got badly punished. The parties have all resorted to the law, and smooth tongued lawyers will supercede cudgels and fighting.  
NOTE: ( In 1872 there was a NO BILL given to a court case where the People versus Edward R. Norton and John C. Hanley, stated that Frank M. Derry was struck on the head at a slaughter house while being attacked. I checked in the newspaper for an account and found this.)

ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER Wednesday  May 1, 1872  Pg 3, col 2      by:  Ron Hanley 
 
 SERIOUS  RUNAWAY -  Last Sunday noon as Mr. P. Wolverton accompanied by his wife and another lady, was going home from church, his horses became frightened and ran rapidly down Cross Street towards Arsenal Hill. Just before reaching the hill the bits and some other part of the harness broke, and the horses in leaving the wagon overturned it, and the occupants were thrown out, injuring them all quite severely. Mr. Wolverton especially so.

Repository & Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Wed    June 26, 1872             by:  Dianne Thomas

POLICE COURT - Thomas M. HOWELL, Justice Presiding.

Police Justice HOWELL has disposed of the following cases since the date of our last report:

+  The people vs. Henry REYNOLD, complaint for intoxication and making disturbance at Lake House, convicted.  Fine $6 or 10 days in jail.  Fine paid.

+  The People vs. James DENSMORE, same complaint, acquitted.   

+  The People vs. George DAVIS, same complaint.  fine $15 or 25 days in jail.  Fine paid.  

+  The People vs. Edward SHEATS, same complaint, acquitted.

+  The People vs. Michael CAMPBELL.  Intoxication.  Fine $6 or 10 days in jail.  Fine paid. 

+  The People vs. Henry MILLER. Intoxication. Fine $6.20 or 10 days in jail.  Came from Gorham to draw his pension, got drunk and got robbed of every cent.  Fine subsequently paid by wife.  

+  The People vs. Byron PALMER.  Intoxication; acquitted.

+  The People vs. Thomas COYLE.  Selling beer to be drank in yard of shop. convicted.  Sentenced $30 to stand committed until paid.  Appeal to County Court.  Bail given.  Proof - sold a quart of beer to two young men; lent them the quart measure to go out of back door of store to drink the beer.

+  The People vs. Thomas COYLE & Charles COYLE, selling beer to be drank in store.  Tried by the following jury: Timothy ROLAN, John MC KEE, Harrison INGRAHAM, Stephen TATE, Philander STILES, James MOOR.  Proof - Byron PALMER and Thomas TRACEY both swore that they drank a glass of strong beer each in the store, on the 24th of May; that PALMER paid for the same; that others were drinking and paying for beer in the store at the same time.  PALMER swore that he bought, paid for and drank another glass of strong beer in the store that night, and on another occasion got trusted for another glass of beer and paid for it and drank it in the shop.  Jury not satisfied that defendants knew that the beer was paid for and drank in the store; acquitted.  

The People vs. Eugene SMITH.  Intoxication; sentenced $5 or 10 days.  Prisoner, a pensioner - fine paid by Major RICHARDSON.

The People vs. Nancy MC CORMICK.  Selling strong beer and ale without license.  Convicted, sentence $6.05.  Paid.

The People vs. James CROWLEY. Intoxication.  Sentence $6.35 or 10 days jail.  

The People vs. Thomas BURNS.  Intoxication.  Sentence $7.65 or 15 days jail.

The People vs. James BOLAN.  Assault and Battery; acquitted.  

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER     Wednesday     July 24, 1872     Pg 3, col  3     by: Ron Hanley 
 
NARROW ESCAPE FROM DROWNING
 
On Wednesday afternoon of last week, as Mr. Alfred N. Hollis, accompanied by Miss Eva Smith, daughter of Mrs. Emma Smith, and Miss Carrie Hawley, daughter of John Hawley, all of this village, were enjoying a sail on Canandaigua Lake in a small sail-boat, their boat suddenly capsized by a gust of wind, and they were all precipitated into the water. They had started from Hazel Dell cabin, about a mile this side of Woodville, for the opposite side of the lake, and had reached within about half a mile of the shore, when the accident occurred. 
Mr. Hollis immediately caught hold of the boat, and the young ladies hold of him, and in this condition they were compelled to remain about an hour and a half, when by their cries they attracted the attention of some workmen who were at work on Mr. E. G. Lapham's house, on what is known as the Munger place, and they immediately proceeded to rescue them from their perilous situation. 
When they reached the shore they were all very much exhausted, and could not have held out much longer. The young ladies were both about 18 years of age, and Mr. Hollis states that throughout the trying ordeal they remained courageous and calm, and to this and the heroes efforts of Mr. Hollis they may attribute their rescue from a watery grave.    

Hon. Charles A. LOOMIS is now on a visit to his aged father at Rushville, having recently arrived from Europe, where he has resided mostly for the last ten years.  We were pleased to know that he returned in improved health, and that he will soon spend a week among his friends in this village. 

+  Severely Injured - Last Saturday afternoon, while several men were engaged in painting the outside of FOSTER'S new building, corner of Main and Bristol streets, one of them, named Thomas GRAY, was using a scaffolding, which being insecurely fastened, gave way, and he fell heavily on the flagging beneath.  He was picked up insensible and conveyed to his residence on Jail street, where upon medical examination it was found that the elbow of his left arm was badly fractured, and his head and shoulders severely bruised.

+ Another Accident - Mr. L. B. GARLINGHOUSE of this village met with a very severe accident at the freight yard in this place, last evening.  He had been in Rochester on business and was returning on the 8:45train.  He was asleep when the train arrived here, and upon wakening, discovering he was being carried by, jumped off the train, and struck in such a manner as to break his leg, injure his skull, besides getting badly bruised.  He lay beside the track about 2 hours before being discovered, in fact only about 15 minutes before the eastern train was due.  He is now feeling quite comfortable under the circumstances.  

+  We learn that during the heavy storm of Wednesday afternoon, the house of John K. CROMWELL, a farmer of this town, was struck by lightning - the electric fluid entering at three places; the woodshed was set on fire, but the family fortunately, received only a temporary shock, recovered therefrom and extinguished the flames, ere much damage was done.  (Geneva Gazette)

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER    Wednesday     August 7, 1872    Pg 3, col  4   by:  Ron Hanley 
 
DEATHS - In this Village, on the 2d inst., after a lingering illness, Mrs. Celinda A. Hudson, wife of M. B. Hudson, and daughter of Robert B. Beach, of Geneva, aged 37 years and 8 months.

Assignee's Sale in Bankruptcy - The undersigned Assignee in Bankruptcy of Charles H. SHELDON, will sell at Whittemore & Canfield's Mill, in South Bristol, Ontario County, NY, on the 31st day of August 1872, at 12 o'clock M., the following property, viz: about 35 M. Heading; about 45 M. Staves (cut off) 

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  Wednesday   August 14, 1872   Pg 3, col 5     
 
DEATHS -  POWER - On Tuesday, August 13th, 1872, Waterman Power, aged 64 years.  Funeral at his late residence, West Farmington, Thursday, August 15, at 2 P. M.

 

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  Wednesday  November 27, 1872  Pg  3, col 5

 
MARRIAGES     ANDRUSS - BAILEY - On Tuesday, the 12th inst., at the house of the bride's mother, by the Rev. A. W. Green, Cornelius J. Andruss and Maria M. Bailey, all of Canandaigua, N. Y.

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY   Wednesday,   September 25, 1872   by:  Dianne Thomas

Marriages:

JUDD - BAKER - On the 18th September, 1872, by Rev. J. MC ELDOWNEY, D.D., at the residence of the bride's parents, 251 Third St., Detroit, Mich., Orange JUDD Jr., and Miss Libbie BAKER, both of Detroit, Mich.

WALLACE - JUDD - On the 18th of September, 1872 by Rev. J. MC ELDOWNEY, D.D., at the residence of the bride's parents, 24 park Place, Detroit Mich., John W. WALLACE of Millbrook, Ont., and Miss Helena F. JUDD of Detroit, Mich. 

 

Died: 

REYNOLDS - In Bath, on the 20th inst., of typhus fever, in the 24th year of her age, Martha T., wife of S. S. REYNOLDS, and daughter of Capt. A. WOOD. 

 

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday September 25, 1872  Pg 3, col 5    by:  Ron Hanley 

DIED -  ROBERTSON
In Canandaigua, on the 16th instant, of consumption, Alma A., wife of Charles F. Robertson, aged 23 years and 4 months.
 
Left an orphan in her early childhood, Alma experienced many trials in her endeavors to gain an education, to prepare her to follow
the occupation of teaching which she had chosen. But her native energy and ambition overcame every obstacle, and she was enabled to take a high position among that noble band of teachers of Ontario county. Her numerous pupils in sections of surrounding country, will learn with sorrow the sad and untimely death of their once loved teacher and friend.
A little more than one short year ago, in the lovely month of May, just as the flowers were beginning to bloom, and nature was putting on her robes of green, she was led to the altar and made a happy bride, and brought to a pleasant home prepared for her, and as she looked through the vista of coming years, her imagination pictured a pathway of sunshine and happiness in her new home and in the love of her husband.  Alas even then the insatiate Archer was poising the fatal shaft and marking her for his victim.
After a long and painful illness, which she bore with remarkable patience and fortitude, being perfectly resigned to the Master's will, our Alma passed away.
The attention of the most skillful physicians the unremitting care of kind friends and relatives availed nothing to save. One sober
day in autumn our loved one was borne by stalwart, manly arms, to her last resting place, and as the solemn funeral train moved mutely along, Dame Nature, as if in sympathy with our wounded hearts, shed a few rain drops on the casket lid, to mingle with our tears a last sad tribute to departed worth, "In the midst of life we are in death." How short the transition, from the bridal robes to the habilements of the grave, from the altar to the tomb. Our lives are but a constant care, And man was born to suffer and to fear, Today the blushing, happy bride so fair, Is borne tomorrow on the sable bier.

 

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  September 18, 1872  Pg 3, col  5
 
Deaths -  In Canandaigua, Monday, September 16th, 1872, Alma A., beloved wife of Charles F. Robertson, aged 28 years, 4 months.

REPOSITORY    Wednesday December 11, 1872  Pg 3 col  5    by: Ron Hanley
 
MARRIAGES -  On Tuesday evening December 10th, at the residence of the bride's father, by Rev. A. W. Green, Mr. Job Wolverton to Miss Lottie A. Couch, all of Canandaigua.

Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, NY   late 1872 - early 1873      by:  Dianne Thomas

Taken from the 1922-1923 newspaper under the title of "Fifty years ago"

+ F. H. HILL has resigned is position as keeper of the county poorhouse and is to be succeeded by Chauncey SPEAR of Hopewell. Mr. HILL is to take charge of a department in Willard state hospital.

+ Frederick DOUGLASS, the great colored orator, spoke in Geneva, Monday night, to a large audience. 

+ S. M. WOODRUFF has leased the home in Atwater block and will give a course of lessons in dancing and deportment.

+  Lots on the street recently opened nearly opposite to the residence of Hon William H. SMITH, from Gibson street to Howell street, have been bought by A. M. NOTT, Wilcox & Norton,, M. MORAN, W. D. CRANDALL John RANDALL, Charles ROBINSON, Perrine BURNETT, Charles SEELYE, Mr. PARSANS, and J. E. BOOTH.  House building has already begun.

+ Truman HAWLEY has left at the Times office, an apple measuring 13 1/4 inches in circumference.

Repository and Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Wednesday, Jan  22, 1873  pg 3      by:  Dianne Thomas

+  Died (after a long illness) in the City of New York on the 14th of January, 1873, Oliver Phelps JACKSON, in the 72nd year of his age.  Many out of his family circle who knew Mr. JACKSON when he resided in this village almost fifty years since, will read this announcement of his death with great regret; for while a resident here, his polished manners, genial feelings and superior intellect secured their attachment and respect. To his family, the bitterness of this event is in some measure mollified by the conviction that he has fully discharged the duties of son, brother, husband and father. 

+  Fatal Accident - James KELLY, residing on Coach street, was found dead on Saturday morning, near the lumber yard of Albion ELLIS on Bemis street.  From the fact that a large piece of timber was found across his head and breast, it may be inferred that the unfortunate man met his tragic fate while appropriating the timber to his own use.  He evidently fell while carrying the log over his shoulder, and it is probably the case, that the stick falling with him, gave him the fatal blow.  Coroner HAYES held and inquest Saturday evening, and the following was the verdict: 

We, the undersigned, a jury of inquest, summoned to inquire into the death of James KELLY of the town of Canandaigua, do find that he came to his death between 11 o'clock pm on the 17th, and 7:30 o'clock am, in the 18th day of January, 1873, from a fall upon the ice in Bemis street, opposite George MC OMBER'S residence, and from injury produced by a heavy stick of timber which fell upon his body; and further, that no blame attaches to any individual in the manner of his death.  Signed, J. K. WELLS, Foreman, Jurors: Matthew DOYLE, Michael DOYLE, W. J. KEAYES, George A. MOSS, William MC GINNIS, P. J. LYNCH, G. M. BAILEY, Thomas SMITH, W. W. COE, Morgan BEMENT, John B. CLOHASSY.  

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  July 16, 1873    by: Ron Hanley
 
Grimes, In this village, on Friday, the 11th Inst, Mrs. Amanda Grimes, wife of N. Grimes, aged 62 years.

Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, NY   Wednesday, Oct 22, 1873      by:  Dianne Thomas       

MARRIED:

LEONARD - JONES  - On the morning of October 8,, 1863, at the residence of the bride's sister, in Belding, Michigan, by the Rev. James L. PATTEN, of Greensville, Michigan, Mr. Henry J. LEONARD, of Belding and Miss Helen A. JONES, of Belding, youngest daughter of the late Arunah JONES, of Bristol, Ontario county, N.Y.

FREEMAN - HALEY - On this 18th instant, at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Alfred HALEY, by Rev. F. T. BAILEY, Theodore FREEMAN of Utica, and Miss Alice J. HALEY, of Canandaigua.

WILLIAMS - GORHAM  -  On Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 1873, at the residence of the bride's mother, by the Rev. Frank T. BAYLEY, Edward C. WILLIAMS and Caroline T. GORHAM, youngest daughter of Mrs. W. W. GORHAM, all of Canandaigua.

BLACKFORD - HASKINS - On the 15th instant, at the residence of Charles G. ALLEN, of this town, by the Rev. G. C. CURTIS, Daniel H. BLACKFORD and Anna B. HASKINS, both of Canandaigua.

SMITH - FOLWER  - On the 21st instant by Rev. Ira BENNETT, Mr. Franklin SMITH and Miss Eva Frances FOWLER, all of Manchester.

WOLVER - FAUROT -- October 9th, 1873, by Rev. C. C. THORNE, Mr. David V. WOLVEN, of Shortsville, NY and Miss E. Augusta FAUROT, of Manchester, NY 

DIED:

OWENS - In Canandaigua, Oct. 14th, 1873, Mary OWENS, aged 63 years.

AMBLER - In Canandaigua, Oct 16th, 1873, Emma L. AMBLER, aged 30 years.

ALDRICH - In Manchester, on Monday evening, the 20th instant, suddenly, George ALDRICH, aged 53 years.

HERBERT - In this village, on the 22nd instant, Helen Gertrude, daughter of A. C. and Mary M. HERBERT, in the 22nd years of her age.  Funeral services at the residence of the family, 45 Bristol street, on Friday, at 11 o'clock a.m.

WHEELER - At Canandaigua on the 16th day of October, 1873, Jonas M. WHEELER, in the 77th years of his age.

Mr. WHEELER was born in Petersham, Massachusetts, on the 25th of March, 1797, and became a resident of the town of Victor in this county, about the year 1823.  On the 1st of January 1829, he was appointed under-sheriff by Jonathan BUELL, who had been elected sheriff of this county the previous fall.  Mr. WHEELER then came to Canandaigua, where he has continued to reside until his death.  As the fall election of 1831, Mr. WHEELER was himself elected sheriff of this county, and executed the duties of the office during the prescribed term of three years.  At the expiration of this term he was again appointed under-sheriff by Joseph GARLINGHOUSE, who had been elected sheriff.  He served as superintendent of the poor of this county during the years 1840 and 1841; was appointed one of the board of Commissioners of Excise, at its first organization in 1857, and remained a member of the Board during it's existence - a period of about twelve years - all the time acting as it's President.Having lived among us fifty years, the most of which was actively employed, he has left us an enviable record, and one that, in times like these especially, can be profitably studied by his survivors.  In every public office he held, he discharged its duties intelligently, impartially, energetically and above all, honestly.  His was of such nature that he was not to be, and he never was, conjoled, frightened or bribed from doing his duty, so that all his public responsibilities were fearlessly discharged by him according to law and good conscience.  Possessing the tenderest sympathy without weakness, he proved a kind father and sincere friend, and having, during his long live, proved himself a reliable citizen, an upright public officer, a sincere friend and an honest man, while we deeply mourn his loss and sympathize with his family in this affliction, we are happy to have had among us one whose life can be held up as an example to us all.

Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, NY       Wednesday, Oct 22, 1873          by:  Dianne Thomas

RESOLUTION - At a meeting of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, of  the M. E. church, in Canandaigua, held Oct. 14th, 1873, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:

WHEREAS, In the Providence of God, our useful and beloved secretary, Miss Sarah SHERWOOD, has been summoned from the scene of her labors to her final reward in heaven; therefore:

Resolved, That while we acknowledge the wisdom and love of Him who doeth all things well, we deeply feel the loss of one so faithful in her allotted work, and so genial and loving in her associations.

Resolved, That though we see her face no more, her memory shall live in our hearts, inspiring us to higher ideals of Christian life, and to more earnest efforts in the cause she loved and served so well.

Resolved, That our deepest sympathies are with the bereaved family of our deceased sister, and that we will pray the Father that he will send the "comforter" to abide with them forever.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to the family of the deceased, and also that the above be published in one of the village papers.       By order of Society.  

ONTARIO REPOSITORY       Wednesday        October 29, 1873    Col 3                          by: Ron Hanley
 
Death of William G. Lapham
 
With feelings of deep pain we announce the intelligence of the death of William G. Lapham, Esq., Superintendent of the Middle Division of the NYCRR, which took place at his residence in Syracuse last Saturday afternoon, after a lingering illness of several weeks. 
Mr. Lapham for several years prior to his removal to Syracuse, resided in this village, and was well known throughout this section of country as an active and energetic business man, a gentleman of high honor and integrity of character, and of genial and kind disposition. We gather from Rochester Union of Monday, the following facts in relation to his last illness.  He was first attacked about six months ago with catarrh of the bladder, and acting under his physicians' advice, repaired to the seashore, where he remained several weeks and returned to his duties apparently much improved. 
He continued to discharge his duties without interruption until about three weeks ago, when he was attacked by a severe cold, and his former complaint was seriously aggravated thereby. A counsel of physicians was held, consisting of Dr. H. D. Didama of Syracuse, his attending physician, Dr. J. P. Gray of Utica, and Dr. E. M. Moore of Rochester. These gentlemen expressed the belief that Mr. Lapham would recover. 
On Monday last, however, his disease began to assume a dangerous phase, he kept about the house until Tuesday, when for the first time, he was obliged to go to bed. Dr. Moore staid with him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Thursday his condition was regarded as critical, although it was still thought by his physicians that he might recover. In the afternoon of that day he had a sinking spell, but subsequently rallied until he fell into the state of stupor which continued till death. He was however, still conscientious, as was shown by momentary recognition of friends who called.  On Saturday the malady terminated as above stated. We find the following graphic sketch of the deceased in the Syracuse Courier. 
William Gray Lapham, was born in Farmington, Ontario County, New York, March 23, 1816, being therefore at his death, in the fifty eighth year of his age. He was a son of the late Judge John Lapham, and a brother of Hon. Elbridge G. Lapham of Canandaigua. The family is of Quaker descent. The deceased was educated at the Canandaigua Academy, Stephen A. Douglass was his classmate and friend, and this latter relation was kept up as long as Douglass lived.
 After leaving the Academy, Mr. Lapham, to complete his education went to the Rensselear Institute in Troy, from which institution he graduated with credit. After graduation he was made instructor in mathematics in the institute. He assisted Amos Eaton in the preparation of his well known Manual of Botany for North America.  Having made Civil Engineering his profession, he was first employed in that capacity in the construction of the Auburn and Rochester railroad, now a part of the Old Road to Rochester. Next he built as Chief Engineer, the Canandaigua and Elmira railroad, now merged in the Northern Central, and on its completion, was appointed its Superintendent, and continued in that capacity for several years. Upon the consolidation of the Elmira, with the Canandaigua and Niagara Falls road, Mr. Lapham was made Superintendent of the whole line from the Falls to Elmira. He superintended these roads until the New York Central leased the Canandaigua and Niagara Falls road.
 Twelve years ago, in 1861, Mr. Lapham was appointed Superintendent of the Middle Division of the New York Central, a post
which he held through the successive administrations of Dean Richmond, Henry Keep and Commodore Vanderbuilt, until his death. He was more than once offered promotion, but his wife was an invalid of twenty years, and he preferred to remain in Syracuse, where he had made his home. 
Besides his wife, Mr. Lapham leaves four children, Mrs. Austin Spalding, of Lockport, Mrs. J. B. D. Roberts of Auburn, Mr. S. Gurney Lapham, one of the editors of the Syracuse Courier, and Miss Jennie Lapham of Syracuse. Sadly enough, the two former were prevented by illness in their own families from being with their parent in his final moments on earth. In addition to his own family the deceased leaves many more distant relatives and a host of personal friends to mourn the sad event. In politics, Mr. Lapham was always a Democrat, but never sought or held office of any kind.  The funeral took place yesterday from the family home, No. 112, West Genesee Street. A immense concourse of people, numbering several thousands, including a large delegation of relatives and personal friends from this village and vicinity, were present to participate in the last rites to the deceased. 
Every countenance betokened heartfelt sorrow as they gathered in mournful silence about the bier. Rt. Rev. Bishop Huntington, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Clark, officiated on the occasion, rehearsing the beautiful ritual services of the Episcopal church in a most solemn and impressive manner, the singing was highly appropriate and pathetic, awakening emotions of the tenderest sympathy in all who heard it. The body was conveyed to Oakwood Cemetery, followed by the vast multitude in solemn procession in carriages and on foot, and deposited in a vault preliminary to its removal to this village for final interment. 
As a mark of respect for the deceased, the Depot in Syracuse was appropriately and handsomely draped in mourning, both inside and out, with streamers of black and white, festoons, rosettes. Over each entrance to the depot was suspended insignia of mourning, and the ticket office also was handsomely decorated.  Above the machine shop was a large American flag at half mast, while above it floated a large black and white streamer. All the locomotives on the Middle Division of the road were trimmed with black and white streamers, rosettes, and many of the ticket offices were similarly decorated.

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER       December 10 1873      Pg 3, col  2    by: Ron Hanley
 
As will be seen by a notice elsewhere, Mr. Albion Ellis has formed a co-partnership with Mr. Townsend, and has purchased the
Conical Mill property on Bemis Street. Both these gentlemen are well known as architects and builders, and their work speaks for itself.

 

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  Wednesday  December 10, 1873  Pg 3, col  2      by:  Dianne Thomas

NEW FIRE CO. - There seems to be a prospect for the organization of a new fire company in this village.  Last Friday evening a petition was signed by twenty-six colored citizens, was laid before the Board of Trustees, praying that they might be organized into a company, and allowed to occupy Engine House No. 1, on Beeman street.  The petition was presented to the city fathers by F. J HAMMOND, Esq., who urged that the petition might be acted upon.  We understand that the petition will be granted; and we shall cordially welcome our colored friends, as "fire laddies". 

Repository and Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Wednesday, Dec 17, 1873  pg 3      by:  Dianne Thomas

+  A shocking accident occurred at Macedon, on Friday last (Dec 12th), by which Mr. H. W. HERENDEEN, Postmaster of that village, lost his life.  He was assisting in the building of a plaster mill, and was standing upon a scaffold, nailing on clap-boards.  Accidentally stepping off the plank that formed the flooring of the scaffold, he fell head foremost to the ground, a distance of perhaps 20 feet, striking heavily upon the frozen earth.  He was seen to fall by a man standing near, who, with the assistance of others, placed him at once in a sleigh and drove rapidly to Mr. HERENDEEN'S residence - reaching it but a few moments after his fall, and before the unfortunate man breathed his last.  A surgical examination was had, and his skull found to be badly fractured.  Mr. HERENDEEN was one of the most prominent citizens, a man universally esteemed.  He leaves a wife, but no children.  His age was about 30 years.  

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER      Wednesday     December 24, 1873      Pg 3, col  4   by: Ron Hanley
 
CORRESPONDENCE  FROM  LIMA 
Mr. William  Chambers an experienced and former teacher of this County, was in town on Saturday last and gave an illustrated method of teaching Practical Penmanship and spelling, which he has prepared and is now in press.  And the system seemed so simple and practical, capable of being taught by any common school teacher that he received a dozen advance orders for the same, and found sale for as many more tickets for the Observatory connected with his school in Victor, which will open to the public at the close of the present month. And we conclude that those who obtain the bonus for counterfeiting the tickets must know something of chemistry and be more than a first-class penman.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES             March 25, 1874                                    by:  Ron Hanley
 
John C. Handley    The People vs. John C. Handley, arraigned for assault and battery, Not arrested.
 
 
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL July 29, 1874
 
John C. Handley  - The People vs. John C. Handley, arraigned for intoxication. Found guilty, and fined 9 dollars and 75
cents, or ten days confinement in the County jail.

Ontario Journal Register     April 2, 1874                                               by: Raymond Carey

At the residence of Mr. Henry DAVIS, of Bush Point,  on west side Canandaigua Lake, near the head, March 13th, Mr. Benjamin DAVIS to Miss Anna MAXFIELD, by S. T. STURTEVANT, Justice.

 ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  August 28, 1874     by:  Ron Hanley
 
 DIED -  In this town, August 18, 1874, Betsey Andrews, consort of Harris Andrews Sen., aged 81 years.

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