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Rochester Daily Union & Advertiser, Rochester, NY    Monday,   Jan 8, 1900       by:  Jim Claffee

Phelps  -   Alexander F. VINCENT, aged 83, died Saturday. His immediate surviving relatives are four brothers, Charles and John of Phelps and James and Spencer, who reside in Coldwater, Mich. Two sisters who reside in Denver, also three children, William and Edgar of Phelps and Mrs. J. M. VanDeviver of Geneva.

Phelps -   Beacher CASE, aged 49 years, died last evening. His wife, six brothers, three sisters and father survive him.

Rochester Daily Union & Advertiser, Rochester, NY         January 29, 1900     by:  Jim Claffee

Phelps -  James Holleran, aged 34, died this morning. He is survived by his wife and three small children, also one brother, William of Geneva, and one sister, Mrs. John Doyle of Phelps. Deceased had been ill only a few days with typhoid pneumonia. Funeral Wednesday morning at St. Francis Church.

 Rochester Daily Union and Advertiser  Rochester,  NY   Tuesday,      July 3, 1900       Page 3          by: Sylvia Olsen

Special Dispatch to Union and Advertiser.

PHELPS, July 3. - Mrs. Edward NEEDHAM died early this morning. Deceased had been suffering with lung trouble for nearly two years and had spent considerable time in the Adirondacks in hopes of restoring her lost health, but without success. The change proved to be only temporary. She returned home a couple of months ago and failed very fast. Mrs. NEEDHAM was 31 years of age, and leaves besides her husband three little children, John, Edward and Marguerite. She is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John BROPHY.


Rochester Daily Union and Advertiser   Rochester, Monroe Co, NY    July 10, 1900    Pg 7    

STRANGE COINCIDENCE      Lost Wedding Ring Found of the Day of the Death of the Owner.
PHELPS, July 10.-- A somewhat curious incident connected with the death of Mrs. Edward NEEDHAM was the finding of her wedding ring which she lost exactly four years ago, the day of her death. The ring had been lost in the front yard but the most careful search failed to find it. On the day she died her sister, Miss BROPHY was pulling a rake through the grass when Mr. NEEDHAM, who was sitting close by, heard the prongs strike something making a ringing sound. The lost ring came to mind instantly and after a short search it was found. The ring was in good condition except for a slight crack.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY         Mon                    Sept 24, 1900       by: GSubyak@aol.com

SWEET - In this city, Sunday morning, September 23, 1900, at No. 24 Avenue C,  Irma Leona, daughter of Mrs. A. L. SWEET, aged 12 years and 3 months.  Funeral Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial at Phelps. (Melvin Hill Ceme)

Irma Leona, daughter of Mrs. A. L. SWEET, died yesterday morning at the  family residence, No. 24 Avenue C. aged 12 years. The funeral was held from the house at 10 o'clock this morning. The remains were taken to Phelps, N. Y., for interment.

Ontario Repository & Messenger, Canandaigua, NY    June 11, 1903              by: Dianne Thomas 

Oaks Corners:

Frank HAMMOND of Rochester has been visiting at his home here. 

J. E. HAMMOND and little son of Brantford, Ont., have been guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. HAMMOND

+  Tomorrow evening in Maccabee Hall, Mrs. Carrie E. TWING of Westfield will give a free lecture under the auspices of Enterprise Grange. 



Miss Minnie WUNDERLIN entertained the King's Daughters, Thursday afternoon. 

Mrs. Jacob WILSON who had been at F. D. SMITH'S some time, will go to Rochester to live with her son, Frank, who is in business there.  

Miss Marie OWENS has gone to Canada to visit relatives. 

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES    Wednesday    May 4, 1904     Pg 7, col 3      by: Ron Hanley
Murray Caldwell, who at one time way in the past was a resident and Hotel Keeper here, died in Ithaca on Wednesday last. The burial was on Thursday in the Gypsum Cemetery.  J. M. Burgdorf was the undertaker in charge.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES    Wednesday    May 4, 1904    Pg 4, col  5 
 DIED  -   CALDWELL     At Ithaca, April 27, 1904, Murray Caldwell, formerly of Clifton Springs.

Democrat & Chronicle.    Rochester, NY     May 6, 1904    Pg 8         by: Pat Mims

Wedding Near Phelps
Phelps, May 5--The marriage of David J. TAYLOR and Miss Bertha May TAYLOR, took place last evening at St. Paul's Mission, near Steeles.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. M. GILBERT, of Phelps.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY            Wed       June 29, 1904        by: GSubyak@aol.com

Phelps, June 28 - Philander MOTT received a telegram from Kalamazoo to-day, stating that a large barn recently erected on one of his farms near that city had been totally destroyed by fire. Mr. MOTT estimates the loss between $2,000  and $3,000. He left for Kalamazoo this evening.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY    Wed Mar 15, 1905        by: GSubyak@aol.com

Canandaigua -  March 15 - Surrogate DITMARS has issued letters of administration to John A. MURRAY, in the $3,300 estate of John KANE, late of Phelps, and to Charles L. BIGELOW, in the $900 estate of Rachael A. BIGELOW,  late of Phelps. 

The will of Mary Ann KENNEY, late of Geneva, was admitted to probate. The estate is estimated at $1,100, and John B. KENNEY has been made executor.

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, N. Y.     Feb. 22, 1907     by: GSubyak@aol.com 


Colt Belonging to Elisha Kennedy Bridle Had Been Stolen

Phelps  -   Feb. 21 - A sensational runaway took place on the streets here last evening, shortly after 6 o'clock. A 4- year-old colt, owned by Elisha KENNEDY, who works the POTTER farm, that had been standing under the Cottage Hotel hitch sheds, got loose and dashed through the driveway, crossed Church street into Mrs. CARPENTER's yard and then plunged head foremost into the rear of the Catholic Church. He then circled around the church and while running between the parsonage and the church struck an iron pump with such force that it broke off at the curbing.

At this point one of the rear wheels of the carriage was demolished and when he again struck the street he was dragging the carriage on three wheels. In this manner he ran about four miles, when he managed to break from the carriage and then ran directly home, where he was found when Mr. KENNEDY reached there. The horse was cut up considerably.
There are some circumstances connected with the affair that Mr. KENNEDY will investigate. When he left the horse in the shed he was securely tied and had on a new bridle. This bridle is now missing and it was not attached to the horse when he came through the driveway at the Cottage Hotel. The tie strap which was fastened around the animal's neck and through the ring of the bridle bit was found in the shed tied to the hitching post. Some one evidently removed the bridle and stole it, leaving the horse fastened with the strap around its neck which it afterward slipped off and then got away. The buggy that was smashed was a new one and belonged to Eben POTTER.


Geneva Daily Times                       Nov 16,   1907                        by: Terri Allen

Phelps , New York - The death of Mrs. Ezra A. Hibbard of this place occurred at the City Hospital at Geneva at 11 o'clock Thursday night.  Mrs. Hibbard had been in failing health for some time past and had been taking treatment at a Rochester hospital for several weeks but failed to recover her health to any extent.  A week ago she was taken to the hospital at Geneva , where Dr. W. A. Howe of Phelps and Dr. Skinner of Geneva performed an operation.  The skull was trepanned and it was found that there had been a cerebral hemorrhage.  The operation relieved the pressure on the brain and for a time there were hopes entertained for a recovery.  Later pneumonia developed, which resulted in her death.  Mrs. Hibbard was born at Albany but had been a resident of Phelps for the past thirty-five years.  She was 62 years of age.  The deceased is survived by her husband, Ezra A. Hibbard, who conducts a hardware business in Phelps, also two sons, Harry B. Hibbard who is associated with his father in business, and W. W. Hibbard, a member of the brokerage firm of Bonbright & Hibbard of Rochester.  Mrs. Hibbard was a devout member of St. John's Episcopal Church of this place.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Hibbard home on Banta Street and a half hour later at St. John's Church.  The services will be conducted by the rector, Reverend G. A. Harvey.  Burial will be in Phelps Cemetery.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, N. Y.     Jan. 12, 1908                  by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Phelps  - Jan. 12 A dispatch from Chicago to-day says that F. A. PALMER, a well known farmer of this village, died at that city this morning. Heart disease is said to have been the cause of his death. Mr. PALMER was a former passenger agent for the Wabash system, with offices in Chicago. He resigned that place a few years ago and settled on his farm north of Phelps. Of late Mr. PALMER has met with many business revenues. He was 65 years of age. He leaves a widow and two daughters. Mrs. PALMER was spending the winter in Chicago.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY     Tuesday  Mar 1, 1910    by: GSubyak@aol.com  

Phelps  -  Feb. 28 - The death of Mrs. Patrick MANNING occurred this morning at her home, on West Main street. Mrs. MANNING had been in failing health for the past year, although her condition was not considered as critical until Sunday morning. Mrs. MANNING's daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth McCARTHY, died on the 20th day of last month. Besides her husband, a veteran employee of the New York Central, the deceased leaves one son, William MANNING, of Syracuse; three sisters, Mrs. James SWEENEY, of Phelps; Mrs. Martin MALONEY of Syracuse, and Mrs. Patrick HAYES, of Clermont Springs, Col., and four brothers, William QUIGLEY, of Shortsville, John QUIGLEY, of Canandaigua; Patrick QUIGLEY, of Cincinnati, and Thomas QUIGLEY, of Utica.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL    October 16, 1914     Pg 5,  col 6           by: Ron Hanley
At Phelps, October 15, 1914, Mathew Thomas Meath of Canandaigua, and Miss Marie Sherburne, of Phelps.
  Pg 5, col  2 
The marriage of Matthew Thomas Meath, son of Mrs. Mary Meath, Chapin Street, and Miss Marie Sherburne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Sherburne, of Phelps, took place at St. Frances church, Phelps, yesterday morning at 8 o'clock, Father Madden performed the ceremony.  The attendants were Howard Meath, a cousin of the groom, and Miss Amelis Sherburne, a sister of the bride. The couple will reside on Davidson Avenue.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY           Mon       Aug 23, 1915         by: GSubyak@aol.com

Head and Legs Found Nearly a Mile Away  -  Death Of Phelps Man
Bunch of Keys With Name of J(esse) L. Hood, Phelps, Furnishes Means of Identification -- Accident a Mystery - Left Home With His Wife
Phelps, Aug. 22 - A mangled, headless body, entirely stripped of its clothing, was found lying alongside the New York Central tracks near the  outskirts of Clifton Springs this morning by the engine crew of Auburn road westbound passenger train No. 1.
George WEST and Dominic FAUST, New York Central  track walkers who were at Clifton, were detailed to make an investigation, as was also Foreman Michael SHERRY, of this place. Coroner EISCLINE, of  Shortsville, was also notified. After a search along the railway the section men  soon found the head nearly a mile away.
The identity of the victim was hard to establish until the coroner came across a bunch of keys bearing the name "J. L. HOOD,  Phelps," also a laborer's brass check in a fragment of the man's clothing. Later  Fred RAYMOND, a Phelps blacksmith, and R. S. WRIGHT, of this village, positively  identified the remains as those of Jesse HOOD, a brother-in-law of RAYMOND and a  son-in-law of WRIGHT.
How HOOD met such a tragic death is not positively known. Saturday afternoon he and Mrs. HOOD started for Billsboro to visit  relatives, leaving their three small children with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. WRIGHT, but, it is said, Mr. HOOD accompanied his wife only as far as Geneva.  Later in the evening, it is said, he purchased a ticket at Geneva for Phelps and got aboard the train leaving there about 10:15 P. M. It is the opinion of some of his relatives that he got carried by his destination and left the train either at Phelps Junction, Clifton Springs or while in motion, with  the intention of walking back by way of the tracks. His watch is reported to have stopped at about 10:20 o'clock but the minute hand is missing.
A freight train westbound followed the passenger within forty or fifty minutes and an eastbound freight came along a few hours  later but which one
of the trains it was that killed the man is not known.
After establishing his identity, Coroner EISCLINE  turned the remains over to the undertaking firm of Dauchy & Kavanaugh who brought them to Phelps to be prepared for burial. Mrs. HOOD who was at Hillsboro did not learn of her husband's tragic death until about 11 o'clock when informed over the telephone by relatives. She arrived home about 1:30 o'clock,  accompanied by her sister.
Mr. HOOD had been a resident of Phelps for the  last ten years, coming here from Auburn where he had spent most of his life. He  was about 39 years old and was known as a hard-working and industrious man. He  had been employed as a teamster for a number of years but of late had been  working in the stone quarry at Oaks Corners.
He leaves his wife (Lois) and three children, Chester, Ardell and Rowland, all of Phelps; his mother, Mrs. Jane HOOD; three sisters,  Mrs. George WEATHLEY, Mrs. Gus HEFFNER and Miss Ruth HOOD, all of Auburn.  (on 1910 Auburn census)

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

Screams of Women Who Heard the Commotion Frighten Intruder Away-No Clue as Yet

Phelps -  Dec. 31 - Oscar WHITNEY, a (unreadable) years old, who lives near Oaks Corners, three miles east of Phelps, was held up in his own home by a lone masked robber at an early hour this morning. Mr. WHITNEY was aroused by a slight noise in his room about 4:30 o'clock and as he reached up to turn on the gas, he beheld a man wearing a mask and carrying a dimly lighted lantern, flourishing a butcher knife. The robber commanded Mr. WHITNEY to "shell out" and as the victim arose from the bed evidently to resist he was attacked by the intruder.
Miss L__ WHITNEY, the victim's daughter, and Mrs. PEARCE, occupying adjoining rooms were aroused by the commotion and both began to call lustily for help. Their cries evidently frightened the burglar as he quickly released Mr. WHITNEY and darted out of the room as soon as the other occupants were aroused. Mr. WHITNEY reported the affair to the local authorities and within an hour after the burglar left the house Justice CORNFORD and Officer LONEY, in C. T. BRADLEY'S car, were on the ground.
The robber was tracked as far north as Armstrong's Corners where on account of the condition of the roads, the automobile was unable to proceed further. Miss WHITNEY, who got a good view of the burglar as he passed through the room described him as short and thick set and wearing a reddish brown overcoat.  Nothing is missing from the house except a towel which was later found on the highway and with which, it is thought the burglar intended to gag his victim. The mask he wore, was dropped during the scuffle but Mr. WHITNEY was unable to recognize his assailant. The mask is now in the possession of Justice CORNFORD and was made from a piece of blue serge.  Entrance to the house was gained through the kitchen door which had been left unlocked. The butcher knife and lantern belonged to the WHITNEY's and both were picked up in the kitchen by the robber.

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

Phelps -  Dec. 31 - Nelles WESTBROOK and Miss Rosina SCHRECK, both of Naples were married Thursday evening by Rev. C. C. MacLEAN, pastor of the Phelps Presbyterian Church, Mr. and Mrs. WESTBROOKE will live in Naples.

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


Phelps, N. Y.  -  June 5 - The marriage of Miss Madeline O'DONNELL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. MORTIMER O'DONNELL, of Syracuse, and Edward P. RYAN, son of Mrs. Mary E. RYAN of Phelps, took place Saturday morning at St. Anthony of Paudau's Church in Syracuse. The bride was attended by her cousin, Miss Genevieve O'DONNELL, Frank J. RYAN, of New York, the groom's brother, was best man and the ushers were Edward BRODERICK of Geneva and Paul RYAN of Phelps. 

The bride's gown was of ivory satin cut with grain, combined with embroidered tule and Spanish lace. She carried a banquet of bride's roses and lilies of the valley. The bride's maid gown was of shell pink taffeta with overdress of pink tulle and silver gauze ribbons. The ceremony was followed by a breakfast at the home of the bride's parents to which were bidden the wedding party and the immediate families of the bride and groom. Mr. and Mrs. RYAN will reside in Syracuse.

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


Phelps, N. Y.  -  June 5 - Miss Mary BENNETT of Baltimore and Bertrand G. VANDERHOOF, son of Dr. and Mrs. F. D. VANDERHOOF, of this place were married Saturday at the home of the bride's brother, Dr. George BENNETT in Baltimore. Mr. and Mrs. VANDERHOOF are now taking an automobile trip from Baltimore to Phelps and expect to reach here Thursday. They will reside in Phelps.

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, Monroe, NY    Tuesday    Oct 31, 1916             by: GSubyak@aol.com


Phelps, Oct. 30 - The funeral of John EBERLEE, who died on Saturday at his home, near Orleans, took place from Orleans Presbyterian Church this afternoon. Mr. EBERLEE was 64 years of age. He leaves his wife and six children, Adam, of Orleans; Edward, Otto, Clarence and John, of Newark, N. Y., and Mrs. Annis HORTON, of Geneva.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, Monroe, NY   Friday      June 29, 1917            by:  Dianne Thomas

Booze at $100 a Gallon.   Phelps, June 29.  August BENGSTON was placed under arrest yesterday in Phelps on the charge of having liquor in his possession in dry territory.  BENGSTON, it was claimed had a pint on each hip.  When arraigned before Justice of the Peace CORNFORD, he pleaded guilty and was fined $25.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, NY       Fri      Nov 23, 1917       by: GSubyak@aol.com  


Phelps  -  Nov. 22 - The death of Mrs. Emma Marie CROMEEK, aged 54 years, occurred last evening at the home on the LANE farm, two miles south of Phelps, after a long period of ill health, Mrs. CROMEEK was a native of Belgium.
Surviving relatives are her husband, Henry CROMEEK; three daughters and three sons,  Mrs. Alexander GRIEVE, of Canandaigua and the Misses Lucy and Emily CROMEEK, of Phelps; Seivaphien VAN DeVOOIDE, of Michigan, and William and Charles CROMEEK, of Phelps. The funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rev. M. T. MADDEN, officiating. Interment will be in St. Francis cemetery.

Phelps -  Nov. 22 - The marriage of U. Grant LAKE and Mrs. Clara WHEELER, both of Phelps, took place yesterday afternoon at the Presbyterian manse, the minister, Rev. C. C. MacLEAN, performing the ceremony. The couple was unattended. After a brief wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. LAKE will reside at their farm house, north of Phelps.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester,  NY   Monday,  July 1, 1918                  by: GSubyak@aol.com   

Phelps  - June 30 - The marriage of Miss Ingar D. HOWE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. HOWE, of Phelps, and Henry M. GARRISON, U. S. N. R., of South Orange, N. J., now stationed at Newport, R. I., took place at 8 o'clock last evening in the Phelps Presbyterian Church. The church was beautifully trimmed with daisies, lilies, palms and ferns.
Attired in caps and gowns the children's choir sang the bridal chorus from Lohengrin as the bridal party entered the church and advanced to the alter, the bride leaning on the arm of her father. There they were met by the groom, Dr. Harlan J. Q. HOWE, of Geneva, a brother of the bride and the minister, Rev. C. C. McLEAN, who heard the marriage vows.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester,  NY    Thurs.  Sept 26,  1918                  by: GSubyak@aol.com   

Phelps, Sept. 25 - Associate members of the Phelps Legal Advisory Board now in session to assist registrants in filling out their questionnaires are. Earle  S. WARNER, chairman; William B. HOBBIE, Frank G. WALKER, William C. EDMONSTON,  John NEEDHAM, C. H. BURT, John B. PARMALEE, D. M. WILLING, L. S. PARTRIDGE, W.  H. CORNFORD and P. V. KEEFE.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Thursday,     November 7, 1918                 by: Dianne Thomas 

PADDEN - Miss Bertha Stewart PADDEN died at her home on Church street, Thursday evening , October 31st, at 8:30 o'clock, of pneumonia following Spanish influenza, aged 36 years.  She was born in Phelps August 6, 1882, and was the daughter of William A. and Martha Stewart PADDEN.  She was a graduate of the Phelps High School and also of the Rochester Business Institute.  For 13 years she was employed as bookkeeper by the Locke Insulator company in Victor.  The funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. C. C. MAC LEAN.  The Rev. Mr. HILL, pastor of the Victor Presbyterian church, said the prayer at the grave.  Mr. MAC LEAN, in the course of his remarks, paid a beautiful tribute to her life and character.  The profusion of floral pieces bore silent testimony of the love and esteem of her many friends.  Besides her aunt, Miss Sarah STEWART, who has been deeply devoted to Bertha, since she was a little child, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. F. A. STODDARD and a brother, T. J. PADDEN.  Miss PADDEN united with the Presbyterian church on Phelps when she was a charter member of the Evertt Missionary Society.  She was also a member of the Caroline Gallup Missionary Society and the Unity Club of Victor, where her amiability of character made conquest of universal esteem and placed her high in the minds and hearts of all those who knew her.  the many letters of sympathy from her Victor friends clearly indicate her popularity in that town.  In Phelps, Miss PADDEN leaves a large circle of friends who will miss her cheerful greetings, kindly interest and gladsome ways.  It can be truly said of her, that those who knew her best, those with whom she was closely associated, loved her, honored her and believed her worthy of every confidence and trust.  Why she should be called away in the very prime of life, we cannot understand.  "Now we see through a glass darkly".  Some day we shall know. 

The above obituary notice, kindly sent to us by the publishers of the Phelps Citizen, so well describes the characteristics of the late Miss PADDEN and the place which she held in the hears of her many friends that we use it in its entirety.  Among the Victor friends who attended the funeral services, were the following: Rev. & Mrs. F. W. HILL, Mr. & Mrs. F. E. COBB, Miss GOODNOW, Mrs. M. A. WILBUR, Mrs. G. W. BOUGHTON, E. B. CASE, Mrs. H. C. WOOLLEY, Miss Anne HIGINBOTHAM, Mr. & Mrs. C. L. SIMONDS, Mr. & Mrs. Russell SIMONDS and children, Mrs. M. U. ALDRICH, James MC CARTHY, Fred MC CARTHY, Misses Janice REEVES and Stella LINCOLN and Dean ROSE.  Misses Helen HILL and Isabelle DONOVAN of Canandaigua, who were associated with Miss PADDEN in her work here, also attended the funeral.

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