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Rochester Daily Union and Advertiser  Rochester,  NY,     Sat    Jan 2, 1900    contributed  by: G.Subyak

Final meetings of the creditors of FrankJ. WELLS of Penn Yan and Mortimer J. HOYT ofPotter, bankrupts, will be held before United States Judge JohnR. HAZEL at Elmira on the 12th inst.

Yates County Chronicle    Wednesday     April 16,1902             contributedby: Cathy Coon

MARRIED  -    LANE - TOSEY  -At the Potter Place, Yates county, N. Y., March 19, 1902, by the Rev.F. Ray Andrews, Ernest J. Lane and Clara E. Tosey,both of Potter

DEATHS -  TINNEY -  At his residence in VineValley, Wednesday, April 9, 1902, C. W. Tinney,aged 78 years.

Democrat & Chronicle,  Rochester, NY    Tuesday    Apr 28, 1903      contributedby:  GSubyak@aol.com 

Les pendens have been filed with County Clerk Henry REED, at Penn Yan, in thefollowing Supreme Court action: Alice FITCH vs Henry CONWAY and others.The property on which it is sought to foreclose is situated in the town ofPotter,  and consists of about twenty-one acres of land. The mortgage bearsthe date of  March 10, 1897.

AWARDS WILL SOON BE ANNOUNCED -  Five bids have been received by PostmasterGeorge R. CORNWELL, of PennYan, for the service of carrying the United States mails to and from thePenn Yan, Keuka Park & Branchport Electric Railway and the NorthernCentral Railway, in Penn Yan. The award will be announced from Washingtonwithin a short  time.

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY                           July 31, 1908                       contributed by:  M. Kelly  [d.2009]

Thomas Robeson/Robinson 

Died at his home near Rossberg, Allegany County, NY ,June23,1908 of cancer of the stomach. He was born Oct 21, 1833,son of Abram and AnnaRobinson. On 11/4/1860 he married Augusta Oakley and had one son,Miles, who waskilled in a railroad wreck. Mrs. Robeson died 3/9/1866, of consumption. Hemarried for his second wife, Philana Bentley 1/1/1868 and had six children,Mary, Cynthia, Bertha, Charles, Pheobe and James. He is survived by his wife andthree children. For many years he resided in Potter, NY and was well known andrespected by all. About 22 years since he removed to Allegany County, where heresided until his death. He was a great sufferer for many months but wascheerful and patient until the last and was conscious that his end was near. Hisfuneral service were held on Thursday,June 21.

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY   Tuesday,January 12,1915                 contributed  by: G.Subyak

MRS. JOSEPH FARNSWORTH - Blood Poisoning from Needle CausesDeath of Rushville Woman
Rushville, Jan. 10 - The death of Mrs. Ella VAN EPPS FARNSWORTH occurred earlySunday morning in her late home in North Main street this village, aged 59 years.Death resulted from blood poisoning, which started about two weeks ago when shepricked herself with a needle.
She was a daughter of John and Anna VAN EPPS and  had always lived in thisvicinity. Besides her husband, Joseph FARNSWORTH,she  leaves a son anddaughter, John FARNSWORTH and Mrs. Ella GOODRICH all of  Rushville, and asister, Mrs. Hiram FERGUSON, of Ferguson Corners.  The funeral will be heldfrom the home Tuesday  morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. R. C. SPEER officiating.Interment in Rushville cemetery.

PennYan Democrat,  Friday    May 11,1917       contributed by:DianneThomas

YatesCountypeople in attendance at the funeral of William H. HERTEL,in Elmira, last Sunday, were: Mrs.John HERTEL, Mr. and Mrs. John SCHWEICKHARDand two daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Louis HEY, Mr. andMrs. William SCHWEICKHARDand daughters, of Potter; Mr. and Mrs. J P. MASTEN, Mr.and Mrs. Ward ELLIS, Mrs. STEVENS, Miss Agnes WALSH, and the bearers fromthe Hook and Ladder Company, George Excell, Edward Parker.Jay Parker, George Schauble, McClellan Townsend and George T. Wilkins, ofPenn Yan.

ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL    Friday    June 17, 1921         Pg 5, col  3     contributed by: Ron Hanley  

MERTZ  -  The death of Mrs. Eva MERTZ, aged 75 years, of Rushville, occurred at Memorial hospital yesterday, following a long illness.

DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE   Rochester,Monroe Co, NY          June  28, 1917          contributed by: SylviaOlson

Rushville, June 27. - The marriage of Miss Alice BATES,elder daughter of Mrs. Nellie BATES, of thisvillage, and Floyd F. DeWICK of Middlesex, tookplace at the home of the bride's mother at 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev.G. F. CRAWFORD, pastor of Middlesex M. E. Church, performing theceremony. The only witnesses were the bride's mother and sister, MissEdith BATES. The bride is a daughter of L. R. BATES,former sheriff of Yates, county, who died a few months ago.  Mr.and Mrs. DeWICK will go in a few days to his farm in West Italy wherethey will make their home.

GenevaDailyTimes                  Thursday                   April 19, 1923   pg 2  

JohnB. SCHWEICKHARD. Rushvllle - April 19, 1923               contributed by: DianneThomas

Thedeath of John Benjamin SCHWEICKHARD occurredTuesday morning at his home farm in the town of Potter where he was born, December 21, 1847 and has always lived.  He was the son of Benjaminand Salome (Hoeltzel) SCHWEICKHARD.

Sixdaughters and three sons survive him; Miss IdaSCHWEICKHARD who lived with her father; Mrs. AlbertOSWALD of  Potter, Mrs. E. J. HERSHEY of Gorham, Mrs.Dora PEARSON, Miss Grace SCHWEICKHARD and Miss Hazel SCHWEICKHARD, all ofRochester; Frank SCHWEICKHARD of Potter,William SCHWEICKHARD of Benton and Dewey SCHWEICKHARD of Geneva, also six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Thefuneral service will be held in St. John's Lutheran-church, Potter, Friday at 2:30 o'clock. The pastor of thechurch, Rev. C W. Fleischer will officiate.Interment in Schumann cemeterywhere members of Rushville Lodge of F. and A.M., of which Mr.SCHWEICKHARD was one of its oldestmembers, will conduct the Masonic burial service.  

Ontario Co. Journal, Canandaigua, NY  Friday,   April 20, 1923   pg 4     contributed by:DianneThomas

JohnB. SCHWEICKHARD died on Tuesday morning (Apr 17th) of neuralgia of the heartafter an illness of three weeks.  He was born on Dec 21, 1847, on the farmin the town of Potter where he had always lived and where his deathoccurred.  He was a son of Benjamin and Salome Hoeltzel SCHWEICKHARDand was the last of the family.  His wife died in 1917 and since then hisdaughter, Miss Ida SCHWEICKHARD, has lived with and cared for her fatheron the homestead.  

He issurvived by 6 daughters and 3 sons, Mrs. Albert OSWALD and Miss IdaSCHWEICKHARD of Potter; Mrs. E. J. HERSHEY of Gorham; Mrs. DoraPIERSON, Miss Grace and Miss Hazel SCHWEICKHARD, of Rochester; FrankSCHWEICKHARD of Potter; William SCHWEICKHARD of Benton andDeweySCHWEICKHARD of Geneva.

He wasone of the oldest members of Rushville Lodge, F & A M. The funeral serviceswill be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon from St. John's Lutheran Church,Rev. C. W. FLEISCHER officiating.  There will be a Masonic burialservice in Schuman cemetery. 

Ontario Co. Times, Canandaigua,NY    Wednesday       July 31,1929     contributed by: DianneThomas

The funeral of Mrs. Sylvia A.CRISS, whodied last week Sunday (July 21), was held at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs.Carl GREEN on Tuesday, July 23rd.  Burial was name in Nettle Valleycemetery (Yates county). 

Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester, NY   Sunday,January 3, 1937 (repeated Mon. Jan 4th)         contributed  by: G.Subyak

RAPP - Clarence R. RAPP entered into rest suddenly Jan. 1, 1937.He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Hazel L. RAPP; one daughter,Genevieve; one son, Clarence Jr.; his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Peter RAPP and five brothers, Percy, Ira, Floyd and Howard of Rush, N. Y., and Hazen RAPP of Rochester,N. Y.  The remains will rest at his home in Rush, N. Y., where thefuneral will  take place Monday afternoon Jan. 4, 1937, at 2:30 o'clock.Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Rush, N. Y.

 Penn Yan Democrat,  Penn Yan,NY            Friday   May 7, 1937          contributed by: DianneThomas


WENTWORTH- To Mr. and Mrs. Clifton WENTWORTH of ItalyValley, Saturday, May 1, 1937,  a daughter.

FINK- To Mr. and Mrs. Charles FINK, Penn Yan, RD 2, inSoldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, Apr 30, 1937, a son.

PAYNE-  To Mr. and Mrs. Fred PAYNE, Rushville,April 27, 1937, a son. 

D'GLUGOSH- To Mr. and Mrs. Ignatius D'GLUGOSH of CrystalSprings, April 25, 1937, a daughter.

SCHMITT- To Mr. and Mrs. Frank SCHMITT, of Prattsburg,April 26, 1937, a daughter.

CRANDALL-  To Mr. and Mrs. Ralph CRANDALL, ofWayne in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, Penn Yan, May 4, 1937, ason. 



RITCHEY - In Penn Yan, Monday, May 3, Janice M. RITCHEY, 6.She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul RITCHEYof Penn Yan,; two sisters, Barbara, at home andLucille, of Canandaigua; three brothers, Byron,Gordon and Donald, at home.  Funeral was held from Thayer funeralchapel, Thursday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. R.N. JESSUP,officiating. Burial in Lakeview cemetery.  StubbyVAUGHN, Bobby WOODARD, Billy BRAINARD, Sonny HANSEN, playmates, acted asbearers.


SYMONDS-  In Geneva hospital, Monday, May 3, Orris ThelmaSYMONDS, 27.  Surviving are her husband, WilliamSYMONDS, Benton; two sons, Paul and William,at home; father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Emmette D.HARRISON of Italy Valley; two sisters, Mrs. HaroldJONES, Seneca Falls and Mrs. George CHIMES,Warsaw.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30o'clock atItaly Valley Church.  Rev. L.S. BOYD ofGeneva, officiating.  Burial in Italy Valley Cemetery.


RUGG-  At the home of his daughter, Mrs. LinniaKIRKPATRICK, 209 East Elm Street, Thursday, April 29, WilliamF. RUGG, 80.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs.KIRKPATRICK, with whom he lived; Mrs. Harvey INGRAM,Starkey; one son, Ray RUGG, Penn Yan.  Funeralservices were held from the KIRKPATRICK home,Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. R. N. JESSUPofficiating.  Burial in Lakeview cemetery.

PennYan Democrat,  Friday,Feb 4, 1938               contributed by: DianneThomas

TOMION- At his home in Benton, Sunday, Jan. 30, Clarence0. TOMION, 49.

Heleaves his wife; his mother, Mrs. Alice TOMION, ofPotter; two brothers, Claude and Albert TOMION

ofBenton; two sisters, Mrs. Berlin HEY, and MissElsie TOMION, of Potter and an adopted sister, MissRuth

CRISS,of Potter. Funeral services were held at Thayer funeral chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock,

Rev.Charles Smith, of Benton, and Rev. A. A. Foster,of Vai'ois, officiating. Burial in Schumanncemetery in Gorham.

CHRISTENSEN- At her home, 268 Lake Street, Thursday. Jan. 27, Mrs. Agnes Brainard CHRISTENSEN,44.  She leaves her husband, O.Walter CHRISTENSEN; two daughters,Eleanor and Jane at home; her mother, Mrs. PaulineBRAINARD; four brothers, Frank. Ashley andFrederick BRAINARD, of Penn Yan; Chester BRAINARD, of Skaneateles. Funeral was held at Corcoran's funeral home,Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev W. W. Lane officiating.  Burialin Lake View cemetery. 

McKIE - At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Sunday, Jan. 30, Mrs. William Mc KIE, 63, ofGuyanoga. She leaves her husband, two daughters, Mrs.William PADDOCK, of Bath; Mrs. Lee MARTIN, of Friend; a sister, Mrs.David FOSTER and two brothers, Douglass and Hugh LIVINGSTON, all of Scotland. Funeral services were held at the home inGuyanoga, Wednesday afternoon.  Burialin Lake View Cemetery.

 Penn Yan Democrat,  Penn Yan,NY            Friday    Aug 21,1942      contributed by: DianneThomas


COLGROVE- At Thompson Memorial Hospital, Canandaigua, Aug. 12, toHarold and Phyllis English COLGROVE, a son.  

HARTER- To Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. HARTER, Lexington,Mass., Aug. 17, 1942. a son, Thomas Wells HARTERMrs. HARTER was the former Miss Polly BINGHAM,daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. BINGHAM, West LakeRoad.



CHRISTENSEN- At his home in Bellona, Saturday, Aug 15, Carl JuliusCHRISTENSEN, 70.  Besides his wife, Mrs. JuliaCHRISTENSEN, he leaves 4 sons, Helmer, Eilart andWesley, all of Bellona; Henry of Geneva; 4daughters, Mrs. Lynn ROSS, Mrs. Kenneth BUSH, Bellona; Mrs. Earl ROBBINS, Geneva; Mrs.Hugo PETERSEN, of Penn Yan; three brothers and two sisters inDenmark.  Funeral services were held at Thayer funeral chapel, 201 East Elmstreet, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. AdolphKLOTH, of St. Pauls' Lutheran Church officiating.  Burial in Bellona.


WORTMAN- At Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital, Sunday, Aug 16., HenryO. WORTMAN, 68. Besides his wife. Mrs. NellieWORTMAN, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. William KINYOUN,of Crosby; granddaughter, Mrs. Michael DAUGHERTY ofGeneva; nephew, Edwin KINYOUN of Crosby. Funeral services were held at the Thayer funeral chapel, 201 East Elm street,Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Earl W. CHAPIN,of Batavia, assisted by Rev. Harvey KESTER, Dundee.Burial in Tyrone.  

The Naples Record      Wednesday     Jan 23,1952            contributed by:DianneThomas

Miss Minnie Whitman, whohas been a patient in Memorial Hospital in Canandaigua, for treatment of a fracture near her hip, for the past threemonths, was removed* on Monday to the Smith nursing home, in Potter,where she will remain for a time before returning to her home in this village. MissWhitman was injured in a fall at her home. 

Unknown Newspaper      October 1953                       contributed by Cathy Coon     (from the scrapbook of Clara Starr Denison)


Mrs. Alice M. Baldwin,76, died Sunday evening, Oct. 11, 1953, in Thompson Memorial hospital,Canandaigua, of a cerebral hemorrhage suffered about 10:30 that morning in herhome at Baldwin’s Corners, a short distance east of Rushville. She had seemed in her usual health that morning asshe did her work and dressed to attend church. Her daughter, Mrs.William Fisher, found her unconscious when she came to take her tochurch. She was taken to the hospital where she died about seven o’clockwithout regaining consciousness.

Mrs. Baldwin was bornin the Town of Italy, Yates county, Nov. 20, 1876, the daughter of Georgeand Nancy Griswold Pulver, and lived there until her marriage in 1898 to Alfred D. Baldwin. The next spring they tookup their residence in Rushville and later moved to the farm of his uncle, GeorgeBaldwin, which has since been her home. Her husband died in March, 1927.

She was a tireless worker in the Methodist churchesif Italy Hill and Rushville of which she has been a member since girlhood. Shewas also a member of the Evergreen class of the Methodist Sunday school and theWSCS of that church. She has been president of Rushville grange and RushvilleTuesday club.

Mrs. Baldwin issurvived by one daughter, Mrs. William Fisher ofRushville; two sons George Baldwin of Rushville,and Leslie Baldwin of Waterloo; one brother, JohnM. Pulver of Prattsburg; one granddaughter, Phyllis Baldwin of Waterloo;and several nieces and nephews.

A prayerservice for the family was held in the home Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 1:15 p. m.,followed by funeral services in Rushville Methodist church at 2 p. m. Rev.D. D. Cronk, pastor of the church, officiated. Burial was in Rushvillecemetery. (located in Ontario Co., NY)  The familyhas requested that donations be made to the Cancer or Heart fund in lieu offlowers.

Geneva Daily Times   Saturday   Dec 7, 1968                         contributed by: DianneThomas      


GORHAM- Mrs. Elizabeth SCHWEICKHARD, 91, widow of WilliamSCHWEICKHARD died Friday evening after a long illness.

Funeralservices will be Monday at 2 p. m. in the Crisfield Funeral Home at Gorham. Burial will be made in Schumancemeteryin the Town of Potter.Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 4 p. m. and 7to 9p m.

Mrs.SCHWEICKHARD was born in the town of Potterand until her illness, a resident of the Gorham-Potter area. She was a member ofSt.John'sLutheranChurch,Potter. Surviving are one son, Harold of Rochester,one daughter, Mrs. John KENYON, SenecaCastle;a sister, Mrs. Minnie PRESLER of Perm Yan; fivegrandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.


Mrs.Lillian B. WAGNER

CANANDAIGUA- Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian B. WAGNER, 67,20 Gorham St., who died yesterday in her home, will be Monday at 11 am at theKennedy and Son Funeral Home. Burial will be in GorhamCemetery.Friends may calltoday from 7 to 9 p. m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p. m. and 7 to 9 p. m. at the funeral home.

Mrs.WAGNER was thewidow of Orlo WAGNER and a native of Gorham. She is survived by a son, Harold YACKEL,Canandaigua, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The Geneva Times, Monday ,  Aug26, 1974                                                            contributed by: DianneThomas      

MichaelP. DOWNS - PENN YAN - Funeral services for Michael PatrickDOWNS, 16 month old son of Norman and TerryVermilye DOWNS Jr.of McFaren Rd., town of Benton, were Sunday at theCahill Funeralhome. Burial was in Lake View Cemetery. He died Friday, Aug.23.

Surviving,besides his parents, are one brother, Christopher;his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Charles VERMILYE; andhis paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman DOWNS,all of Penn Yan.


CharlesH. COLF

MIDDLESEX— Funeral services for Charles H. COLF, 61, ofMiddlesex, who died Friday in Thompson

Hospital,Canandaigua, were today at 2 p.m. in the Moore Funeral Home, Naples. The Rev. Craig Grahamof the Middlesex Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in Gorham Cemetery.

Mr.COLF was born in the Town of Gorham Sept. 2, 1912.  Heis survived by his wife, Dorothy of Middlesex; fourdaughters, Mrs. William (Sheila) BODINE of Naples,Mrs. Richard (Scarlet) BEACH of Horseheads, Miss Gail COIF of FairHaven and Mrs. Richard (Cheryl) NEWMAN ofMiddlesex; two sons, Henry of Rochester and CharlesJr. of Middlesex; one brother, Robert COIF ofPhoenix; two sisters, Mrs. Alice DILLON of Gorhamand Mrs. Mary CHIRISTIANSEN of Billings, Mont., and11 grandchildren.



PENNYAN - Mrs. Meta Hyatt CHAFFEE, 85, a Penn Yanresident for many years, died Sunday at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Townsend Funeral Chapel, with theRev. Stanley Robinson of the First United MethodistChurch of Penn Yan officiating. Burial will be in Benton Cemetery.

Friendsmay call at the funeral chapel from 7-9 p.m. today. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ross(Louise) SHADDOCK of Palmyra; and several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.


IvanB. DREW -

PENNYAN - Ivan B. DREW, 61, of 113 Johnson Ave., died yesterday at his Waneta Lake cottage.

Funeralservices will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Weldon Funeral Home with theRev. Ronald Williams, of the Emmanuel BaptistChurch officiating.   Burialwill be in Lakeview Cemetery.

Friendsmay call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials contributions may be made tothe Heart Fund of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Mr.DREW was a member of the War Dads, the Penn Yan Moose Club and the FingerLakes Law Enforcement Assn. He was employed by Pierce Freight Lines and Penn YanExpress for over 35 years.

Survivingart his wife, Helen; one son,Robert of Penn Yan; a daughter, Mrs. Wesley (Lorraine) TOMION ofFergusons' Corners; a sister, Mrs. Orln (Ethel) BAKER ofGeneva; and nine grandchildren. 


AngeloPOVERO - GENEVA - Funeral servicesfor AngeloPOVERO, 66, of 286 W. North St., who died Thursday in Sayre, Pa.,were today at 9:30 a.m. at the Castelluzzq Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St.Francis de SalesChurch. The Rev. WilliamLeone celebrated the Mass of the Resurrection. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery (Geneva). Bearers were JohnPovero, Louis Paul, Henry Funk and Glen Choffln. 

InaM DAMUTH - GENEVA Funeral services forInaM DAMUTH, 91, formerly of 226 Exchange St.,who died Friday Founders Pavilion Nursing Home, in Corning following a longillness, were today at 2 p.m., in the Corwln Funeral Home. The Rev. ClydePetrle officiated. Burial was in SandhillCemetery.  Bearers were Gary and GailLazenby, Warner and Warren Smith and Richard and David Potter,all grandsons of Mrs. DAMUTH. 

Mrs.Hazel E. KING - CLIFTON SPRINGS - Mrs.Hazel E. KING, 82, of 151 Gate St., Palmyra, died atTaylor Brown Hospital, Waterloo, Sunday after a long illness. Funeral services willbeat 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Patrick Funeral Home, CliftonSprings. The Rev. Albert Kannof Clifton Springs Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will be at Sunnyside Cemetery, Manchester.

Thereare no prior calling hours.  Thewidow of the late T. Joseph KING, she is survivedby two brothers, AlbertVROOMAN of Clifton Springs, W. Leon SHORT of California; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Eleanor LEWIS and Mrs. JoannaEYGNOR, both of Wolcott, several nieces and nephews.

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