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Manchester News 1936 - open 

(Includes news for Shortsville & some Palmyra)    

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ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES           Thursday           March 12, 1936       Page 7, col 3           by:  Ron Hanley
Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Rodney died after a long illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Huffman, Thursday evening.
She was born February 13, 1867, and was married July 21, 1887, to Frank Rodney of Manchester, where they have since resided. They were looking forward to their 50th wedding anniversary.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER       Tuesday           September 15, 1936                by:  Ron Hanley

Deaths  -  George Bumpus, 88, of Shortsville, died this morning in Memorial  Hospital following an operation yesterday.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER      Saturday             December 12, 1936             by:  Ron Hanley

MARRIAGES   Mayo - Ketcham

SHORTSVILLE -  Announcement is made of the marriage of Bert Ketcham, of Victor, and Mrs. Laura Mayo of Port Gibson at the Methodist parsonage Saturday evening, December 5. The Rev. E. L. Kinner performed the ceremony.  [Bert's 1st wife died 1932 & buried in Victor]

THE VICTOR HERALD             Friday              December 18, 1936                 Page 9, col  4       by:  Ron Hanley

KING - Mrs. Ella King passed away, December 10, 1936, after a long illness.  She was born February 16, 1868, in Farmington, the daughter of Gideon and Mary Ketchum Herendeen, and was married February 10th, 1887, to Wade King.  Those who mourn her loss are her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Walter Hayward of Manchester, and Mrs. John C. Bolles of Naples, also three grandchildren.  The funeral was held at her late home Sunday afternoon, Rev. L. L. Swarthout officiating. Burial was made at Brookside.

VANDYNE -  Mrs. Frances VanDyne, 88, died December 12, 1936.  She was the daughter of William and Sophia Ervin Duncan, and was born in Marshall, Michigan, in April 1848. She was the widow of the late John VanDyne whom she was married in Phelps on November 29, 1869. For 54 years of her life she lived in Manchester.  She was an earnest worker in the Methodist church. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. Morris Smith of Canandaigua, Mrs. Fred Cross, Mrs. Abe DeGroote, and Mrs. Bernard Dubler of Manchester, and one son, Ernest of Rochester, 20 grandchildren, 33 Great Grandchildren, and one Great Great Granddaughter.
The funeral was held in the Methodist Church Monday, Rev. E. E. Kinnear officiating. Burial was made in the family lot in Brookside.

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY                 Friday,                       December 18, 1936                      by: Dianne Thomas  

HACKETT - The death of Mrs. Vivian Patt HACKETT, widow of Albert HACKETT, occurred on December 11, 1936, after a brief illness.  she was born May 15, 1860, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David PATT in Farmington.  On July 3, 1878, she was married at Chapin.  Mrs. HACKETT is survived by one son, Charles, of Manchester; two grandsons, Roy and Robert; one granddaughter, Margarete and eight great grandchildren, all of Manchester Center; also a sister, Mrs. Lean WING of Hornell.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. L. L. SWARTHOUT, pastor, officiating.  The burial was made in Brookside cemetery. 

THE VICTOR HERALD                    Friday               July 9, 1937                Pg 7, col  4               by: Ron Hanley           
 Shortsville     BISHOP -  BLISS 
On Wednesday afternoon, June 30th, at 4 o'clock, in the Shortsville Presbyterian church, took place the marriage of Miss Zilpha Bliss, daughter of Supervisor and Mrs. G. H. Bliss, and Albert T. Bishop, son of Thomas Bishop, of Cleveland, Ohio. 
The wedding march was played by Miss Christine Ellis. The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white lace over white satin, made Princess style, with a finger tip veil, and carried a bouquet of white roses. 
Miss Margaret Bliss, sister of the bride, wore a dress of peach colored chiffon with delph blue velvet trimmings and carried a bouquet of old fashioned flowers. Charles Jackson of Middleport, was best man. The ushers were Gene Fisher of Allens Hill, William Crowell, Jr., and Isaac George, of Manchester, and Philen Bliss, brother of the bride. 
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss left on a motor trip which will include points of interest in Canada and Nova Scotia. Mrs. Bishop wore a going away suit of beige with brown accessories. 
The bride is a graduate of the Rochester University and is teacher of English in the Central School in Milford. Mr. Bishop is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is principal of Manchester High School.  Guests were present from Cleveland, Ohio, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Ithaca, Canandaigua, Middleport, Allens Hill, Bristol, Manchester and Shortsville.

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY              Friday,                July 9, 1937                 by: Dianne Thomas  

+  Shortsville - MC KINLEY - MASON -  On Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock in the Shortsville Presbyterian church in a setting of white lilies and ferns, took place the marriage of Miss Elizabeth MASON, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murray N. MASON of Booth street, Shortsville, and David MC KINLEY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert MC KINLEY of Lakewood, Oh.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. A. J. MAC MILLIAN.  The wedding march was played by Miss Ada BOUNDS of Shortsville.  The bride, who was given in marriage by her uncle, Harry MULLIGAN of Rochester, wore a gown of white satin, en train, Princess style, with a shoulder yoke of rose point lace with finger tip veil.  She carried a shower bouquet of white roses and gypsophila.  Miss Harriet MASON, sister of the bride, was gowned in aqua chiffon with silver trimmings and wore a leghorn hat with aqua trim.  Her bouquet was of yellow roses tied with silver ribbon.  Richard MARTIN of Cheshire, Conn., was best man, and ushers were Charles MASON of Syracuse, brother of the bride, and George STORY of Avon.  Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Luranne tea room on Booth street.  Mr. and Mrs. MC KINLEY left on a motor trip and will be at home after August 15th at 214 Bukley street, Rochester, where the groom has a position with the Gleason Company.  The bride's going away costume was a white suit with navy blue accessories.  She is a graduate of Shortsville High school and of Cornell University, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and for two years had held a position in the homemaking department of the Central school at Altmar.  The groom is a graduate of Cornell university, in the College of Civil Engineers and is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.  Guests were present from Cleveland, Oh., Ashland, Pa., Rochester, Syracuse, Auburn, Cooperstown and Shortsville. 

Mr. and Mrs. John CLAPPERTON entertained, during last week, his sister, Mrs. Elmer OLIVER and three children of Dartford, Ont.

+  Mr. and Mrs. Ransom BROOMFIELD were guests of Mr. & Mrs. Roy BROOMFIELD at Conesus Lake, form Saturday until Monday evening.

Miss Jane VAN COTT spent Sunday and Monday in Brockport with Mrs. Edward STEWART.   

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew HARKNESS and two sons, Andrew Jr. and Billy, and daughter, Miss Jean of Nyack, NY, have taken possession of their summer home "Cedar Cliff," West (cut off)

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY               Friday,                  August 27, 1937             by: Dianne Thomas 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry MC VITTLE and children, Robert and Jean, returned on Sunday evening, from a motor trip to Canada, where they visited relatives in Hamilton and Drumbo.  

Dr. and Mrs. J. Wesley POST of Pittsburgh, Pa., spent the weekend with their mother, Mrs. Nellie POST on High street.  Saturday, they were guests of Mrs. POST'S parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester LAMBERT, in Hall.  Their son, Robert, who had been in Hall with his grandparents for several weeks, returned to Pittsburgh with them on Sunday.  Another son, John, will remain in Hall with his grandparents until the middle of the week.  He will enter Perdue College in Illinois.  

Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. DUDLEY spent the weekend at their cottage on the CASE tract, east shore of Canandaigua lake, and will have during the present week as guests, Mrs. Louise GREEN of Lima and Miss Josephine GREEN, R.N. and Miss Nora TOBIN, R.N. of Rochester.

Miss Any WRIGHT of Bushnells Basin, formerly of Shortsville, presided as organist in the Presbyterian church on Sunday morning, in the absence of the organist Miss Christine ELLIS, who is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Clarke STOCKTON in (cut off)

PALMYRA COURIER JOURNAL                   Thursday                  January 6, 1938          by: Ron Hanley
OBITUARY  -  Mrs. S. Elizabeth Mason
At 6 o'clock last Sunday evening, Mrs. S. Elizabeth Mason passed away at her home with Mrs. Elizabeth McPherson, after a week's illness. 
She was born at Manchester, N. Y., on November 6, 1849, the daughter of J. Edward White and Phoebe Gardner. In July 1870, she married Samuel R. Mason, of Gardner Mason and Miranda White of South Farmington. 
Mr. Mason passed on in December 1918, at their home in Canandaigua Street. He for many years was a prominent business man of the village. Since his death she has made her home at times with her daughters and son, and for the last three years in Palmyra. 
She early joined the Baptist Church in Manchester, and when in 1884 the family came to Palmyra, brought her membership here where she has continued to work in the various branches of the church. 
She was a member at large of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, an honorary member of the National Society of New England Women, and for many years a local and county officer of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. 
She is survived by her son, Edward White Mason, of Elgin, Ill., her daughter, Amy, wife of Arthur K. Lansing, of Cambridge, N.Y., five grandchildren, Gardner S. and Dorothy Mason, of Elgin, Arthur C. Lansing, of Terre Haute, Ind., Captain Samuel M. Lansing, of Fort Jay, N. Y., and Mrs. Elizabeth Lansing Knowles, of Yardley, Pa., also by Dorothy, John David and Samuel Lansing Jr., and Thomas, Elizabeth and Arthur Knowles, great grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church, Palmyra, on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. A. C. Brokaw officiating. The body was placed in the vault at Palmyra Cemetery.

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY               Friday,              March 11, 1938                 by: Dianne Thomas

Manchester News:

+  Among the sick this week are Mrs. Flora MC SHA, Mrs. MILLER and Mrs. Marie GALBRAITH, the 5th grade teacher.  Mrs. Margaret DURANT is her substitute.  Mrs. Hugh HAWKES is substituting for the 2nd grad teacher, Miss Thelma CLINT, who has been absent for over a week will illness.

Miss Hazel TURNER is spending two weeks in Avon, a guest of Mrs. MAGEE.

Mr. and Mrs. Laverne FISH have moved from Macedon to the home of his brother, Lynn FISH, and family.

+  Deputy Sheriff Victor CAMPBELL was removed to Thompson Memorial hospital of Canandaigua, last Saturday, suffering with heart trouble.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY          Tuesday,                   June 21, 1938             by: GSubyak@aol.com

Illness of two weeks ended in the death at Highland Hospital yesterday of Wallace D. CUMMINGS, 26, teacher in the English department at Monroe High School.
Born in Shortsville, he came to Rochester as a  youth and attended Schools 31 and 11 before entering Monroe High School where he was an honor
student, being standard bearer there in both the junior and  senior high schools. He was graduated in 1934 from University of Rochester where he won his Phi Beta Kappa key. He was working for a master's degree at the  time of his death.
An active worker among boys, he was a teacher of a Sunday School class at Third Presbyterian Church of which he was a member and a Hi-Y Club leader at Monroe High School.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Annie L.  CUMMINGS, 523 Wellington Ave. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m.  tomorrow from the Wellington Avenue home with burial in Shortsville cemetery.

CUMMINGS - At the Highland Hospital, June 20, 1938, Wallace D. CUMMINGS of 523 Wellington Ave. He is survived by his mother, Annie L. CUMMINGS of this city.  Funeral Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from 523 Wellington Ave.  Interment in Brookside Cemetery at Shortsville.

Same paper,    June 22, 1938

CUMMINGS - At the Highland Hospital, June 20, 1938, Wallace D. CUMMINGS of 523 Wellington Ave. He is survived by his mother, Annie L. CUMMINGS of this city. Funeral Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from 523 Wellington Ave.  Interment in Brookside Cemetery at Shortsville.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER           Wednesday              June 25, 1947                 by: Dianne Thomas
 Vicinity Deaths - SHORTSVILLE
Miss Margaret Farrell, 83, died this morning in the home of her niece, Mrs. Winford Lannon, Mather Street, Shortsville, after a long illness. Born in Macedon, April 24, 1864, she had been a resident of Shortsville for nearly 80 years. She was a member of St. Dominic's Church and the Rosary Society.
Survivors are a brother and sister, Robert Farrell, Shortsville, and Mrs. Katherine McGarry, of Canandaigua, and also several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday from the Stoddard funeral home, and from St. Dominic's Church, the Rev. John E. Napier officiating. Interment will be in St. Rose Cemetery.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER              Friday                September 13, 1940              by: Dianne Thomas
MANCHESTER BRIEFS   -  Walter Rodney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Torrence Rodney, will leave today for service in the United States Navy.

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, NY                        Nov 30, 1940           by: GSubyak@aol.com

COLLINS - At his home in Honeoye Falls, Friday, Nov. 29, 1940, Edward COLLINS. Survived by five daughters, Marie F., Clara E., Genevieve M. of Honeoye Falls; Mrs. William HARVEY of Lima, Mrs. Paul GERSBACH of Shortsville; one son, Francis J. of Honeoye Falls.  Funeral services Monday morning at 8:45 from the late residence and 9 o'clock at St. Paul's Church, Honeoye Falls. Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (Rochester)

Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, NY                 Wed,                 February 12, 1941                   by: Dianne Thomas


The death of Mrs. Frances E. SMITH occurred at her home in Manchester quite unexpectedly on Monday, following a heart attack. She was in her 73rd year.
Mrs. SMITH was a native of Marion but had made her home in Manchester for the past 45 years. The survivors include three sons, Walter, Ralph and Milton SMITH of Manchester, three sisters, Mrs. Raymond THOMPSON of Marion, Mrs. Minnie LANE and Mrs. Ida SEPTIN of Fairport; four brothers, Milton SHAW of Canandaigua, Raymond and Albert SHAW of Rochester and Henry SHAW of Canastota.
Obsequies will be held from the home of J. M. STODDARD in High street at 2:00 o'clock this Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. Joseph LEWIEN officiating. Internment will be made at Brookside Cemetery

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, NY                       Mar 2, 1941                  by: GSubyak@aol.com

ALLEN - Durwood, of Shortsville, N. Y., Friday, Feb. 28, 1941, at Thompson Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua. He leaves his wife, Eleanor; his father, Elmer, of Manchester, N. Y.  Services from the home of his father, Elmer ALLEN, 68 State St., Manchester, N. Y., Monday at 2 p.m. Interment in Furnaceville Cemetery, Ontario,  N. Y., Rev. SWARTHOUT officiating.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER                   Thursday               December 9, 1941              by: Ron Hanley 
Ross - Carney     SHORTSVILLE
The marriage of Miss Elsie M. Ross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ross, Manchester, and James P. Carney Jr., this village, was solemnized in St. Domonic's Church, Tuesday, by the Rev. John E. Napier, pastor.  Attending the bride were Miss Theresa DeMott of Elmira and Miles R. Carney, this village.
The bride wore a pastel green silk street dress with brown accessories and a corsage of orchids, and Miss DeMott was attired in a aquamarine street dress with black accessories and wore a corsage of pink roses.
A wedding breakfast was served to members of immediate family with a dinner and reception held following the ceremony in Canandaigua Hotel.
After a wedding trip to New York City, Mr. and Mrs. Carney will reside in Shortsville. Mrs. Carney attended Manchester High School and Mr. Carney, Shortsville High.   Showers for the bride elect were given by Mrs. Anthony Ross, Jr., Mrs. Frank Ross and Mrs. John Twenty Five.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY                 Dec 28, 1941  & Dec 29, 1941              by: GSubyak@aol.com

BUCK - Friday, Dec. 26, 1941, Sara widow of Orin C. BUCK of 35 Edgeland Ave.  She leaves her daughter, Mrs. Myron B. HORTON of Organ, New Mexico; one  son, Charles M. BUCK; a grandson, Myron B. HORTON Jr.; and two brothers, H. Barton FRY, Amia, Mich., and William FRY, Grand Rapids, Mich.  Funeral services at Hedges New Memorial Chapel Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Interment in Shortsville, N. Y.

THE  VICTOR  HERALD                February 9, 1945                   by: Ron Hanley 
Mrs. Helen DeGroote Allen, wife of Walter Allen, died at their home in Shortsville, January 26, 1945, at the age of 36.  Mr. and Mrs. Allen lived in Victor for a short time following their marriage in 1934.  She had been ill for some time.
Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter Joan Emily, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob DeGroote, of Shortsville, two sisters, Mrs. Frank Secora, and Mrs. John Kennedy, both of Shortsville, and a brother, Sgt. George Mapes, now in Belgium. Funeral services were held in her home. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.

 ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL                Friday                April 6, 1945                by: Ron Hanley  
At F. F. Thompson Hospital, April 2, 1945, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Randall, Manchester.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER                 Saturday                March 29, 1947              by: Ron Hanley  
Vicinity Deaths          Mrs. Fannie Alger         MANCHESTER
The Manchester Baptist Church lost its oldest member yesterday with the death of Mrs. Fannie Alger, 84, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Orson Alger in Lima.  Mrs. Alger had been ill for several months. She had been a member of the Manchester church for 68 years.
Born in the Town of Manchester, January 11, 1863, she was the daughter of Stephen and Cornelia Bennett. She attended rural school in the town and later married John Alger of Honeoye.
The couple resided at Honeoye Lake for some time and also lived in Rochester for several years until 1925 when Mr. Alger died. Following his death Mrs. Alger returned to Manchester where she resided with a cousin, Manchester's eldest woman, Mrs. Flora B. Post.
Six years ago Mrs. Alger went to live with her son, Stephen Alger, in Fairport and since last September had been with her niece in Lima.
Besides Stephen Alger, now of Victor, she leaves two other sons, Bert Alger of Montour Falls, and Louis Alger, of Erie, Pennsylvania, and one grandson.
Funeral service will be held at the home of Patrick J. McLoughlin, North Main Street, Manchester, Sunday March 30 at 2 p.m., the Rev. Leon L. Swarthout, pastor of the Manchester Baptist Church will officiate.  Interment will be made in Honeoye.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER             Wednesday              December 8, 1948             by: Ron Hanley  
 F. J. Rodney, 85, Ex Mayor of Manchester Dies
Frank J. Rodney, 85, former Manchester mayor and school tax collector for the past 12 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Frank Huffman, Main Street, yesterday after a brief illness.
 A lifelong resident, Rodney was born in this village February 2, 1863, son of John and Melinda Rodney. He attended Manchester schools until he became a moulder in the old Empire Drill company plant at Shortsville. When the firm was dissolved, he affiliated with the Lehigh Valley railroad as an inspector, until he retired in 1922. For 14 years he had made his home with his daughter.

Village President, Mayor -  Well known in this area, Rodney served as president of the village for 16 years and was the first mayor when the village adopted the new set up. Active in band work, he was one of two survivors of the old Manchester Military band which was popular in Western New York about the World War I era.

Rodney had completed 50 years as secretary of the American Federation of Musicians' Union of the Western New York area. For 60 years he had served as Democratic Committeeman and was a member of the Democratic Committeemens' association. He also was a member of Canandaigua lodge, FAM, chosen friends encampment, of Shortsville, and Manchester Rod and Gun Club.
Two Sons Live Here - Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Frank Huffman, Manchester, and Mrs. George Case, Oak Park, Illinois, four sons, Torrence L. Rodney, and Raymond B. Rodney, Canandaigua, John F. Rodney, Shortsville, and Gerald V. Rodney, Oak Park, Illinois, also 22 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.    Interment at Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL                  Friday               Dec  10, 1948           Pg 5, col 3      by: Ron Hanley   
DEATH  RECORD  -   RODNEY  -   At Manchester, December 7, 1948,  Frank J. Rodney, 85, former Manchester Mayor.

THE DAILY  MESSENGER                 Monday                  October 1, 1951            Pg 3, col  5            by: Ron Hanley 
Jacob DeGroote, 75, died early this morning, October 1, 1951, at his home 14 Hebron Street following a brief illness.
He was born July 3, 1876, at Hansant, Holland, and came to the US at the age of 4, residing for the remainder of his life in this vicinity.  He first married Miss Florence Lyke, Manchester, who died in 1910, and was married four years later to Mrs. Catherine DeDoist Mapes. He began as an engine wiper at Lehigh Valley Railroad roundhouse at Manchester, October 1, 1898, and after several rapid promotions, became a locomotive engineer in 1911, continuing in the latter capacity until he recently retired in 1944.   Mr. DeGroote was a member of the Shortsville Presbyterian Church, and Parlor Village Lodge, IOOF. 
Survived by wife, one daughter, Mrs. John Kennedy Sr., Shortsville, one step daughter, Mrs. Frank Secora, Rochester, one step son, George Mapes, of Shortsville, three sisters, Mrs. William Sebadra, Palmyra, Mrs. Cornelius LeRoy, Palmyra, and Mrs. Frederick Hackett, Branchport, two brothers, Peter and Abram, both Shortsville, three grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  Interment in Brookside Cemetery.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER                Thursday               August 7, 1952            by: Ron Hanley 
VICINITY DEATHS    Mrs. Kate Lankford        MANCHESTER
Mrs. Kate Lankford, 73, died Wednesday morning, August 6, 1952, at Ovid after a long illness.
Funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the home of her sister, Mrs. Helen Davidson, 34 Main Street, Manchester. The Rev. Gerald Harris, pastor of the Manchester Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Westbury, L.I.
Mrs. Lankford was born in Mendham, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Ellis C. and Ann Maloney Harris. She was a member of the Manchester Methodist Church.  Survivors are a son, Ellis Lankford, Niagara Falls, two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Jones, Morristown New Jersey, and Mrs. Davidson, a niece, Mrs. Vincent O'Donnell, Manchester, and a nephew, William Jones, Morristown, New Jersey.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER            Tuesday              June 2, 1953               by: Ron Hanley 
Vicinity Deaths    George E. Bounds
SHORTSVILLE   -     George E. Bounds, 73, died Monday June 1, 1953, after a short illness at Thompson Memorial Hospital.  Mr. Bounds, who was born in Walworth, spent most of his life in Shortsville, having married the former Mabel May Cummings of this village.  
At the time of his retirement in 1947, Mr. Bounds was a woodworker for the Pioneer Threshing Machine Company of Shortsville. He was a member of the Shortsville Presbyterian Church.
 Besides his wife Mr. Bounds is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles St. John, of Oneonta, two sisters, Mrs. Geraldine Cummings of
Canandaigua, and Mrs. Harry Darling, of Phelps, two brothers, Arthur of Shortsville and Harry of Chapin, and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. from the Stoddard Funeral Home, Main St. Shortsville. The Rev. A. J. MacMillan, retired Presbyterian minister of Waterloo, will officiate, with burial in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY                   Wednesday              May 9, 1956                       by:  Dianne Thomas        

J. J. CARR Rites Held - The funeral of John James CARR of the Chapin-Orleans road was held Sunday afternoon at the Schaefer & Halstead funeral home, Shortsville, Rev. I. Norman DEMINZ, officiating.  Mr. CARR, who was 73, suffered a heart attack while drive a light truck on County route 46, last Thursday evening.  The vehicle overturned in a ditch and Mr. CARR died on route to Thompson hospital.  He had worked for 20 years at the Manchester yards of the Lehigh Valley railroad, until his ___ in 1915 ... (faded & cut off).....

SHORTSVILLE  ENTERPRISE               February 12, 1958               by: Ron Hanley 

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Douglass Note 55th Anniversary


Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Douglass, 26 West Gibson St., quietly noted their 55th wedding anniversary last week.  Only observance was a small dinner gathering at which former Supreme Court Justice and Mrs. Fred D. Cribb, 244 North Main Street, were their guests.  Justice Cribb was best man when Mr. and Mrs. Douglass were married on February 5, 1903.


Mr. and Mrs. Douglass enjoy good health and he works daily as a member of the office staff of the R. D. Johnson Granite Co., 217 South Main St.   Mr. and Mrs. Douglass are the parents of two daughters, Mrs. Elmer Phillips, of Ithaca, the former Miss Gladys Douglass, and Mrs. Melvin Babcock, Rutland Vermont, the former Miss Dorothea Douglass.  And there are five grandchildren, and a great granddaughter.

The Geneva Times                 Thursday                      April 19, 1973                         by:  Dianne Thomas 

Vivian PRATT Broman -  Manchester - Funeral services for Vivian PRATT/BROMAN, a former Manchester resident, who died Sunday, April 15in Evanston, Ill. will be held privately at a graveside service today in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.  Arrangements are by Arthur R. Schaefer Funeral Home.  
Mrs. BROMAN was twice widowed. Her first husband, Dr. John H. PRATT, practiced medicine in Manchester, for many years before his death in 1943.  She had lived in Evanston the last 20 years.  Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Delpha COLE of Winter Park., Fla., Mrs. Verna F. SCHAUER of Talmese, Calif., and Mrs. G. L. SMITH of Minneapolis, Minn.; one niece, one nephew and three step children.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER                  Monday               September 17, 1973             by: Ron Hanley 
  SHORTSVILLE - Herbert W. Meath, 74, of County Road 28, died Saturday in Clifton Springs.  He was an Army Veteran of World War II, and a member of the Turner Schraeder American Legion Post and St. Dominic's Church, both of Shortsville. Before his retirement in 1962, he was employed at Garlock Packing Company in Palmyra.
He is survived by his wife, Marion Ellis Meath, a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Esther Herendeen, both of Shortsville, three brothers, John, of
Seattle, Wash., Robert, of Avon, and Donald, of Palmyra, a sister, Mrs. Henry Kathryn Miles, of Tampa, Florida, and two grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Arthur R. Schaefer Funeral Home today, where a funeral service will be held tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., followed by
a Mass at St. Dominic's at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Rose Cemetery.

CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER  Monday  October 22, 1973         by: Ron Hanley 


SHORTSVILLE -   Francis Edward Farrell, 79, former Shortsville resident, died in Rochester Friday.  He was a member of the Turner Schraeder American Legion Post of Shortsville, the Clinton L. Tatchen and William H. Briggs Post VFW Number 307.  He is survived by a brother, John Sr. of Shortsville, and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held today with burial in St. Rose Cemetery, Shortsville.

Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY        Monday        Dec 8, 1896                 by:  Dianne Thomas 

Mrs. Martha Mapes

SHORTSVILLE - Mrs. Martha Runyon Mapes, 94, died yesterday (Dec. 7) at F. F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua.  Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Sainsbury Funeral Home, 78 W. Main St.   The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with burial at the convenience of the family in Brookside Cemetery, Shortsville.

Mrs. Mapes was born July 25, 1892, in Hopewell, daughter of the late David and Flora Street Cassort

She was a Gold Star Mother having lost her son, CPO Robert Runyon, in World War II. Her oldest son, Cecil died in 1970. She lived in Shortsville most of her life and operated Runyon's Greenhouses on Park Street. She moved to Honeoye after marrying George Mapes in 1947. She was a member of the Parlour Village Lodge of Rebekahs in Shortsville, the American Legion Auxiliary in Honeoye and the United Church of Christ in Honeoye. She was a member of Eagle Star Chapter 350 Eastern Star in Honeoye.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John (Julia Runyon) Driscoll of Geneva; four grandchildren; one nephew; and seven great grandchildren. 

Courier Gazette Death Notices, Newark, NY             March 1998                  by:  Dianne Thomas 

Ward BROWN, 84, of Port Gibson, died on March 4, 1998 at Clifton Springs Hospital. Mr. BROWN was born July 19, 1913, in Flint, the son of Frank and Lena BROWN, and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from the Village of Palmyra, after which he worked in laundries in Palmyra and Newark, and did farming and truck driving. Interment in Port Gibson Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, M. Elaine BROWN, one sister, Edna REESE of Clifton Springs; brother, Jay BROWN of Florida; several nieces and nephews.

Nelson (Toot) YOST, 81, of West Miller St., Newark, died March 31, 1998 at Newark-Wayne Hospital. Nelson was born on July 1, 1916 in Lewisburg, PA, the son of Adam and Sarah (SPITLER) YOST. He was a long-time resident of Newark and retired from Garlock in 1975. He was a member of the Garlock Old Timers Club. Interment in the Port Gibson Cemetery. Mr. YOST is survived by his sister, Marion McNEILL of Sanford, FL; nieces Carol MITCHELL and Betty PARKER of FL; nephews Melvin YOST Jr. of Jacksonville; Gerald (Mary) YOST of St. Albans, VT; Robert (Charlotte) YOST of Port Gibson; Robert (Betty) YOST of Palmyra; Richard (Barb) YOST of Port Gibson; James YOST of Canandaigua, and Donald (Janet) YOST of Georgia; many friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Melvin, Arthur, Willard, and Karl, his sisters Hazel FETZER and Margaret WOOD, and his nephew, Charles WOOD.

Courier Gazette Death Notices, Newark, NY                 May 1998               by:  Dianne Thomas 


 Josephine H. O'NEAL 78, of Newark, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998 in Sanford, FL. Mrs. O'NEAL was born in Newark, Sept. 15, 1919, the daughter of Henry and Lena NORSEN. Interment in Port Gibson Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Jennings (Shorty) O'NEAL; four granddaughters, Carolyn JAEGAR of Rochester, Sharon BADE of Marion, Donna CIANFONI of Canandaigua, and Judy TIDD of Shortsville; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

Courier Gazette Death Notices, Newark, NY           July 1998                  by:  Dianne Thomas 

Richard W. KUSIO, 29, of Port Gibson/North Tonowanda died July 19, 1998. Richard was born on October 11, 1968 in Newark. He spent his childhood and teen years on Faas Road in Palmyra. He attended Sunday School for 11 years at the Port Gibson United Methodist Church. Richard graduated in 1986 from Midlakes High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He was a 1990 graduate of Clarkson University, where he was honored as a presidential scholar. He was pursuing his masters degree in engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was employed by Praxair in Tonowanda, since 1990. Interment in Port Gibson Cemetery. Richard is survived by his mother, Mary KUSIO of Newark, his father, Ronald KUSIO of Perry, a sister, Anne (Paul) FORDHAM of Clyde, his aunts, Louise M. KUSIO of Warren, PA, and Janyne TREMAINE of Lebanon, PA and many friends in Buffalo, Port Gibson and Newark.

Courier Gazette Death Notices, Newark, NY              Jan   1999                by:  Dianne Thomas 

Marie E. VAN PARYS 92, of Atwater Street, died March 24, 1999, in Fort Pierce, FL. Mrs. VAN PARYS was born Feb. 17, 1907, in Belgium, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (LANDUYT) VANDENBUSSCHE. She had worked at the Newark Developmental Center for many years, retiring in 1972. She was also a communicant of St. Michael's Church. Interment in Port Gibson Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter, Jean (Homer) SMITH of Palmyra; five sons, Hank (Betty Mae) of Red Hook, Roger (Barbara) of Citrus Heights, CA, Harold "Ike" (Dorothy) of Pultneyville, Joseph (Shirley) of Scottsdale, AR, and Louis (Marge) of Venezuela; 30 grandchildren; many, many great-grandchildren; brother, Bernard VANDENBUSSCHE of Newark; and sister, Agnes DIESTEL of Westbury, NY. She was predeceased by her husband, Jacob VAN PARYS who died May 26, 1991.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY             July 25, 2005                     by:  Dianne Thomas 

ALLEN, Clarence  -  of Manchester, aged  85, died on July 19, 2005. He was predeceased by his wife, Jean ALLEN in 2004. He is survived by his step-daughter, Penny DAWSON.  Friends may call on Saturday, July 30th from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Halsted-Patrick Funeral Home, 19 North Main St., Manchester, NY. Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY               July 29, 2005             by:  Dianne Thomas 

FLAMMIA, Robert J.

MANCHESTER: Age 68, died on July 28, 2005 at his home. Robert was a former employee of the City of Rochester. He is survived by his wife, Marianne FLAMMIA; one son, Robert W. FLAMMIA (Diane Roth); grandchildren, Adrianna  FLAMMIA and Shannon and Robert ROTH; his mother, Jeanette FLAMMIA; two brothers, Anthony (Florence)  FLAMMIA and James FLAMMIA; two sisters, Dolores GREINER and Rosemarie DURFEE; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Saturday, July 30 from 6-8pm and Sunday, July 31 from2-6pm at Halsted-Patrick Funeral Home, 19 North Main St., Manchester, NY. The funeral home is located off Exit 43 of the NYS Thruway and South Rte. 21. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, August 1 at 10am at St. Dominic Church, Shortsville, NY. Donations in Robert's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1400 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609-5896.

Washington Post,     Sunday             Mar 5, 2006               by:  Dianne Thomas 

Paleontologist Barbara A. Bedette; Specialized in Cenozoic Mollusks
Barbara Audrey Bedette, 73, whose interest in snails, clams and other mollusks reached back 65 million years, and whose work is likely to benefit scientists for generations to come, died of acute leukemia Feb. 23 at George Washington University Hospital. She was a Washington resident.

For 52 years, Miss Bedette worked for the U.S. Geological Survey's paleontology and stratigraphy branch. She specialized in Cenozoic molluscan paleontology, a science that uses fossils to study life in the past.

She neither described new species nor published groundbreaking research on a particular animal population, but her work is broadly used by research and field scientists who do just that. Miss Bedette painstakingly created a reference file of 30,000 index cards for Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain Cenozoic mollusks. She also systematically arranged the huge national collection of Cenozoic mollusks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, a half-mile of drawers filled with hundreds of thousands of specimens.

"What it amounts to is that over the years, there have been many scientific papers describing new species," said Thomas R. Waller, the Natural History Museum's curator of Cenozoic mollusks. "The literature is really scattered in many different journals, some known and some unknown. It's really the obligation of anyone wishing to describe a new species to make absolutely sure it's not been described before."

Colleagues described Miss Bedette as an unassuming, quiet woman with an uncanny feel for the relevant or unusual bit of information in her field. Although she worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, her office was at the Natural History Museum, and she worked closely with its scientists. "She had a remarkable insight for flagging things that I was indeed interested in, but I was surprised that she knew I would be interested in," Waller said.

She was born in Conneaut, Ohio, and was a geology graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She moved to Washington in 1954 and worked for several scientists who are legendary in paleontology, including Harry S. Ladd and Wendell Woodring, for whom she did proofreading and indexing in the era before desktop computers.

After her retirement in 1988, she continued to work at the Natural History Museum and compiled a library of descriptions of more than 7,000 of the world's known fossils and living scallops, a task she had nearly completed before she died.

She enjoyed domestic and foreign travel, loved the outdoors and enjoyed field work, including scuba diving. She was awarded USGS's Scroll of Honor and the Natural History Museum's Peer Recognition Community Award.

She also worked on a small business, Butterfly Alphabet Inc., with longtime friend Kjell Sandved of Washington.

Geneva Times, Geneva, NY                           March 2006                             by: Sam

Douglas COONS  1945 - 2006   Sunday....2/26/2006
MANCHESTER Douglas COONS, 60, died Monday (Feb. 27, 2006) at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Courier Gazette                                             June 2006                              by:  Dianne Thomas 

Memorial Service - Port Gibson: Goellner, Karl Eugene; Oct. 27, 2004 and Ruth Elizabeth; March 10, 2002: Mr. and Mrs. Goellner had bequeathed their remains to the medical school at the University of Iowa. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside committal service to be held on Saturday, June 17 in the Port Gibson Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 1pm in the Port Gibson United Methodist Church. Gene was born on Sept. 18, 1911 in Port Gibson, NY. He was the sixth of eight children born to John and Anna Marie Volz Goellner. He earned a bachelor of science degree in 1933 and doctor of philosophy degree in 1943 at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He was veteran of WWII and served in the Air force in El Paso, TX. Gene and the former Ruth Goodwin were married in Detroit, Michigan on May 11, 1934. Mr. Goellner had taught at Luther College and Coe College. During his career he taught zoology, biology, embryology, ornithology, icthyology and comparative anatomy among other subjects. As faculty advisor, he counseled young men and women, helping them make decisions about their lives and careers. He strived to make student athletes students first and athletes second. Gene served as the President of the Iowa Academy of Science from 1978-79 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Academy of Science in 1980. Mr. Goellner was active in the Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, Coe Athletics Committee and the Iowa Academy of Science. At Coe Commencement in May 2003, he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the college.

Ruth was born on Sept. 27, 1910 in Hinsdale, Ill., the eldest of five children of Hiram F. and Sarah McGuire Goodwin. Her early childhood was spent on an Illinois farm where she learned from her father to love and study nature. She earned a bachelor of science and master of science degrees in zoology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Ruth was a medical technologist at St. Luke's Hospital for 20 years. She built exhibits and taught nature and was active in the Cedar Rapids Audubon Chapter and in the Iowa Nature Conservancy. In the 1970s she spearheaded a project to acquire and protect a woodland-wetland in eastern Iowa which is now an Iowa State Preserve. In addition to her love of and concern for nature, she was always committed to education and science.

After retirement, Gene and Ruth moved to Teal Lake near Hayward, Wisconsin. He remained a Loyal Michigan Alumnus. He continued his lifelong focus on environmental and ecological issues at home and abroad. Gene and Ruth traveled extensively to such places as Siberia, Russia, Alaska, Europe, Norway, Guam, Africa, Trinidad, Mexico and the Galapagos Islands.

Mr. Goellner was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Anna, Henry, Fred, Margaret, John, Alice and Lud. Mrs. Goellner was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Hiram, Rachel and Horace. They are survived by their sons John (Annette), Karl A. (Mary), Paul (Bette Colville) and Mark (Anita) Goellner; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.    Arrangements: Robert L. Yost Funeral Home, Inc. 

October 2007                         by:  Dianne Thomas 

In Memory -  Marla "Sam" (Stempel) Kelly, died October 11, 2007 in Thompson hospital, Canandaigua, aged 59 years.  "Sam" was active in her family genealogy and a contributor of information to this website, to help others find their connections in families located at some of the Manchester cemeteries, by her recordings of headstones.  She will be missed by not only her family, but by many others whom she had helped in their own family research.  Thank you Sam.  Thank you, for your generosity and for being you!       Dianne

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