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Phelps News

1800 - 1890

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Rochester Observer, Rochester, Monroe Co., NY   Thursday     June 16, 1831      by: Pat Mims

Died - In Phelps, on Sunday the 29th inst. Miss Julia Ann BARBER aged 17.

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

DIED: In Phelps, on the 6th inst., Millicent, daughter of Harvey and Caroline STONE, aged 3 years and 23 days.

Rochester Republican,  Rochester, Monroe, NY       June 15, 1848      by: GSubyak@aol.com

In Victor, on the 8th inst., Dr. McGee CALDWELL, of Phelps, to Miss Olive S. NOBLE, of Victor.

In Varrick, Seneca county, June 1st, Mr. Electus B. POST, of Phelps, to Miss Julia Margaret, daughter of John HALL, late of Geneva.

Rochester Republican,  Rochester, Monroe, N. Y.     Jan. 11, 1849     by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Marriage  -  In Phelps, on the 8th inst., Mr. Horace H. TITUS to Miss Mary J. BARBER

also the Rochester Republican,  Rochester, Monroe, N. Y.       Jan. 25, 1849 

Marriage  -  In Phelps, on the 8th inst., Horace H. TITUS to Miss Mary Jane BARBER.

ONTARIO REPUBLICAN TIMES,   Wednesday  September 17, 1862  Pg 3, col  1   by:  Ron Hanley 

KICKED BY A HORSE -  A Farmer named Peter VanDyne, residing in the village of Phelps, was kicked on the forehead by one of his horses yesterday morning, and very seriously, if not fatally injured.  Doctors Potter, of Geneva, and Carpenter, of Phelps, were called to attend him. Several pieces of bone were taken from the wound. The surgeons express strong hopes of his recovery, but his case must be regarded as a very critical one, and to an unprofessional eye it would seem as though nothing short of a miracle could save him.

Ontario Republican Times, Wed, Dec 31, 1862    Pg 3, col 1              by: Dianne Thomas   

SHOOTING AFFRAY AT PHELPS -  On Christmas eve an affray occurred at the village of Phelps in which a blacksmith by the amen of FRENCH was shot in the abdomen by a revolver, in the hands of one Thomas VAN DYNE.  There were two other shots fired, but without other effect than passing through the coat sleeve of an Irishman, whose name we have not learned.  We understand that one of the bullets passed through a room of  the American Hotel, going very near the head of the landlady.  There has been no arrest we believe.  The man FRENCH is said to be in a fair way of recovering.  The ball is still in his body.  It has been reported that the Coroner held an inquest over the body of FRENCH, although he is still a live man.  We do not, however, vouch for the truth of the report.  VAN DYNE and the wounded man were said to be friendly, and it is supposed that the design was to shoot another man.  It has become a much too common practice to carry revolvers in this country, and no one is safe while lawless persons area allowed to them in their pockets.  We  know nothing of this affray, but presume it proceeded from a drunken brawl, as it occurred at about 10 o'clock in the evening.  

 ROCHESTER UNION and ADVERTISER       Monday,   July 22, 1867    Pg  2, col  3       by:  Ron Hanley
Our usually tranquil village of Phelps was the scene of a horrible and sudden death on the afternoon of Saturday last. Mr. Peter VanDyne, while driving a team of fractious horses down a little incline, by their suddenly starting on passing over a jolt in the road was precipitated to the ground in front of the wagon, which was heavily laden with brick.  Both wheels passed over his neck, dislocating it, and severing the veins and arteries. The maxillary bone was also crushed, which gave to the lower part of the face and neck a shockingly bloody and mutilated appearance. 
Mr. VanDyne was a well to do farmer of this town. A strange fatality seemed to attend him in connection with horses, as he had before been repeatedly injured by fractious animals, once nearly killed by a kick in the forehead, when only the operation of trepanning saved his life. He was 57 years of age, and leaves a wife and several adult children.
REPOSITORY and MESSENGER       Wednesday           July 24, 1867    Pg  3, col 1
Accidentally  Killed 
An old resident of Phelps named Peter VanDyne, was accidentally killed on Saturday by falling from a wagon upon which he was riding, and the vehicle passing over his neck. 
It appears that he was driving to his home with a load of brick, and was seated on the fore part of the wagon. The wheels coming in contact with a large stone, the sudden concussion threw the load forward and threw Mr. VanDyne from his seat upon the wagon pole, from which he rolled beneath the wagon wheels, and they passing over his neck, burst the jugular vein, causing almost instant death.

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY         Wed,     Jan 6, 1869                by: Dianne Thomas   

+  Another Old Settler Gone - Mrs. Susan WARNER, wife of Mr. John WARNER of Phelps, died at her residence, near Orleans, on the morning of the 29th ult., in the 84th year of her age.  

Mr. and Mrs. WARNER have lived together about 65 years.  For many years they kept a public house on what is known as Warner's Hill, near the village of Orleans, and resided on the same premises from the time of their marriage.   Mr. John WARNER is now 88 years old.  Their son, Hon. Ulysses WARNER, resides at the old homestead and the old gentleman and lady have for a number of years, resided with him.


+  Injured on the Railroad - Our friend, Ansel DE BOW of this town, met with an accident some days ago, which came near being attended with serious results.  He had been to the village and on his way home, as he crossed the railroad a short distance north of the Ontario County Orphan Asylum, his cutter was overturned by catching on one of the rails.  Mr. DE BOW was thrown violently from teh cutter as it went over, striking in such a way as to break three of his ribs. The injury laid him up for several days, but we are happy to learn that he is now able to be about, and although still suffering much pain hopes soon to be as "good as new".   The accident appears to have resulted from the rotting or wearing away of the plank between the rails, leaving the latter considerably higher than the space between them, and thus making the crossing dangerous.  It is to be hoped that it will not be long left in its present condition.  

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES       Wednesday      July 28, 1869      Pg  3,  col 1    by:  Ron Hanley
The "Citizen" records that on Saturday, the 17th instant, as Mr. Patrick Hamilton was operating a mower and reaper on the Dillingham farm, three miles east of Phelps, he fell through the whiffletrees while adjusting something on the horses, when one of them started, running over him, and injuring him very severely.


ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER Canandaigua Wednesday July 28, 1869  Pg 3, col  2
On Saturday last, a young man named Hamilton, at work on the farm of Mr. Dillingham, at Oaks Corners, met with a painful and severe accident while at work in a field with a mowing machine. 
The teeth of the mower became clogged, and Hamilton stopped the horses and dismounted from the machine to remove the bunches of grass.  While he was thus engaged, one of the lines became caught over the end of the tongue. He did not discover this until he had started the horses again. Then he attempted to disengage the rein, when the horses started on a run.
Hamilton was thrown to the ground, between the horses and the mower, and was dragged along some forty or fifty rods. The teeth of the mower came in contact with his left arm and shoulder, inflicting terrible wounds, and two of the fingers of his right hand were cut off. He succeeded with great difficulty in crawling out of the field, fainting several times on the way.
He was cared for by Dr. Potter, of this place, who found it necessary to amputate his arm, within an inch of the shoulder joint.
The operation was performed in a very skillful manner, and Dr. Potter says that if the wound had been a quarter of an inch higher, the man would have inevitably bled to death.  Hamilton has a wife and child who have depended on him for support.


(Picture of Patrick Hamilton) - Ron's Note - 

You can readily see that Patrick Hamilton did suffer traumatic injuries, which left him to probably accept that being a flagman near his home was a great job to have.  He did however follow other paths prior to the railroad, being a fruit tree salesman, and also a peddler. It's not until the 1892 census that he shows up as a railroad employee.  When looking at the photo you can easily see Patrick's left sleeve is slightly folded, and also he seems to be hiding two fingers of his right hand, as though he is placing them in his vest.

 THE REPOSITORY and MESSENGER      Thursday      June 2, 1881     Pg 3, col  7    by:  Ron Hanley
 VAN DUYNE -   In Phelps, May 26th, 1881, Mrs. Sarah VanDuyne, wife of Abram VanDuyne, aged 58 years.

Geneva Gazette                              July 21,  1882                 by: Dianne Thomas   
The death of Mr. Albert [Burton] Simonds, of Victor, was attended with extraordinary circumstances. On the day of his death, the 13th inst., he was officiating as a pall bearer at the burial of a friend named Wm. Bement. While at the grave, he was seized with a violent hemorrhage of the lungs, and although he was hurried home in a carriage, he must have bled to death, as he died before he was taken from the vehicle. 

He leaves a wife and three children, besides his Waterloo and other relatives to mourn his loss, and is highly spoken of as a most prominent and excellent citizen of his locality. The funeral took place on Friday afternoon last.  [at Victor Village ceme]

ONTARIO MESSENGER, Canandaigua, NY    Thurs, May 1, 1884    by: Dianne Thomas   

DIED:   BOYDEN - In Phelps, April 17th, 1884, Julia A. BOYDEN, aged 86 years

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

+ Helmer & Lovejoy of Phelps, have dissolved partnership.

+ A young cyclone struck Phelps last week, doing considerable damage. 

+ F. R. HOAG has been awarded the contract for carrying the mail between Phelps and the Outlet Station.

+ Charles E. PECK, of Phelps, was seriously injured one day last week in being thrown from his buggy.

Union & Advertiser, Rochester, Monroe, NY      Sat., Mar 13, 1886      by: GSubyak@aol.com

Mr. George W. SMITH, who has been visiting his parents for the last week, has returned to his studies to Rochester.

John McANIFF and his sister, Rose, are visiting friends in Brockport.

Mrs. John SOLOMON died last Wednesday at the age of 73 years. Funeral from her late residence Saturday afternoon.

An Italian and a bear made a good deal of amusement on our streets last Tuesday for the small boys; also for some of the older ones.

Last week two dogs belonging to farmers in the north part of the town visited a number of hen-houses and did a deal of damage, winding up their raid at H. McBURNEY'S where they killed 11 geese. Their sport was there stopped. Mr. McBURNEY got sight of them and one of them paid the penalty by becoming a victim to the unerring rifle in the hands of Mr. McBURNEY.

Ontario Repository  & Messenger, Canandaigua, NY      Thursday      Mar 25, 1886        by: Dianne Thomas

+ Thomas OWENS was removed to Willard insane asylum this morning.  A sudden change for the worse in his condition made his removal necessary.  


+ The funeral of Carson CRANE, who died last Tuesday, took place on Friday, Rev. Dr. PORTER officiating.  Mr. CRANE was one of the oldest citizens of Phelps, and for many years was identified with its interests.


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

Phelps News

+ Mr. & Mrs. Will HIBBARD of Manchester, NH are visiting friends in town. 

+ C. S. HAWKS and bride, have returned from Leesburg, VA.

+ Mrs. W. D. NORTON has returned from a visit with friends at Detroit, Mich.

+ Mrs. Millard HILMER has returned from Battle Creek, Mich, where she has been visiting parents and friends.  She was accompanied by her father, L. B. NIMBS.

+ Elmer CONDIT and wife, who have been visiting friends in town, returned to their home in Detroit last Thursday.


+ A. B. JONES of Syracuse and Miss Alice ODELL were married at the home of the bride's father, B. F. ODELL, Tuesday evening, Rev. Mr. WHITE officiated and the newly married couple started at 10 o'clock for Syracuse, where they will reside, followed by the good wishes of their many friends.

Union Advertiser,  Rochester, Monroe, NY      May 21, 1888            by: GSubyak@aol.com   


Mr. Will COOLIERS, accompanied by his cousin Charles L. COOLIERS of Newark, started on Monday for a trip through the western states.

Elmer J. COUDIT arrived home from Michigan on Tuesday.

Wm. H. SPENCER of Kansas City and Mrs. A. E. BROOKS of Cleveland, Ohio, are visiting their brother Charles T. SEVERANCE.

Dr. Wm. STEVENS of Detroit, Mich., is visiting his uncle I. C. STEVENS.

Frank MACK of Syracuse spent the first of the week in town.

Miss Sarah CROSBY returned from Syracuse on Thursday, where she has been visiting her sister Mrs. T. H. BRUMFIELD.

At the Presbyterian church on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., occurred the marriage of Mr. Wm. H. WHITAKER of Cleveland, Oh., and Miss Jennie K., only daughter of Rev. J. J. PORTER. The groom, accompanied by his cousin, Mr. John 
followed by Revs. Chas. And Henry A. PORTER and the ushers, Messrs, Henry CURTIS and Russell, followed by the bridesmaids, Misses, Minnie ADAMS of Phelps, May FAIRBANKS of Watertown and little maid of honor Mary PORTER, preceded the bride, who entered the outer door of the church leaning on the arm of her father.
Taking their respective places in front of the alter the ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. J. J. PORTER, assisted by Revs. Henry A. and Chas., and F. Porter, brothers of the bride. After the ceremony the happy couple returned to their home where a bountiful repast was served. The happy couple took the 7 o'clock train for Washington, D. C., where they will stay a few 
days. They will then return to their future home in Cleveland, O, followed by the good wishes of their many friends.

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

WHITTAKER-PORTER - At Phelps, May 16, 1888, by Rev. J. J. PORTER, father of the bride, William H. WHITTAKER of Cleveland and Jessie PORTER of Phelps.

Shortsville Enterprise, Shortsville, NY      Sat   Nov 30, 1889      Pg 3                   by:  Dianne Thomas

+ Mr. & Mrs. Patrick BROPHY and two sons were in attendance of the marriage of Miss Margaret BROPHY to Mr. NEEDHAM, which occurred at Phelps on Wednesday.  The bride and groom were the recipients of numerous handsome and costly presents.  They are spending their honeymoon in New York city.

+ Mr. & Mrs. Peter SNYDER entertained Mr. J. V. PEACOCK and family of Phelps, Mr. Frank SNYDER and family of Canandaigua and Mr. Julius SNYDER and family on Thanksgiving day.  As peter remarked, "all our babies were with us."

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