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1890 - 1893 

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ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL January 24, 1890                        by:  Dianne Thomas 
 REAL  ESTATE  TRANSFERS -   Eliza M. J. Decker  et al, to Estelle VanDenberg, Town of Victor,  $ 425.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL    Friday     February 7, 1890      Pg 3, col 3     by: Ron Hanley  
PERSONAL  ITEMS -   Mr. Frank Ellis of this village, had a narrow escape from serious results in a railroad accident at Omaha a few days since.
 He was riding on a motor car between Omaha and Council Bluffs, when the car left the track and went tumbling down a fifteen foot embankment. Of the 18 passengers in the car, Mr. Ellis was most severely injured, he being thrown partly through a window, and he was quite severely cut and bruised about the face and head, but no bones were broken. His wounds were properly dressed, and in a few hours he was on the road again, feeling pretty sore, but thankful that it was no worse.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, Monroe, NY  Monday   Feb 24, 1890              by:  Dianne Thomas 

Henry Jenks, of Rochester, a native of Victor, died suddenly at his son's residence last Thursday and his remains will be taken to the Boughton Hill Cemetery for burial today.

Ontario County Journal                 April 4, 1890                       by: Cheri Branca

Another of the old inhabitants of Ontario county has passed away. Benjamin Ketcham of Farmington died at the residence of his nephew, Benjamin Loomis, in West Farmington, while on a visit, aged 73 years. "Uncle Ben," as he was familiarly known, was greatly esteemed by his large circle of relatives and friends.    [see N. Farmington Friends Cem.: KETCHAM, Benjamin, July 20 ,1816 - Mar 22, 1890; husband of Salome]

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE       Thursday            May 29, 1890             by: Dianne Thomas

Zacary Lewis, a life long resident of Victor, who had been prostrated all the spring with paralysis, died Monday evening, aged about 65 years, and was buried yesterday at Boughton Hill Cemetery

William Newman, for many years a resident of Yates, died Tuesday, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Flowers, north of Yates Center, of pneumonia, aged about 75 years.  Funeral from the house today, at 1 o'clock.

ONTARIO TIMES     Wednesday      September 24, 1890      Pg 2, col 5              by: Ron Hanley  

VICTOR  -   Mr. E. W. Simmons of Canandaigua, and Miss Lizzie Bacon of Victor, are to be married Wednesday, September 24 at 6 o'clock at the home of the bride's father, Mr. O. S. Bacon.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, Monroe, NY  Wednesday    Nov. 12, 1890              by:  Dianne Thomas 

The remains of Philip Brizee, who died at his late home in Manchester, were taken to Victor, his native town, for interment in the Boughton Hill Cemetery yesterday afternoon.

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY              Jan 3, 1891           by: Dianne Thomas

Mr. and Mrs. Charles TUTTLE returned from their wedding trip Wednesday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. DRYER returned from their wedding trip Tuesday evening.

Peter PLUMB and wife celebrated the 30th anniversary of their wedding day on Christmas.  A company of about 60 friends and neighbors assisted.  

Durfee PITTENGER who has been quite ill with mumps for the past week is able to be out once more.

Mrs. James WIMBLE and daughter, Maud, of Rochester, spent New Years with her mother, Mrs. H. H. BROWN.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY        Saturday     Feb 7, 1891              by:  Dianne Thomas

+  Seven funerals in and around Victor last week.

+  An infant son was added to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Charles HILL on Friday of last week (Jan 30th).

+  We understand that C. EGGLESTON has purchased Alfred SMITH'S place on West Main street, and that W. C. WOODWORTH has purchased the DECKER property.  

+  Cards are out announcing the marriage of George H. FREDERICK of Farmington to Miss Carrie E. COON of Milo, NY, on Wednesday, Feb 18, 1891.

Frank UNDERHILL wishes to gratefully acknowledge the kindness of his many friends and neighbors who assisted him and his family during their recent bereavement. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hart GILLIS are rejoicing over the safe arrival of a daughter last Monday (Feb 2nd).  Congratulations are in order.  The young lady will undoubtedly be elected an honorary member of the Rod and Gun Club. 

Mrs. Dr. BALL who underwent a serious surgical operation recently, is improving very fast for a woman of her years.  Her nurse from Rochester has returned and we understand that Mrs. Mary B. WALLING is taking care of her.

Lyman H. PAYNE offers for sale, at auction, Friday, Feb. 13, some very choice stock, a lot of farming utensils, at his residence, the S. B. PLATT farm, about half a mile north of the old Newark Mills.  George COLLINS will entertain the crowd. 

+  Among the decisions handed down by the last General Term of the Supreme Court is one of interest to our readers.  It will be remembered that Justice NORTON imposed a fine of Garrett BURNS some time since, for assault on Julius MADISON.   BURNS sued NORTON to recover the amount of the fine, claiming that the Justice exceeded his authority. On the trial, BURNS was beaten, he then appealed to the Supreme Court, which by its recent decision,  (cut off) .. of the lower court.... 

+   Mr. George D. WARREN of Victor, NY died at the residence of Mrs. SANFORD on Jackson street, on the evening of the 27th.  He was a bright young man and was only 23 years old.  He leaves a devoted and loving young wife to mourn his death.  The remains were sent to his distant Northern home for interment.  The young wife carried with her the sympathies of her new made Southern friends on her sad mission home.  (Thomasville, Ga. Times Enterprise

We are informed by Mrs. WARREN that the people of Thomasville were very kind indeed, a practical illustration of the proverbial, "Southern Hospitality."  Little kindnesses were of almost daily occurrence, nor did their kindness stop at words, smiles and kind wishes, for in the hour of her direst need, Mrs. WARREN found substantial assistance in the financial aid promptly rendered her.  This was very comforting and in a measure, lightened her burdens.  She wishes to express her thanks to her many friends in Thomasville.  

John O'CONNELL, an old resident of this town, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. RIELEY, in Rochester, Tuesday last.  The body was brought here yesterday and buried in the Catholic cemetery in this village.  Mr. O'CONNELL was among the first of his countrymen to settle in this town, coming here abut 40 years ago.  By dint of industry and frugality, he not only reared and educated a large family, (cut off) 

Victor Herald, Victor, NY        Saturday     Feb 7, 1891              by:  Dianne Thomas  

F. M. SPRING has leased his farm to John WALTZ.  Mr. SPRING will move to the village and occupy his house on Covil st.

James WALLING has purchased the billiard tables belonging to the Opera House Billiard room, and moved them to the Walling Block .

+  We understand that Mrs. T. GOODNOW is slowly but surely improving under the treatment she is receiving at the Homeopathic Hospital in Rochester.  

E. G. ALLEN of Farmington was chosen foreman of the Grand Jury for the term of the Circuit Court now in session at Canandaigua.  

Theodore S. Conover has sent some samples of clay found on his premises to Rochester, where some parties are testing its fitness for the manufacture of paving brick.  

+   W. S. WOODS, son of Rev. H. C. WOODS, has accepted the position of principal o the village school at Honeoye, which Prof. WILSON has been compelled to resign on account of illness. 

Robert HALL of Bushnell's Basin, aged about 69 years, was killed by the car Monday afternoon, while attempting to cross the railroad bridge at Cartersville, ahead of a train.

Hon. John VAN VOORHIS and Joseph W. TAYLOR, well known lawyers in Rochester, had a hand to hand fight in the latter's office a few days ago.  The participants met to arrange legal matters, while there some hot words passed between them with the above result.  The two lawyers fought for nearly five minutes, and when separated, both bore marks of harsh punishment.  Both VAN VOORHIS' eyes were in mourning, while his antagonist was badly cut about the face. Both men were taken home in their carriages.  The fight is the talk of the town.  

+   On Feb 13th, at the residence of Mr. J. S. GILLIS, occurred a surprise party; the occasion being the birthday of Mrs. GILLIS.  Her children were all present, with a few of her long cherished friends and neighbors.  The day was spent in social chat until dinner was announced when all repaired to the dining room and did justice to the bountiful meal prepared.  After which, Rev. J. CLINE, in a few well chosen and appropriate words, presented Mrs. GILLIS with a gift from her children.  Soon after the friends returned to their homes, wishing Mrs. GILLIS many returns of the day. 

Mr. T. GOODNOW will move to his farm, April 1st.

Misses Vera and Etta PLUMB visited a Marvin WILBUR'S this week.  

Mrs. BRADLEY who for several weeks past, has been so seriously sick, at her sister's, Mrs. E. S. NORTON, is still very poorly. 

D. A. MC VEAN went to Scottsville on Tuesday afternoon, being called there by the sudden illness of his father. 

Ralph S. WISNER of Canandaigua visited his hold friends in Victor last week.  He returned to his home on Saturday.  

D. F. VanDenbergh and wife, who have been visiting their daughter at Glens Falls during the winter, returned home last Monday night.

Francis A. BROWN of Ogden, Utah Ty., was the guest of his nephew, Charles L. BROWN last Saturday.  Mr. BROWN was on his way home from Holland, where he had been on a business trip.  

+  Marriage Anniversary - A delightfully enjoyable occasion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin BOWERMAN, on Saturday, Feb. 14th, it being the 30th anniversary of their (cut off) 

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  Monday  February 23, 1891                        by: Ron Hanley  


ONTARIO -  Death of William C. Dryer at His Home on Saturday  

Hon. William C. Dryer, of Victor, died Saturday morning, in his 81st year.  He was born in Victor in March, 1810. He had been very prominent in the politics of the Democratic party, and was one whose counsel and  judgment were widely sought.

He was one of the presidential electors chosen in the campaign of  Horatio Seymour, and again in that of S. J. Tilden. He was appointed
United States deputy marshal by Buchanan, and was once commissioner of quarantine for New York.
 Mr. Dryer was one of the oldest members of the Milnor Lodge, F.A.M., and always expressed a desire to be buried according to the rites of the fraternity.
He leaves one son, William R. Dryer.  Rev. M. L. Hewitt, of North Bloomfield, a former pastor, is expected to officiate at the funeral,
which will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence.      [buried at Boughton Hill]

Victor Herald, Victor, NY        Saturday     March 28, 1891              by:  Dianne Thomas  

Local News:

George PFEIFFER cut his foot severely with an ax on Wednesday.

Mrs. T. R. WOOD has resigned her position as organist of the Methodist Church. 

Aunt Nancy SALE has on had a fine lot of sweet potatoes, the first of the season.

Mr. J. B. ALLEN took possession of the rooms in B. LOBDELL'S house, vacated by R. BRACE this week. 

+  We are informed that B. H. LOBDELL has recently sold his residence in this village to George W. HILL of Fishers. 

W. A. HIGINBOTHAM'S name occurs in the list of notaries recently appoint by the Governor.  

+  Parties wanting cucumbers in the brine can obtain them of George WOOD.  He has a quantity, large and small. 

Miss Sarah BERNARHDT will appear in "Edora" at the Lyceum, Rochester, Friday evening, April 3rd.  

+  Ladies can freshen up their winter hats with a beautiful Easter flower.  Mrs. C. J. PHILLIPS has a beautiful assortment. 

+  In the cases of the people against H. L. BLOODGOOD, on trial before S. J. TALLMADGE, on Wednesday, a "nolle prosequi" was entered. 

James HYLAND and family have moved to East Rochester, and a sister of Mrs. Theodore SIDELL has moved into their house.


James McKEE, a railroad worker, undertook to leave town owing Charles MORGAN for board.  The gentleman got as far as Fishers in his flight, when he met officer BEMENT, with a warrant, who brought him back to Victor. When taken before Justice TALMADGE, he was paroled on promise to go to work for Contractor Dick and pay the bill.  

Vincent C. LOVELAND, whose death was briefly mentioned in our last issue, was a man well know and respected for his industry, uprightness and integrity.  His disease, which was of an incurable nature, occasioning much suffering and wasting away, of his physical system, was borne in patience, and his only regret was in leaving his family, consisting of a devoted wife and two young children, who mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.  The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. H. C. WOODS of this village.  The bearers were selected from the  Order of United Workmen, of which the deceased was a worthy member.  

THE VICTOR HERALD     Saturday,     March 28, 1891     Pg 3, col 2            by: Ron Hanley    
 Mrs. Charlotte A. Lovejoy, wife of E. E. Lovejoy, died at her home on East Main Street early Thursday morning.  She was taken ill last Friday and rapidly grew worse.  The disease developing into acute peritonitis with the above result. She was greatly beloved in this community. Her husband has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. The funeral will be held at the house, Monday at 2 p. m.

THE  VICTOR  HERALD     Saturday    April 4, 1891      Pg 3, col 5        by: Ron Hanley    

OBITUARY - Mrs. Charlotte A. Lovejoy, who died March 26, 1891, and whose death we briefly mentioned last week, was born in New Jersey, August 2, 1834.   Her parents were George and Elizabeth Gurnee.  Her mother died when she was about two years of age.  Her father married a second time, and when she was four years old, she was brought to Newark, this state, and from that time until she was married, she lived with her grandmother, Mrs. Phillip Decker.   

By Mr. Gurnee's first marriage he had five children, of which two of her brother's are still living, Jonas Gurnee of Lyons, and Phillip of Binghamton, this state.  She was married to Edward Lovejoy March 12, 1856.  They commenced keeping house in this village where they have lived happily for 35 years.  She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends who sincerely mourn her loss. 

She united with the Presbyterian church in the year 1872, Rev. Henry T. Miller, pastor, and up to the time of her death, was a willing worker doing all she felt it her duty to do, cheerfully and well.  She was a woman of sound sense and excellent judgment.  Her death is a loss to the community, and we can safely say that relatives will not grieve alone. ( A wonderful tribute of seven paragraphs followed her obituary.)

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL           Friday,    June 19, 1891             by: Ron Hanley
At the home of the bride, in the town of Canandaigua, June 10, 1891, by the Rev. S. E. Eastman, Mark C. Gourlay, of Victor, and Miss Franc Outhouse.
SHORTSVILLE ENTERPRISE      Saturday,    June 20, 1891        Pg 3, col 2 
Farmington Tidings -  Mr. Mark C. Gourlay of this town, and Miss Franc Outhouse, of Victor, were married Wednesday evening, June 10th. 

THE VICTOR HERALD     Sat      October 17, 1891      Pg 3, col 3                 by: Ron Hanley
+ Personals - Mr. Veily, of Fort Edward, visited at D. VanDenbergh's this week.  His wife and two children have been visiting there for several weeks past. Mrs. Veily is a daughter of Mrs. VanDenbergh.

+ The funeral of W. C. Ross, who died suddenly at the residence of his daughter in Canandaigua Tuesday morning, was held in East Victor Thursday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Woods officiating. Mr. Ross was born in Churchville, N. Y., seventy-five years ago. He followed the occupation of hotel keeper and was for a long time constable and collector. He married Emeline McCumber, who died about a year ago. He leaves a son, Henry C., of New York City, one daughter, Mrs. Pierce of Canandaigua, and a brother, Willard Ross of Farmington, all of whom were present at the funeral, which was largely attended by his friends and neighbors. The interment was at the cemetery in this village.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY        Saturday     Oct 17, 1891              by:  Dianne Thomas

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. BUDDINGTON, a former resident of this village, came to visit their parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. BUDDINGTON, on Thursday.  He came only on a visit but was induced to stay awhile for business.  He will open up a stock of harnesses, blankets and robe this morning.  

Mr. and Mrs. Homer C. TRASK of Petosky, Mich., and Mr. J. C. TRASK of Cleveland, Oh., are visiting their aunts, the Misses TRASK on Maple avenue.

Miss Edith LOVEJOY, who has been quite seriously sick at Lima, was able to make home and friends a visit last week.  She returned on Sunday.

James WALLING and Rev. Father DONNELLY, attended the mass meeting at Washington rink, Rochester, Wednesday evening.

Master Charlie WOLCOTT of Rochester, visited Mr. and Mrs. W. W. GILLIS and other friends in town during the past week. 

Albert Bailey went to Batavia on Saturday; from there he will go to Cleveland, Ohio, for a visit with friends in that place. 

Mrs. B. F. TIMMERMAN and little Pearl, returned from a few days visit with friends in Brockport on Monday. 

Mr. and Mrs. MANN, who have been visiting at J. RANSOM'S, returned to their home in Rochester on Monday.

Miss Bernie DEWY returned on Saturday from several weeks visit with her brother and family in Kansas.  

Miss Grace SMITH, who has been in Dresden during the summer, is again with her mother here. 

Mr. F. MC CURDY went to Dansville on Saturday to visit relatives.  He returned on Monday. 

Miss Kate CORNFORD returned home on Wednesday.  She reports a very pleasant time.  

Mr. and Mrs. W. F. HAWKINS started for New York on Thursday to be gone a few weeks.  

Clint CROOKER, our former barber, was visiting old friends here, this week. 

Miss M. YOUNG of Canandaigua, visited at Bert SCRIBNERS this week. 

Rev. H. C. WOODS and family left for Corning, Friday morning. 

Rev. T. S. GREEN and family arrived in town Thursday evening. 

Victor Herald, Victor, NY        Saturday     Nov  7, 1891      pg 3        by:  Dianne Thomas

+  The following named persons have been drawn form this town to serve as grand and trial jurors, at a term of the circuit Court and Court of Oyer and Terminer, to convene in Canandaigua, Monday, November 9: Henry C. PARMELE, Marvin A. WILBUR, George P. POWER, Timothy MC MAHONE, William TURNER, John M. LADD, Isaac KILLAM .

+  The residence of William GREEN of Boughton Hill was entered by burglars during the day, on Wednesday of last week, while the family were away from home.  The house was thoroughly ransacked and two suits of clothes and a quantity of jewelry were taken.  Notice was at once sent to the police in Rochester, but up to the present time, no clue to the thieves has been found. 

+  On the northwest corner of Simonds' store, there hangs a piece of old window sash which has a history.  Fifty six years ago, Nathan JENKS (1835) kept a general stone on this corner.  Among other things he sold window sash, and as a sing or advertisement, Mr. LOUGHBOROUGH lettered the words, "window sash for sale" on a white sash with black paint.  Yeas have come and gone; the men of that generation have nearly all passed away; but the piece of sash remains.  The surface has been worn away by the weather, but the part covered by the black paint, paint has survived the wear of the elements better that the other, and the letters stand out in bold relief, nearly an inch higher than the rest.  Let the old sash be preserved.  

Miss Cora POWELL has been spending the week at LeRoy.  

Ebner CORNFORD and son, Allen, made Victor a flying visit, Thursday.  

Mrs. Dr. LINN of Buffalo is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Carrie MC CARTHY, this week.  

Lou REAMER and wife attended the funeral of his sister in law in Canandaigua, Tuesday.

Miss Jennie SIDELL attended a Halloween party at Miss Nettie VAN VECHTENS in Canandaigua on Saturday evening.  

Miss Ella HOWLAND of Fairport, visited her friend, Miss Dollie FITZGERALD; also friends in Shortsville this week. 

Master Charley WOOD accompanied Mr. DONAGON, pay master on the Lehigh Valley R.R. to his home in Hazelton, PA., last week.  He returned on Tuesday.  

Manie BRACE and Benjamin HOTAILING, who are attending military school at Fort Plain, spent a few days at home this wee.  They looked very fine in their new uniform. 

Miss Aurora FORBES attended the marriage of Martin HASKINS of Rochester to Miss May VINCENT of Phelps, at the M. E. parsonage in that village, on Wednesday evening (Nov 5th). 

Mrs. Libbie VAIL and son and Miss Nettie VAIL, left for their new home of Morganton, NC on Thursday. Mr. VAIL and Mr. Cephas BOUGHTON went several days ago with their stock and tools.

Union Advertiser,  Rochester, Monroe, NY        Dec. 24, 1891              by: GSubyak@aol.com

Mrs. Sabrina CORVILLE, is very low with ulceration of the bowels at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. E. S. NORTON, at Victor, and her death is hourly expected.

Union Advertiser,  Rochester, Monroe, NY       Dec. 25, 1891              by: GSubyak@aol.com

Benjamin NEWMAN, an old resident of Victor, died yesterday, aged 94 years. His wife is critically ill and it is thought she cannot recover.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, Monroe, NY    Dec. 30, 1891          by: GSubyak@aol.com

Mrs. Lucy S. NEWMAN died at her home in Victor yesterday, of pneumonia, aged 85 years. Mrs. NEWMAN is the last member of the family of eight children of Isaac MARSH, who settled in Victor early in the present century. She was first married in 1853 to J. G. SPENCER, of Brighton, Mich., who died in the army in 1863. Her second marriage was to Benjamin NEWMAN in 1868, who died on Thursday of last week and was buried Saturday. Mrs. NEWMAN'S funeral will be held at the Methodist church in Victor at 2 P.M. on Thursday. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church from girlhood, and lived a beautiful Christian life.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY        Saturday     Jan 2, 1892              by:  Dianne Thomas

Mrs. Sabrina COVILL, died at the residence of E. S. NORTON, in this village, on Wednesday afternoon, after a lingering illness.  The funeral will be held at Mr. NORTON'S this (Saturday) afternoon. at 1:30 o'clock.  

Daniel BARNETT and family are numbered among the victims of LaGrippe.  

Mrs. Stephen TALLMADGE who has been ill for some weeks, is still confined to the house.

Reuben NORTH died Monday (Dec 28th), and the funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at his late residence.  A more extended notice will be given next week.

Mr. E. J. SIZER had the misfortune to dislocate his shoulder last Saturday evening, while descending the stairs of the Opera House barn. 

H. HOLLENBECK is very sick with pneumonia at the Opera House hotel.  

+  Our teachers who reside out of town spent their vacations at their different homes, Miss Sara HARRINGTON at her home in Geneva; Miss Mabel STILLMAN took a liberal allowance of gifts with her to her home, and Miss Julia WHITON, accompanied by Miss Hattie VAN DENBERGH, spent their vacation at Miss WINTON'S home in Toronto, Canada.  

+  News has been received here that Coe HORTON, son of Isaiah HORTON of this town, received an injury in a railroad accident on a line in Indiana, where he was working as fireman, on Thursday of last week, in consequence of which one of his feet was amputated at the ankle.  He is in the Fireman's Hospital at Peru, Ind., in care of the organization of which he is a member.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY        Saturday     Jan 2, 1892              by: Cheri Branca

Our aged and respected townsman, Benjamin Newman, the notice of whose death we published last week, was born in New Paltz, Ulster County, N.Y., October 8th, 1799; and at the date of his death was the oldest man in town. For many years he had been a resident of Victor, and followed the occupation of a farmer during his active life, but the past few years he has resided in the village. December 19th, 1824, he was married to Margaret Lane, who died in 1867. By this marriage he had eight children, only three of whom survive: George W., of Palmetto, Fla., Josiah, of Rochester, and Elsie Eugenia of Victor. In 1868, he married Lucy Marsh Spencer, who survived him by only a few days. Mr. Newman was for many years a member of the Methodist church, a faithful and consistent Christian, and honorable in all his ways. His funeral was held from his late residence last Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock..

Lucy S. Newman, widow of the late Benjamin Newman, was the daughter of Isaac Marsh*, one of the early settlers of this town. She was born at the old Marsh homestead, Oct. 11, 1806. She possessed unusual personal attractions and literary tastes. She received a liberal education and was an excellent teacher, and at one time was a member of the faculty of the Lima Seminary. In 1853 she married J. G. Spencer, of Brighton, Mich., who died in the army in 1863. In 1868 she married Benjamin Newman, who died last Thursday. She united with the Methodist church in Victor in her girlhood, and was always found at her post on duty, even during the latter part of her life, with the weight of over four score years resting upon her, she could find time and strength to attend not only the sabbath morning service, but to teach a sabbath school class, and attend the prayer meetings and many of the social gatherings of the church. She leaves no family and is the last of that remarkable Marsh family so prominent in the early social and religious life of the town. She is believed to have died intestate. The funeral was held at the Methodist church on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Green conducting the services.      (*Isaac Marsh ran a tannery in 1798 Victor-Egypt & Gillis Rd.)

Victor Herald, Victor, NY        Friday     Jan 9, 1892              by:  Dianne Thomas

+  Among the sudden deaths of this unprecedented season, is that of James Byron NORTH, who died of pneumonia at his residence, in this town, Dec 27, 1891, after an illness of one week.  

Mr. NORTH was born in East Bloomfield, July 24, 1828, upon the farm now owned and occupied by his brother, Elisha.  In 1861, Mr. NORTH came to Victor, and purchased the farm adjoining the one where he died; building up during his 30 years residence an enviable reputation as a kind and generous neighbor, an exemplary citizen and a most affectionate husband and father.  Quiet and unostentatious in manner, there was  noble strength of character which impressed all who came in contact with it. 

Mr. NORTH leaves a wife, formerly Jane Eliza ELLIS, whom he married Feb 20, 1856.  Two sons and two daughters grown to manhood and womanhood, remain to comfort their widowed mother, and to honor the memory of the dear father who filled so large a place in the home.  The funeral services brought together many sympathizing friend from a distance as well as those who were nearer.  Rev. Charles LEGAL officiated.  The interment was at Boughton Hill Cemetery. 

Mrs. Sarah WILLIAMS died at the residence of Jerome B. GILLIS on Friday of last week, aged 68 years.  The funeral as held on Monday at ten o'clock in the forenoon, the services being conducted by Rev. A. PURDY, of Buffalo, assisted by Rev. T. S. GREEN of this village. The interment was at Penfield, a former home of the family.  The deceased leaves 3 daughters, Mrs. Jerome B. GILLIS, Mrs. E. D. WINANS of Rochester and Mrs. HUTCHINSON, now residing with her sister, Mrs. J. B. GILLIS; and one son, William WILLIAMS of Rochester, NY.

+  We understand that in the change of administration at the county clerks office, Miss Cora WILDER'S situation as search clerk, which she has efficiently and acceptably occupied for a long time, has been filled by another, by county clerk, HARKNESS.  While it is claimed that " to the victors belong the spoils", and it is expected that a person in office is likely to favor his friends, such changes are not always conductive to the efficiency of public service.  

ONTARIO REPOSITORY MESSENGER    Thursday     January 21, 1892      Pg  8, col  2  by:  Ron Hanley
Victor  -   Mrs. R. W. Brace has been summoned to the bedside of her mother in Pittsford.

The Victor Herald,  Victor, NY    Friday     Jan 23, 1892   Pg 3        by:  Dianne Thomas

Frank LAMONT, who murdered Alfred LEACH in Canadice in 1890, died at the hospital at Auburn prison on Monday.  He had been sentenced to prison for 20 years.  His remains were taken to Springwater for burial.  He leaves a wife and one child.  

Miss Julia WHITON was among the sick ones the fore part of the week. 

+  We here that Mrs. S. J. TALLMADGE is slowly recovering from the distemper. 

+  We hear that Wallace HILL and family have all been serious afflicted with grippe. 

Mrs. R. W. BRACE was called to Pittsford on Tuesday by the sickness of her mother, Mrs. ALVERSON.  

+  We are glad to hear that Mrs. E. S. NORTON, who has been sick for some time past, is gaining slowly.  

Mrs. George HILL does not gain as rapidly as her many friends could wish.  She is still confined to her bed. 

THE VICTOR HERALD      Friday       January 23, 1892    Page 3, col 3      by:  Ron Hanley
Mrs. Catherine Donnelly, widow of the late Peter Donnelly, who was formerly depot master for the N. Y. Central at Canandaigua, died on Monday at the home of her son, Rev. J. J. Donnelly in this village. The funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church, Wednesday morning. The remains were taken to Canandaigua for burial.


THE VICTOR HERALD                Friday        January 23, 1892       Pg 3, col  5     by:  Ron Hanley
From The Sunny South 
We are permitted to make a few extracts from letters received from Mrs. Libbie Vail, of Morganstown, N. C. by Mrs. J. W. VanDenbergh of this village, giving a pen picture of their location and surroundings, habits, customs, and peculiarities of the people in that section which cannot fail to interest the writers friends in this vicinity. 

She says in a recent letter, "I am sitting here before our great fire place, which is five feet across, with a mantel seven feet high and twelve feet long, made of cherry. The wainscoting about the room is also of the same material. This is my living room, and answers for parlor and sitting room, back of this room I have my dining room, and bed room, and back of that the new kitchen and wood shed. There are four rooms in the second story, and an immense garret above, everything is old fashioned, and the doors have locks on as large as a sheet of note paper. We have a nice front yard, with flower bed, rose bushes, shrubs, etc. The view from our wide piazza in front, across the river to the mountains, is very nice. It seems to be the fashion here to have a separate building for everything. There used to be about a dozen slave cabins here, but they are all gone but one. You can see where they once stood in our cotton field, where I picked my first cotton last Saturday. From our house we can see about a dozen small log cabins, nearly all on the plantation, where people live who have taken a part of the land to work. Such houses and such people I think you never saw, combining both ignorance and shiftlessness, some of them have but one dish, a skillet for everything they cook except as they bake some things in the fireplace. The women all around us chew tobacco and use snuff, from the grandmothers down to the little babies. They use many words and expressions that sound strange to us, such as, I low, for I think, tote, for carry, I rekon, right smart, and other expressions that  are sometimes quite amusing to our northern ears. "

"The people here are very kind to us, and have sent us sweet potatoes, fresh pork and other acceptable things, and one evening some of them came here to sing, and appeared to enjoy themselves very much. In a recent heavy rain, the water came into our new cellar, and there being sufficient fall in our front yard, was drawn off by a siphon, to the great astonishment of the natives, who could not understand how water could be made to run uphill. My swing churn was also a wonder to them, as the ones they had all been accustomed to use were made from a log hollowed out, and their bread bows are made in the same primitive manner. They do not make wheat bread as we do, but make corn bread and soda biscuit. They send here for some of my bread when they want to make a poultice, or other use in case of sickness. Perhaps you would like to know how these poor people go to the mill. One neighbor has two grown daughters and a wife, and they each take a bushel of corn on their backs six miles to mill, waiting for it to be ground, and then tote it home in the same way. One man has carried his corn to mill, twelve miles away, on his back, for the last twenty years.

ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER    August 4, 1892    Pg  8      by:  Ron Hanley

Gideon Shaw died at the Homeopathis Hospital, Rochester, last Friday.  The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church Sunday at 4 PM. 
Mr. Shaw came to Victor from Herkimer County when a young man working at the carpenter's trade until the building of the NYCRR in which he took part, subsequently becoming a section master which position he held until promoted to station agent here, from which declining years compelled his resignation about 13 years ago. 
Mrs. Sibley Power of Farmington, Mrs. Adeli Campbell of Rochester, Mrs. Charles Millinan of Suspension Bridge, Mrs. L. W. Searcy of New York City, and Charles Shaw of Racine, Wis. are his surviving children.

ONTARIO  COUNTY  JOURNAL      Friday     August 5, 1892    Pg 3, col 7   
by:  Ron Hanley

DIED  - SHAW  -  At Homeopathic Hospital Rochester, July 29, 1892, Gideon Shaw, of Victor, aged 82 years.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY       Saturday,     Sept 3, 1892      by:  Dianne Thomas

The funeral of Mrs. George LOOMIS whose sudden death we briefly mentioned last week, was held at her late residence Sunday afternoon at three o'clock.  Rev. Mr. FROST conducted the services, assisted by a quartette from the choir of the Presbyterian church.  The burial was at the cemetery on Boughton Hill.  The deceased was the youngest daughter of Benjamin KETCHAM and was born in Rensselaer Co., Jan. 4, 1823.  She removed with her parents to Farmington while a child and was married to George LOOMIS on Oct 19, 1842 and went to live in Onondaga Co. where she resided about nine years and returned to Farmington, where she resided the rest of her life.

Victor Herald                         September 24,  1892                          by: Cheri Branca

Mrs. Eliza Bennett Reeves, of this village, died on Saturday evening, Sept. 17, and the funeral services were held at the house on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. John Cline officiating. The interment was in the village cemetery. Mrs. Reeves was born in New Jersey in 1815, and moved with her parents, when but a small child, on the farm formerly owned by Capt. W. Adams in the west part of this town. In 1863 she bought the Rose farm, now occupied by Charles Bowerman, north of this village, on which she lived a short time, when she sold it and bought the Brizee place on Piety Hill, her late residence. In 1868, she married James Reeves of Jamaica, N. Y., who died ten years ago. She is the only survivor of a large family of children. She had quite a number of nieces and nephews among whom are Mrs. Robert Wilkinson, of Perinton, Joseph Bennett, of Canandaigua, Mich., Mrs. Arms and T. O. Bennett of Milford, Mich., Mrs. Sarah Cleveland of Geneseo, Mary and Amy Terrill, of Rochester. She leaves a will, with G. Turner and W. A. Higinbotham as executors, by which she devises property estimated at from $5000 to $7000, to her nephews and nieces as named in will, with a bequest of $300 to the Presbyterian church in this village. After paying above legacies, Mrs. Robert Wilkinson is named as residuary legatee.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, Monroe, NY    Mon    Oct 24, 1892    by: GSubyak@aol.com  

Cards are out for the marriage of Miss Nellie FOWLER, of Dansville, and Dr. George H. CUTLER, of Victor, to take place Thursday, October 27th, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas FOWLER.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, Monroe, NY    Wednesday    Nov 30, 1892            by:  Dianne Thomas

William Hopkins, an old resident of Victor, died at his home in that place Saturday, after a long illness. He was 65 years of age and had spent all his life in the village in which he died. He was a veteran of the late war, having served during the last three years of the war in the First New York Mounted Rifles. He leaves one son, Frank, who resides in Victor. His funeral was held from his late residence, Monday at 2 o'clock P. M.    Rev. Charles Legal  of the Universalist Church, officiating.  The interment was at the Boughton Hill cemetery.

Victor Herald                  Dec 10, 1892            Pg 3:                         by: Cheri Branca

Death of an Old Resident  -  Bela Cooper died on Wednesday of last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Spencer Crooker of W. Bloomfield.  Mr. Cooper was born in a log house in the town of Farmington near what is now Cooper’s Corners 87 years ago last September. His parents came from Massachusetts and were among the earliest settlers of Genesee Country. As the country became settled his parents opened what was known as Cooper’s Tavern & Bela succeeded his father in the management of the house, living on the place until 1859 when he sold it to the late Frederick Woodworth. Since that time he has lived in E. Bloomfield and at East Victor. When about 30 years of age he married Ann Cady. He had four children, A. B. Cooper, Mrs. Elmer Warring of East Victor, Mrs. Spencer Crooker of Bloomfield, the late Mrs. Eugene Dewey was also a daughter. Mrs. Cooper died about 40 years ago. Mr. Cooper was universally respected by his townsmen. The funeral was held from the home of his daughter, interment at the village cemetery. [Victor Village cemetery]

From Victor Herald              March 11, 1893           by: Cheri Branca

Died at her home on West Main street in this village Tuesday morning, March 7th, Sarah Bliss, wife of George Bliss, age 66 years.

Sarah Salters  was born in Devonshire, England, Sept. 14, 1827; with her parents she emigrated to this country about 1837, and lived for a time at Ogdensburgh,  N. Y. A few years later she came to Rochester, and later to Victor, and lived in the family of Alvin Parks about seven years. In 1852 she married George Bliss, and has since that time resided in this village. 

She joined the Presbyterian church while living with Mr. Parks people, and was a regular attendant. After she was married, recognizing the duty she owed to her husband and his family, who were Methodists, she united with that church by letter, and was very active in church work till within a very few days of her death. Mrs. Bliss's life has been one of ceaseless activity and unremitting industry. Her kindly offices have cheered many a home and made bright the path of many of God's creatures. At the scene of social pleasure her services were indispensable, at the bedside of the sick her ministrations were ever welcome, and in the house of mourning, her presence was helpful and comforting.  She leaves besides her husband, three brothers, James Salters of E. Bloomfield, Wm. and John Salters, living in Michigan; also three sisters, Mary A. Johnston, of Flint, Mich., Mrs. Matilda and Mrs. Hannah Harper, of Muskegon, Mich. The funeral was held yesterday (Friday afternoon) from the Methodist church. The remains were buried in the village cemetery. [Victor Village Ceme.]

THE VICTOR HERALD     Saturday     June 17, 1893        Pg 3, col 3          by:  Ron Hanley
The funeral services of Mrs. Jennie Aldrich Hunt, wife of J. W. Hunt, of Lowell, Mich., were held at Manchester, on Wednesday, the former home of the deceased, who was a daughter of Lorenzo Aldrich. 
She leaves a husband and one child. Some time ago Mrs. Hunt came to visit her friends in Manchester, and while there her little daughter contracted diphtheria and died.  On return home in Michigan the mother was taken with heart disease, and died, June 11. The family have the sympathy of many friends in this double bereavement. Mr. Hunt is the brother of Mrs. L. G. Loomis, of this village.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, Monroe, NY   Tuesday     June 27, 1893          by:  Dianne Thomas


Henry P. Fisher died at his home in Fishers on Sunday morning, aged 41 years. The cause of his death was heart trouble, from which he had been differing for some time. Born and brought up but a few steps from the scene of his death, he spent his entire life in that neighborhood. 

He  had filled the offices of postmaster and justice of the peace at different times. He leaves a widow and two children. The funeral services will be held from his late residence this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Charles Legal, of the First Univeresalist church, Victor, officiating. The interment will be at the Boughton hill cemetery.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY   Friday    Aug 11, 1893  pg 2           by:  Dianne Thomas

Killed At Victor.  John BORTLE Meets Death on the LV R.R., last Sunday

John BORTLE, the aged father of Mrs. Cassius ALDRICH of Victor, was instantly killed last Sunday on the Lehigh Valley Railroad near the Bowers crossing on East Main street. 

Mr. BORTLE was coming toward the village on the track, and noticed the passenger train coming, which is due east from Victor at 11 o'clock.  As the passenger train was nearing him, he stepped one side onto the westbound track, and as he did, so was instantly struck by a through freight drawn by engine No. 490.  

The engine hurled the body several feet and it fell on the east bound track and the feet were run over by the passenger train.  Both trains stopped as quickly as possible and the passenger train too the body on board and backed up to the station.  The body was taken into the baggage room and Coroner HALLENBECK was sent for.  The coroner sent back word to have the body removed to Curtice's undertaking rooms. 

The funeral occurred Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of Cassius ALDRICH.  Deceased was 81 years of age and has been a resident of Victor most of his life, and has seen the village grow up from a forest.  


John STEMPLE of Fort Plain, NY is visiting his aunt, Mrs. Mary STEMPLE at Stemple's Landing.  

Robert BAREHAM and family of Palmyra, wee the guests Sunday of Alex. GRIEVE and family at Oak Cliff.

John GILLETTE, Esq., and family are again occupying their cottage at Glen Cove.  

Mr. and Mrs. O. M. HITCHCOCK and daughter, Grace, Dr. W. G. DODDS and family, John and Emily WILLYS and Miss Isabel VAN WIE, are this week at Hazel Dell.  

Mrs. J. Albert GRANGER and son, Alexander H., of New York city, are now occupying their summer home at Granger's Point.

Peter PEELER of South Dansville, is entertaining a number of friends at his summer home just south of the Woodville hotel. 

Lafaytette EHLE and family, John TELLIER of the Naples Record, and family, Mrs. KIMBER and sons Carl and Irving, and Miss Jane WHITING of Naples, are enjoying life at Oak Ridge. 

Mrs. RUSSELL and family, George R. BROWN, president of the Wayne Loan Association of Palmyra, George OGG of Troy, PA., and Will GALPIN of Buffalo, are enjoying the hospitality of Alex. GRIEVE and family at Oak Cliff.

Mr. and Mrs. Reece REED, Mr. and Mrs. Will OSBORNE, Mr. and Mrs. Frank SPRING, Mr. and Mrs. WOODWORTH, Mr. and Mrs. LOOMIS, Mr. and Mrs. Fred WALLING of Victor, are guests of George HILL at "Hill's" on the lake shore.  

Mrs. Clarence W. MEAD was given a pleasant surprise last Saturday at Oak Cliff by a few of her friends from this village.  They came in the morning and returned on the evening boat, after spending a very enjoyable day.

Mrs. Charles TUTTLE and her mother, Mrs. A. A. JENKS have been visiting friends in Rush and Avon.

Burt BOUGHTON who has been in the West a number of years, has been in Victor visiting friends and relatives.  

Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, Monroe, NY       Fri       Oct 6, 1893            by: GSubyak@aol.com

The Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor of the First Presbyterian church of Victor has elected the following officers to serve during the ensuing six months: President Mary L. DRAPER; vice-president, Jennie HIGINBOTHAM; recording secretary, Clarence W. BRUSIE; corresponding secretary Cora FRENCH; treasurer, Florence ADAMS.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, Monroe, NY    Fri     Oct 20, 1893          by:  Dianne Thomas

A very pretty home wedding occurred at the residence of Asa S. LOVELAND in Victor Wednesday evening last, it being the marriage of his granddaughter, Miss Mary EMBRY, to Frank ROWLEY, of Chicago. The bridal party entered the beautifully decorated parlor at 6 o'clock, preceded by the ushers, Miss ESTES, of Victor, and Clark ROWLEY, and took their places under an arch of ferns and wild asters. Miss EMBRY was attended by Miss Mary L. DRAPER, of Victor, and Mr. ROWLEY by Will. C. GREDERICK, of Rochester. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Charles LEGAL, pastor of the Universalist church, Victor. After the ceremony a wedding supper was served. About forty guests were present, and among those from out of town were, Mr. and Mrs. George RANSOM, of Rochester, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. EMBRY, of Buffalo. Mr. and Mrs. ROWLEY left on the 9 o'clock train for their future home in Chicago, where Mr. ROWLEY holds a position with the firm of Siegel, Cooper & Co.

Mrs. Amanda Keller, who was for many years a resident of Victor, but who for the past few years has lived in Texas, died at her home in that state a few days ago, and her remains were brought to Victor for interment in the Boughton Hill cemetery last Wednesday.

She leaves a husband, three sisters and one brother, Mrs. E . S. Norton, of Rochester, Mrs. Antisdale and Mrs. Bradley, both of California and A. Coville, of Victor.

THE VICTOR HERALD    Saturday     October 21, 1893    Pg. 3        by:  Dianne Thomas

The Drafted Men

A paper has been circulated in this town remonstrating and protesting against the supervisors of this county to favorably consider the proposition of returning the money paid by drafted men in this county.  When the first draft came to Ontario county, about four hundred and fifty of her citizens were conscripted of, which $390 paid the commutation of $300, as provided by law, and the balance either performed military service or furnished substitutes.  The men who were conscripted on the first draft had to bear the burden personally.  When other calls were made, they were filled at the public expense of the towns and counties, and the flagrant injustice was perpetrated of making these men help pay to get substitutes for their neighbors. In plain words, the men drafted under the call of July, 1863, met the call personally, and had to provide for themselves as best they could, but all subsequent calls of the government, were met at public expense.  They were obliged not only to bear this burden personally, but have been obliged to pay their share of taxation to prevent their neighbors from being subsequently drafted.  If one class of men are shielded from the draft at public expense, why may not other classes claim the same favor?

The State of New York has passed a law authorizing the several counties, cities and towns of the State, which have not already done so, to reimburse the drafted men of 1863, who furnished substitutes or paid commutation, and providing for the relief of those who entered the service under the first draft.  The fact that the state has passed such a law, implies there is just foundation for the claim.

In 1865, the state distributed $24,000,000 in the various counties according to the years of service rendered from each locality and in computing the amount due to each county the estimated years of service paid for by the commuters was counted in, so that in fact a portion of the money received by counties was justly due the commuters and has been withheld from them for nearly thirty years.  In many towns and counties of this state, the money paid by the drafted men has been refunded.  In Erie county some of the men who had furnished substitutes, sued the county for their share of the monies received from the state for service.  No county or locality has the moral right to collect and keep money appropriated by the state for military service furnished by citizens.  It is practical robbery.

It is an incontrovertible proposition that all drafts should have been filled at public expense, or none.  the rank injustice of compelling a man to do double duty and bear a double burden must be..... (cut off)

THE VICTOR HERALD    Saturday     October 21, 1893     Pg 3, col  3    by:  Ron Hanley
 Albert Simonds passed his 86th birthday last week Friday. He has been a continuous resident and business man in this village for about sixty years, the larger portion of which time was in the stone store on the corner, now occupied by his sons, George and Lewis

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