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Manchester News   1919 - 1930 

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Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, NY         Friday, Jan 10, 1919        by: Dianne Thomas   

[my great grandfather, Franklin Smith]

Franklin SMITH - The death of Franklin SMITH, a well known resident of the village of Manchester, occurred at his home on North Avenue at 8 o'clock on Wednesday morning, following an illness of several weeks due to cancer. His age was 67 years.
Franklin SMITH was born in Manchester on June 20, 1851. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Granger**(error was not Granger; was Eva FOWLER), of Manchester, with whom he was united in the year of 1875.** One daughter (Carrie) was born of this union. On Jan 3, 1894, he was married to Miss Francis SHAW, of Williamson. Three sons blessed this union.
The survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Carrie ALLEN, of Syracuse and three sons, Walter, Ralph and Milton SMITH, all of Manchester.
Private funeral services will be held at his late home this Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Walter D. St. JOHN, pastor of the Manchester Baptist Church. The burial will be made in Brookside cemetery in Shortsville.

(**Personal NOTE: Believe this was deliberately stated as his first wife being a Miss Granger, since Eva FOWLER, his true first wife, abandoned Franklin and his daughter, Carrie Smith (an only child, & my paternal grandmother). He married Eva Fowler in 1873 and daughter Carrie, was born in 1875. (The name Granger is actually from a sister's married name of Franklin's 2nd wife, Francis SHAW)    [my lineage - D. Thomas- 'such is life' ]

Shortsville Enterprises, Shortsville, NY        Friday, May 30, 1919           by: Dianne Thomas
Manchester Grange spent a social and enjoyable evening on the 22nd inst. At the business session several applications for membership were received. Mrs. And Mrs. RODMAN, formerly of Reeds Corner Grange, were received by demit into full membership. After the business meeting the evening's entertainment was begun by a baby contest, in which ten bright babies competed for the prizes. Lucille SMITH, aged 2 months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter SMITH, was awarded a prize, and Elwin CROWELL, aged 18 months, son of Mr. And Mrs. William CROWELL, also received a prize.

Miss Helen BATES, of Canandaigua Memorial hospital; Mrs. John BATES and Mrs. Alice DUBLER, graduate nurses, acted as the judges. Miss KNAPP, of Canandaigua, favored the large company with several pleasing readings. A pantomime, The Follies of Fashion" consisting of several scenes from the year 1620 to present time, was arranged by Mrs. KING, and the parts were taken by Grange ladies. These were well taken and the costumes of long ago were both picturesque and graceful, although not as practical as our present styles. Mrs. Sible CONVERSE rendered appropriate piano selections, and Mrs. William DAVIDSON rendered a vocal solo, "Mother". Following the interesting program, a delicious hot supper was in readiness and served cafeteria style. Although the evening was very wet and rainy, the hall was filled and standing room at a premium.


Shortsville Enterprise      May 30, 1919                     by: Ron Hanley

 At the May term of Equity Court in Canandaigua, on Monday afternoon, Justice Robert F. THOMPSON admitted Gordon William LEAKEY, of Shortsville, into full citizenship. He was born in the Dominion of Canada.   Owing to the fact that  Gordon served in the World War he was given his final papers without having had to make a previous declaration.

Shortsville Enterprises,  Friday,      May 30, 1919               by: Dianne Thomas

At the May term of Equity Court in Canandaigua, on Monday afternoon, Justice Robert F. THOMPSON admitted Gordon William LEAKEY, of Shortsville, into full citizenship. He was born in the Dominion of Canada. Owing to the fact that Gordon served in the World War he was given his final papers without having had to make a previous declaration.

Shortsville Enterprises,     Friday,              May 30, 1919               by: Dianne Thomas

A piano recital was given by the primary junior pupils of Leonard G. WILLIAMS in Aldrich hall on Thursday evening, which proved a delightful event to those attending. The following children rendered selections: Robert MC MILLAN, Marion PERRY, Margaret WALBORN, Pearl WILLIAMS, Shirley EMERY, Ellen STURDEVANT, Zilpha BLISS, Christine ELLIS, Melvin COOK, Ruth VIENNE, Helene FRANCE, Ernest FILCHER, Marline GUILFOYLE, Marion BAIRD, Vera WOODGATE, Currance CRAIG, Fred and Milton HUDSON, Doris GILLIGAN, Edna MINK, Doris SHAW, Agnes LOUGHNEY, Mabelle PRATT, Neomi GROSS, Ruth PRATT, Lois ROPER, Elizabeth FAIRCHILD, Delma BONNELL, Lyla LEAKEY, Elizabeth BOARDMAN, Pauline RICE, Florence O'BRIEN, Hazel SPANGENBERG, Mary GALLAGHER, Alice ARCHIBALD, Matthew MILLER, Doris MOORE, Margaret BAIRD, Alfred GENARO, Ida BULLOCK, Helen MINK and Pearl ORR.

Shortsville Enterprises,     Friday,          May 30, 1919               by: Dianne Thomas

+ Mrs. Bertha HOWE has returned from a visit with her aunt at Harrisburg, Pa.
+ Miss Carrie BRADLEY, who has been spending several weeks with friends in the village, departs today for her home in Detroit, Mich.
+ Frank CORTRIGHT, son of Mrs. John CORTRIGHT, of West Main street, has enlisted in the merchant marine and expects to leave soon to enter the service.
+ Sergeant Allen REDDING, who has been in the service of his country for over a year, has returned from France. He will reside with his mother, a resident of Canandaigua, but expects to secure employment in the Parlor Village.
+ Rev. Father CASSIDY, of Seneca Falls, has been appointed as assistant rector of St. Dominic's Church in the Parlor Village. He succeeds Rev. W. P. RYAN, of Clifton Springs, who had to give up the work owing to poor health. Father CASSIDY conducted his first service on Sunday morning. We extend to him a hearty welcome to the parish, and hope that his stay here may be pleasant and successful.

Shortsville Enterprises, Shortsville, NY       Friday, May 30, 1919               by: Dianne Thomas

The annual meeting of the Manchester Village Cemetery Association will be held at the home of Edson RANDALL in Manchester, at 2 o'clock P.M. sharp, on Friday, May 30th. Directors in place of Mrs. Edson RANDALL and A.H. DEWEY are to be elected, and other business attended to. All how are interested in the betterment of this "God's acre" where so many of the pioneers of this section are laid at rest, are urgently asked to attend and give suggestions for the improvement of this old cemetery.
A.H. DEWEY, Secretary-Treasurer

Shortsville Enterprises, Shortsville, NY      Friday, May 30, 1919               by: Dianne Thomas

On Monday evening in the Trainmen's rooms in Baird's hall at Manchester was organized a local of the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks, with approximately fifty charter members, men and women clerks employed in the transfer station, yard office and round house. The organization was perfected by Organizer BREET, of Easton, Pa who is assistant president and representative of the A. F. of L.
The following officers were chosen: President, Karl A. PIPER, of Shortsville; vice president, Miss Adaline BENNETT of Manchester, financial secretary and treasurer, Neal O'HARRIGAN, of Manchester; recording secretary, Miss Edina DE BROCK, of Manchester; chaplain, Miss Emma ANDERSON, of Manchester; sergeant-at-arms, Edward J. MURRAY, of Manchester; local grievance committee, James COCHRANE, of Manchester; Burr FOSTER, of Shortsville; Edward ALLEN of Canandaigua; James BROPHY and Reuben MUSSELMAN, of Manchester; inside guard, Thomas MALONEY, of Manchester; outside guard, James BROPHY, of Manchester.
This new organization now represent 75 percent of the working force of clerks, checkers, freight handlers, truckers, express and baggage men employed in the yards at Manchester. 90 per cent of the entire working force of the Lehigh Valley system is now organized. Meetings of the new Brotherhood are to be held in Baird's hall on the first and third Monday evenings of each month.

Shortsville Enterprises, Shortsville, NY          Friday, May 30, 1919               by: Dianne Thomas  [more of my ancestors]

Mrs. Ellen A. ADAMS 
The death of Mrs. Ellen A. (Lawrence) ADAMS, a life long resident of the town of Manchester, occurred at the family home in the northern part of the town, on Saturday evening. She was in her 72nd year.  Mrs. ADAMS was born on the farm where she died, on December 14, 1846, a daughter of the late Simeon and Eleanor (Morehouse) LAWRENCE. When about 22 years of age she was married to John Quincy ADAMS, whose death occurred three years ago. She was a member of the Manchester Baptist Church, and in point of years was the oldest member of that institution having united with it 66 years ago (1853).  She was a charter member of the Manchester Woman's Christian Temperence Union, and also was connected with the Manchester grange.  She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Elsie C. PENTZ of DuBois, PA; Mrs. Charles SWEET of Manchester, and Mrs. Frank OLICK of Amityville, this State.  There are five grand children and three great grandchildren surviving.
The funeral obsequies were held at her late home at 3 o'clock on Monday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. W. D. St. JOHN of Manchester. The remains were placed at rest in the family plot in Brookside cemetery, Shortsville.

Shortsville Enterprises, Shortsville, NY          Friday, May 30, 1919               by: Dianne Thomas

Monday evening could surely be termed Odd Fellow night in the Parlor Village. The occasion was the visitation of the second degree team of Aetna Lodge, of East Rochester, who brought along an 18-piece band and a large delegation of members from the Lodge.
The trip was made in autos and auto trucks, and by the time the cars from East Rochester and many from neighboring villages were all parked along the streets, it gave one the impression that Shortsville was having an auto show instead. It was estimated that 800 Odd Fellows were present in the village on that occasion. A parade was given on Main street by the East Rochesterites, the band playing throughout the march. The degree work was conferred in Aldrich hall, on a class of nine candidates, two from Rescue Lodge, of Clifton Springs and nine from the local Lodge. Following the ceremonies of the evening, the visitors were given a supper, which was served in the dining room at the Methodist Church and in the Odd Fellow Temple. Covers were laid for 275 persons, and the supper was served in charge of the following ladies, with Mrs. Hattie HOWE, as chairman; Mrs. William DAVIDSON and Mrs. Llewellyn HIGGINS, of Manchester, and Mrs. John VAN ORMAN, Mrs. Neil SMITH, Mrs. John RECORD, Mrs. A.M. ROGERS, Mrs. George PEACOCK, Mrs. Howard QUINTER, Mrs. Geo. MILLER, Mrs. Sylvia JEFFREY and Mrs. Theodore FOSTER.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      Friday       December 19, 1919      Front Pg, col 1    by: Ron Hanley
 O'BRIEN -   The death of Michael O'Brien aged 80 years, occurred at the home of his son, Daniel O'Brien, at Syracuse, on Friday.  For many years he was a resident of Parrish Street.  There survive two daughters and four sons, Mrs. Walter Taylor, of Rochester, Mrs. James Flood, Shortsville, Richard O'Brien of Corning, Michael O'Brien, Seneca Falls, Matthew C. O'Brien, Canandaigua, and Daniel O'Brien, of Syracuse, also one sister, Mrs. Anne O'Brien, and one brother, John O'Brien of Canandaigua. The funeral services were held at St. Mary's Church on Monday. Interment in Calvary Cemetery.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY    Friday,   March 19, 1920      by: Dianne Thomas

PRATT - Funeral services for Mrs. Hannah Belle Graham PRATT, wife of Edwin E. PRATT, who died suddenly at her home in Clifton Springs on Sunday, were held Wednesday from St. John's church, Clifton Springs, Rev. Guy RAINES, officiating.  Born in Jackson, Mich., 68 years ago, she became a resident of Manchester in 1888, removing about a years ago to Clifton Springs. She was a member of the Conversation Circle, Noblesse Oblige and Tuesday Clubs of Shortsville.  for many years she had been a loyal manager of the Ontario Orphan Asylum and of the Canandaigua branch of the Needlework Guild of America.  Besides her husband, there survives a son, C. Wickham PRATT and three grandchildren, of Homer.  Interment was at Brookside cemetery, Shortsville.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES       Feb 1922         by: Ron Hanley

William RYAN of Shortsville, aged 60 years, died at Memorial hospital in Canandaigua on Monday morning, February 6th.  He had been ill for some time and had been at the hospital for about a month.  The surviving relatives are his wife, three sons and three daughters, Louis and Emmett RYAN and Miss Cecelia RYAN of Shortsville, Augustus RYAN of Canandaigua and Miss Gertrude RYAN of Rochester; also three sisters and a brother Mrs. Mary CONNIFF of Rochester, Misses Anna and Kate RYAN and Edward J. RYAN of Victor.  Funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church in Victor, Thursday morning.  The solemn high mass was read with Rev. J. W. E. KELLY as celebrant, assisted by Rev. P. A. NEVILLE of East Bloomfield and Rev. Father GUILFOIL of Canandaigua.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL   Friday   April 22, 1922    Pg 5, col 2 & 4        by: Ron Hanley

RODNEY -   Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Gannon Rodney, who died at her home in Manchester on Sunday, were held from St. Dominic's church, Shortsville, on Wednesday morning, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery, Canandaigua.  She was born in Geneva, the daughter of Martin and Anna Needham Gannon, on February 13, 1892. She was educated in Canandaigua and was married in Rochester on February 27, 1918, to Torrence Rodney, of Manchester.  There survive, her husband, three children, Harold, Margaret and Walter, her mother, Mrs. Walsh, and a sister, Mrs. R. E. Caulkins, both of Canandaigua.

 CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER     Thursday     May 26, 1922      by: Ron Hanley
MORTUARY RECORD -  Mrs. Edward Murray, aged 86, died at her home in State Street, Manchester, Wednesday at 12:30 P.M. after an illness of four months.
She was a daughter of Thomas and Jane Murphy and was born in Baldwinsville, NY,  April 28, 1866. She was married to Edward Murray in 1891 in Hornell and for the past thirty years had lived in this vicinity.
The survivors besides her husband and two sons, Edward and Francis Murray, four daughters, Mary, Margaret, Jane and Julia Murray, all of Manchester, and one sister, Mrs. William Maloney, of Hornell, one brother, Martin Murray, of Hornell.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Friday at St. Dominic's church, Shortsville. Interment will be made in St. Rose Cemetery, Shortsville.

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY       Friday,     December 1922      by:  Dianne Thomas  

DRISCOLL - Mrs. James DRISCOLL of Shortsville died Tuesday evening, December 12th at the Clifton Springs Sanitarium.  She will be remembers by Victor people as Miss Margaret RYAN, daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Andrew RYAN of Perinton. She was a sister in law of Miss Nellie and Timothy J. DRISCOLL of Victor and John DRISCOLL of Lima.  The body was brought to the local undertaking parlors and was later removed to the DRISCOLL home at Shortsville.  Besides her husband, Mrs. DRISCOLL is survived by three sons, Leslie, Frank and Louis, all of Shortsville; one daughter, Mary, of Youngstown, and by five brothers, William RYAN of Webster, John and Michael of Perinton, Andrew of Fairport and Thomas RYAN of Manchester, and a sister, Mrs. KELLEHER of Fairport.  The funeral was held from the Catholic church at Shortsville on Friday and burial was made in Victor.  

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY        Friday               May 18 ,1923            by:  Dianne Thomas  

Mr. & Mrs. Henry H. HEBBARD of Shortsville, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, May 14th, with a reception at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Charles ANDERSON in Canandaigua.  

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,       July 13, 1923          by:  Dianne Thomas  

If Charles F. MOON of Shortsville refrains from driving an automobile for a year, he need not pay a fine of $500, which County Judge Horace W. FITCH imposed, for operating an automobile while intoxicated, the scene of the alleged offense being the Main street of Shortsville.  He must, under the sentence, serve 3 months in Ontario county jail.  MOON'S counsel, John COLMEY, has secured stay of execution and a certificate of reasonable doubt and the case will be heard in the appellate division. 

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  December 1925            by: Ron Hanley
Bernard Drake, aged 90 years, former resident of Port Gibson, died at the county home in Hopewell last night of general disability.
He had been at the home for six years and was the oldest inmate of the institution.  There are no near relatives. 

The remains were taken to Port Gibson for interment.  [ceme records have him at aged 88 years]

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES      Wednesday     February 23, 1927       Pg 5, col  5     by: Ron Hanley
Miss Emma DeGroote of Shortsville, and John H. Kennedy of this city, were married at St. Mary's Rectory, on Saturday evening, Rev. Joseph Guilfoil performing the ceremony.   Miss Helen Conklin of this city, and Melvin Deuel of Cheshire, were the attendants. Following a short trip Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy will reside in Buffalo Street.

THE VICTOR HERALD      Friday       March 11, 1927        Pg 4, col 5             by: Ron Hanley
OBITUARY -  Murrell
Charles Murrell of Manchester, well known in this section as the leader of Murrell's orchestra, died in Memorial Hospital in
Canandaigua, Friday, March 4th, of pneumonia.
He was born in East Bloomfield, September 1, 1878, son of Elmer and Elinor Eddy Murrell.  He had lived in Manchester for 18 years. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, a son, his mother and a brother.
Funeral services were held in the Baptist church in Manchester, Sunday, and burial was made in Manchester.

Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, NY    Wednesday        June 8, 1927        Pg 4       by:  Dianne Thomas

Court -   A plea of guilty, to leaving the scene of an accident without stopping, was entered by Walter S. MOORE, 27, of Manchester.  MOORE'S automobile struck and killed Frank RICE of Manchester on March 11.  He will be sentenced Thursday. 

Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, NY     Wed,     Sept 14, 1927                    by: Dianne Thomas


+  Shortsville - Sept 14 - Mrs. Margaret Moore HOAG, wife of Earl HOAG, died suddenly at her home on Grove street, Thursday evening, aged 26 years.  She was a daughter of Asa and Bertha Van Houghton MOORE and was born in Shortsville, July 22, 1901.  She was a member of the Shortsville Presbyterian church, also a member of parlor Village Rebekah Lodge, No. 435, O.O.O.F, and of the Kings' Daughters' society.  The survivors are husband, Earl HOAG; two sons, David and Robert HOAG; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Asa MOORE, all of Shortsville; one brother and two sisters, Lester MOORE, Mrs. Helen INGLIS and Miss Doris MOORE, all of Rochester.  Funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family home on Grove street, Rev. A. J. MAC MILLAN, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating.  The burial was in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.

Louis L. BROWN left on Friday for his home in Brooklyn after spending a month at his summer home at Brooklyn Point, Canandaigua Lake.

Mrs. Louis L. BROWN will spend several days with Mrs. Flora E. BROWN before returning to her home in Brooklyn.

Mrs. D. A. EISELINE and Mrs. Arthur H. SMITH were luncheon guests of Mrs. Marion CASE of Canandaigua at her cottage on Canandaigua lake, Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Leon HULBURT and two children of Seneca Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse SMITH of Geneva and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar GILLETTE and son, Wayne, of Canandaigua were callers at the the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. C. PACKARD on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles FOX have moved from the double house on East Main street to their home on Bristol street, Canandaigua.

Miss Mertice WATKINS of Himrods is spending this week with Mrs. Worhta G. HEATH.

+  Hall, Sept 12 - Mr. and Mrs. Clinton MILLER and Miss Barbara MILLER of Pittston, Pa., were weekend guests at the home of Miss Martha CLARK.

Mr. and Mrs. John CARR entertained for the weekend, Mr. and Mrs. Robert CARR and son, Bobby, of Rochester, and Mrs. Della BAIRD from Campbell, NY.

Mr. and  Mrs. Roscoe HALL are enjoying an auto trip to Ohio, stopping at Findlay to visit Mr. HALL'S son, Dr. E. J. HALL.

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley POWELL are the parents of a baby girl, who arrived September 8th.

+  Hon. Thomas B. WILSON is confined to his home by illness.

 Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY       Wed,        Jan 30, 1929         by: Dianne Thomas

Louis Franklin LYKE - The funeral of Louis Franklin LYKE was held on Monday afternoon, January 21, from the Manchester Methodist church, Rev. J. J. JOHNSON, pastor of the church officiating.  The burial was in Brookside cemetery.  The bearers were William VAN GORDEN, James HOSES, Francis MURPHY, John BOARDMAN and A. E. RYAN of Manchester and Ray JEFFERY of Shortsville.  Mr. LYKE died at the home of his daughter in law, Mrs. (Edgar J. or Edward) Nellie LYKE on Friday evening, aged 82 years. He was born in Manchester January 17, 1845 and had spent his entire life in the town of his birth.  For 25 years he served as sexton of the Brookside cemetery in Shortsville.  He is survived by one brother, Albert LYKE of Rochester and two grandchildren, Mrs. (Ellen or Helen) Thomas __EKKINS of Niagara Falls and Frank LYKE of Manchester. 

John H. PETTIT - Village relatives have received word of the death of a former resident of Shortsville, John H. PETTIT, which occurred at his house in Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday evening, January 13.  Mr. PETTIT was born in Le Grange, Dutchess county, NY in 1850, a son of Harvey and Eliza Van Renschoten PETTIT.  About 1868 he came to Shortsville where he resided until 1888.  He organized here a company known as the John H. Pettit & Co., for the manufacturer of carriage wheels.  He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Miss Iva PETTIT of Pasadena; two sons, Howard and Fred, both of California, a sister, Miss Jennie PETTIT of Pasadena; one brother, James PETTIT of Shortsville and four grandchildren.  

Stephen Wheaton SEIGLER -  (cut off)  of the Shortsville Methodist church, officiating.  The burial was in the Chapman cemetery in Hopewell.  Mr. SEIGLER died on Sunday (27th) , aged 74 years.  He was a son of Samuel SEIGLER and was born in Gorham.  For the past 30 years he had resided at the home of Mrs. Eliza MUDGE of Chapin.  Mrs. MUDGE died on Friday (25th) at her home in Chapin and her funeral was held on Sunday afternoon.  

Roy BROOMFIELD of Rochester spent the weekend with his mother, Mrs. Henry BROOMFIELD Sr., of High street.  On Sunday, callers at the BROOMFIELD home were Miss Sarah PETTY and Bert PETTY of Victor, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton ARDELL of Canandaigua. 

Mr. and Mrs. Theron BROWN entertained over the weekend their daughter, Miss Josephine BROWN, a student in the Rochester Normal school, and their granddaughter, little Miss Roberta BROWN of Rochester. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey BALCOM and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis ANLEITNER of Buffalo were weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. George A. WADSWORTH, who had been in Buffalo since Wednesday, accompanied them home.  Mr. and Mrs. Sherman VAN COTT and daughter, Patricia, of Syracuse, were also weekend guests at the WADSWORTH home. 

Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, NY           July 24, 1929                       by: Dianne Thomas


William Henry BOOTH, Shortsville's last Civil War veteran, died July 19th, aged 86 years. [another of my ancestors- Dianne Thomas]

Ontario County Times,     Wed        July 24, 1929      Pg 3, Col 5   
William Henry BOOTH, the last surviving veteran of the Civil War in Shortsville, died at his home on Thursday following a long illness. He was born June 4, 1843, a son of Danford and Sarah MORGAN. On November 26, 1874 he was married to Miss Emily SMITH of Manchester.
Mr. BOOTH enlisted from Ontario County, N.Y. and was mustered into the U.S. service at Auburn, N.Y. January 1, 1864, as a private to serve for a term of three years in Company H, 24th Regiment, N.Y. Vol. Cavalry, and was later transferred to Company L., commanded by Captain F. L. BROWN a former resident of Shortsville. The regiment was on duty in Washington until April 1864.
He participated in the following battles, (and was promoted to Corporal January 10, 1864), Battle of the Wilderness, Va., May 5, 7, 1864; NY river, May 12, '64; Spottsylvania, May 8-12; Spottsylvania Court House, May 12 - 21; North Ama River, Va., May 23-27; George Court House, November 24; Stony Creek Station, December 1; Run, February 5-7, '65; Dinwiddle Court House, March 30-31; Five Forks, April 1st; fall of Petersburg, April 2, '65; Amelia Springs, April 5; Sailor Springs, April 6, Farnsville Springs, April 17; Appomattox Lee's surrender, Grand Review, May 23, '65. Honorably discharged because of close of war at Claude Mills, June 30, 1865.
Mr. BOOTH is survived by one son, Carlton BOOTH and one sister, Miss Sarah BOOTH, both of Shortsville and several nieces and nephews. The BOOTH home where he lived and died is one of the oldest landmarks of this section, having been built by his father, Danford BOOTH, a large landowner. The southwestern section of the village is built on lands formerly belonging to the BOOTH homestead, and the present BOOTH residence overlooks a street named in honor of its former owner.
Funeral services were held from the Baptist church in Manchester on Saturday afternoon, Rev. Leon l. SWARTHOUT officiating. Interment was in Brookside cemetery.

Ontario County Times, Canandaigua, NY           July 31, 1929                       by: Dianne Thomas

Richard WILLIE of Shortsville seeks information concerning his twin brothers, Raymond and Robert, who were born in Canandaigua, supposedly in Memorial hospital, July 3, 1913.  The mother, Mrs. Edward WILLIE died and no record of the birth can be found. 

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES          October  1929              by: Ron Hanley
Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Lulu A. DeGroote, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter DeGroote of Manchester, to Edward T. Rickard of Syracuse.
The wedding took place at the bride's home on Friday evening, October 18, Rev. J. J. Johnston, pastor of the Manchester Methodist
church officiating.
Mr. and Mrs. Rickard are residing in Syracuse, where he is connected with the McPaul Real Estate company. His bride studied at
Central City Business college and Syracuse university and the last year has been engaged in welfare work in Syracuse.

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

+  In Surrogate Court - An intermediate account has been filed by the Ontario County Trust Company as executor of the estate of Edgar D. MATHER, late president of the State Bank of Shortsville.  The gross estate amounted to $51,275.35 and after payment of funeral and expenses of administration totaling $1,843. 59, debts of $1,316.44, legacies of $6,675.00 and widow's cash exemption, the balance was ordered distributed after deduction of commissions and attorney's fees in the following manner under the terms of the will.  A trust fund of $20,000 was left with the Ontario County Trust Company as Trustee, for the life use of Ella B. MATHER, widow of the deceased.  Upon the death of Mrs. MATHER, $15,000 of this trust will pass to the Board of Trustees of the Western New York Society for  the Protection of Homeless and Dependent Children and $5,000 will go tot he Ontario County Orphan Asylum.  

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Tuesday  July 29, 1930       by: Ron Hanley
Annie Madden, Manchester, who died July 13, left property valued at $13,500. Two brothers, William and John Tobin, Clifton Springs, are executors and receive the bulk of the estate. The sum of $500 is to be used by the rector of St. Felix Church, Clifton Springs, for masses, and $100 is set aside for care of a lot in St. Agnes Cemetery. Willis C. Ellis was attorney.

THE SHORTSVILLE ENTERPRISE        Thursday       August 7, 1930        Front  Page      by: Ron Hanley
The death of Samuel Jackson occurred at his home in Gypsum, this town, on Monday, at the advanced age of 81 years.  Mr. Jackson was born at Ripon, England, and was well known as a professional baseball player, having played with the Boston Red Sox team from 1870 to 1873. 
He is survived by two daughters, Miss Mary P. Jackson of Gypsum and Mrs. G. B. VanGelder of Clifton Springs, one sister, Mrs. Mary Russ of Youngstown, this state, and one grandson, David VanGelder of Clifton Springs. Funeral obsequies will be held from his late home this Thursday afternoon.

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