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 THE REPOSITORY and MESSENGER    Thursday     January 20, 1881  Pg 3, col 7   by:  Ron Hanley

PADGHAM -  HAYNES -  At the home of the bride's parents in Macedon, N. Y., on Monday evening, January 10th, by Rev. J. G. Webster, of Palmyra, assisted by Rev. H. Boughton, of Macedon, Mr. James C. Padgham, of Farmington, and Miss Carrie S. Haynes, of the former place.

Ontario County Times                          July 12, 1882                          by: Cheri Branca

John Robbins, an old and respected resident of the town of Farmington, died at his home on Saturday, July 1st. He sustained a severe shock from a fall he received in his barn a few months since, from which he never recovered. His age was 75 years.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL    Friday     January 30, 1885      Pg 2, col 6
DIED  -  PLUMB  -  In Farmington, N. Y., January 20, 1885, Mary A. Plumb, aged 23 years.
In Memorial-- On Tuesday, January 20, 1885, the family circle of Peter H. Plumb, of Farmington, N. Y., was again entered by the angel of death, and they were called upon to part with their eldest daughter, Mary A., in the twenty-third year of her age. 
In Matie's death the verity of the saying, "The King of shadows loves a shining mark", is fully exemplified, for in all the duties of
life that she was called upon to perform, she was a bright and shining example. In the church she was a valued and consistent member, giving forth in her daily walk the evidence of a pure Christian character, exalted and made more perfect by her earnest endeavor to follow the Master's teaching. 
She will be missed in the church and especially in the choir and by her class in the Sabbath School. She will also be greatly missed
in society, where her sunny, cheerful and amiable disposition made everyone with whom she associated  better and happier. 
Indeed, there can be no one with whom she associated but that has been made better and nobler, with higher purposes and purer motives in life, by such acquaintance and association. In the discharge of all duties of life it may be truly said, she was ever faithful. And if in the church  and society she was a shining example, it was in the home circle, surrounded by the everyday cares of life, that she showed to the greatest advantage.
Her death falls with crushing weight upon the parents, brother and sisters, that she loved so dearly, and there is a vacancy in the
family circle that can never be filled and made complete on this side of the river of life.
The funeral on the 23d inst. was very largely attended, and the tears and sorrow manifested the affection her friends and companions entertained for her. The Rev. John Cline, in a very able discourse, the text of which was St. Luke, 8th chapt., 52nd verse, "Weep not, she is not dead but sleepeth", vividly portrayed the death of the body, the resurrection of the spirit, and the reunion in heaven. The floral decorations were furnished by the Union and friends, and were beautiful, particularly the pillow with the word, "Rest" in immortelles and a cross of callas tastefully arranged.
Although Matie is taken from our visible sight, yet the memory of her pure, sweet life remains like the fragrance of a beautiful
flower, and will be treasured through long years to come by her friends and neighbors. The family have the sincere sympathy of all this sad affliction, following so soon after the death of the grandfather, only one month intervening. One sorrow is overshadowed by another and deeper.

Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, NY     May 26, 1888     Pg. 3        by:  Dianne Thomas      

Farmington News

+ Miss Sarah MURRAY has been appointed Postmistress at West Farmington.  

+ Margaret HATHAWAY died at an early hour last Tuesday morning.

+ Charles CARPENTER has been shingling a house for John REED in South Perrinton. 

+ Mrs. Benjamin THRASHER entertained a large company of ladies last week, Friday, and treated them to carpet rags.

+ Miss Lulu CRAFT recently entertained for several days her brother and sister and Mr. MELVIN, all of Gorham

+ Mrs. Lydia PROSSER has been very sick but is convalescing.  Louise WHIPPLE has had the care of the lady during her illness.

+ Miss Mary ALLEN, who has been a great sufferer for some months, is decidedly better, but her infirmities have been of too long a duration for her full recovery. 

+ John YOUNG has recently purchased a carriage and is now ready to give any of his friends a ride, if they will be king enough to inform him when they desire to take a trip through town.  Mr. YOUNG has a fine turnout.

+ Mrs. Azallah WILLSON is canvassing the town for the sale of rubber goods.  She carries the finest articles we have ever seen in that line, as as she is a worthy lady, it is to be hoped that everyone who (cut off)

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

Farmington Tidings
+ The first Grange social of the season is to be held at the residence of Jas. PADGHAM, on Friday evening of this week. A large attendance is expected.
+ Elisha ALLEN has gone to Albion for the purpose of spending a few weeks with relatives and friends in that vicinity.
+ Charles CARPENTER is suffering from a severe attack of typhoid fever.
+ Jedediah COTTON is home again after a three month visit with his son, who resides in Michigan.
+ Carrie HORENDEEN has gone to Geneva to take care of her mother.
+ Miss Carrie WEBB of Macedon was in town last week visiting relatives.
+ Mrs. DAILOR has just recovered from a slight illness.
+ Mrs. Warren YOUNG is visiting friends in Mottville.
+ A number of our townspeople went to South Perinton last Sunday to attend the funeral obsequies of Levi A. WILLET, whose death occurred the Thursday evening previous.
+ Mr. and Mrs. Jas. DECATOR of Hudsonville, Mich., reached here last week and will remain for several weeks.
+ Mr. and Mrs. Jacob SHROTE, who removed to Webster last spring for the purpose of occupying her father's farm, have returned to Brownsville, they having come to the conclusion that farming in Monroe county don't pay.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES       January 15, 1890       Pg 3, col  5                   by:  Ron Hanley
On Wednesday of last week, at about 8 o'clock in the afternoon, ex United States Senator Lapham died at his summer home on the lake shore.  He had been in a feeble health for a year or more, and about a month ago upon his return from a trip to Washington, his condition became critical. Subsequently he lay much of the time in a semi conscious state, and the physicians and relatives in attendance recognized that his end was near.  

Elbridge Gerry Lapham was born in the town of Farmington, this county, October 18, 1814, and was therefore over 75 years of age at the time of his death. His earlier education was obtained in the district schools, and from them he graduated into the Canandaigua Academy, being a student in that institution contemporaneously with the late Stephen A. Douglass.  After leaving the Academy, he engaged in work as a civil engineer, being for a time in the employ of the Michigan Southern Railroad. Subsequently he studied law in this village, in the office of the late Jared Wilson, and in 1844 was admitted to the bar. From that time forward he devoted himself to the practice of his profession, and early won distinction as an advocate. By the time he had reached middle age he was recognized as one of the foremost lawyers in Western New York. 

In politics Mr. Lapham was originally a Democrat, but in 1856 he transferred his allegiance to the Republican party, and soon became active and influential in its service. His first political preferment came in 1867, when he was chosen as one of the representatives of this Senate district in the Constitutional Convention.  In 1874 he was elected to Congress, and was successively reelected in 1876, 1878, and 1880. In the contest following the resignation of Senator Conkling and Platt, in 1881, Assemblyman John Raines, our present Congressman, presented Mr. Lapham as a candidate for the succession and urged his claims with so much persistence and success, that he was nominated and finally elected to the seat vacated by Mr. Conkling. He served in the National Senate for the remainder of the term, or until 1885, when he was succeeded by William M. Evarts Upon his retirement from the Senate, Mr. Lapham returned to Canandaigua, and again entered upon the practice of his profession. In these later years he has been engaged in some important cases, but failing health enforced comparative rest, and he has spent much of the time in his beautiful and much loved lake shore home, where he finally died as stated above. 
Senator Lapham leaves a widow, and six children, B. Frank Lapham, Charles B. Lapham, Henry W. Lapham, Elbridge G. Lapham, Jr., and Mrs. W. H. Adams, all of this village, and Mrs. A. B. Field, of San Francisco. His remains were interred in Woodlawn cemetery, on Saturday afternoon, services being held at his residence on upper Main Street, and also at St. John's church, of which he had been for many years a vestryman.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES     Wednesday      January 22, 1890     Pg 2, col  6     by:  Ron Hanley
FARMINGTON -  Mrs. Peter Plumb was taken sick after her return, last Wednesday, from Geneseo, where she had been to take care of her daughter, Etta, who was sick with measles. Miss Etta came home with her mother.

Union Advertiser,  Rochester, Monroe, NY          Dec. 28, 1891              by: GSubyak@aol.com

A very pleasant home wedding was celebrated at the home of E. A. KETCHAM last week, on which occasion his daughter, Miss Minnie E., was united in marriage to John DILLMON, all of Farmington. Rev. THOMPSON, of Macedon Center, officiated. After partaking of a bountiful repast, the happy couple departed for a short trip West.

THE VICTOR HERALD     Friday    September 3, 1892     Pg 2, col 3                by:  Ron Hanley
Farmington -   The news of the sudden death of Mrs. George Loomis last week, was a great shock to the people in this vicinity.

Same paper   Pg 3, col  4

OBITUARY - The funeral of Mrs. George Loomis, whose sudden death we briefly mentioned last week, was held at her late residence Sunday afternoon at three o'clock.  Rev. Mr. Frost conducted the services, assisted by a quartette from the choir of the Presbyterian church.  The burial was at the cemetery on Boughton Hill. The deceased was the youngest daughter of Benj. Ketcham and was born in Rensselaer Co., January 4 1823. She removed with her parents to Farmington while a child, and was married to George Loomis on October 19, 1842, and went to live in Onondaga Co. where she resided about nine years and returned to Farmington, where she resided the rest of her life.  She leaves a husband, two sons and two daughters, Mrs. L. L. Morse, Mrs. Geo. E. Lapham, B. H. Loomis, of Farmington, and L. G. Loomis of this village. Mrs. Loomis was a woman greatly beloved in the community, and will be missed in many places beside the home circle, where, for half a century, she has been the loving help meet and devoted mother. A large circle of friends will deeply sympathize with the bereaved family.


ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      Friday      September 2, 1892       Pg 2, col 5 

Farmington -    The death of Mrs. George Loomis occurred at the home of her son-in-law, George E. Lapham, last Thursday, August 25, the cause being heart disease.  The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, from her late residence, Rev. Mr. Frost, of Victor, officiating.  Mrs. Loomis leaves a husband and four children, Mrs. George E. Lapham, Mrs. Legrand Morse, Benjamin Loomis of Mertensia, and Let. Loomis, of Victor.


Farmington News: 

A. R. KATKAMIER is visiting relatives in New York.

Mr. & Mrs. E. G. ALLEN are visiting relatives in Clyde.

Warren YOUNGS is having a full set of rollers put in his grist mill.

Mr. & Mrs. E. M. MOTT spent part of last week at the Thousand Islands.

Miss Bertha COTTON, of Ontario is visiting her cousin, Miss Verna COTTON.

Mrs. PETTIT and son, of Williamstown, are the guests of Mrs. Harrison COBURN.

Miss Lizzie KATKAMIER and Nellie S. PADGHAM commenced their schools Monday morning.

   Nov,  1892                Unknown Paper                     by:  Dianne Thomas

Just as we go to press, we learn of the death of the venerable Welcome W. HERENDEEN, which occurred at the home of his son, Charles, in the town of Farmington, at an early hour on Friday morning.  He was aged 82 years. 

 Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY      Fri,       Feb 24, 1893           by:  Dianne Thomas

Obituary - Jacob HAMMOND, aged 78 years.

(first part is cut off)  Mrs. J. W. CULVER, until recently of Jersey City; Mrs. D. W. SMITH of Farmington; Mrs. Harvey PADELFORD of Padelfords, and Mrs. Alfred PADLEFORD of Niagara Falls. 

Mr. HAMMOND gained everywhere a wide circle of warm friends.  Affable, courteous, the soul of gentility, possessed of a wide information gathered in study and travel, of a ready wit and clever imagination, he was welcome in every society, as well with the young as with the old.  In his temperament were well springs of perennial youth, so that the year of his life in excess of the biblical allotment never became a weariness to himself or others.

Mr. HAMMOND was a lover and student of nature.  These qualities too, gave him a common bond with the better natures in the brotherhood of man. 

Last August, on the occasion of the 78th anniversary of his birth, several Canandaiguans went to Farmington and joined with other friends in the fitting celebration of the occasion.  


ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER        Thursday     Dec 7, 1893    by:  Dianne Thomas

Joseph TUTTLE, of Farmington Station, in Farmington, recently had his thumb severed by a cold that he was leading, pulling the halter chain, which was wound around his hand.

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, Monroe, N.Y.      Friday    Dec. 15, 1893       by: GSubyak@aol.com

Mrs. Mary REED, who died last Monday night at the home of her son, J. S. REED, in Perinton, after a lingering illness, was buried in the cemetery at Farmington yesterday afternoon; the funeral being held at the Orthodox Friends' Church at that place. Mrs. REED'S husband, John REED, died in the spring of 1888. (North Farmington Cemetery)

Ontario Repository-Messenger, Canandaigua, NY      Thursday   Feb 8, 1894           by: Dianne Thomas 

+ The remains of Mrs. John PRINGLE of Farmington, were buried in the village cemetery Saturday afternoon.  

+ Charles SWEENEY, the newly appointed post master took possession of the office Monday morning.

+ Frank R CONKLIN, the prince of humorists, will give one of his noted entertainments in Bradley Hall, Thursday evening, Feb. 15th, proceeds for the benefit of the Union School.  Admission 25 and 15 cents.

+ Ice is being drawn from Sterling's Pond.  It is of fair quality and thickness for this winter.

Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, Ontario Co., NY  Saturday   Mar 24, 1894  Pg 3      by: Dianne Thomas

+ Mr. James PROSSER has been granted a pension of $8 per month and $300 back pay.

+ Mr. and Mrs. George POWER entertained a party of friends at their home Thursday evening.

+ Rumor has it that Mr. Truman POWER has rented the dry house property of Mr. C. H. GARDNER.

+ Mr. and Mrs. Fred WERHLIN were recently summoned to East Bloomfield to attend the funeral of their cousin, Mr. GILBERT.

+ We are pleased to note that the familiar faces of Mr. and Mrs. A. BROWN were again seen at church last Sunday morning.

+ Mrs. Julia C. WOOD has received intelligence that her sister, Mrs. Mary LONGSTAFF, of Canandaigua, is very ill with pneumonia. 

+ Mr. and Mrs. Joseph WILKINSON, of Perniton, were obligated in the 1st and 2nd degrees of Farmington Grange last Saturday evening.  

+ Mrs. Lew QUACKENBUSH, who has been in town a few days on account of her father's illness, returned to her home in Canandaigua last Friday.

+ Mrs. A. H. STEVENSON spent Thursday and Friday of last week with her mother, Mrs. D. B. DAVIS, of East Bloomfield, who is very sick with bronchitis. 

+ Leonard GARDNER is in town for a short visit with friends.  His fractured limb is slowly improving, so that he gets about very comfortably with the aid of crutches. 



+ Mr. Albert F. BARNES died at his home, Sunday at 6'oclock pm of heart disease, aged 73 years.  He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Lewis QUACKENBUSH, of Canandaigua; also a brother and sister in Michigan.  The funeral was held Wednesday, at 2 pm, from his late home; Wm. WETHERALD, of Canada, officiating.  Interment in Orthodox cemetery

Ontario Repository  Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Wed.,     Apr 4, 1894           by: Dianne Thomas 

+ Hannah HOAG, widow of Burling HOAG, died last Thursday, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nathan REDFIELD, aged 92 years.  Since the death of Sunderland P. GARDNER, we think that Mrs. HOAG had the distinction of being the oldest resident in town.  She was born in Greene county and married Burling HOAG of the same county. Mrs. Penn MARKHAM, of Michigan, is also a daughter of the deceased.

+ Lecturer's programme for the next Grange meeting, April 7th, is as follows: Rotation of Crops, A. G. REEVES,; Scientific Instruction for farmers, C. G. MC LOUTH; Recitation, Miss M. SADLER, Music, Miss Hattie TAY.

+ The next sewing bee will meet at Mrs. E. G. ALLEN's this week.


Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, Ontario Co., NY   Apr 7. 1894  Pg 3      by: Dianne Thomas



We are again called upon to mourn the loss of a dear friend and neighbor, but in the death of Hannah HOAG, we feel that our loss is her gain, for as was remarked, she went to sleep and awoke with the angels.  To her it was but changing her earthly home for a heavenly one, for to go and be with her Savior had long been her chief desire.  She was always cheerful and hopeful, thoughtful for the comfort of others, never thinking of herself.  Although a great sufferer during the last few days of her life, she bore it all with great fortitude, fully sustained by a Savior's recognized love.  The deceased was aged 92 years, but nevertheless, she was remarkably active, retaining all her faculties.  She could read without the aid of glasses and was never without her knitting.  She was able to assist in all the household duties, up to the morning of her final illness; and although sick but a few days, she retained her mental faculties until within a few hours of her death.  (a few lines cut out) ... giving loving counsel and advice to all her family; while to others she left loving messages, telling them " to mind the little things". 

Hannah HOAG was born in New Baltimore, Greene Co., in the year 1801; was married to Burling HOAG in 1822; and has resided in the town of Farmington about 40 years since, and for a few years before her husband's death, she had resided with her daughter, Mrs. Nathan REDFIELD, at whose home she passed away.  She is survived by a son, Benjamin HOAG of Colorado, and three daughters, Mrs. E. P. MEAD of Livonia; Mrs. Nathan REDFIELD of Farmington; Mrs. P. MARKHAM of Michigan; also two sisters.  "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord". 

Unknown Ontario Newspaper   November 1894  

Henry C. OSBORN - The Republican Supervisor of the Town of Farmington

Henry C. OSBORN is the son of the late John and Hannah T. OSBORN of Farmington, was born in that town on the 23rd of September 1843, was married to Mary HOWLAND, November 14, 1867 was educated in the common schools nad has devoted his life to farming. He is a Friend in religious belief, and a Republican in politics.  He has served as Inspector of Election for several terms, and one term as Assessor.  This is his first term as Supervisor, but it goes without the saying that he will make a capable and faithful representative of his town in the County Board.  He was elected over Charles H. HERENDEEN, Democrat, by 50 majority.

ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER   Friday,    August 16, 1895       Pg 6, col  5          by: Ron Hanley         
Farmington  August  14
George Loomis, who has been in failing health for several months, died last evening soon after 6 o'clock in his 77th year.
Mr. Loomis was a native of Bloomfield, Conn., his parents came to Onondaga County, thence to Farmington, when he was six years old. He was educated in our district schools, and grew to manhood possessed with sterling energy and integrity of character.
In 1842 he married Miss Hannah M. Ketchum, of this town, by whom they had six children, four of whom are still living, viz, Benj. H., Ida M., Amelia L., and Leslie G.   Mr. Loomis was Supervisor of this town and Commissioner of Highways one term each. He was an exemplary citizen, a congenial neighbor and a good farmer. Time of funeral not yet decided upon, interment will be in Boughton Hill Cemetery.

Ontario Repository & Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Aug 16, 1895          by:  Dianne Thomas

+  Farmington - Aug 14. - Recent Births" At H. C. GAULEY'S, a girl; at Richard HOWLAND'S, a boy; and at E. C. BETZ'S, a boy.

R. Lee CROWELL has been making several timely improvements to his house.  

Mrs. Mary J. PARKER of Brooklyn, is a guest at Mrs. J. C. WOOD'S

Rosie BROWN has gone to visit her mother out in Gorham.  

Mr. and Mrs. William HOLDEN have begun keeping house.  

Miss Lizzie M. KATKAMIER has accepted charge of the "Trap Brook Academy", just over the line in Macedon.  

ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  Thursday   Jan 7, 1897   Front Page, col  4    by: Ron Hanley
Marriage     ROWLEY -  POWER
 In Farmington, January 6th, Dr. Chas. A. Rowley, of Victor, and Stella S., daughter of Mark H. S. Power.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL    Friday    January 7, 1898      Pg 3, col 5     by: Ron Hanley
 MARRIED  CROWLEY - TOBIN - At Victor, December 29, 1897, William M. Crowley and Miss Agnes L. Tobin, both of Farmington.

 Ontario Co. Journal       Friday        Jan 14?, 1898                by Dianne Thomas

The Deadly Crossing - Fatal Accident at a Farmington Crossing of the L.V.R. Co.

A sad accident occurred at a Farmington crossing of the Lehigh Valley railroad last Sunday morning.  A mother, two sick children, the father and a farm hand were crossing the Lehigh tracks in a lumber wagon, when the vehicle was suddenly struck by a freight engine which had been assisting a heavy freight up the grade and was returning to Farmington after having cut loose from the freight. It was the family of William LEWIN of Victor, and the farm hand was Eugene WHEELER of Railroad Mills.  The LEWIN family were going to visit Mrs. LEWIN'S mother at Farmington.  

The engineer had seen the approaching vehicle and had given warning with the whistle.  It is said that Mr. LEWIN was hard of hearing ad this probably accounts for the sad mistake. 

The engine was running slowly when it struck the wagon, near the center, and hurled the occupants out on the frozen ground.  They were all shaken up and badly bruised.  The engine was attached to a caboose and the unfortunate people were quickly taken to Victor, where they were met by Drs. MEAD, ROWLEY and DRAPER, who had been notified by telegraph.  It was deemed best to remove them to the Homeopathic hospital in Rochester and Dr. ROWLEY accompanied them to that institution.

It was ascertained that the boy, Herbert, who was about 18 months old, had sustained a fracture of the skull.  He died that evening.  Mrs. LEWIN'S face was terribly lacerated and the jaw was broken in two places.  She will probably recover.  The others were badly but not dangerously bruised.  

THE SHORTSVILLE ENTERPRISE      Saturday      July 2, 1898     Pg 2, col  4         by: Ron Hanley
Mr. Henry H. Carson, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Carson, of Farmington, and Miss Helena M. Huntoon, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Huntoon of Shortsville, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 25th, by the Rev. J. J. Lawrence, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Canandaigua. 
At the conclusion of the ceremony, a sumptuous wedding repast was served at the house of the bride's parents, after which the happy couple went to the home of the groom's parents, where they will reside in future. 
Mr. Carson is one of Farmington's most promising young men, and his bride is among the best known and most highly esteemed young ladies of this village, and their scores of friends will unite in extending them the best wishes for a long and happy life of continual bliss.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES     Wednesday       February 15, 1899  Pg 2, col 2         by: Ron Hanley
A large company of friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Sadler, on Wednesday, February 8, at 5 PM, to witness the marriage of their only daughter, Minnie, to Eli Gorley.  Miss Sadler received her guests gowned in black silk. She afterwards retired and was dressed in a lovely cream silk, which was very becoming.   
The ceremony was performed by Rev. Miller, of Victor, after which a bountiful supper was served. Mr. and Mrs. G. took the 8 o'clock train for a short wedding trip. The presents were both numerous and useful.
 Another accounting of the marriage: 
 FARMINGTON  TIDINGS   March 1, 1899
The home of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Sadler was the scene of a very interesting and pleasant event on Wednesday evening, February 8th, it being the marriage of their daughter, Miss Minnie L., to Mr. Ely M. Gourlay, in the presence of about sixty guests, Rev. Mr. Miller, pastor of the Universalist church at Victor, officiating. 
The bride was the recipient of many beautiful and useful presents. After the ceremony a bountiful repast was served, after which the newly wedded pair, amidst a shower of rice, departed for a wedding trip. Their many friends in town wish them happiness and prosperity.

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