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ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES
Wednesday January 10, 1900
Pg 3, col 3 by: Ron Hanley
J. W. VanDenbergh is contributing
to the Victor Herald a "History of Victor from 1669
to 1900". This history was first written by
Mr. VanDenbergh for the
"ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES" and published in this paper in 1874. It has
now been revised and rewritten for the Victor paper, and cannot fail to be of
intense interest to all residents of that town.
NY Democrat and
March 24, 1900 by: Dianne
W. C. Antisdale. formerly of this city, died Tuesday at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. D. J. Bailey, in Auburn, aged 58
years, 5 months and 20 days. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, two
sisters and one brother. The interment was at Boughton Hill cemetery.
David Heath died in Buffalo on
Tuesday morning, April 17th, and his remains were
brought to this village for interment on Thursday morning.
The funeral was held at eleven o'clock in the Methodist church.
Mr. Heath came to Victor from Palmyra about the year 1835, and engaged
to work in the wagon shop of Decker & Seavey, since made into
the residence now owned by Mrs. Branch. Jerome Vanness,
for many years a wagon maker at East Victor, worked with him in the shop, and
they later went into partnership in the business and continued together for a number of years. Mr. Heath worked
for a number of years at his trade in the old foundry building, when that
plant was owned and operated by Moul, Brown & Co.
He afterwards had a wagon shop in the
building next east from the old drug store, in which he continued until he
purchased the drug store of Mr. Peacock; his
son, Frank, having been employed there until he
had learned the business. D. Heath & Son were in the
drug business for many years. Since the business was sold and
closed up, Mr. Heath, whose health had failed
rapidly, lived a quiet, retired life at his home on East Main street, until, about two weeks
ago, he went to Buffalo to live with his son, Frank, where
Mr. Heath was a member of the Methodist church in this village for
sixty-four years, uniting with that organization in 1836. He was quiet in his
deportment, and won the respect and esteem of all who knew him. His age, on
the third of May, would have been eighty-three years. He is survived by one son,
Frank J., now a resident of Buffalo.
Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester,
Monroe, NY Wednesday Aug 1, 1900
KILLED BY A TRAIN
Robert EAGAN a Farm Hand of Victor, Met Death on
Robert EAGAN, a farm hand of Victor, was found dead
beside the tracks of the New York Central railroad in the town of Brighton,
yesterday morning at 7:40 o'clock. The unfortunate man had been run down,
presumably by a fast passenger train. Coroner KILLIP
was notified, and going to the spot, viewed the remains, after which they were
brought to the public morgue in this city, where they now are. An inquest will
The body was first seen by the crew of the Despatch train, which leaves
Rochester daily at 7:20 o'clock A. M. The tower man at Brighton was
notified by the conductor of the train, and he telephoned to Coroner
EAGAN was a man of about 50 years of age, and had
at one time been a resident of this city. For the past few months he had been
employed as a farm hand in Victor, and Wednesday he went to Brighton to visit
his sister, Mrs. J. NEIDER, of Blossom street. He
left the house at about 8 o'clock Wednesday night, saying that he was
going to visit several friends in town, and then
would return home, walking along the tracks. It is supposed that the man
was struck by an east-bound train. His skull was fractured, both legs and both
arms were broken, and several ribs were broken. He had been struck in the back.
Victor Herald, Victor,
NY Friday, November
9, 1900 by: Dianne
Cards of Thanks - The relatives of the late Miss Anna
NELSON wish to express their thanks to the many friends of this community
who so kindly assisted them during the illness and death of their beloved
The contract for carrying the mail over the rural mail delivery north out of
Victor, has been awarded to Charles SNYDER, now of
Fishers. Mr. SNYDER will move to this village
at once, and will begin the work as soon as he can procure the necessary equipment.
Elmer CORNFORD had been chosen as substitute or
THE VICTOR HERALD Friday, November 23, 1900
Front Page, col 3 by: Ron Hanley
Death of a Town Official
Milo Webster, a well known
resident of the village of Fishers, and a member of the
Town Board of Victor, passed to his eternal home, last Friday night, after a
brief illness. Mr. Webster
had not been feeling well for more than a week but was
able to attend to his business up to within three or four days of his death.
Just a week before, he was in this village and held court, though then very
Milo Webster was the last of a
family of seven children of John Webster.
He was born in the town of Parma, Monroe county, in the year 1834. In 1854,
after the death of his father, he moved to this town, and purchased what is
known as the Otis Webster place, at the four
corners east of Boughton Hill. He later moved to the farm now occupied by
John McCloskey where he remained until some fifteen years ago when he
removed to Fishers where he had since lived. A few years after coming here he
married Minerva, daughter of Thomas
Brace, and a sister of Romeyn Brace, of
He was engaged with his brother, James in
the hardware business in this village, for a few years,
and, during his early residence in Fishers, traveled for W.
D. Newton who then operated a large cigar factory. For the last
few years, Mr. Webster had been in the employ of Arthur
G. Aldridge, buying and shipping produce, in which business he was very
successful. He was serving his fifth term as a justice of the
peace. Mr. Webster leaves a widow and two
sons, Charles M., of Victor,
and Arthur, of Fishers. The funeral services were
held on Sunday afternoon, and the interment was in Boughton Hill cemetery.
In Memory of Milo Webster
A meeting of the Town Board of Victor, for the purpose of passing
suitable resolutions upon the death of Justice Milo
member of the board, was held Saturday evening. The following
resolutions were adopted.
Whereas Almighty God has in His Infinite wisdom seen fit to remove
from among us, our esteemed colleague and fellow member of this board, Milo
Webster, and we desire to express our appreciation of one who has been
so long an active member of this body and with whom we have been pleasantly
associated, therefore be it Resolved, That in the death of Milo
Webster this board loses a faithful member and the Town of Victor a
capable and efficient official. In memory of his worth and our loss. Resolved,
That these resolutions be spread upon the records of the Town of Victor, that
they be published in the Victor Herald, and that a copy of them be sent to the
bereaved family. Be it also Resolved, That as a further mark of respect this
Board attend in a body the funeral of
our deceased colleague.
THE VICTOR HERALD
Friday January 18, 1901 Pg 8 col 4
by: Ron Hanley
Thursday evening the dwelling of Mrs. M.
M. Murrell, near the Bayliss mill was discovered
to be on fire, by the sole occupant, Cyrus A. Murrell,
who was awakened by the smoke. He made a hasty exit and aroused the neighbors.
The dwelling with all of its contents was burned. The origin of
the fire is not known. It is supposed the insurance on dwelling and
contents will cover the loss. The dwelling was the oldest anywhere near, and must have been
in the early part of the nineteenth century, from all that can be gathered.
+ Thursday evening, January 10th occurred the
marriage, by Rev. W. D. ROBINSON, of Cyrus
A. MURRELL to Miss Lilla PAGE.
Victor Herald, Victor,
NY Friday, January
18, 1901 by: Dianne
Last Thursday noon, occurred the death of Spencer BEEBE,
late a member of Co. L., 1st Regiment of Light Artillery NYS Volunteers.
His funeral was held Saturday afternoon. Burial in Lee's Cemetery.
He was 70 years of age.
The Rev. H. B. MASON, of the M. E. church is quite
afflicted by the death of his father, Wallace MASON
of Geneseo, whose death occurred last Friday in the Homeopathic Hospital
in Rochester. The funeral was held at his home, last Thursday.
Saturday morning, news was received of the death of Dr.
Edward L. PARDEE, a resident here, but who for some years spent part of
the winter in New York. He was formerly connected for some years with the
sanitary board of that city. His remains were brought here, Tuesday
morning, and the funeral was held in the afternoon, Rev.
W. D. ROBINSON officiating. He is survived by his wife, three
brothers and two sisters, Frederick PARDEE of
California; Dr. Walter PARDEE of New York; Albert
PARDEE of Palmyra; Mrs. Enos POMEROY of Ann
Arbor and Mrs. James BOUGHTON of Battle Creek,
Mi. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him for his many good traits
and genial nature. He was always a pleasant man to meet, and will be
greatly missed by all who knew him. He was 58 years of age.
S., wife of Timothy D. SHEEHAN, died
Saturday (Jan 12) afternoon, after a brief illness, at the age of 45
years. Funeral services were held at St. Bridget's church, Monday at 10
o'clock, burial in the church cemetery. A sad feature of this death is
that 10 children, five boys and five girls, ranging from 21 to 5 years old, are
left without a mother's care. The bereaved family have the extreme
sympathy of all in this sad affliction.
Rowena BRIGGS and Jessie JEWETT, returned from South Butler, Thursday
Jessie PRIEST, the 14 year old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. O. E. PRIEST, was taken serious ill, Thursday, and was for a time,
very near death's door. Cause, the swallowing of some poisonous pills
found about the house.
Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY
Wednesday April 3,
1901 by: Dianne
Catherine HALEY - Mrs.
Catherine HALEY died at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. John CONCANNON, in Victor, Saturday afternoon, at the age of 72
years. She is survived by this daughter, two sons, John
HALEY of Fishers and Michael HALEY of
Buffalo. The funeral was held from St. Patrick's church yesterday
forenoon, Rev. John J. DONNELLY officiating.
Victor Herald, Victor,
NY Friday, April
12, 1901 by: Dianne
+ Homer JACOBS,
a former resident of this town, died at his home in Rochester, last Friday
afternoon, at the age of 64 years. Mr. JACOBS
had been in the employ of N.Y.C. railroad company for 30 years. He is
survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. M. J. SMITH
and Mrs. E. B. ANTHONY, three brothers and two sisters. The
deceased was a brother of Ovid JACOBS, of this
village and will be remembered by many of our townsmen.
+ The funeral of Ziba
C. CURTICE, which was held from his home in Canandaigua, Monday
afternoon, was attended by many citizens of Victor, including a large
representation form Milnor Lodge, F & AM, of which the deceased was a
member, and also of the Presbyterian church choir. The floral tributes
many of which were sent by Victor friends, were magnificent. It is
significant of the esteem in which Mr. CURTICE was
held by his fellow business men of Canandaigua that all business places were
closed during the hours of the funeral. Rev. C. H.
DICKINSON, of the Congregational church, Canandaigua, officiated at the
funeral and the interment was in Woodlawn cemetery of that village.
Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY Friday, April 12,
1901 pg 2 by: Dianne
sudden death of Ziba C. CURTICE at his home in Canandaigua,
came as a great shock to the host of friends he possessed in this place.
He came to Victor over twenty years ago, shortly after his marriage, and had
resided here until last summer. During that long period he was actively
engaged in business. For many years he held the office of town clerk, and also
that of village clerk and school clerk. He was an active Mason and was
much beloved by his fellow craftsmen. Possessed of a generous, kindly
nature, he made friends with all. Not in years has a death so touched the
community as has his. On the day following his passing away, all over the
village could be found little groups of people conversing over the news with
saddened faces. Mr. CURTICE was an active
member of the Presbyterian church, and had been for years the director of its
choir. He had planned to assist the choir once more on Easter Sunday, and
it was with much effort that the members sang on that day, the selections he had
in part chosen for them. A large number of friends from this place
attended the funeral on Monday, to assist in paying a last tribute of respect to
one so much loved. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the
family so bereaved.
VICTOR HERALD Friday
June 21, 1901 Pg 1, col 5
by: Ron Hanley
TWO JUNE WEDDINGS
Recent Wedding of Young People in Whom Victor is Interested
Bartholomew Vincent Keefe and Miss
Annabel O'Neil were united in marriage at St.
Mary's church, Canandaigua, on Wednesday afternoon at four o'clock. The Rev.
J. J. Donnelly, of Victor, performed the ceremony.
The bride was attended by her sister,
Miss Jennie O'Neil, and John
Keefe, of this village, a brother of the groom, acted as groomsman. Messrs.
John M. McMahon, of Victor, James M. O'Neil, John
G. O'Neil, and Andrew Brady, of Canandaigua, were the ushers. Little
Miss Gertrude Farrell acted as flower girl and Miss
Maud Smith presided at the organ.
The bride's gown was of white organdie, over white silk, trimmed
with satin ribbon, and a satin ribbon sash. She wore a necklace
of pearls and carried bride roses. The bridesmaid was attired
in a garment of nile green, trimmed with white lace and a ribbon sash, and she
carried white carnations. The flower girl wore
pink organdie over pink and carried roses. After a
wedding supper at the home of the bride's mother on lower Main Street,
Canandaigua, Mr. and Mrs. Keefe left for an
The bride is one of Canandaigua's most popular young ladies, esteemed
by all for her lovable qualities. The groom, who is one of the proprietors of
the Benson House, of this village, is among the most respected young business
men of Victor. The Herald extends to Mr. and Mrs. Keefe its
warmest congratulations and hearty wishes for a long and happy life.
+ SUTHERLAND - WISNER
- On Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Sheldon WISNER, in the town of Hopewell, occurred the
marriage of their daughter, Miss Agnes Power WISNER, to
Acey Wheeler SUTHERLAND, of Canandaigua. The decorations consisted of
quantities of daisies and palms throughout the house. Miss (cut off)
VICTOR HERALD, Friday
June 21, 1901
by: Ron Hanley
News has been received by Victor friends of the death of Layfayette
W. Seavey, at his home in New York City on Tuesday morning.
Mr. Seavey had been ill for about three months. He
was a native of Victor, leaving here when a young man and returning only occasionally
for a visit to the old home, which was kept ready to receive him. Seavey was among the most
prominent scenic artists of this country and specimens of his art may be found
in the finest theatres on this continent. He is survived by his
wife and one daughter, Miss Florence M. The
remains were brought to Victor, reaching here Friday morning and funeral
services were held at the Universalist church at eleven o'clock. Internment
was in Boughton Hill cemetery.
NY Democrat and
1901 by: Dianne
Home to Rest - LaFayette W. Seavey, a former
resident of Victor, died at his home in New York, Tuesday, at the age of 52
years. Mr. Seavey was a son of the late Colonel William
Seavey, of Victor, who was one of the prominent early settlers in that
spent his early life there, but went to New York some years ago, where he
afterwards became celebrated as a scenic artist, ranking high among those in
retained his old home in Victor, and in many ways during the past few years
manifested the affection he still bore towards his native place.
is survived by a widow and one daughter, Miss Florence
Seavey. His remains were taken to Victor yesterday, and the
funeral was held from St. Paul's Universalist Church. Rev.
S.J. Ayers officiating. The interment was in the family lot at Boughton
a mark of respect the flag on the town hall was placed at half-mast during the
The remains of Lafayette W. Seavey,
of New York City, who died there last Monday night, were brought to this
place for burial on Friday morning. Mr.
Seavey was born in Victor and spent his boyhood days here.
Artistic by nature, he devoted his life to art, and became one of the best
scenic artists in the country. The beautiful drop curtain and
stage settings in the new town hall in this village were the gift of Mr.
Seavey to his childhood home.
The funeral was held at St. Paul's Universalist Church at
11o'clock, Friday forenoon. Internment at Boughton Hill cemetery.
During the hour of service the curtains of all the business
places were lowered. He is survived by a
wife and one daughter, Miss Florence Seavey. Deceased
was about sixty years of age.
Same paper - column of death
Seavey - In New York City, June
18, 1901. Lafayette W. Seavey, formerly
of Victor, aged 52 years.
THE VICTOR HERALD June
28, 1901 reported
Mrs. Lafayette Seavey and Miss Florence M
Seavey left for New York, Sunday evening, after spending a few days at
the home of Dr. Charles A. Rowley, on East Main
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Friday July 1901 COL 6
DIED - SEAVEY
- At New York City, June 17, 1901, Lafayette
W. Seavey, aged 59 years. Interment at Victor.
Victor Herald, Victor,
NY Friday, June 28, 1901 by: Dianne
News came Saturday, June 22, 1901, that Mary A.,
wife of Richard W. APPLETON, of this place, had
passed away that morning at the State Hospital, Rochester, where she had been
confined for several weeks. Mrs. APPLETON's health has been very poor for a long period and acute mania manifested itself
shortly after the sudden death of her only daughter, Agnes,
last winter, and she was removed to the institution in which she
Curtis HITCHCOCK, who made an unsuccessful attempt at suicide by
shooting, some weeks ago, was removed to Willard Asylum Friday, on the 12:20
train from Holcomb. Two attendants from the institution accompanied
him. Mr. HITCHCOCK seemed very weak, physically.
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. PEABODY, in
Honeoye, at noon today, was solemnized the marriage of their daughter, Grace
L. to Charles William MURRELL of this place.
The young couple left for a short wedding journey. Mr. and
Mrs. MURRELL will make their home here where their many friends will give
them a warm welcome.
After an illness of six weeks, during which she suffered very
severely, Mrs. Amanda Felt entered into rest
Thursday morning, September 5th, at the summer residence of her daughter, Miss
Delia A. Felt at Thousand Island Park. Members of the family will accompany
the remains to Victor, arriving here Friday afternoon. The funeral services will
be held from the Methodist church Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. Dr.
Gracey of Rochester, officiating. Mrs. Felt is
survived by three daughters, Mrs. W. H. Lothridge of
Rochester, Miss Clara Felt and Miss
Delia A. Felt of this village. All were with her during her last illness.
For the past few years, Mrs. Felt had made her home
with her daughter, Mrs. Lothridge, in Rochester,
but she was for many years a resident of Victor, where her devoted Christian
life and her kindly, generous treatment of all with whom she came in contact won
her many friends who will sincerely regret her passing from earthly
circles. [buried in Victor
THE VICTOR HERALD Friday
February 28, 1902 Pg 4, col 4
by: Ron Hanley
THE ROLL OF THE DEAD
+ Patrick McMahon, for many years a
resident of this town, died at the home of his brother,
John McMahon, a few miles west of the village, on Friday morning after a very short illness, at the age of 65
He is survived by his wife, three sons, John
McMahon of Buffalo, Peter
and Terrence, of Victor, and four daughters, Miss
Kate McMahon, of Rochester, and the Misses Nellie, Emma,
and Julia McMahon, of Victor. The funeral was held on Monday morning
from St. Patrick's church, Rev. J. J. Donnelly officiating.
+ Mrs. (Mary) John McMahon,
one of the oldest residents of the town, died at her home, west of this
village, at an early hour on Monday, after an illness from pneumonia, lasting only from the previous
Thursday, at the age of 70 years. Mrs.
McMahon was well known in the community and was highly respected
for her many good qualities.
She is survived by four sons, John
McMahon, of Pittsford, Michael E.
McMahon, residing on Boughton Hill, Edward and
Thomas McMahon, on the home farm, and five daughters, Mrs.
Mary McCrone, Mrs. Cornelius Daley, Mrs. James McCarthy, of Victor, Miss
Sarah McMahon, of Rochester, and Miss Agnes
McMahon, of Victor. The funeral was held on Wednesday from St.
Patrick's church, Rev. John J. Donnelly officiating
THE VICTOR HERALD
Friday May 9,
1902 Front Pg, col
3 by: Ron Hanley
A QUIET WEDDING
Miss Margaret O'Neil and Emmett Turner
were united in marriage at the home of M.
O'Neil, of this town, on Wednesday afternoon, May 7th, at three
o'clock. Rev J. J. Donnelly of St. Patrick's
Church, performed the ceremony.
The bride was prettily attired in light drab broadcloth,
trimmed with pink and white broadcaded chiffon. They
were attended by Miss Lillian O'Neil, her sister, and Harry
Turner, brother of the groom.
Mr. and Mrs. Turner left on the 4
39 train for an eastern trip. On their return they
will reside in the southwestern part of the town, where the groom is a
prosperous young farmer. The bride and groom are both popular young people of Victor,
and they have the congratulations and best wishes of their many friends.
THE VICTOR HERALD June 11,
1902 Pg 8, col 5
by: Ron Hanley
Deaths: BARRY -
At Victor, June 3rd, W. Arthur, son of Richard
Barry, one and one half years.
ONTARIO REPOSITORY MESSENGER
June 19, 1902
by: Ron Hanley
VICTOR - The Home Telephone people
are having considerable difficulty here in obtaining
permission from property holders to set poles in front of their residences.
The gang of men from the West arrived Thursday, and proceeded at once to
The first opposition they met was near
John VanDenbergh's. The company has
a franchise from the Village Trustees allowing them to construct the line on
condition they obtain consent of owners of property abutting that on which
poles are to be set.
Mr. VanDenbergh had not given
such consent, and objected to the poles being placed.
The men went on digging the hole. When one was finished Mr.
VanDenbergh jumped into it and showed the workmen that he intended to
block the construction.
Another hole was dug, but VanDenbergh
was active enough to occupy the holes alternately fast
enough to keep the pole from being placed. When they dug a third hole
however, he gave up that part of the game, but will give them further
trouble. They met other obstacles on other parts of the street. A line from
East Bloomfield is being constructed to meet this one here, and more trouble
is expected on Maple Avenue.
Rochester Democrat and
July 23, 1902 by: Dianne
Former Victor Resident
- The news was received by friends in Victor yesterday of the death of a
former resident of that place, Edgar B. Holdrddge, who
died in Iowa, Sunday. Mr. Holdridge was well known
in Victor and vicinity, having lived there for many years prior to his removing
to the Western state some years ago. He was 60 years of age and is survived by a
wife. His remains are expected to arrive in Victor Wednesday for interment at Boughton
Victor Herald, Victor,
NY Friday, September
5, 1902 by: Dianne
- TOBIN - A very pretty wedding occurred in St. Patrick's church in this
village, Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock when Miss Hannah
TOBIN was united in marriage to William F. KEATING.
The ceremony was performed by Rev. John J. DONNELLY,
pastor of the church. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss
Julia TOBIN and Fred B. KEATING, brother of the groom, officiated as best
man. Peter TOBIN of Rochester, brother of the
bride, and John BRADY acted as ushers. During
the ceremony the choir of the church assisted by Daniel
HALL of Rochester and Edward RYAN of
Mertensia, rendered several especially pleasing vocal selections.
was becomingly attired in a gown of cream albatross, trimmed with appliqué, and
carried a white prayer book. The bridesmaid's dress was of white mercerized mull
and she carried pink sweet peas. The bride and bridesmaid both wore large
wedding ceremony, the bridal party repaired to the home of the bride's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. James TOBIN, on Church street where a dainty wedding breakfast
was served to the immediate relatives of the contracting parties. The
presents were numerous and beautiful and testified in what high esteem the
recipients are held by their many friends. The happy couple are among the
most popular of Victor's young people, and are prominently connected with both
church and social circles.
and Mrs. KEATING left on a noon train for a 10 days trip to Baltimore and
Washington. They will reside in this village where the groom holds a
responsible position in the office of Loomis & Woodworth.
- PADGHAM - The country home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry
PADGHAM of Victor, was the scene of a very pleasant event, Wednesday
evening, it being the occasion of the marriage of their eldest daughter, Miss
Effie May PADGHAM to Frederick Dean GILLIS,
of Rochester. The parlors were beautifully decorated with ferns and cut
flowers, an alter of palms and ferns being built in the east room, before which
the bride and groom took their stand during the ceremony. The bride was
gowned in white chiffon, en train, trimmed with valenciennes and white taffeta,
and carried bride roses. Her going away gown was of castor
broadcloth. They were unattended and the ceremony was witnessed only by
their immediate relatives. The ceremony occurred at five o'clock and was
performed by the pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Victor, Rev.
Frank W. HILL, after which the wedding dinner was served. Mi.
and Mrs. GILLIS departed on the 8:02 train on an extended bridal tour in
the East and upon their return will make their future home in Rochester, where Mr.
GILLIS is engaged in business.
FROM Family genealogy by P.V. Lawson,
1903, 319 pgs. by:
Eli Blair, son of Joel
and Mary (Polly LAWSON) was born in Western Mass,
although his tombstone says he was born in “Bridgewater, Oneida Co.” which is incorrect, as his parents did not move to
Bridgewater until 1792 and he was born in 1791. He was born in Western Mass.,
September 17, 1791; died at Lyons, Wayne Co, NY. His tombstone was set in the
Lyons Cemetery and when Fanny Jones [see below],
his sister, visited there she found it was removed, and cast up against a
She had it taken to Victor, NY and set up in her own family
plot in the Victor cemetery, located in the center of the village, by the
Protestant Church. I have copied the inscription, which reads. “Eli
Blair, born in Bridgewater, Oneida Co, NY September 7, 1791”. On the
opposite side of the large hollow monument is the following: “Abby,
wife of Eli Blair, born in Bridgewater,
Oneida Co., NY, April 28, 1791”. On another side: “Mr
& Mrs. Blair died September 29, 1831”. Asa
Jones, a nephew, of Victor, thinks they must have met with accidental
death, as both died the same day.
(note difference in Sept day for birth of Eli)
also in the book, next page:
Fanny Blair, daughter of
Joel & Mary (Polly Lawson), was born in 1803 at
Bridgewater, NY; married prior to 1851, John Smith Jones
of East Bloomfield, seven miles from Canandaigua, and post office
address Victor, Ontario Co, NY. Her tombstone is in Victor Cemetery. She died
at Victor, Aug 25, 1898 at the age of 95 yrs, 2m, 5d. Her
children were: Samuel Smith Jones, Charlotte Louisa
Jones, Asa Blair Jones.
Phebe J., wife of William
F. Hawkins, died at the family residence in this
town on Friday evening, March 27th. She had not been well for more than a year, but her death was a surprise and shock to her
relatives and friends, as she seemed more comfortable for several weeks past.
Her disease took a turn for the worse on Friday morning and she
sank rapidly until the time of her death. Mrs. Hawkins was born in Orange
county in 1834, and had resided in Victor since her marriage in 1855.
Her nearest surviving relatives are her widowed husband; two
sons, J. W. Hawkins and Frank
G. Hawkins; two daughters, Mrs. Dr. D. J.
Tillotson and Mrs. John A. Osburn, all
residing in this town; three brothers, William, Wesley
and George Muloch, living in the West, and four
sisters, Mrs. G. M. Rowe of Washington, D. C.; Mrs.
John Martin of Tripoli, Iowa; Mrs. Doty and Mrs.
Farnsworth, also residing in the West. Mrs.
Hawkins was prominently identified with the Methodist church in this
village, being a regular attendant as long as her health would permit. She
also took a deep interest in the temperance work, always using her influence
in favor of that cause. She was earnestly devoted to her family, and the
family reunions at her home were always occasions that gave her great pleasure
and satisfaction. Though a great sufferer she was determined to conquer the
disease and was very brave even when there seemed to be little hope for her
recovery. Her advice in favor of good things, so often given to those
nearest and dearest to her, will never be forgotten by them and will be a
constant incentive to them to live a good and pure life.
THE VICTOR HERALD Friday
April 17, 1903 Pg 5, col
by: Ron Hanley
The marriage of Margaret F.,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick
Ryan, to Edward
J. Gouldrick, was solemnized at St. Patrick's Church at 4 30 o'clock,
Wednesday afternoon. Rev. J. J. Donnelly
pronounced the words of the ceremony.
The bride was attended by her sister, Miss
Sadie, as bridesmaid. The best man was William
Gouldrick, brother of the groom.
After the ceremony at the church, a reception was held at the home
of the bride's parents. Only relatives of the immediate family and a few
friends were present.
The Herald extends hearty congratulations to the young couple.
Mr. and Mrs. Gouldrick will
reside on East Main Street in this village.
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL
Friday April 17, 1903 Pg 3, col 6
- RYAN At Victor, April 15, 1903, Edward
J. Gouldrick, of Victor, and Miss Margaret F.
Ryan, of Farmington.
Victor Herald, Victor,
T. GOLDSMITH, a well known and influential business man of New York, died
at the Powers Hotel in Rochester, Tuesday of this week, where he had come for a
visit for a few weeks. Mr. GOLDSMITH was 49
years of age and was born in Port Gibson, NY. He was a first cousin of Miss
Mary OSBORNE of this village.
the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. HOPKINS,
while playing around their home at Fishers, yesterday morning, found among some
rubbish, an old can, containing Paris green. The child ate considerable
quantity of the poison and was in a precarious condition during the day.
Medical aid was quickly summoned and it is now expected that the boy will
recover. It is earnestly hoped by the many Victor friends that all danger
The death of Walter A., infant son of Mr.
and Mrs. James MC CARTHY, occurred on Friday afternoon, April 14th, at
the family home in this village. The child was 13 months and 20 days old
and had been ill for several days with bronchitis and an affection of the heart,
and for 3 hours before his death, suffered with convulsions. Services were
held on Sunday afternoon and interment made in the Catholic cemetery in this
village. The community sympathize with the parents in their
Invitations have been issued for the marriage of Miss
Grace CROMBIE of Oswego, NY and William Seaver
WOODS, which will be celebrated at the home of the bride on Wednesday,
April 26th. The ceremony will be preformed by the father of the
groom. Mr. WOODS is the son of Rev.
and Mrs. Henry C. WOODS, a former pastor of the Methodist church here,
and is a brother of Mrs. Milo F. WEBSTER of this
village. He is a graduate of the Wesleyan University, and was one the
editorial staff of the Springfield Republican for several years. For the
last seven years he has been one of the editors of the Literary Digest,
published at New York, and last week was promoted to be managing editor.
ONTARIO COUNTY CHRONICLE Wed. June 24, 1903 Pg 2, col 5 by: Ron Hanley
Victor, June 22
Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock occurred the marriage of Miss
Grinnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
Grinnell, to William M. Webster of
Railroad Mills, N.Y. The wedding took place at the home of the bride about two miles
east of this village. Rev. Frank
W. Hill, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, performed the ceremony.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES
June 24, 1903 Pg 2, col 5 & 6
Grinnell - Webster
On Wednesday afternoon, June 17, at 4 o'clock, occurred the marriage
of Miss Emma, youngest daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. George Grinnell, to William M. Webster,
of Rail Road Mills, N. Y.
The wedding took place at the family residence, about two and
one half miles east of Victor village. The ceremony
was performed in the front parlor which was beautifully decorated with
ferns, smilax and roses. Rev. Frank W. Hill
The bride was attired in white Persian lawn trimmed with appliqué,
and carried roses. She was attended by her sister, Miss
Lois Grinnell, and her brother, George
Grinnell, Jr., acted in the capacity of best man.
Congratulations followed the ceremony, after which a dainty lunch
was served. The newly wedded couple departed on the 8 30 N.Y.C. train, for a
two weeks trip in the West, after which they will be at home at Mertensia,
where the groom is engaged in the produce business.
SAME PAPER, col 6
MARRIED WEBSTER - GRINNELL
June 17, 1903, William F. Webster,
of Mendon, and Miss Emma Grinnell, of Victor.
THE VICTOR HERALD
Friday September 25, 1903
Pg 5, col 1
by: Ron Hanley
Mrs. William Ryan died Tuesday
morning, from the effects of a stroke of paralysis, at
her home near Mertensia, aged 69 years. Mrs. Ryan had
been ill but a few days.
Her widowed husband, and six children remain, Anna,
Edward, who are at home, Mrs. Mary Coniff,
of Rochester, John Ryan, of Geneva, and Will
Ryan, of this place.
The funeral was held from the family home this morning at 9 o'clock
and later from St. Patrick's church, Rev. J. J. Donnelly
officiating. Interment was made in the church cemetery here.
THE VICTOR HERALD
Friday September 25, 1903 Front Page,
KILLED IN THE NIGHT
Thomas Ryan, of Mertensia, Found
Dead on Central Tracks Near Victor
Early this morning, Richard Riley found the body of Thomas
Ryan, of Mertensia, on the Central tracks at the
east end of the long branch, about one-half mile east of the station here. Dr.
A. M. Mead viewed the body and summoned Coroner
F. P. Warner, of Canandaigua.
Not until the coroner came was the identification of the
remains established. Aside from a deep gash in the head
and bruises on the face and one arm the body did not show the usual effects of
such a death. It will probably never be known just how Ryan
was killed. The theory is that he was either struck by an engine or, in
attempting to jump on a train, was thrown and thus fatally injured. The
coroner decided not to hold an inquest.
Ryan was a single man, aged about
26 years. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan,
and several brothers and sisters reside at Mertensia. For some time the
deceased was a fireman on the New York Central. Recently he has been employed
to guard the machinery at the sand pit during the hours when the trolley road
builders were not at work there. The remains were taken to the family
home this afternoon.
The Victor Herald, Victor, NY
Friday September 25, 1903 by:
Mrs. Elizabeth FORD died,
Sunday night at her home in West Walworth, aged 49 years. Mrs.
FORD was the sister of Charles LONGYEAR,
of Victor. Besides her husband, she leaves one son, Frank
FORD of Fairport and one daughter, Alice,
wife of Rev. Mr. JAMES of Fort Plain, NY. Mrs.
FORD had been in poor health for two years and was confined to her bed
for about one month. Interment was made at Pittsford, Tuesday.
Lansing BEEBE - A life of earnest, patient Christian usefulness,
beautiful in the best expressions of unselfish living, came to an earthly end,
when Elisha Lansing BEEBE passed into eternal
rest. After about 5 years of illness, during which period Mr.
BEEBE has been at times very near death, an attack of heart trouble
brought release from all the pains of this existence, on Thursday afternoon,
Lansing BEEBE was another of that great company of men who have grown up
from childhood in East Bloomfield to be honored in the country of their birth.
Born 65 years ago on a farm about one mile northwest of this village, son of Franklin
and Ann Lee BEEBE, he has always been a staple citizen, and has, in his
quiet way, exerted an influence for good wherever he has been known. in
1868, Mr. BEEBE moved to the farm home, where he
died. Having never been married, Mr. BEEBE
was long a valued helpmate to his parents, with whom he lived and labored until
the Master called them to Himself.
as one of the rewards of the many kindnesses bestowed throughout his life, Mr.
BEEBE in his declining years has been blessed by the unceasing devotion
and care of Miss Bessie TAYLOR, who, as a child,
was taken into the BEEBE family, where a good home
was made for her. For this loving service, Miss
TAYLOR has been able to minister when the presence of those rendered dear
is most helpful.
Death of Mrs. Sarah P. WOOD - Mrs. Sarah P. WOOD,
an old and highly esteemed resident of Ontario county, died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. James A. MAHAR, at Fishers, NY, on
September 18, 193, at the age of 88 years, 6 months and 14 days.
WOOD was born in Connecticut in the year 1815, and has resided at Fishers
for the past 32 years. She was a member of the Presbyterian church of
Mendon, and a staunch temperance worker, being a charter member of the Good
Templars and a member of the W.C.T.U. Her beautiful Christian character
and exemplary life has won a very large circle of friends who deeply mourn her
WOOD was twice married and leaves to mourn her loss, three daughters, Mrs.
J. E. SCOTT and Miss Angeline DAVISON, of Auburn, NY and Mrs.
James A. MAHAR of Fishers, nag 9 grandchildren.
Alfred B. Levet, whose severe
illness was mentioned in the last issue, died at his
home on Lyceum street last Thursday afternoon, February 11,
at three o'clock. We almost knew from the nature of the man,
his build, make-up, that if he had a fully-developed case of typhoid fever, it
would prove fatal. And so it has. Mr.
Levet came to Geneva about fourteen years ago, a splendid mechanic,
cabinet maker and finisher.
There was not enough of that class of work so he took to
building, contracting, had a shop and tools with steam engine to drive his
machinery, and was doing well. About twelve years ago he married the youngest
daughter of Mrs. E. W. Harrington by whom two
young boys are left.
He was just getting on what we call "Easy Street,"
when he suffered a nervous chill, it developed into typhoid. He grew worse,
and Thursday ended it all. A sad case, a sad case, a very sad case. His wife
is none too well, and her mother has been an invalid for nearly two years.
There's no one to carry on the business he built up, and it must cease, will
probably be sold out. [buried in Victor Village ceme]
Eugene B. Dewey, a native of
Victor and for many years a successful farmer of this
town, died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H.
G. Fitch of Canandaigua, Tuesday
morning. He retired in his usual health and spirits Monday night and the next
morning was found dead on
the floor of his bed room. To all appearances he had risen at
the usual hour, and while in the act of dressing dropped dead. Coroner Warner
summoned and after learning the circumstances, pronounced it
death from apoplexy. Mr. Dewey was a son of the
late Hon. Lanson Dewey, Member of Assembly from
the eastern district of the county in 1863 and 1864, and was born at Victor
November 7, 1838. He received his education in the
local schools and taking up the business of farming, became one
of the solid and respected citizens of the town. Ten years ago he left the
farm and moved to Canandaigua, but frequently returned to Victor for a visit,
being welcomed by a host of friends to whom the news of his death will come as
a saddening shock. Mr. Dewey is survived by one
son, T. E. Dewey of Topeka, Kansas, one daughter,
Mrs. Herbert Fitch of Canandaigua; and by two sisters,
Mrs. M. A. Wilbur of Victor, Mrs. Peter Plumb of
Farmington. One brother, Dr. Bernard M. Dewey of
Nashua, Iowa, also survives. The funeral services will be held at the Fitch
residence in Canandaigua at three o'clock this afternoon and the remains
brought to Victor and interred in the Village cemetery.
THE VICTOR HERALD
Friday August 5, 1904
Pg 5, col 1
by: Ron Hanley
+ Ray C. VanDenbergh, who,
since he left here has been employed in a furniture
factory in Grand Rapids, Mich., has removed to Howard City, Mich., where he has secured similar employment. The Grand
Rapids factories are laying off hundreds of men because of dull business.
+ Because of the death and funeral of James
Walling, the picnic of the Presbyterian Sunday School, which was to
have been held Thursday, was indefinitely postponed.
PAGE 5 COL 3
AGED CITIZEN PASSES AWAY
- James Walling Was Victor's
Oldest Merchant. Had Held Many Important Offices
In the death of James Walling, which
occurred at an early hour, Tuesday morning, August 2nd,
1904, Victor sustains the loss of a citizen who for almost three score years
has been a most prominent figure in the official and business life of the town
No man was more intensely interested in the growth and welfare
of the community than he, and few have by individual effort contributed more
to its advancement. Ever identified with the best citizenship of the town Mr.
Walling was many times elected to the most important positions of honor
and trust in the gift of his township. These he filled with credit to himself
and to the advantage of his constituency. His
business career was a long and honorable one, covering a period of fifty two
Genial and kindly in his manner and possessed of a courtesy
which knew no failing, Mr. Walling
made many friends and held them. He was a life of patient persistent endeavor to do what seemed to him to
be his duty. That endeavor ceased only when the tired body refused longer to perform the tasks which he set for it.
James Walling was the son of
Edward and Sylvinia Walling, and was born in
Sheffield, Mass., January 4, 1825. When seven years of age he came with his parents to Victor, and had since resided here. In
1849, he married Miss Mary Elizabeth Murray, who
survives him. In 1852, he entered the clothing business, having learned the tailor's
trade, and was in the business continuously to the time of his death, for the
last few years as the senior partner in the firm of Walling and Brace. Mr.
Walling's first business location was in a store just one door removed
to the west from the one now occupied by his firm. In 1871, he erected for his
own use the brick building now occupied by Concannon's market and in 1881
again gave evidence of public spirited enterprise by putting up the building
known as the Walling Block, the largest business structure in the town.
When the village was incorporated, twenty five years ago, Mr.
Walling was one of the most
influential supporters of the movement, and he was the first president of the
village. He served as one of the trustees of the village school for many
years, the present high school building being erected during his term of
office. He was a member of St. Paul's Universalist Church, & for many
years served faithfully as chairman of the board of trustees of the church.
Until advancing years made it impossible for him to attend the meetings, he
was a loyal member of the Milnor Lodge, F.A.M.
In politics, Mr. Walling was
a Democrat of the Jeffersonian type, and at one time was
very active in political work, standing high in the local counsels of his
party. His first public office was that of town clerk. For eight successive
terms he served the town most acceptably as supervisor and during President
Cleveland's first administration, received the appointment of
postmaster which office he held for a term of four years.
For the past two years Mr. Walling had been gradually failing
in health, his step slowly losing its vigor and his hand
its steadiness, but his brain and will were still masters and with indomitable
pluck he continued going to the store and attending to business until but a
few days before his death.
His wife, two children, Mrs. William F.
Brace and Fred M. Walling, both of whom reside at
the family home, survive him. Funeral services were held at the residence.,
Thursday afternoon, at two o'clock, the Rev. Asa G. Saxe,
of the Second Universalist church of a Rochester, officiating, assisted
by Rev. Frank W. Hill, of the Presbyterian church
of this village. All business places of the village were closed during the
funeral which was very largely attended. Interment was had in Boughton Hill
Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua,
NY Wed, Sept 14,
The residence of Mrs. Lucy
BOUGHTON in Victor, was destroyed by fire, Monday morning. The fire
was discovered about 8 o'clock, while Mrs. BOUGTHON was
away from home, and there being no fire fighting apparatus at hand, the
attention of the neighbors was devoted to saving of the contents.
Considerable of the furniture was removed, but the house was a total loss,
estimated at about $1,400. This is partially covered by insurance.
THE VICTOR HERALD
September 16, 1904
Pg 3, col 1 by: Ron Hanley
Miss Elizabeth Keating,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Keating, of
this town, and John J. Brady of Macedon, were
united in marriage at St. Patrick's Church, Wednesday afternoon, at three
o'clock, the Rev. John J. Donnelly officiating.
It was a pretty and quietly impressive ceremony witnessed by a large
audience of relatives and friends of the contracting parties. The bride was
attended by her sister, Miss Mary Keating, and Louis P.
Brady, a brother of the groom, was best man. After the ceremony a
reception was held at the home of the bride's parents,
and later in the evening Mr. and Mrs. Brady left
on an extended wedding tour. Mr. Brady is a
well known and popular here, having until recently made
his home in Victor. He is now one of the proprietors of the Macedon Hotel. His
bride is one of Victor's most estimable young ladies.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES
Wednesday September 21, 1904
Pg 4, col 5
BRADY - KEATING -
At Victor, September 14, 1904, John P.
Brady, of Palmyra, and Miss Elizabeth Keating
Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY Tues Dec
Victor - Dec. 19 - Mrs.
Linnaeus C. HILL died today at the home of her son, after a lingering
illness, at the age of 70 years. Mrs. HILL was for
many years a resident of Brooklyn, but the past few years had nearly all been
spent in this village. She was a member of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian
Church, of Brooklyn, and was prominent in the work of the women's societies of
that church. She is survived by her husband and one son,
Rev. Frank W. HILL, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of this
village. The remains are to be taken to New York for interment in Greenwood
FIRE APPARATUS NEEDED
Victor - Dec. 19 - The taxpayers are to have an opportunity on Tuesday, December
20th, of voting on a proposition to purchase some fire apparatus for use of the
recently organized fire company. The proposition is for the levying of a tax to
raise $1,500 for the purchase of a combined chemical and water hand engine, with
necessary equipment. The village is now practically without any sort of
apparatus, only possessing a few pails, ladders and two or three about worn out
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