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for the Village of Penn Yan

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Rochester Republican,  Rochester, Monroe, NY    July 13, 1848   contributed by G. Subyak

Marriages:    In Penn Yan, July 3, Mr. Hiram KENYON, of Penn Yan, to Miss Sarah Ann NORTHROP, of Potter.

Deaths:   In Barrington, June 30th, Mr. Almon MATSON, aged 3?  years.
At Branchport, on the 23d ult., Mrs. Sarah LAMB, wife of Dexter LAMB, Esq., in the 49th year of her age.
In Penn Yan, on the ?_th ult., of apoplexy, Mrs. Mary M. STEBBINS, wife of Fitz A. STEBBINS, aged 31years.

Rochester Republican,  Rochester, Monroe, NY    Sept 7, 1848   contributed by G. Subyak

In Penn Yan, on the 24th ult., of lingering consumption, Miss Nancy E. LEWIS, aged 22 years, daughter of George and Elizabeth LEWIS.

Rochester Republican, Rochester, NY    Nov 30, 1848          contributed  by: G.Subyak


+  In Columbus, OH.,  on the 8th inst., Mr. Henry F. WHEELER, formerly of  Penn Yan, aged 28 years, 11 months, and 14 days.
+  In Penn Yan, on the 8th inst., in the 23d year of her age, Mary, wife of Bradley SHEARMAN, and daughter of the late Aaron REMER.
+  In Benton, on the 9th inst, Mary Eliza, daughter of John and Elizabeth TITUS, in the 23d year of her age in Le Roy, and also Deacon Hinds CHAMBERLAIN, aged 84 years.


Rochester Republican  Rochester,  NY,    July19, 1849    contributed  by: G.Subyak

MARRIED -  In Yates, on the 10th inst., Mr. Edwin St. JOHN to Miss Rebecca DAVIS, all of Yates.

Rochester Republican,  Rochester, Monroe, N. Y.  Sept  3, 1849                  contributed  by: G.Subyak

DIED - In Penn Yan, on the 2d ult, G. M. CHASE, formerly of this city.

Union & Advertiser, Rochester, NY  Fri     July 24, 1863    contributed  by: G.Subyak

DIED - In Penn Yan, on the 23d inst., Elvira E., wife of Floyd D. TORRENCE, of  this city, aged 25 years.  Funeral at the house, No. 80 South Fitzhugh St., on Saturday, 25th inst., at 1 o'clock P. M.

RETURNED FOR BURIAL - The remains of Mrs. F. D. TORRANCE arrived here from Penn Yan this morning, attended by her husband and several friends. They were received at the Central Depot by a numerous party of friends, and taken to the residence of Mr. T., Fitzhugh street. The sudden death of Mrs. T. by casualty, caused much sorrow in a large circle of acquaintances of the family, and her husband has the sympathy of all who have heard of his affliction.

Penn Yan  newspaper dated Mar 22, 1866           contributed by: M. Kelly  [deceased]

Mrs. Jane Hutchinson, age 62 years, died 27 Feb 1866 at Three Rivers, in Michigan. In 1804, when less then a year old, she came from Pennsylvania with her father, Luke Conley, to Yates Co. She was the oldest of nine children, all but one, a sister Mary, survive her. After a residence of 60 years, she removed with her husband, Lyman Hutchinson, to join their family of five children at Three Rivers. Her brother, James Conley, is well known in this county. Mrs. Hutchinson was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Italy Hill, Yates Co.

Yates County Chronicle, Penn Yan, Yates, NY      December 9, 1875         contributed by Phyllis

Died in this village (Penn Yan) on Tuesday evening, Dec. 7, 1875, John Norcott, in the 89th year of his age. (He) has been a citizen of Penn Yan for more than half a century. Mr. Norcott was a quiet, unobtrusive man, and enjoyed the kindly regard of his fellow citizens. Funeral services today at 2:30 P.M.

Ontario Co. Repository & Messenger   Apr 12, 1883  Pg.3          contributed by  Dianne Thomas 

+ Hon. William S. BRIGGS, Judge of Yates county, has married Mrs. POST of Geneva. Mrs. POST, now Mrs. BRIGGS, is a woman of wealth and a very estimable lady.  She has a cottage at Crystal Springs, where she spends much time during the summer.

+ Mr. John S. SHEPPARD has sold his lumber business in Pen Yan to Mr. Charles D. WELLES.

+ Martin SPENCER, a former resident of Penn Yan, died recently at Galva, Ill, aged 69 years.

+ Penn Yan organized an Amber Sugar Cane company last Friday night with a capital of $25,000.

Ontario Repository & Messenger    Mar 25, 1886     Pg 3       contributed by  Dianne Thomas 

The big braves of the Penn Yan Express and the Chronicle, have been in a chronic quarrel for several years.  They have now abandoned long range shooting with bows and arrows and are using the heaviest and sharpest tomahawks.  The scalp raising process will soon be reached.

Ontario Repository & Messenger    May 31,1888     Pg 3       contributed by  Dianne Thomas 

Marion F. HOWE, the adopted daughter of Alonzo JENKINS, of Penn Yan, has been found to be the great granddaughter of the late Lord HOWE, of England, whose heirs have been long advertised for.  She will inherit a large fortune. 

Democrat & Chronicle   Rochester, NY     Mon            Apr 21,1890         contributed by: GSubyak  

Lewis QUACKENBUSH has sold the Arcade cigar store in Penn Yan to Walter DENNISON and Charles EGGLESTON.
+  Married, in Penn Yan, April 16th, by the Rev. J. V. BENHAM, Alphonse DICKERSON and Mrs. Adelia REMER.
Henry CAMPBELL, of Starkey, is the oldest man in Yates county. He will be 100 years old on the 25th of next October.
Marvin PARKS, the well-known carriage manufacturer of Penn Yan, lost the first two fingers of his right hand by a buzz-saw last week.
Daniel COARSER, an aged and respected resident of Penn Yan, died last week. His remains were taken to Benton Center for interment.
Thomas S. BURNS has commenced the erection of a large double house on his property corner of Elm and Keuka streets at Penn Yan.
+  Two cases of scarlet fever, in a mild form, are reported in Penn Yan.  The disease is not spreading, however, and it is probable that nothing serious will result from the cases already noted.
+  At the Prohibition conference in Penn Yan Saturday, Martin STARK, of Penn Yan, was elected as the delegate to represent Yates county at thestate conference in Binghamton to-morrow and Wednesday.
+   A queer freak of nature occurred on the farm of the KETCHUM sisters,  in Benton, last week. A chicken was hatched having three legs, two of the  legs were in the usual place, while the third is growing between the other two.  The chicken has been sent to P. T. BARNUM.
Stephen B. AYRES, of Penn Yan, has left for the state of Washington,  where he will make investigation into some real estate investments in the new state. Mr. AYRES is the representative of a syndicate of Penn Yan capitalists, who will invest immediately about$30,000, if the proper place can be found for the money.

Democrat & Chronicle    Rochester, Monroe, NY        Wed      Oct  22, 1890    contributed by: GSubyak  

Talk of Organizing a National Gas Company at Penn Yan
For some time past Jonathan CHAMPLIN, of Penn Yan, has been operating in a section of the town known as the "Hollow," with a view of striking gas and oil.
He has drilled two wells, some fifty feet, and in both instances large quantities of gas have been found. Monday night quite a party of Penn Yan capitalists visited one of the wells. The gas was ignited and the flame shot up in the air fully twenty feet, and burned with a steady and brilliant flame. The flow was somewhat arrested by the pressure of forty feet of water in the tubing and several leaks in the outer pipe. Directly under the well which has just been started are two large veins of gas crossing each other. Drilling will be continued very shortly. A movement is on foot in Penn Yan to organize a stock company and put down a test well under Mr. CHAMPLIN's direction.


In the town of Milo 1,565 voters were registered Saturday.

Mrs. Peter REMER, of Penn Yan, who was so badly burned Monday afternoon, died yesterday morning.

It is estimated that over 24,000 tons of grapes were raised this year along Lake Keuka and in Pleasant Valley. Along Seneca and Canandaigua lakes and in the Vine Valley and Naples section the yield was about 12,000 tons.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY   Mon           Sept  1891              contributed by: GSubyak 

PENN YAN, N. Y., Sept 6 - The following delegates were elected to-day to the Republican State Convention from Yates county: The Hon. George P. LORD, 
Captain Morris F. SHEPPARD, Hon. William A. CARSON, and Harvey TALLMADGE. They were uninstructed. The following judicial delegates were selected: Hon. Hanford STRUBLE, James C. SPICER and William S. BRIGGS. They will probably support the re-nomination of Justice Charles C. DWIGHT.  Six senatorial delegates favorable to  the re-nomination of Charles T. SAXTON, of Wayne, were chosen. The following  county ticket was put in the field. For member of Assembly, Hon. Everett L. BROWN; for sheriff, John W. SMITH, 2d;for treasurer, J. Henry SMITH; for district attorney, John T. KNOX.  The utmost harmony prevailed. Assemblyman BROWN  was re-nominated by acclamation.

Union & Advertiser, Rochester, NY Saturday        Nov 26,1892          by: GSubyak@aol.com    

PENN YAN, Nov. 26 - The board of Supervisors has designated the Express and Democrat as the papers to publish the session laws for the ensuing year.
Certificates of election expenses of county candidates have been filed this week in the county clerk's office as follows: Morris F. SHEPPARD, Rep., member  of Assembly, $345; Cyrus C. HARVEY, Rep., coroner, $30; William F. JOLLY, Rep.,  coroner, $75; Charles W. RYAL, Rep., for sessions, nothing: Ernest R. BUDWELL, Dem., member of Assembly, $104.55; Albert E. ELLISON, Pro., coroner,$12; M. E.  BABCOCK, Pro., coroner, nothing.
The Farmer's Institute for Yates county will be held at Cornwell's Opera House on December 8th and 9th. Addresses will be made by Prof. F. T. SHULTZ on the importance of a more thorough education in the science of agriculture; Mr. Robert C. HENSON, on fruit culture, and ex-School Commissioner James A. THAYER on general farming.
George W. HOBART of Jerusalem, a member of Post Sloan, No. 93, G. A. R., has been named by the State department of the Grand Army of the Republic as assistant inspector of posts 71, 93, 115, and 315, in Yates county.

Democrat & Chronicle    Rochester, Monroe, NY        Wed      Aug 23, 1893    contributed by: G. Subyak  

Mary E. Lease and Governor Waite to Speak at Keuka Park To-Day
*  The examination of Jacob LATHROP of Penn Yan, who was arrested last week on the charge of arson, was postponed from yesterday to next Tuesday at 9:30 A. M.
*  The funeral of Lewis STEWART, who was killed on the Fall Brook tracks at Penn Yan Monday afternoon, was conducted from the Pulteney church yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
*  The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen have an excursion on Lake Keuka to-day. The annual reunion of the McDOWELL family will be held at Len. STORR's house, on Lake Lamoka to-day. The Himrods Baptist church hold their annual picnic at Severne-on-Seneca today. The annual reunion of the GREEN family is to be held at Willow Grove on Canandaigua lake to-day.
*At Keuka park to-day and to-morrow there will be a gathering of the farmers of Yates, Ontario, Steuben and Schuyler counties. Mrs. Mary E. LEASE, of Kansas, the great woman orator, will speak to-day, as will Governor D. H. WAITE, of Colorado, James B. WEAVER, of Iowa, and L. E. DEAN   <snip>[ didn't get the rest.]

Democrat & Chronicle    Rochester, Monroe, NY        Wed      Aug 23, 1893    contributed by: G.Subyak

William HAINER died at his late residence on Lake street, Penn Yan, Wednesday evening.
*  The members of the Republican county central committee will meet at the office of William J. MORRIS, in Penn Yan, at 2 P. M., on Saturday next.
* The remains of Mrs. Lillian May FOSTER were brought to Penn Yan Wednesday evening from Rochester, where she died from a surgical operation. The deceased was a most estimable lady, and formerly resided in Penn Yan, where she had a large circle of acquaintances, having at different times been engaged in running a kindergarten school. Her maiden name was Lillian May STOUTENBERG. The funeral services will be conducted to-day.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY  Wednesday     Sept 5,1894              by: GSubyak@aol.com  

* The remains of Betsey McCUIN, aged 68 years, were interred at Second Milo Monday. She died at Hall's Corners of liver trouble on Saturday.
*The infant child of Dennis McREYNOLDS of the town of Barrington died Monday evening at the residence of James HASSON, in Penn Yan. The burial was in St. Michael's cemetery at Penn Yan yesterday.
* B. S. FRENCH, of Amsterdam, who has officiated as secretary of the Y. M. C.A., at Penn Yan for some time, has severed his connection with that association and will go to Chicopee, Mass., to fill a similar position there.  The association at Penn Yan will for the present dispense with the services of a secretary.
*Tuesday morning R. F. MILLER and wife, of Beaver Dams, started with a buggy and team for Penn Yan, to attend the funeral of Mr. MILLER's brother's wife, who died in Michigan, and whose remains were taken to Penn Yan for burial. Just before reaching the top of the hill near Cook's gully, south of Dundee, a strap on the neck-yoke broke, letting the ole drop. The horses became unmanageable, the buggy was overturned and badly damaged, and Mr. and Mrs.  MILLER, were thrown out at the top of the hill. Mrs. MILLER sustained some severe injuries, but to what extent was not learned. Mr. MILLER was bruised and cut, but not severely. The horses cleared themselves from the buggy and ran headlong down the hill to the new iron bridge. On reaching the bridge they made  a dash over the side and went headlong into the gully, a distance of twelve or fifteen feet. One of the horses is severely injured, and it is doubtful if it recovers.

Union & Advertiser,  Rochester, Monroe, NY    Monday  Mar 11, 1895    contributed  by: G.Subyak

Penn Yan, March 11 - The following nominations were made Saturday afternoon by the Democrats:
First Ward -- Trustees, Charles W. COFFIN; inspector of election, James M. HALLOCK; delegates to the village convention, George S. SHEPPARD, Gilbert BROWN, Patrick McELLIGOTT. 
Second Ward -- Trustees, Alfred LOCKYEAR; inspector, Benjamin HAVENS; delegates, E. J. MEEHAN, Fred CRANE, Timothy LYNCH.
Third Ward -- Trustees, William H. WHITFIELD; inspector, George H. EXCELL; delegates, William H. WHITFIELD, Edward DONOHUE, H. C. EARLES.
Fourth Ward -- Trustee, Charles KELLY; inspector, Charles H. FENNER; delegates, Charles H. FENNER, George H. SIMMONS, M. E. BURNS.
Fifth Ward -- Trustee, Frank HALLETT; inspector, William SUTHERLAND; delegates, George R. YOUNGS, Frank S. CONKLIN, John LONG.
In the Sixth ward the Republicans nominated the following ticket: Trustee, John L. ACKLEY; inspector, David H. DECKER; delegates, J. Henry SMITH, John DIBBLE, George BEEBE.

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle  NY       Monday, March 18, 1895        contributed by  Dianne Thomas  

Georgiana, second daughter of Joshua MEAD of Bellona, died Friday evening [3/15], after a lingering illness of dropsy of the heart. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Democrat & Chronicle    Rochester, Monroe, NY     Jan 1,1897       contributed  by: G.Subyak

Sheldon Kittell Indicted in Penn Yan for Burglary at Last Arrested.

A telegram was received in Penn Yan yesterday that Sheldon KITTELL had been arrested in Utica. KITTELL was indicted by the Yates county grand jury a year or two ago on the charge of burglary. He skipped out and went to Pennsylvania, and afterward to Utica. He will probably be returned to Penn Yan, and  arraigned with the prisoners indicted by the last grand jury next Tuesday. An indictment was found against KITTELL on the charge of breaking into a barn and stealing there from some beans, etc.

+ The following new cases are on the calendar of the county court, to be convened in Penn Yan January 11th; Calvin RUSSELL, et al, appellants, vs. W. Irving JONES, respondent; Jesse HALLOCK, respondent, vs. Edward H. REYNOLDS, appellant, Thomas S. BURNS vs. Frank BAIRD; Craig W. HOYT, respondent, vs. B. Lindsay CLARK, appellant; Thomas CATTERSON vs. Alfred ELLERINGTON.
+ An appeal will be taken in the McCAFFERY will case.
+ John SIMMONS died in Penn Yan yesterday morning.
+ Richard HANBURY died at the county house Wednesday.
+William JOHNSON, of Penn Yan, has been granted a patent on a car coupling.
+ In the case of the people against George MAZROLE and Jane GOUNDRY, charged with disorderly acts, which were tried before Police Justice RANDOLPH, of Penn Yan, Tuesday, the justice here found the former guilty of the charge, and acquitted the latter. Sentence was suspended on MAZROLE during good behavior.

Democrat & Chronicle    Rochester, Monroe, NY     Dec 28, , 1898      contributed  by: G.Subyak

An Old Lady Struck by the Cars and Killed at Himrods -  Mrs. Sophia FOLTZ, a lady about 60 years old, was struck and instantly killed yesterday afternoon on the Northern Central railroad, about half a mile south of Himrods. She had been doing some trading at Himrods, and was walking along the track toward her home, which was about two miles south of Himrods. Her actions just before she was struck would indicate that her mind was somewhat confused, as she crossed and re-crossed the track three or four times. She was thrown about forty feet, striking face downward.    The train was stopped and the remains picked up and placed in the baggage car and taken to the station at  Himrods. Coroner HAVENS, of Penn Yan, was notified and a jury impaneled. After viewing the remains an adjournment was taken until 1:30 P. M. today.

Democrat & Chronicle    Rochester, Monroe, NY  1898       contributed by  Dianne Thomas

ACCIDENT AT PENN YAN-  Penn Yan, March 21 - Charles CONKLIN met with a painful accident yesterday. While engaged with ropes and tackle in hoisting goods to the second floor, Mr. CONKLIN caught the index finger on his right hand in the pulley. It was so badly injured,  that amputation was necessary.

Annual Appointments -  The annual apportionment of school money in the towns of the county has been made, and is as follows: Barrington, 12 districts, $1,360.46;Benton, 13districts, $1,587.87; Italy, 12 districts, $1,315.90; Jerusalem, 21 districts,$2,293.86; Middlesex, 9 districts, $1,092.39; Milo, 12 districts, $4,012.67; Potter, 13 districts, $1,845; Starkey, 13 districts, $1,880.83; Torrey, 6districts, $883.29. Total, $16,272.46.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, Monroe, NY,     Mon.,   May 1,1899         contributed  by: GSubyak@aol.com

Application of a Dundee Saloon-keeper for a License Refused
Up to the time of closing Saturday County Treasurer LOWN had granted applications for licenses as follows:  Penn Yan - John C. KNAPP, saloon,  $200; Michael C. CRAUGH, saloon, $200; Frank V. SHATTUCK, hotel, $200; B. S. MERRITT, saloon, $200; E. H. CHAPMAN, saloon, $200; T. S. BURNS, saloons (two licenses)  $400; A. J. O'BERTIN, hotel, $200; Lester M. RICE, saloon, $200; Augustus DURNIN, saloon, $200; William & Shaw, hotel, $200; Thomas HAZARD, saloon, $200; James HASSON, hotel, $200; George S. GOODRICH, hotel, $200; Edgar  H. LEWIS, druggist, $75; Empire State Wine Company, $75; W. W. QUACKENBUSH, druggist,$75; Frank QUACKENBUSH, druggist, $75.  Dundee -- Jesse W.  FULLER, hotel, $100; Andrew A. HARPENDING, hotel, $100; Silas A. PRICE, pharmacist, $5; Willis H. MILLARD, pharmacist, $5.  

Rushville -- Michael QUIRK, hotel, $100; A.M. REGAN, hotel, $100.   Himrods -- Frank R.  KNAPP, hotel, $100. 

P= Potter Center Ashley McDONALD, hotel, $100.    Dresden -- Gertrude HAZARD, hotel, $100.   At the last town meeting in Starkey the proposition to license saloons was voted down. Saturday, however, Frank SWARTS, the proprietor of a saloon in Dundee, made application for a license on the technicality that proper notification had not been filed with the county treasurer of the defeat of said proposition. SWARTS's application was not granted.

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

*  Bertha CHRISTENSEN and Chris "DITTO", Wed at Penn Yan  -  NO ROMANCE ABOUT IT 

One Chapter in a Too Common Story of a Young Girl's Betrayal - Both the Parties Dames - Yates County

About 6o'clock last evening a novel wedding occurred in Penn Yan.  The nuptial knot was performed by Rev. Eugene HAINES, pastor of the Baptist Church, in Sheriff MILLER'S parlor, in the county jail, and was witnessed by Sheriff MILLER and his wife and a reporter.  The contracting parties were two Danish people of the same name, but who were not related to each other until after the ceremony was performed.  Their names were Chris CHRISTENSEN and Miss Bertha CHRISTENSEN. The bride has been living in Penn Yan of late, and the groom, until recently was employed as a farm hand in the town of Benton.  They gave their ages as 20and 18 respectively. 

A few days ago the girl made complaint before the "overseer of the poor", that she was going to soon become a mother and alleged that Chris CHRISTENSEN was the cause of the trouble. A warrant was there upon issued by Police Justice RANDOLPH and Officer RECTOR journeyed to Benton and arrested CHRISTENSEN. The police justice set down January 20 as the day for his examination, and not being able to furnish bail, in the sum of $200, he was taken to jail, where he has since resided.

At first, CHRISTENSEN refused to marry the unfortunate girl, but finally, when he fully understood the gravity of the situation, more so for the reason, more so for the reason that she was under the age of consent, when the crime was committed, he relented and decided to take the other and proper course.  Accordingly the marriage was performed as stated.  The groom will now be released from custody and the proceedings against him, will, of course, be dropped.  


* The marriage of George RACE and MissFannie STONE, of Jerusalem, occurred yesterday.  [1/19/1899]


* A colored individual, who was minus one arm, dropped in Penn Yan, Wednesday, and during the evening made a nuisance of himself in the stores, by frightening the clerks, especially those of the gentler sex.  He was finally arrested and taken to jail.  Yesterday, Police Justice RANDOLPH fined him $6, or 63 days in jail, and he paid the fine.  He gave the name of John BIRKETT, residence, Elmira. 


* Miss Hattie SMALLEY, of Penn Yan, whose illness with hemorrhage of the brain was noted in the Democrat and Chronicle, yesterday, died early yesterday morning.   An operation of trepanning was performed on the skull by Drs. TUTHILL and  PHILLIPS, of Penn Yan, and Dr. GRAHAM of Hahnemann Hospital, Rochester, a short time before her death.   Miss SMALLEY was a teacher in Liberty street school in Penn Yan.  Besides her parents, she leaves a brother and three sisters.  

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