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1885 - 1889

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ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      Friday     February 6, 1885     Pg 2, col  6           by: Ron Hanley
 
DIED -  McKECHNIE    -   Mrs. Elizabeth McKechnie, born October 16, 1808, in Falkirk, Scotland, died in Canandaigua, N.Y., February 4, 1885, at 5 o'clock p.m.  She was the mother of Wm. S. McKechnie.

 

REPOSITORY and MESSENGER    Thursday        February 12, 1885       Pg 3          
 
DIED   -    McKECHNIE 
Mrs. Elizabeth McKechnie, born Oct. 16th, 1808, in Falkirk, Scotland, died in Canandaigua, NY, February 4, 1885, at 5 o'clock P.M. She was the mother of William S. McKechnie.
(Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 269, Elizabeth aged 76 years, 3 months, 19 days, Born Falkirk, Scotland, Immigrated 52 years
ago, Father John McKechnie, Scotland, Mother Elizabeth Dean, Scotland)

Ontario Co. Journal,   Fri,    Feb 20, 1885   Pg 3            by: Dianne Thomas 

Mrs. Happy WILSON, a former resident of Canandaigua, was stricken with paralysis in Rochester last week, and now lies in a very precarious condition. 

+  Monday, Miss Polly KNAPP had a birthday party at the residence of Mr. B. F. KNAPP, in Hopewell.  Miss KNAPP is 91 years old, but is as pert and chipper as a young miss of 60.  She has kept house alone for many years until recently.

Miss M. E. BENNETT, ticket agent for the Central railroad at Clifton Springs, was robbed of a gold watch and a pocketbook, containing $30, the other day.  We suggest that the thief be dubbed, "Procrastination". 

Ontario Messenger, Canandaigua, NY    Thursday   May 14, 1885                  by: Dianne Thomas 

+ Monday morning the 4th inst., Mrs. Samuel HARRIS of Oak's Corners, died after an illness of several weeks.

+ Capt. HERENDEEN has built himself a nice residence and has cleared up a large field on the bank below Cook's Point, where he will raise choice fruits.

+ Mrs. J. C. RICHARDSON'S singing class at Oaks Corners has disbanded for the summer.

+ At about 1 o'clock today, John DOOLAN, a respected citizen of this place, aged about 45 years, suicide by cutting his throat with a razor.  He had been an inmate of the Willard insane asylum.  He leaves a wife and six children.

+ Mrs. B. P. HALL and Miss E. L. TAFT have returned from Elmira, to spend the summer here. 

+ The remains of Mrs. "Elder" MILLARD were brought from Marshal, Mich., last Saturday for interment here, where she formerly resided.

Ontario Messenger, Canandaigua, NY        Aug 20, 1885     Pg. 3              by: Dianne Thomas   

+ Ray, the 14 year old son of Dr. CHENEY, met with a severe accident on Saturday last, by the discharge of a seven-shooting self acting revolver; the ball entered the right leg above the knee, passing through both the right and left leg without striking the bone.  The wound was dressed by Dr. H. B. GEE, and at last reports, the patient was doing well.  The revolver was in the hands of Johnnie COURNEEN when the shooting took place.  The affair was purely accidental and is very much regretted.

+ John TUOHEY and Patrick LYNCH were arrested last week at Geneva for passing counterfeit money.  TUOHEY was held for action of the grand jury.

+ The annual reunion of the GREEN family will be held at Willow Grove, Canandaigua, lake, on Wednesday, Aug 26th.  A cordial invitation is extended to all relatives and friends, and a full attendance is desired. Corresponding secretary, H. GREEN

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL        Friday       January 1, 1886  Pg  3, col 1          by:    Ron Hanley

The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John Osborn was celebrated at their home on Chapin Street on the evening of the 24th ult.   There was a pleasant gathering of relatives and friends, and the evening was very enjoyably spent. The aged couple, happy, hale and hearty, appeared in their wedding garments of fifty years ago.

Unknown Paper  ,   January 1886                                           by: Dianne Thomas   

ACKLES – At her home in Traer, Iowa, January 20, 1886, Emeline GARDINER, wife of William ACKLES, aged 41 years and 10 months.  Emeline GARDNER was born in Watertown, NY, March 30, 1844; removed to Iowa about 1865; returned to NY in 1872; married William  ACKLES at Rome, NY, March 28, 1876.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL       February 5, 1886               Pg 8, col 3           by: Ron Hanley

MARRIED          TIFFANY - MIDDLEBROOK

In Canandaigua, February 3, 1886, by Rev. Theron Cooper, Mr. George W. Tiffany and Miss Cora E. Middlebrook, both of Canandaigua.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL       Friday     Feb. 19, 1886  Pg  3, col 8                     by: Ron Hanley

DIED  -  NOTT - In Canandaigua, February 13, 1886, S. Louise Nott, aged 34 years.

Ontario Repository-Messenger, Canandaigua, NY     Thursday  Mar 25, 1886           by: Dianne Thomas   

Mrs. Philo SANDERS and her 12 year old daughter were killed at a railroad crossing near Binghamton, on Saturday afternoon.  Their horse took fright and dashed into a passing train.

Unknown Paper      Mar 1886      by: Dianne Thomas   

CHAMBERS - Miss Dorcas CHAMBERS for many years a member of the family of John WARFIELD, passed away on Tuesday, March 23rd ult.  She enjoyed the distinction of being the oldest person in this town, being at the time of her decease, ninety-three and one half years of age.  She had been a member of the M. E. church in Manchester for over forty years.  Her funeral was attended from Mr. WARFIELD’s residence on Friday morning, March 26, 1886 and her body was placed in the vault at the new cemetery  

Ontario County Journal  -     January 28  1887                         by Cheri  Branca
 
Died, at her residence near Miller's Corners, Jan. 20, Mrs. Sarah Sage, aged 39 years. She had been sick a long time, and a great sufferer, but she bore it all very patiently, trusting in a higher power than man for help and comfort. Her's was an exemplary life. A loving wife and mother, a kind neighbor and friend, she will be greatly missed in the church and neighborhood where she resided. She was a member of the M. E. church at Miller's Corners. Her funeral was held at the church on Sunday, Jan. 23, her pastor, Rev. E. S. Furman, conducting the services, assisted by Rev. G. W. Coe. The funeral was the largest held in the church in a long time. The aisles and all available space was occupied and several had to remain standing. Thus we laid our sister to rest in the cemetery at the Corners, there to await the resurrection morn, when friends will be reunited, never to part again. Christian Nan, of Honeoye Falls, buried our sister in a very neat cloth-covered casket, doing respect to our dear sister and friend as he always does when called to perform such solemn duties for the dead. The husband and daughter have the sympathy of a large circle of mourning relatives and friends in their sad bereavement.

Ontario County Journal              February 18, 1887            by: Cheri Branca
 
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - Died, on Thursday, February 10, at the residence of her brother, Ed. Brown, near Miller's Corners, Emma Eliza Brockway, aged 64 years and 8 months. Her funeral was held at the M. E. church Saturday, February 12. Rev. A. F. Colburn of Honeoye Falls preached the sermon, and Christian Nan conducted the burial services.
Thus, one by one, our neighbors are passing away. The funeral was well attended by relatives and friends.

Ontario County Journal       October 14, 1887              by Cheri Branca
 
Miller's Corners, N. Y. - John Wiggins was buried at Miller's Corners last Sunday. He was an old resident and will be greatly missed by all the people in our place. He was very genial, having a welcome word for all. Rev. J. E. Tiffany preached the funeral sermon. The deceased leaves an aged widow and one daughter to mourn his loss. [his dau, Cynthia, wife of Andrew Stoneburner is buried in Brighton Ceme, Monroe Co., NY]

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY       Tues   Nov 15, 1887               by: GSubyak@aol.com   

ONTARIO CO.   
W. A. BROWN has been engaged to sing tenor in the Presbyterian church quartette of Canandaigua.
+  The Circuit Court and Oyer and Terminer convened at the court house in Canandaigua on Monday afternoon. Major F. O. CHAMBERLAIN was sworn as foreman of  the grand jury. The civil calendar is short, and but few cases will be tried.
+  The cantata of "Easter, the Beautiful Queen," will be given in Gibson Hall, Phelps, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, November 15th and 16th, under the direction of Dr. C.O. PAYNE, of Penn Yan. As this catanta will include some of 
the best musical talent, a very interesting and entertaining time may be 
expected.
+  The Presbyterian Church of Canandaigua was crowded on Sunday night, the occasion being a union service conducted by the delegates to the district convention of the Y. M. C. A., which was held in Canandaigua, on Friday,  Saturday and Sunday last. Rev. George A. HALL, of New York, state secretary, presided and made some excellent remarks. Short addresses were made by Rev. Mr. BRIGHAM of Cortland, Mr. RICHARDSON, chairman of the district, and Mr. AVERY, secretary, both of Auburn, Mr. MIX of Clifton Springs, and others. The  convention has been a very profitable and successful one. A movement is on foot to organize an association in Canandaigua.

Ontario County Journal  November 18, 1887         by:   Cheri Branca
 
On Wednesday afternoon (Nov 16) about four o'clock, Mrs. Seraphine Elizabeth Royce, wife of Allen A. Royce, of this village, was suddenly
stricken with paralysis at her home on West Gibson street. She was at work about the house as usual and her husband was at work in the garden. 

He heard her call to him and proceeding at once to the house, he found her prostrated upon the floor absolutely helpless. Assistance was summoned and the unfortunate lady made as comfortable as possible.  The shock had done its work, however, and she was far past recovery.

After being removed to a bed she at once fell asleep, and lay in that condition until seven o'clock yesterday (Thursday) [Nov 17] morning
when she passed quietly and peacefully away. Mrs. Royce was stricken with paralysis on Christmas day, four years ago, but from that shock
she recovered. The deceased was born in Terra Haute, Ind., Nov. 30, 1821, and was the daughter of Mrs. Jennie Owen, nee Jamieson, who was
the first white child born in Canandaigua. She leaves a husband, a son and daughter to mourn her loss. The former, Allen A. Royce, is the
oldest printer in this vicinity and is very well now. The daughter is the wife of Louis N. Smith, of this village, and the son, Wm. J. Royce,
is a well-known contractor and builder.  [buried in West Ave Ceme., Canandaigua]

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES    Wednesday     January 18, 1888    Page  3, col 7     by: Ron Hanley
 
 DIED     ROBERTSON
 
In this village, January 4, 1888, Johnnie Robertson, only child of Mrs. J. B. Robertson, aged 10 years.
 
There were many sad hearts at the news of Johnnie Robertson's death, so pitying the poor mother all alone, husband gone, and now her only child. Johnnie was a bright little fellow, from whom it was a hard struggle for a fond mother to part. And yet though we may not understand the why or wherefore, we can trust our Heavenly Father, who is too wise to err, too good to be unkind. How the poor mother misses the loving arms around her neck, with the goodbye kiss. Sometimes in the hurry of getting ready for school, Johnnie would forget the goodbye kiss to mamma, but invariably he would come back to kiss mamma goodbye. Even when dying his one thought was mamma, and seeing her weeping, he said, "if I am mamma's good boy, mama must not cry, poor mamma."  Yes, poor mamma, only God knows the agony of poor human hearts in parting from loved ones. We thought as the poor mother stood by the white casket containing the remains of her dear boy, and in such agonized tones, she said, "My Boy".
 Yes poor mother, your boy. Yours on the other shore, yours where there is no parting, no sorrow, no pain. He cannot come to you, but you can go to him. May God so bless you the poor mother,  that she can look beyond earth and its shadow of death, and say, 
           Yes dear child, I hope to meet thee,
           When the day of life is fled,
           There in Heaven with joy to greet thee,
           Where no farewell tear is shed.

Ontario Repository & Messenger,  Canandaigua, NY    Thursday,     May 24, 1888       by:   Dianne Thomas

MARRIAGES:

BARTLETT - MC LAREN - At the Universalist Church, Victor, May 16, 1888 by Rev. J. F. LELAND, Joseph BARTLETT and Maggie MC LAREN, both of Victor

TOMPKINS - STOCKWELL  - (cut off) May 1888, by Rev. C. G. LOWELL, W. J. TOMPKINS of Naples and Gertrude STOCKWELL of Perry.

TUTTLE - HAYES - At Canandaigua, May 16, 1888 by Rev. Theron COOPER, Horace TUTTLE of Ovid and Mrs. Minnie BENHAM HAYES, of Canandaigua

WHITTAKER - PORTER - At Phelps, May 16, 1888, by Rev. J. J. PORTER, father of the bride, William H. WHITTAKER of Cleveland and Jessie PORTER of Phelps.

 

DEATHS:

BUNNELL - In Cheshire, May 15, 1888, Henry BUNNELL, aged 77 years

HAIRE - At Canandaigua, May 12, 1888, James HAIRE, aged 82 years

KING - In Canandaigua, May 23, 1888, Charles W. KING, aged 25 years

KIPP - In Hopewell, May 15, 1888, William KIPP, aged 58 years and 9 months

MOSHER - At the residence of W. H. HARRINGTON, Canandaigua, May 23, 1888, Wm. MOSHER of paralysis, aged 79 years, 5 months and 3 days.  Funeral Saturday, May 26th, at 2pm

SMITH - At Manchester, May 20, 1888, Leonard SMITH   [ancestor of Dianne Thomas]

STRUBLE - In Naples, May 15, 1888, Nettie STRUBLE, aged 20 years

WOLFE - At Naples, May 13, 1888, Mrs. Barbara WOLFE, aged 73 years

YARINGTON - At Canandaigua, May 16, 1888, Louisa YARINGTON, aged 72 years

OBITUARY: At 11:15 a.m. yesterday, Charles W. KING died at the family residence of South Highland avenue, of consumption.  Some four years ago the deceased left his father's home, then in Canandaigua, NY, for Kansas, hoping to benefit his health, which was failing, by a change of climate.  Turning his attention to farm labor, he seemed to grow rugged, with a prospect of ultimately recovering from his weaknesses.  In fact until late last fall he was in good health, when taking cold he commenced falling rapidly.  He then made a trip to southern California, hoping to be benefited by the climate.  In this he was disappointed as he grew weaker each day.  His father was summoned and returned with him just five weeks ago yesterday.  The deceased reached the age of 21 years on the 25th of last October.  It is sad indeed to see one cut down just as he is reaching the threshold of manhood - especially one so good, true and noble.  He was a young man of the strictest honor, a most affectionate son and brother, a true and ardent friend.  Of a retiring and modest disposition, he has never enjoyed a large acquaintance; but those friend he had made prized his friendship most highly, and are deeply saddened over his departure.  The afflicted family in this dark hour has the earnest sympathies of their relatives and friends.  At 5 o'clock to-day the funeral services will be held at the family residence.  The remains will be conveyed east on tonight's U.P. train, and interred in the family lot at Canandaigua, N.Y. - Salina, Kas, Journal, May 10th.

Ontario Co. Times,  Wed,  Dec 12, 1888    Pg 2       by:  Dianne Thomas  

+ Our oldest inhabitant, Mr. Stephen SALMON, aged 96 years, a man of remarkable health and vitality, died quite suddenly and was buried on Friday, the 30th of Nov. 

 + Another worthy old gentleman, Mr. HOPSON, aged 74, was buried on Saturday, Dec 1st. 

+ Mrs. Cornelius O' NEIL died last Thursday, the 6th inst., after an illness of two weeks, caused by a trouble of the heart.  She was buried from the R. C. Church today, with an immense funeral, as she was a woman very much respected by everyone who knew her.  Her age was 61 and she leaves a husband and seven grown children to mourn her loss.

+ Mr. Henry HAMLIN is missed from the streets, as he has been shut in for several weeks with rheumatism and some other troubles.

+ Mr. William DEMMING is in feeble health, not getting out at all.

+ We are sorry to say that Esquire LEETE is very sick and at times, his life is despaired of.

+ Isaac TOTMAN, a young man of promise, is also very low.  also Mrs. Nathaniel STEELE, mother of the late Linus and Charles, and of Henry, with whom she lives, is very sick.

+ The church reception to Mr. & Mrs. EASTMAN, which was to have been held this week, Friday evening, at the home of Mrs. TAYLOR, is deferred on account of the sickness in our midst.  

Democrat & Chronicle      Rochester, Monroe Co., NY              Wed June 12, 1889                    by: GSubyak@aol.com

Commencement Exercises at Canandaigua's Granger Place School

The commencement exercises at Granger Place School yesterday were unusually interesting, and were attended by a large number of the friends of the institution. The programme opened with a march from Tannhauser, executed in an artistic manner by Misses PARMELE, WALLACE, BROWN, and McINTOSH. Rev. Dr. FRANCE, invoked Devine blessing, after which Miss SHERWOOD, the accomplished musical instructor, rendered a piano solo in a style and manner in keeping with her well-known ability. Miss Bessie Chapin CARSON and Miss Alice Hortense PADDOCK, of Canandaigua, constituted the graduating class. Their essays were very well written indeed and were delivered in a very entertaining manner. Miss SHERWOOD and Miss BROWNELL next played a piano duet, entitled "Concerto," G minor, Miss Caroline A. COMSTOCK, president of the institution, presented the graduates their diplomas, after which the Rev. Samuel E. EASTMAN delivered the annual address. Among the former students and friends of the school in attendance were: Miss Mabel BROWN, Baltimore; Mrs. Annie BIGELOW RODGERS, Utica; Miss GILCHRIST, Boston; Mrs. BROWNELL, Nyack; Miss Anna SMITH, Warsaw; Mrs. CROCKER, Williamsport.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      Friday        August 23, 1889    Pg 3, col 7                by:    Ron Hanley
 
DIED  McKECHNIE - In Canandaigua, August 16th 1889, George W. McKechnie, aged 36 years, one month.

 

Sudden Death of George W. McKechnie 
Last Friday evening about 9 o'clock occurred the sudden death of George W. McKechnie, son of the late Alexander McKechnie, at his home on upper Main Street. Up to the moment of his death he had been in his usual health, having attended to his duties at the McKechnie brewery during the day, and was apparently in as good spirits as ever. 
He had been in consultation with his foreman, Mr. Wilson, and the latter was starting to leave. He bade Mr. McKechnie good night, and no response being made, Mrs. McKechnie addressing her husband said, "George, didn't you hear Mr. Wilson say good night?" No answer was given, and soon the terrible explanation of his silence was revealed to her by the death pallor that stole over his countenance.   
He did not hear because death had silently, and without warning, entered the happy home and claimed him for its own. He could not hear because he had peacefully and painlessly dropped into that sleep which there is no awakening this side of eternity. The deceased was the second son of the late Alexander McKechnie, and a partner in the J. and A. McKechnie Brewing Co. He was popular with his employees, and with his acquaintances generally.  From 1880 to 1884 he held the office of village trustee, and had been for years foreman of Ontario Hose Co. No. 3. He was about thirty-six years old, and leaves a wife and three children. 
Funeral services were held at the late residence of the deceased, and were largely attended. Ontario Hose Co. No. 3, and
representatives of other companies of the fire department, with the employees of McKechnie Brewing Co., attended in a body. 
(Canandaigua City Clerk office Death Record number 648, George W. age 36 years, Married, a Brewer by Occupation, Born Canandaigua, Father Alexander Grieve, Mother Jessie, both Scotland.)

 Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, N.Y.        Sept. 4, 1889            by: GSubyak@aol.com

A Canandaigua Man Arrested Charged With Being an Incendiary

Willard SAXTON, of Canandaigua, was arrested Monday, charged with setting fire to his barn on lower Main street Saturday night. The barn was totally consumed and but for the prompt action on the part of the firemen, several dwellings would have been destroyed. It is alleged that SAXTON was caught firing the barn by a man named WHITBECK, who says that SAXTON asked him to keep quiet about the fire.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      Friday        September 20, 1889     Pg 3, col 8              by: Ron Hanley
 
DIED  McKECHNIE-  In Canandaigua, September 13, 1889, James McKechnie, in the 74th year of his age.
 
 
SAME Pg, col 7
 
OBITUARY  Died in Canandaigua, Thursday, September 13th 1889, James  McKechnie, aged 74 years.
 
James McKechnie was born in Falkirk, Scotland, November 2, 1815.  His parents came to this country in 1833, by way of Canada, and settled near Rochester.  The family consisted of five brothers and one sister, none of whom are now living, James being the last surviving. The names of the brothers were, James, Andrew, Alexander, Robert, Stuart. The sister, Eliza, married her cousin, Andrew Duncan McKechnie, who now resides in this village.  James McKechnie was married on the 22nd of June 1848, to Miss Mary Holiday, daughter of the late Judge Holiday, of Albany. They had no children.  Mrs. McKechnie survives her husband. 
In 1843 the two brothers, James and Alexander purchased of A. Bunnel in Canandaigua, a small brewery, small in comparison to the establishment their largely increasing business has since necessitated. The business in their hands proved very remunerative, and the firm amassed a splendid fortune. To their praise be it said a goodly share has been invested in buildings and other improvements to beautify and adorn the town of their adoption.  It only remains for me to say the struggle with inexorable disease is ended and our friend, dearer to our heart than words can tell, has passed from the vexations of this life, to the peace and quietude of the great beyond. Always kindly, he was much beloved, he is deeply mourned, and will long be lovingly remembered. 
The funeral was held at the late residence on Main Street last Saturday afternoon, and was attended by a large concourse of people. Rev. N. M. Calhoun, pastor of the Congregational Church officiated.  The casket was borne to the hearse by his six nephews, William S., John D., John, Andrew, Stuart C., and Fred. The honorary bearers were Alexander Howell, Thomas M. Howell, Thaddeus Chapin, and Jacob Hammond. The pall bearers at Woodlawn Cemetery were, William H. Adams, Rollin L. Beecher, William Gorham, George N. Williams, David G. Lapham, and J. W. Barnes. 
The will of the late James McKechnie was read on Monday, in the presence of those interested, by H. M. Field, Esq., who drew the document. We are authorized to state, in general terms, that the estate is left to the widow of deceased during her lifetime, and at her death to the nephews as named above. Alfred Denbow and Orin S. Bacon are named as executors of the will, and also the trustees to continue and conduct the business as heretofore. 
The capital of the McKechnie and Company Bank will remain the same, and the banking business will be continued under the same name and general management. The control and management of the business of the J and A. McKechnie Brewing Co. continues in John D. McKechnie, who is now the sole manager of that immense establishment. 

 Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, N.Y.   Thursday     October 17, 1889            by: GSubyak@aol.com

ONTARIO:
F. CHURCH of St. Louis, is visiting his parents at Clifton Springs. On  his return to the West he will be accompanied by his sister, Mrs. H. E. PHILLIPS  and daughter, who go to St. Paul, Minn., to reside.
 
C. A. CLAUSEN, of the Rochester Theological Seminary, will preach in the Baptist Church at Canandaigua next Sunday morning and evening. It is said that Mr. CLAUSEN will graduate next spring, and that the Canandaigua society would like to secure his services.
 
+  The Rev. T. R. GREEN, who is to succeed the Rev. Theron COOPER in the Methodist Church at Canandaigua, is a brother of the Rev. A.W. GREEN, a former pastor of the church. He will preach his first sermon at Canandaigua next Sunday. Mr. COOPER, the retiring pastor, has been at that place for four years, during which time he and his family made many friends.
 
Benjamin AUSTIN, living about a mile from Clifton Springs, while picking apples fell a distance of fifteen feet by the breaking of a limb on which he was standing, and broke his left leg at the ankle. Dr. ARCHER reduced the fracture.  Misfortune has seemed to follow Mr. AUSTIN the entire season. Since spring  he has lost three horses, and a son has been confined to the house for a
long  time by sickness. Mr. AUSTIN is a member of Gordon Granger Post, G. A. R., and  is not in affluent circumstances. Yesterday quite a number of the comrades of the Post went to his home and dug his potatoes and did other work, while others sent money to relieve him.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester,  N.Y.         Friday       October 18, 1889            by: GSubyak@aol.com

ONTARIO - Provisions of the Will of the Late James Mc KECHNIE, of Canandaigua
 
The will of the late James Mc KECHNIE, of Canandaigua, bequeaths his  property as follows: To his wife, Mary Mc KECHNIE, he leaves $50,000, his share of the stock of the J. and A. McKECHNIE Banking House of Canandaigua. The will requests that the money shall remain in the bank. At the time of her death she may dispose of this amount and its accumulations as she deems best. The testator  bequeaths $5,000 to each of the following persons: Margaret J. WATSON, of Syracuse; Mary E. SAYRE, of Canandaigua; Mary Mc KECHNIE, the daughter of Robert  Mc KECHNIE; Isabella Mc KECHNIE, Jessie E. SWAIN; Alida McKECHNIE, and to Mrs. Mary E. SAYRE and her two children, Maude and Louis, he bequeaths $5,000 to be divided equally.           <snip> Didn't get the rest.

Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, NY           November 30, 1889      Pg 3                           by: Dianne Thomas

Our local readers will remember reading in the daily and county papers some time since reports concerning the alleged sudden death of George REDDINGTON who left Canandaigua some four years ago for Kansas, where he subsequently engaged in business.  According to dispatches, it now transpires that the report of his death was circulated for the main purpose of securing the insurance upon his life, which amounted to the snug sum of $5,000 - which insurance was made payable to each of his two partners in business.  At the time of his alleged death his mother, who is a resident of Canandaigua, upon receiving the intelligence, immediately telegraphed to have the remains forwarded to Canandaigua.  A reply was received to the effect that her son's body had been stolen by grave robbers.  This telegram convinced the mother that her son had been put out of the way in order that his insurance money might be secured by his two partners.  And such was the fact.  Upon being arrested they confessed to the plot.  REDDINGTON was heavily drugged and the effects of the powerful drug so affected his mind that he became mentally unbalanced and after roaming from place to place he finally, brought up in an asylum.  His relatives have recently received information from him concerning his whereabouts, and a letter to his mother conveys the glad news that he has recovered his mental faculties and that he would return to Canandaigua in a short time.  

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, Monroe Co., NY    Sat   Dec 7, 1889                    by: GSubyak@aol.com

Capture of a Prisoner Who Escaped from Jail Over Two Years Ago


In August, 1888, a notorious gambler named Frank FORSYTH, alias Harry HILL, was arrested at Chapinville, two miles east of Canandaigua, charged with gambling and obtaining money under false pretenses. He was lodged in jail at Canandaigua, but it was not long before he and George BARCLAY, another inmate, who was under indictment for burglary and larceny, broke jail and made good their escape. In October of the same year, HILL was arrested by Constable SLEGHT, of Canandaigua, but while on their way to the railway station HILL got away from the officer and was not heard from until this fall, when Under Sheriff McPHILLIPS learned that HILL had been seen in Rochester and Buffalo. The officer informed the chiefs of police in those cities that HILL was under indictment and was wanted in Orleans county, and on Wednesday last Officer McPHILLIPS received word from Buffalo that HILL was in that city. He at once telegraphed to arrest him, and on Thursday last the criminal was brought back to Canandaigua and is now in jail there.

Mr. PAYNE's billiard business in the Jacobs Opera House Block at Victor is closed.

The "St. Plunkard Company," which was in Clifton Springs a few weeks ago, disbanded in Waterloo Tuesday.

The net proceeds of the entertainment given by St. Francis Dramatic Society, of Phelps, Wednesday evening, were $250.

The Methodist and Presbyterian churches of Canandaigua are hereafter to be lighted by incandescent electric lights.

Special services were commenced in the Methodist Church at Clifton Springs last evening. Rev. Mr. DEAN, the evangelist, will conduct them.

At a meeting of the Board of Education of Canandaigua Thursday evening Samuel F. WADER was elected clerk in place of Joseph B. O'BRIEN, resigned.

The fair and festival given by the Universalist Society of Clifton Springs, was a very successful affair. The net proceeds from all services amounted to about $200.

Mrs. C. BULL, wife of Rev. J. M. BULL, of Clifton Springs, died Tuesday.  She had been a great sufferer for nearly two years, and had been confined to her bed for over a year.

The following are the new officers of the A. O. U. W. lodge in Geneva:   M. W., H. J. LOY; foreman, J. HIRSCHFIELD; overseer, Homer SMITH; financier, Charles KIPP; receiver, M. S. SANDFORD; recorder, F. W. MILLS.

The lecture by Rev. T. R. GREEN, of Canandaigua, on "Quarantine," in the Methodist Church at that place Thursday evening, was received by an appreciative audience with marked satisfaction. It was full of instruction.

The funeral of the late Christiana WHEELER, of Naples, was held Thursday. She was 95 years old last September, and the mother of Seymour WHEELER, an old resident of Naples. Her remains were taken to Patten for interment.

The overcrowded condition of the primary and intermediate grades in the Victor school has resulted in the Board of Education hiring a fifth teacher, Miss Inez SEARLE, a student of the Brockport Normal School, and she has entered upon her duties.

A special dispatch to the Democrat and Chronicle last evening from Phelps, says: Charles HOLBROOK, of this place, who has been ill in New York with peritonitis, died there to-day. The body is expected here Saturday night on the late train.

The festival and ball given by St. Agnes Society of Clifton Springs, was a great success, the net proceeds being about $200. Jesse COOLEY drew the gold watch, Mary HOGAN the easy chair, P. FLANIGAN a ton of coal and G. LINDEMER a painting.

A term of the County Court and Court of Sessions will be held at Canandaigua next week, beginning on Monday. Although the county clerk failed to draw a jury, it is the opinion of Judge ADAMS and Judge RICE that the court has the power to empanel a jury and that the court can proceed as usual.

The annual meeting of the Erina Hose Company of Canandaigua was held Thursday evening, at which time officers were elected as follows: President, Thomas H. O'BRIEN; vice-president, Peter TURNER; secretary, John E. DOYLE; foreman, William D. POWERS; first assistant, Thomas MURPHY; second assistant, Thomas M. CRONIN; trustees, John COLMEY, James R. DWYER and John E. MURPHY.

Professor William CLARK, L. L. D., of Trinity College, Toronto, will deliver a course of five lectures before the students of Hobart College in Library Hall next week, one each evening, beginning Monday. His subjects will be: "The Study of History." "The Middle Ages." "The German Reformation." "The Revolt of the Netherlands." "The Thirty-years' War." A general invitation is given to the citizens of Geneva to attend.

This afternoon William BOSWELL, of Canandaigua will be arraigned before Justice DWYER at that place on the charge of running a gambling room. The complainants are James NAHAR, George NAHAR and William SUTHERLAND, who claim to have been defrauded out of $64 by BOSWELL and his partner, A. S. BOSTWICK. The latter, having received warning of the action of NAHAR, left for Washington, where it is reported he has received an appointment.

Mrs. E. BEARDSLEY, of Phelps, died Wednesday night. She had been in poor health for a long time, and recently her disease assumed a more serious nature, affecting her mind. The best medical advise and nursing could do but little for her, and she gradually failed. She was in her 66th year, and had been a resident of Phelps for about 40 years. A husband and one son survive. The funeral will be held at St. Johns Church to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.

The Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor of the Methodist Church at Canandaigua has elected these officers: President, William H. LIGHTFOOTE; vice-president, Sarah M. BANTA; secretary, Hattie PATTISON; corresponding secretary, Mary J. VOAK; treasurer, Charles W. LEE. The Young Ladies' Society elected officers as follows: President, Mrs. Aize SACKETT; first vice-president, Jennie L. WILSON; second vice-president, Mary KINGSBURY; treasurer, Martha MAGGS; secretary, Myrtie SIMMONS.

At the last meeting of the Canandaigua board of Trade this week it was decided to send the secretary, Henry M. HUBBELL, to Lynn, Mass., for the purpose of negotiating with some of the manufacturers who were recently burned out with a view to having them remove to Canandaigua. Mr. HUBBELL started for the East Thursday evening. Owing to the ill health of Henry S. PIERCE, treasurer of the board, he was obliged to tender his resignation, and Mr. HUBBELL was appointed to fill the vacancy. The committee on public improvements recommended that the electric lights be lighted on every dark night during the year, and also that the village be supplied with some kind of a fire alarm system.

Andrew INGRAM, of Port Jervis, is in Canandaigua searching the records in the county clerk's office in trying to find a title in his favor to three acres of land in the centre of Geneva. He claims that his grandparents went there at the close of the war of 1812 and bought the land and had the deed of the property recorded in the clerk's office. His grandfather's name was James McBRIDE, and although INGRAM has so far failed to find such a name among the records he has found a number of old residents in Geneva who well remember McBRIDE and know that he at one time owned the land to which INGRAM makes claim. One aged man named DYE says he himself once conducted a shoe-shop on one corner of the property. None of these persons, however, seem to know anything about how the property came into the possession of the present owners. The land to which INGRAM makes claim is now occupied by the Franklin House. The picture frame manufactory and the celebrated mineral spring.

Some time since while Charles NORTHROP, of Canandaigua, was examining some old papers belonging, to his grandfather now deceased, he came across a deed for several acres of land in the state of Michigan, situated in the ore section. He at once began to investigate the matter and found that the land was being used by a man who had no title to it. Mr. NORTHROP informed the man in possession of the property of the deed which he had found, etc. The occupant at once began negotiations to purchase the property offering Mr. NORTHROP $300 for it. This the latter promptly declined, and it was not long before he was offered $800 and then $1,000. These offers were also promptly declined, and finally $1,600 was offering. Mr. NORTHROP then began to think that there was a bare possibility of there being some kind of a mine on the property, and he has gone West to investigate the matter. He is a hard working, industrious young man and his lucky find is well deserved.

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