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THE VICTOR HERALD           Friday     January 7, 1944      Front Page, col 1     by: Ron Hanley 
John J. Brady Hardware Merchant, Dies at His Home 
John J. Brady, Victor hardware merchant, died at his home on Maple Avenue, Wednesday, January 5, 1944.
He had been in poor health for some time, but continued on duty in his store most of the time until about two weeks before his death, conquering physical weakness with the determination which was one of his outstanding characteristics. 
John J. Brady was born in the neighboring town of Farmington, April 17, 1876, one of the 11 children of the late, John P. and Mary B. Brady. The family moved into Victor in 1906. 
For a number of years, John J. Brady conducted the Macedon Hotel. After disposing of that property he returned to Victor and was employed by C. E. Wilcox in the manufacturing plant now operated by the Wilcox Johnson Tank Co.
About 28 years ago, Mr. Brady and Francis T. Murphy purchased the local hardware business from George Thornton, and conducted it in partnership until 1925, when Mr. Murphy withdrew and removed to Fairport, Mr. Brady continuing in business here.
The surviving relatives are his wife, Alice Donnelly Brady, three sons, Captain John D. Brady, now a prisoner of war in Germany, Pfc. Paul Eugene Brady of Kingman Field, Arizona, Alice, Eileen, and Howard, of Victor, five brothers, Frank of Rochester, Louis of Leroy, Leo of Rush, Arthur of East Rochester, and Walton of Victor, three sisters, Miss Viola Brady, and Mrs. William Woodside, both of Rochester, and Mrs. Edward Keefe of Victor.  Funeral services will be conducted from his home on Maple Avenue Saturday morning, and at St. Patrick's Church. Interment will be  in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

THE  VICTOR  HERALD     Friday     February 4, 1944     col  5                   by: Ron Hanley 
John D. Brady's Service Awards Are Received by Mother
The Air Medal and two Oak Leaf clusters awarded to Capt. John D. Brady for outstanding service overseas, have been received from the War Department, by his mother, Mrs. Alice Brady.
Capt. Brady is a prisoner of war in Germany. His father, John J. Brady, who died January 5, had been invited to receive the awards in person, but was unable to do so. The Distinguished Flying Cross had been awarded to Captain John before he left on the October 10 mission.
Capt. Brady's plane was one of 60 which failed to return to base after a mass air raid over Germany, October 10, 1943. His parents
were notified that he was missing in action.  On November 13, they received a telegram from the War Department stating that the American Red Cross had located him as a prisoner in Germany. A letter written by him to his parents on November 2 came through to them.  A brother, Paul Eugene Brady, is a member of the 684th Army Band at the Army Air Field at Kingman, Arizona.

 February 4, 1944  COL  3       Doe Crosses Road Near East Victor

While driving into Victor, Thursday afternoon, Mrs. Grace Donovan, Mrs. Mildred Maltman and Easrl Maltman, saw a doe. The animal crossed the state highway and went into the flat land between East Victor and the Overhead Bridge.
 COL  2    Arrived From Camp
Sgt. and Mrs. Walter Henehan, former members of the Victor school faculty, arrived from Urbana, Ill., Wednesday, and are guests of Mrs. Henehan's mother, Mrs. Frank B. Wilkinson, of Gibson Street, Canandaigua.

The Herald Mail, Fairport, NY                       Thursday                    April 6, 1944                   by: Dianne Thomas


K. Gorlay passed away Monday, April 3. Surviving are two brothers, Mark and Eli, both of Farmington; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held from the home of her-brother, Eli, Thursday-afternoon.  Rev. Nelson Lobdell officiating. Burial in Boughton Hill Cemetery.


Frank Whittaker entered into rest on Sunday, April 2, 1944, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest Romeiser, of Victor. He leaves four daughters, Mrs. Ernest Romeiser and Mrs. Abram Hendricks, of Victor, Mrs. Harold Walker and Mrs. Lloyd Collett of Shortsville; five sons, Carl, Ray and Kenneth of Farmington, Elmer and Ralph, USA; 21 grandchildren; two brothers, Louis and Bert of Farmington. Funeral services at the Manchester Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Leon Swarthout officiating. Interment in South Farmington Cemetery.

Sacrifice of Chaplains - The men who are serving the army as chaplains have made great sacrifices for the: national cause, in this war up to January 1, there have been 19 of them who died in battle, while 19 were wounded, 33 were taken prisoner, one was missing in action, and 31 died of accidents or illness.  These men have done great work for the morale of the righting forces. 

Many of the servicemen have personal problems that trouble them, but when they take these questions to their chaplain, his wisdom and experience have a way of setting them on the right path. They are ready with practical help close to the battle lines, and their optimism and religious faith help the men stand the hard experiences of battle.

THE  VICTOR  HERALD    Friday    April 7, 1944      Page 3, col 1         by: Ron Hanley 

Obituary - MURRELL - Cyrus A. MURRELL, 77 died Tuesday, April 4, 1944 at Willard State Hospital, where he had been a patient since October.  Born in East Bloomfield, a son of Michael and Susan MURRELL, he had spent the grater part of his life in this village.  He was at one time employed as billing clerk at the New York Central Railroad office in Canandaigua and for 5 years had served as pharmacist in the Trading Post, retiring several years ago. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Lina ADAMS and one nephew, Harry ADAMS of Florida. 

The Herald Mail, Fairport, NY                     Thursday                   June 1, 1944                 by: Dianne Thomas


Mary Stirini of Macedon entered into rest Wednesday, May 24, 1944. She is survived by one son, William Strini; one sister, Mrs. E. C. Galle of New York City; one brother, Fred Zuber of Mendon. 

The funeral was held Saturday afternoon in Rochester, burial in Boughton Hill Cemetery, Victor.

THE  VICTOR  HERALD    Friday     June 9, 1944     Front Page, col  5          by: Ron Hanley 
Two Brady Cousins,  Prisoners of War In German Camps 
Second Lieut. John Edward Brady of Rochester, reported missing in action since May 7, has been located as a prisoner of war in
Germany, according to a telegram received by his relatives in Rochester, Wednesday, June 7.  The news came to Victor Wednesday evening, when Mrs. Mary Brady of Churchlea Place, Rochester, talked over the telephone to Mrs. John J. Brady of Maple Avenue, whose son, Capt. John D. Brady, is also a war prisoner in Germany. 
Lieut. Brady, an AAF co-pilot, is a cousin of Capt. Brady, his father, Edward Brady, who died quite a number of years ago,
having been a brother of the late John J. Brady of Maple Avenue. Mrs. Genevieve Benn Brady, wife of Lt. Brady, lives in Rochester. 
More detailed news of Capt. Brady than can be given in his letters is hoped for in the near future, as a fellow prisoner in
Germany, was scheduled for return to this country for hospitalization. He is believed to have been among the passengers brought into New York Harbor on the Gripsholm on Tuesday. 
A letter from Mrs. John J. Brady awaits him at Walter Reed Hospital, where he is scheduled to receive treatment. Advance
information of the fellow prisoner's return to the United States came to Mrs. Brady in a letter from her son, Capt. Brady.

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,    June 9, 1944               by: Dianne Thomas

Leonard Corey Comes Home from California -   Private Leonard S. COREY arrived from Camp Ord, Calif., early last Friday morning, on a 21 day furlough and is at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira A. COREY, who are having a vacation from their duties in a Rochester war plant.  Leonard made the trip in 84 hours, having been able to make good connections at transfer points.  He plans to start back about June 14th.  

Two Victor Servicemen Leave for California - Lieutenant James F. BUSCH, who arrived from Fort Benning, Ga., May 19, on furlough, left last Saturday, June 3, to report for duty at Camp Roberts, Calif.   B. G. LOCKWOOD, S. 1/c, who has been visiting his mother and sister, Mrs. Minnie LOCKWOOD and Mattie, while on a 14 day leave, left in company with Lieutenant BUSCH to resume his duties with the Seabees at Port Huememe, Calif. 

Richard BUSCH Wins Promotion In Rank - Richard R. BUSCH, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. BUSCH, has been promoted to the rank of private first class.  He is on overseas duty.  

Pittsford Boy Lost in English Channel - First Lieutenant Lloyd A. THORNELL, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur E. THORNELL of Pittsford, has been declared officially dead by the War Department.  His Thunderbolt fighter plane sank in the English Channel early this year.  He was 22 years old, had taken part in many fighter sweeps and escort missions over Europe, and had been awarded the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters.  He went overseas in May, 1943. 

THE VICTOR HERALD Friday June 23, 1944  Pg5, col  4    by: Ron Hanley   
On Saturday, June 17, 1944, at 9:00 o'clock in St. Patrick's Church Victor, there was a lovely wedding, which united in marriage Miss Ethel Alberta Scheele, daughter of William Scheele of Elmhurst, L. I., and S/Sgt. Lawrence E. Keefe of 2nd Army Headquarters, Memphis, Tenn., son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Emmett Keefe of Victor.
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. Joseph Esser, who also  read the nuptial mass.  The bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. Irene Murry of Elmhurst, L. I., and Robert E. O'Brien of Rochester, cousin of the bridegroom, was best man. J. Maurice Keefe of Rochester and J. Milton McMahon of Fairport, brother and cousin of the bridegroom, were the ushers. 
The bride wore white brocaded taffeta with finger length veil, and had a bouquet of white orchids and lilies of the valley attached to her prayer book. Her sister wore aqua with a large matching picture hat, and carried an old fashioned bouquet of shasta daises and snapdragons.  A wedding breakfast for 25 persons was served at Lake View Inn, East Lake Road, Canandaigua, with a reception for friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Keefe in the afternoon.
After a short honeymoon, Sgt. and Mrs. Keefe will separate, he returning to Army Headquarters in Memphis, and she returning to
Elmhurst, where she will for the present time continue to reside with her father and teach at Fordham University.
Personals -  Mrs. B. V. Keefe of Rochester, and her son, Kenneth M. Keefe of Madison, N. J. were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Keefe, last Friday afternoon.

THE VICTOR HERALD      Friday     January 19, 1945       Pg  5, col  4          by: Ron Hanley   
Mrs. Nellie Gainey Tischer, wife of Thomas Tischer, died in General Hospital in Rochester, Saturday, January 13, 1945, after an
illness of several months. She was a lifelong and highly esteemed resident of Victor.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Tischer is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edwin Sullivan of Victor, two sisters, Mrs. William Craugh of
Phelps, and Miss Loretta Gainey of Honeoye Falls, three brothers, William of Phelps, John of Flushing and Thomas of Geneva, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted in the home and in St. Patrick's church, Tuesday morning, and burial was made in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

THE VICTOR HERALD                       Friday      February 9, 1945        by: Ron Hanley   
Robert Kesel Eludes Big, Bad Mosquitoes
In a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Kesel, T-5   Robert L. Kesel, who recently landed in New Guinea, stated that he had not, at the time of writing been bitten by a mosquito. As the insects are particularly large, numerous and vicious in that area, he is to be congratulated on his record.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,  July 27, 1945           by: Dianne Thomas

STRONG - Mrs. Ellen Malone STRONG, wife of Charles STRONG, and a lifelong and highly esteemed resident of Victor, died at her home on Maple avenue, February 12, 1945, after a long illness.  She was born in Victor township, 82 years ago, a daughter of Patrick and Mary MALONE. When she was 16 years old, the first choir of the local Catholic Church was organized with her as one of the singers, and she always continued to enjoy religious music.  She was deeply devoted to her family and friend and kindly in all her contacts.

ROBERTS - William M. ROBERTS, a resident of Victor for 23 years past, died suddenly at his home in Cork road, Saturday, February 10, 1945.  He was born in Sandusky, 91 years ago, and came to Victor from Fairport.  since the death of Mrs. ROBERTS, six and one half years ago, he had lived alone in his home, directly across the road from his son, Irving. Mr. ROBERTS was apparently in good health, had fed his chickens, and was about to have his supper when his son went in to see him at 5:30 Saturday afternoon.  It was his custom to read late at night, and his light was still burning when his son retired.  Sunday morning it was found that he had passed peacefully away, sitting at ease in his chair.

Besides his son, Mr. ROBERTS is survived by a daughter, Mrs. T. Arthur THOMPSON of LeRoy; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted at the Cotton Funeral Home, Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Lee S. HILL, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, officiating.  Interment will be in Webster Rural Cemetery. 


Bob ROTHWELL Made Pre-Aviation Cadet - Following are excerpts from a letter written to The Herald editor, February 11, 1945, at Keesler Field by "Bob" ROTHWELL, a former editor of School News:  "It seems like a years since my almost forgotten civilian live, but Keesler Field is becoming more and more like home to me.  We are living in huts that accommodate 15 men, and the area around Keesler Field looks something like a south Sea island with the large pines resembling palms, and the sand covering the area is like sea shore sand on the Gulf.'

"Recently, I completed my combat crew classification tests and physicals, and I was one of the lucky ones who made P.A.C. (Pre-Aviation Cadet).  That made me a very happy man, and everyone seemed satisfied even if they made gunner as long as they could fly or be in the air.  My mother has sent me several copies of The Victor Herald, and I certainly enjoyed reading the home town news.  It seems much more interesting when one is so far away from home."

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,    March 2, 1945               by: Dianne Thomas


+  DRISCOLL - Mrs. Mary A. DRISCOLL, widow of Jerry DRISCOLL, entered into rest at her home in Victor township, February 28, 1945.  she had been in failing health for several years and had been critically ill during the past ten days.  

Mary A. BARRY was born in East Bloomfield, March 28, 1860, and had lived in Victor township for about 60 years.  She was devoted to her home and family and while health permitted, also enjoyed social activities.  Her long period of failing health was endured patiently, and with a desire to share as much as possible in the home duties.

The surviving relatives are her son, John L., who has remained with her in the farm home; two daughters, Mrs. James TOOMEY of Victor and Mrs. Robert CONDON of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.   Mr. DRISCOLL died in 1931.

Funeral services will be held from the Tischer Funeral Home in Victor at 8:30 Saturday morning and from St. Patrick's Church at 9 o'clock.  Interment will be in St. Patrick's cemetery.


PADGHAM - Mrs. Harriet T. PADGHAM, widow of Henry PADGHAM, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred D. GILLIS, 112  Harding road, Rochester, Saturday, February 24, 1945.  She was born in Farmington 85 years ago, and for many years lived in Victor, first on a farm in the southeastern part of the township and later on Covill street in Victor village.  After the death of Mr. PADGHAM, she went to Rochester, about seven years ago, to make her home with members of her family.  She was a kind and neighborly woman and kept in touch with her friends here while health permitted, but had been confined to her bed for several years.

The surviving relatives are two daughters, Mrs. GILLIS and Miss Florence E. PADGHAM, both of Rochester; a sister, Mrs. E. C. ABBOTT of Queens, L.I. and a brother, John C. THRASHER of Macedon. Funeral services were conducted in Rochester, Monday afternoon, the Rev. Nelson L. LOBDELL of Victor officiating.  Interment will be made in Macedon Cemetery.


HUNT - Geraldine, 10 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. HUNT of the Victor-Mendon road, died in the F. F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, Wednesday morning, February 28, 1945.  She was a pupil in the fourth grade in Victor Central School, and had been in the hospital for a week, suffering from pneumonia.

The surviving relatives, besides the parents, are a sister, Janice and her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William FORD of Mendon.  Funeral services were conducted at the Cotton Funeral Home on Maple Avenue at 2:30 this (Friday) afternoon; the Rev. S. L. TRAVIS officiating.  Interment will be in Boughton Hill Cemetery.  

The Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,    March 23, 1945               by: Dianne Thomas

George R. HENEHAN Ranks As Sergeant - The following news concerning a Victor boy was sent to the Herald by the Public Relations Office at Hammer, Field Army Air Base, Fresno, Calif:

George R. HENEHAN of Moore avenue, Victor, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant recently by order of Colonel J. C. MOORE, commanding officer of Hammer Field, a Fourth Air Force training base in Fresno, Calif.

Sergeant HENEHAN, who has been stationed at Hammer Field since August 14, 1944, was promoted because of his outstanding work as radio repairman on the famed P-61, which is more colorfully known as the Black Widow.

George might rightfully claim the distinction of having more brothers in the Army than any other man at Hammer Field.  Four of his brothers are now serving overseas, while Sgt. Walter HENEHAN, another brother, is serving with the Air Corps in South Carolina.  Private Gerald HENEHAN, a sixth brother, was killed while serving with a tank corps in Germany, and corporal Alfred HENEHAN, with an amphibious tractor unit in the South Pacific.  


+  The John V. BARRYS Observe Their 46th Wedding Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. John V. BARRY celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary, at a dinner given by their daughter, Mrs. Walter TIMM, and Mr. TIMM, Saturday, March 17.  Fifty relatives and friends were present. The couple are lifelong residents of Victor, where Mr. BARRY had always been a farmer.  They have eight sons and five daughters, all of whom live in Victor, except Corporal Everett BARRY, who is serving in the armed forces somewhere in France, and their daughter, Elizabeth, who recently went to California to be with her husband, Sgt. Raymond HENEHANMr. and Mrs. BARRY also have 12 grandchildren.

The table decorations, appropriate to St. Patrick's Day, were attractively arranged.  A large anniversary cake encircled by daffodils and narcissi formed the centerpiece. A program of piano and violin music, played by Mr. and Mrs. Lester BILLS, was greatly enjoyed by all.  Mr. and Mrs. BARRY received many lovely gifts from their family and friends.  Out of town guests were from Canandaigua, Rochester, Holcomb and Macedon.


+ Robert SCHULTZ  Now A Graduate Mechanic - The following news of local interest came to The Herald from the Public Relations Office at Fort Knox, Ky:

Upon completion of an intensive nine weeks course in the maintenance and repair of the peeps and jeeps, scout cars and trucks that give the hard hitting armored divisions their speed of movement, a class of qualified automotive mechanics has been graduated from the Armored School.  Among the graduates was Private Robert C. SCHULTZ, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry SCHULTZ of Boughton Hill road, Victor.  The soldier students received thorough instruction in the theory of automotive mechanics and fundamental shop practice in the school's Wheeled Vehicle Department.  They studied actual engines, skeleton vehicles and visual aids of many types.  Practical repair and maintenance work was performed on vehicles in the field, working in wind, rain and other difficulties to give the students practice under battle conditions.  Expert army and civilian instructors supervised work in shop and field.  The Wheeled Vehicle Department is one of eight in the huge Armored School, headed by Brig. Gen. P. M. ROBINETT, commandant. 


+  Liberated Civilian Meets Victor Friend - After more than three years in Japanese prison camps, Hector CONE of Victor, not only had the joy of being liberated, but increased happiness came to him shortly thereafter through a meeting with a friend from his home town.

While visiting with one of the liberated from Los Banos n Luzon, Pfc. Charles Austin KEEFE inquired whether the man with whom he was conversing, had come into contact with a prisoner by the name of CONE.  

"If you mean Hector CONE," said the man, "I know him."  He departed and son afterward, CONE arrived and the two Victor men had a long visit.  They had been well acquainted here at home.  In a letter to his relatives, Austin wrote, referring to CONE:  "You will probably be seeing him soon."


+ Dominic COMMISSO Is Chief Petty Officer - Word had been received that Dominic COMMISSO, AM 1-c, has been promoted form First Class Petty Officer, to Chief Petty Officer.  He is still stationed at the Jacksonville Naval Air Base in Jacksonville, Florida.  C.P.O. COMMISSO is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Rocco COMMISSO of Brace road. 


Harry BROWN Lands Safely In England - Mr. and Mrs. Avery BROWN have received a card from their son, Pvt. Harry H. BROWN, giving the information that he arrived safely in England and was in London.  Mrs. BROWN received a congratulatory cablegram from her son on March 20, her birthday anniversary.  


+  Telephone Personnel Is 150 Below Normal - The annual report of the Rochester Telephone Corporation discloses that 100 employees had joined the armed forces of the United States up to February 6, 1945.  Of that number, 31 are woman and 69 are men.  Ann M. FRANZ, sister of Mrs. F. Marsden SALE of Victor, is among those who left the ranks of telephone workers to become a member of the Woman's Army Corps. One of the former employees of the corporation, Glenn M. BUTLER, was killed in action.  Another, Clark N. BEVIN, was killed in line of duty.  Two of the group, Raymond H. KELLER and George SOKOLSKY are prisoners of war.  Eight have been honorably discharged from the service.  The personnel is below normal by about 150 persons, mostly needed in the Traffic Department.


+ Golden Wedding Is Happily Observed At PHILLIPS Farm Home - The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. PHILLIPS Sr., which fell on March 20 ,1945, was observed Saturday, March 17, at the PHILLIPS farm home.  An informal reception was held from 2:30 to 5;00 in the afternoon.  Mr. and Mrs. PHILLIPS received congratulations and good wishes of many relatives and friends at that time.

A musical program was presented by Mrs. Margaret FISHER, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. PHILLIPS, and some of the grandchildren.  There were piano solos by Mrs. FISHER, Elizabeth Ann and Charles ROOT and Arlene PHILLIPSRonald PHILLIPS played sousaphone solos and Raymond PHILLIPS Jr., played saxophone solos.  Coffee and weeding cake were served to the guests.  The house was beautifully decorated with yellow forsythia, cut flowers and plants in yellow and white, many of which were gifts presented to the guests of honor.  Many other beautiful gifts and cared appropriated to the Golden Anniversary were received by Mr. and Mrs. PHILLIPS.  Among the congratulations received, was a letter from their eldest grandchild,  Flight Officer Leonard R. PHILLIPS, who is serving with the American Air Forces somewhere in France.  A congratulatory cable gram from Leonard was also received Wednesday, March 21st.

Following the reception, an anniversary dinner was served at the PHILLIPS home to 24 relatives and friends. Out of town guests were Mrs. Abbie SHANK of Belfast, a cousin of Mrs. PHILLIPS; Andrew H. FORREST of Cornwall; Simon FLINT, Mr. and Mrs. Martin FLINT, formerly missionaries in India; Mrs. Gordon FLINT, Mr. and Mrs. James CORNWELL, Mr. and Mrs. George LOUGHBOROUGH and daughter, Gail, of Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. Tracy LOUGHBOROUGH, Mrs. James WILLARD and Mrs. Grant MATTHEWS of Pittsford, and Mrs. Gail CHAPMAN of Panama, NY.

Mrs. PHILLIPS is the only daughter of the late Edward BOUGHTON and Harriet Farnam BOUGHTON of Victor.  Mr. PHILLIPS is the son of the late Nathaniel PHILLIPS and Emily Allen PHILLIPS of Victor.  They were married on March 20, 1895, at the BOUGHTON home.  They are the parents of four sons and four daughters.  One son, Nathaniel, died in 1925. The other seven sons and daughters with their families, were present at the celebration except the two sons of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. PHILLIPS, Leonard and Lawrence, who are serving in the Army, and Mrs. Leonard PHILLIPS and daughter, Shirley, who were kept away by illness. 


Donald SIMONDS Comes Home For Brief Visit - Donald SIMONDS, AMM 3-c, came from Anacostia, near Washington D.C., to spend last Saturday and Sunday with Mrs. SIMONDS, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell F. SIMONDS, and with other relatives and friends here. 


Anne BARRY Becomes Bride of Officer In Church Ceremony - Miss Anne BARRY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. BARRY, of Victor, became the bride of Lieut. Robert J. DAVIS, USNR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. DAVIS of Lake Worth, Fla., Tuesday morning, March 20, 1945, in a lovely ceremony in Immaculate Conception Church in Rochester.  The Rev. George WOOD heard the vows before an altar decorated with calla lilies and candelabra, arranged against a background of palms.  The bride was given in marriage by her father.  She wore a gown of white net and faille, with accents of appliquéd medallions, fashioned with sweetheart neckline and leg-'o-mutton sleeves.  Her illusion veil was held in place by a Juliet cap of seed pears, and she carried a prayer book with gardenias and a shower of snapdragons.  

Mrs. Rita BARRY, Victor, was maid of honor for her sister, and bridesmaids were Miss Jane WILSON and Miss Marion BARRY, both of Rochester.  They wore identically fashioned gowns, the honor attendant's of yellow ninon and the bridesmaids' of aqua ninon, with matching halos of net flowers, and all carried violets.  Harry BARRY of Victor, was best man and ushers were Marion VOSS and George SPRAGUE, both of Rochester.  The bride's mother wore navy blue crepe with yellow accessories and a corsage of gardenias.

After a wedding breakfast at the Powers Hotel, the couple left for a short honeymoon.  They will reside for the present, at Greenville, NC, where the groom is stationed as flight surgeon at the Marine Base Hospital.  The bride is a graduate of the Rochester General Hospital School of Nursing and attended the University of Rochester.  The bridegroom is a graduate of Princeton University and John Hopkins Medical School.  Among the out of town wedding guests, was Master Sgt. Mae BARRY, WAC, of Washington, DC. 

Ontario County Times Journal, Canandaigua, NY    Friday,   April 27, 1945    by: Dianne Thomas

John Chisholm of Victor Observes 100th Anniversary - John CHISHOLM of Victor observed his 100th birthday anniversary, Wednesday, April 25.  He is in good health and has as keen sight and hearing as many much younger people.  He evinces much interest in news of the day.  Born in Nova Scotia, Mr. CHISHOLM came to Victor at an early age to work at the Conover plaster Mills.  In 1874 he was married to Maria Malone GOURARTY, who died in 1929.  They had two children, a son Charles, now residing in Philadelphia, and a daughter, Mrs. Louis CROWLEY of East Main street, with home he makes his home.  There is one grandchild, Charles CROWLEY, at home after receiving a medical discharge while in army training.  CHISHOLM trained for and fought in the Flenian War in England. 

Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,  May 11, 1945  Pg 5         by: Dianne Thomas

Charles RHODE Now in Louisiana Camp - Pfc. Charles W. RHODE, who recently returned to North Camp Hood, Texas, after spending a furlough at home, is now at Camp Clairborne in Louisiana, awaiting an overseas assignment.


Bernard MURPHY Has Oak Leaf Cluster Added to Air Medal - The following news concerning a Victor boy came to The Herald from an Eighth Air Force bomber station in England:

For "meritorious achievement" while participating in bomber combat operations over Germany and enemy occupied Europe, 1st Lt. Bernard C. MURPHY, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. John MURPHY, Maple avenue, Victor, NY, has been awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster to his previously won Air Medal, it was announced by the Commanding General, First Air Division.  Lt. MURPHY, bombardier on a B-17 Flying fortress, is a member of the 91st Bombardment Group, veteran heavy bomber unit of more than two and one half years service in the European Theater of Operations.  This group, commanded by Colonel Henry W. TERRY of Ossning, NY, is the combat home of such famous forts as the "Memphis Belle" and was the first group to complete 100 daylight high altitude bombing missions from this theater.  Lt. MURPHY recently took part in the group's 315th aerial assault.

Lt. MURPHY was graduated in 1936 from Victor High School, Victor, NY and then attended the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the Air Force in January 1942, he was employed as an assembler of office equipment by the International Business Machine Corporation at Rochester, NY.


Grant ERNST Made Colonel and Awarded Legion of Merit - Grant W. ERNST, former Mendon boy and a graduate of Victor High School in the class of 1913, was recently promoted from the rank of lieutenant-colonel to that of colonel and at the same time receive the Legion of Merit award for "outstanding work as U.S. troop carrier forces intelligence officer."  Announcement of the promotion and the award was made by Maj.-Gen. Paul L. WILLIAMS, commander of the forces, from First Allied airborne army headquarters in the European theater.  Col. ERNST had previously been awarded the bronze star.

The former Victor student was assistant business manager of The Post Standard of Syracuse, before going overseas in 1943.  He supervised combat intelligence activities for planning of troop carrier operations during Normandy and South (cut off)

Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,  July 27, 1945           by: Dianne Thomas

+ Canandaigua Girl Becomes Bride of Capt. John BRADY     (Front Page)

Captain John BRADY, who recently returned to his home in Victor, after having been a prisoner of war in Germany for 19 months, was married at 10:30 Wednesday morning, July 25, 1945, to Miss Esther Louise WILKINSON of Canandaigua.  the ceremony was performed by the Rev. E. Joseph ESSER in the rectory of St. Patrick's Church in Victor in the presence of the immediate families.  Captain BRADY, United States air pilot, who had won the Distinguished Flying Cross before he was shot down in enemy territory, is the eldest son of Mrs. John J. BRADY of Maple avenue, Victor.  His bride is a daughter of Mrs. Frank B. WILKINSON, Gibson street, Canandaigua.  

The bride wore a gown of white mousseline de sole, princess style entraine, with high neckline and a deep yoke effect.  Her elbow length veil of illusion was held by a Juliet cap of net and seed pearls and she carried a bouquet of white roses and gypsophilis. 

Mrs. Walter B. HENEHAN of Canandaigua, sister of the bride, was her only attendant.  Her gown was of ashes of roses silk jersey made with necklace neckline, fitted bodice and a full skirt.  Her headdress was a brown Dache net frill, and her bouquet was of Pinocchio roses and cornflowers.

Harold B. LOGAN of Canandaigua was Captain BRADY'S best man.

The bride's mother was in aqua Summer crepe with white accessories, and the bridegroom's mother wore navy print with navy accessories.  Each wore a corsage of gardenias.

The ceremony was followed by a reception at MacKenzie's Lakeview Inn, East Lake road, where the bridal party received the guests before the fireplace, banked with palms and flowers.  For the wedding breakfast, served to 50 guests, the bride's table was centered with the wedding cake and white tapers.  Out of town guests were from Hollywood and Fort Myer, Fla, Philadelphia, Pa., Syracuse, Rochester, Victor, Holcomb and Clifton Springs.

Pre nuptial events were showers and luncheons by Mrs. Edward F. ANDERSON in Canandaigua; Mrs. Jerome PARIS in Oswego; Mrs. Donald BUELL of Canandaigua and Mrs. Stuart S. CAVES Jr., of Holcomb; Misses Gertrude and Eleanor OLDACH in Rochester; Mrs. Hamilton STEARNS, Rochester; Mrs. Charles W. ANDERSON and Mrs. B. W. ARMSTRONG, Washburn's Grove; dinner at Hotel Canandaigua for the wedding party and families by Mrs. M. C. BAINES of Canandaigua and Mrs. J. Stanley WORDEN of Hollywood, Florida. 

Captain BRADY is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and Ithaca College, and taught music in Guilford High School for three months before he enlisted in December '41.  He received his wings and commission at Spence Field, Ga., in August 1942, and went over seas in May '43.  On October 10, 1943, a fateful date for many Army fliers, he was shot down over Germany, reported missing, and afterward found to be a prisoner of war.  He was liberated in May, and came home on furlough early in June.  Besides the DFC, he won the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.  

His bride is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy and Geneseo State Teacher's college, and has been teaching in Baldwin, L. I.

After a wedding trip, Capt. and Mrs. BRADY will go to Atlantic City, NJ, where he is to report on August 8 for reassignment.


+  Former Victor Agent On Lehigh is Dead

Fred G. SNOOK, a former station agent and telegraph operator on the Lehigh Valley railroad at Victor, died in his home in Honeoye Falls, July 23, 1945, in his 79th year.  He had been in poor health for a few years but had been about his home and did some work in his garden.

Born in Romulus, August 5, 1866, Mr. SNOOK learned telegraphy at an early age and became station agent at Sheldrake when about 19 years old.  He held similar positions in several Western New York villages, including Victor, form which village he went to Honeoye Falls about 33 years ago.  He retired at the age of 70 years.

He is survived by two cousins. Mrs. Asa JONES of Victor and Mrs. Elmer BOW of Romulus; a nephew and great nephew on the West Coast.  His wife, Annis SNOOK, died two years ago.  Funeral services were conducted in his home Thursday afternoon, the Rev. John F. BUYER of the Honeoye Falls Presbyterian Church officiating.  Burial was made in Honeoye Falls Cemetery.  


+ CONOVER - Theodore CONOVER, one of Victor's oldest residents and a descendant of a pioneer family, died at his home on Plaster Mill Road, Tuesday, July 24, 1945, in his 87ty year.  He had been in failing health for some time.  Mr. CONOVER, son of John and Elizabeth CONOVER, was born November 22, 1858 on a farm near the home in which he died.  In earlier life he operated a plaster mill from which the road obtained its name.  

The surviving relatives are a daughter, Miss Irma CONOVER and a son, John, both of Victor; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Mrs. CONOVER, the former Clara MINK, died 18 years ago.  Private funeral services were conducted at his home Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Nelson L. LOBDELL officiating.  Burial was made in Boughton Hill Cemetery. 


CROWLEY - Mrs. Margaret CROWLEY, widow of Patrick CROWLEY, died at her home on Brace street, Thursday, July 19, 1945.  She was 76 years old and had been in her usual health until the preceding Tuesday.  Mrs. CROWLEY had lived at her farm home for 38 years and had spent her entire life in Victor and vicinity. 

The surviving relatives are four sons and two daughters, George, Jerome, Margaret and Mrs. Bernard LEE, all of Victor; Leo J., of Macedon and Joseph P. CROWLEY of Rochester; two brothers, William CURRAN of Shortsville and Patrick CURRAN of Walworth; one sister, Mrs. Nellie COUGHLIN of Macedon; also four grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted from her home and from St. Patrick's church, Monday morning.  Burial was made in St. Patrick's Cemetery.  


HERENDEEN - Committal services were held in North Farmington Friends Cemetery for Rev. James H. HERENDEEN, 82, retired Episcopal rector, who died early Monday morning, at the Geneva General hospital, following an operation performed on Saturday.  Born in this town, he was a graduate of the General Theological Seminary, New York City, and had served in many churches throughout New York State.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nellie HERENDEEN; one son, James Hallett HERENDEEN, Scranton, PA; two daughters, Mrs. Theodore O' DELL and Mrs. Harry CLARK of Chappaqua; two brothers, Joseph and Richard HERENDEEN of this town; two sisters, Miss Jane HERENDEEN of Canandaigua and Mrs. Edson MC LOUTH of Shortsville; also seven grandchildren. 


Frank FORSYTHE, 92, Helps In Hay Field - Frank FORSYTHE, was up early and ready for a full day's work, Friday, when he celebrated his 92nd birthday.  He is extremely active for his age.  Mr. FORSYTHE visited the farm home of his daughter and son in law, Mr. and Mrs. Howard GREEN, Victor road, the past week and assisted with bunching hay in the field and also helped with loading one of the wagons.  Thursday morning, he walked the quarter of a mile from his home to the Trading Post in East Bloomfield.

The son of Leander and Lucy Quick FORSYTHE, he was born on the family homestead on the Buffalo road, about a mile and one half, west of the village.  There his father was a cooper and as a youth, followed this trade.  Soon he had the opportunity to be a carpenter helper and that trade was to be his life's work.  Enjoying excellent health through the years, he was able to follow that trade until a few years ago.  Now he busies himself with repairing and making house furniture.

Recently he has been making beautiful drop-leaf coffee tables for brides in the families of relatives and friends.  Handsome in design, the tables are cherished by the owners.

Good eyesight and an excellent memory make a pleasant companion and only the good players dare take him on as an auction brid__  partner or opponent.  Quite often (rest cut off)


Group Ordered Up For Induction - Ordered to report for induction, early in August, by Local Board No. 519, are the following:

From Canandaigua: George Marlin BEEMAN, Vernon L. SMITH, John A. HOSKINS, James LINCOLN, Frank A. LOISCONO, Eugene R. BARRY.

Clifton Springs: Harold F. BUNCE, Edwin F. ROLL.

Geneva: Robert A. REUBENS

Holcomb: Leslie W. MEEHAN

Ionia: Donald T. CANNAN

Macedon: Niel CLARK

Naples: William TODD

Lima: Leo E. FOX

Rochester: Fred R. UNDERHILL, Charles A. LYON

Syracuse: Everett L. PERRY



Miss Kathleen PIMM of the nursing staff of the F. F. Thompson hospital in Canandaigua, visited Mrs. Clara J. COBB, Wednesday. 

Sybil Ann LOCKE and Helen MONOHAN of Canandaigua, spent several days of last week with Sybil Ann's grandmother, Mrs. F. M. LOCKE.  

George W. HIGINBOTHAM, president of the State Bank of Victor, has been spending the past week at his summer home on Canandaigua Lake, with Mrs. HIGINBOTHAM and their daughter, Phyllis

Mrs. Warren WHEELER and children, who are spending the summer at a cottage on Cayuga Lake, came home Thursday, to remain over the weekend.  Mr. and Mrs. WHEELER plan to attend a lawn party, Saturday, at the University of Rochester, where he is an instructor in electrical engineering and electronics.  Beginning August 1, Mr. WHEELER will have a month's vacation from his duties at the university and will join his family at the cottage.

Mrs. Nettie PROSSER, Mrs. Anna RHODE, and Mrs. Frank W. ALDRIDGE visited the Folts Home at Herkimer, one day last week, making the trip by way of Cherry Valley.  Their visit was made in acceptance of an invitation to visitors extended by Dr. and Mrs. JUDD on a recent Sunday, when Dr. JUDD was guest preacher at the local Methodist church. The visitors were escorted about the home and grounds by their host and hostess, and are enthusiastic in their praise of the institution and of the care which Dr. and Mrs. JUDD are giving to the 18 aged ladies who live there.  The home is designed to accommodate a larger number of residents in the future, but the war time labor shortage has delayed completion of several rooms.  Folts Home is a Methodist institution.

Nelson Lee ALLEN is visiting his grandmother, Mrs. Herbert KREGER at Rochester.  

Miss Geraldine DE MAY returned to her home in Webster, Sunday, after spending the past week with her grandmother, Mrs. Raymond DE MAY

Mr. and Mrs. Walter GARDNER and daughters Jean, Audrey and Kathy, visited her brother, Jack GALLENS at Sampson, Sunday.

Miss Myrna ALLEN and cousin, Miss Lucille ALLEN of St. Louis, MO., are spending two weeks with their aunt, Mrs. Ben VAN WIE, and Mr. VAN WIE at Schenevus.

Miss Doris DE MAY of South Perinton spent Thursday and Friday with her cousin, Miss Geraldine DE MAY of Webster, at the home of their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond DE MAY.

Dr. George S. ALLEN of Clyde and daughter, Mrs. Laura PRESTON, an instructor at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, visited his brother, Lewis F. ALLEN and Mrs. ALLEN and his sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. PADGHAM, Thursday. 

Betty Jane, Patty and Peter BOWERMAN, who had been visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert. H. PADGHAM, have returned to their home at Mertensia.

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd WELLS will be host to the GARDNER family reunion at their farm home, Saturday, August 4.


Military News Personals:

Richard RANDALL, U. S. Maritime Service, Sheepshead Bay, spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Almond RANDALL, Jones street.  

Philip KAUFMAN, former director of music in the Bloomfield Central School, is now serving as assistant chaplain and recently was at Chapel 3, Camp Croft, SC.  Mrs. KAUFMAN has been residing at Spartanburg, SC, where she has been working in the Station hospital.  She also continues with her singing and music in the First Baptist Church in that city.

+  Corporal Gerald CROSSETT, stationed at Bayreuth, Germany, has had an opportunity to visit the home of the famous composer, Richard Wagner.  He writes, "It was a beautiful place.  His home has been hit with a shell, damaging the large dining room and kitchen, but the remainder of the house was intact.  So different than anything I have seen at home.  Wagner's studio was a large house in itself.  It contained, among other things, a life sized portrait of his sister and tree large grand pianos.  One was a Steinway that took about all the space of an ordinary room. "

THE VICTOR HERALD         August 3, 1945       Front Pg                     by:  Ron Hanley
Robert Kesel About To Return To U.S.A. 
Letters written to T 5   Robert L. Kesel by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Kesel, have been returned to them accompanied by the information that "Bob" is about to return to his homeland. He has been hospitalized for about two months because of foot trouble, while in the Pacific area.

Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,  Nov 9, 1945  Pg 5         by: Dianne Thomas


Jerome CROWLEY, son of the late Patrick and Margaret CROWLEY, died suddenly at his home on Brace street at seven o'clock on Thursday morning, November 8, 1945.  He was 40 years old, and was a quiet, home loving man, deeply devoted to his mother, who died on July 19 of this year, aged 76 years.  The surviving relatives are three brothers and two sisters, George, Margaret and Mrs. Bernard LEE, all of Victor; Leo J. of Macedon and Joseph P. CROWLEY of Rochester.  Funeral services will be conducted at the family home at 8:30 Saturday morning and at St. Patrick's church at 9 o'clock. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. 



Mr. and Mrs. William LUDWIG and son, Gerry, of East Rochester, were guests of Mrs. LUDWIG'S parents, Dr. and Mrs. E. T. SHARP, over the weekend.

Mrs. Earl LAIDLAW of Gouverneur arrived Thursday to visit her daughter, Mrs. Carl B. SMITH and her grandchildren, Cynthia LAIDLAW and Carl Truman SMITH, over the weekend.

Mrs. Eric KARLEY met her brother, Sgt. Clayton FALLS, in Rochester today, and accompanied him to the home of their father in Medina, where she will remain for a few days.  Sgt. FALLS has just arrived from Italy after two years of overseas service.

Mrs. Homer W. COTTON Sr., and her daughter, Mrs. Harlow PECK, arrived at home last Friday after having taken Mrs. Homer W. COTTON Jr., and her daughter, Carolee, to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to make their home there while Lt. Homer W. COTTON is stationed at Smyrna Army Air Field.

Mr. and Mrs. R. D. WHITNEY of Syracuse, were guests of Mrs. R. O. WHITNEY, over the weekend.  The Rev. and Mrs. Leonard WHITNEY and two children, of Pultneyville, were guests of Mrs. WHITNEY over Saturday night, and Mr. and Mrs. Jean W. BELL of Allen's Hill, visited her and her house guests on Sunday.

+  Last Saturday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BLEIER and son, Robert, and Miss Bernadine FREDERICK, attended a party given by Mr. and Mrs. Albert LIST of Irondequoit in honor of their son, Frederick, who was recently given his honorable discharge from the United States Army.  The party was held at Rifle Range in Seneca Park with about 75 guests in attendance.  

+ Mr. and Mrs. Lewis BLEIER Jr., entertained at a family dinner on Sunday evening, for their son Robert, who left this morning, November 9, for induction into the United States Armed Forces. On Tuesday, October 30, Mr. and Mrs. BLEIER and son Robert and Miss Bernadine FREDERICK attended a party at the home of Mr. Lewis BLEIER'S in  ____ East Rochester, given in celebration of his mother's birthday and also honor of Robert.  On Friday, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence  ____N o Palmyra entertained  ____and Miss FREDERICK at dinner. 

Victor Herald, Victor, NY    Friday,  Nov 9, 1945  Pg 5         by: Dianne Thomas


Miss Virginia MEAD, a teacher in the Oakfield High School, arrived Wednesday afternoon to spend the Thanksgiving recess with her parents, Postmaster and Mrs. Frank B. MEAD.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. JOHNSON were among the guests at a Thanksgiving family party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. A. COWAN of Wadsworth.  Mrs. COWAN is Mr. JOHNSON'S sister.

Mrs. Wayne POWER, her children, Joyce and Vernon, and her mother, Mrs. OVENSHIRE, were guests of the latter's son, Raymond WEBSTER and family at Niagara Falls over Thanksgiving Day.  

Mrs. Fred E. BROWN was in Macedon last Saturday evening, to attend the annual turkey dinner at the Universalist Church there, of which she is a member.  William DOYLE drove her car for her and also enjoyed the dinner. 

Dr. and Mrs. E T. SHARP were Thanksgiving Day guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charles LUDWIG at Holcomb.  Other guests there were Mr. and Mrs. William LUDWIG and their son, of East Rochester.  Mrs. William LUDWIG is the former, Virginia SHARP.

Mrs. Hattie SWARTZENBERG and Miss Mildred I. HARRIS were in Perry, last Sunday.  Mrs. SWARTZENBERG went to Rochester, Wednesday to visit her son, Archie WATERBURY and family, until Sunday evening.  Miss HARRIS went to Buffalo, Wednesday morning, to visit relatives there until Sunday.  

Mr. and Mrs. M. Sherman COTTON and daughter, Sonia, and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. ALLEN were Thanksgiving Day guests of Walter ALLEN in Shortsville.  Mr. and Mrs. Fred ALLEN of Manchester, parents of Mrs. COTTON and  Arthur ALLEN, also spent the holiday at the home of their other son, Walter.  

Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. ALLEN, former Victor residents, returned to their home in Manchester Tuesday, much improved in health after a considerable period of illness during which each had been a patient in the Clifton Springs Sanitarium and had also been cared for at the home of their son, Arthur W. ALLEN, in Victor. 

Mrs. Harriet A. WEBSTER, was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Howard DECK and family, in Whitesville, last week, when a joint birthday party was given in celebration of her 75th birthday anniversary and of the birthday of Mr. DECK'S mother.  On Wednesday, Mrs. WEBSTER went to visit her son, Otis and family, of Churchville RD, and on Saturday she will return home and will attend the WEBSTER reunion at the BUMPUS farm.

THE VICTOR HERALD       Friday        December 7, 1945          Pg 5, col 1         by:  Ron Hanley
 Local  Happenings

+  A daughter was born to T-Sgt. and Mrs. Donald E. Keefe, December 1, 1945, at Highland Hospital in Rochester.                 


Miss Eileen Estes, who recently underwent an appendectomy, is again able to be out and plans to soon resume her work in the Buffalo Public Library.

 George B. Prosser, for many years a resident of Victor, is now unable to read or write because of failing eyesight. His present address
is, George B. Prosser, care H. M. Place, Route 3, Oswego, N. Y., where he has made his home for several years. Letters from old time Victor
friends would be very welcome.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY       Dec. 16, 1945           by: GSubyak@aol.com       

O'LEARY - At the home of her son, Eugene O'LEARY, Salt Rd., Penfield, Mary Catherine, widow of Timothy F. O'LEARY, Dec. 14. She is survived by another son, Francis of Perinton; one brother, William HOWE of Honeoye Falls; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Services at Van Horn Funeral Home, Fairport, Monday morning at 8:30 and at 9:00 o'clock from the Church of the Assumption, Fairport. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery, Victor. Arrangements by Tischer.

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