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Rochester Daily Union & Advertiser,  Rochester, Monroe Co, NY   pg 16       Feb.  20, 1900         by: Sylvia Olson

Miss PORTER, Head of Famous School at Farmington, Dies of Old Age.  The death of Miss PORTER, head of the widely known girls' school at Farmington, known as Miss PORTER'S school, has just passed away from the field of usefulness in which she was so long actively engaged.

The school over which she presided has been a famous one for over forty years, attended by the daughters of some of the most prominent families in the country, and many hearts will be saddened, when the news of her death reaches those who were educated under Miss Porter's supervision.  At the time that her brother, Noah PORTER, was president of Yale, the girls' school at Farmington attained great popularity, the wealthy men of the west sending their sons to Yale and their daughters to the care of Miss PORTER. Of late years it is said that only the daughters of graduates have been admitted, and their names had to be filed when quite young, such was the prestige of the academy. Miss PORTER died of old age.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY       Friday,     Jan 31, 1902 pg 4                       by: Dianne Thomas

Manchester - Mrs. Mary E. B. SMITH, widow of the late Marlin SMITH, died at her home on Main street, Sunday morning (26th), aged 55 years. She had been a faithful member of the Baptist church here for about 28 years. Mrs. SMITH was known all over Ontario county as a great temperance worker. She had been president of the local WCTU, for six years. She is survived by a brother and two sisters. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon. Rev. M. W. COVELL officiated, assisted by Rev. G. A. BALDWIN and Rev. D. R. WATSON, of Geneva. Interment was at South Farmington cemetery.

THE VICTOR HERALD       Friday      November 20, 1903        Front Pg, col 2                   by: Ron Hanley
Farmington Man Killed 
Edward Ryan Crushed To Death By Two Cars On Lehigh Valley
Edward Ryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ryan, of Farmington, met with a terrible death while in the performance of his duties as brakeman on the Lehigh Valley railroad, at Rochester Junction, at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning.  Ryan was coupling cars, and in some manner fell under the wheels. Two cars passed over his body before he could be rescued from the track.  Although every effort was made, even to the equipping of a special train to hurry the injured man to medical aid, he died just before the city was reached. A homeopathic hospital ambulance had been summoned, but the body was removed to the morgue by Coroner Kleindienst.  Mr. Ryan had an exemplary reputation in this section, and was highly esteemed wherever known. His death caused universal sorrow here. 
Mr. Ryan was about 25 years of age. He leaves one brother, James Ryan, of Victor, and four sisters, Mrs. E. J. Gouldrick, also of Victor, Sadie and Anna, who are at home, and Nellie, who is employed in the Bell Telephone office in Rochester. Funeral at St. Patrick's Church tomorrow, Rev. J. J. Donnelly officiating.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES       Wed,   July 6, 1904     Pg 7, col  2       by: Ron Hanley
 About a hundred guests assembled at the spacious home of Hon. and Mrs. E. G. Allen in the evening of June 15th, to witness the marriage ceremony of their youngest daughter, Carrie Briggs, to Gilbert Haynes Padgham, only son of Mr. and Mrs. James Padgham.  As the strains of Mendelsohn's wedding march were rendered on the violin by Jessie Youngs of Rochester, accompanied by Mrs. George Allen, of Clyde, on the organ, the wedding party marched down the stairway, which was elaborately trimmed with white and green, to the south parlor, where the ceremony was performed under a floral bell before a bank of ferns, by Rev. B. Witham, of Macedon Center, using the ring service.  The bride was becomingly attired in blue poplin, trimmed with white satin and lace, and carried white carnations. The maid of honor was Miss May Gardner, daughter of Ex Supervisor  E. J. Gardner. The best man was Dr. Elbert Padgham, of Geneva, cousin of the groom.  The gift from the groom to the bride was a brooch, a wreath of pearls which she wore.  After the wedding ceremony and congratulations, Mrs. Higinbotham, a caterer from Victor, served the delicacies of the season.  Covers were laid for nearly a hundred guests, the bride's table seating twelve. The color scheme throughout the house was white and green. 
The happy couple were the recipients of many useful and costly gifts, among which may be mentioned a silver fruit dish from the Grange, in which organization the bride has held the office of lecturer for the past two years, and the groom the office of overseer for the same length of time.  Both young people are graduates of Macedon Academy, and highly respected.  The groom has also been a successful teacher for the past two years.  The guests from out of town were, Miss Jessie Youngs, Mr. Irwin Herendeen, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gillis, Rochester, Misses Maude and Blanche Padgham, Geneva, Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson, Leroy, Mr. Oscar Trumbull, Palmyra, and several from Macedon Center, Macedon, Walworth, Lincoln and Victor. The best wishes of all go with them for happiness and prosperity.

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY       Feb 27, 1907                   by: Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Marion MOORE, a well know resident of Farmington, died at at 6 o'clock Monday morning, Feb. 18th, from heart disease, after an illness of two weeks, aged 67 years.  She was born in Scotland and came and came to the United States when about seven years of age.  She was a resident of Manchester for 35 years.  She leaves one daughter and two sons; Mrs. Marion MAGAR of Manchester; William DUNCAN of Manchester; and Robert E. DUNCAN of Toronto, Canada.  The funeral was held form the Manchester M. E. Church at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Rev. S. S. PRATT officiating. 

THE VICTOR HERALD         Friday        April  21, 1911                by: Ron Hanley
The remains of Frank Herendeen, a former resident of Farmington, who died in Rochester on Tuesday of last week (11th), were taken to Farmington for burial.  Mr. Herendeen was born in the town of Farmington 69 years ago, and was the youngest son of Edward Herendeen, and a grandson of Nathan Herendeen, one of the early pioneers, who came from North Adams, Mass, in 1790.  He is survived by his wife, Helen Power Herendeen, three sons, Warren of Canandaigua, and Elmer and Edward of Rochester, and two daughters, Mrs. H. H. Chittenden and Mrs. William Viegler of Rochester, two brothers, Nathaniel C, Herendeen of Manchester, and Welcome Herendeen of Livonia, Michigan, and two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Sheldon of Farmington, and Mrs. Lydia Aldrich of Canandaigua.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES      Wednesday              April 19, 1911      Pg 8, col  2    by: Ron Hanley
 The funeral of Frank Herendeen was held Thursday at the Old Quaker Meeting House in South Farmington, and burial followed in South Farmington Cemetery.  Mr. Herendeen was for many years a resident of Shortsville, and  was well known all through this section. He was born in Farmington 69 years ago, being son of the late Edward Herendeen, and a grandson of the late Nathan Herendeen, who was one of the early pioneers, coming here from North Adams, Mass. in 1790. 
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Helen Power Herendeen, three sons, Warren Herendeen, of Canandaigua, Elmer and Edward Herendeen of Rochester, two daughters, Mrs. H. H. Chittenden and Mrs. William Zeigler, of Rochester, two brothers, Nathaniel C. Herendeen, of Manchester, and Welcome Herendeen, of Livonia, Michigan, also by two sisters, Mrs. Hilda Sheldon, of Farmington, and Mrs. Lydia Aldrich, of Canandaigua.  Mr. Herendeen died in Rochester, where he had been living for several years, on Tuesday. He was a member of Palmyra Lodge, F. and A. M.

THE  VICTOR  HERALD                Friday,                   April 12, 1912            by: Ron Hanley
 OBITUARY -    Loomis
The death of Benjamin Henry Loomis, a well known resident of this vicinity, occurred at 11 o'clock yesterday morning at his farm home, three miles east of this village, in the town of Farmington, where he had resided for many years. Mr. Loomis had been in failing health for the past few years, suffering with Brights' disease, and at the last there was a complication with heart disease. Since last fall his condition had been much worse, and for several weeks he had been confined to his bed.  He was sixty five years of age, the eldest son of the late Hannah Ketchum and George Loomis, and was born in Syracuse on January 2d, 1847. When only three years of age, Mr. Loomis came to Farmington with his parents, and he had since resided there continuously.  He received his early education in the Farmington schools, and later attended Canandaigua Academy. 
Mr. Loomis was married, about 1868, to Miss Alma Jenks. Fourteen years ago, he moved with his family to the Loomis homestead farm, where he erected a fine country home. He had always been engaged in agricultural pursuits and he was a very successful farmer. Mr. Loomis was quiet in tastes and cared little for public life, being content to spend most of his time at his home. He was a
genial kind hearted man and had many friends throughout the county.
There survive the wife, two sons, George and Charles Loomis, of Farmington, and five daughters, Edith, who has been engaged in business in Albany for the past few years and who returned home on account of her father's failing condition, Mrs. Hannah Devine, who resides at the family home, Mrs. Bernadine Alderman, of Macedon, Mrs. Mildred Battin, of this town, and Leona Loomis, residing at the home farm.  There also survive one sister and one brother, Mrs. Aurelia Morse, of Farmington, and Leslie G. Loomis Sr., of this village.  The funeral will be held at the family home at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. Rev. Edwin P. Wood, of the local Universalist church, will officiate and interment will be made in the South Farmington cemetery.

Unknown Paper,        Tuesday     February 4, 1913               by: Ron Hanley
Farmington -   Mrs. Mary Amanda Herendeen, a former resident of this town, widow of Gideon Herendeen, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wade R. King of Manchester, early last Friday morning.  The deceased was a daughter of German and Chloe Ketchum, and was born December 13, 1846, in this town. On October 31, 1865, she married Gideon Herendeen. Not long after their marriage they moved to Michigan, where they resided five years with this exception Mrs. Herendeen had always lived in either Farmington or Manchester.  The W. C. T. U. at Manchester will miss her, as she held a life membership in that union.  One daughter survives, Mrs. Wade R. King of Manchester, and three brothers, Daniel Ketchum of Canandaigua, William Ketchum of East Rochester, Elmer Ketchum of Cattaraugus county, two granddaughters, Marion and Harriet King of Manchester.

Shortsville Enterprise                     February 9,  1913                           by: Cheri Branca

At 5 o'clock last week,  Friday morning occurred the death of Mrs. Mary Amanda Herendeen, relict of Gideon Herendeen, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wade R. King, in Main street, Manchester. Death followed an illness due to a complication of diseases, and her age was 66 years. Mrs. Herendeen was born in the township of Farmington on December 13, 1846, and was a daughter of the late Germond and Chloe Ketchum, of that town. Upon attaining the age of 16 years, she located in Manchester and with the exception of five years passed in the State of Michigan, she had since made her home in Manchester village. She was united in marriage to Mr. Herendeen, who was also a resident of Farmington, on October 31, 1865. His demise occurred about four years ago. Besides her daughter, Mrs. King, she is survived by three brothers, Daniel Ketchum of Canandaigua; Wilman Ketchum of East Rochester; and Elmer Ketchum of Ashville, N. Y.; also two grandchildren, Misses Harriet and Marion

King, of Manchester. ... The burial followed in the South Farmington chapel cemetery. 

THE  VICTOR  HERALD     Friday      October 3, 1913       Front  Page           by: Ron Hanley      
OBITUARY -    George  E.  Lapham
 George E. Lapham, a well known resident of Farmington, died suddenly at the home of Arthur M. Gatchel on Tuesday, September 30th, at the age of sixty four years. He suffered with epileptic convulsions early Tuesday morning and died at about 11 o'clock. 
He was the son of Elias and Dircie Lapham, and was born in the town of Farmington. Early in life he took up agricultural pursuits, which he followed until fifteen years ago when he went to Rochester to reside. About a year ago he returned to Farmington and had since made his home at the Gatchel homestead. About thirty years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Ida Loomis of Victor who died several years ago. He leaves two daughters, Misses Mary and Ruth Lapham of Rochester, and one son, Leslie Lapham of Tacoma, Wash.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES     Wednesday      October 8, 1913

 DIED -     LAPHAM     At Farmington, September 30, 1913, George E. Lapham, aged 64 years.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES     Wednesday      October 8, 193       Pg 8, col 2
Manchester,  October 2 -  George E. Lapham, a well known resident of Farmington, died suddenly at the home of Arthur M. Gatchel, Tuesday, at the age of 64 years. He suffered with epileptic convulsions early Tuesday morning, and died at 11 o'clock.  
Mr. Lapham was the son of Elias and Dircie Lapham, and was born in the town of Farmington. Early in life he took up agricultural pursuits, which he followed until fifteen years ago when he went to Rochester to reside. About a year ago he returned to Farmington, and had since made his home at the Gatchel homestead.  
About thirty years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Ida Loomis of Victor, who died several years ago. He leaves two daughters, Misses Mary and Ruth Lapham, of Rochester, and one son, Leslie Lapham, of Tacoma, Washington.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY    Friday    May 1, 1914           by: Dianne Thomas

+ Richard HERENDEEN recently purchased the farm of the late Hiram POWELL.  


+ Henry Underhill KNAPP, a former resident of this town, died at his home in Clifton Springs on April 22.  He was born in this town in 1853.  He had been a resident of Clifton Springs for several years.  He married Miss Carrie CRANDALL, of this town, who died several years ago.  Afterwards he was united in marriage to a lady from Victor, who survives him.  The funeral was held from his late home on Friday, conducted by Rev. Edwin P. WOOD, pastor of the 1st Universalist church of Victor.  Burial was in North Farmington cemetery.  

+ Mr. & Mrs. George GREEN of Macedon, called on friends in town on Friday.

+ Mrs. Nellie KATKAMIER and son, Floyd, visited her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jacob DE RUE, near Palmyra on Sunday.

+ Gilbert PADGHAM delivered the mail last week on route No. 4, for Will STEVENSON of Macedon, who is ill of tonsillitis. 

+ Edward M. PARDEE of Rochester, John PARDEE of Macedon and Harry MARCHANT of Fairport, visited their father, George F. PARDEE, recently.  

+ Mr. & Mrs. Edward WIEGART visited his brother, Elbert WIEGART at Honeoye Falls on Wednesday.

+ Mrs. Eleanor WHITE is spending a few weeks with her nephew, Lewis MOORE at Palmyra.

+ Thomas R. BAKER left on Friday for Union Springs, on a business trip in the interests of Oakwood seminary, of which he has been president for 13 years.

+ Rev. Mary KNOWLES went last week to Ganswood, where she will resume her ministerial duties, after spending the winter with Mr. & Mrs. Thomas BAKER.

+ Miss Estella PADGHAM is caring for a lady 80 years of age, who is ill with pneumonia, at Rose. 

+ John Seeley REED, who was taken to a Rochester hospital for treatment last week, is reported as improving. 

+ Mrs. Jane EARLY, who has been seriously ill with pneumonia, is improving.  Her sister, Mrs. John REYNOLDS, who has been with her daughter, Mrs. Albert MITCHELL, at Palmyra, the past winter, is very low with the same disease.

+ Miss Ruth WILKINSON took part in a musicale given by Mrs. Alice FABER, of Rochester, last week.

+ Lewis EBERT, who was taken suddenly ill last Sunday with acute indigestion, is slowly improving.

+ Mr. & Mrs. John EBERT were called to Shortsville on Sunday, by the serious illness of their brother, Lewis EBERT.

+ Mrs. Amelia LAWRENCE and Mrs. John EBERT, visited at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Leroy M. BAKER at Walworth last Wednesday.  Mr. BAKER is in poor health.

+ Mrs. Frank S. ALLYN Jr., visited with friends in Rochester last week.

+ Mrs. Edward FRENCH of Seneca Falls, visited recently at the home of her cousin, Edmund REYNOLDS.

+ Alexander HAW, after a 28 day siege with mumps and relapse, is again calling on neighbors, quite himself again. 

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY    Friday               July 24, 1914           by: Dianne Thomas  

In Mertensia:

+ Mr. & Mrs. J. L. RYAN and daughters Stella and Edna, visited at the home of the Misses Kathryn and Anna RYAN, the past week.  

+ Miss Anna BARBER is spending several weeks in Mt. Morris and Dansville.

+ Mrs. Fred MURRAY and daughter, Marie, leave this week for a two weeks visit in corning and Batavia.

+ Mrs. CLOVER of Victor, visited her aunt, Mrs. Hicks HARTLIP, on Monday.

+ Miss Kate MORRIS of Canandaigua, who has been visiting relatives here for some time, returned home on Monday.

+ Mr. & Mrs. E. S. MC CARTHY of Victor, were in town on Sunday.

+ Miss Maria RYAN visited at the home of Miss Margaret QUIGLEY in Canandaigua, last week.

+ Guy OLNEY has been ill for several weeks and is not much improved.  

+ Miss Hester WALLACE, a teacher at Youngstown, has arrived to spend the summer with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. John WALLACE

+ Miss Loretta FINEAR of Rochester, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Edward FINEAR.

+ Miss Mabel GRANT of Rochester, visited at the home of Miss Nellie MALTMAN on Sunday.

+ Mrs. Harry O'NEILL of Victor, visited at the home of Joseph MC NAMARA the first of the week.  



The Victor Herald, Victor, NY,     Friday,     July 24, 1914


Mrs. Margaret SCHROTH of Brownsville, who for months has been in serious condition, and a patient in the Canandaigua Hospital of Physicians and Surgeons, is failing. 

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      Friday     August 14, 1914       Pg 5, col  5     by: Ron Hanley
The death of Mrs. Maria Hathaway Collins, of Farmington, occurred on Tuesday night, after a lingering illness, aged 75 years.
All her life she had lived in the same locality. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Eliza Loomis, of Farmington, two sons, Perez Collins, of Newark, and Guy N. Collins, Langham, N. D.  Mrs. Collins was a member of the Congregational church, of Canandaigua. The funeral services will be held from the late home this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Herbert L. Gaylord will officiate. Interment will be in South Farmington.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY          Friday         August 21, 1914              by:  Dianne Thomas 


+ Miss Lillian RYAN left last week for a 2 weeks stay with Miss Mary PATTERSON, in Utica.

+ Mrs. E. J. RYAN visited her sister, Mrs. William MC MAHON, in Victor, last week.


+ The death of James RYAN, a life long resident of this place, occurred at the home of his son, William RYAN in Geneseo, on Wednesday of last week (12th), about 75 years of age.  His wife died about 15 years ago.  He leaves 3 sons, Thomas RYAN of Canandaigua, and Michael & William RYAN of Geneseo, and one daughter, Mrs. Kathryn DIETZ of Geneseo, and several grandchildren.  Mass was said in St. Patrick's church in Victor, Rev. J. J. DONNELLY officiating.  (St. Patrick Cemetery)

+ Mrs. Richard RILEY and daughter, Rose, who have been visiting here, have gone to Canandaigua for a visit before returning to their home in Rochester.  

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