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Rochester Daily Democrat, Rochester, Monroe, NY           July 1, 1842              by: GSubyak@aol.com

DIED:  In Gorham, on the 20th ult., Mrs. HUSON, aged 74 years.


Rochester Republican,  Rochester, Monroe, N. Y.        Feb. 22, 1848                         by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Deaths  -  In Gorham, on the 27th ult, Mr. John PENNYBACKER, aged 62 years.

Rochester Republican, Rochester, Monroe Co., NY       June 22, 1848            by: GSubyak@aol.com


+ In Gorham, Ontario Co., on the 8th inst., Mr. Joshua TRACY of Canandaigua, to Miss Eliza THOMAS, of the former place.

+In Mendon, on the 7th inst., J. T. VOUGHT, Esq., of Honeoye to Miss Louisa SHERWOOD, of the former place.
+ In Victor, on the 8th inst., M. CALDWELL, M. D., of Phelps, to Miss Olive S. NOBLE, formerly of Canandaigua


+ In Hopewell, on the 7th inst., Mr. Walter HYDE, in the 67 _ year of his age.

+ At his residence in East Bloomfield on the 2d of June inst., after a protracted and most painful illness, Linus GUNN, Esq., aged 67 years.
+ In West Bloomfield, May 29, of scarlet fever, Mary Caroline, only child of Horace and Emma J. WEBSTER, aged 5 years and 8 months.

Rochester Republican,  Rochester, Monroe, NY       Aug 3, 1848      by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Deaths:  In Gorham, on the 12th inst., Mr. Jonathan L. SWEET, of Apoplexy, aged 70 years. He was a native of Winchester, Litchfield Co., Connecticut.  (see Lewis Ceme, Gorham)

ONTARIO COUNTY REPOSITORY           Thursday           Jan 25, 1861    by: Dianne Thomas

DIED - At his residence in Gorham, Ontario County, NY on the 20th of January, Martin BLODGET, in the 79th years of his age.  The deceased was born in Massachusetts and removed to this state when he was a youth.  He has been a resident of Gorham for more than half a century and was familiar with the toils and hardships of a new country.   He was known as an industrious enterprising farmer, a man of strict integrity and beloved by all who knew him.  

He professes a hope in Christ when about forty years old, and united with what was then known as the Gorham and Middlesex Baptist Church.  He brought with him into the Church the same energy of character that had been manifest in the business relations of life.  His energy and activity at once made him a prominent and efficient member. His place was seldom vacant in any of the meetings of the Church, and he was ready to aid every good work.  He loved the zion of God and rejoiced in her prosperity, and his dying prayer was for her advancement.  The consolations of religion that had sustained him for many years, made him calm and peaceful in his last hours. Death to him had no sting and the grave, no terrors.  His was the victory of faith.  He has left a widow and a number of children and grandchildren to mourn his loss.  The church has lost a faithful member, the community a good neighbor and the town a valuable and worthy citizen.

ONTARIO COUNTY REPOSITORY           Thursday        Nov. 28, 1861      Pg 2,  col 6      by:    Ron Hanley
MARRIED - At Gorham, at the residence of James Moor, on the 20th inst., by  Rev. Y. S. Hill, Mr. Leonard Knapp to Miss Keren H. Moor, all of Hopewell.

The Ontario Messenger, Canandaigua, NY      Thursday, Sept 22, 1881        by: Dianne Thomas

DIED:  STARK - In Gorham, Sept 17, 1881, Anna, wife of Jedediah STARK, aged 74 years.

BENNETT - In Gorham, September 13th, 1881, Frank BENNETT, aged 14 years, 3 months, 14 days.

SHORTSVILLE ENTERPRISE    Saturday       January 31, 1885        Pg 3, col 4             by: Ron Hanley

At the Chapinville parsonage Sunday morning, January 25, 1885, by Rev. W. M. Benger, James A. Egleston, of Chapinville, and Adaline Tylor, of Gorham.

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

Joseph DIXON of Gorham is severely afflicted with the erysipelas. 

Ontario Repository & Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Thursday,   Apr 26, 1888   Pg 3     by:   Dianne Thomas

Gorham News

+ John THOMPSON has gone to Auburn to work in E. M. Birdsall & Co.'s shop.

+ School commenced in district No. 5 last Monday, with Miss Jennie WHITE as teacher.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL    Friday     January 25, 1889     Pg 3, col 2     by: Ron Hanley
Last Friday morning Benjamin Swikehard, of Gorham, narrowly escaped death at the depot in this village.
He arrived on the Northern Central train at 8:45 and had started across the tracks toward the depot when he stopped to let the
New York Parlor car pass. As soon as the parlor car had passed he stepped across to the track on which the East bound passenger train was pulling into the yard at sharp speed, and before he could recover himself the engine struck him, throwing him several feet. His right arm was bruised badly but was otherwise uninjured.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY     Fri, Aug 26, 1892             by: Dianne Thomas    

Rushville - 

+  School has commenced in district No. 1, with Miss Lizzie JACKSON as teacher.  

+  The TYLER reunion occurred August 23 and the GREENE family held their picnic at Vine Valley, the 24th. 

Miss Alta TOZER of Vermont, daughter of Rev. R. TOZER, a former resident of Middlesex, will spend several weeks here, visiting friends. 

Union & Advertiser, Rochester, NY         Wed April 26, 1893                    by: GSubyak@aol.com
RUSHVILLE, April 26 - T. Jefferson HOLLEY died Tuesday, after a sickness of several weeks, at the age of 85 years. He was one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Western Yates. The funeral will be held on Thursday at 2 o'clock from the residence.

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY  Wed,       Apr 4, 1894    by: Dianne Thomas

SNYDER - At the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Mary A. EASTON at 92 Main street, this village (Canandaigua), Sunday, April 1, Mrs. Emeline D. SNYDER, widow of the late George SNYDER of Gorham, aged 76 years.

The surviving family are William SNYDER of Clifton Springs; Charles SNYDER of Illinois; Clarence SNYDER of Wisconsin; Mrs. EASTON of Saratoga; and Mesdames HERSHEY and DE GRAFF of Michigan, nearly all of whom were present at the funeral, which occurred at Mrs. EASTON'S, at 10 o'clock this morning.  The remains were interred with appropriate ceremony in the Gorham cemetery.

The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church of Gorham.  She was a woman of superior qualities and was respected by all who knew her.  About two years ago she was afflicted with a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered, and which, with subsequent complications, was the cause of her death.  


Reed's Corners:

+ Wesley MEGAFFEE has moved to Canandaigua.

+ Charles PUTMAN has hanged his residence from Reed's Corners to Wilson's Corners.

+ John VANORMAN and family occupy Stewart ELWELL'S house.

+ The mother's meeting under the auspices of the W.C.T.U., will be held at the home of Mrs. T. LYNCH this afternoon.

+ The spring term of the Corners school opened Monday, March 26, with Mr. HARRIS and Miss Emma CAPLICE as teachers.

+ Mrs. Mary POWELL had the misfortune to fall and break her arm last Saturday.

+ B. CLAWSON, of Vine Valley, visited friends at the Corners last week.

+ George MILES had a horse fall dead last Thursday.  It is thought that heart disease was the cause of its death.

Repository & Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Thursday     Feb 24, 1898            by:  Dianne Thomas

+  Mrs. John WILSON died Sunday night (Feb 20th).  Her funeral will be held at the house tomorrow at 11 a.m.  Rev. HOOVER will officiate; interment at Gorham.  

+  Rushville - Feb 23.  M. L. CASE and A. L. SQUIER have rented the two stores in the new Loomis building and will have possession next month.  The rooms will be handsomely finished, heated with steam, lighted with acetylene gas and up to date in every respect.  The store in the Gird building, now occupied by Mr. SQUIER, will be partitioned, C. N. JAMES using one side for a grocery and M. BRENNAN, the other for a meat market. 

Miss Carrie LOOMIS entertained several young friends Wednesday evening, her 17th birthday.  

Charles JOHNSON has purchased the Ferguson farm adjoining his own and the P. H. PORTER  farm in Potter.  G. W. POWELL has bought the LINK farm near Reed Corners. 

Lewis WILLIAMS plowed on his farm west o the village, February 14th.  

W. O. VALENTINE will move to South Hall's Corners, April 1st, having rented the SUTHERLAND mill.   He is a good citizen, enterprising and progressive  and any community will be benefited by his presence.  

Henry GILBERT,  an old time resident, who married Miss Charlotte CASE, and removed to Michigan in 1834, died recently at Kalamazoo.

Penn Yan Democrat           Friday          July 7, 1899                          contributed by Dianne Thomas


Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY     Fri,   Sept 26, 1902            by: Dianne Thomas    


George BECKET and family wish to thank the neighbors and friends for their kindnesses and for the lovely flowers sent during their late bereavement.  

Clarence, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Winfield FRENCH, died of cholera infantum on Friday night, aged 10 months.  The funeral was held at the house on Sunday afternoon.  Rev. D. M. VAN TUYL officiated.

+  On Monday, as Joseph ABEEL was about to start on his mail route, his horse made a circuitous run through the school campus to Main street, then up Main street to Holbrook Corners and west as far as RANDALL'S, where she jumped a high board gate, before being caught.  The horse escaped injury and but little damage was done to buggy or harness.  

+ A number of new monuments are being placed in the village cemetery.

+  Word was received here last week of the death of Herman ARMSTRONG, which occurred at his home in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 14.  Mr. ARMSTRONG was a former resident of this village. 

Nelson RIDEOUT is suffering with a severe attack of sciatic rheumatism.  

Mr. and Mrs. Riley BLODGET of Wisconsin, have been recent guests of relatives in this place and vicinity.  

Charles PEARCE of Chicago, is visiting friends in this section.  

Misses Rhoda and Florence ABBOTT visited Mrs. Charles R. MATHER in Canandaigua over Sunday.  

Mrs. Eliza WOOD and daughter, Miss Inez WOOD of Gorham, visited at O. WOOD'S during the week. 

Mr. and Mrs. William WEEKS of Newark, spent Saturday at G. M. HAVILAND's.

Miss Mabel TWICHELL left on Thursday of last week for a visit with her sister, Mrs. Fred SHAFER at Brockport. 

Emmett TWITCHELL of Canandaigua, was in town over Sunday.

William WHITMAN of South Hill and Tyler REYNOLDS of Middlesex, spent Sunday at the home of Charles STERLING.

B. M. VOORHEES and family of Canandaigua, spent Sunday with E. B. VOORHEES

Mrs. Nellie CRAFT of Gorham, visited Miss Stella BARNARD during the week. 



+  While engaged in picking pear on  ___ay Lorenzo ALDEN became dizzy and fell to the ground, a distance of 19 feet. Fortunately he fell on a pile of ___ and received severe bruises only on his shoulder and hand.  Mr. ALDEN is 70 years of age and weighs 200 pounds.  

John BROWN met with a serious accident Tuesday evening while engaged driving his threshing machine from the home of the NEWMAN place, on the Canandaigua road.  The coupling pin broke and BROWN was pinned between the engine and machine.  There he was found in an unconscious condition.  He is unable to be removed to his home in the village and in intense pain.  

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


+  The annual meeting of the Gorham Cemetery Association was held in Staysa's hall on February 4.  The meeting was called to order by the secretary, and William PULVER was elected chairman.  The report of the secretary was given, showing that 13 lots had been sold during the year and there had been 27 interments.  Three trustees were elected for the term of 3 years, namely Charles SCOFIELD, William H. SNYDER and S. E. WHITAKER.  After some discussion it was decided to raise the price of lots to $15.00.  The association will supervise the grading of all lots hereafter sold.  Immediately following the annual meeting, the trustees held a meeting, electing offices as follows: President, William PULVER; vice president, A. M. DICKERSON; secretary S. E. WHITAKER; treasurer, F. P. STOKOE; cemetery committee, A. M. DICKERSON, W. C. DICKERSON and Charles GREEN.  John BELL has been appointed sexton for the ensuing year. 

J. A. TYLER, who has been station agent here for a number of years, has been transferred to Burdette.  It is reported that Edward WILKINS will succeed Mr. TYLER as agent at this place. 

+  There will be a number of changes in this vicinity this spring.  Charles ADAMSON and family, will occupy the THOMAS house on South street, vacated by John MALONEY and wife; Lorenzo FRITZ and family will move from the C. W. PERKINS farm, south of the village, into the Joseph HERSHEY house on Main street; Edward PULVER and wife will move from their farm into the W. S. THOMPSON house on the Stanley road; Edward SCOTT and wife will move into the BUCKALEW house on South street.; Daniel PHILLIPS will move south of the village into the house now occupied by Carlton FAKE and daughter, and will work his father's farm.  

Mr. and Mrs. Fred BABBITT of Rochester, spent Sunday with L. ALDEN and family.  Miss Minnie TEECE of Geneva, spent the past week with her brother near this place.  Edward WILKINS of Newark, spent a few days the past week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph WILKINS of this village.  John HARRINGTON of Albany, spent Sunday at his home here.  Mr. ORR, who lives on the W. S. THOMPSON place, south of the village, is seriously ill with typhoid pneumonia.  Miss Effie HERRINGTON is ill at her home here. She was on her way from Poughkeepsie to Ithaca to take charge of a typhoid fever patient at that place when she was taken ill and came directly home, reaching here at noon on Tuesday. 

+  Married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. WATKINS, on Wednesday afternoon, Feb 3, Miss Bertha E. WATKINS and Bryant HULBURT in the presence of the immediate friends.  The ceremony was performed by the pastor of the Baptist church, Rev. J. E. WILSON.

Rushville Chronicle,  Rushville, Yates Co., NY     May 19, 1905         From:    DLMOKDOKI@aol.com

Joseph WILKINS visited friends in Buffalo last week.
Cassius OSBORN spent part of last week in Penn Yan.
William PULVER is again confined to the house with the grip.
Miss Ella QUINN, who is teaching in Rushville, was home over Sunday.
Charles CLARK has secured a position in a hardware store in Penn Yan.
Mrs. William THOMPSON, of Geneva, was the guest of her mother last week.
Miss Bell TEECE, of Canandaigua, has been visiting relatives in Gorham.

Wesley STOKOE has built a cement sidewalk in front of his new residence on South street.

 Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY         Wed,       Feb 12, 1908                   by: Dianne Thomas

+  Gorham, Feb. 8 - Gorham people were shocked on Wednesday to learn of the sudden death of Charles WERLEY, a farmer living south of the village.  In the morning, Mr. WERLEY drove to the village after his mother, and upon returning he went into the swamp in company with others, to cut wood.  A tree that had been felled, was lodged in falling and as he made an effort to dislodge it with a blow from his ax, a piece of a limb flew and struck him on the side of the head, rendering him unconscious.  He as taken to his home, where he died in a short time.  Mr. WERLEY was a young man and a respected citizen, and his sad and sudden death has cast a gloom over the community.  He leaves a wife and three small children, besides a mother and two sisters, Mrs. Frederick KINDELBERGER and Mrs. Elmer PEARSON, who have the sympathy of all in their sad affliction.  Funeral will be held this Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the house and burial will be in the Gorham cemetery. 

Mrs. Guy KINNER and Miss Mildred PHILLIPS with a pianist, have been giving entertainments this week, in the southern part of this state. 

Charles KINDELBERGER was able to leave the Geneva City Hospital after an operation for appendicitis on Monday of this week, and return to his home in Middlesex. 

Miss Minnie SCOTT is able to be out after an attack of measles, and Guy DETRO, who has been suffering form the same disease, is again at his post at the Lehigh station.  

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY         Wed,       July 8, 1908                   by: Dianne Thomas

Gorham, July 11 

+  The Rev. Harsey KING of the Methodist church of Rushville, will preach in the Methodist church in this village on Sunday in exchange with Rev. Edward JARVIS.  

+   The laying of the cement blocks of Ed SCOTT'S new house has been completed and the slate roof is now being laid. 

+   Last Saturday afternoon, Mrs. A. M. DICKERSON was taken suddenly ill with what proved to be ptomaine poison caused from eating ice cream.  Later in the day her daughter, Mrs. Francis SOUTHERLAND, and granddaughter, with a girl friend who were spending the 4th with the DICKERSON family, were attacked and in the evening, Dr. and Mrs. John MC CALL, who had partaken of some of the ice cream, were prostrated.  All through the night, Dr. ALLEN who lives next door to the two families was kept busy trying to relieve the stricken ones who improved as the day advanced.  The ice cream was prepared in the family with what was supposed to be all due care and just what was the cause of the poison, remains a mystery.  Mrs. John ROAT, a sister of Mrs. DICKERSON, who ate about a tablespoonful was also a victim of the poison.  Strange to say, Mr. DICKERSON ate the least of any of those who were sick.  It is thought that had not immediate relief been at hand, the result with the latter would have been death. 

+  The remains of Mrs. Lewis LAWRENCE, who died last Sunday (July 5) at her home in Stanley, were interred in the Gorham Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.  Rev. Edward JARVIS, of this place, officiated at the funeral held in the Methodist church at Stanley.  

+  Among the out of town people who ate peas and new potatoes with Gorham friends and relatives on the 4th, were: Mr. and Mrs. Roy WHITAKER and little son, of Syracuse, with Mr. and Mrs. S. E. WHITAKER; C. A. COLEMAN and family of Savannah, with James MEAD and family; Mr. and Mrs. Charles STARR of Rochester, with William WITTER and daughter; the Misses Ida and Lois McKELVIE and Mr. and Mrs.. Benjamin HAYES of Rochester, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles FOREST; Lewis HOPKINS and C. M. LEE and families with Thomas SCOTT and family; Mr. and Mrs. TITUS of Penn Yan and Mr. and Mrs. Carl SNYDER at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Myron SNYDER; Mr. and Mrs. BEACH of Auburn and D. A. EISELINE with George EISELINE and family; Harry A. TOMPKINS and family of Rochester, with his parents at Maple Row Farm; William MC CLURE of Myers, with his mother, Mrs. GLEASON; Miss HILL of Rochester with her cousin, Mrs. Charles BELL and family; Clarence WINAGLE of Shortsville with his parents. 

+  Among Gorham people who spent the 4th out of town, were C. M. BULLOCK and family, with his mother at Wolcott.

+  Visitors this week from out of town are the Misses Margaret and Hattie SKINNER of Geneva, at the home of C. W. PERKINS and family, Mr. and Mrs. WILKINSON of Watertown and Daniel WINAGLE and Guy DETRO and families.  

Geneva Daily Times              Monday Evening               Jan 23, 1911          by:  Dianne Thomas

+ Death of William F. Pearce, Who in 1893 Married a Geneva Girl.

Rushville, Jan. 23 -The funeral services over the remains of William F. Pearce, 41 years of age, took place yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Methodist church, Rev. Hersey King officiating. Burial was made in the village cemetery. The deceased was a produce dealer and was active in the social life of the village. He was a member of the Board of Education of the Rushville High School, a member of the Rushville Firemens' Association, and for thirteen years has been a member of the Methodist choir. His life had been spent in this vicinity where his family were among the oldest residents. He was one of four children born to Mr. and Mrs. John Pearce who about a year ago moved to near Penn Yan. In March, 1893 he was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Sternburg of Geneva, a teacher in the high school. The widow and a daughter, Elouise, survive him.  He also leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Pearce; one sister, Miss Grace Pearce of Penn Yan and one brother, Samuel Pearce, of Rushville.


+ Saturday a former resident of this village, Guy Pearce, was buried in the Rushville cemetery the remains having been brought here Thursday night.  The deceased was about 60 years of age and was ill only a few hours, with heart failure. He died at Willard State Asylum where he was once an inmate but for several years recently he has been employed at the Institution.

He was the son of Daniel C. and Sarah A. Pearce and was born in Rushville about 36 years ago. He married Miss Adelia Hunt of Avoca.  One daughter was born to them. His brother who accompanied his remains here only a few hours before the death of his own son.  

The surviving relatives are a daughter, Mrs. William Phillips, and a grandson, Irving, of Honeoye Falls, N. Y.; sister, Mrs. S. L. Powers of Rushville, two brothers, Frank of this village and John of Penn Yan. Only a burial service was held. Rev. Harsey King, pastor of the Methodist church of this village, officiating.

Geneva Daily Times              Monday                Feb 26, 1912          by:  Dianne Thomas

Rushville - Feb 26 - The death of Mrs. Nellie RICHARDSON occurred at her late home in South Main street, this village, Friday morning.  She was born in Italy NY in 1862 and was the elder daughter of John and Polly Ann FERGUSON. In 1881 she became the bride of Frank RICHARDSON, of Italy, and for the past 20 years has lived in Rushville and vicinity, where she has been identified with every movement for the uplift and progress of the community.  She leaves her husband, Frank RICHARDSON.  The funeral service will be held from the residence this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Harsey KING, officiating.  Burial in Rushville Cemetery

Rochester Republican, Rochester, Monroe, NY       Tue Jan 4, 1916         by: GSubyak@aol.com   

Canandaigua - Jan. 3 - The marriage of Miss Mary SANDERS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Camiel SANDERS, of the town of Canandaigua, to Henry Joseph WYFFELS, of Gorham, took place at St. Mary's Church at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, with Rev. James T. DOUGHERTY officiating. The couple were attended by Joseph SANDERS, a brother of the bride, and Miss Rose VALE, of Hopewell.

Penn Yan Democrat                       Friday                January 30, 1920                by: Dianne Thomas

The following burials were made in the Rushville cemetery during 1919:

Chas. B. Johnson, Jan. 17, 79 years; 

Mrs. J. C. Fox, Jan. 29, 76; 

William Robson, Feb. 12, 46; 

Mrs. Fenton H. Wagar, Feb. 16, 28; 

Miss Carrie E. Green, Mar. 1, 55; 

Mrs. Sarah A. Voorhees, Mar. 6, 85; 

William H. Beckett, Mar. 7, 85; 

Joseph H. Farnsworth, Mar. 25, 67; 

Ormond C. Wood, Apr. 15, 72; 

Cuyler Legg, May 17, 48; 

Miss Esther Smith, May 20, 16; 

E. S. Jaqua, May 22, 68; 

Mrs. Elizabeth Joyce, July 21, 81; 

Joseph Rose, July 26, 74; 

Infant Jones, July 29, 3 mos.; 

Mrs. E. A. Foster, Sept. 30, 59; 

Frank Reddout, Oct. 11, 76; 

John Robson, Oct. 15, 83;

George Clark, Dec. 3, 41; 

Mrs. Elzer Voorhees, Dec. 6, 72; 

Miss Inez Haviland, Dec. 10, 50. 

From private record of George Walther, Rushville.

Democrat & Chronicle,    Rochester, Monroe, N.Y.      June 22, 1922                                by: GSubyak@aol.com 


Gorham -  June 21 - The marriage of Miss Edith Belle FRITZ and Benton L. PHILLIPS was solemnized at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo M. FRITZ, west of this village, this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. G. REED, of the Methodist Church, in the presence of 75 guests. The bride and groom were unattended. The bride wore white nun's veiling and carried bride roses. The house decorations were in pink, white and green. Mr. and Mrs. PHILLIPS will reside at the groom's home at Gasport after their return from a Western trip.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY             Friday,    April 20, 1923                    by: Dianne Thomas


+  Word has been received of the critical illness of Mrs. Clarence T. LOUDEN at her home in Rochester with kidney trouble.  Two nurses are in attendance and little hope is given for her recovery.

+  The ashes of Mrs. Emma Perry SAYRES of California, will be brought to this village this week and a burial service will be held at the grave in Rushville Cemetery at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, Rev. K. M. WALKER officiating.  

Rev. H. B. WITHERS, Rev. E. A. HAZELTINE, E. L. MOODY and Arlington MAPES attended the meetings at Number Nine church on Tuesday, held in honor of the 50th anniversary of Rev. A. B. TEMPLE'S pastorate there.  The anniversary was an unusual one as Mr. TEMPLE has had but the one charge.  On May 17, Rev. and Mrs. TEMPLE will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their marriage. 

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER     Thursday     January 21, 1926       by: Ron Hanley  
MORTUARY   - Merrit Elmer Kunes, aged 42 years, died suddenly at his home on the west town line road last night around 11 o'clock, following an attack of acute indigestion.   He had been engaged in his usual duties about the farm during the day and was ill but a short time before his death.
He was born in Naples and had been a resident of Canandaigua for about two years. Mr. Kunes leaves his wife, four sons and three daughters, Charles, Clifford, Arthur, Robert, Mildred, Margaret and Ella Kunes, all of Canandaigua, his father, Frank Kunes of Clifton Springs, three brothers and two sisters, John of East Bloomfield, Frank of Canandaigua, and Irving whose residence is unknown, Mrs. Rose Powell of Bristol Center, and Mrs. Ethel Dimmick, of Seneca Falls.
Funeral services will be held from the home Saturday at 1 o'clock, the Rev. R. E. Wilson of East Bloomfield Methodist Church, officiating.   Interment will be in Rushville (cemetery).

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES       November 30, 1927       Pg 5, col 5            by: Ron Hanley  

George B. Rolfe, aged 71 years, a former resident of Gorham, died here last Friday following an illness with pneumonia.

He is survived by a son, Benjamin Rolfe of this city, a  daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Goodrich of Rochester, three brothers, William and Oscar Rolfe of Pen Yan, and Otis Rolfe of Gorham, and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Hutton of Geneva, and Mrs. Maria Speers of Phelps.  Funeral services were held from the Kennedy mortuary rooms Monday afternoon, with interment in Gorham.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY         Friday                 Dec 6, 1929            by: Dianne Thomas   

JOHNSON - Mrs. Genevieve Halstead JOHNSON, aged 60 years, of this city and Gorham, died suddenly Sunday evening at Oak Mount Sanatorium, East Bloomfield, where she had been under treatment for six weeks.  She was the daughter of Lewis and Lucy Francisco HALSTEAD and was born in Gorham, where the greater part of her life was spent. Her husband, Frank JOHNSON of Gorham, died about 10 years ago, since which time she had made her home for the most part in Canandaigua.  She lives three sons and one daughter, Roger and Allison JOHNSON of Victor, Addison JOHNSON of Rochester and Miss Carmen JOHNSON of New York; also a brother and sister, Dr. A. T. HALSTEAD of Rushville and Mrs. Harvey NYE of Victor.  Funeral services were held from the home of Dr. HALSTEAD this morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. Stephen S. PRATT of this city, officiating. Interment in Rushville cemetery. 

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES        Wed.      January 20, 1932      Pg 4, col 2                by: Ron Hanley   

The death of Mrs. Margaret Dailor of Gorham, aged 73 years, occurred Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lewis Moran, South Main Street, after a short illness.

 She leaves two sons, Emmett Dailor of Gorham and William Dailor of Canandaigua, five daughters, Mrs. Moran, and Mrs. Frank Fallon of Canandaigua, Sister Frances Xavier of Elmira, Mrs. John McWilliams of Seneca Castle, and Mrs. James Sullivan of Gorham, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Guinan of Rochester, and Mrs. Elizabeth Tobin and Mrs. Thomas Ershine of Victor.

Funeral services were held from the home of her daughter this morning at 8 30, and from St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock. Interment was in St. Anne's Cemetery, Palmyra.

Penn Yan Democrat    Oct. 20, 1933                        by Cathy Coon

COWELL   -   At Geneva hospital, Sunday, Oct. 15th. Harry Cowell, 43.

He leaves his wife, one daughter, Ila, and one son, Kenneth; also his father, Fred Cowell, of Crosby. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home in Gorham. Rev. McLeod, of Gorham, officiating. Burial in Gorham.

Penn Yan Democrat          Mar 6, 1936                                 by Don Blodgett

Seven Lives Were Lost In Farm House Fire At Rushville     March 1, 1936

A fire, which destroyed a Rushville farmhouse on Sunday morning and caused the death of seven persons was one of the most shocking tragedies in the history of this section.

In the burning frame structure, which was owned by George Housel, were Mr. and Mrs. Housel, their married daughter, Mrs. Edgar Arris, and her husband and the latter’s six children. The fire was discovered shortly after one o’clock. It is supposed to have started from the kitchen range fire, the only fire In the house. Housel awakened by the crackling of the flames, found the entire interior of the house ablaze. He was obliged to kick out a window light in the sleeping room with his bare feet in order to escape and help his wife to safety.

Mrs. Arris had been a cripple for the past five years and suffered a frozen leg and foot this winter. Her husband carried her from the burning structure and went back to try and save his children, but was cut off by the flames. He was forced to jump from an upstairs window to save his own life. The children all slept in one room, three in one bed, two in another and the baby in a third. All lost their lives, being burned beyond recognition. Both Mr. and Mrs. Arris were burned and injured. They were taken to Memorial Hospital at Canandaigua, where Mrs. Arris died on Sunday after­noon. Arris suffered a broken arm and second degree burns. Mr. Housel, the owner of the house, suffered burns about the face and neck, and Mrs. Housel, who had been sick for a week,  suffered from shock and exposure. Dr. W. P. Rhudy of Penn Yan is attending them.

The Housel and Arris families. according to neighbors, experienced extremely hard luck during the past few years. Mr. Housel opened his home to his daughter and family to assist them after Mrs. Arris had suffered a frozen leg and foot from insufficient warmth in the home. The meager supply of canned fruit in the Housel cellar was smashed and destroyed as was every personal possession of the ten persons.

The burned dwelling was built by Housel five years ago, to replace his home, which was burned in 1931.

The Salvation Army corps of Penn Yan is providing clothing and other necessities for the survivors of the tragedy.

The Arris family lived on the Johnson farm, about a mile north and west of Rushville, until about February 1, when because of cold and severe weather and the distance the children had to walk to school, they moved to home of Mrs. Arris’ parents. There the children were able to attend school at the Pine Corner’s school, which is just across the road from the Housel place. Vina, aged 10, was in the third grade: George, aged 9, was in the second grade and Waneta was a first grade pupil.  (note: Arris family burials made in Rushville Ceme, Gorham)

Ontario Co. Times      Friday       April 17, 1936                      by Don Blodgett

Mrs. George Housel, aged 55, formerly of Rushville, died at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan, Wednesday April 15th. 

Mrs. Housel suffered burns, exposure and shock in a fire, which destroyed their home in Rushville, March 1st, when her daughter, 

Mrs. Edgar Arris and her six children, lost their lives. Mrs. Housel was in the Penn Yan hospital for some time following the fire receiving treatment

for burns and her son-in-law, Edgar Arris, was in Memorial Hospital here for several days with second degree burns and a fractured wrist.

Mrs. Arris and her six children were buried in Rushville Cemetery, a week ago and a memorial service was in Rushville last Wednesday. 

The last rites had been deferred pending the expected recovery of the maternal grandparents.

Funeral services for Mrs. Housel were tentatively set for this after­noon in a funeral home in Rushville. She will be buried beside the other victims.

Surviving, besides the husband, are two daughters Mrs. Fred Ellick and Mrs. Bert Best, both of Potter, and a sister residing in Michigan.      



Geneva Daily Times              Tuesday                      April 26,  1938              by: Dianne Thomas

Margaret HILL - Rushville  -  Apr. 26 - Margaret HILL, only daughter and youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Ward  L. HILL of Syracuse, formerly of Rushville, died last Tuesday evening, April 19th, in a Syracuse hospital, after a brief illness.  She was 21 years of age.  She is survived by her parents, two brothers, Robert HILL of Syracuse and Hugh HILL of New York City.  Funeral services were held in Syracuse Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and the body was brought to the Williams family lot in Rushville Cemetery, for burial.                      


Geneva Daily Times                  Thursday                     Oct 9, 1947                  by: Dianne Thomas

Suicide Verdict Given by Coroner in Dintruff Death

Rushville, Oct. 8 - Canandaigua Coroner Ellsworth S. Brown, yesterday issued a certificate of suicide by shooting in the death of Edwin C. Dintruff, who died yesterday at 1:45 p.m., in Thompson Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua. 

Mr. Dintruff died as a result of self-inflicted wounds when he shot himself with a .32 caliber revolver on the steps of the home of his cousin, W. M. Fisher, Rushville undertaker.

Mr. Dintruff had been residing at the Hotel Benham, Penn Yan, but went to Rushville yesterday by taxi. As he was ascending the steps of his cousin's home, he shot himself twice in the chest and once in the head and fell to the porch floor. A neighbor, Elmer Hawley, who heard the shots rushed to the scene. He quickly summoned Mr. Fisher who was at the rear of his home and also called state troopers. Mr. Dintruff was rushed to Thompson Memorial Hospital in a police car.

Shortly after he shot himself, Mr. Dintruff still conscious, said that he "wanted to die" and that "I came over here and wanted you to bury me," according to witnesses.

Mr. Dintruff's body was taken from the Thompson Memorial Hospital to the Fisher Funeral Home. The funeral was held this afternoon at 3 p. m. Interment was in Rushville Cemetery.

THE VICTOR HERALD           Friday         July 23, 1948         Page 7, col 1          by: Ron Hanley  
Gorham  -   Rites Held For Mrs. Dora Angell
Mrs. Dora Angell, wife of Lewis Angell of Gorham, died Sunday at the Memorial hospital, Canandaigua.  She is survived by four children, Mrs. Walter Florence Nott of Cheshire, Mrs. John Mary Bolles of Rochester, Charles and Robert of Gorham, two sisters, Miss Grace Pierce, Canandaigua, Mrs. Richard MacGrady, Canandaigua, two brothers, Laverne Pierce, Rochester, Clifford Pierce, Middlesex, three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.    
The funeral was held a 2 Wednesday afternoon at her home with burial in Gorham Cemetery, Rev. Mr. Premru, officiating.

TIMES JOURNAL              January 7, 1949       pg 8, col 5                      by: Ron Hanley  
East Bloomfield -  Born, a son, January 6, 1949, to Mr. and Mrs. George Gifford of  Gorham in Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua. Mrs. Gifford is the former Miss Catherine Buckelew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Buckelew, Main Street, Holcomb.

Geneva Daily Times              Monday                  July 31, 1950                        by: Dianne Thomas 

Winfield F. FRENCH, 47 William St., died early yesterday (7/30) in Geneva General hospital where he had been a patient for six days.  Funeral will be held at 3 pm tomorrow in Bennett Funeral Home, 224  North St.,   Rev. Lullus D. BELL, minister of First Methodist Church will officiate.  Interment will be in Gorham.  A native of Potter, Mr. FRENCH was 45 years old. He had been in the contracting business in Geneva for many years.  At the time of his death he was in charge of the maintenance at the Finger Lakes Laundries, Inc.  He was a member of the Old Castle Lodge, IOOF and Ontario Encampment 84.  Members of tie IOOF will meet in the funeral home at 7:45 tonight to attend Odd Fellow services for the deceased.  He is survived by his wife, Grace Leach FRENCH; a son, Maurice; a daughter, Miss Frances FRENCH, both of Geneva; a grandson; 3 sisters, Mrs. Martin BUTLER, Seneca Falls; Mrs. Harry ATTISON, Rushville; and Mrs. Harold HOUGHTALING, Branchport. 

 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Tuesday  January 3, 1951   by: Ron Hanley  
OBITUARIES  -   Dr. James F. Maltman, 84, practicing physician here from 1936 to 1942, died today at the home of his sister, Mrs. Bessie M. Fraize, 101 Gibson Street.
He was born September 18, 1876, in the town of Canandaigua, the son of John and Candice Fisher Maltman. He was a graduate of Canandaigua
Academy and in 1904 was graduated from Halmeman College, Chicago, Il. He practiced medicine in that city for approximately 30 years. Later he was physician for the President Ship Lines. He retired in 1942 after serving as practicing physician in Canandaigua for six years.  For a long time
he was director of the Ontario County School Hygiene District.
 He was a member of the Canandaigua Masonic Lodge, the Shrine of Chicago and the Merrill Hose Company of Canandaigua.
Friends may call Wednesday at the Kennedy and Sons Funeral Home where a funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. by Rev Ross E. Whetstone, pastor of the Methodist Church. Interment will be in Rushville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Wednesday  June 25, 1952    by: Ron Hanley  
 RUSHVILLE -   Shenkman Cottage Damaged By Fire 
Rushville firemen were busy Sunday night, first fighting a fire at the cottage of Louis N. Shenkman of Canandaigua at Cottage City where an overheated fireplace had started a fire in the partition.   The blaze was discovered by some young people in passing. They awakened the family, who were unable to find the source of the fire. A  phone call to the Fire Chief C. M. Graham brought the Rushville apparatus and the blaze was quickly extinguished. About $500 was reported.   Shortly after reaching their homes the Rushville firemen were called to go to Middlesex to help fight a fire in the S. C. Emerson building. They spent the rest of the night there.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Thursday  February 24, 1955     by: Ron Hanley  

Obituary  -   Lewis J. Mertz

RUSHVILLE -  Lewis J. Mertz, 79, died Wednesday evening,
February 23, 1955 , in the Thomas Nursing Home, Rushville, where he had been a patient for the past six months.   The son of Michael and Eva Schweichard Mertz, he was born November 25, 1875 near Rushville, where he was a lifelong resident. In his early life Mr. Mertz was an expert cooper and later engaged in farming.  He had been a member of Rushville Company for many years.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Vera Ward, of
St. Louis, Mo.;  Mrs. Harriet Varney, of Ogden, Utah, and Mrs. Maxine Simmons, of Richland, Wash., three brothers, George Mertz, of Rushville, Frank Mertz, Town of Middlesex, and Sherry Mertz, Interlaken, also seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held from the Hobart Funeral Chapel, Rushville, at 2 p.m., the Rev. D. D. Cronk, pastor of the Rushville Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the
Rushville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

The Geneva Times                 Tuesday           Aug 20, 1957                       by: Dianne Thomas

Charles D. SCHOFIELD - Gorham - Charles D. SCHOFIELD, 92, died at St. Petersburg Florida, Saturday.  He spent his summers for several years in Stanley.  Funeral services will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida. The body will be brought to the Crisfield Funeral Home in Gorham where friends may call after 8 pm, Friday.  Graveside services will be held at 11 am, Saturday at Gorham cemetery, by Stanley I.O.O.F  Survivors are his widow, Florence Holton SCHOFIELD; and one nephew, H. Ray CHAPMAN, Stanley; two nieces,  Mrs. Martin CONROY and Mrs. Charles CARROLL both of Geneva.  

Geneva Daily Times    Wednesday                July 5,  1961           by: Dianne Thomas

Oscar H. Chapin  - RUSHVILLE - Funeral service for Oscar H. Chapin, 68, who died at his home in Sacramento, Calif., July 3, will be at Rushville at 1p m. Friday from the Hobart Funeral Chapel, Inc. The Rev. B. Allmatt, pastor of Potter Baptist Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in the family lot in Rushville Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. The family requests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Red Cross in place of flowers.

Mr. Chapin was born in Easton and was a graduate of the College of Agriculture at Cornell University. He spent 38 years in Federal service, largely in the U.S. Dept of Agriculture. For the past 10 years he has been head of the marketing field office of the U.S.D.A. in Sacramento. He started his career in agriculture as extension service agent in Cattaraugus Co. After nine years as county agent and a brief period in the sales division of a milling company he joined the USDA, in 1934. He became chief of land acquisition for the Agricultural Adjustment Agency and helped administer the first food stamp plan.

During World War II, he conducted procurement and price support programs for the War Food Administration in the northeast region. He also worked on potato support programs after the war.  In 1951 moved to Sacramento to administer the federal marketing agreement program for Elberta peaches, Bartlett pears, plums, nectarines, tokay grapes and almonds.  

He is survived by his wife, Frances Dinehart Chapin; four sons, Frederick D., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Charles R, Huntington; Edward O., Ogden, Utah; and William O., Succasunna, N. J., and 12 grandchildren.


 THE  DAILY  MESSENGER     June 10, 1963      Pg 3, col 8      by: Ron Hanley  


Mrs. Ruth Gifford Rolfe, 72, wife of Benjamin Rolfe, died unexpectedly Saturday in Thompson Hospital. The family home is at 130 South Main Street.   Mrs. Rolfe was born in Canandaigua December 20, 1890, a daughter of Nathaniel and Eva Gifford. 
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Pershing G. Rolfe, of St. Louis, Mo, three grandchildren, a brother, Lee Gifford of Oakland, Calif, two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Baker of Palo Alto, Calif, and Mrs. Jane Edmonson of San Francisco, California. 
Friends may call at the Kennedy and Son Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Tuesday, the Rev. David W. Ayers, pastor of the United Church, officiating. Interment will be in Gorham Cemetery.

 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Tuesday  September 3, 1968       by:  Ron Hanley
OBITUARY  -  George D. Cole
HOPEWELL  -    Funeral service for George D. Cole, 66, of Rt. 88, Hopewell, was held Monday afternoon at the Crisfield Funeral Home in Gorham. Burial was in Gorham Cemetery.
Mr. Cole died Saturday following a long illness.  Mr. Cole retired in 1966 as custodian at the Ontario County Court House. He was a member of the Stanley Odd Fellows Lodge.
Survivors are his widow, Irma, a daughter, Mrs. Robert VanHoof, of Canandaigua RD, a son, George Frank Cole, of Littleville, four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, a great granddaughter, and two sisters, Mrs. Madeline Hathaway of Chapin, and Mrs. Arthur Middlebrook, of Canandaigua.

Geneva Times                       Thursday                    Nov 6, 1969             by: Dianne Thomas

POTTER - Lawrence M Whitbeck, 55, died suddenly in his home yesterday.  He was the son of the late Millard and Rose Quant Whitbeck of Potter.  Funeral services will be at 2 p. m. Saturday in the Ness Funeral Chapel, Rushville. The Rev. Ray Ackley, Middlesex Baptist Church pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Rushville Cemetery. Survivors are his wife, Irene; three children, Mrs. Irene Brittingham of Potter; Mrs. Laura Hurd of Potter; William Whitbeck of DeLand, Fla.; stepchildren, Mrs. Siva Fitt of Holcomb;  Lawrence of Brighton, Colo.; Mrs. Dolores Yothers of Loming Glen, Pa.; Donald Perry of Prattsburg; Robert Perry of Potter; Ronald Perry of Bluff Point; several nieces and nephews; and 16 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Jessie Carr of Canandaigua; three brothers, Harold Whitbeck of Honeoye Falls; Fred Whitbeck of Spring Valley, N. Y.; George, no address.

her 2nd husb, Cal


CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER     Monday      November 10, 1969         by:  Ron Hanley
Obituary  -  Funeral services will be held Wednesday for John S. O'Laughlin, 76, of Canandaigua RD1, who died Saturday in Thompson Hospital.
Mr. O'Loughlin was born in Yates County and had been an assistant foreman at the Lisk Corp. plant in Canandaigua before retiring. He was a  member of the Canandaigua Moose League.
He is survived by his widow, Fannie, two sons, Mark at home, and James Parker, of Kingsport, Tenn. He also leaves four daughters, Mrs. Walter Mary Zawacki, of Edison, Mrs. William Dorothy Jones, and Mrs. Donald Jean Roylan, of Shortsville, and Mrs. Robert Addie Oberdorf, of Canandaigua, 19 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Louis VanGelder, of Canandaigua, and Mrs. Jessie Glitch, of Port Orange, Florida. 
 The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with burial in Gorham Cemetery.

Geneva Times             Monday            May 15, 1975              by: Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Rowena GRIFFITH - GORHAM - Funeral services for Mrs. John GRIFFITH, 43, of Wilson Rd., Town of Seneca, who died of an apparent heart attack Sunday, will be at 2 pm Tuesday at the Crisfield Funeral Home .  Mrs. GRIFFITH was taken to Geneva General Hospital Sunday where she was pronounced dead on arrival.  Burial will be in the Little Church Cemetery on the Hall Rd.  Friends may call at the funeral home today, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 pm. Mrs. GRIFFITH was born in Holley and had lived in the Hall area for the past 10 years.  She is survived by her husband, John, three daughters, Linda, Dawn and Nancy; and two sons, Rickey and Scottie, all at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William KINNEY Sr., of Stanley; six brothers, William KINNEY Jr. of Batavia, Louis of Manchester, Earl and Norman of Stanley, and Laverne and Carl of Hall; and three sisters, Mrs. Philip MOSS of Hall; Mrs. Wesley OSWALD of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Stanley CONGER of Waterloo. 

Frank SNYDER - Stanley - Funeral services for Frank J. SNYDER, 7 1/2, of RD 2, Stanley, who died at his home Friday (May 12) were at 2 pm today at the Crisfield Funeral Home, Gorham.  Burial was in the Gorham Cemetery. Bearers were F.O. LEE, Raymond NEWFANG, Albert LARSEN, GLEN DAWSON, Laurdis PEDERSEN and George DAVIE.  

Geneva Times             Monday            Aug 4, 1975              by: Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Lillian E. OATES - Gorham - Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian E. OATES, 88, formerly of E. Main St., Gorham, who died Friday at Elm Manor Nursing Home, Canandaigua, were today at the Crisfield Funeral Home at 2 pm, the Rev. James MC MILLAN, pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church, officiated.  Burial was in the Little Church Cemetery.  [Stanley, Seneca, Ontario Co., NY]

Mrs. Laura L. SPOOR - Gorham - Funeral services for Mrs. Laura L. SPOOR, 76, of RD 1, Canandaigua, who died Friday at the F. F. Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua, were Sunday at 2 pm at the Reeds Corners Federated church.  The Rev. Ralph CASPERSON, pastor, officiated.  Burial was in Gorham Cemetery.  bearers were John L. GAGE, Eugene RAYMOND, Charles MEYERS, John LIGHTFOOTE, Al JONES and Clair PAGE. 

FRANK SNYDER - Stanley - Funeral services for Frank J. SNYDER, 72, of RD, Stanley, who died at his home Friday, were at 2 pm today at the Crisfield Funeral Home, Gorham.  Burial was in Gorham Cemetery.  Bearers were F.O. LEE, Raymond NEWFANG, Albert LARSEN, Glen DAWSON, Laurdis PEDERSEN and George DAVIE.

Coroner suspects drug overdose caused death - An overdose of drugs is believed by local police and medical authorities to have caused the death here yesterday of a 17 year old Geneva youth, Kipp KNITTLE of 29 Middle street.  The body of the youth was found at 1:43 pm yesterday at the Dominick CAITO home, 28 N. Genesee St.  Police who investigated said "papers with white powder and several capsules were found in a waste can" and other evidence of possible use of drugs was found.

Ontario County Coroner Dr. Morton ORLOV, who performed an autopsy this morning on the body of KNITTLE, said at noon "there is suspicion of drug overdose", in KNITTLE's death.

Other information is being withheld he said, pending further investigation.  Dr. ORLOV said consideration is being given a coroner's investigation into KNITTLE's death. 

Police headquarters received a call from 6400 Ambulance driver, John BOGART about 2 pm yesterday with a report that he had "discovered" a dead body at 28 N. Genesee St., and needed police assistance.  Both police and detectives went to the scene. Police identified the body as that of KNITTLE.  No information was at noon today regarding circumstances surrounding the death of the youth or who called the ambulance service.  Detectives were still working on the case late this morning.

A 6400 Ambulance spokesperson said today the ambulance service got a phone call to go to the CAITO home, and when the ambulance crew arrived there, they found the body, obviously dead for some time, and the crew called the police.  The ambulance service official said it wasn't known who made the phone call.  "We're not sure", said the spokesman.  

According to police information, Mrs. CAITO said she did not know the boy was in her home but told the police, her son, John, had turned the body over and then left the house. She said the dead youth had been lying on his face.  She told the police she had not touched anything in the room.

Police said they found several towels in a potato chips box in a waste can in the kitchen, a broken glass and empty medicine bottle and other papers.

The whereabouts of the CAITO family during the morning or the length of time the youth had been dead, were still missing pieces in police information available at noon.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Wednesday, at Castelluzzo Funeral Home, 28 Genesee street, and at 11 am at St. Francis de Sales Church.  Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 today and from 2 to 4 and 7 - 9, Tuesday.  

Mr. (Kipp) KNITTLE was a native of Geneva and attended Geneva Schools. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church.  He is survived by his father Ray KNITTLE and his mother, Mrs. Florence Massa KNITTLE; three brothers, Steve, Ray and Michael and two sisters, Kathleen and Karen, at home.  

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY            Fri              Apr 9, 1976                by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Stanley - Died Apr. 7, 1976. Survived by his wife, Esther REED STELL; five sons, Carl L., Richard C., both of Canandaigua, Fred H. of Liverpool, Donald R. of Palmyra, William D. of Penn Yan; four daughters, Mrs. Ada CLARK, Stanley, Mrs. John (Virginia) LANGMAID, Rochester, Mrs. Richard (Barbara) CURRY, Niagara Falls and Mrs. Kenneth (April) RANER of Stanley; twenty-nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Russell (Ethel) HEFFER of Rochester; Several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Kennedy & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 13 Bristol St., Canandaigua, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service from the funeral home Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial in Gorham Cemetery.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER    Tuesday    March 1, 1977        by:  Ron Hanley
Gorham  Reed  Corners
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kennedy observed their 57th wedding anniversary at their home on Algerine Street on February 16th. On Feb. 20, seven of
the eight children of the celebrants and their spouses, other relatives and neighbors had dinner at the Kennedy home.
Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Maslyn and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee, all of Canandaigua, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kennedy, of RD 2, Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kaveny, Rochester, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Peckham, of Webster, and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Kuntz, of
Macedon, Mrs. Helen DeLea, of Newark, Mrs. William Steinbigle, Garden City, NY, Mr. and Mrs. William Dannahe, of Algerine Street, Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Frost and Mrs. Edna Carney, Seneca Castle, Paul Allen, grandson of the hosts, of Canandaigua and his fiancé, Miss Sue Abraham, of Victor, were also present.   Nelson Kennedy, of Kissimmee, Florida, was the only member of the family that was absent.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY     Sat    Sept 10, 1977                      by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Stanley - Esther STELL, age 72, of R. D. 1, died Sept. 9, 1977, suddenly at Thompson Hospital. She is the widow of Carl STELL, who died in 1976. A life long resident of the area, was a member of the Congregational Church in Rushville. She is survived by 5 sons, Carl L., Richard C., both of Canandaigua, Fred of Liverpool, Donald of Palmyra, William of Penn Yan; 4 daughters, Mrs. Ada CLARK and Mrs. Kenneth (April) RANER, both of Stanley, Mrs. John (Virginia) LANGMAID of Rochester, Mrs. Richard (Barbara) CURRY of Niagara Falls; 29 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Russell REED of Zephyr Hills, Fla. a sister, Mrs. Harold (Doris) NORTHRUP of Canandaigua; several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Kennedy & Son Funeral Home, 13 Bristol St., Canandaigua, Saturday, 7-9, Sunday, 2-4, 7-9 where a funeral service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Gorham Cemetery. Those who wish may contribute to the Middlesex Ambulance Fund in her memory.

Finger Lakes Times          Thursday ,             February 10, 1983             by: Dianne Thomas  

Mrs. Ruth L. ALLEN - Gorham -  Mrs. Ruth L. ALLEN, 88, of Main Street died Wednesday evening at FF Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua.  There will be no prior calling hours.  The funeral will be private and at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Keith KESSEL will officiate.  Burial will be in Gorham CemeteryMrs. ALLEN was a member of the Gorham United Methodist Church and the Gorham Senior Citizens. She was the widow of Stuart ALLEN

Surviving are two sons Stuart L. ALLEN of Corning and Wilbur ALLEN of Gorham; two daughters, Edna MARTIN of Ada, Mich., and Barbara HATHORN of Stanley; 21 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Frances JENSEN, Mrs. Margaret STIGLER of Rochester and Mrs. Alma HECKLER of Coventry, Conn. and several nieces and nephews.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Gorham United Methodist Church, or the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are made by Perkins Funeral Home of Gorham.  

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