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1894 - 1899 

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Union Advertiser, Rochester, Monroe, N.Y.    Mon,   Jan. 2, 1894                   by: GSubyak@aol.com

OBITUARY -  MILTON STAFFORD  -   Victor, Jan 2 - Milton STAFFORD, for many years past a prominent citizen of Victor, was found in a room in the Masseth House in Canandaigua last Thursday morning in an unconscious condition from an overdose of morphine. From the first there was but little hope of his recovery and yesterday morning he died. Mr. STAFFORD was a Mason of high standing. At the time of his death he was 64 years of age. The funeral services were held from the First Presbyterian Church in Victor this afternoon, the pastor, Rev. Charles N. FROST, officiating. The services were conducted after the Masonic ritual, under the charge of Milnor Lodge, F. and A.M., of Victor. He leaves a son and daughter, William J. and Jennie, both of Victor. The interment was at Boughton Hill cemetery.


Rochester NY Democrat & Chronicle          Tuesday                January 2, 1984                by: Dianne Thomas 


Milton Stafford of Victor, Dies From an Overdose of a Drug - 

Milton  Stafford, who for many years past has been a prominent citizen of Victor, was found in a room in the Maaseth house in Canandaigua last Thursday morning, in an unconscious condition.

Physicians were immediately summoned, who pronounced it an attack produced by an overdose of some drug, presumably morphine. After a long period of time they succeeded in restoring him to partial consciousness, but from the first, there was but little hopes of his recovery and yesterday morning he died. 

Mr. Stafford was for many years a prominent business man in Victor, being at one time a large dealer in produce of all kinds. Of late years he had been quite actively engaged in the purchase of wool for commission houses. He was a Mason of high standing.

At the time of his death he was 63 years of age The funeral service will be held from the First Presbyterian Church, Victor, this afternoon, the pastor, Rev. Charles N. Frost, officiating. The service will be conducted after the Masonic ritual under the charge of Milnor Lodge, F & A.M. of Victor.

He leaves a son and daughter, William J. and Jennie, both of Victor. The interment will be at Boughton Hill Cemetery.

OMRI NELSON - Victor, Jan 2 - Omri NELSON, an old resident, died at his residence on Sunday evening. Mr. NELSON was born in Rupert, Vt., November 27, 1814, and removed to Victor at an early date. He was a successful farmer, following that occupation until a few years ago, when he moved into the village, his son remaining on the farm. Besides a wife he leaves five children, Mrs. James MOORE, Mrs. Walter BOUGHTON, Miss Annie NELSON, Wilbur NELSON, all of Victor, and Mrs. Peter PYATT of Pavilion. The funeral services will be held from his late residence to-morrow.  [buried in Boughton Hill cemetery]


Ontario County Journal                    January 5 1894                by: Cheri Branca

Victor, N. Y. - Omri Nelson, an aged resident of Victor, passed away Sunday evening (Dec 31, 1893) from an illness incident to advanced age. He was buried in the village cemetery from his home on Main street Wednesday afternoon, Rev. J. W. Copeland officiating. Deceased had reached his eightieth year.  [was the son of Calvin & Ruth (Remington) Nelson]


Rochester NY Democrat & Chronicle          Wednesday                January 24, 1884                by: Dianne Thomas 

Lorenzo Lawrence, one of Victor's oldest and most respected residents, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Edward Salter, on Monday morning, after an illness of long duration, at the age of 77 years.   He was born in Stockbridge, Mass., in the year 1817, and had lived in the vicinity of Victor for about sixty years. He was a successful farmer, but for the past few years has been living with his daughter in Victor village. 

The funeral service will be held from his late residence this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. R. W. Copeland, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. The interment will be at the Boughton Hill cemetery. Mr. Lawrence  leaves one daughter, Mrs. Edward Salter, of Victor. 

Victor Herald                               January   27, 1894                             by: Cheri Branca
Mrs. Cynthia A[melia] Ketchum, relict of the late Frank Ketchum, died at her home in this town last Saturday morning. She had been a great sufferer from consumption for several years past, and her decease, although sudden, was not unexpected. Mrs. Ketchum was born in the town of Richmond, in this county, April 11th, 1845. When about three years of age, her father, Stephen Conklin, died, and she came to live with her grandparents in this town, where she has resided except at brief intervals ever since. In 1872 she married George Rohr; after six years.
Mr. Rohr died, and in 1883, she married Frank Ketchum who died two years later. Since that time Mrs. Ketchum has lived a very quiet
retired life. She was a member of St. Paul's Universalist church, and until her health failed was a regular attendant. She was very ladylike
and refined in her life, much respected and beloved and met the ever shifting lights and shadows of life with quiet fortitude and Christian
trust. She leaves no very near relatives, three aunts and a number of cousins, Chas. W. Dane of this town is her cousin, and he has cared for her during the past five or six years. The funeral was held from her late residence Tuesday afternoon, and was attended by a large number of friends and neighbors. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Legal. The remains were laid in the [Conklin] family lot in the village cemetery.

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

Z. C. CURTICE has bought the SCRAMBLING property on Maple Ave.; consideration $2,000.  The same property sold for double that amount a few years ago.

R. T. BRACE will soon commence housekeeping in one of G. D. BEMENT'S houses on Piety Hill.

Mrs. William C. DRYER is in very feeble health.

Will STAFFORD and wife are rejoicing; it is a boy.

+ Mrs. Gaylord BROWN of Hopewell, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. G. D. BEMENT, on Church St. 

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

M. U. ALDRICH spent last week at his home in Victor.

Bushnell son of William B. OSBORN, is quite ill with the scarlet fever. 

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

+ Clark SIMONDS, only son of George SIMONDS of this village, died on Friday of last week.  The funeral was held at the residence of his parents on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, with interment in the Boughton Hill Cemetery.


+ Lavinia OSBORNE, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William B. OSBORNE, died form scarlet fever, Monday afternoon.  she was about two and one half years of age.


+ William J. and Jennie STAFFORD, heirs of the late Milton STAFFORD, were paid $2,000 last week by Asa B. JONES, Recorder of Loyal Lodge 169, A.O.U.W., of which the deceased was a member.

+ Julius MADISON has bought the HOPKINS place.  Consideration, $500.

Mrs. T. R. WOOD has moved to Rochester.  

+ Mrs. Daniel BARNETT left for England on Friday night, to visit her mother who is seriously ill. 

+ Ray VAN DENBERGH went to Grand Rapids, Michigan last week, and expects to spend the summer there.

+ The Elisha PECK place has been purchased by its present occupant, Dr. G. H. CUTTER, for $1,100.

+ About one o'clock Tuesday morning, the village was roused by the ringing of fire bells.  The house of Charles FRAZER on School street was in flames.  Very little of the contents were saved.  The fire is supposed to have caught embers from the chimney or from passing locomotives on the railroad, the building having been situated close tot he Lehigh track.

Victor Herald                      April 14,  1894                         by: Cheri Branca
Mrs. Miranda Cronk Heath, died at her home on East Main Street, on Monday last. The deceased was the daughter of Jeremiah Cronk, who came to Victor in 1819 and settled on the farm now owned by David Clark. Mrs. Heath was born in Otsego Co., N. Y., May 26, 1816, and was brought to Victor with her parents when three years old. She was married to David Heath fifty-two years ago and has resided in this town ever since. She leaves besides her husband, one son, F. J. Heath, of this town, five grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Nelson, of this village, Mrs. Delivan Cline, of Jackson, Mich., and one brother, L. W. Cronk of Victor. Mrs. Heath was united with the Methodist church in Victor when only fifteen years of age and has been an active member for over sixty years, and at the time of her death was the oldest person in point of membership in the church. She possessed all of that deep faith in the Christian religion so common to the members of fifty years ago and her devotion to the cause of Christ was with her to the last.  Although a great sufferer in her last illness, she bore all with true Christian patience. She was tenderly cared for by loving hands and her life closed amid the comforts of home, husband and children, cheered by a loving faith in her savior. The funeral was held on Wednesday
afternoon, her pastor, Rev. Mr. Copeland, conducting the services. The burial was at the village cemetery.

[Other notes from Cheri Branca's research, below:]  

David & (2nd wife) Miranda had two sons, Webster C., died November 3,  1864, aged 22-buried in V V Ceme, and Frank J.
I believe Webster was married to Ellen ?? and had a son, George W. b. 1864 (1865 census). George ends up living with David & Miranda and become his guardians in 1881.
Interestingly I found a Sarah Heath (old enough to be David's mother, living with J. & Lucinda Macomber, Mr. Macomber was a wagon maker, like David...so I suspect Lucinda was a Heath, and being David's sister, but I couldn't find any proof for that.

Union & Advertiser, Rochester,  NY         Wed,   May 16, 1894                 by: GSubyak@aol.com

Louis D. SHORT of this city and Miss Jennie STAFFORD of Victor were married at 23 Boardman avenue at noon yesterday, Rev. C. N. FROST of Victor, officiating. A wedding breakfast was served, after which a reception was held. Mr. and Mrs. SHORT will reside at 23 Boardman avenue.


The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle         Thursday                    May 31, 1894                  by: Dianne Thomas 

Victor, May 30 - Owing to the fact that there is no regularly organized G. A. R. post in existence in Victor at the present time, there were no public exercises commemorative of Memorial Day held today.

A memorial service was held in the First Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday evening, at which time appropriate exercises were held. However to-day the surviving veterans of the town, numbering about twenty, met and visited the village cemetery, the Catholic cemetery and the Boughton Hill cemetery and decorated the graves of their dead comrades. 

In the last named cemetery are the remains of Abijah Williams, an old soldier of the Revolution, whose grave was also remembered, as well as the resting places of a number of those who took part in the War of 1812.

Democrat & Chronicle    Rochester, Monroe, NY     Sat     July 7, 1894            by: GSubyak@aol.com
Miss Lena NORTON, of No. 46 North Union street (Rochester), and Rev. Alpheus SPANGLER, of Springfield, Mass., were united in marriage at the Third Presbyterian Church, corner of East avenue and Meigs street, yesterday morning. The bride was attractively attired in white silk made entrain and was attended by twelve young ladies, selected from the three training classes which have graduated under her, who sang the wedding march to the organ accompaniment. At the alter they were met by the groom and his best man, Rev. Mr. GIROUX, of Springfield, Mass. The bride was given away by her father, Edwin NORTON. The maid of honor was Miss Jennie HIGGINBOTTOM, of Victor, N. Y. Mrs. SPANGLER has had charge of the New York state training class at the Rochester Free Academy for the past three years. The young couple left for a wedding tour through the West. They will take up their residence in Springfield, Mass.

Victor Herald                        August 25, 1894                      by: Cheri Branca              
Mrs. Caroline Mansfield Simonds, wife of Albert Simonds, was born in Mendon, N. Y., April 25th 1824, where she spent her early life. For several years she taught near Fishers, until her marriage with Albert Simonds, August 20th, 1846, when she came to Victor where she has lived ever since that time. Before her marriage she united with the Baptist church of East Mendon, but in 1848 she brought her letter of dismission and connected herself with the Presbyterian church of Victor, of which church she has been a most consistent and useful member, interested to an unusual degree in everything that concerns its welfare and prosperity. Of her immediate family there remain Hon. John Mansfield, of California, Mrs. Taylor, of Miller Corners, and Mrs. Forncrook, of Mt. Morris. Three children were born to her in Victor, all of whom survive, Mrs. Mary Turner, wife of Gilbert Turner, George and C. Lewis Simonds. Her death which occurred on Wednesday afternoon, was sudden and unexpected. She had been ill for a week or more, but no serious result was apprehended until the day that she passed away. The sympathy of the whole community is felt for him, whose home is desolated, and whose declining years are saddened by this affliction.  [buried Boughton Hill Ceme]

Victor Herald                          August 25, 1894                                by: Cheri Branca        

Abigail Merrick Bates, widow of Samuel Bates, was born in Pollet, Rutland county, Vt., in 1803, and died at the home of her daughter in East Victor, Aug. 13th.   At the age of 20 years she married Samuel Bates, and removed to Syracuse, in this state, they subsequently removed to Macedon and finally to Victor. For several years past she has lived at East Victor with her daughter, Mrs. Miles Edget. She leaves three children, Mrs. Edget, of this town, one son, living at Clyde, Mich., and another daughter, at Pontiac, Mich. At the age of 17 years, she united with the Methodist church, and continued her connection there during her life. The funeral was held on Tuesday; services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Copeland. The burial was in the village cemetery.

THE VICTOR HERALD     Saturday     September 8, 1894     Pg 3, col  2      by: Ron Hanley

John W. VanDenbergh and Son are showing their Common Sense gate at the Cayuga county fair at Auburn this week. As its name implies, this is the most sensible, practical farm gate in the market.

same paper, Col 4 

Wm. Mulheron, died of typhoid fever, at his home in this town, Thursday about 4 p. m. He was a young man about thirty years of age. The funeral was held this Saturday morning, at St. Patrick's church.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES     Wednesday    September 12, 1894  Pg 2, col  7 

 DIED  -   MULHERON  -    In the town of Victor, September 6, 1894, William Mulheron, aged 30 years.

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES    Wed.   October 17, 1894     Pg 2, col 5     by: Ron Hanley
Victor:  Little Ruby Childs, daughter of the late Frank Childs of Canandaigua, is very ill with diphtheria at the home of her grand parents in this village, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Pimm.

Victor Herald                    November 3,  1894                       by: Cheri Branca      

OBIT - William Conover, one of the best known and most highly respected residents of this village, died at his home on Maple avenue Monday evening, Oct. 29th, the eighty-second anniversary of his birth. Mr. Conover was born in the west part of this town when it was almost a wilderness; his father emigrated from one of the eastern states before canals and railroads were dreamed of. The family consisted of five boys and five girls, and as soon as they grew up they purchased a small farm two miles from this village, and by industry and frugality they were enabled to add to this from time to time until they became the most extensive land owners in the town. They were remarkable for their fidelity to and affection for each other. William married Rebecca Van Vechten in 1844 and established their home on the farm now occupied by George Mayer, where they lived til about May, 1868, when they moved to this village, where he went into the coal and lumber business. He gave up active business about five years ago, and since that time has lived in quiet retirement, enjoying the fruits of a life of honest industry. Mr. Conover was held in the highest esteem by his acquaintances; he was a man of the strictest integrity, cheerful, generous, and always ready to assist in every good work. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and a liberal contributor to its support.  Besides his widow he leaves one brother, John Conover, a daughter, Mrs. Geo. M. Shanks, a granddaughter, Miss Jennie Sidell, all of this town, and one grandson, W. C. Frederick, of Rochester.  The funeral service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Frost, at the family home Thursday afternoon; the interment was at Boughton Hill cemetery.

THE VICTOR HERALD  Friday January 5, 1895   col 3         by: Ron Hanley         
                      Town and Village Directory
    Supervisor                        James Houston
    Town Clerk                      Chas. L. Brown
    Justice of the Peace          Theodore M. Norton
                                            George Hill
                                            Milo Webster
                                            Romeyn W. Brace
    Assessor                          John W. Laufer
    Commissioner of Highways    M. E. McMahon
    Collector                             James W. Moore
    Overseer of the Poor           Theodore Sidell
    Constables                          C. Saunders
                                               C. W. George
                                              Thos. Sullivan Jr.
    Insps. of Election                W. A. Higinbotham
    of 1st Dist.                          Chas. N. Ketchum
                                               George Shanks
    Insps. of Election                 F. M. Walling
    of 2nd Dist.                          J. W. VanDenbergh
                                               G. H. Cutler
    Insps. of Election                 C. M. Webster
    of 3rd Dist.                          I. Benson
                                              Ambrose Ford
    Excise  Com'rs                    Theodore Conover
                                               James Ransom
                                               John W. VanDenbergh

THE VICTOR HERALD     Saturday      February 9, 1895       Pg 3, col 4           by: Ron Hanley
John Lynaugh and Miss Julia McMahon, both of this town, were united in marriage at the Catholic church in this village on Wednesday afternoon of this week. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Father Donnelly.

Victor Herald                       Mar 16, 1895                        pg 3               by: Cheri Branca
Lucian Scramling, a former resident of Victor died at his home in Rochester last Saturday. Mr. Scramling was the son of Amos Scramling and was born in this town 62 years ago. When a young lad he developed a great taste for music and became very proficient in that art; he dealt in musical instruments for a number of years and devoted a great deal of time to tuning and repairing them.

Upon the death of his father he took up the management of the Scramling farm just east of Plaster Mill, latterly with his son, Fred, and W. H. Clark he built and operated the Steam Flouring Mill at N. Y. Central Station. Some 10 years age he met with serious financial reverses and after selling his property in this town he removed to Rochester and has since devoted his time and attention to the musical instrument business..... 

He was a member of Milnor Lodge F & A. M.  The funeral services were held from his late home in Rochester, Wednesday afternoon and brought here and laid beside those of his  father and mother. His widow and one son survive him. [buried in Victor Village cemetery]

Victor Herald Newspaper                       July 6, 1895                     by: Cheri Branca

Memorial Held at St. Paul's Universalist Church, Victor, N. Y. -  The Hon. Samuel Rawson was born in West Stockbridge, Mass., in the year 1781, Oct. 14th. Of his life little is known as the manner and extent of it, but that it was thorough one, and well supplemented by his own reading, was evident to those who knew him. The strong mind, well-stored with knowledge gained during an eventful life, and the dry wit which characterized his conversation, daily refreshed and enlivened all who came in contact with him. His wife, Lydia Burgett (sic Burghardt)  by name, was also of New England birth, and their marriage occurred in Mass., but the date of it cannot now be ascertained. Five children were born to them, none of whom now survive. In the early years of the present century, the family journeyed from their New England home to western New York. In 1812, Mr. Rawson, afterwards known as Judge Rawson, purchased a farm in the west part of district No. 1, which contains the village of Victor. "The next year, he moved his family on his purchase, and began to clear his land." Here they remained; and upon this homestead, still the property of the Rawsons -- occurred the death of the "Judge," March 4th, 1874, having spent the last sixty years of his life in Victor. In considering the subject of our sketch as a citizen, we find in him that spirit of enterprise, independence, and courage.

A Memorial Held in St. Paul's Universalist Church, Victor, N. Y. - Azariah Bickford was born on May 8th, 1796, ............To the blacksmithing he added the foundry business. In the year 1819, he married Philena Perkins, daughter of Joseph Perkins, then occupying the farm now owned and occupied by Hiram Ladd.

Victor Herald, Saturday                Nov 23, 1895              by: Cheri Branca

Allan A. Royce, the oldest printer living in this state, died at his home in Canandaigua last Thursday (Nov 21,) , age 83 years.


ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES     December 11, 1895     Pg 2, col  4       by: Ron Hanley
VICTOR  -   J. W. VanDenbergh who has been working for the Eastern New York  Hedge and Wire Fence Co. in Herkimer and Montgomery Counties, in this state, during the last three months, returned home Saturday evening, driving through from Ilion, which place he left the Thursday morning previous.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle       Wednesday              May 20, 1896            by:  Dianne Thomas     

Miss Ann Bostwick, a former resident of Victor, died at her home in Marion and her remains were brought to Victor on Monday, for interment at the Boughton Hill cemetery.  She was for many years a resident of Victor, residing in the northern portion of the town. Her age was 83 years. Rev. Henry F. Ellenwood of the First Presbyterian Church, Victor, officiated at the burial services.

Ontario County Journal                     December 11, 1896                                 by: Cheri Branca

Victor, N. Y. - Mrs. James Ransom died suddenly at her home in this town on Friday morning, aged 58 years. She had not felt well during the night and arose very early and putting on a wrapper, lay down on the couch and complained of a severe pain in the region of the heart.  Her husband gave her some simple remedy, and for a few moments she seemed to rally, but this was followed by an entire collapse and she passed away very quickly. Dr. Mead was summoned and pronounced the cause heart disease.  She leaves her husband, James Ransom, four sons, Wm. B.,  Ray, and Allen Ransom of this town; and George of Rochester; two daughters,  Mrs. Mann and Miss Eva Ransom, of Rochester. The funeral was held at the house Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. H. F. Ellinwood officiating.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL         Friday     April 2, 1897      Pg 3, col  6         by: Ron Hanley
  DIED ELLIS -  At Victor, March 27, 1897, Mrs. Frances Ellis, wife of Bolivar Ellis, aged 53 years.

 THE  VICTOR  HERALD         1898            by: Ron Hanley
 The old Victor Hotel, for more than a hundred years a landmark of this village, was sold on Friday of last week by James H. Barry to James Concannon. Mr. Barry has been connected with the hotel since 1898, when he came here from Fishers. 
For about four years he was associated with the late John Ryan in the management of the hotel, then for about the same length of time with the late James Houston. For the last fourteen years he has been the sole proprietor. The hotel has always enjoyed a good reputation with the traveling public, and Mr. Barry and his efficient wife have made it a clean and comfortable home for those who found shelter within its time worn walls. 
Mr. Concannon's purpose in the purchase of the property is the establishment of a Ford garage, repair shop and show room. The large barn on the premises will be remodeled for use as a repair shop and the lower floor of the brick portion of the hotel building will be remodeled into an up to date showroom. A full line of Ford car and Fordson tractor repair parts and all accessories will be kept in stock. James Concannon, Jr., and Donald Concannon have been appointed authorized Ford salesmen for this territory by W. F. Harvey, who controls Ford sales in several neighboring towns. 
Mr. Concannon takes possession April 1st. For a time it looked as if Victor might lose the hotel entirely, as the new owner
contemplated remodeling the part of the building not used for the showroom into apartments. This would have been a calamity indeed for Victor could scarcely get along without the accommodations which the hotel affords. 
The management of the Locke Insulator Mfg. Co. was especially impressed by this feature of the transaction because of the fact that twenty one of its employees were boarding at the hotel, and it would be almost impossible to find accommodations for them elsewhere in the village.  The officials of the company took up the matter with Mr. Concannon and ascertained that he too, felt that it would be an unfortunate thing for the village to lose the hotel, and he indicated his willingness to so remodel the building as to permit its use for hotel purposes as if a man could be found to run it.

ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  Thurs   Feb 24, 1898     Pg 8, col 4       by: Ron Hanley
Deaths    BACON - At Victor, February 18th, Eliza S., wife of Orin S. Bacon, 60 years. 
ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER  Thursday February 24, 1898  Pg  8, col 1
Victor, February 23 -   The death of Mrs. O. S. Bacon, Friday afternoon, was a severe shock to the community and caused universal regret. She had been in poor health some time, but nothing serious was apprehended. 
About 4 o'clock she suddenly became unconscious and died in a few minutes. Deceased was a prominent member of the Presbyterian Church, and several religious and charitable societies in which she was very active. 
The nearest surviving relatives beside her husband, are Albert Simonds, her father, three brothers and a sister, two sons and tow daughters. The children are O. S. Bacon, Jr. and Mrs. Ed W. Simmons, of Canandaigua, Rev. A. S.  Bacon, of Niagara Falls, and Mrs. George Dunlap, of Spring Valley.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      Friday     March 25, 1898      Pg 3, col  6   by: Ron Hanley
DIED   TURNER - At Victor, March 17, 1898, Henry Turner, aged 51 years.
Same Paper  Pg  2, col 5
 Victor -  Henry Turner, a well known farmer living about three miles south of this village, died very suddenly on Thursday evening of last week at his home. His health, during the past year, had not been very good and recently he had trouble with his heart.
At the time of his death, he was taken with a hemorrhage from the lungs, immediately prostrating him, and with weak heart action, resulted in death in a short time. 
He leaves a wife and two sons. The funeral was held at his late residence on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Mr. Turner had been a resident of Victor for many years and was well known as a prosperous and honorable farmer. He will be greatly missed in the community and neighborhood where he has so long resided.

 ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL   Friday     March 25, 1898    Pg  2, col 5

 Victor -   Rev. John Bacon and wife, of Corning, and Mr. and Mrs. George Dunlop, of Spring Valley, who have been staying with O. S. Bacon since the death of Mrs. Bacon, returned to their homes last week. Mr. Bacon has gone to live with his daughter, Mrs. Simmons, at Canandaigua, and his residence here on Main Street will be closed.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL     Friday     April 8, 1898     Pg 2, col 6       by: Ron Hanley
Died   BANEY - At Victor, April 3, 1898, William Baney.  Interment at East Bloomfield.  ( Surname spelled incorrectly.)
SAME  PAPER  Pg 2, col 5
William Baney died at his home in this village on Sunday morning. The funeral was held at the Catholic Church in Bloomfield on Tuesday. Rev. Father Donnelly, of this place, officiating.

Rochester NY Democrat and Chronicle     Thursday             April 14, 1898                   by:  Dianne Thomas

The funeral services of William W. Gillis, who for many years had been the editor of the Victor Herald, and who fell dead while running to the fire in that village Sunday evening, were held yesterday afternoon. The interment was at Boughton Hill cemetery.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY    Friday    Sept 23, 1898       by:  Dianne Thomas

+ Miss Hebe BERRY spent Sunday at Middleport.

+ W. B. OSBORNE and W. A. HIGINBOTHAM went to Buffalo on Tuesday to buy sheep.

+ Nelson LYONDELL will soon leave here for Canton, where he will attend the St. Lawrence university.

+ Mr. and Mrs. L .C. SIMONDS, who have been in New York for the past week, returned on Tuesday

+ Mrs. Sarah SHARP, of Rochester, is spending a few weeks in town at her residence on Main street.

+ Rev. and Mrs. Lorenzo CASE, of Rome, are the guests of Mrs. CASE'S parents, Mr. & Mrs. John LADD.

+ Mrs. James WALLING and Mrs. William BEAM have returned from Lake Site, where they have been for the summer.

+ Rev. Mr. PARSONS, D. D. of Mount Morris, occupied the pulpit of the Presbyterian church Sunday morning and evening.

+ Private George PITTENGER of the 3rd regiment, regular army, is home on a thirty day furlough, visiting his parents.  Mr. PITTENGER was in the battle at Santiago de Cuba.

Ontario County Journal                    January 13, 1899                                       by:   Cheri Branca
Victor, N. Y. -  Albert Simonds, one of the most widely known residents of Western NY, died at the residence of his son, Lewis Simonds, in this
village, Sunday morning, at the advanced age of 90 years. He was born in Enfield, New Hampshire, Oct. 13, 1808, and came to Victor by stage,
which was the only method of conveyance at that time. In the year 1832, he commenced his career as a business man as a clerk in the first general store in this village. At the end of five years, he bought out his employer and for 47 years he carried on an active, prosperous business. Although others were associated with him at times, his name was always at the head of the company. Since his retirement from active life in 1884, the business has been conducted by his two sons, under the firm name of A. Simonds' Sons. Mr. Simonds was an active member of the First Presbyterian church, having united with it in 1837, and was at the time of his death ruling elder, deacon and clerk of session in that organization. He was twice married, [Electa Hubbell, 1st wife died 1844] his second wife dying in 1894. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Turner of Rochester, and three sons, George and Lewis Simonds of this place; and Henry Simonds of Rochester. The funeral services were held at the home of Lewis Simonds Tuesday afternoon, Rev. H. F. Ellinwood officiating. [buried Boughton Hill Ceme.]

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle   Friday    Jan 20, 1899     contributed by: Dianne Thomas 

Victor Maiden Believes That Love Should Find Its Own Way

A runaway marriage, which occurred about three weeks ago, has just come to light, at Victor.  About the first of January, Miss Marcia MAYO, the 17 year old daughter of George MAYO, who resides a short distance from the Victor village, left her home, giving her parents to understand that she was going to visit a relative living in the village.  As she did not return at the expected time, inquiries were made, and it was found that she was not at the place for which she left, and no trace whatever of her, could be found.  

No message was received from the missing girl, until a day or two ago, when her parents received a letter dated at Syracuse, containing the information that she was living in that city, having, after leaving home, been married to a young man named Claude KLUSMANN, who lived in Farmington.  

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL        Friday,        February 10, 1899      by: Ron Hanley
GOURLAY -  SADLER - At Farmington, February 8, 1899, Eli GOURLAY and Miss Minnie L. SADLER, both of Farmington.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES        Wednesday        February 15, 1899     Pg 2, col 2      
A large company of friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. SADLER, on Wednesday, February 8, at 5 PM, to witness the marriage of their only daughter, Minnie, to Eli GOURLEY
Miss SADLER received her guests gowned in black silk. She afterwards retired and was dressed in a lovely cream silk, which was very becoming.
 The ceremony was performed by Rev. MILLER, of Victor, after which a bountiful super was served. Mr. and Mrs. G. took the 8 o'clock train for a short wedding trip. The presents were both numerous and useful.

Victor Herald                April 28, 1899                             by: Cheri Branca

James S. Sizer died at his home in this village at 2 o'clock Thursday a.m., at the age of 80 years. Dropsy was the direct cause of death. Mr. Sizer has been a resident of this town for 60 years. He was born in Herkimer county in 1819. He is survived by his wife and one son, E. J. Sizer of this village, and two sisters, Mrs. Asceneth Smedley and Mrs. Elizabeth Hibbard, both of Syracuse. Funeral services will be held at the deceased's late residence at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon and interment will be made in M. E. cemetery in this village.

THE VICTOR HERALD      Friday      June 2, 1899      Pg  2, col  3      by: Ron Hanley
Death of Jerome HILL -  Jerome Hill, a lifelong resident of Victor, died at his home in the western part of the Town, last Sunday night at eleven o'clock.  Mr. Hill was born on the old homestead, known as the Gregg Hill farm, about three miles west of this village, now owned by his brother, William Hill, in September 1824.  He was married at the age of 21 years to Clarissa Webster, daughter of Cyrus Webster, of Mendon. About this time he purchased and moved upon the farm, where he resided continuously until his death.
Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hill, four daughters and two sons. Of these all are living, except Ella, wife of Sidney Pimm, Jr.,
who died a few years ago. Of the living, Mrs. Emily Cummings resides in Buffalo, Mrs. Elvina French, in LaMoure, North Dakota, and Mrs. Esther Sizer, at the family home in Victor. The sons, Charles and Homer, reside in this town, the latter at Fishers. Mrs. Hill survives her husband.
In politics Mr. Hill was a Republican, but was never actively interested in party affairs, beyond exercising his right of suffrage as an American citizen. He never held public office, preferring to devote his time to the proper and timely care of his farm, which was one of the best in the town of Victor.
Mr. Hill was however very much interested in the management of Boughton Hill Cemetery and as a member and officer of the Association, did much to promote the success of the undertaking. He also took a lively interest and pride in the schools of the district.
In his home Mr. Hill was a kind and indulgent father. Among his friends and acquaintances he was known as a bluff and somewhat quick spoken man, easily angered by what he deemed an imposition, but quick to forget his wrath and ready to aid the provoker there of at the first opportunity. With him it was once a friend, always a friend. His death will be sincerely regretted throughout the community and much sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.
The funeral services were held from the late residence of the deceased, Thursday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. F. Leland, of Utica, former pastor of the Universalist Church in this village, officiating.  Interment in the Boughton Hill Cemetery.

 THE VICTOR HERALD      Friday       June 9, 1899       Pg 3, col 3               by: Ron Hanley
 Rowley - Eycke  Nuptials
 A very pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Pope, Plainfield, N. J., when William Wilder Rowley, of
Washington Park, a former resident of Victor, and Miss Mara Elizabeth Eycke, of Plainfield, were made husband and wife. Messrs. Clark and George D. Rowley, brothers of the groom, officiated as ushers.
The Daily Press of Plainfield, says: "The bride is an estimable young lady and has many friends in the social circle in which she moves. The groom is associated in business with his brother, Frank Rowley, the druggist, and is a popular resident of North Plainfield."
Mr. and Mrs. Rowley are now guests of Dr. Charles Rowley, of this place. After July 1st, they will be at home at 78 Linden avenue,
North Plainfield.


+  Mr. and Mrs. Charles VanDenbergh, of Saginaw, Michigan, are visiting at the home of his father, Dow VanDenbergh.
Joseph Chambers, of Leroy, called upon his sister, Mrs. J. W. VanDenbergh on Tuesday.
Will Ketchum and family, of Despatch, attended the funeral of Ralph VanDenbergh, on Wednesday.
+   VANDENBERGH -  In Victor, N. Y., June 5, 1899, Ralph Burton VanDenbergh, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. VanDenbergh.  
+   George Rowley returned home on Thursday from a week's visit in New York. His brother, Clark Rowley, returned with him.

THE VICTOR HERALD      Friday        July 7, 1899      Pg 1, col 3               by: Ron Hanley
 Obituary - Daniel Ellis, a lifelong resident of this town, died at his residence in this village on Wednesday, about noon, after a brief illness of about a week.   Mr. Ellis was born on the Ellis homestead, about two and one half miles southwest from this village, September 30, 1837, where he lived until 1883, when he moved to this place, remaining about three years. He married Miss Alice Turner, February 10, 1886, and went back on the farm.
Mrs. Ellis died in March, 1892, shortly after which time Mr. Ellis came to Victor to make it his permanent home.  While living in this place his principal occupation was selling agricultural implements and fertilizers.
The funeral was held at the residence of his brother, Bolivar Ellis, in this village this afternoon at 3 o'clock, with interment in the Boughton Hill Cemetery, Rev. J. J. Brayton, of Clifton Springs, officiating.

ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER     July 13, 1899      Pg 8   col 2  &  4   by: Ron Hanley
 ELLIS -  At Victor, July 5th, Daniel Ellis, 62 years.
Victor,  July  12  -     Daniel Ellis died last Wednesday, aged nearly 62 years. He had always lived in the town, having been born on the Ellis homestead 2 miles southwest of the village. The funeral was held at his brother's, Bolivar Ellis, Friday afternoon, Rev. Brayton of Clifton Springs officiating, burial in Boughton Hill Cemetery.

Victor Herald                                  July 21, 1899                                                      by: Cheri Branca

Robert I. Martin died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alexander Black in the town of Seneca, this county, June 27, 1899, at the age of 85 years. He was a resident of this village for a number of years, and after the death of his wife went to live with his daughter. He was for many years a resident of the town of Canandaigua, coming there with his father from Miland, Duchess county, about the year 1833. The remains were brought to Victor for interment.

Death by Drowning Charles Jacobs, a resident of this village, a harness maker by trade, was drowned in the canal between Cartersville and Bushnell’s Basin on Thursday evening of last week. Mr. Jacobs and a younger brother, Everett, left Victor at 11:30am Thursday morning on their wheels (bicycles) to go to Bushnell’s Basin to see about repairs to a house owned there. After looking the premises over Charles Jacobs started for Pittsford on his wheel to buy some shingles, telling his brother to wait for him until 3 o’clock and if he did not return by that time to go home without him. Everett waited until 4 o’clock and then came home.

Charles Jacobs went to Pittsford, ordered his shingles and lumber, paid for them, transacted other business and it is said to have been between 8 and 9 when he started to return on the heel path of the canal to Bushnell’s Basin. 

He did not return home on Friday and his friends were anxious as to his whereabouts. His father, Ovid, J., of the village started on Saturday morning to find what had become of his son and learned that his body was taken from the canal a short distance from the Basin at a place on the heel path where there is a narrow passage of but a few feet around a tool house near the canal, where even an experienced wheelman would dismount and walk around. It is stated that others have taken an involuntary bath at this place before, but not with fatal results. It is surmised that in passing that point Jacobs lost control of his wheel as he was not a very good rider and plunged into the canal. A bruise on his forehead might have been received in the fall and partially stunned him so that he was unable to make a successful effort to get out. The hands of a boat passing on Saturday morning discovered the body in the water and reported it at the next station...

Mr. Jacobs was 38 years old and unmarried. He leaves a father and mother, 3 brothers, Albert, Myron and Everett, and 5 sisters, Mrs. Emma Park, Battle Creek, Michigan, Clara, Daisy, Lizzie & Lillie who reside in this village. 

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES     Wednesday       August 9, 1899         Pg 2, col  4   by: Ron Hanley
Victor - The remains of Mrs. John Gainey, formerly of this place, were brought here Monday last from Phelps for funeral services and interment in the Catholic Cemetery.  Mrs. Gainey was about forty years of age, and is survived by a husband and eight children. Death resulted from consumption. 
Same Paper  Pg 2, col  4 
Victor -  The death of Seneca Boughton, one of the oldest residents of Victor, occurred Thursday night of last week. Mr. Boughton suffered a stroke of paralysis about a week prior to his death, from which he never rallied. Deceased was born in this town eighty-one years ago, and had always made this place his home. For many years he was engaged in the farm produce business, and in that capacity had a wide acquaintance. 
Mr. Boughton never married, and was a member of no lodge or society. By many ways he was considered eccentric, but to those who were intimate with him, he showed his warm-hearted nature in many ways.  The funeral was held Saturday morning, with interment in the Park Cemetery. The deceased is survived by a brother, Cephus Boughton, and a sister, Mrs. Caroline Gallup, both of whom reside here.

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua, NY   Wed,    Aug 9, 1899   pg 2             by:  Dianne Thomas

+  The remains of Mrs. (Bridget) John GAINEY, formerly of this place, were brought here Monday, formerly of this place, were brought here Monday last, from Phelps for funeral services and interment in the Catholic cemeteryMrs. GAINEY was about 40 years of age and is survived by a husband and eight children.  Death resulted from consumption. 

+  Last Wednesday a reunion of the CORNFORD family was held at Cayuga Lake Park.  The family was represented by about 40 members from all parts of this and other States.  

THE VICTOR  HERALD       Friday      September 29, 1899        Front Page,  col 5              by: Ron Hanley
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Calkins were in Buffalo, Thursday and Friday of last week, attending the wedding of Mrs. Calkins brother, the Rev. J. H. Herendeen .

THE VICTOR  HERALD           Friday          September 29, 1899       Pg 4, col 3

The marriage of Rev. J. H. Herendeen, a brother of Mrs. H. J. Calkins, of this village, and who is quite well known by many of our people, to Miss Nellie Edgerton, occurred at St. James Church, Buffalo, Thursday evening of last week. 
Miss Edgerton is the daughter of Charles W. Edgerton, of South Division St., Buffalo. Rev. Herendeen is a member of the clergy of St. James Church, in that city.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Charles H. Smith, rector of St. James, assisted by Rt. Rev. Bishop Walker. The ushers were Rev. M. Milne, Rev. William Jarvis, Rev. N. W. Stanton, and Rev. J. Ward.   Mr. and Mrs. Herendeen went down the St. Lawrence and to Montreal, Lake Champlain, and Lake George for their wedding journey.

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