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The Fairport Herald Wednesday Jan 9, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
Frank Carpenter of Victor died Thursday evening at 8:30 with pneumonia. He was taken ill Saturday and having a weak heart the disease was serious. He was 65 years of age and his entire life had been spent in Victor and Farmington. He leave's a wife and one granddaughter.
Mrs. Bertha Carpenter- Connely, only daughter of Mrs. Frank Carpenter, died Saturday morning at 7 o'clock of pleuro pneumonia, having been taken sick Friday night. Mrs. Connely was born in Victor 41 years ago. She is survived by a daughter and her mother. The funeral, of father and daughter will be held from their home in Victor at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.
Mr. Carpenter will be buried in Boughton Hill cemetery and Mrs. Connelly, in Mendon cemetery beside her husband.
The Victor Herald, Victor, NY Thursday Jan 31, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ SEARS - (first part is cut off) ....Mr. Robert SEARS held a responsible position with the John Wanamaker company. He passed away, also a victim of pneumonia, nearly three years ago. Since his death, Mrs. SEARS has lived in Victor, New York City and later in Toronto. Mrs. SEARS is survived by her foster mother, Mrs. Anna COVILL of New York, an 8 years old son, Robert SEARS Jr., one brother, Lawrence CLARK, three adopted brothers, Alden COVILL of Rochester, and James and Warren COVILL of New York and Victor and an adopted sister, Mrs. Anna JONES of Rochester. The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon, January 26th, in the Mount Hope chapel in Rochester, the immediate family and friends being present. The services were conducted by Rev. Frank W. HILL of Victor. The remains will be left, for the present, at Mount Hope and at a later date will be removed to the Covill family lot in Boughton Hill cemetery.
+ ECKLER - Mrs. Franc ECKLER passed away at her home at Mendon, on Monday, at the age of 66 years. She had been in failing health for a long time. She was a beautiful character, modest and retiring, making and holding friends worth while and loved by all who knew her beautiful inner life. Franc WOOD was of English parentage. She was the second daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William WOOD, nearly life long resident of Mendon. She was born in 1852. She taught school in her younger days and in her young womanhood she was united in marriage to William ECKLER, who died several years ago. Nearly her entire married life was spent in Mendon. For several years past she had lived with her son, Addison ECKLER, an only child on the old Mason ECKLER farm, just east of Mendon. Mrs. ECKLER is survived by one son, Addison ECKLER and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth PORTER of Rochester and Mrs. William ARMSTRONG of Mendon. The funeral services will take place from the old Eckler homestead on Thursday afternoon with burial in the family lot in Mendon cemetery.
+ LATHAN - Caroline Leona LATHAN died at the home of her grandparents, north of this village, at 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning at the age of three years. Little Leona had been ill for several days with measles, which terminated in pneumonia. Leona was the youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ira J. LATHAN. She was born in Victor on January 11, 1915. She is survived by her parents, her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. George WILBER; one step-sister, Grace LATHAN of Victor; three step brothers, Steward of New York City, Howard of Rochester and Roy LATHAN of Victor. The funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock on Friday morning at the home of Mr. & Mrs. George WILBER, (cut off)
THE VICTOR HERALD
January 31, 1918
Pg 4, col 2 by: Ron Hanley
OBITUARY - POWER
Death has again, with relentless call, visited our village, and removed Mrs. Alida M. Power, who had journeyed long and patiently through various afflictions, waiting and listening for the summons which came at 10 o'clock on Monday morning, January 28th.
Mrs. Power passed from darkness into light after many tedious shut in days, which were bravely and patiently borne. She was 79 years of age, and suffered from a complication of diseases, together with the infirmities of age. The immediate cause of death was bronchial pneumonia. Alida M. Shaw, was born in the town of Victor, August 27th 1838, one of the four daughters born to Gideon and Sara VanDenbergh Shaw. These sisters grew to young womanhood together, and were known by the residents of Victor as the comely Shaw girls. All were music lovers, possessing good voices, and in the early 60's they were a pleasing addition to the Presbyterian church choir, where they sang for many years. On January 22nd 1862, Alida M. Shaw became the wife of M. H. Sibley Power, of Farmington, and for many years they resided on a farm in Farmington where two daughters were born to them.
In 1904 Mr. and Mrs. Power retired from active farm life, and came to Victor, where they have since resided with Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Rowley. Ten years ago, Mrs. Power became the victim of a sad affliction, that of total blindness. Shut out from the sunlight and wholly dependant upon others to satisfy her wants, she has been a wonderful example of patience. Her daughter Mrs. C. A. Rowley, who has tenderly cared for her, can recall but one murmur against her lot during the years of darkness, and that was when she once said, oh my, why must I be blind. Her sense of hearing was very acute, and music was her greatest delight.
Besides her husband, M. H. Sibley Power, Mrs. Power is survived by her two daughters, Mrs. Stella Rowley of Victor, and Mrs. A. B. Parmele of Canandaigua, by two granddaughters, Gladys J. Rowley, Victor, Margaret E. Parmele of Canandaigua, and by a sister, Mrs. L. W. Seavey of Mamaroneck, NY. Funeral services were held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Rowley Thursday afternoon, Rev. Frank W. Hill pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment in family plot Victor Village Cemetery.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES January 30, 1918
Mrs. Alida M. Power passed away after a lingering illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Rowley, in Victor, at 1 o'clock Monday morning, at the age of 79 years. Mrs. Power was born in the town of Victor in 1838, and was married in 1862 to M. H. Sibley Power, of Farmington. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Charles A. Rowley, of Victor, and Mrs. A. B. Parmele, of Canandaigua, also two granddaughters, Gladys J. Rowley, of Victor, and Margaret E. Parmele, of Canandaigua, and one sister, Mrs. L. W. Seavey, of New York. Funeral services will be held from the home of her daughter in Victor, at 3 o'clock, Thursday afternoon, the Rev. F. W. Hill, officiating. Interment will be made in the Methodist Cemetery at Victor.
Ontario County Journal Friday
February 1, 1918 col
5 by: Ron Hanley
Mrs. Alida POWER - Died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles A. Rowley, Victor, following a long illness. She was one of four daughters of Gideon and Sara VanDenbergh Shaw and was born August 27, 1838. On January 22, 1862 she was united in marriage to M. H. Sibley Power, of Farmington. Fourteen years ago they retired from farm life and had since resided in Victor. Ten years ago she became totally blind. Interment was made in village cemetery.
Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY Friday, Feb 1, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ SEARS - The death of Mrs. Nina Covill SEARS, formerly of Victor, aged 80 years, occurred at Toronto, Canada, on January 23. Mrs. SEARS had been seriously ill, but was recovering when she was taken with pneumonia. She was an adopted daughter of the late Darius COVILL of Victor, and passed her girlhood in that place. About 10 years ago she was united in marriage to Robert SEARS, of Geneseo, whose death occurred three years ago in New York City. Since her husband's death, Mrs. SEARS had spent some time in Victor. The past years she had been in Toronto. Mrs. Nina SEARS is survived by her mother, Mrs. Anna COVILL; an 8 year old son, Robert SEARS Jr.; one brother, Laurence CLARK, three adopted brothers, Alden, James and Warren COVILL and an adopted sister, Miss Anna JONES. The funeral services were held in Mt. Hope Chapel, Rochester, on Saturday afternoon, Rev. Frank W. HILL, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Victor, officiating. The body was placed in the vault at Mt. Hope cemetery and later interment will be made it the family lot in Boughton Hill cemetery.
+ RUSSELL - Mrs. Emily Wright RUSSELL, a life long resident of Victor, died Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Myron MERSON, with whom she lived. Mrs. RUSSELL was the daughter of Elisha WRIGHT, a prominent physician of earlier days, and was born at Palmyra, Sept 13, 1835. she married Dr. Allen S. RUSSELL. They lived for a short time in Battle Creek, Mich., and as Dr. RUSSELL was stationed at Fort Baker in Washington, during the Civil War, they moved there. She was there at the time of the assassination of Lincoln and heard his last speech. She leaves three children, Asa RUSSELL of Rochester; Mrs. Arthur LOOMIS of Rochester and Mrs. Myron MERSON of Victor; also a number of grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. KNAPP of Missouri and a half sister, Mrs. Welby HILL, of Clifton Springs. The funeral was held from the home on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. C. J. OXLEY, of the Baptist church, officiated.
The Victor Herald, Victor, NY Thursday Jan 31, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ SIMONDS - George SIMONDS, son of the late Albert Burton and Caroline Mansfield SIMONDS, who was born in the village of Victor on November 1, 1853, died at his home in the village on the afternoon of Sunday, March 10th at 5 o'clock, after a brief illness. Thus is briefly chronicled the beginning and the ending of the earthly life of one who long had prominent place in the business, social and political life of his town and whose every influence in all these phases of his relationship to his fellowmen was beneficent. For many years an outstanding figure in our little commercial world, Mr. SIMONDS was known for his high ideals and his absolute rectitude. He was associated with his brother, C. Lewis SIMONDS, under the firm name of A. Simonds' Sons, in the conduct of what came to be known as "The Old Stone Store," a legacy from their father, who was a highly esteemed merchant of the earlier days. to this business he brought a keen judge met of values in merchandise, stimulated by a determination that the name Simonds should ever stand for high quality and honest dealings. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than to be assured that the high standard set by the father he revered, had been maintained by the sons. In politics, Mr. SIMONDS was Republican and he was for may ears active in the councils of his party. For eight years he was postmaster of Victor, being appointed by President Mc Kinley. for 25 years he held the office of clerk of the First Presbyterian church of Victor and was re-elected to that office at the annual meeting of the church held in December. Mr. SIMONDS was a lover of the best in literature, music and the dramatic art. A frequent visitor to New York upon business matters, he reveled in the opportunities there afforded him to hear and see the world's greatest singers and actors. An untiring and never satisfied student, he read only books that were truly worth while. Denied all his life the boon of good health, he had his compensation in a splendid appreciation of the good and profitable things of life. His conversation, coming from a well stored mind, was a delight to the understanding and in his heart was a deep well of kindness which prompted him to a cheering word of commendation and affection for many a fellow man. It is necessary to say that the death of such a man leaves vacant in the community, a place exceedingly hard to fill. It was while on one of his highly prized trips to the metropolis that Mr. SIMONDS was stricken with what proved his last illness. Leaving home on Monday, March 4th, he became ill soon after reaching the city and was compelled to leave his business unfinished and to return to Victor, Thursday. Death resulted from an acute attack of pleurisy.
It was February 1876, that George SIMONDS united in marriage to Miss Jessie CLARK, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David CLARK of Victor. The wife and two daughters, the Misses Marguerite and Helen, survive to cherish the memory of a loving husband and father. A son, David CLARK, died while yet a young boy. A sister and two brothers survive, Mrs. Mary TURNER of Lonnconing, Md., Henry SIMONDS of Buffalo and C. Lewis SIMONDS of Victor. The funeral services were held from the family residence on East Main street at 2 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, and were largely attended. Rev. Frank W. HILL of the Presbyterian church was assisted in the conduct of the services by a very close friend of Mr. SIMONDS, the Rev. Charles Noble FROST of Avon. The business places of the village were closed during the funeral hour. Interment was made at Boughton Hill cemetery.
+ AGED WOMAN COMMITS SUICIDE - Oppressed with melancholia because of the infirmities of old age from which she suffered, Mrs. Mary D. CHANDLER, of East Victor, aged 83 years, committed suicide by shooting, last Sunday afternoon. Her body was found in a sitting position on a cot in her home, arranged in such a manner that she could not fall, except sideways. A stick had been tied to a revolver and was used to operate the trigger while the weapon was so far from the woman that the burning powder could not set fire to her clothing. When a young woman, Mrs. CHANDLER was an expert in handling firearms and she had evidently made careful arrangements to insure instant death, the .32 caliber bullet having entered the body over the heart. Mrs. CHANDLER owned her home at East Victor and occupied several rooms, the other part being used by her niece, Mrs. Emma SHEARER, who acted as caretaker and prepared Mrs. CHANDLER's meals. Mrs. SHEARER had been absent from home for a few hours, and receiving no reply when she called to her aunt upon her return, she concluded that Mrs. CHANDLER was sleeping. Later, when efforts to arouse Mrs. CHANDLER were unavailing and the door leading to her apartment was found to be locked, Mrs. SHEARER's son, H. B. SHEARER, looked through a window and discovered the suicide. Failing eyesight, which she feared would result in total blindness, was one of the chief causes of Mrs. CHANDLER'S despondency ad of late she had talked much of the uselessness of old, broken down women. some years ago she had taken an overdose of morphine, supposedly with suicidal intent.
Mary Elizabeth ROWELL was born in the town of Mendon on March 25th, 1833. she was the daughter of Asahel and Phoebe Lunt ROWELL. The family remained in Mendon until this daughter was 20 years of age. Even at this early age, she had taught the rural schools at Mendon. Her mind was keen and she was quick to absorb and retain knowledge. In 1853 the family moved to Battle Creek, Mich., where again she became a teacher. While in the west, she became acquainted with Lyman CHANDLER, to whom she was afterwards married. Mr. & Mrs. CHANDLER went to Chicago, where for a time, he engaged in the grocery business. The afterwards lived in Yellow Lead, Ill., and New London, Minn., where Mr. CHANDLER passed away. Eight years ago, Mrs. CHANDLER located in East Victor. Funeral services were held at the home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev .F. W. HILL, officiating. Burial was made in the Boughton Hill cemetery.
+ Mr. and Mrs. Frank BUMPUS with Mrs. H. C. WOODS, Mrs. Harriet WEBSTER and Miss Louise WOODS as their guests, motored to South Byron last Sunday, for a visit with Mrs. Julia COOK and family. Mrs. WOODS and Miss WOODS remained for a week's visit with Mrs. COOK, who is a daughter of Mrs. WOOD'S the other members of the party returning home, Sunday evening.
+ John P. BRADY is visiting his brother at Hoboken, NJ, and had planned to visit his son, Walton at Camp Dix, but was denied that pleasure because the camp was breaking up preparatory to moving the men and was under guard when Mr. BRADY arrived there. Walton BRADY has performed his military duties so creditably that he has been promoted to the rank of sergeant.
+ Fred J. LOCKE, who recently went to Camp Dix, has been found unfit for military duty, much to his disappointment, and he is endeavoring to be assigned to some patriotic service in this country, as he wishes to help win the war. He is an able electrician and hopes that his ability in that direction may be used for the benefit of his country.
+ Misses Laura and Louise WEBSTER, who have been employed in the telephone office in Cleveland, Ohio, have obtained more desirable positions. Miss Laura is now working in an insurance office and Miss Louise is cashier in a Cleveland shoe store.
The Victor Herald, Victor, NY Thursday July 4, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ Two Injured in Auto Accident - A car driven by Glenn BROWN of Leicester, went into a ditch on Boughton Hill, shortly before noon last Saturday, and overturned, pinning beneath it the driver, his mother, Mrs. Stephen BROWN, and Mr. and Mrs. SPAULDING of Detroit. Mrs. BROWN sustained a badly fractured arm and bruises about the head and shoulders. Mrs. SPAULDING suffered greatly from shock and cuts and bruises. The men escaped with bruises only. Failure of the steering gear to work properly is supposed to have caused the accident.
The care was the second in a line of three cars bringing members of the SMITH family to their reunion in this village, the first car being driven by Bert BROWN of Detroit and the third by Joseph BROWN of Perry. The occupants of the other cars and men who were working in a nearby field soon released the victims of the accident, and Mrs. BROWN and Mrs. SPAULDING, were taken to the home of Charles GREEN. Dr. ROWLEY was summoned and after caring for Mrs. SPAULDING, he brought Mrs. BROWN to his office, where he reuded the fracture and then took her to the home of her brother, Roy O. SMITH. Mrs. SPAULDING remained at the GREEN home until late in the afternoon, when she was brought to the home on Mr. SMITH. On Monday she returned to Leicester, making the trip with Mr. SMITH in his auto. Mrs. Joseph BROWN, a sister of Mrs. Stephen BROWN, was in the third car and suffered from nervous shock as a result of having witnessed the accident to her relatives and friends.
+ Smith Family Reunion - The annual reunion of the SMITH family was held at the home of Roy O. SMITH, in this village, on Saturday, June 29th. About 60 guests were in attendance, coming from Detroit, Warsaw, Perry, Attica, D__ and Leicester. (cut off)
Victor Herald, Victor, NY Thursday July 19, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ Mr. & Mrs. James CROWLEY of East Main street, have the sympathy of their friends in the loss of their infant daughter, who was born on Wednesday, July 10th and passed away Thursday morning.
+ Mrs. Frank MANLEY, who has been in poor health for some time, is improving.
+ M. Ernest KEATING has been transferred from the Great Lakes training camp to Zion City, the headquarters of the Dowieites. He as qualified as a marksman.
+ The name of Leo CONIFF, a son of Mrs. Mary RYAN of Farmington, appeared on July 14th in the list of those severely wounded in battle in France. Report says that he is suffering from a badly shattered elbow.
+ Mrs. Jennie S. CARPENTER, who recently underwent an operation in the Homeopathic Hospital, Rochester, returned to her home at Overlook, on Boughton Hill, last Saturday, and is making good progress toward recovery.
+ Harold E. STEER of Geneva, who spent some time in this village during the YMCA drive, underwent a serious operation at the Clifton Springs Sanitarium, Wednesday. He was to have departed with the last draft contingent but was unable to go.
+ James H. BARRY spent Tuesday with his son, Rev. Howard F. BARRY, in Ithaca.
+ Miss Stella LINCOLN and her brother, Warren CLOVER, left on Tuesday for a several days visit in Syracuse.
+ Michael O'NEIL, who has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. Charles CONWAY in Boston, Mass., has returned home.
+ Mr. & Mrs. Hiram BAILEY and son, Duane, of East Bloomfield, called on friends in Victor, Thursday afternoon.
+ Mr. & Mrs. Fred J. MANLEY spent Sunday with their son, Homer MANLEY and wife, in Rochester. The latter had been ill for many weeks.
+ Miss Bertha CONCANON has been spending some time at the Alden Sanitarium, recuperating after the year's work as a teacher in Canandaigua High School.
+ Mr. & Mrs. Carl D. SMITH were guests of Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. GOODRICH at Fairport, Sunday, and also called on Mr. & Mrs. A. w. H. WHITCOMB, at Webster.
+ Mr. & Mrs. William SMITH and daughter, Margaret, of Rochester, were recent guests of Mr. & Mrs. Harry O'NEILL and also called on Mr. & Mrs. Joseph MC NAMARA of Manchester.
+ Mrs. Herman GREENE and Mrs. Stephen VAN VOORHIS and daughters, Mrs. Margaret V. SMITH and Miss Mabel VAN VOORHIS, attended some of the Chautauqua meetings in Canandaigua, last week.
+ Mrs. Edward KEEFE recently visited her sister, Mrs. Mary GRANT, of Rochester.
+ Word has been received that George HIGINBOTHAM has arrived safely, over seas.
+ Emmet GRANGER, who recently enlisted in the Naval Reserves, left for the Great Lakes training camp on Wednesday.
+ Mr. & Mrs. Roy BROOMFIELD of Rochester, spent Sunday with Mrs. BROOMFIELD'S parents, Mr. & Mrs. Mark C. HANEY.
+ Rev. George W. SCUDDER, Mrs. Rosie CHILDS, Mrs. Henry CARR and H. C. WOODS, attended the funeral of Mrs. Caroline Hicks BAILEY, at Bristol, Friday afternoon.
+ Mrs. James ANDERSON and daughter, Doris, of Pittsford, returned home Tuesday after a few days visit with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. George WILBER, north of Victor.
+ Mrs. E. J. WOOD and daughter, Miss Emma, spent Saturday and Sunday with Mrs. WOOD'S sister, Mrs. Courtland KENT, in Rochester. Her daughter, Pauline KENT, returned with them for a few days visit.
THE VICTOR HERALD Friday
June 20, 1918 Pg 3, col 1
by: Ron Hanley
WEDDING BELLS Farrell - Cuykendall
The marriage of Joseph Farrell and Miss Grace Cuykendall, daughter of Mrs. Henry Cuykendall, took place at the rectory of St. Patrick's church on Saturday afternoon, June 15th, the Rev. J. W. E. Kelly officiating. The bride wore a becoming traveling suit of blue with a white hat. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wilkinson, the latter being a sister of the groom. After the ceremony a wedding dinner was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson. Mr. and Mrs. Farrell took an automobile wedding trip, going to Ovid, where they were guests of the groom's brother, Charles Farrell, and his wife. Mr. Farrell has for several years past been employed as ticket agent at the Rochester and Eastern station in this village, and Mrs. Farrell has for two years past held the position of chief operator in the local Bell telephone office. Both have many friends who extend to them all good wishes.
Victor Herald, Victor, NY Friday Sept 26, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ John D. GILLIS has purchase the property on the corner of East Main and Church streets, owned by Mrs. Martha C. BRANCH. The transfer was made through the agency of C.A. Moore & Co.
+ Louis KRATZENBURG, who enlisted in the United States military service, several months ago, has received an honorable discharge from service, owing to physical disability. He returned to East Victor a few days ago.
+ Norman BRACE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Romeyne BRACE Jr., who is in government service at Camp Alfred, Vail, NJ, training for the signal corps, has been very will with typhoid fever at a government hospital. He is reported to be holding his own.
+ Mrs. Fred M. LOCKE had the misfortune to sprain one of her ankles, the first of the week. She was coming down the hill in the rear of her home when she stepped into a hole which was hidden by the grass. She is getting about the house on crutches.
+ Mr. and Mrs. James GILLIS have received a letter from the front line trenches in France from their son, Lester, who said he began the letter 30 days ago, but owing to strenuous conditions he was unable to finish it at the time. He said he had been in a German gas attack but the boys managed to get their masks adjusted in time, so no harm was done.
+ It is thought that Lester ALDRIDGE, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. ALDRIDGE, has sailed for overseas. Las week, Mrs. ALDRIDGE received a letter stating that he had been trans- (cut off)
+ Dr. and Mrs. John DEAL of east Victor are the parents of a daughter born on Thursday, September 19.
+ Mr. and Mrs. DICKENS and family, who for some time have resided on Webster Heights, moved on Saturday to Fairport, where Mr. DICKENS has employment.
People You Know:
+ Miss Elizabeth BARTHOLOMEW recently visited friends in Buffalo.
+ Miss Nellie HURLEY was a weekend guest of her cousin, Mrs. Thomas HYLAND of Stanley.
+ Sergeant O'NEILL of Camp Dix, was a guest of Miss M. Bella BARRY at the Victor Hotel, Saturday.
+ Thelma CONNELLY spent the weekend with her grandmother, Mrs. Sarah CONNELLY at Fishers.
+ Mrs. William FINCH of Rochester was the guest of her sister, Mrs. Mark C. HANEY, last Friday.
+ Freeman E. ADAMS has just returned from a visit with his daughter, Mrs. Henry WIELT in Buskirk.
+ Daniel HALL of Rochester, who is a singer of note, visited her brother, James HALL of High street, Sunday.
+ Mrs. James CROWLEY is spending a few days with her brother, William CONDON, and his family, at East Victor.
+ Mr. and Mrs. Lewis CANNAN and son, John, spent Sunday in Holcomb, guests of Mr. CANNAN'S mother, Mrs. John CANNAN.
+ Miss Gertrude SMITH of Buffalo is the guest of her sister, Mrs. George GALLUP, northeast of Victor village, for several days.
+ Mr. and Mrs. John WHELAN of Rochester were guests of the formers parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas WHELAN, Saturday.
+ Thomas WHELART, who has been quite seriously ill at his home on East Main street, during the past week, is improving.
+ Miss Mabel BOWERMAN of Honeoye Falls is visiting her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BOWERMAN of the town of Perinton, this week.
+ Mr. and Mrs. J. W. HAWKINS and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. James GILLIS and daughter, attended the county fair at Canandaigua, Saturday.
+ Mrs. Fred CODDING of Rochester was a guest of her sister, Mrs. E. J. WOOD, Monday afternoon.
+ Edwin J. LEWIS is in New York this week, attending the annual meeting of the American Ceramic Society.
+ John P. BRADY returned home Saturday, after spending a few days with relatives in the town of Canandaigua.
+ Mr. and Mrs. Roy WILLIAMS and daughter, Enid, of Oneida have been spending a few days with the formers parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. WILLIAMS.
+ Mrs. Ira LATHAN and Mrs. James ANDERSON, both of Pittsford, spent Tuesday and Wednesday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. George WILBUR, and brother, Herbert WILBUR.
+ Mrs. Orlan JENNINGS, formerly Miss Louise WEBSTER, will return to her home in Meadville, Pa., this week, after spending several days with her mother, Mrs. Harriet WEBSTER and family.
+ Harold GRANT of Rochester, a grandson of John P. BRADY, who has been in the Great Lakes training camp for some time, has written to relatives here, that he is about to go overseas.
+ Mr. and Mrs. Roy BROOMFIELD of Rochester came to Victor in their automobile Saturday, and Mr. and Mrs. Mark C. HANEY accompanied them to Canandaigua to attend the county fair.
+ Mr. and Mrs. W. H. ARNOLD of Charlotte were guests the past week of Mr. and Mrs. James CONCANON of Mertensia and attended the Ontario county fair. Mrs. ARNOLD is a sister of Mrs. CONCANON.
+ L. W. HATCH, who spent the weekend at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. HIGINBOTHAM, returned to Albany on Monday. Mrs. HATCH and son remained for a longer visit with the formers brother, Mr. HIGINBOTHAM and family.
+ Shirley HOPKINS, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. HOPKINS, called on Victor friends, Saturday. He has for some time been with his mother at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allan HOPKINS in Cleveland, Ohio.
+ Ardelle BRADY of Rochester, who has frequently spent the summer vacation with her grandfather, John P. BRADY, has returned home after spending the summer with her grandmother, Mrs. BRYANT, in the Adirondack mountains.
+ Mr. and Mrs. Clarence BRUSO returned on Tuesday from Saratoga, their former home, where they visited friends for 10 days and where Mr. BRUSO attended the annual reunion (cut off)
THE VICTOR HERALD September 26, 1918 PAGE 5
Mr. and Mrs. George Gunnison of Seneca Falls arrived in town on Sunday and were guests of Mrs. Gunnison's mother, Mrs. Catherine Lovejoy, and brother, Harley Lovejoy, until Monday morning.
Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY Sat Sept 28, 1918 by: GSubyak@aol.com
Victor, Sept. 27 - Mr. and
Mrs. Romayne BRACE, Jr., of East Main street, have received word
that their son, Norman BRACE, a graduate of
Syracuse University, who enlisted many months ago and has for some time
been in training at Camp Alfred Vail, N. J., a member of the Signal Corps, is
ill of typhoid fever.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. LOCKE, of East Main street, received word this week from their son, Fred LOCK, Jr., who is stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., that he has just been promoted to the instrument department, which is highly gratifying to him.
George WOOD, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. WOOD, who has for some time been at an isolation camp at Great Lakes, has recently been transferred to Camp Logan, Ill. A younger son, Francis WOOD, who had for over a year been at Camp Custor, Battle Creek, Michigan, arrived in England some weeks ago, and an official notice was received by his parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester have announced the engagement of their daughter, Mary W., to First Lieutenant E. H. Palmer, who was a
Victor Herald, Victor, NY Thursday, October 10, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ Mr. &Mrs. John J. BRADY of Maple avenue are the happy parents of a son, born on Saturday, October 5th.
+ William STIRNI of Victor has qualified as executor of the will of his father, Xavier STIRNI, who died in East Bloomfield on August 29th. Life use of the estate goes to the widow, Mary STIRNI, of Victor, unless she remarries, in which case she shall receive only one-half the income and the other half will go to the son, who is to receive all property at his mother's death.
+ Frank E. GILLETTE of Victor has qualified as executor of the will of his father, William H. GILLETTE, who died in Victor, July 4th. Nellie GILLETTE, the widow, is given all household goods and furniture. May I. DALY of Macedon, a daughter, receives $500 and the residue of a $5,000 estate, passes to the son.
+ Mr. & Mrs. A. G. ALDRIDGE have received official notice of the safe arrival over seas of their youngest son, Leslie J. ALDRIDGE.
+ Rochester schools were closed Tuesday afternoon, for an indefinite period, as a precaution against the spread of Spanish influenza.
+ Edward MALONE, Jr., who underwent an operation for appendicitis at the General hospital in Rochester, last Thursday is making good progress towards recovery.
+ Mrs. Ray WIEKER, formerly of this place, is seriously ill at her home in Hanover, NH. Her sister, Mrs. C.O. HALLENBECK, of Canandaigua, has been called to her bedside.
+ Objections to the probate of the will of the late Alexander M. LA BARGE have been withdrawn and the instrument was admitted to probate in the Surrogate's Court, last week.
+ Esther MURPHY, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Francis T. MURPHY, is reported as being seriously ill at the Memorial hospital in Canandaigua.
+ The first case of influenza reported in Albion is that of Brent WOOD, son of Rev. and Mrs. E. P. WOOD, who was taken ill in Buffalo, where he was to enter the military service and was taken to his home in Albion.
+ Thelma CONNELLY spent Friday night with her grandmother, Mrs. Sarah CONNELLY at Fishers.
+ Mrs. Guila WILBUR is spending a few days with her brother, Will CROCKER and his wife, in Syracuse.
+ Miss Ruth OSBORNE, who enlisted some time ago for work in the Army School of Nursing, received notification from the Surgeon General, Monday, to be in readiness to report for duty on October 19th, or any time thereafter.
+ Leonard BEMENT of the Marine Corps returned to duty at Great Lakes, Ill., Sunday, after spending a 12 days furlough with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. George BEMENT. During the short time he has been in training, he as been promoted to the position of Company commander of Co. 12, Regiment 17, Camp Luce, Great Lakes.
+ Miss Ruth BOUGHTON, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Herman BOUGHTON and a graduate of the nurses' training class of the Homeopathic Hospital, Rochester, enlisted in Red Cross war service, some time ago, and has bone to Camp Gordon, Ga., with a prospect of going overseas in the near future. Victor now has three girls in the war service - the Misses Camilla (cut off)
Victor Herald, Victor, NY Thursday, October 24, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ Mrs. Emma TOBIN of Canandaigua was a recent guest of Mrs. Timothy TOBIN.
+ Robert F. SHAY of Penn Yan, a former townsman, was in town last week.
+ Mr. & Mrs. PARMELE of Victor were recent guests of Mr. & Mrs. Clinton TAYLOR.
+ Miss Lou STODDARD, who has been visiting her aunt, Mrs. Heber WHEELER has returned to her home in Toledo.
+ Mrs. Helen TROWBRIDGE of New York is visiting her niece, Mrs. Cooley FLETCHER and other relatives in this vicinity.
+ Miss Louise NEENAN of Port Chester, NY was called home last week by the illness and death of her brother, Paul NEENAN.
+ Mrs. Daniel MENIHAN and children have been visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. RAWLINS, at West Bloomfield, the past week.
+ Mrs. Glenn ROCKCASTLE of Rochester is with her mother, Mrs. Frances NORTON, on account of the Rochester schools being closed.
+ FOWLER - A death which cast a pall of sadness over the community was that of George Preston FOWLER, who passed away at his home at Fishers at 4:30 o'clock, Thursday morning, October 17th at the age of 50 years old. Mr. FOWLER had been ill for several months, suffering from uraemia. His sickens was patiently borne, and to the very last he maintained the usefulness that had characterized his life.
George Preston FOWLER was the only child of Eliza WOOLSTON and the late William Perry FOWLER. He was born in Mendon, January 13, 1868. For a number of years he was engaged in farming, near Fishers, and 10 years ago he became the owner of a general store in Fishers, which he was conducting at the time of his death. In April 1915, Mr. FOWLER was appointed postmaster at Fishers and he appointed Mrs. FOWLER'S mother, Mrs. S. J. CONNELLY to the office of deputy postmaster. Mr. FOWLER was a staunch Democrat in politics and served his party as town and county committeeman until poor health compelled him to relinquish the work. He had been a most enthusiastic patriotic worker since this country entered the war and had gone far beyond his strength in working for the Red Cross and Liberty loans, not relinquishing his efforts for the Fourth Loan until the last hour in which he was able to leave his bed. Mr. FOWLER knew that his condition was such as to give him but a short time to live, and after the sad verdict was given to him by physicians, he said that "he would like to live to see the Kaiser whipped and the boys come home." He was a 2nd lieutenant of Co. F of the Home Defense Reserve of Fishers, a member of the Liberty Loan committee and of the Victor Board of Trade and in his passing the town has lost a loyal patriot and an honorable businessman.
Mr. FOWLER is survived by his wife, Adeline Bell Connelly FOWLER, by his mother, Mrs. Eliza Woolston FOWLER and by a son, Fred George FOWLER, all of Fishers. Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the home of Mrs. S. J. CONNELLY in Fishers, Rev. James W. ALLATT, pastor of the Methodist church in Victor, officiating. Interment was made in the family lot in Mendon cemetery.
+ ECKERT - A sad death with took a young wife and mother from her family occurred at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning, October 22nd, when Mrs. (Ida) Joseph ECKERT passed away at her home, 121 Brooks avenue, Rochester, after a brief illness of influenza followed by pneumonia.
Ida L. HENEHAN was born in Victor on February 23, 1892, one of the four daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas HENEHAN. Here she grew to womanhood and was united in marriage a few years ago to Joseph ECKERT. Her home has since been in Rochester.
Mrs. ECKERT is survived by her husband, by three small children, Bernadette, Adrian and Ida, the latter being about a week old at the time of the mother's death; by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas HENEHAN of Victor and by three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. E. S. MC CARTHY and Mrs. J. P. LYNAUGH of Victor, Mrs. William HOWE of Mendon, Henry HENEHAN of Victor and Frank HENEHAN of Rochester.
Private funeral services were held in Rochester, Thursday morning and interment was made in St. Patrick's cemetery on High street in this village.
+ NORTH - Harry E. NORTH, a man who stood high in esteem of the whole community, passed away at his home southwest of this village at 9 o'clock on Monday evening, October 21st, after a few days illness of pneumonia. Mr. NORTH was a son of the late James Byron and Jane E. NORTH. He was born on May 8, 1862 and his home has always been on the NORTH farm, where he died. He was a man of sterling worth and many were glad to call him friend. He was a faithful member of St. Paul's Universalist church, with which he united in his boyhood. For many years he had served St. Paul's in the capacity of trustee.
Mr. NORTH is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mercy Parmele NORTH; three young children, Elizabeth, Harry and John; a brother, Frank NORTH and two sisters, Misses Jeanette and Lydia NORTH, all of Victor.
Private funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, only the immediate members of the family being at the home, where prayer was offered by Rev. G. W. SCUDDER, pastor of St. Paul's church. The services were concluded at the grave in Boughton Hill cemetery, where friends could safely gather to pay their tribute of respect and affection.
+ SMITH - The death of Ulysses Grant SMITH occurred at the family home at Halls Corners at 5 o'clock on Tuesday morning, October 22n,d after a brief illness of influenza, terminating in pneumonia. The young many was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John SMITH of Fishers, and he was born on September 21, 1___. He had been employed for a time at the Locke insulator factory in Victor, but was at his home when stricken with the dread disease which has recently brought bereavement to many homes.
He is survived by his parents, and sisters, Mrs. Charles LEWIS of H___ford, and Mrs. William WRIGHT of Hopewell, and three brothers, Le___ SMITH of Canandaigua and W____ and Charles SMITH of Fishers. Funeral services were held at the family home at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning. Interment was made at the Pittsford cemetery.
+ MYERS - The sudden death of Jo___ MYERS occurred on Sunday, October 20th. Mr. MYERS was 32 years of age and a lifetime resident of the vicinity of Victor. He is survived by a brother and three sisters, Alvie MYERS of Victor, Mrs. HENDERSON of East Rochester, Mrs. H. MARTIN of Rochester and Mrs. MADDEN of Cleveland, Ohio. The death of Mr. MYERS was a shock to his relatives and many friends. The funeral will be held at ___ o'clock, Friday afternoon. Interment will be made in Boughton Hill cemetery.
+ TISCHER - Mary Barbara, the infant daughter of Benjamin and Margaret H__ TISHCHER, born on Monday, October 14th, passed away on Saturday (20th) afternoon. funeral services were at the family home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. The parents __ much sympathy in their sad loss.
Victor Herald, Victor, NY Thursday, November 7, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
SQUIRE - The death of Tyler L. SQUIRE, 83 years of age, occurred at his home at Fishers at 9 o'clock on Monday morning, November 4th. Mr. SQUIRE had been in failing health since early spring, suffering from the infirmities of age, but he was confined to his bed for only 24 hours preceding his death. Fishers had been his home during his entire life with the exception of a short time spent in Illinois, in his early married life. His wife, Mrs. Harriet SQUIRE, passed away seven years ago in October, at Fishers. Mr. SQUIRE is survived by three children, Mrs. Henry LARNER of Canandaigua, Mrs. William LEWIS and Frank L. SQUIRE, both of Fishers and 22 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at his late home at Fishers at 2 o'clock on Thursday afternoon, Rev. F. W. HILL, pastor of the Victor Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment was made in the family lot in Mendon cemetery.
NIMS - Mrs. Elizabeth NIMS died at the home of her daughter at Mendon, October 31, at the age of 73 years. Besides her daughter, she is survived by four grandchildren, Fred Mc CORMICK of Victor, George MC CORMICK of Henrietta, Mrs. Fred SALE and Lolita MC CORMICK, both of Mendon. The funeral was held from the Methodist church in Prattsburgh, where she had been a member for over 50 years. Rev. Mr. NICHOLS of Mendon, officiated.
Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua,
NY, Friday, Nov 20, 1918 by: Dianne
by: Dianne Thomas
+ HESSION - The funeral service of David HESSION, aged 45 years, whose death occurred at Sodus Point on Sunday, were held at St. Mary's church yesterday. Death was due to choking on a particle of food. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Co. He leaves no near relatives. Interment was in Calvary cemetery.
+ MOSHER - The death of Mrs. Hattie MOSHER, aged 68 years, of Naples, occurred on Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. C. SNYDER, Main street south, where she was visiting. She leaves her husband, Milton MOSHER of Naples; two daughters, Mrs. SNYDER and Mrs. A. E. HAGYARD of Buffalo; one son, Wayne DOANE of Warsaw; also two sisters, Mrs. Lillian REED of Buffalo and Mrs. Jennie EASTMAN of Washington. The funeral services were held at the Wesleyan Methodist church yesterday afternoon. Interment was in Woodlawn.
+ BOSWELL - Private funeral services for Zilpha Shirley BOSWELL, who passed away early Wednesday morning, were held at the grave at Woodlawn cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Rev. C. Clarence BAKER officiated. Death was due to diphtheria. Zilpha Shirley BOSWELL was born on November 19, 1915, and entered the kindergarten department at the Union school this fall. She was a companionable, bright and happy child and all who knew her admired her for her quaint, cheerful manner. She leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Zack S. BOSWELL, and one sister, Jean BOSWELL.
+ MORROW - PARKER - The marriage of Robert MORROW and Miss Naomi Rowens PARKER, both of Gorham, took place at the Methodist parsonage on Saturday. Rev. Stephen S. PRATT performed the ceremony.
+ JOHNCOX - ALLEN - The marriage of Donald JOHNCOX and Miss Bessie ALLEN, both of South Bristol, took place at the Methodist parsonage on Saturday. Rev. S. S. PRATT performed the ceremony. The couple will reside in South Bristol.
+ BARNES - BARNES - Miss Margaret H. BARNES, R.N., who has made her home in Canandaigua for the past few years, was married at the home of her parents in Bellona, on Nov. 2nd, to Carlton S. BARNES. They will make their home in Everett, Mass. Mrs. BARNES was graduated from the Memorial hospital in 1915.
+ (cut off) that the trigger was pulled by the branches on a bush near the fence. Mr. KELLAR was with Chester LENHARD of Rochester and John THOMAS and William O'LAUGHLIN of Stanley. He was some distance from the others at the time of the accident. His companions heard a shot and a yell and on going back, they found Mr. KELLAR on one side of the fence, and the gun on the other. He had received the full force of the charge in the chest. He was rushed in a passing automobile to the Memorial hospital, where Dr. John H. PRATT, of Manchester, pronounced life extinct. Mr. KELLAR was a World War veteran and served overseas. The survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph KELLAR.
+ Mrs. Henry BEEMAN, Gibson street, will be the hostess at a meeting of the Current Events Club on Monday.
+ Mr. and Mrs. Marvin L. DURAND, Park Avenue, and Mrs. W. P. MC LAUGHLIN, Howell street, spent Sunday at "Camp Andy", Rondaxe lake, in the Adirondacks, Mrs. W. Townsend CURTICE returned with them.
+ Mr. and Mrs. William UHL and children, who had been spending a month with Mrs. UHL'S parents, Mr. and Mrs. Damon D. JOHNSON, Clark street, have returned to King's Ferry.
+ Mrs. Henrietta SCANDLING, Chapin street, will leave next week to spend the winter with Miss Mary CHILDS, at Hopewell.
+ Fred S. BOUGHTON of Pittsford, has been a recent guest of his cousin, Mrs. S. Collins HART, Gibson street.
+ Mrs. John KLOCK and daughter, Miss Iris KLOCK, have removed form the SCOTT flat, Gorham street, to the DEPEW flat on West Gibson street.
+ Wallace JONES is home from Sherrill for an indefinite stay.
+ Mrs. George T. THOMPSON, Main street north, will leave on Wednesday to spend several days in New York City. She will be accompanied to Utica by Mr. THOMPSON, Miss M. Elnora ARMSTRONG and Mrs. E. P. GARDNER.
+ Mrs. James SMITH and children, Misses Evangeline and Alberta SMITH, and Hamilton and James SMITH Jr., returned to Chicago, on Saturday, after spending some times with Mr. and Mrs. Albert E. FLETCHER, Sly street.
+ Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. CAPLE and Marion I. CASE, Main street north, and W. Townsend CURTICE, Scotland road, returned on Wednesday from Camp Andy, Rondexe lake. Mrs. CASE and Miss Sarah CAPLE, left yesterday by automobile to spend the weekend at Camp Andy.
+ Mrs. Amelia FULLER, Bristol street, was given a farewell party by members of the Woman's Benefit Association at the home of Mrs. E. L. BOYLE, Gorham street, on Tuesday evening. Mrs. FULLER, who will leave soon to make her home with her sons, Fred and Edson FULLER, was presented with a pearl brooch.
+ Mrs. A. H. SCOFIELD has closed her summer home at Pearl Bach, west lake shore, and is spending a few days with Mrs. John REZNOR, Dungan street.
+ Miss Ethel Hill SEVERENCE of Rochester, formerly of Phelps, who spends her summers at Maplehurst on the lake, has been bequeathed a large estate by the will of an aunt, Mary I. HILL, late of Geneva.
+ Mrs. G. H. DENTON, west lake shore, is spending the winter at Rochester.
+ Mrs. James F. BROOKER, Chapin street, entertained at a variety shower on Wednesday evening, in honor of Mrs. Edward F. HANLEY.
+ Mrs. Charles H. CAPLE, Main street north, will be hostess at a meeting of the Past Matrons' Association of the Eastern Star on Tuesday afternoon.
+ Mrs. J. Hart KINSEY, Park avenue, will entertain the Embroidery club on Wednesday afternoon.
+ Miss Clara E. FELLOWS, Red Cross community nurse, attended the American Legion banquet at Rochester last evening. Miss FELLOWS served in the Red Cross children's bureau for 10 months, in the French sector and was later transferred to military work in a French hospital that was later taken over by the American Red Cross and became Base hospital No. 110 for American wounded.
THE VICTOR HERALD Thursday November 21, 1918 Pg 3, col 2 by: Ron Hanley
Victor Herald, Victor, NY Thursday November 21, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ Gilbert F. GOULD - (first part of obit is cut off) the youngest soldier in the Civil war. He enlisted in 1860, at the age of 14 years and served over three years. He was at one time in the company with Martin SNYDER of Victor, Co. G., 13th Heavy Artillery. He was a member of the G.A.R. Post at Randolph. On June 18, 1873, he was untied in marriage with Miss Jennie L. CLARK, daughter of the late Alonzo and Marilla CLARK, and their married life was mostly spent in Randolph, where Mr. GOULD had several public offices.
His wife passed away in August, 1912. Mr. GOULD is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mabel MYERS of Forestville, NY, by three sisters, Mrs. Agnes LEVET of Victor, Mrs. Dorlesea CASWELL of Derrick City, Pa., and Mrs. Loretta MORGAN of Oklahoma and by two grandsons, Gilbert and Frederick MYERS. Members of the Randolph Lodge F and A.M. acted as bearers at the funeral and honorary bearers were members of the G.A.R. Post. Interment was made in the Randolph cemetery.
+ WILDE - Carl WILDE, a resident of Pittsford and Webster for 36 years past, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lena LUSSOW, in Pittsford, Thursday, November 14th, at the advanced age of 81 years. Mr. WILDE had been in feeble health for three years, but was not seriously ill until Wednesday morning, when pneumonia developed. He was a native of Mecklenburg, Germany and came to this country with his wife and several children in 1882. Surviving relatives are three sons and four daughters, Fred WILDE of Brockport, William WILDE of Rochester, Charles WILDE of Pittsford, Mrs. Lena LUSSOW of Pittsford, Mrs. Minnie KETWIG of Webster, Mrs. Lizzie GARLING of Fishers, and Mrs. Sophia FORD of Macedon; also 32 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church in Pittsford, the pastor, Rev. J. C. KRAHMER, officiating. Interment was in the Rural Cemetery at Webster.
+ A junk wagon owned by Jacob SCHRIBER of East Victor and driven by him was struck by a trolley care in Batavia, last Thursday. SCHRIBER was thrown off the wagon and sustained several bruises and two broken ribs. He was taken to Batavia hospital. It appears that SCHRIBER turned out to pass a moving van, which was backed up to the curb and turned directly in front of the moving car. His horse ran away but was stopped after running two blocks.
+ Mrs. Charles DAILEY gave a luncheon at the Sibley tea room in Rochester, followed by a theatre party, last Saturday afternoon, in honor of Miss M. Bella BARRY, whose marriage to Sergeant Major John J. O'NEILL is to take place on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 28th). A variety shower for Miss M. Bella BARRY was given by Misses Lauretta CONCANON and Florence MEAD at the home of Miss CONCANON, last Thursday evening. The time was pleasantly spent with games and music, and light refreshments were served. The bride to be received many lovely gifts.
Victor Herald, Victor, NY Thursday December 5, 1918 by: Dianne Thomas
+ Sailor Boy Writes From Sunny Italy - His Ship Attacked by Submarines but Escapes Destruction - Visits Messina, Scene of Great Earthquake
Under date of October 13, Leo W. RYAN of the USS Communipan writes from Messina, Sicily, to his uncle, Will RYAN, as follows:
" Dear Uncle,
Jus a few lines to let you know that I am alive and well. I left New York on September 6th and have arrived safely over here. We take chances everywhere we go, but we've been very lucky so far. We were attacked by a submarine two days after we left New York, but our ship got away safely. We stopped at Gibraltar, Spain, for a short time. Just after we left there, we learned that a few miles farther into the Mediterranean, a ship was torpedoed and all hands were lost. We also stopped at Biserta, a port on the African coast, on our way here. This is the third Italian port at which we've stopped. The other two are Augusta and Palermo. Our next port will be Naples and then after one more stop, we will start for the United States.
I like the climate of Italy very much. The scenery here is very beautiful. As we passed the coast near Catania we could see Mt. Etna, which is 16 miles inland. The lowing lava looked like the flames of a great fire. I got shore leave yesterday and so I took a trip around this place. Everywhere I went there were ruins of the earthquake which occurred here about 10 years ago.
Food and clothes are higher here than they are in America. Meat is very scarce. I believe that the people are allowed it only once or twice a week. Sugar is a thing of the past. It is impossible to get it. The only thing that is plentiful here, is wine, which they drink as though it were water. Most of the people here are very poor.
I was walking along a street here, the other night, smoking a cigar and about have a dozen kids were following me. They followed me for over half an hour and I wondered what they wanted, bud I didn't find out till I threw the but of the cigar away. Then there was a wild scramble for it and they all sat down on the curb and took turns in drawing it. Tobacco is very scarce here and what there is, is of a very poor grade.
The Italians treat the Americans fine here, but not their pocketbooks. They ask you if you are American when you are buying anything and if you say you are, the price is sent up. They have an idea that all Americans are millionaires, I guess. We get five lires here for an American dollar, so, if you get wise to the prices, you can have a good time on a few dollars, but they always sting an American here. When we first hit port, we went into an eating place. The wine served us was 10 cents a glass. In two or three hours, however, it rose to 30 cents. I have seen a great deal of the world in the last six months. The submarines are very numerous here as their Austrian base is in this vicinity.
We have been hearing of peace here. We bought a paper, last night, in which it was confirmed. The paper was 3 days old and the first that we had seen in a month. I expect that I'll be home by the first of December. Love to all, Leo."
+ Beer Makers Quit - The brewing of beer and other malt beverages came to a stop at midnight on Saturday, November 30, throughout the United States.
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