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Canandaigua News

   - 1903 - 

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REPOSITORY  MESSENGER   Thursday     February 12, 1903              by: Ron Hanley

On Thursday afternoon occurred the marriage of Samuel M. Douglass of Canandaigua, and Rowena R., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Frank Jones. The ceremony was performed in the presence of many friends and relatives of the contracting parties by Rev. J. Wallace Webb, Pastor of the Canandaigua Methodist Church.  Fred Cribb of Canandaigua was best man, and the bride was attended by Miss Edna Crum of Rochester. They will reside at Canandaigua.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY            Friday,           Feb 13, 1903           by: Dianne Thomas

+  Supreme Court in Session - Cases Tried and Disposed of 

Hon. John F. PARKHURST of Bath, convened the February term of the Supreme court on Monday and the cases have been disposed of as follows: 

Porter D. SMITH vs. Lehigh Valley, removed to Monroe county for trial.

Ambrose LAUGHLIN vs. Lehigh Valley, settled.

Vina GRANGER vs. Canandaigua, over.

Edward D. MEAD vs. Manchester, complaint irregular, put over the term with permission to amend complaint.

Edwin J. WOOD vs. Hiram DE BOW, over.

John HAYES vs. Inter-Ocean Telephone company, settled.

Mary J. LYON vs. Albert L. BEAHAN, settled.

Of the 61 cases on both calendars, 18 were marked ready for trial, and other more put over, reserved and referred.  

The first case tried was that of The People of NY, ex. rel., David G. VANDEREN, et al., vs. Daniel E. MOORE, as mayor of Geneva.  The action was bright because of the mayor's alleged refusal to appoint a board of plumber examiners.  The court directed a verdict for the plaintiff.  A stay of 60 days was granted defendant's attorney, pending the determination of an appeal. 


Peter CALABRESLE'S attorney, John GILLETTE, received on Monday from the Central Hudson railroad, a check for $1,000 in settlement of the action.  The plaintiff, a member of the work train crew, was struck on the head by a telegraph pole while leaning out of a car window, and severely injured.  

In the case of Fred LEACH against John A. HOYT and others, the complaint was dismissed; the case of VAN WAGEN vs. Geneva Traction Co., was stricken from calendar, and in William E. SPENCER vs. Clarence E. COOLEY, complaint was dismissed.

The grand jury came into court on Tuesday afternoon and presented three indictments against Silas WOODRUFF, of Chapinville, and one against James GLEASON, of Monroe County, formerly of this place.  WOODRUFF is accused of stealing a heifer cow, a sleigh, harness and other goods.  He pleaded not guilty, bail was fixed at $1,500 and the case was sent to a county court for trial.  GLEASON, charged with appropriating to his own use the proceeds of a load of wheat which he sold for his former employee, Charles WALBRIDGE, of this town, pleaded guilty, said he was 41 years of age and was sentenced to one year's imprisonment in the state prison at Auburn.  Frank CUMMINGS, Fred DUNN and Jarvis and William CASTLE, held for the grand jury on the charge of arson in connection with the recent evaporator fire here; Simon MATELLA charged with assaulting Charles BROWN at Manchester and John DWYER held for alleged stealing from S. L. WILSON'S barn in Phelps, were discharged from custody.  There were no sealed indictments found, the work of the grand jury being unusually light.

The case of Elizabeth J. FOX, as administrator of the estate of her husband, who was killed by a live wire at Manchester in May last, against the Village of Manchester, the Ontario Light & Traction Co. and Peck Bros., had been made a preferred case.  Attorney MILLER of Syracuse, was granted leave to make a technical charge in the complaint and the trial of the case will probably commenced on Monday.  The plaintiff asks $25,000 for the loss of her husband, and the array of legal talent that has been engaged to prosecute and defend the action promises to make the case one of unusual interest.

In the case of the First National Bank of Geneva, vs. James GRAHAM, et all, the defendant did not appear and the plaintiff was awarded a verdict of $521.02.

The case of William MC CONNELL vs. Clara E. JOHNSON, resulted in a verdict for the defendant.  The plaintiff claimed that defendant has refused to accept and pay for washing machines bought on contract, and defendant claimed that after she had contracted to take four machines, the agent fraudulently changed the order to 24.  The machines were made by a Geneva concern and the defendant resides at LeRoy.

The case of F. A. BLUM against Charles B. DORSEY, a suit to recover for the non delivery of some produce, went to the jury last evening and a verdict of no cause for action was rendered.

The damage suit of REDFIELD vs. New York Central will be tried today.


+  Obituary - KEELER - Mrs. Eliza KEELER, wife of G. E. KEELER, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.. F. W. KINDE, Chapin street, at noon on Friday, after a long illness.  Prior to their coming to Canandaigua a few years ago, Mr. and Mrs. KEELER resided at Seneca Falls.  During her residence here ,the deceased made many warm friends.  She was a member of the Methodist church, and so far as her strength permitted, she took an active interest in its affairs.  There survive, besides her husband, G. E. KEELER, two daughters, Mrs. KINDE and Mrs. Seneca HOLMAN of Rochester, and one son G. E. KEELER Jr., of Elmira. The funeral services were held n Sunday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. J. Wallace WEBB, D. D. and Rev. D. D. CAMPBELL, G.E., of Elmira.


+  Obituary - WEISENBECK - Elias WEISENBECK died at his home on Chapin street at 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon form an acute attack of congestion of the lungs.  Mr. WEISENBECK had been suffering from the grip for a week, but seemed improved and was at his place of business on Saturday.  On Sunday, however, he became suddenly worse and sank rapidly until the end came.   Mr. WEISENBECK was Canandaigua's oldest active business many, establishing in 1869, the clothing business with which he was connected until his death.  Born in Bavaria, Germany, 68 years ago, he learned the cloth weaving business in his native land.  When 21 years of age, he came to this country and located at Rochester, where he became identified with the clothing business.  He established a store on Main street in that city and later started a branch store in this village, which was in charge of his brother, Henry WEISENBECK.  In 1869, Mr. WEISENBECK came here, and since that time had been one of Canandaigua's most enterprising and progressive merchants.  He took a keen interest in everything that tended to benefit the community.  He was a good business man and was honorable in all his dealings.  Mr. WEISENBECK suffered a severe shock in the death of his wife, which occurred about seven years ago, which, together with impaired sight, caused him to relinquish active control of his business, facts which preyed upon his mind and caused him much distress. 

The deceased was for nearly a quarter of a century, an active member and warm supporter of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows and had at one time or another held every honorable office in connection with the order.  He also held membership in a number of Jewish societies in Rochester.  There survive two sons, Isaac and Henry WEISENBECK, of this village, and one brother, Henry WEISENBECK, and one sister, Mrs. Caroline BAREMAN, both of Munich, Bavaria.

The funeral services were largely attended at the home  on Wednesday morning, Rabbi M. LOUNSBERG of Rochester, conducting a brief service.  The remains were taken to Rochester and burial was in Mount Hope cemetery.  A large representation of the Odd Fellows lodge attended the service here and 18 of the number accompanied the remains to Rochester, conducting services at the grave.  

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY    Thurs Apr 30, 1903                    by: GSubyak@aol.com

ONTARIO -  Red Jacket and Clifton Springs Telephone Companies Elect Officers.
At the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Red Jacket Telephone Company, of Shortsville, held at the office of Willis C. ELLIS, on Tuesday  evening. Carlos P. OSGOOD was elected president and general manager; Robert B.  PECK, vice-president; Willis C. ELLIS, secretary and treasurer; William H. BURKE  and James HOSEY, inspectors of election.
At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the  Clifton Springs Telephone Company, held at the office of W. H. BURKE, in the  village of Clifton Springs, yesterday afternoon, the following officers were  elected for the ensuing year: President, W. H. BURKE; vice-president, John H.  STEPHENS; secretary, Henry L. WRIGHT; treasurer, Willis C. ELLIS; general  manager, Harry F. FLINT

Democrat & Chronicle Rochester, NY     Sunday     May 3, 1903             by: GSubyak@aol.com

MORTUARY RECORD -  Mrs. Edward CROSS died April 30th at the family residence on North Pleasant street in Canandaigua. She leaves a husband; five sons, James, John and Daniel,  of Canandaigua, William R., of Auburn and Edward J., of Spokane, Wash., and two  daughters, Julia I., of Canandaigua and Mary L., of this city (Rochester).

Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, NY    Fri,        May 22, 1903                       by: Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Lucius WILCOX - The death of Francis Crawford, widow of Lucius WILCOX, occurred at her home on upper Main street in this village, on Sunday, May 17, at the advanced age of 79 years.  The deceased was born in Tuskoloosa, Ala., on Aug 25, 1824, and in the year 1840, was married to Mr. WILCOX.  In April that year, Mr. & Mrs. WILCOX came to Canandaigua, where they afterward made their residence, Mr. WILCOX dying here, Aug 24, 1885.  Mrs. WILCOX was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was active in church and charitable work up to about twelve years ago, when failing health necessitated a more quiet life.  For the past four years her health failed gradually, heart trouble being the final cause of death.  Funeral services were held from the house, Tuesday afternoon, at 4 o'clock, Rev. J. Wallace WEBB officiating.  The burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn, six sons and two grandsons acting as bearers. Seven children survive, Merritt C. & William W. WILCOX, of Canandaigua; L. T. & J. A., of Boston, Mass; Charles C., of Buffalo, and Mrs. D. E. RICE of Elmira.  From Canandaigua Times.



ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL           May 29, 1903    Pg 3, col 2                  by: Ron Hanley
The Masseth House, on Niagara Street, which Joseph Masseth has conducted for 26 years, has been leased to Denis Carmondy and Thomas Flynn, of this village, for a term of five years. Benjamin Masseth, of Butler, Pa., owns the building. 
The new proprietors, who will take possession on June 1, have experience and will doubtless make a success of this favorably located and well equipped hotel property. The hotel will be thoroughly renovated, repaired and refurbished, and it will be the middle or last of June before it is opened to the public.

Ontario Repository & Messenger, Canandaigua, NY    June 11, 1903              by: Dianne Thomas 

+  People Away:  Glen D. SMITH, at Canandaigua; Mr. and Mrs. D. C. SMITH and son Arthur, at Canandaigua and Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. S. C. SEMENS, at Rochester; Miss Addie CORNISH, the guest of Miss Kittie GETSINGER, Canandaigua; Mr. and Mrs. Frank LYON Jr., and child, Mr. and Mrs. Guy WASHBURN and children of Whitman Hill at Frank LYON Sr's., Stid Hill; Henry HATCH, wife and family with friends at West Hollow. 

J. W. FOX delivered a washer to Wayland parties and called on his sister, Mrs. Charles PHRINTNER, Saturday and Sunday.

J. M. POWELL attended court at Canandaigua last week as juror.

+  The kissing bug that we hear so much about a few years ago, has put in an appearance here. 

+  (unknown town section)  Mrs. Mary E. FOWLER, who moved from this city to Rochester a few months ago, has secured a divorce and $25 a month alimony from H. J. FOWLER, (Herbert J., b. Nov 1870) late editor of the Times, who sold his newspaper interest here  to devote his time to theatrical business, managing a company presenting Mlle. Louise, with Miss Agnes ARDECK as star. His intimacy with a New York actress was tried at Auburn, Saturday.  They have one child, a 10 year old daughter (Carrie), who remains with her mother. 

Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, NY       Wed               July 8, 1903           by: Dianne Thomas

SURROGATE'S COURT: Since our last report, the following wills have been admitted to probate in the Surrogate's Court in this village.  

That of Elizabeth J. CORWIN, late of Phelps, disposing of a $4,500 estate, and naming Edwin S. CORWIN as executor; 

That of Phebe Jane THOMAS, last of Richmond, disposing of a $1,000 estate and naming William THOMAS as executor;

That of William G. MC KELVIE, late of Geneva, disposing of an $8,300 estate and naming Lydia A. MC KELVIE as executor;

That of Mary L. REID, late of West Bloomfield, disposing of a $6,300 estate and naming William H. REID as executor;

That of John W. WASHBURN, late of Gorham, estate not given.


4th of July Accidents:

+ Miss Edith LAPHAM, daughter of George LAPHAM, is one of the Fourth of July sufferers.  She was in her father's store, in the McKechnie block, and standing back of the counter by the aide of her brother, Walton LAPHAM, when the accident happened.  A lad handed a toy pistol to Walton, asking whether he could get the same kind there, when in some unexplained manner, it was exploded, the wad in the blank cartridge striking Miss LAPHAM in the face, cutting her lip and leaving a scar from there up close to her eye.  Her face on that side was also filled with powder, which it took a physician several hours to remove.  Fortunately, she wore glasses, or her eye would undoubtedly have been injured.


+ Charles REYNOLDS is nursing serious wounds to his face, caused by the explosion of a toy pistol too near that portion of his anatomy, on the glorious Fourth.  His cousin, Trustee, W. J. BROWN, was shooting the pistol, when REYNOLDS stumbled and fell in front of it, receiving the wad in one corner of his eye and nose. 



The formal arraignment and examination of Edward SEXTON, on the charges of murder, took place before Justice E. H. FRARY, at the Court House, on Wednesday, and resulted in his commitment, without opposition to await the action of the Grand Jury. 

The wife of the late Thomas MAHANEY, his father, and several of the neighbors, were examined by the District Attorney and cross examined by R.R. SCOTT, Esq., counsel for the prisoner. These witnesses related the facts connected to the shooting of Thomas MAHANEY, while he was engaged in drilling in beans on his little farm, in the town of Farmington, on the afternoon of June 23, and made a sufficient case for the holding of SEXTON on the charge of murder.  The members of the latter's own family, from whom comes the evidence most damaging, were not put on the stand, nor was SEXTON himself, nor any witnesses in his behalf. 

He sat throughout the proceeding with an air of stolid indifference, only broken when he started to avail himself to the Justice's invitation to testify in his own behalf.  He was checked in this by his counsel, and having been duly committed, was escorted back to the jail, where he will have abundant opportunity for reflection; before the sitting of the Grand Jury in October next.

The examination elicited nothing in the way of evidence that was not contained in "THE TIMES" report of last week.  That was an accurate, as it was the first and exclusive, publication of the facts in the case of the evidence on which Edward SEXTON was arrested and arraigned on the charge of murder.



AUCTION - On Thursday, W. H. HOFFMAN, as auctioneer, will sell a large quantity of farm property for Henry B. MOSHER, on the E. O. DAVIS farm, three miles south of Canandaigua on the east lake shore road.  The property consists of horses, cows, swine, hens, ducks, farming implements and household goods.





William GORHAM, one of the most prominent and most highly respected citizens of this village, died at his home on Howell street, Wednesday evening, after an illness of several weeks from peritonitis.  

Mr. GORHAM was a great grandson of the late Nathaniel GORHAM, whose memory is held in grateful remembrance as that of  one of the original purchases of the Phelps & Gorham tract.  He was born in this town in 1834, the son of Mr. & Mrs. William W. GORHAM, and was himself a man of broad culture, engaging personality and unblemished integrity.  He was educated in the Canandaigua Academy and after several years spent in Chicago,, engaged in business in this village, being at different times interested in the book trade and in the hardware trade.  Of late years physical infirmities prevented his engagement in active work.

Mr. GORHAM was married in 1860, at Chicago, to Miss Georgia EDDY, a daughter of Rev. Ansel D. EDDY, pastor of the Congregational church here, from 1824 to 1833.  Besides his wife, one sister, Mrs. Edward C. WILLIAMS, of this village, survives. His son, Harry E. GORHAM, died in Mexico in April of last years.  The funeral service was held at the home, on Friday afternoon, Rev. L. T. REED officiating.  





+ Miss Eda WORTH starts today for a visit with friends in Canada.  

+ Will ROCKFORD and sister, Anne, of Buffalo, spent the Fourth at their home in this village.

+ Mrs. Andrew BRADY is visiting in the Catskills, and will spend some time at West Point.

+ Miss Lillian ROSSIER, of Worcester Mass, is visiting her uncle, H. D. ROSSIER, in this town.

+ Miss M. A. CORNELL of Rochester, is the guest of Dr. and Mrs. Fred MC CLELLAN, Main street.

+ B. H. and Ralph AUSTIN, of Honeoye Falls, spent the Fourth with their sister, Mrs. Floyd SMALLIDGE, on Center street.

+ William McFARLANE, of the Mc Kechnie Bank, is enjoying a two weeks' vacation with relatives in Toronto, Canada.

+ A. H. ESTEY and A. M. CARSON, of Phelps, were in Canandaigua yesterday on business.  Mr. ESTEY was a pleasant caller  at "The TIMES" office.

+ Mr. & Mrs. L. E. HAYNES of Buffalo, and Virgil ANDRUSS of Rochester, were the guests of Dr. C. J. ANDRUSS and family over the Fourth.

+ Mrs. Alex FOLOSCHI, of lower Main street, has received word of the death of her brother, Michael HERRINGTON, in the mining districts of North Dakota. 

+ County Treasurer and Mrs. George N. PARMELE, Mrs. Frank ELLIS and Mrs. A. N. COOLEY, drove to Geneva yesterday for a visit to the State experiment farm.

+ Judge Walter H. KNAPP and son, Chandler, of upper Main street, left on Saturday for California.  They expect to be absent from Canandaigua about 3 weeks.

+ Mr. & Mrs. Emil WELLER, of Erie, Pa., have been spending their honeymoon in Canandaigua, with Mr. WELLER's sister, Mrs. Charles L. MATTERN, on Beeman street.

+ Miss Margarita S. HOPKINS is home from Nangatuck, Conn., accompanied by her cousin, Miss Augusta BRIGGS, of New York City, who will spend the month of July with her.  

+ Miss Jessie TORREY of Gibson street, has joined a party of Neapolitans, with Mr. & Mrs. PHILLIPS as chaperones, at Idlewood, on the east side of the lake, for a week's outing.

+ Mrs. E. W. SIMMONS, of Howell street, with her children, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. George N. DUNLOP, at Spring Valley.  From there she will go in company with Mrs. DUNLOP, to Ocean Grove for a stay of two weeks.

+ Miss Mabel THOMPSON underwent an operation for appendicitis at the Beahan hospital on Thursday of last week.  The operation was thoroughly successful and Miss THOMPSON is reported as rapidly recovering from its effects.

+ Mrs. Mack S. SMITH, received a batch of letters from her husband on Wednesday; the accumulation of missives written en route to Cape Nome.  He writes that he had an exceedingly rough passage and that the steamship was caught in the ice for a number of days, the from from Seattle occupying nearly two weeks, but that he arrived at Cape Nome in first rate health and spirits.

Unknown paper, probably Canandaigua, NY        July 1903                        by: Dianne Thomas

+  The 18 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. SMITH of the town of Milo, was drowned while boating on Lake Keuka, 4 miles north of Penn Yan, on Sunday.

Albert FINCH, a retired banker of Greenville, Orange county, committed suicide by hanging, in the sheds of the M. E. church at Clifton Springs, on Thursday.  He was 60 years of age and had been a patient at the Sanitarium for the week previous.  

+  The 4 year old son of Charles M. BANDELL, of Round Brook, Seneca county, while fishing in the brook which runs through his father's farm, slipped on the bank and fell into the brook, which, at that place, was about 4 feet deep.  Close at hand was a bull taking a drink.  The little fellow grabbed the tail of the bull and the latter ran from the brook.  The child held on long enough to get out of the water and in this way saved himself from drowning.  

+  Every one who knows Captain John S. COE, of this village, will readily recognize the above face (dark picture).  Captain COE was born in Oneida county, this State, and was educated at the Vienna Union School (now Phelps).  He graduated at the Albany Law School and at Union College.  He was subsequently principal of the Clyde High School and the Phelps Union and Classical School.  He came to Canandaigua, April 15, 1865, the morning of the assassination of President LINCOLN, and here entered the law office of Lapham & Adams.  Since that time he has continued to practice law here, and he has been a Justice of the Peace of this town for more than 20 years.  He was at one time extensively engaged in prosecuting pension cases before  the Government.  He raised and commanded Co. B., 111th NY Regiment of the Civil War.  Like his New England ancestry, Captain COE is noted for his thrift and close attention to business.   Captain COE will sail from New York, Saturday, on the Anchor Line steamship, "Columbia", for a trip of several weeks through Europe.  He will visit England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Norway, Sweden and other countries. 

Geneva Daily Times     November 16,  1903                   by: Ron Hanley
Canandaigua, N. Y. -  James D. Paterson, a well-known and respected citizen, passed away at his home on Chapin street Saturday night, aged 73 years and 6 months.
He had been an invalid for the past twenty-three years, as the result of injuries sustained in a railroad accident in England, while he
was traveling through that country.
He was born in Greenoch, Scotland, in April, 1830, and came to this country in 1849, engaging in business at London, Canada. Later he acted as traveling representative for prominent New York and Boston dry goods houses, and in 1868 came here and established the Boston store, which he continued for twelve years, or till failing health compelled his relinquishing all business.
He has long been a member of the Baptist church, and up to the time his declining health necessitated his giving up all activity, he was a leading and active member of the local church.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Story, to whom he was united in 1855, and a daughter, Miss Grace S. Paterson, and one son, Robert D. Paterson, both of this place, also survive. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Grace Carmichael, of Glasgow, Scotland, and brother, Robert C. Paterson, of Dunedin, New Zealand.
The funeral is to be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the late residence on Chapin street.

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