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Manchester News   1911 - 1916

(Includes news for Shortsville& some Palmyra)    

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Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY    Wed,     April 19, 1911              by:  Dianne Thomas

Martha MOSES, the infant daughter of Jacob and Mary Hackneys MOSES, died suddenly at their home on Main street, Manchester, at 6 o'clock Thursday morning.  the child was seized with a convulsion and died before medical aid could be summoned.  Coroner Daniel A. EISELINE of Shortsville, was called later, and stated that death was due to indigestion.  She was but two months old.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES      Wednesday    April  26, 1911      Pg 6, col 5         by:  Ron Hanley 
DIED  -  DeGROOTE  -  At Canandaigua, April 22, 1911, Mrs. Jacob DeGroote of  Manchester, aged 35 years. 
April 26, 1911  Pg 8,   col  2    RECORD  OF  DEATHS 
Mrs. Jacob DeGroote, of Manchester, died at the Memorial Hospital in Canandaigua, Saturday evening, after an operation for appendicitis, aged thirty five years.  She was formerly Miss Florence Lyke, and was born in January 1876, being the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lyke. She leaves her husband, Jacob DeGroote, two children, Emma and Helen DeGroote, of Manchester, her father, Leonard Lyke, of Manchester, two sisters, Miss Kate Lyke, and Mrs. Egbert G. Howland, both of Manchester, four brothers, Herman Lyke of Seneca Falls, Lewis Lyke, of Buffalo, Ira Lyke, of Manchester, and Levi Lyke, of Minneapolis.  The funeral will be held from the family home, Main Street, Manchester, Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Hoyt F. Hill, officiating, and interment will follow in Brookside Cemetery.

Rochester Paper,  December 1912                   by: Robert Sheffer



On Guard At White House When Lincoln Was Killed


Shortsville,  Dec 8 -- Ceylon Henry Sheffer, a well known resident of this town, died at the residence of his daughter Mrs. Minnie Sheffer Brown, Main St, about 7 o'clock this morning after a sixth month's illness with Brights disease.  He was born July 25, 1842 at Scottsville, a son of Roswell and Mary Hillard Sheffer and a descendant of Peter Sheffer, the first white settler west of the Genesee River.  

He came to Littleville, one mile south of Shortsville, with his parents, when he was 12 yrs of age, and in 1860 moved to Shortsville , where he has since resided. He was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted in August 1861, at Manchester, in Company H, 126th regiment of the New York Volunteers.  He received a wound in the right lung during the battle of Gettysburg.  Later he served in the Reserve Invalid Corps, at Washington, and was on duty as guard at the White House the night Lincoln was assassinated.  On his return from the war, he went into business with his father in Shortsville, manufacturing plows, cultivators, and other implements, his factory being on the present site of the east shops of the Papec Company's Plant.  

He was married to Miss Emma Thatcher of Shortsville, on October 14, 1866.  She died on October 14, 1883.  He was a charter member of Herendeen Post, G. A. R., of Shortsville and has always been interested in Grand Army affairs.  He was a member of the Shortsville Presbyterian Church, and in politics has been a stanch Republican all his life. He leaves two daughters and one son, Mrs. Minnie Sheffer Brown, of Shortsville; Mrs. William Fisher of Rochester; Edward T. Sheffer of Shortsville; two brothers, John B. Sheffer, of Shortsville; and Allen R. Sheffer, of Houston Texas, formerly of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. Etta Dikeman, of Clifton Springs, and Mrs. Henry Harmon, of Rochester, and five grandchildren; Earl Sheffer and Ellsworth, Edward, Calvin, and Martha Brown, all of Shortsville. The funeral will be held at the home of his daughter at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by Herendeen Post.  Interment will be made in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.

WAYNE COUNTY JOURNAL      Thursday,  September 25, 1913     Front Page,   col 3     by:  Ron Hanley
OBITUARY -  Walter G. Mason, brother of Samuel R. Mason of this place, died at his home in Manchester, Saturday afternoon last, aged 67.  He was the son of Gardner and Miranda Mason, and was born in the town of Farmington, February 6, 1846. February 27, 1869, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Sheffield of Manchester.  Mr. Mason followed agricultural pursuits in Farmington until 1883, when he located in Manchester, and in 1885 purchased the flouring mills in that place, which he operated until the close of 1900.  He leaves his wife, Mary E. Mason, one son, Clinton W. Mason, two daughters, Miss Maud C. Mason and Mrs. C. W. Pratt, and a granddaughter, Miss Kenneth Pratt, all of Manchester, and one brother, Samuel R. Mason, of Palmyra.  The funeral was held from the home, Sunday afternoon. Interment in South Farmington Cemetery.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester,  NY    Monday,  Mar 9, 1914    by: GSubyak@aol.com                             


Shortsville  - March 8 - Friends and relatives have received announcements of the marriage of Daniel P. SMITH, son of Porter D. SMITH, of Farmington, and Miss Ruth STOREY, daughter of the Rev. Granville STOREY, pastor of the Hardy Street Presbyterian Church in Houston, Tex. The ceremony was performed in this church by the bride's father on Tuesday evening , March 3rd, after which a wedding reception and supper was held at the bride's home, Mr. and Mrs. SMITH will be at home of their friends in Redlands, Cal., after March 20th.

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

In Manchester:

+ Mrs. B. H. RICHARDS of Geneva, is a guest of Mrs. A. W. HAWKES

+ Mrs. Olive GETMAN of Geneseo, was an over Sunday guest of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar POST.

+ Mrs. Alice LA BOUNTY, who has been spending some time in Rochester, is now a guest of Mrs. Hannah HART.

+ Fred VIENNE was the over Sunday guest of Mr. & Mrs. B. F. BUNNELL at Niagara Falls.

+ Mr. & Mrs. Floyd BURDICK announce the birth of a daughter.

+ Mrs. Nettie SITTLER is visiting relatives in Lehighton, Pa. 

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      Friday      May 1, 1914        Pg 3, col  6             by:  Ron Hanley


MANCHESTER - Bernard H. Dubler and Miss Alice M. VanDuyne, youngest daughter of Mrs. Frances VanDuyne, of this village, were quietly married at Buffalo, on April 22, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Frederick H. Coman, pastor of the Ashbury M. E. church.  The bride's dress was of hand embroidered batiste and her only ornament was a cameo brooch, an heirloom. The bride was attended by Miss Ruby Knapp, who wore a French embroidered voile with blue trimmings, and the groom's best man was Walter Grassley, both of this village.  Mr. & Mrs. DUBLER will occupy their newly furnished home in this village.


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MARRIED    DUBLER - VanDUYNE   At Buffalo, April 26, 1914, Bernard Dubler and Miss Alice VanDuyne, of Manchester.


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 Mrs. W. M. Spangle and Miss Adeline Godfrey will entertain the ladies of the Eastern Star at their home on Gorham Street, this afternoon. 

Mr. and Mrs. George T. Thompson and daughters, Elaine and Jeska, are expected home today, after spending four months at Los Angeles, Cal.

Ontario County Journal, Canandaigua, NY   Friday      Sept 18, 1914             by:  Dianne Thomas

+ DE BROCK - The death of Mrs. Johanna DE BROCK occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward MC INTYRE, Gibson street, on Wednesday.  Death was due to general debility.  Deceased was born in Bierzliet, Holland on July 8, 1933 and had resided in this country for 25 years.  She was a resident of Manchester for many years.  She leaves seven children, John and August DE BROCK of Manchester, Victor of San Francisco, Cal., Jacob DE BROCK and Mrs. Peter DE PLANTER of Clifton Springs, Mrs. E. J. SHAW and Mrs. MC INTYRE of Canandaigua, one brother and one sister, Frank WIEMER, Mrs. Lewis MASLYN, both of Clifton Springs; also nine grand children.  The funeral services will be held at St. Felix church at Clifton Springs, this morning at 9:30 o'clock.  Interment will be at Clifton Springs.  

+ STRUCK BY TRAIN - MAY LOSE HIS LIFE - Edward H. DECKER of Manchester, is at Memorial Hospital, Badly Hurt.

Edward H. DECKER of Manchester, was struck by a New York Central passenger train about one mile east of Manchester on Monday noon.  He was taken to the Memorial hospital at Canandaigua, where it is said the man suffered fracture of the skull, fracture of the lower jaw on both sides, compound fracture of the right thigh, a puncture wound in the right arm and dislocation of the right arm.  Mr. DECKER was employed by the Phoenix Bridge Company, of Phoenixville, Pa., which is engaged in constructing a bridge where the Lehigh Valley railroad lines cross the New York Central.  He was crossing the Central track when the train struck him.  His condition last night was unimproved and fears are entertained for his recovery.  

CLYDE TIMES,     October 15, 1914    Thursday                by Joann Hinz
At ROSE: Saturday morning, October 10th, at 10:30 o'clock, at the home of his son, Clinton Bain, occurred the death of Gilbert Bain, at the advanced age of eighty-four years, after a long illness caused by valvular heart trouble.  The funeral was held at 10:00 o'clock Tuesday morning, the Rev. H. E. Springer, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which the deceased was a member, officiating, assisted by Rev. M. S. Babcock.  The burial was at Shortsville, and the remains were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Bain, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heit, and Mr. and Mrs. James Melvin, son and daughters of Mr. Bain.

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, N. Y.    Mon  April  19, 1915    by: GSubyak@aol.com  

Shortsville  - April 18 - It has been learned through the efforts of Lehigh Valley detectives that Alfred POWELL, the man who was killed near the Brewster crossing, just west of the Lehigh Valley yards in Manchester, on Friday afternoon, has a relative, George FOX, living at No. 315 Schemmerhorn street, Brooklyn, and Coroner Daniel A. EISELINE is endeavoring to get in communication with this man, but has as yet received no reply. In POWELL's possession was found a check for a suit case, stored in Cleveland, Ohio, and that clue is also being followed up.

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, N. Y.    Thursday,  July 22, 1915                        by: GSubyak@aol.com  

ALEXANDER MUNGER -  Wandering Farm Hand Overcome by Heat, Soon Dies
Shortsville  - July 21 The funeral of Alexander MUNGER was held from Stoddard's Undertaking rooms in this village at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the Rev. Donald H. MAC KENZIE, pastor of the Shortsville Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment followed in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville. (Ontario Co., NY)

Mr. MUNGER was a wanderer, who had come for two or three seasons to this section, and secured work on the farm of Martin O'BRIEN, just southeast of Shortsville. Last Wednesday he pitched hay in the field, and later, when mowing it away in the loft of the barn, was overcome by the heat, and died about 4 o'clock Thursday morning. The body was taken to Stoddard's Undertaking establishment, to await identification. After investigation it was found that the man had a wife living in Fairport, and a mother and one brother living in Rensselaer. He was 42 years old.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, NY,    Sat Jan 1, 1916           by: GSubyak@aol.com


Shortsville  - Dec. 31 - About twenty-five members of the choir of the First Presbyterian Church, of Shortsville, enjoyed an oyster supper in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. MacGREEVEY, in West Main street, this evening. A social hour followed the supper, and later work was begun on the cantata, "Easter Angels," under the direction of Choirmaster John RECORD. This cantata will be sung in the church on Easter Sunday.

Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, NY    Thursday, Jan 20, 1916  Front Page       by: Dianne Thomas

+ Announcement has been made of the marriage of Leon SMITH, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther L. SMITH of Manchester and Miss Ethel ALBRIGHT, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip HUGHES, of Palmyra, the interesting event having taken place at Ithaca on January 3, 1916. Mr. and Mrs. SMITH are now making their home in Manchester village. We wish for them health, happiness and prosperity throughout their married life.

+ (first part is cut off) Mrs. M. Couse HEATH, wife of Eugene HEATH, died Jan 19th -  ... Although her illness was generally known, there were no alarming symptoms observed.  She will be truly missed from our midst, as she was a great frequenter of the village and was always included in the social activities here.  She was of a very cordial nature and could be called a friend of the masses.  May expressions of regret has followed her untimely taking away.  A good woman, indeed, and deserving of a rich reward in the Great Beyond.  The survivors are her husband; one son, Harry E. HEATH of San Francisco, Cal.; one daughter, Mrs. Francis N. REED of San Juan, Porto Rico; two brothers, Charles E. HEDGES and John S. HEDGES of Shelby, Mich., and two grandchildren, Eugene and Ann REED of San Juan.  The funeral arrangements are not complete in time for publication in this issue.  The services however  will be conducted by the Rev. D. H. MAC KENZIE  and burial will take place in Brookside cemetery.

+ John W. POTTER Dies on Monday - Shortsville residents are deeply affected over the death of one of its best known and best liked citizens, John Wesley POTTER, which occurred at his home in West Main street at 8:15 o'clock on Monday morning.  He had been ill for several weeks with bronchitis and la grippe, but he later developed pneumonia.  His age was 65 years.  John WESLEY POTTER was born in Machias, Cattaraugus County, on September 29, 1850, the second son of the late William & Julia POTTER.  He received his education in the public schools of Machias and spent his early life assisting his father on the farm.  He removed with his parents to Palmyra, and later to Manchester.  (rest of article is cut off)

Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, NY       Thursday,        Feb 3, 1916        by: Dianne Thomas

News Notes of 25 Years Ago (1893):

+ Thomas VAN BUREN entered upon his 81st birthday on Wednesday, and all unbeknown to the gentleman, his son, Charles prepared a surprise party for him.

+ Surgeon John H. PRATT of Charity Hospital, New York City, was acting surgeon in a very difficult case lately; that of transferring a dog's bone to the limb of a child.  At last reports the patient, who is represented as a young hero "having endured the operation without opiates, was doing fine.  

Union & Advertiser, Rochester,  NY     Mon   June 5, 1916                 by: GSubyak@aol.com

Shortsville, N. Y., June 5 - The office buildings of Westinghouse, Church, Kerr & Company have been constructed in the Lehigh Valley yards at Manchester. Their engineers have made a thorough survey of the work and material for construction is arriving daily for the buildings that will constitute the big engine terminal. Workmen began this morning to raze the old round house preparatory to the building of the new one. It will be torn down stall by stall and the new house built in the same way, stall by stall, so that no time or engine room will be lost in the construction.

Union & Advertiser, Rochester, NY,   Mon   June 5, 1916             by: GSubyak@aol.com

Shortsville, N. Y., June 5 - A large amount of damage has been caused by the rains of Friday and Saturday. Five inches of water fell Friday night. Many cellars were flooded and gardens washed out. The streets were filled Friday but on Saturday some of them looked as though they had not been oiled except for the oil in the gutters. The ball game in Manchester with Genesee A. A. and one in Shortsville with Clifton Springs High School had to be postponed.

Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, NY        Thursday    July 6, 1916                      by:  Dianne Thomas  

News Notes of 25 Years Ago:  The following items are copied from the file of The Enterprise of 25 years ago or of the issue of Saturday, July 4, 1891

Roscoe VAN SICKLE, also the Misses BOOTH, have returned from the Brockport Normal School for the Summer vacation.  

+  All but one of the sidewalks have been laid with cement on the north side of Main street, to the four corners and on Monday morning the workmen will begin laying the walks on the south side of the (cut off)


Current News:

Mrs. Sarah TURNER has removed from Pennsylvania to Manchester and will reside with her sisters, Misses Phebe and Lucina HARRINGTON

Oliver HUDNUT Instantly Killed - Oliver HUDNUT of Shirley street, was instantly killed while working as yard conductor in the Lehigh Valley yards at Manchester about 6:15 o'clock on Saturday morning.  The unfortunate man had just given an order to his engineer and passed over two tracks to attend to some cars that were being switched there.  As he approached the cars, he stumbled and fell, his head striking a column bolt on one of the cars.  In falling to the ground, his head lay on the tacks and he was horribly crushed by the wheels passing over it, they striking him at the mouth.  It is the belief of railroad men that he was dead before striking the rails as some of his brains were later found on the column bolt.

Coroner D. A. EISLINE was summoned and after viewing the remains, ordered them removed to the undertaking rooms of J. M. Stoddard & Sons, here.  They were later removed to his home in Shirley street.  An inquest will be held by the Coroner.  

Oliver HUDNUTT was born in Canada, 43 years ago.  He was also a resident of Mt. Pleasant, Mich. for some time, removing from that place to Shortsville, (cut off)

Palmyra Courier,  Palmyra, Wayne Co., NY    Oct 18, 1916                    by: Dianne Thomas

Born to Mr. & Mrs. Leon SMITH of Manchester, Thursday, Oct. 12, a son.  Mrs. SMITH was formerly Miss Ethel ALBRIGHT of this place. 

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