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1916 - 1917

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Victor Man Dies In House Of Albion Minister  -   Albion  January 14, 1916  -  by: Ron Hanley
 
Milo Freeman Webster, of Victor, died Saturday in this village, in the house of his wife's father, Rev. H. C. Woods, pastor of the M. E.
Church. Mr. Webster came to the parsonage Thursday evening in his usual health. On Friday morning he became ill.
Mr. Webster was born in Elyria, Ohio. He was 50 years of age and lived nearly all his life in Victor, where he married the eldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. H. C. Woods, twenty-six years ago.
Besides his wife he leaves a family of twelve children, all of whom reside at home, except their oldest daughter, Mary, wife of Alan Hopkins, of Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. Webster was a director and agent of the Tompkins  County Insurance Company of Ithaca, NY. He was a busy man and had a wide
acquaintance in Central and Western NY.
The body was taken to Victor Sunday. Rev. Charles E. Millspaugh conducted a prayer service at the M.E. parsonage here and the funeral
service will be held in the Presbyterian Church, Victor, NY, on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. F. W. Hill, pastor of that church, will
officiate at the service in Victor. Burial will be in Boughton Hill Cemetery.

 

 Funeral Of Milo F. Webster       Victor  January 17:
The funeral of Milo Freeman Webster was held in the auditorium room of the First Precbyterian Church in Albion. There was a large attendance
at the funeral, the church being filled to the doors. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.  The services were in charge of the pastor of the church, the Rev. F. W. Hill. Interment was in Boughton Hill Cemetery.
 
 Webster  -   Not in many a day has sadder news come to Victor than that of the death of Milo Freeman Webster, which occurred very suddenly during hisabsence from his home in this village on Saturday, January 13th.  Mr. Webster left Victor Thursday morning, for a business trip to
towns along the "Falls Road," and reached the home of Mrs. Webster's father, the Rev. Henry C. Woods, in Albion, during the day.  He remained
there for the night, and was apparently in perfect health at the hour for retiring.
Early Friday morning he was found to be alarmingly ill and a physician and nurse were summoned. Despite their ministrations, he continued to grow worse and passed away at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning. The cause of death was internal hemorrhage caused by internal ulcers. As soon as it became evident that Mr. Webster was in critical condition Mrs. Webster and son, Otis, were summoned to his bedside and they reached him about an hour before the end came and while he was yet able to recognize them.
The death of husband and father is a blow made inexpressibly hard by the fact that the family had had no intimation that he was in other
than perfect health. It is not likely that Mr. Webster himself was cognizant of his condition.
 
 Milo Freeman Webster was the son of the late Otis and Cynthia Webster and was born in Amherst, Ohio, in 1866. Many years ago the family came to Victor and purchased a farm on Brace Street, south of the village, the locality being now known as Webster's Corners. Milo attended the Victor schools and in 1888, graduated from Cornell University. He had ever since been connected with the agricultural department of the university.
In September 1891, Mr. Webster was united in marriage to Miss Harriet A. Woods, eldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Henry C. Woods. The
Rev. Mr. Woods was then pastor of the Methodist Episcopal  church in this village.
Mr. and Mrs. Webster continued to reside on the homestead farm for several years. While still engaged in farming, he became interested in the fire insurance business along co operative lines and established a very successful  agency, which came to demand so much of his time that he thought it best to move to this village.
The family first resided after coming here in the house on West Main Street now owned by Mrs. Florence Williams. Several years ago Mr.
Webster purchased the Truman Dryer farm upon the hills north of Main Street and here he established the family home. The property became to
be known as Webster Heights and Mr. Webster projected an extensive real estate development upon the farm, laying out streets and building
several houses. This venture proved a partial disappointment to him.
The funeral services of Milo F. Webster were held from the Presbyterian church in this village, of which Mr. Webster was a member, on Tuesday afternoon. They were very largely attended. Rev. Frank W. Hill, pastor of the church, was assisted by, Rev. James W. Allatt, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, in conducting the services. The floral offerings were very beautiful. Interment was made in Boughton Hill Cemetery.

THE VICTOR HERALD       Friday         February 11, 1916     Pg 4, col 2        by: Ron Hanley
 
O'Neil On Sunday, February 6th, occurred the death of Annie Lyons O'Neil, wife of Michael O'Neil, at the family home on East Main Street. She was 66 years old.
Mrs. O'Neil had been a great sufferer for many weeks and the end was not unexpected, but the shock of her passing falls heavily upon the loving hearts who ministered to her suffering and upon many loyal friends whom she had won during the years spent in this vicinity.
For many years Mr. and Mrs. O'Neil resided on a farm near this village. A few years ago they retired from active farm life and
purchased a home in Victor, where they hoped to spend life's happy sunset. Mrs. O'Neil had not been strong for years. A serious illness some years ago, from typhoid fever left her in a weakened condition.
Mrs. O'Neil was born in Ireland, in 1850, and came with her parents to this country when she was 13 years of age. On April 7th,
1874, while living in Marion, N. Y., she was united in marriage to Michael O'Neil, and came to Victor, where their entire married life was spent.
Besides her husband, five children survive, John and Harry O'Neil, Mrs. Emmett Turner and Mrs. Charles A. Conway, all of Victor,
and Mrs. Joseph McNamara of Shortsville.  The funeral services were held from the home at 9:30 and from St. Patrick's church at 10 o'clock, Tuesday morning, the pastor, Rev. J. J. Donnelly, officiating. Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery on High street.

THE VICTOR HERALD    Friday    February 18, 1916    Pg 4, col 3        
 
Case - Pierce
 
Miss Esther Pierce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Pierce of Canandaigua, and Earl Francis Case, also of Canandaigua, were married at the home of the bride's parents on Monday, February 14th.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. P. Wood, of Albion, formerly of Victor, in the presence of about 40 relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Case are spending ten days in New York and Washington. On their return they will reside in Rochester. Mr. and Mrs. Case are well known here, and the best wishes of Victor friends follow them to their new home.

THE VICTOR HERALD         Friday       March 3, 1916       Pg 8, col 3   by:    Ron Hanley
 
 OBITUARY - RANDALL 
Mrs. Ann Randall, who lacked but a few days of being 93 years old, and was one of the oldest residents of the town of Farmington, died at her home, two and one half miles west of the village of Manchester, early Sunday morning. She was born in Oxfordshire, England, and came to the town of Farmington with relatives when she was 19 years old. In March 1852, she became the wife of William Randall, who died in 1896.  To them 10 children were born and all but one are living. Mrs. Randall leaves two daughters, Mrs. Fred Knowles of South Solon, Ohio, and Mrs. Elizabeth Howland, of Manchester, and seven sons, Edward H. of Farmington, Walter and Frank, of Canandaigua, Durfee, Herbert W., Wilkinson H., and John Randall, all of Farmington. She also leaves nineteen grandchildren, and twenty one great grandchildren.  The funeral was held from the family home, Tuesday afternoon, and interment was made in South Farmington cemetery.

  Victor Herald, Victor,  NY    Friday,    March 24, 1916      Pg 1             by: Dianne Thomas

Miss Margaret Isabelle KEATING passed away suddenly at the home of her father, Jerry KEATING, at Hathaway's Corners, on Saturday afternoon, March 18th, aged 22 years.  Miss KEATING had been in failing health for some time, suffering from organic heart trouble, but she continued her work as teacher of the Town Line district school until the holiday season.  At that time a season of rest was advised, and Mrs. Edward KEEFE took charge of the school. Only two or three days before her death, Miss KEATING took a drive, and it was hoped that her earnest effort to regain her health might be successful.  She was highly esteemed by many friends who sincerely mourn her early death.  She was a member of the Class of 1913, Victor High school.  Besides her father, she is survived by two sisters, Evelyn & Bernadette KEATING and three brothers, Gerald, Edward and Walter, all of Hathaway's.  The day of Miss KEATING'S burial, March 21st, was the sixth anniversary of her mother's death.  Since Mrs. KEATING'S death, her sister, Miss Ella SULLIVAN, has had charge of the home.  Besides this aunt, Miss KEATING is survived by several other uncles and aunts, and by her grandfather, John SULLIVAN of Rochester.  The funeral services were held on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the house, Rev. P. A. NEVILLE of East Bloomfield officiating.  Interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery. 

+   Cards of Thanks - We wish to thank our good friends and neighbors for the sympathy and kindness shown us in the our of our great bereavement.   Jerry KEATING and Family.

+ The large house on the farm of Mrs. Mary E. MASON, about one and one-half miles north of Holcomb, on the Victor road, was burned to the ground between 8:30 and 11 o'clock, Thursday night. The family was gathered in the large front dining room sitting around a wood fire, when it was noticed that the water was beginning to drip down from above.  Investigation led to the discovery that the rafters and roof were on fire and soon the whole upper part of the house was ablaze. It was a terrible night and the roads all around were piled high with hug drifts making it hard for helpers to come from any distance and the fire gained  such headway that little could be done towards saving the house, though some furniture was removed.  All clothing, bedding, dishes, pantry stores, etc., were burned, together with 5 tones of cabbage, 60 bushels of onions, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables.  The house was a large two story building of the substantial type erected some 50 years ago and it will be remembered by some as the old Hopson homestead.  On a few years ago a large barn was burned on this farm.  Mrs. MASON'S loss, which is a heavy one, is partially covered by insurance. - Holcomb Review. 

THE VICTOR HERALD        Friday   April 7, 1916        Pg 8, col 3          by: Ron Hanley
 
OBITUARY - VanVechten
 
Mrs. Katherine Shears VanVechten, wife of George VanVechten, a former resident of Victor, passed away at their home at No. 1 Lee Place, Rochester, Monday.  She was the daughter of George and Ellen Shears of Rochester, and was about 30 years of age. Mrs. VanVechten is survived by her husband, a daughter, Dorothy, two sons, Charles and Leonard, her mother, and one sister, Mrs. Frank Rogers, of Rochester.  The funeral services were held on Wednesday at 3 30 o'clock from Immaculate Conception church. Burial was made in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester.  Mr. VanVechten's boyhood home was the house now owned by Homer Cotton, near the Overhead bridge. He is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles VanVechten. His many friends sympathize with him in his loss. 

THE VICTOR HERALD     Friday    April 28, 1916        Pg 1, col 2                by: Dianne Thomas
 
+  WEDDING  BELLS       KEEFE - KEEFE
A pretty wedding was solemnized in St. Patrick's R. C. church, Tuesday morning at 9:30, the contracting parties being Joanna Keefe, daughter of Mrs. Maurice Keefe, who resides two miles north of Victor, and Albert Leo Keefe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Keefe of Farmington.  The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. J. Donnelly, rector of St. Patrick's and was followed by a nuptial mass. The ring service was used. The bridal couple was unattended.
The bride wore a suit of midnight blue serge and a Leghorn hat with old rose trimmings. Her flowers were a corsage bouquet of Killarney roses. Emmett Keefe, brother of the bride, and Edward Keefe, brother of the groom, acted as ushers.  A wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Maurice Keefe, to the immediate families of the bride and  groom.  Pre-nuptial events were two variety showers, one by Mrs. Frank Welch of Victor, the other by Mrs. M. J. DeLacy of Rochester. After a short western trip, Mr. and Mrs. Keefe will be at home with the bride's mother.

Egbert G. HOWLAND, a veteran maple syrup maker of Manchester town, is quoted as saying that this season is the poorest for that product, that he has seen in 40 years. 

+  Obituary - VAN VOORHIS - The community was shocked and saddened Wednesday afternoon, when news of the sudden and entirely ____ looked for death of Stephen VAN VOORHIS, one of its most highly esteemed and best beloved citizens.  Mr. VAN VOORHIS, who was 70 years of age, had for some time suffered from organic heart trouble, but all during Spring, had been very well and on the day of his death, remarked that he was even better than usual.  It was while working about the grounds at his residence, that Mr. VAN VOORHIS was stricken and it is probable that the sensation of unusually good health led him to over exertion.  

Stephen VAN VOORHIS was of sturdy Dutch descent, the son of Henry and Margaret VAN VOORHIS and was born in Decatur, Otsego county, New York.  He came to Victor with his parents in 1853 and for many years tilled the soil of the VAN VOORHIS homestead farm at Fishers and there amassed comfortable competence.  Retired from active duties there, several years ago, he purchased a residence on West Main street in this village.  He took great pride in his home and had spent much time, thought and money in its improvement.  Mr. VAN VOORHIS was a staunch Republican in politics and for years had been prominent in the political life of the town.  He was its supervisor in 1887 and for many years and at the time of his death, was a member of the town board of assessors.  He was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  (rest is cut off)

 

THE VICTOR HERALD      Friday     May 5, 1916       Pg 8, col 1        by: Ron Hanley
 
Mrs. James Guinan of Mertensia had the misfortune, Friday, while going from the house to the barn, to step upon a rolling stick and sprain her right ankle.
 
Mrs. Eliza Hinch, who is in her 98th year, has been ill, for the past few days, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Guinan at Mertensia.  Her condition is not considered alarming. Mrs. Hinch retains her faculties in remarkable degree and the sunset days of her life are happy & helpful ones.
 
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John Guinan, who is employed as a fireman at industry, is at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Guinan, for a few days' visit.

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua       Friday,      May 18, 1917       by: Dianne Thomas

PATTERSON - The death of Owen PATTERSON of Victor, aged 74 years, occurred at the Memorial hospital on Monday.  He leaves no near relatives.  The funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church at Victor on Wednesday.  Interment was in Victor. 

       

THE VICTOR HERALD     Friday     May 26, 1916       Pg 8, col  1      by: Ron Hanley
 
Local  Brevities  -  John W. VanDenbergh, the Victor historian, has been quite seriously ill at his home on West Main Street, this week.

THE VICTOR HERALD     Friday,   June 2, 1916     Front Page,   col 3 & 4      by: Ron Hanley
 
OBITUARIES

BRADY - The death of Mrs. Mary Brady, wife of John Brady, occurred at the family home, just east of this village, on Monday evening at 10 o'clock.  Mrs. Brady was stricken with apoplexy, shortly after 7 o'clock on Friday evening, while conversing with her son, Walton. He telephoned for a physician, under whose ministrations Mrs. Brady appeared to improve for about three hours. A relapse occurred before midnight, and from then until the hour of her death she lay unconscious.  The members of the family were hastily summoned and were with their mother until the end. Mrs. Brady had been in her usual good health immediately prior to the attack. 

Mrs. Brady was born in Canandaigua, May 8, 1851, the daughter of James and Catherine Brady, and her whole life was spent within a radius of a few miles of her birthplace.  After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Brady lived for many years on a farm near Mertensia, and moved from the farm home to Victor, 14 years ago. Mrs. Brady was the mother of 11 children, all of whom are
grown to manhood and womanhood. 
She was a woman of many lovable qualities and of retiring nature, who found her greatest happiness in her home and in the rearing of her children, of whom she was justly proud and who give loving tribute to her memory. 
The death of the mother is the first break in the family circle. Those remaining are the husband and four daughters, and seven
sons as follows,  Edward, Francis and Leo Brady, Mrs. Mary Grant and Miss Viola Brady, all of Rochester, Arthur Brady of East Rochester, Louis Brady of Leroy, Mrs. Rose Woodside of Canandaigua, Mrs. Cathryn Keefe, John and Walton Brady, of Victor. Mrs. Brady is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Anna Christoph of Canandaigua, and Mrs. Cathryn Case of Victor, three brothers, Peter Brady of Attica, Arthur Brady of Padelfords and John Brady of Yorktown, Indiana, and nine grandchildren.  All with the exception of the brother, John, were able to be with Mrs. Brady at some time during her last illness. He was unable to come to Victor because of the critical illness of his daughter and grandson. 
Their last previous gathering about her was on the occasion of a surprise birthday party, given her by her children and
grandchildren, to the number of 30, on May 8th. The event gave her much pleasure. 
The funeral services were held Thursday morning, at 9 o'clock, at the family home, and at 10 o'clock in St. Patrick's R. C.
church, the Rev. J. J. Donnelly officiating. Interment was made in St. Patrick's Cemetery on High Street.

 

FRONT PAGE, col  3
 
VAN DENBERGH - John Wyman VanDenbergh, born in the town of Farmington, September 21, 1837, died at his home in the village of Victor, on Thursday, June 1, 1916, at 9:15 a. m.  To the hearts of the many, many nephews and nieces of "Uncle John", this simple announcement will bring a very real sorrow and deep seated convictions to which he gave expression in no uncertain tones, he concealed beneath a rugged exterior a tender heart, full of sympathy for the misfortunes of his fellows and alive with the desire to aid them with every resource at his command. 
An indefatigable reader and close observer, his mind was stored with much valuable information. He spent much time in the accumulation of data concerning the men and events of Victor's early days and his collection of local historical records is an extremely valuable one. He was the author of :The History of Victor," published in the Victor Herald, a few years since, and from his great fund of knowledge concerning the town was drawn the material for most of the historical articles which have appeared in this and other newspapers.  A man of many trades was "Uncle John", and it was his delight to serve as handy man for his neighbors and friends. In very many cases he worked for them without compensation or the desire for it, if he felt that they were unable to pay. 
The Victor Herald, as an institution, owes him a debt beyond payment. Born, it would seem, with a gift for newspaper work, his
interest in the local paper was unflagging, and he gave unsparingly of his time and thought for its up-building and secure establishment.  
He was associated with the Ontario County Times, for many years as a correspondent in the days when to convey late information to the newspaper office meant a trip to the County Seat, and later as a traveling representative. In the latter capacity he contributed to its columns many valuable sketches of prominent citizens and interesting historical reminiscences.
 John Wyman VanDenbergh was the son of Peter and Jeanette Fonda VanDenbergh, the youngest of a family of seven children. He was born in the town of Farmington, and until 1886, with the exception of five years, lived in Mendon, his home was upon the farm where he was born. 
On September 21, 1859, Mr. VanDenbergh married Elvira Chambers of Mendon. In 1886, Mr. and Mrs. VanDenbergh moved to this village, and, except for three years, their home has been in the house at the junction of West Main, Cedar and High streets, in which he died.  Mr. VanDenbergh was a member of the Presbyterian church in this village and a regular attendant upon its services until physical disability made it impossible. 
He was greatly interested in public affairs and was always found upon the side of progress and improvement. For several years he
served upon the health board of the village.  During the past two years he had grown more and more feeble, being afflicted with a distressing chronic trouble, but he bore up under it with characteristic courage and stoicism, and was confined to his bed for but a few days. 
Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. VanDenbergh, M. Estella, Raymond C. and Blanche E. The latter died in infancy. Surviving members of the family are the devoted wife and mother, the daughter and son, and three grandchildren, John Raymond, Estella Meryl, and Karl Nathan VanDenbergh.  The funeral services will be held from the home, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Frank W. Hill officiating. Interment will be made in the Village Cemetery.

 

THE VICTOR HERALD    Friday     July 7, 1916      Pg.  8       by: Ron Hanley
 
VanDenbergh Reunion
 
The annual reunion of the VanDenbergh family was held at the home of H. J. VanDenbergh, on July 4th, and proved a most delightful occasion.  The pioneer members of this branch of the VanDenbergh family, Mr. and Mrs. Dow Fonda VanDenbergh, first came to Victor, 60 years ago, settling on Church Street. Nine children were born to them, four of whom are still living. 
The father passed away, several years ago. There are many grandchildren and great grandchildren. The oldest member to enjoy the
picnic was Mrs. Rachel VanDenbergh, 80 years old, the youngest, little Doris VanDenbergh, 3 years old. 
Grandma VanDenbergh played drop the handkerchief with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and enjoyed the fun as much as they did. A company of 55 partook of the sumptuous dinner. 

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY    Tues    Aug 15, 1916          by: GSubyak@aol.com  

O' SULLIVAN - At his residence in Pittsford, August 14, 1916, Cornelius O' SULLIVAN, aged 76 years. He is survived by his wife, five sons, William, Cornelius and Thomas of Perinton, Michael and John, of Pittsford; four  daughters, Mrs. J. A. KREAG and Mrs. William REYNOLDS, of Rochester, Mrs. Carl  RANNEY and Teresa O' SULLIVAN, of Pittsford; one brother, Thomas, of Fishers; two sisters, Mrs. Frank TATO, of Chicago and Mrs. James BRADY, of Addison.
Funeral from his late residence, Wednesday morning, August 16th, at 8:30 o'clock; services at St. Patrick's Church, Victor, at 9:30 o'clock. Interment at Victor.

 

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL     Friday    September 29, 1916     Page  5       by: Ron Hanley

 

At Victor, September 27, 1916, Charles Edward Lovejoy and Miss Mary Adelphia Richardson, both of Victor. 
 

 VICTOR HERALD   Friday,  September 29, 1916   Page  1    

 A very pretty morning wedding was celebrated in the country home of Mr. and Mrs. Elias L. Richardson, in Perinton at 9 AM on Wednesday September 27, 1916 when their daughter, Miss Mary Adelphia Richardson was united in marriage to Charles Edward Lovejoy, son of Mrs. Catherine Lovejoy of this Village.  The Rev. W. H. White, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Macedon, performed the ceremony.  The bride and groom received the wedding guests and were unattended. Only immediate relatives of the bride and groom witnessed the ceremony. A sumptuous wedding breakfast was served at 11 o'clock by a Pittsford caterer. Gifts to the bride were many and beautiful including much silver. Out of town guests were the bride's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ketchum of Pittsford, and Miss Marjorie Gunnison of Sheldrake Springs, a niece of the groom.  Mr. and Mrs. Lovejoy left shortly after the wedding breakfast for a few days automobile trip. On their return they will establish their home on the groom's farm, situated four miles north of this village.  Both bride and groom are lifetime residents of this vicinity. 
The bride graduated from Victor High school with the class of 1914, and afterward entered the nurses training class in Thompson Memorial hospital in Canandaigua. The groom is a member of the class of 1913, Victor High school.  A year spent in the study of medicine in Buffalo Medical College convinced him that farming was more his liking, and he has been
successful in that pursuit.

THE VICTOR HERALD,     Friday,     November 17, 1916       Front Page      col 4    by: Ron Hanley
 
Cuykendall - VanDenbergh -  Miss Alta Lucile VanDenbergh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Jenner VanDenbergh of this village, and Archie Cuykendall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cuykendall, also of Victor, were united in marriage in the manse of the Methodist Episcopal church of Holley, by the pastor of the church, the Rev. Loren Stiles, on Thursday morning of this week. The ring service was used.
During his fourteen years' pastorate in Victor, Mr. Stiles was the officiating clergyman at the marriage of four daughters of the
VanDenbergh family, Miss Alta being the fifth to pledge her marriage vows before him.  The bride and groom were unattended. The bride wore a suit of taupe broadcloth with large, black velvet hat and a corsage bouquet of yellow chrysanthemums.
Soon after the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Cuykendall left for a short wedding trip, and will be at home after December 1st, in their
already furnished residence on School street.
 The bride was born in Victor and has grown to young womanhood in her native town. For several she has been chief operator in the local office of the New York State Telephone Co. Mr. Cuykendall is now employed as an engineer by the Locke Insulator Mfg. Co. For seven years he served in the United States Navy. Both have many friends who extend congratulations and best wishes.

 

THE VICTOR HERALD  Friday   November 24, 1916  Pg 8, col  1      by: Ron Hanley
 
 LOCAL  BREVITIES
 
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Keefe, two and one half miles north of Victor, on Saturday, November 18th.
 
John Kesel, a resident of Boughton Hill, was kicked in the leg by a horse, last week, and though the leg is not broken, the injury is very
painful and will inconvenience Mr. Kesel for some time.
 
An old fashioned surprise party was given by twenty one Victor and Rochester friends to Mr. and Mrs. I. B. Estes, Saturday evening. The
event was in honor of Mrs. Estes' birthday. The guests came laden with baskets containing all kinds of tempting edibles, to which the merrie
party did ample justice. Dancing was an enjoyable feature of the occasion. 

 

THE VICTOR HERALD,      Friday,       December 1, 1916,       Pg  7, col 2   by: Ron Hanley
 
MENDON -  Addison Eckler and Mrs. Abner Bushman attended the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Joseph Chambers of Honeoye Falls, Friday.

 

THE VICTOR HERALD,    Friday,   December 8, 1916     Front Page,  col 2

Child Injured by Motorcycle   -   Meryle VanDenbergh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray VanDenbergh of Rochester, was painfully injured, Saturday forenoon, when she was struck by a motorcycle while playing with other children near the home of her

grandmother, Mrs. J. W. VanDenbergh, at the corner of West Main and High streets.
Leo Hunt, on his motorcycle, stopped to speak with someone and had just started his machine when Meryle darted out into the street. Each thought the other would pass on the opposite side, confusion resulted and the accident occurred. Mr. Hunt's machine was not going fast and the child's relatives attach no blame to him.
Dr. Clapper was summoned and found that Meryle's left leg was broken between the hip and knee. There were some bruises on her face but these were only surface injuries. In order to be sure whether internal injuries had been sustained, the child was taken to Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua, where an X-ray picture was taken, and, fortunately, the broken bone was found to be the worst injury received.
After her return to Victor the fracture was reduced by Dr. Clapper and Dr. Mead. Meryle stood the ordeal bravely and is as
comfortable as can be expected.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY     Friday,    January 19, 1917    Pg. 4         by: Dianne Thomas

Obituaries: 

+ KINSMAN - Claude KINSMAN, a former resident of Farmington, but who for several years has resided in Rochester, died in the General Hospital of that city on Friday of last week (Jan 12th), after a 6 day illness of bronchial pneumonia following grippe.  Mr. KINSMAN was employed in the chemical department of the Eastman Kodak Co.  Mr. KINSMAN is survived by his wife, Maria Mayo KINSMAN, two sons, Clifford, now with the United States troops on the Mexican border, and Edmund of Rochester; two daughters, Ethel and Bertha KINSMAN also of Rochester; his parents, Mr. & Mrs. John KINSMAN of Rochester and one brother, Arthur G. KINSMAN of Farmington.  The remains were brought to Victor and funeral services were held from St. Paul's Universalist church at 2 o'clock on Monday afternoon, the pastor, Rev. George SCUDDER, officiating.  Interment was made in Boughton Hill Cemetery.  

Cards of Thanks - We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors who have been so kind to us in our recent bereavement and also the choir and Rev. George W. SCUDDER.   Mrs. Claude KINSMAN and Family.  

+ CONNOLLY - Mrs. James CONNOLLY, an aunt of Edward KEEFE of this village, passed away at the family home north of Macedon, Sunday afternoon.  Mrs. CONNOLLY had been ill but a few days and her death was unexpected.  Margaret O'KEEFE was born in Farmington, November 13, 1866 and married James CONNOLLY on January 20, 1891.  Besides her husband, she leaves four sons, James, William, John and Leo; three brothers, Dennis O'KEEFE of Farmington, James and John O'KEEFE of Macedon, besides several nieces and nephews.  The funeral was held Wednesday morning from St. Patrick's church, Macedon at 10 o'clock, Rev. M. A. F. HOLMES conducting the services.  

+ WEBSTER - Not in many a day had sadder news come to Victor than that of the death of Milo Freeman WEBSTER, which occurred very suddenly during his absence from his home in this village on Saturday, January 13th.  Mr. WEBSTER left Victor, Thursday morning, for a business trip to towns along the "Falls Road", and reached the home of Mrs. WEBSTER'S father, the Rev. Henry C. WOODS, in Albion, during the day.  He remained there for the night and was apparently in perfect health at the hour of retiring.  Early Friday morning he was found to be alarmingly ill and a physician and nurse were summoned.  despite their ministrations, he continued to grow worse and passed away at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning.  The cause of death was internal hemorrhage caused by internal ulcers.  As soon as it became evident that Mr. WEBSTER was in critical condition, Mrs. WEBSTER and son, Otis, were summoned to his bedside, and they reached him about an hour before the end came and while he was yet able to recognize them.  The death of husband and father is a blow made inexpressibly hard by the fact that the family had had no intimation that he was in other than perfect health.  It is not likely that Mr. WEBSTER himself was cognizant of his condition.  

Milo Freeman WEBSTER was the son of the late Otis and Cynthia WEBSTER, and was born in Amherst, Ohio in 1866.  Many years ago the family came to Victor and purchased a farm on Brace street, south of the village, the locality being now known as Webster's Corners.  Milo attended the Victor schools and in 1888, graduated from Cornell University.  He had ever since been connected with the agricultural department of the university.  In September, 1891, Mr. WEBSTER was united in marriage with Miss Harriet A. WOODS, eldest daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Henry C. WOODS.  The Rev. Mr. WOODS was then pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church in this village.  Mr. & Mrs. WEBSTER continued to reside on the homestead farm for several years.  While still engaged in farming, he became interested in the fire insurance business along co-operative lines and established a very successful agency, which came to demand so much of his time that he thought it best to move to this village.  The family first resided coming here in the house on West Main street, now owned by Mrs. Florence WILLIAMS.  Several years ago, Mr. WEBSTER purchased the Truman DRYER farm upon the hills north of Main street and here he established the family home.  The property came to be known as Webster Heights and Mr. WEBSTER projected an extensive real estate development upon the farm, laying out streets and building several houses.  This venture proved a partial disappointment to him because of the difficulty in securing a satisfactory entrance to the property.   Meanwhile, he carried on his insurance business very successfully and became one of the most influential men in co-operative insurance work.  Accepting a call to an important position in the offices of the Tompkins County Co-operative Fire Insurance Co., at Ithaca, he disposed of an interest in his local agency to Charles A. MOORE. The work in Ithaca possessed great interest for him and his services were valued highly by his official associates there, but Mr. WEBSTER severed the connection, after a little, feeling that he was needed at home.  He continued his activities in the insurance business and was a director of several companies.  The journey halted by the summons of death was taken in the interests of that business.  Mr. WEBSTER was a man of positive opinions and aggressive action.  He was a public spirited citizen intensely interested in the welfare of the community and of every institution which made for its up-building.  His knowledge of men and affairs was remarkable.  Many friends in his home town and throughout the state will deeply miss him.  In her hour of bereavement, Mrs. WEBSTER is sustained and comforted by her family of twelve children, all of whom are at home, except the eldest daughter, Mary, now Mrs. Allan HOPKINS, who resides in Cleveland, Ohio.  The others are Ruth, Otis, Laura, Louise, Julia, Henry, Josephine, John, Jean, James and Robert.  Mr. WEBSTER'S mother died a little more than a year ago, at the age of 83 years.  His father died upon the homestead farm, many years ago.  

The funeral services of Milo F. WEBSTER were held form the Presbyterian church in this village, of which Mr. WEBSTER was a member, on Tuesday afternoon.  They were very largely attended.  Rev. Frank W. HILL, pastor of the church, was assisted by Rev. James W. ALLATT, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, in conducting the services. The floral offerings were very beautiful.  Interment was made in Boughton Hill Cemetery. 

 

ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES      Wednesday      January 24, 1917        Pg 5, col 2            by: Ron Hanley
 
Mrs. Rachel VanDenbergh has returned home after spending five months with her daughter, Mrs. William Viele, and other relatives and friends in Hudson Falls.  Mrs. VanDenbergh has been suffering with rheumatism for several weeks, and is not yet able to go about her household duties as usual.

THE VICTOR HERALD,    Friday,    February 23, 1917    Pg 8, col 3       by: Ron Hanley
 
MC MAHON -  Many friends were saddened when word was received, on Saturday last, of the death of Miss Elizabeth R. McMahon, who died at Ray Brook, N. Y., on Friday, February 16th, after a lingering illness.  Miss McMahon was born in Victor, May 27, 1883. After concluding studies in Victor High School, she entered in May, 1906, the nurses' training class of the Homeopathic Hospital, Rochester, from which she graduated in 1910.
 For a time, Miss McMahon was employed in a professional capacity in Rochester and vicinity, but was finally compelled by failing
health to go to a sanitarium at Ray Brook. Here she improved rapidly and after but a short time was given a position on the nurses' staff of the institution, which she held until she was again compelled to become a patient.  When word was received that she was failing rapidly, two sisters, Mrs. James Keating and Miss Emma McMahon, and Mrs. Peter McMahon went at once to Ray Brook, and they were with her when the summons of death came.
 Miss McMahon was an unusually bright and lovable girl, and one whose sympathy and tenderness well fitted her for the splendid
profession which she chose. The cutting off of so promising a life brings deep regret to all who knew her and inexpressible sorrow to the family.  Surviving members of the family are her mother, Mrs. Mary McMahon, three sisters, Mrs. James B. Keating and the Misses Emma and Kathryn McMahon, and two brothers, Peter of Victor, and John of Manchester. 
The remains were brought to Victor, Saturday, and funeral services were held in St. Patrick's church, Monday morning, the Rev. J.
J. Donnelly officiating. Interment was made in St. Patrick's Cemetery on High Street.

 

THE VICTOR HERALD      Friday            March 9, 1917     Pg 8, col  2           by: Ron Hanley

 
 OBITUARY - Webster
 
The death of Mrs. Minerva Lewis Webster occurred, at the age of 77 years, in the home of Kingsley Brownell, in Fishers, at 2 o'clock on Wednesday morning.   Mrs. Webster was the widow of the late Milo Webster, who passed away many years ago. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Octavia Brace and was born, June 19, 1839, on Brace Street, east of this village, in the home owned and occupied for many years by the late Otis Webster and afterward by his son, Milo.  The late Mr. and Mrs. Milo Webster owned and occupied for years the farm home west of Victor, now owned by John McCloskey.  Mrs. Webster had been in failing health for a long time and had recently been a patient in the Thompson Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua. She was taken to the home of Kingsley Brownell, a few days previous to her death.  Mrs. Webster was a quiet, unassuming woman. Her long years of widowhood were passed with her children and relatives, and her entire life was spent in Victor and vicinity.  Mrs. Webster is survived by two sons, Charles Webster of Pittsford, and Arthur Webster of Canandaigua.  One daughter, Minna, died in childhood.  One brother also survives, Romeyn Brace of Victor, a nephew, Romeyn T. Brace, and a niece, Mrs. Birdella Longyear, both of Victor, and six grandchildren.  The funeral services were held in the home of Mr. Brownell this afternoon, and were in charge of Rev. G. DeWitt Dowling, pastor of the Episcopal church of Pittsford. Interment was made in Boughton Hill Cemetery.

 

THE VICTOR HERALD     March 9, 1917     Pg 8, col  1         by: Ron Hanley
 
BREVITIES 
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Prosser have moved from Mrs. Harriet Webster's rooms on Webster Heights into the Frank Manley house on Church Street. 
 H. J. VanDenbergh has been confined to the house, for several days, suffering from the grippe.

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY   Friday,   March  9, 1917   Pg 8       by: Dianne Thomas

+ A daughter was born in Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua, Sunday, March 4, to Mr. & Mrs. Irving BOUGHTON, who reside northwest of this village.

 

+ The marriage of Harold L. BURKE and Miss Mabel CARNEY took place in the home of the bride in Clifton Springs on Saturday afternoon, March 3rd.  Mr. BURKE is expected to report for duty as carrier on his rural mail rout from this office, a position which he has held for the past two or three years, on Monday next.  Mr. & Mrs. BURKE will reside in Victor. 

 

+ Mrs. Julia Webster ECKLER died upon her home farm, just east of Mendon village, on the state road, on Tuesday, March 6th, after a lingering illness, at the advanced age of 91 years.  She was a lifetime resident of Mendon, having resided on the farm where she passed away, over 50 years.  She was the widow of the late Mason ECKLER, who died many years ago.  Mrs. ECKLER is survived by one sister, Mrs. Etta JOHNSON of Ithaca, and two grandchildren, Velma IRWIN of Rochester and Addison ECKLER, who lived with his grandmother.  The funeral was held at the home on Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock and interment made in Mendon cemetery. 

 

+ Mrs. Mary Jane WEBSTER died at her home in Mendon village after a lingering illness on Wednesday morning, March 7th, at the age of 73 years.  Mrs. WEBSTER was born in Ireland, March 21, 1844 and came to America, when twelve years of age, with her sister, joining her parents here.  She had since resided in the vicinity of Mendon, moving to the village a few years ago.  Mrs. WEBSTER was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church of Mendon for many years.  She is survived by her husband, George M., of Mendon, and one son, William WEBSTER of Farmington.  The funeral services were held at the family home this afternoon, Rev. E. J. SHANK of Mendon officiating.  Interment was made in the Mendon cemetery.  

 

 

+ Lewis CANNAN of East Main street  is among the grippe sufferers this week.

+ Michael LUCY is ill at his home this week, with a serious attack of pleurisy.  

+ Mr. & Mrs. George PLUMER have moved from Frank MANLEY house on Church street, to a farm near Macedon.  

+ Mrs. R. O. SMITH, mother of Mrs. George GARDINER, Roy O. SMITH and Jay SMITH of Victor, is seriously ill at her home in Wolcott.

+ William HILL Sr., who has for several days been ill at his home in this village, had a relapse this week, from which he is slowly improving.

+ Mrs. Frank A. EWER entertained eight ladies of this village, Saturday evening.   Five hundred was the amusement.  Light refreshments were served.

+ Mrs. Fred J. MANLEY, who has been suffering for several days with a grippe cold, threatening pneumonia, is much improved and was able to get downstairs on Tuesday.

+ Mrs. Clarence BRUSO, suffered a stroke of paralysis, this week, affecting her right side.  She is improving slowly and it is reported is regaining the use of her arm.  Her daughter, Mrs. Charles POWELL, is with her.  

+ Mrs. Hicks ARTLIP, who was a patient for many weeks in Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua, while suffering from a broken leg, was recently removed to her home at East Victor.  she is much improved in health, although as usual confined to an invalid's chair.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL      May 18, 1917                  by: Ron Hanley

VICTOR  -   Miss Ruth C. Mulheron, 22 years of age. died after a weeks illness at the home of her aunt, Mrs. David Keefe, who lives Southwest of this village. Death was due to a complication of diseases.  Miss Mulheron was born in Victor the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Mulheron, and the late Anna Crowley Mulheron, who died nine years ago. Besides her father she leaves two brothers, Leslie and William Mulheron residing at the family home north of East Bloomfield.    Funeral services were held on Wednesday from St. Patrick's church. Interment at St. Patrick's cemetery on High Street.

Ontario County Journal, Canandaigua     Friday      May 18, 1917         by: Dianne Thomas

+ Michael BURKE, aged 87 years, died on Friday at his farm home near Ionia, in the town of Victor, five miles southwest of this village, of bronchial pneumonia.  Mr. BURKE had been in failing health for some time.  He leaves a wife, Mrs. Margaret BURKE, and four daughters, Mrs. Joseph PLAIN, of Mendon, Mrs. Joseph MC GIBBONS of Rochester, Mary & Catherine BURKE and one son, Daniel BURKE, all residing at the family home.  Also one sister, Mrs. J. TOBIN Sr., of Victor.  Funeral services were held from the St. Patrick's church, Rev. J. J. DONNELLY officiating.  

 

+ Charles N. KETCHUM died on May 6, at his home, known as Overlook, on Boughton Hill, about 2 miles south of this village.  He was 56 years of age and death followed a long period of illness.  Charles KETCHUM was the son of the late Nelson and Nancy KETCHUM and was born April 13, 1861, at the old Ketchum homestead on Bougton Hill, where nearly all his life was spent.  He was twice  (cut off)

 

+ Miss Marion PHILLIPS, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. PHILLIPS, who has been under special treatment for several days at her home, was removed to the Homeopathic Hospital, Rochester on Friday, and operated upon for abscess.

+ Mrs. Ephraim MOORE of Benton Harbor, Mich., formerly Miss Alice PARKS, is visiting her sister, Mrs. E. R. REED.

+ Doris SANFORD of Rochester, was a weekend guest of Mrs. Fred LOCKE and family.

THE  VICTOR  HERALD  Fri   July 26, 1917     Pg 5, col  3        by: Ron Hanley

Meryl VanDenbergh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. VanDenbergh, though of tender years, is showing her patriotism in a substantial manner. She has interested the children of the west end of the village in the Red Cross work, and has formed a second juvenile Red Cross circle of 12 members, who meet twice a week on the porch of her home and clip for Red Cross pillows.
The young people are also thinking of knitting for the soldiers. Miss Meryl is developing executive ability and the children are all happy in doing their bit. 

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT and CHRONICLE  Wednesday  August 29, 1917       by: Ron Hanley
 70 Years and 10 Months
Victor  August 28 ---  At the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Guinan, Mertensia, there was held the first of a series of Guinan
reunions, at which time the family were represented by seventy relatives. The oldest member present was the mother of Mrs. James
Guinan, Mrs. Eliza Hinch, who is 95 years old, and the youngest was little Regina Guinan, 10 months old.

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

MRS. LUCY M. DIXON

Victor -   Nov. 22 - The death of Mrs. Lucy M. DIXON occurred at the home of her grand nephew, Albert SHEARER, at 1 o'clock this morning at the advanced age of 81 years, after being an invalid for several years. She leaves a step-son, of West Bloomfield; two nieces, Mrs. Emma SHEARER, of East Victor, and Miss Belle STEVENS, of Rochester; a nephew, Nelson ECKLER, also of Rochester, and Albert SHEARER, her grandnephew, besides distant relatives in the West. The funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. F. W. HILL, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Victor, at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert SHEARER at East Victor. Interment will take place in the family lot at the East Mendon cemetery.  

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