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Rochester Observer, Rochester, Monroe Co., NY   Friday     February 1, 1828      by: Pat Mims

MARRIED -   In Naples,   Mr. Ira L. WATKINS to Miss Sally TRACY.

Rochester Republican, Rochester, N. Y.      Tuesday,   Feb. 1, 1848              by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Death  -  At his residence in Naples, Ontario county, on Saturday inst., of a congestion of the brain, Hon. Jeremiah B. PARRISH, formerly one of the Judges of the County Courts of Ontario Co.

Ontario Republican Times,   Thursday,   14 October 1858,  Vol. 3, No. 25, p. 3.   by: KDeFoster@aol.com 

Horrible Death - 
Mr. SEYMOUR A. GILLETT, a farmer of Naples, in this county, was gored to death last Friday by a Bull.  It appears that Mr. GILLETT went to his pasture in the morning of the day named, for the purpose of driving home a pair of oxen preparatory to hauling a lot of potatoes which himself and a younger brother had commenced digging.  He did not return, but his prolonged absence excited no fears, as it was presumed that he had gone for something to the residence of his father about three miles distant.  But it was discovered the next morning that he had not been there; and his brother thereupon proceeded to the pasture and commenced a search for him.  Approaching the cattle, he observed the Bull making unusual demonstrations of excitement and rage, and was finally driven from the field by the infuriated brute -- not, however, without seeing enough to satisfy him that the missing man had been killed.  
The neighbors were then got together, and some of them, armed with rifles, entered the enclosure and finding it impossible to drive the Bull away, finally fired upon him.  He was brought down after receiving ten shots, and the field was then searched.  The remains of Mr. GILLETT were soon found.  The body was stripped of clothing, and had been pierced through and through in several places by the Bull's horns.  It was otherwise awfully mangled, and so much disfigured as to be scarcely recognizable.  A club was found nearby, with which it appeared the unfortunate man had attempted to defend himself in the unequal struggle.  Pieces of clothing were also found scattered about the field, with other indications that the contest had been a severe and protracted one.

ONTARIO REPOSITORY, Canandaigua   Wed, Aug. 12, 1863 Pg 3, col 4  by:  Ron Hanley
MARRIED  FISK - MONIER - At Naples, on the 6th of August, by Rev. M. B. Gelson, assisted by Rev. L. D. Chase,   Henry C. Fisk, Esq., of Buffalo, Division Superintendent of the York and Erie Rail Road, to Miss Gertrude L. Monier, eldest daughter of James L. Monier, Esq., of Naples.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES,  Wednesday     May 31, 1865    Pg 3, col  2               by: Dianne Thomas          
DIED - CLARK -  In Naples, Ontario County, May 20th 1865, in the 84th year of her age, Mrs. Mary Clark, relict of the late Major Joseph Clark, and mother of the Ex Governor Clark.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES        Oct. 17, 1866          Pg. 3, col 2             by:  Ron Hanley
Married - In Naples, N.Y., on the morning of Wednesday September 18th, by the Rev. Mr. Leisimring, Ephraim W. Cleveland to Mary Conaughty, both of Naples.

ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  Wednesday April 7, 1869   Pg 2, col 1           by: Dianne Thomas   

DEATHS -   At his residence in the village of Naples, Ontario County, NY., on the 3rd day of April, 1869, James L. Monier Esq., aged about 69 years.

DEATH of JAMES L. MONIERIn the death of Mr. Monier, which we learn took place suddenly at his home in Naples, on Saturday, the 3rd inst., our county loses another of its prominent citizens and most active and useful business men.
Mr. Monier was born in 1800, and the forty six or seven years of his business life were spent in this county. He started in life with no other capital save industry, good habits and integrity.
His first engagement in this county was that of clerk for Henry Chapin.  He was subsequently a clerk for Ebenezer Hale, and in connection with Mr. Hale established the store in Naples which was the main element in his subsequent success.
With a mind of remarkable grasp and clearness, and steady untiring industry, his success was rapid. Another element of his success was his unfaltering business integrity. No obligation of his was ever dishonored, and his business word was never a matter of doubt.
He started at Naples with a capital of five hundred dollars, and leaves to his family hundreds of thousands.  His first foot of land was purchased here, and at his death he was the owner of three thousand four hundred acres, nearly all valuable farming lands in and around Naples, all acquired by his own exertions.
Political positions he utterly refused to have never consenting to hold even a town office, but he was among the earlier Presidents of the Ontario County Agricultural Society, was also a Director in the Bank of Geneva, and President of the Board of Trustees of the Naples Academy.
Several years ago he had a shock of apoplexy, and though he recovered so as to resume and continue his business, his death came suddenly, without warning, by a recurrence of his disease, and the thought of those who knew him, upon hearing his death, will be that Ontario County has few such business men to lose as James Livingston Monier.
Death of James L. Monier, by a line item, Hon. E. B. Pottle, we are informed of the death of James L. Monier, one of the most prominent citizens of Naples.
He died suddenly, almost without a moment's warning, on Saturday the 3rd instant, his death being caused probably by a recurrence of the apoplectic difficulty with which he was attacked several years ago. He had been in usual health, and was engaged in business almost to the last moment. His age was sixty eight years.
Mr. Monier was in some respects a remarkable man. His long and successful business career presents an example of what may be accomplished by industry, integrity and good habits. With these, and no other capital, he commenced his earnest life work, succeeding ultimately in amassing a handsome fortune, and in building up for himself a reputation which made him the peer of the most honorable and trusted businessmen in Ontario County.

The Naples Record         Sat                      May 23, 1874                    by: Dianne Thomas   

DEATHS - JOHN METCALF -  On Saturday last, our Town was saddened by the death of three of its citizens. Early in the morning, the bell announced that of John Metcalf, aged 49 years.  Mr. Metcalf had passed his entire life in Italy and Naples and was extensively known.  He was a younger brother of J. H and Hiram Metcalf of Canandaigua  he was a congenial, upright citizen and very highly loved by those who had an intimate acquaintance with him, he being naturally or a modest retiring disposition. He had been ailing for years with consumption. He leaves a widow, two brothers and two sisters. The service of the funeral will be held from his late residence on Tuesday at 10 am, and the remains buried at Rose Ridge (cemetery).


The Naples Record               Thursday                   Mar 20, 1875                            by: Dianne Thomas 

History of the Sutton Family  - FROM THE YATES CO.  CHRONICLE. 

Elisha Sutton, son of Elisha Sutton Sr., was born in Elizabethtown, N.J. in 1756. His father came from Northumberlandshire, England, and with his brother David, first settled upon Long Island. 

Elisha Sutton marred Hannah Voak, of Elizabeth town, while quite young.  He was engaged as one of the teamsters to transport the baggage of the army of  Washington across the "Jersies", he with other teamsters were hauling provisions to the forts below Philadelphia, and were present to witness the battle of Red Bank, and were hurried out of danger by a cannon ball coming in close proximity.  

After the revolution he was induced by a proclamation from the king of England to settle in his dominions, and accordingly, journeyed with his family to Canada, upon pack-horses through an unbroken wilderness. His smaller children were conveyed on horse-back, in baskets. He passed over the Canandarque outlet on the bridge that Gen. Sullivan  had crossed with his army eight years before.

In fording the Geneseo River, the children were much frightened, as the water rose midway to the horses sides and wet their feet. The long and tedious journey, the sick and suffering inhabitants, and the scarcity of provisions, caused his return to Sunbury, Penn, where he had relatives. 

Remaining there until 1800,  he removed in winter with his family of nine children to the town of Potter, by the way of Williamsport and over the Laurel mountains to the block house, thence to Peters' Camp, Painted Post, and through by Mud Lake,. and stopped with his brother-in-law, Abraham Voak, who had come into the country a few years before. His family consisted of two daughters, Susana and Polly, and seven sons, John, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, James, Elisha, and William.

It was here the family suffered many hardships, and sickness incident to a new country. The wild game of the forest helped to supply the family with meat, while the father labored from home to procure the necessaries of life.

The neighbors who are remembered living mile apart in rude log houses with little, clearings, were John and Abraham Voak, Solomon and Peter Riggs. Art Buet, Joe Ellerson, Sutherland, and Gideon Ball.

Deer were plenty and would accompany the cattle on their return home at night. Bears and wolves were troublesome and afforded many exciting occasions for "bear hunts." John Sutton, an excellent shot, killed three bears. On one occasion of a dark night, the family was aroused, by a bear who had seized their only shoat from the pen. and retreated with only squealing remonstrance, and rifle shot from the comer of the house.

On another occasion a creature was heard to bawl all day, and was missing at night. A search was made in the edge of the Kashong swamp and the heifer was found nearly dead, having been mired and eaten alive badly, by the wolves.  Men were accustomed to "backing" to mill and from the "Friends' settlement", he provisions for their families. On one occasion, Mr. John Voak carried a five pall kettle on his back, twelve miles, from Geneva for the purpose of making maple syrup.  


Mr. Sutton was ever on the lookout for good chances and purchased the betterments of the land on which the village of Bethel now stands.

While here, a fine looking gentleman came out of the woods upon horseback and called at the log house door saying "I am glad to find you here with so many boys. You can have this land for four dollars an acre, and your boys can work and pay for it and then buy the farms around here for all your boys and make them all rich!"

This was Judge Oliver Phelps, one of the proprietors of Phelps & Gorham's purchase. As the family grew up, they found employment in different localities.  Polly was employed as a tailoress in Col. William Clark's family in Middletown, now Naples, in 1804.  She was married to Joseph Clark, the eldest son of Col. Clark, Jan 15, 1805. 

She was a woman of rare ability, of excellent character, and of marked usefulness in her family, and within a large circle of appreciative friends.  Upon the occasion of a great festival, which happened in early days of Naples, one lady previously boasted that she would have the honor or wearing the only silk dress, in Naples.  Mrs. Clark upon hearing this and wishing to humble her vanity, went to Canandaigua, 24 miles upon horseback, procured an elegant silk dress and returned the same day, made it in an elegant style, and wore it on the occasion to the great discomfiture of her boasting friend. 

She was the first female to promote and help establish a temperance society in Naples, in 1820. Her sons were: Myron H. Clark, ex- Governor of the State of New York, now residing in Canandaigua, Stephen W. Clark, A. M., author of several editions of Clark's Grammar, now a retired gentleman living in Parma, Monroe Co., on the beautiful and picturesque  "Grove Farm." 


Joseph W. Clark, who now resides in Naples, N. Y., is a successful fruit  dealer and grape grower. Her other two sons, Lorenzo and William, died at an early age. Her husband was a volunteer officer in the war of 1812 and was taken prisoner at the sortie on Fort Erie and confined at Halifax, N.B. He died at Sylvania, Ohio, in 1838.  She died in Naples, May 19, 1865, in the 85th year of her age. 

Susannah married Alanson Lyon, and died in Naples many years ago.  Her children were George W., who has been a Constable and deputy sheriff for many years in Naples; Andrew J., served and died in the Mexican war; Lucena Hotchkiss, now lives in South Bristol; Arminda and Fanny died many years ago 

John Sutton, the eldest son, came to Naples in 1806, and purchased 58 acres of heavy timbered land, of Robt. Brown, for twenty shillings an acre, on lot No. 2, in the 7th range.  He cut the first tree July 4,1822. He married Judith Hawes, of Brookfield, Mass., Dec. 28, 1810; his large family was brought up to labor and economy. 

He died in Naples, June 20,1862, at the age of 78 years. His children were Seymour H, a prominent citizen of Naples, having held the office of Justice of the Peace for eight years, and promoted the cause of temperance and education; Lyman L. Sutton, is a practical builder and architect, residing in Naples village; Myron C., lives and Naples and keeps a music store and deals in jewelry; Avery J. resides in Spencer Mills, Michigan, and Joel C., who died in 1872; two daughters, Clara Ann, who died in 1844 and Lucena Marsh, who now lives who now lives in West Hollow and George W. Sutton, the youngest who volunteered in the war of the rebellion and was at the front and engaged in several hard fought battles; he resides at Wallace Station and is an ornamental painter and a musician of much celebrity.  

Abraham Sutton, now smart and active at 88 years of age, married Jemima Hooker, in Naples, Feb. 11, 1811, and was the first to settle in West Hollow, Feb. 1811. His children were Paul H. Sutton, who lives in South Bristol: Elizur C. lives in Dallas, Clinton Co., Mich.: The only daughter, Angelina, died in 1856.

Isaac Sutton, a twin brother of Abraham, married Augusta Darling; he and his wife died many years ago; he left a large family, only three of their whereabouts is known. Chatfield, a mason by trade, lives in Colon, Mich.; Asa, now lives in South Bristol, and Foster a farmer, lives in Bristol.

Jacob B. Sutton now resides in Naples.  He volunteered July 1, 1812, and reported in Buffalo, on the fourth day following. He went again a substitute for his brother, Abraham, in the fall of 1813, and was present when the victorious army of Gen. Harrison came down from the west after the battle of Thames, and entered the fort during the discharge of minute guns.

He married Betsy Parish in 1814, a daughter of the pioneers that first came to Koyandaga, now Naples; held office in Naples for many years, and at one time paid the highest personal property tax.   At one time he was allowed to be the handsomest man, the best dancer in town, and would out run, hop or wrestle all who dared compete with him.  His children were Eliza, who married Josiah Ward, an eminent lawyer ; she now lives in Garrrnett, Kan.: Sylvia, who died in Rochester, several years ago, and two sons, Hiram, and Hon. O. P. Sutton, is an officer and director in the Pacific Bank of California. He has held several offices in the general and State governments. His marked kindness and care for the support of his aged and decrepit father for twenty-five years has ennobled him to high praise, in the  performance of a great and generous duty, to a noble parent.

James H. Sutton who died Feb. 14, 1875 in the city of Hastings, Mich., at the age of 81 years. He married Lucy Goodrich for his first wife, and Mary Lamport for, his second ; both are dead;  his children were James, Clark and Sibley, who enlisted in a Cavalry regiment and experienced many hardships and hard-fought battles during the rebellion.  The other children were Zenas, Jane, Rachel, Evaline and Altha.  The family of children are mostly situated in Hastings and doing well.

Elisha Sutton the subject of this article, was tall in stature, with a firm and enduring constitution; spent his life as a pioneer and a beginner and builder of many new homes, always in a mostly new country.  He settled in Naples in 1813. It is said that he built for himself, twelve log houses during his change of locations.  His sons were all robust men inured to labor and privations, with but little opportunity, of attending school in early life.  He died at the house of a relative in the city of Detroit in 1840, aged 84 years.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      March 24, 1882      Pg 3, col 6       by:  Ron Hanley
 NAPLES  -   Mr. J. L. Monier has been quite under the weather for some three weeks or more, and doesn't yet get around. It is something new for him to be confined by sickness.

Naples Record              Fri                        Jan 19, 1883                                                                           by:  Dianne Thomas   


Died on Friday morning, Jan. 12, at his home in Victor, N. Y., of typhoid fever, Charles McKallor, aged 67 years.  A brief notice of the deceased who was a resident of Naples for many years, will be of interest to a large number of our readers. 

Mr. McKallor was born in Argyle, NY., of Scotch parentage, but his home as a young man was in Waterford.  About 1845 he came to this place from Dansville, NY., in company with Smith Barret, and they engaged in mercantile business in the store now occupied by Mr. Conaughty.  In 1850 he sold his interest m this business to Mr. Joseph Conaughty, and retired for a short time. 

In 1852, Dec. 31, he was married to Miss Delia Hamlin, of this village and remained in Naples for a year or two as proprietor of what is now Lyon's mill. From the first, Mr. McKallor took a prominent place in the society of the town.  He was of a genial disposition and made many friends, and was active in all efforts to elevate character. In April, 1853, both he and his wife, with several others were received into the Presbyterian church, on confession of their faith, by Rev. Mr. Millard, who married him, and who also, thirty years after, as pastor of the same church, ministered at his last sad burial rites. The deceased was strongly attached to his church and pastor, and was a faithful, consistent Christian. He loved dearly to sing the songs of Zion, and for some years was the leader of the choir. 

From Naples he removed first to Harlem, near New York, and was in business there for a time, then he went back to Waterford and engaged in the lumber business with excellent success. About that time, while on a visit to Naples, he fell from an apple tree, suffering a severe injury, and he was never as strong after the accident  as before. Being advised to farm it, he purchased a farm in Henrietta, N.Y., remaining there several years, but some ten years ago he sold that place and removed to Victor, purchasing a farm near that village, which he owned at the time of his death. 

He dwelt, however, in the village, where he had a beautiful home surrounded by every thing to make life happy. His sickness was of but few weeks' duration, and only a few days before his death did he consent to remain in bed. A severe chill on Saturday night, Jan. 6, excited the gravest apprehension. When at last he was told that the end was near, he was not startled. He said to his wife, " I put my trust in my Savior long ago, and I am not afraid to die." 

His hope was an anchor to the soul, and the grave was robbed of its terrors. His wife and sister, Mrs. Underwood, were permitted to minister to his wants in his last hours, and while they are sorely stricken with grief at the parting, they do not sorrow as those who have no hope. On Saturday morning, brief funeral services were held at the house in Victor, by Rev. Mr. Babb, and then the remains were brought to this place, the friends accompanying them, and on Sunday, at 2 pm., more extended services were held at the Presbyterian church. There was a large attendance, comprising many of the business men who had known the deceased and held him in high esteem. Rev. Mr. Millard was assisted in the services by Rev. Mr. Stratton, of the Methodist church, and the occasion was made one of earnest appeal to all present, to emulate the example of the departed one and be also ready for the coming of the Son of  Man. Mr. McKallor's mortal remains were buried in Rose Ridge cemetery, by the side of his little son, whom he laid away with a sad heart more than twenty years ago, and whose bright spirit, from its home in the bosom of his Savior, was waiting to welcome the dear father to that land of light and love.

Ontario County Journal                         May 18 1883                                  by: Dianne Thomas             
Naples, N. Y. - On Saturday last, Rose Graham, a colored girl, daughter of Edward Graham, died of consumption, aged 24. This family came here in 1869 from Georgia, and all of them have been highly respected ever since. They have been diligent and and have accumulated some property. Rose was the only child, a good honest girl and a faithful Christian, having been a member of the M. E. church. There was a large attendance at her funeral on Monday. 

ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL  Friday July 6, 1883     Pg 3, col 7        by:  Ron Hanley
NAPLES -   The remains of Miss Franc Monier, daughter of Mrs. M. Millard of this place, were brought from Buffalo yesterday.  Miss Monier had been an invalid for many years suffering from rheumatism. She went to Buffalo some six or seven months ago for treatment, making her home with her sister Mrs. H. C. Fiske.
 Consumption however took hold of her, and she has never been able to get home, expiring on Tuesday morning. She was a lovely young lady without a blemish in her Christian character. Her death is mourned by everyone. Funeral Thursday afternoon.

Ontario County Journal         July 11, 1884              by:  Ron Hanley

Naples, N. Y. - Henry J. Muck, of Hunt's Hollow, living just in the edge of Springwater, was buried on the "Fourth". He was considered as one of our townsmen, as his business was all done here. He stood well in the estimation of his fellow citizens, as an honest, industrious and intelligent man. He was an extensive bee-farmer and had a fine place built up by his thrift. The funeral drew a large congregation, Elder Wright of North Cohocton, officiating. Mr. Muck was 63 and had lived nearly all his life in this vicinity. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Stephen Alger.

Neapolitan Record                    Wed                 Sept 24, 1884                            by: Dianne Thomas      

EHLE - Sunday evening last little Frankie Ehle departed this life after one week's illness. He was the boy baby of Mr. and Mrs. Lafe Ehle, aged eight months, and they are a second time called to mourn. He was a loving little one and was adored by his parents and other relatives. The feelings of the parents cannot be measured except by those who have had the darling bud torn from the parent stem. The funeral services were held yesterday, Tuesday, at 2 p. m., from the residence by  Rev. B. F. Millard, and the remains rest in Rose Ridge (cemetery).

From The Neapolitan Record                                  March 4, 1885   

Harry LeValley is entitled to a certificate making him a full fledged druggist, and he went to Rochester last week to get it!

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

+ Miss Fannie B. MANNING of Naples, was married April 27th to Charles ARNOLD of Bath, by Rev. A.P. BRUSH

Ontario Repository Messenger, Canandaigua, NY   Thurs   May 24, 1888     by: Dianne Thomas


STRUBLE - In Naples, May 15, 1888, Nettie STRUBLE, aged 20 years

WOLFE - At Naples, May 13, 1888, Mrs. Barbara WOLFE, aged 73 years

Union Advertiser,  Rochester, Monroe, N.Y.      June 21, 1890     by: GSubyak@aol.com


At the annual meeting of the W. C. T. U. the officers elected were: 
President, Mrs. N. N. BEERS
vice-president, Mrs. Emily HINCKLEY, Miss Mary VERMILYE, Mrs. J. J. CALKINS, 
and Mrs. E. P. CLEVELAND
secretary, Mrs. E. CLARK
treasurer, Mrs. S. E. PARKER
Mrs. F. L. CLARK has gone to Hunter, Greene county.
Rev. and Mrs. B. F. MILLARD have gone to Geneseo to visit their daughter, Mrs. C. YOUNGS.
Dr. Henry C. KNICKERBOCKERS, lately of Seneca Falls, has settled in this village.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY               Tue            May 26, 1891               by: GSubyak@aol.com

Mrs. Matilda PARISH, wife of Edwin R. PARISH, of Naples, died Sunday afternoon, after an illness of more than a year, aged about 78. The deceased had lived in Naples and just over the line in Italy for nearly fifty years. She came  from Herkimer county and did her share toward accumulating a farm of 1,300 acres. Her husband is a son of one of the very first settlers of Naples. She was a noble woman. She leaves three children, W. Scott PARISH, of Canandaigua; S. J.  PARISH, of Naples, and Mrs. Emma WILLIAMS, of Washington, D. C.     Funeral this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the house.

 Union Advertiser, Rochester, Monroe, NY         Dec. 26, 1891              by: GSubyak@aol.com

The alumni of the Naples Union School will hold a business meeting this evening at the home of Mrs. G. C. KIMBER.

Cards are out announcing the marriage on Wednesday, of Charles McNIEL to Miss Fanny HUBER, both of Naples. Miss HUBER was the oldest daughter of John HUBER, of West avenue.

 Union Advertiser, Rochester, Monroe, NY         Dec. 28, 1891         by: GSubyak@aol.com

+ United States Deputy Marshal BARDWELL, of Rochester, took William B JOHNSON, of Naples, before the United States commissioner in that city,  Saturday to answer to the charge of selling liquor without a license.

+ A very pleasant home wedding was celebrated at the home of E. A. KETCHAM last week, on which occasion his daughter, Miss Minnie E., was united in marriage to John DILLMON, all of Farmington. Rev. THOMPSON, of Macedon Center, officiated. After partaking of a bountiful repast, the happy couple departed for a short trip West.

+ The Methodist church of Naples was crowded Friday evening at the Sunday-school festival. A beautiful Christmas house covered the platform, and was filled with gifts for the school. A programme of recitations, songs and addresses was well rendered. The Presbyterian school will have a Christmas tree social Wednesday evening. A New England supper will be given at the town hall Tuesday evening by the various temperance organizations.

Ontario County Journal           January 1,  1892                   by:  Ron Hanley


NAPLES -  There is now a scheme on foot to construct a narrow gauge road to Bloods. Mr. James L. Monier has interested himself in the matter and the prospect is favorable. The apparent failure to fulfill the promises of the past as to the road Northward, will turn the tide toward the new project.

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE            Saturday        February 27, 1892                   by:  Ron Hanley

 ONTARIO - Death of One of The Oldest Business Men of Naples

 Joseph Conaughty, one of the oldest business men of Naples, died Thursday morning, aged 74. He was ill but one week. Less than four weeks ago he buried his younger brother, J. H. Conaughty, with whom he had been in business many years. 

The deceased came to Naples from Rensselaer County about forty five years ago, and immediately entered into the mercantile business, in which he continued until his death.
He left four married daughters, Mrs. J. S. Monier, at whose home he died, Mrs. Alice Gordon, Mrs. A. J. Parrish and Mrs. E. W. Cleveland, all residing in Naples. There are also three sisters residing there, and one brother in Albany. Funeral services will be held at the house this afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Naples  Record                    Wed                           June 15, 1892                      by: Dianne Thomas

THE remains of Allie Cleveland have been removed from Fair View cemetery  to Rose Ridge.



ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL     Friday     August 26, 1892  Pg 3, col  6 & 7   by:  Ron Hanley

MYRON  HOLLEY  CLARK   The ex Governor and Illustrious Citizen Passes Away 
 His Ancestry and Early Home,  Entrance Into a Political Career      The Campaign of 1854     Death and Funeral 
Died at his residence on Gibson street, August 23, 1892, Myron Holley Clark, aged eighty five years and ten months. 
In the month of February, 1789, Colonel William Clark, who had gained considerable distinction in the Revolutionary war, came with ten others from Berkshire county, Massachusetts, unto the then wild country where Naples now stands, and purchased from the first American owners, 21,120 acres of land in township No. 7 of the fourth range of the Phelps and Gorham purchase. The price paid for the entire purchase, as found in the old deed, was 1,056 pounds, current coinage of the colony of Massachusetts. There Colonel Clark settled and made him a home in the wilderness. 
There too lived Colonel Clark's son, Joseph, who in the war of 1812, mindful of the soldier blood that coursed through his veins, went from the young country in which he had settled and offered his life to the country's service. His deeds, as Major Joseph Clark, are among the records of the war. Like a typical American, he returned at the close of the conflict to his home in Naples, and again began the work of building up a country. 
Already, on October 23, 1806, there had been born in his home a son who received the name, Myron Holley Clark. The son was able to receive in Naples only such an education as was the common lot of early settlers. He attended the district school three or four winter months in a year until he was sixteen years of age, when it became necessary for him to begin the work of life in earnest.
As Canandaigua at that time seemed to offer better chances of success than the village of his home, he removed to this place in 1822 and entered the business of Lyons and Chapin as clerk. Here he met and became engaged to Miss Zilpha Watkins, who was the granddaughter of one of the eleven original purchasers of the Phelps and Gorham tract. In 1830 they were married, and within a few years Mr. Clark went back with his family to Naples, where he engaged in the milling business. 
His political career began in Naples with an election as constable. This was followed by his appointment to be deputy sheriff,
and within a short time an election to the shrievalty. The duties of this office again required a removal to Canandaigua, which took place in the year 1837. During his residence in Naples he also became lieutenant colonel of state militia. 
After one term as sheriff, occupying three years, he was elected president of the village in 1850. During the time in which he
held this position, and in later years, Mr. Clark was particularly prominent in efforts which attracted the attention of the outside world to the advantages of the place, and which resulted in the measure of prosperity which the village has enjoyed. 
Gratitude on the part of the people took form in the nomination and election of Mr. Clark to the office of state senator on the Whig ticket in 1851. During his work in that position, which included part of a second term, there was much legislation of an interesting nature in which he took an active part. The lines now included in the New York Central system were then undergoing combination, and while the managers were appealing to the state for a charter, Mr. Clark and others put the traveling public under continued
obligation to them by securing the passage of the clause which prevents the company from exceeding the rate of two cents per mile for passenger fares. 
During his life in the Senate there also was introduced a prohibitory measure, and it was largely due to the efforts of Mr. Clark
that the bill, after a hard struggle, was passed. This bill afterward was vetoed by the governor.  The firm attitude for right which Mr. Clark had maintained in the Senate called the attention of people of various political parties to him. The time was one of great political dissensions. Whigs and Democrats were both torn by political disputes, and in consequence numerous minor political organizations were everywhere springing up. The Temperance party was at the time stronger than at any other time before or since. Slavery was making strife and faction where before had been harmony. It is very greatly to Mr. Clark's credit that all these persons
who were justifiably dissatisfied with existing conditions looked to him in their trouble. 
In 1854 he received the gubernatorial nomination from the Whig convention. This was the party to which he had always paid
allegiance. Un addition to this nomination he received the like honor from the Free Soil Democrats, from the Temperance party and from other local and minor parties. 
The campaign which followed was a bitter one. Three other candidates were in the field. Horatio Seymour, with the prestige of a
former term and with the regular Democrats behind him, received in the election 156,495 votes, Daniel Ullman received 122,282 ballots from the Know Nothing Party, Greene C. Bronson, the nominee of still a third faction of the Democrats, known as Hard Shells, carried 33,850 votes. Mr. Clark, with a following of 156,804, therefore won the battle by the slender plurality of 309. As a large part of the elements which elected Mr. Clark immediately after combined to form the Republican party, he may be regarded as the last of the Whig and the first of the Republican governors of New York State. 
When his term of governor expired, Mr. Clark went to New York city and engaged in the brokerage business. His success was not
satisfactory to himself, and he accordingly abandoned the work. In 1862 President Lincoln honored Mr. Clark with the appointment to the collectorship of internal revenue, a position which he held for several years. 
Since that time Mr. Clark has lived in comparative retirement in Canandaigua, attending to the hardware business which he instituted under the firm name of Clark and Gregory. Of late years his mercantile business has been given up, and he has devoted himself to the care of his large estate and to the local affairs of his son-in-law, F. F. Thompson, of New York city. 
For some time past, old age has been making itself increasingly manifest to Mr. Clark, and in the end the decay of vitality incident to his time of life brought about dissolution. There was no tangible disease, but the extinction of force was manifest, and the end was not unexpected. The surviving relatives were able to be present at his bedside when he passed away. 
The surviving sons and daughters of the deceased man are: Lorenzo E. Clark, of Detroit, Zilpha C., wife of Samuel D. Backus, of
this village, Mary L., wife of F. F. Thompson, of New York city, Miss Charlotte Clark and Abigail C., wife of George N. Williams, of this village.
 All these persons and many others were present at the funeral which was held at the family residence on Gibson street yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The following note of condolence was received by Miss Charlotte E. Clark on Wednesday morning: 
Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your father. In respect for his memory, I have ordered that the flags on the public
buildings be displayed at half staff.
 ROSWELL  P.  FLOWER  -   In the death of Myron Holley Clark, Canandaigua loses another citizen who has helped to make the place widely known, one who has worked to give the village a fair reputation, one whose name will be associated in the history of Canandaigua and of New York State with those of Charles J. Folger, Elbridge G. Lapham, Francis Granger, Mark H. Sibley, John C. Spencer and Stephen A. Douglas.

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

Sophia, the wife of William PALMANTEER, one of our older residents, died on Wednesday, Aug. 17th.  

+  Principal B. W. MOSHER and his wife have returned to Naples.  School will open on Wednesday next. 

 Ontario Co. Journal,  Canandaigua, NY    Fri,     Oct 7, 1892             by: Dianne Thomas

Miss Anna CLARKE has gone to Detroit to visit her cousins, Mrs. A. L. PARKER and Mrs. G. B. BATES. 

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester,  N. Y.    Wednesday,   Feb. 15, 1893        by: GSubyak@aol.com     

John GOODRICH, of Naples, was buried in Rose Ridge cemetery last Monday, He was 94 years of age and had lived in Naples for about seventy-five years, but died at the home of a son in Middlesex, where he was temporarily staying.

He lived with his wife nearly seventy years and was the father of a large family. Two of his sons were killed in the war and the youngest, H. A. GOODRICH, is a substantial farmer of Naples.

ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER      Thursday     Dec 7, 1893    by: Dianne Thomas

+  Naples - Dec 5 - Mrs. Willard VIEMASTER died at her home in Kalmo, Mich, Nov 18th, aged 24 years.  Her maiden name was Lottie WELLS.  She was born in Italy, Yates County and was educated at the Naples Union School.  Two years ago she went to Michigan and married the husband now so deeply afflicted by her death.  Aside from the husband, her aged parents, a brother and a little babe survive her.  

+  The Coroner's inquest disclosed the fact that Henry BARTHOLOMEW'S death was a case of suicide.  With increasing old age he had become despondent and had threatened to end his life.  The autopsy revealed the presence of a quantity of laudanum in his stomach.

Ontario Repository-Messenger, Canandaigua, NY      Thursday   Feb 8, 1894           by: Dianne Thomas 

+ William CULVER returned a few days ago from Duluth, where he left the mercury 32 below zero.  Mr. CULVER has a farm in Richmond, a son at Duluth, two in Dakota, a sister here and one at Canandaigua and a brother in Illinois, and being blessed with good health, some means and a penchant for visiting, he is "on the wing" most of the time. 

+ Ira JOHNSON fell and broke his wrist while skating last week.

+ F. I. CLARK has been putting up some new coal sheds at the station.

+ Evelyn PIERCE is building an addition to his house on Cohocton st.

+ F. L. CLARK and W. H. SEAMANS, coal dealers, have dissolved partnership by mutual consent.

+ Frank BLAKE, an employee of the Cortland wagon works, is visiting here.

+ After an exciting trial lasting 10 days, the suit of Caulkin's Bro's against N. J. TYLER ended in smoke, Saturday, the plaintiffs securing a verdict of only $10.  What will engross public attention next? 

+ J. B. JOHNSON, wife and daughter came near meeting death from asphyxia, Friday night.  They slept in a room over a coal stove from which gas escaped.  Mr. JOHNSON was found unconscious in the morning and his wife and daughter could scarcely stand.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY     Friday    March 16,  1894      by: Dianne Thomas

Naples News:

L. LOVEL and Fred WIDMER are to be congratulated.  Each have a new born son.  


+  The marriage of Adelbert HOTCHKISS of Bristol, to Mrs. Ella Wood of this Village occurred on Tuesday evening in the presence of a room full of guests.  Rev. N. N. BEERS tied the knot.  The groom is the brother of our esteemed townsman, A. F. HOTCHKISS, and the bride is the daughter of I. W. WILCOX, Esq., of Bristol.  Their future will be in____.  


+  The trial of Frank E. LYON for bastardy, has been set down for Monday, the 19th, in the presence of Miss DEMUND, who is yet to have her bed, was taken on Tuesday before L. POTTLE, referee.  John GILLETTE Esq., of Canandaigua, appeared for Lyon and Hon. LINCOLN and I. A. SEAMANS, Esq., for the defendant of the Poor, who was himself.  


Miss Kate FULLER a very estimable and accomplished young woman, died on Thursday, aged 33 years.  Her illness lasted but a ___ ,pneumonia predominating.  She was the daughter of G. B. FULLER, deceased, who for eight years, was pastor of the Christina church in this village.  The deceased was born ____and had lived here much of her life.  She had a fine mind and was a particularly  _____ful teacher.  One sister, Mrs. Maring  ____ and brother reside here.  The funeral was at the Presbyterian church on Saturday. 

+The trial of Frank E. LYON for bastardy, has been set down for Monday, the 19th, in the presence of Miss DEMUND, who is yet to have her bed, was taken on Tuesday before L. POTTLE, referee. John GILLETTE Esq., of Canandaigua, appeared for LYON and Hon. LINCOLN and I. A. SEAMANS, Esq., for the defendant of the Poor, who was himself .

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY        March 23,  1894      by: Dianne Thomas

+ Mr. GOODNOW expects to open his drug store on or about April 1st.

+ John B. HALL of Canandaigua, called on friends here on Wednesday.

+ John J. COUCH has bought the DERRICK property on Lyon street, at a very low figure, and will move into town.

+ Mrs. J. H. HULBERT is about to move to Branchport, where her parents reside.  Her place is sold to John A. LEGORE.

+ The funeral of Mrs. J. Densmore TENNEY was held on Wednesday.  She was 76 years old and lived near the Cohocton line.

+ Rev. MR. HITCHCOCK of Cohocton, preached for Rev. Mr. PIPER, who is holding a revival meeting in Mr. HITCHCOCK'S church.

+ We notice several fine large horses on the streets. They were purchased at auction in Buffalo by Maxfield & Whitman, and some of them are beauties. 

+ George MUCK was arraigned before Justice MC JANNETT on Friday, the warrant charging him with larceny, alleging that he had stolen a silk scarf.  The examination was exhaustive and attracted large crowds.  While under arrest he escaped from the officer and gave him a hard chase for a half mile, but was overtaken. He is on the wrong track and must turn square about, or his future will be a sad one.

Ontario Repository  Messenger, Canandaigua, NY       Apr 4, 1894           by: Dianne Thomas 

+ Mrs. Mary E. FESSENDEN, widow of the late Otis FESSENDEN, died at the home of her stepson, A. T. FESSENDEN, March 26.  She had been for a number of years in failing health and her death was not entirely unexpected.  Her age was 73 years.

+ Charles T. BRIGGS, a prominent citizen of this town, went on a western trip a few weeks ago.  The object of the trip was explained when he returned on Saturday accompanied by a lady whom he introduced as his wife.  He found her in Ohio.  Congratulations are in order.

+ Spencer F. LINCOLN passed a very successful examination at Rochester on Thursday last and was admitted to the bar, and is now receiving the congratulations of his friends, all of which he well deserves.  

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY   Tuesday,    Aug 21, 1894       by: GSubyak@aol.com

Lyman TOBEY, aged 83, an honored business man of Naples for nearly half a century, died on Saturday. He had been unconscious and unable to take any nourishment since the Monday evening before. He was discovered at that time on the floor of his room with his garments on fire having probably received a paralytic shock and falling pulled the lamp from the table. He very soon became unconscious. Mr. TOBEY went to Naples from Dundee and established a foundry which he conducted for many years subsequently going into the mercantile business. He had an inventive mind and had patented several ingenious devices.  He
retired from business five years ago and from that time failed in health. He leaves children and grandchildren to the fourth generation. One son died in the  army. The two remaining ones, Lyman and Charles reside at Naples. Funeral services will be held to-day from the home of his son, Lyman.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY    Saturday   June 16, 1894      by: GSubyak@aol.com

Court Sessions - In the case of Almond SULLIVAN, of Canadice, against Frank CLARK, of  Naples, tried before Justice George W. PATTERSON, the verdict is no cause of action. Notice of appeal to county court has just been served.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Monroe Co., NY  Thurs,  Oct 24, 1895  pg 4                                 by:   Dianne Thomas

Democrat  & Chronicle, Rochester, NY   Thursday,  January 2, 1896        by: GSubyak@aol.com

Cards are out announcing the marriage on Wednesday, January 8th, at the home of S. H. LYON, Naples, of his second daughter, Jennie A., to Dana A. HATCH, of Naples.
The marriage of Miss Maud DeFREEST, of Naples, to Fred M. CARNES, of Cohocton, took place at the home of the bride Monday afternoon. Rev. E. G. PIPER was the officiating clergyman.
Engine No. 222, of the Lehigh road, was considerably damaged by falling into the pit while being turned on the turntable at Naples Monday afternoon. The 5:22 train was delayed two hours by the accident.
The burning of the PRATT barn and the attempt at robbery, is still a much discussed subject at Gorham and vicinity. Since the true nature of the fire became known an effort has been made to locate the culprits. Persons living along the road between the PRATT place and Canandaigua remember seeing two well-known toughs going up the lake road on Sunday before the fire. 

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY       Fri       Jan 1, 1897             by: GSubyak@aol.com

+ A watch meeting was held at the Methodist Church, Naples, last night, closing with much rejoicing soon after the ushering in of the New Year. Sermons were delivered by Rev. J. Albert SMITH and Rev. Eugene ANTHONY. On the part of the society people the new year ushered in by a dance at Memorial hall.

+ The young men of Naples will revive to-day the neglected custom of New Year's calls upon their young lady friends

+ The officers-elect of Nundewaho Lodge, I. O. O. F., No. 714, Naples, will be installed January 12th. W. H. HOUSEL is noble grand.
+ The new officers of John Hodge Lodge, F. and A. M., Naples, were installed Wednesday evening by District Deputy H. L. HUTCHENS, of Canandaigua. Dr. T. B. WETTLING is worshipful master.
+ The slaughter house owned by James DONLEY and occupied by Albert LAFLER, of the Washington market, Naples, burned Wednesday morning. Mr. LAFLER lost in meats, hides, etc., $150, without insurance. It is believed the building was fired.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, NY   Mon     Apr 26, 1897             by: GSubyak@aol.com    

 + Rev. Eugene ANTHONY, pastor for four years  of the Baptist Church, Naples, preached his farewell sermon yesterday.  He has  not decided yet which of several fields open to him he will choose.
+ John D. HAMMOND, late of Naples, was buried from the Naples Italy Baptist Church yesterday. Mr. HAMMOND was 52 years old, was born at Hornellsville, but  had lived in Naples and South Bristol for the last twenty-five years. He leaves  a wife, who was the daughter of Mrs. Samuel GRISWOLD, of Naples.

ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER      Thursday     May 6, 1897      Pg 8, col 4     by: Ron Hanley

Deaths  MARKS  -  At Buffalo, May 1st, Imogene Knapp, wife of Wm. R. Marks, of Canandaigua, about 44 and one half years. 


ALSO  SAME  PAPER  Pg  5, col  1

Death of Mrs. Marks at Buffalo 

Mrs. W. R. Marks died suddenly at Buffalo early Sunday morning, of peritonitis.


Mr. and Mrs. Marks went to Buffalo to see their son, Wm. H., graduate from the dental college, Tuesday evening. Mrs. Marks was taken suddenly ill during the exercises, and steadily grew worse until the end.  The remains arrived here Monday morning, accompanied by the husband and son, and the funeral was conducted from the house Tuesday forenoon by Rev. Campbell. The interment was at Naples, her former home. Besides her husband, three sons, Wm. H., Frank and Edgar, survive.

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY     Wed,   Feb 23, 1898      by:  Dianne Thomas

+  Henry POLMANTEER, a valued and respected citizen of Naples, died at his home in this village on Friday last, aged 47 years.  He was taken ill about two months ago and physicians have been unable to agree upon the nature of his complaint.  However, last Sunday, Drs. SKINNER of Geneva and BELL of Naples, performed an operation for intestinal obstruction as the only hope of saving his life, but the shock proved too severe.  A post mortem examination was made on Saturday, and on Sunday the funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. A. SMITH.  The deceased is survived by four sons and three daughters.  

Miss Louise PARR very pleasantly entertained a number of her friends and relatives at her home last Friday evening, and during the festivities treated her guests to a novel and genuine surprise: for without warning, Miss Pa__. and John DUELOS, also of  Naples presented themselves before Rev. B. F. MILLER, one of the guests, and were untied in marriage. After the spectators had sufficiently recovered themselves, a delicious repast was served.  Mr. and Mrs. DUELOS have departed on a brief wedding tour.  Mrs. DUELOS is prominent ____ church and society and her husband is a tailor in the employ of W. H. TOBIN.  

James L. COVEL was arrested on a complaint of one of his neighbors Friday evening, on the charge of stealing fire wood from the basement of the Mid___ Primary School building near his home.  MR. COVEL emphatically denies the charge, asserting that his arrest is the outcome of a grudge.  He has secured counsel and has demanded a jury trial which will be granted.  

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

Naples - Feb. 23.  + Fred TYLER and family of Orleans, are visiting here.

Fred LEGG of Rushville, spent Sunday at The Naples. 

Miss Edith PERAULT is at home from Rochester.  

B. N. HIINCKLEY has returned from the Hornellsville Sanitarium, greatly improved in health.  

Augustus and Maurice WALKER were called to Newport, NY last Wednesday, by a relative's illness.

The Naples Record         Wed            Dec 22, 1937 -       by:  Dianne Thomas

Glancing Backwards    Doings in Naples and Vicinity      Thirty-Eight Years Ago:

Died, December 25, 1899, Mrs. Mary Clement Hotchkiss, 45, wife of A. F. Hotchkiss.



The Naples News      Thursday              March 23 1899                          by:  Dianne Thomas

Lorinda E. Lee - When on Friday night, March 17, or just as Friday was merging into Saturday, Mrs. Lorinda Lee was translated, there passed away, one of the best known and most highly esteemed ladies of Naples. Mrs. Lee was 66 years of age and had spent the most of her life in Naples.  

She was married to Elias Lee, June 10 1854. As a young bride she commenced housekeeping in the residence on the corner of Main and Cohocton street.  

She has always lived in the same house and from here ascended to her heavenly home. She joined the Methodist Episcopal church during the winter of 1855 and has always remained a faithful member and while she was able was one of its best workers.

Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lee, four boys and one girl. One son and the little daughter proceeded their mother to the upper fold. Three sons, Frank W. of Buffalo, Fred W. of Rochester, and Grant O. of Naples survive to mourn the loss of a good mother.  


The funeral services were held from her home. Her pastor, Rev, J. A. Smith officiated taking as the foundation of his remarks, "Christ in you the hope of Glory," Col. 1 : 27 and "To die is gain," Phil, 1: 21. The last months of her life were times of much suffering and feebleness.

All trials are over, she has fought a good fight and gone to receive her reward.  As we look toward the heavenly land may we send the message our President sent to his mother, "Tell mother I'll be there."



Ontario Co. Journal                Wed        Dec 28, 1899                            by:  Dianne Thomas

This community was shocked to hear on Christmas morning of the death of Mrs. A. Hotchkiss. Mrs. Hotchkiss had only been sick a few days and her death was quite unexpected.



Ontario Co. Journal                Thurs       Dec 29, 1899                          by:  Dianne Thomas

The death of Mrs. Mary Clement, wife of A. F. Hotchkiss, which occurred on Christmas morning, calls forth universal expression of sorrow.  She was ill but a few days with appendicitis, followed by peritonitis. Her age was 45 years. She was the oldest daughter of William H. Clement of this town, and had lived here all her life. 

For about seven years, the family had resided in the village, and for three years Mr. and Mrs. Hotchkiss had most successfully conducted a bakery in the town. The ability and high grade of character of the deceased was recognized by all. Her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Nelson Fox, her parents, three sisters and one brother survive her.

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