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Daily Democrat  Rochester, Monroe Co., NY   Sat      Sept 12, 1835                 by: GSubyak@aol.com

In Seneca, on the 1st inst., by Rev. J. W. FRENCH, Mr. Ichabod LEACH, of Millet, Cortland county, to Miss Mary Maria WHEELER, of Seneca.

Rochester Republican,  Rochester, Monroe, NY       Aug 3, 1848      by: GSubyak@aol.com 

Deaths:  In Seneca, on the 20th inst., after a short illness, Mr. George CROMWELL.

GENEVA GAZETTE           Friday                Feb 21, 1873              by: Dianne Thomas  

Sudden Death - Mr. Horace BENJAMIN, of Phelps, residing about one mile east of Orleans village, died very suddenly on Friday last, of heart disease.  The same day he had visited Phelps village on business, and on returning, went to the barn to stall the horses.  Soon after, a member of his family, having occasion to visit the barn, found Mr. BENJAMIN prostrated, seemingly in a fit.  Aid was called and he was conveyed into the house.  In a few moments he revived and conversed with those around him, expressing a belief that he would speedily and fully recover and that it was unnecessary to summon a physician.  However, his family thought it prudent to call medical aid, and dispatched a messenger at once, for Dr. HOWE, of Phelps.  Before his return with the doctor, Mr. BENJAMIN had a second attack, which terminated fatally.  He was about 50 years of age, and considered a healthy, robust man.  

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

+ Mr. Chauncey WHITNEY of Seneca Castle, who is now over 90 years of age, is not expected to live.  He is both deaf and blind.

+ Luken BELL died at the residence of his sister in Seneca the 30th ult., where he had been a helpless invalid for some time. 

Ontario Repository & Messenger      May 31, 1888    Pg. 3,    by: Dianne Thomas

+ Mrs. Burt VAN GELDER, who has for several months been afflicted with a cancer in her throat and who left here for a home in Michigan with her brother, died after being in Michigan about three weeks.  She leaves only an imbecile son, who is ten or twelve years old and her mother and brother at whose house she died.

+ William SMITH, who was injured in a power cutting machine at Jesse THATCHER'S, and whose arm was amputated in consequence, died Friday evening form the combined influence of hemorrhage and lock jaw. For the first two or there days after the injury he did ably, but upon  (cut off)

+ Nelson P. B. WELLS, secretary and cashier of the Seneca Falls Savings Bank, was arrested Sunday, charged with appropriating the funds of the bank to the amount of $10,000, and was placed in jail at Waterloo.  The affairs of the bank were being investigated by the State examiner, who discovered the shortage.  Mr. WELLS, who has a family, was working for $400 a years and has confessed to taking small sums, to meet living expenses since 1879.  He has bonds to the amount of $5,000.  The bank was closed Monday, but doing business as usual Tuesday.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY        Thurs,         Feb 22, 1893                by:  Dianne Thomas

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY    Wed,     Apr 4, 1894    by: Dianne Thomas

+ Mr. George KEELER was stricken with paralysis last week Wednesday, and died on the following Friday night.  In this sudden affliction his family have the sympathy of the community.  Mr. KEELER was a highly useful and respected citizen.

Geneva Daily Times                         Monday                               April 8, 1901      by: Dianne Thomas

SURVIVED WIFE BUT 35 HOURS - The Death of Marcus Ansley - Husband was Unaware of Wife's Demise - 

Within two days, both Mr. and Mrs. Marcus M. Ansley have died.  They left an orphan, Grace Ansely, 14 years of age. The deaths occurred just 35 hours apart.

Marcus M. Ansley, one of the best known farmers in this vicinity, died at 5 o'clock this morning, at the residence of his cousin, Mrs. Martha J. Morrison, 195 Pnlteney street, aged 50 years.  Mr. Ansley had been suffering for nearly a year from a particular contraction of the throat that physicians were unable to diagnose. He was unable for some time to take either solid or liquid nourishment and failed rapidly in strength. The deceased came  here four weeks ago and placed himself  under the care of his physician, Dr. Padgham. Everything that medical skill could suggest was tried, but the patient grew rapidly worse.  

Mr. Ansley's condition grew alarming Saturday, and it was thought not advisable to inform him» of his wife's death, which had just occurred. He died not knowing that his wife had just passed away.

The deceased was a resident of Geneva for many years. He later removed to a farm, near Castleton, where he had since resided. The remains were removed to his late home this afternoon.

Mrs. Ansley died at the family home, near Castleton, at 6 o'clock Saturday morning, age 48 years. She had been in poor health for some time. The deceased underwent an operation a year ago and suffered a second operation a week ago. From the  effects of the latter, she died. Mrs. Ansley leaves one daughter, Grace.

Mr. Ansley is survived by four brothers, William B.. Charles H., and  David Ansley, of the county, and Frank Ansley, of Michigan, and two sisters, Miss Margaret Ansley and Mrs. M. E. Loomis, of Rushville.

The double funeral will take place from the home Wednesday, at an hour not yet decided upon. Interment will be in the Whitney cemetery.


Death of George W. Mowrey

George W. Mowry died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Mary Mowry, 35 Elmwood place, at 8:20 o'clock this morning, aged 64 years. The deceased had not been in good health for some time. He was born in Geneva and had resided here up to 15 yean ago. Mr. Mowry was an employee of J. W. Smith, the founder of the J. W. Smith Dry Goods Co., for several years. He left the employ of that firm 15 years ago and had since been employed with dry goods houses in several cities. His last position was with the Beadle, Sherborne Co., at Rochester. He was compelled to give up his position about two months ago owing to ill health. He was a prominent member of old Castle lodge, I. O. O. F

The deceased is survived by his mother and by two brothers J. W.Mowry, of Rochester, and DeWitt Mowry, of this city. The funeral will take place from the family home at 10 o'clock Thursday forenoon. Interment will be at  Glenwood cemetery.


Mrs. J.D. Shaw, of Shamokin, Pa., died at the Geneva City hospital, at 3:15 o'clock last night, aged 32 years.  The cause of death was dropsy. Mr. Shaw, her husband, was notified by telegraph and arrived here this afternoon.  No funeral arrangements have yet been made.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY   Friday,    April 12, 1901      pg 2     by: Dianne Thomas

Seneca Castle - Two sad deaths in one family cause great sorrow in this community.  Mrs. Marcus M. ANSLEY, who had been a great sufferer for nearly two years from cancer, died at her home on Saturday morning, aged 43 years.  Her husband, who was in Geneva, taking treatment for throat trouble, and who was too ill to be told of her death, died early Monday morning.  He was 50 years of age. Both Mr. and Mrs. ANSLEY were earnest in all church work and will be greatly missed from the Presbyterian church, of which they were members.  One daughter, Grace, survives.  The funeral was held from the home on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

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

Hall's Corners:

William VAN DE VORT is an apprentice in Josiah HIBBARD'S blacksmith shop.  

Miss Lillian HORTON of this place is one of eight graduates from the Lee Hospital training school for nurses at Rochester this year.  The exercises will e held June 23rd at Lake Ave., Baptist Church, followed by a reception at the Hospital.  

George LEDGEWOOD Jr., had one of his toes crushed while trying to handle a frisky horse the other day. 

Josiah HIBBARD has been making extensive improvements at his home. 


Seneca Castle:

Frederick SIMS and family are visiting his parents in the northern part of the State. 

Miss Laura REYNOLDS and Edward PADGETT spent Sunday in Canandaigua. 

Albert OTTLEY is now in New York.

Cyrus BRAY has been quite ill this past week. 

Frederick COOPER is painting his house.

Geneva Daily Times                     Wednesday,         Dec 11, 1912                      by: Dianne Thomas 

DIES AS A RESULT OF HIS INJURIES - Seth GRANT, Who was Crushed in Local Lehigh Yards, Died at City Hospital this Morning -

Seth GRANT, the young Lehigh Valley Railroad fireman who was caught in an accident in the local Lehigh yards on Monday, died at City Hospital at 7:20 o'clock, this morning.  Death was the result of injuries received in the wreck.  An autopsy was performed today at the undertaking rooms of Kennedy and Kennedy, to which the body was removed, and an inquest will be held later by Coroner FLINT.  The deceased is survived by his father, Wm. E. GRANT, Stanley; five brothers, James E., Newark, NJ; Wm. E. Jr., San Francisco, Calif.; Clifford G., Geneva; Frank W. GRANT, Edmonston, Alberta; and Clark A., US Maine; two sisters, Elizabeth A. and Minnie P., Stanley.  

The accident which caused the injuries from which death resulted, was a peculiar one.  GRANT was employed as a fireman on the switching engine used in the local yards.  Last Monday the engine backed into some cars, while GRANT was standing back of his cab.  The light tender of the engine was buckled up when the engine and cars came together in such a manner that it was practically shot up against the cab and GRANT was caught between the tender and the cab.  It was about 45 minutes before his fellow workmen were able to release him and he was hurried to the City Hospital where it was found that he had sustained a fracture of the hip and also of several ribs.  While the injuries from the first appeared serious, GRANT showed some sign of improvement and it was thought that he had a chance to recover.  Last night however, complications set in and he died this morning.  Internal injuries received when his body was crushed are believed to have been the cause.  

The funeral will be held from the M. E. Church at Stanley at 10:30 am, Saturday, Rev. A.B. TEMPLE, officiating.  Burial will be made in No. 9 Cemetery.

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

Seneca Falls, Oct. 30 - Mrs. Mary R. SILSBY died yesterday in Rochester at the age of 72 years. Mrs. SILSBY was for many years a resident of Seneca Falls and was a member of a family that had much to do with establishing Seneca Falls as a manufacturing center. Mrs. SILSBY's husband, the late Horace SILSBY conducted the business established by his father here for a number of years until failing health forced his retirement. The SILSBY works turned out fire lighting equipment that is now in use in all parts of the world and the SILSBY fire engines for years were known to fire departments everywhere.
Mrs. SILSBY was always greatly interested in literature and during recent years has derived much satisfaction and pleasure from her writings. She, with a few friends, organized the Shakespeare Society of Seneca Falls in December, 1882, the first Shakespeare organization in the country composed exclusively of women. She continued during her residence here to act as president of the
club and later as honorary president. As an authority upon Shakespeare, she was widely recognized. She published a number of years ago a booklet dealing with the Baconian theory at a time which the controversy was attracting quite general attention. The booklet went through several editions.
Mrs. SILSBY's remains will be brought here from Rochester to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock and taken to Trinity Episcopal Church from where the funeral will be held at 3 o'clock. Rev. Dr. William Bours(?) CLARKE, rector of the church, will conduct the service. Mrs. SILSBY leaves one son, Horace SILSBY, of New York city, and two daughters, Mrs. Eleanor HART, of Rochester, and Mrs. Emma Veta FEECK, of Syracuse.


Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY       Wednesday      October 31, 1923      by: Dianne Thomas

+  The death of Mrs. Mary OTTLEY on Tuesday evening after a brief illness, occurred at the Geneva City hospital.  Mrs. OTTLEY was stricken in the trolley station at Geneva with apoplexy while on a shopping trip, last Saturday.  She was taken at once to the city hospital and never regained consciousness until her death.  She is survived by one son, Edwin, of Seneca Castle; one sister in Rochester and one brother in Manchester.  She was a member of the local Methodist church and a member of the Castle Grange; also a member of the Geneva Chapter of the Eastern Star.  Her funeral was held from her late home here Friday afternoon.  Rev. W. Scott TOMPKINS officiated.  Burial was in Whitney Cemetery.  

+ Prof. E. G. SOPER and family were dinner guests yesterday, at the home of Mrs. SOPER'S brother, John GIBSON, near Penn Yan.  

+ Frank HYNA, who underwent an operation at Clifton Springs hospital recently, is slowly improving. 

+ It is reported that James DOLAN has purchased the D. C. SEARS place in Seneca Castle.  

+ John SUTTON, who sold his home in Seneca Castle to Timothy MANEY, is moving to Geneva, where he is employed.  

+ Mrs. Perry BROWN and Miss Retta PECK who are expert apple packers at the Castle Cooperative Fruit packing house, are to be sent this week to the New York State Apple Show to be held in New York City from November 3 to 10.  Mrs. Frank GOTTS will accompany then and attend the apple show.  

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY  Thurs      Mar 31, 1927       by:  GSubyak@aol.com

Canandaigua, March 30 - Miss Emma C. McCAULEY, instructor in Latin at Canandaigua Academy, died suddenly to-day at her home in Scotland road of angina pectoris. Miss McCAULEY had been in her usual health of late and yesterday taught her classes as usual at the Academy. She was a graduate of Vassar College and also had taken extension work at the Universities of Rochester and Syracuse.  For the past fifteen years Miss McCAULEY had been instructor in Latin at the  Academy here. Miss McCAULEY was a member of the Congregational Church and also was interested in a number of civic organizations. She leaves only her mother,  Mrs. Rice McCAULEY, with whom she resided. Funeral Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock  from the home, Rev. Dascomb E. FORBUSH officiating. Burial in No. 9 cemetery in  the town of Seneca.

Daily Democrat     Rochester, Monroe Co., NY    Sun    Jan 6, 1929                 by: GSubyak@aol.com

Seneca Falls, Jan. 5 - Mrs. Susan A. GOULD, 79, widow of Samuel S. GOULD, died today at her home, 18 Mynderse Street, following a week's illness of influenza and pneumonia. Mrs. GOULD was born in the town of Seneca Falls and had always made her home here. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Benjamin HALL of Camillus and Miss Susan A. GOULD of this village; a son, David A. GOULD of Syracuse; a brother, David H. RUTHRAUFF of Seneca Falls; a sister, Mrs. C. J. BAKER of Auburn. Funeral from the home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon

Seneca Falls, Jan. 5 - Miss Alicia WILLIAMS, once a resident of Seneca Falls, died today in Rochester. Miss WILLIAMS was born in Rochester, but made her home at Seneca Falls the greater part of her life. She moved back to Rochester 13 years ago. She leaves four sisters, Mrs. E. W. BRIGGS of Barberton, Ohio; Mrs. C. F. LEE of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. James WAYNE and Mrs. W. P. ELWELL of Seneca Falls. The body was brought here tonight and taken to an undertaking room in State street where funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock Tuesday morning.

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY    Wednesday       July 24, 1929    by: Dianne Thomas

Hall News:

John BURTCH of Utica is visiting at the E. B. DIXON home.

Palmer GOETZ is visiting at the home of his brother, Bruce P. JONES.

Miss Mildred JAYNE is spending this week with Margaret WILSON at Ithaca. 

Rev. James SYKES will address Penn Yan Grange Friday evening, July 26. 

Miss Vera SKYES spent the weekend with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. James SKYES

Mrs. Cornelius PATRICK underwent an operation at the Canandaigua hospital last week.

Mrs. Lou JORGENSEN, who was recently operated on at the Geneva City Hospital, is gaining. 

Miss Marian FEAGLES returned last week from a motor trip to the Thousand Islands and Montreal. 

Mrs. SERVERINGHOUSE and daughter of Interlaken, are visiting at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. BARDEN.

Charles S. WILSON left a week ago Saturday for Washington to assume his new duties on the Farm Relief Board to which position he was appointed, July 20th. 

Mrs. Charles S. WILSON, and daughter, Margaret, and son, Tommy, and mother, Mrs. Thomas MILLER, left Saturday to spend a month in Mrs. WILSON'S brother's cottage at Ithaca. 

Gilbert F. MELIOUS of Gorham and Edna C. BLODGETT of Rushville, were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, on Saturday afternoon, July 20th, at 4 o'clock.  Rev. James SYKES performed the ceremony.  

 Penn Yan Democrat        Jan. 22, 1932                                        by Cathy Coon

HALL  -  At the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Wednesday, January 20th, Mrs. Marjorie M. Hall, aged 32.

Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yonge, of Penn Yan; three brothers, Guy and Clay Yonge, of Penn Yan; Glen, of Geneva; a son, Donald. The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home of her parents in Ogden Street, Rev. R. N. Jessup officiating. Burial in Little Church cemetery, at Hall.

Penn Yan Democrat           Oct. 20, 1933                        by Cathy Coon

HEWSON  -   At Hall, Thursday, Oct. 12th, Miss Caroline Hewson, 72.  She leaves one brother, George W. Hewson, of Hall; a sister, Mrs. Lucinda Corser, of Minneapolis, Minn., also several nephews and nieces. The funeral was held Sunday at 2:30, Rev. Marshall Bartholomew officiating. Burial in No. 9 cemetery.

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY        Pg 4        Friday,      December 6, 1935             by Dianne Thomas

EDIE - At Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua, Saturday, November 30, David W. EDIE of Hall.  Mr. EDIE's death was sudden as he had been about as usual on Friday.  He was delegate to Pomona Grange sessions in Reeds Corners and expected to attend Saturday.  He was Supervisor Elect on the Democratic ticket in the strong Republican town of Seneca.  He was a member of Masonic Order, Damascus Shrine of Rochester; member of Hall Grange and for more than 36 years, he was an RFD carrier from the Hall post office and was placed on the retired list about two years ago.  He was an active member of the letter carriers organization, and served as its secretary for 25 years.   He was a trustee of No. 9 church,  Surviving are his widow and one brother, James, of Baltimore, MD. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, from the home in Hall, with burial in the No. 9 cemetery.  Rev. David SHELDON, pastor of the church, officiated.  Ark Lodge of Geneva conducted the Masonic services at the home.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY          Thurs          July 8, 1937                by: GSubyak@aol.com

HARWOOD - At her home, 250 St. Stanislaus Street, Della PALMER HARWOOD.  Surviving are her husband, Charles; one son, McKinley YORK; three grandchildren; three brothers, Thomas of Amsterdam, Arthur of Mendon and Ernest PALMER of Buffalo.
Funeral from the home of her son, 16 Lauderdale Park, Saturday at 1:30  p.m. Interment in Sand Hill. Geneva paper please copy.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY             Mon           June 20, 1938                     by: GSubyak@aol.com

GIBSON - At the home, 68 Boardman St., June 18, 1938, Elizabeth GIBSON. She is survived by one sister, Esther GIBSON of Rochester. Miss GIBSON is resting at  the Timmerman Funeral Home, 510 Monroe Ave.  Funeral services from 510 Monroe Ave., Tuesday at 2 o'clock. Interment in  No. 9 Cemetery at Seneca, N. Y. Geneva papers please copy.

Geneva Daily Times    Saturday,              Feb 4, 1939                      by: Dianne Thomas 

HALL, NY - Feb 4 - Mrs. Anna Beard ALLEN, 62, who resided southwest of Hall, died yesterday (Feb 3) afternoon at Geneva General Hospital.  Mrs. ALLEN has been ill only a short time with mastoid trouble.  She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank BEARD.  Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in Union Congregational Church with the Rev. C.E. UPDIKE, officiating.   Interment will be in the Little Church Cemetery.  Surviving are her husband, Olin; a son, Burlin ALLEN of Hall; one daughter, Mrs. Blaine KESEY of Painted Post; a grandson, also of that place and two sisters, Mrs. Harry HURFORD of Penn Yan and Ida PALMTIER of Minerva, Oh.  

Geneva Daily Times        Monday,                Feb 6, 1939               by: Dianne Thomas 

Funeral of Mrs. ALLEN - HALL - Feb 6 - Funeral services will be conducted today from the Hall Congregational Church at 2:30 pm for Mrs. Anna Beard ALLEN, 62, who died in Geneva City Hospital, Friday (Feb 3).  Besides her husband Olin, she leaves one son, Burlin, at home, one daughter, Mrs. Bain KESEY, of Painted Post and a grandson also of that place; two sisters, Mrs. Larry HURFORD of Penn Yan and Mrs. Ida PALMTEER of Minerva, Oh.  Burial will be made in Little Church Cemetery.

Geneva Daily Times     Friday              January 30, 1914              by: Dianne Thomas 

WADDELL - At his home on Henry Street in Penn Yan, Jan 26, 1914, George W. WADDELL, aged 77 years.  He was born in Waterloo, but his parents moved to Penn Yan when he was less than a year old and he had resided here ever since.  In 1860 he was married to Esther H. GENUNG, of Italy Hill, who survives him.  He also leaves two sons, James of Elmira; and Charles of Penn Yan; a brother, William WADDELL of Atlanta, Ga.

Major WADDELL, as he was known to everybody, had been in poor health a long time.  He was a member of the J.B. Sloan Post, GAR, having assisted in the organization of Company B, of the 148th NYV, at the time of the Civil War.  He was second lieutenant when the company started for the front, from Camp Swift, Geneva, Sept. 22, 1862.  He was afterwards appointed judge advocate on the staff of Brigadier General FOSTER of Ohio and brevetted Major.  

In 1872, Mr. WADDELL was a candidate for County Treasurer on the "Liberal" Republican ticket.  During the four years the late Daniel LANNING was postmaster at Penn Yan, Major WADDELL served as deputy. For years he was a successful contractor and builder in Penn Yan.  The funeral was held from his late home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. H. I. ANDREWS, of the Methodist Episcopal church, officiating.  Burial in Lakeview Cemetery.  

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY        Wed            June 7, 1944                     by: GSubyak@aol.com

MISS ELIZABETH GARGAN -  Seneca Falls - Miss Elizabeth GARGAN died early yesterday, (June 6, 1944),  in her home in State Street, following an extended illness.

MRS. WILLIAM  HURLEY - Seneca Falls - Mrs. Theresa McBRIDE  HURLEY, 67, widow of Attorney William H. HURLEY of 10 Chestnut St., died yesterday (June 6, 1944), in Ithaca Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,    June 11, 1948                 by: Dianne Thomas 

GIBSON Is Convicted of Charges - A county court jury Thursday afternoon convicted Henry James GIBSON, 41, prominent resident and official of the town of Seneca, of tow counts of incest as a result of statutory crimes, against his 15 year old daughter.  County Judge Carroiton A. ROBERTS will sentence GIBSON at 10 Saturday morning.  On the basis of the incest counts the defendant can be given the maximum of 20 years in prison, 10 years on each count.  GIBSON received the verdict with the same stole calmness which he has shown throughout the trial.  Mrs. GIBSON, who sat with him during the trial, became hysterical at the announcement of the verdict and had to be quieted by police officers.  The jury took the case at 4:20 and returned their verdict at 5:45. Thursday afternoon, District Attorney, Thomas CROUCHER prosecuted the case for the people and Attorney Samuel LEVY, Canandaigua, served as counsel for the defense.  

Mr. GIBSON has been one of the town of Seneca's best known residents for years.  He is a justice of the peace, a former member of the board of trustees of the Hall school, a member of the Hall Congregational church and superintendent of its Sunday school.  For this reason, among others, the case has aroused unusual interest.  The defense based its peal on the grounds that Mr. GIBSON was mentally ill, that he was a psychoneurotic and that he was a person who had lost full awareness of his conscious acts. Mr. LEVY in developing this defense, placed on the stand, Dr. H. A. STECHEL, Syracuse, formerly director of the Syracuse Psychopathic hospital, who testified that after exhaustive examination of Mr. GIBSON, he found him mentally ill, subject to acts of unnatural judgment and hallucinations. 

To combat this testimony, Mr. CROUCHER used the testimony of Dr. Kenneth KIELL, of Willard State hospital, who insisted that Mr. GIBSON was a person of normal sanity.  Mr. GIBSON was a patient at Willard during the early winter months of this year.  Dr. KIELL spoke of him as evasive, hard to manage, given to troublesome nature and complaining.  He told the jury in his testimony that none of the characteristics which Mr. GIBSON exhibited indicated that he was mentally ill.

Geneva Times                     Monday                           April 17, 1952              by: Dianne Thomas

Cpl. Stanleigh Gene COOK, of the US Army, returned Sunday to Indiantown Gap, Pa., where he will be stationed for some time. He has been spending a 30 day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanleigh G. COOK Sr.   Mr. COOK and his son, David, motored to the military reservation with him and returned home Monday. 

Ernest J. BILL has been spending the past week with his daughter, Mrs. Avery L. HOLLENBECK and family.  Mr. and Mrs. HOLLENBECK, and daughter, Miss Joyce, motored to Franklinville with him Sunday.  He has spent the winter there with Mr. and Mrs. Glenn D. BILL

Francis F. FABRIZI spent the Easter recess at his home here, and has returned to Syracuse University to resume his studies.

Gorham - Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth CARSON entertained at a family gathering Sunday in honor of the birthday of Mrs. CARSON and her twin sister, Mrs. Ralph ELLIS.  Their mother, Mrs. Minnie STRACHEN of Gorham and their daughter, Mrs. George BEYES were guests.

Sgt. Elwood HUNT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert HUNT, arrived home from a tour of duty with the occupation forces in Germany, where he had been stationed for 3 years.  He will report May 4, at Indiantown Gap, for reassignment.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin HERRINGTON have returned from Downeyville, Canada where they were called because of the death of Mr. HERRINGTON's father. 

Caledonia Advertiser                     Thursday                              June 29, 1967       by: Dianne Thomas

CHARLES B. DELAND -  75, died in St. Jerome Hospital, Batavia on Thursday, June 22,1967 following a week's Illness.   "Charlie", as he was familiarly known, made many friends during the 22 years he spent in Caledonia.

He had been a special police officer for 16 years and a school crossing guard for 10 years.

Charlie had an artistic bentand was especially interested in Indians, one of his Indian Chief pictures has been in the Big Springs Historical Museum for many years.

He is survived by his sisters: Mrs. Lota Goodall of Newark, New York, Mrs. Francis English and Mrs. Josephine Butler, both of Clifton Springs, Mrs. Edward Latshaw of Seneca Castle; three brothers, George DeLand of Caledonia, William DeLand of Geneva and John DeLand of Clifton Springs; several nieces and nephews.

Friends called at the Jenkins Funeral Chapel Saturday and Sunday. Funeral services were held on Monday at 2 p.m. at the Seneca Castle Methodist Church.  Interment was at the Whitney Cemetery in Seneca Castle.

Geneva Times                     Saturday                          Sept 2, 1967             by: Dianne Thomas

Wright LaFRANCE - HALL - Wright LaFRANCE 80, of Jacob St., died Friday (Sept 1) at the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan after a brief illness.  Funeral services will be at 11 am Monday, from Crisfield Funeral Home, Gorham.  The Rev. John PAR, pastor at the United Church of Christ at Hall, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Little Church cemetery in the town of Seneca. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 pm today and Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm.  Mr. LaFRANCE was a native of West Nanticoke, Pa., and he had lived in Hall about 25 years.  He is survived by 3 step-sisters, Mrs. Albert CRISAFULLI of Totowa, NJ; Mrs. Warren LITTLE of Wilkes Barre, Pa; and Mrs. James SORBER of Dallas, Pa; two step-brothers, Melvin LaFRANCE of Newark, NJ and Malcolm LaFRANCE of Edwardsville, Pa.; several nieces and nephews.

Geneva Times                     Saturday                          Sept 2, 1967

CARDS OF THANKS - We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for the expression of sympathy and kindnesses shown at the passing of Wright LaFRANCE. - Brothers and Sisters and Frances MARKS

Geneva Times                     Monday                           March 16, 1970              by: Dianne Thomas

MRS. LIDA HARRIS -  Penn Yan - Mrs. Lida HARRIS, 97, formerly of 209 Sherman St., Penn Yan, died today at the Soldiers and Sailors hospital.  Funeral services will be at 2 pm Wednesday at the Weldon Funeral home.  Burial will be in Little Church Cemetery, Hall.  Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.  Mrs. HARRIS was a member of the Penn Yan Baptist Church.  Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Lawrence GLASSICK, of Geneva and two nieces.  

Geneva Times                     Monday                           May 25, 1970              by: Dianne Thomas

Friends have received word of the birth of a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Janet) WAGNER, of Pultney, Wednesday, May 20. The new mother is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood HUNT, Stanley and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert HUNT, Stanley.  The elder HUNTS visited Janet and baby and other relatives in Hammondsport.  

Geneva Times             Monday            May 15, 1975              by: Dianne Thomas

Esley J. BARRETT Sr. - Seneca Falls - Funeral services for Esley J. BARRETT Sr.,70, of 27 Pleasant St., who died Friday (May12) in Seneca Falls Hospital, were today at 2 pm in the Doran Funeral Home.  Rev. Lee A. HOWE, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiated.  Burial was in Restvale Cemetery [ Seneca Falls, Seneca Co., NY].  Bears were Joseph WARNER, Irving ASH, Henry BREMMAN, Curtis DENISON, Harold MANN and Theodore AMIDON.

Geneva Times,            Monday            Aug 4, 1975              by: Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Frances TETOR - Seneca Falls - Mrs. Frances TETOR of 72 Mynderse St., Seneca Falls, died early this morning at Taylor-Brown Memorial Hospital, after an extended illness.  Funeral arrangements will be done by the Doran Funeral Home, Seneca Falls and are incomplete at this time.

Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY                   Friday            April 2, 1985                 by: Dianne Thomas

C. Henry JENSEN - Gorham - C. Henry JENSEN, 92, of Kearney Road, died Monday (Apr 1) at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Canandaigua.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm Wednesday, at the Perkins Funeral Home in Gorham, where there will be a Danish Brotherhood service at 8 pm Wednesday.  The funeral will be at 7:30 pm, Thursday at the Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev Lyell DRAKE  and the Rev. Leslie DRAKE officiating.  Burial will be in the Little Church Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Mr. JENSEN was born Oct 24, 1892 at Sindal, Denmark, son of the late Otto and Christina JENSEN.  He was the widower of Frances JENSEN, who died March 5, 1984.  He was a veteran of World War I, serving with the US Army.  He fought in the Argonne battle in France and also served in Alsace Lorraine.  He was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart.  He was a member of the VFW Post 745 of Penn Yan and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Gorham and the Danish Brotherhood Wendia Lodge 71.  For the last year, he has been living with his daughter, Mrs. Robert (Margaret) SMITH, of Branchport. Surviving are three other daughters, Mrs. Charles (Geraldine) BETTS of Gorham, Mrs. Wendell (Dorothy) CURTIS of Rushville and Mrs. Betty HAGAN of Manchester; three sons, Howard of Pavilion, Chris of Clifton Springs and Mark of Pavilion; 43 grandchildren; 60 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stanley-Hall-Gorham Ambulance Corps, in care of Clarence JENSEN, 1179 Townline Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY                   Friday            April 12, 1985                 by: Dianne Thomas

Seven people have been charged in connection with break-ins on Viewboard Road.  Chief Deputy, Ron SPIKE, of the Yates County Sheriff's Dept, said damages exceeding $2,000 was done to a cabin owned by Kenneth HANSEN of Victor.  Thirty windows were smashed and an antique clock valued at $300 was stolen, but later recovered.   

Those arrests were: Tracy LANDERS, 18 Loomis Road, Rushville, charged with 3rd degree burglary, 3rd degree attempted burglary and a felony charge of criminal mischief.  He was committed to the county jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Scott GRIFFITH, 21, of 2265 Rochester Road, Canandaigua, felony criminal mischief and 3rd degree criminal trespass; released on $100 bail.

William COLE, 23, of Saltonstall St., Canandaigua, felony criminal mischief and 3rd degree criminal trespass; in jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Michael JEROME, 17, 5194 Bristol Road, Canandaigua, felony criminal mischief and 3rd degree criminal trespass, related on $500 bail.

Three girls, whose names were not released, all from Canandaigua, aged 13 to 15, were referred to Yates County Juvenile Aid Bureau. 

Canandaigua police assisted in the investigation, SPIKE said.  All seven are to appear April 16 for a hearing in town court.  

Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY                   Monday            Nov 28, 1988                 by: Dianne Thomas

Alcohol may be factor in fatal crash - Seneca - Alcohol may have been a factor in a fatal accident early yesterday morning.  An autopsy has determined that a 21 year old Geneva man who died in the one car accident on Route 14 a near Number Nine Road was legally drunk.  

Ontario County coroner, Dr. Morton ORLOV, said Scott GRIFFITH, of 5012 Wilson Road, Geneva, died of a ruptured aorta and other injuries.  He had a blood alcohol content of .176 percent, said ORLOV.  The legal limit for driving while intoxicated is .10 percent.  

Ontario county sheriff's deputies said GRIFFITH was east bound on Route 14A shortly before 5 am, when his car left the south shoulder of the road and struck a utility pole before coming to rest in a field about 150 feet off the road. 

GRIFFITH was ejected from the vehicle and found about 40 feet from the car.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by ORLOV.

A passenger in the GRIFFITH car, Lee L. FREEMAN, 21, of Hall, was treated for multiple cuts at Geneva General hospital, and released.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.  

Webster Herald, Webster, NY            Wed                       October 29, 2008             by: Dianne Thomas

FAIRPORT - Ruth B. Secrist RN, PNP (Schriyer, Stone), formerly a Webster resident for over 30 years, died at her residence on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 at the age of 94. Ruth was born April 10. 1914, daughter to James and Margaret Vessie Buchan, in Hopewell.

A 1932 graduate of Clifton Springs High School, Ruth was among the earliest Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in Rochester, educated at the University of Rochester. She was the first Pediatric Nurse Practitioner working at Rochester General Hospital where she practiced in the Out-Patient Clinic until her retirement. She also was employed at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan and for Dr. Hockelman, a pediatrician in Canandaigua. 

Ruth was a Fellow of the National Assoc, of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners and a member of Browncroft Community Church, the Gennys of the Chorus of the Genesee, and former long time active member of Webster United Church of Christ. She sang in the UCC Choir, owned and played the organ. Ruth was known for her love of her Lord, the love of her Family, and her passion and love for all children; especially caring for ill, foster care children.

Predeceased by her parents, James and Margaret Buchan; husbands, Raymond Schriyer and Solon Stone. She leaves her husband, Richard Secrist; children: Linda Vanderstyhe, Jon (Judy) Schriver, Margaret "Peggy" (Mel) Vietor, Shirley (David) Oestreich; step-children, Lynhe-Secrist.Mark-(Karen) Secrist, David (Sara) Secrist, John (Christine) Secrist; 

grandchildren, Amy (Gary) Polisseni, Eric (Nancy) Vanderstyne, Heather (Robert) Baleno, Christopher (Jennifer) Victor, Kelly and  Alicia Schriver, HeidllShawn) Carey;  several step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Elvere Hyde; nieces and nephews; many relatives in Canada and many friends Of Harmony Ranch, Canada.

Friends were received on Wednesday at Willard H. Scott Funeral Home. A memorial service was held Thursday, Oct. 9, at Browncroft Community Church with the Rev. Gulshan Lai officiating.  Interment was at Whitney Cemetery, Seneca.   Memorials may be directed to Lifetime Care Home Hospice, Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, or Assoc, for the Blind arid Visually Impaired. Arrangements by Willard H. Scott Funeral Home, 12 South Ave., Webster.

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