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Democrat & Chronicle,   Rochester, Monroe, NY     Wednesday   Aug  1, 1900               by: GSubyak@aol.com

Monday afternoon Supervisor A. Castner TOWNSEND, of Torrey, was exercising a horse which had not been out of the stable in several weeks,  by leading it around, when the animal let go with his hind heels, striking Mr. TOWNSEND in the face, knocking out three or four teeth and cutting his face so badly as to necessitate the taking of several stitches.

Yates County Chronicle    Wednesday     April 16,1902             contributed by Cathy Coon

MARRIED:  HENDERSON - KNAPP  -  At Dresden, April 9, 1902, John Henderson, of Milo, and Miss Alice R. Knapp, of Torrey.

DEATHS: SMITH - At her home in Torrey, April 15, 1902, of consumption, Mary E. Smith, daughter of Dr. Eben S. Smith, aged 49 years. Besides her father, the deceased is survived by three brothers, Frank H. and Charles, of Milo, and George E., of Torrey. The funeral will be held at the family home in Torrey on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o�clock.

Yates County Chronicle, Penn Yan, NY, January 1903    by Cheri Branca

MARY E. JONES DENNISTON, died Jan 22, 1903.  She lived 2 miles South of Dresden. Her daughter was Caroline Spencer of Central Square, NY.  Reverend W. H. Giles officiated.

Yates County Chronicle, Penn Yan, NY, June 1904   by Cheri Branca 


NORTON BUCKLEY - Died June 23, 1904 of  Bright's Disease. Employed by J. W. Smith. Buried in Hopeton Cemetery, pallbearers--R. K. Brown, William Travis, B. L. Chase, Daniel Keefer, S. C. Dains, E. A. Willis. Rev. J. L. Jones officiated.

In Torrey, August 12, 1909, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward HANDY, John A. LAMPHIER, aged 71 years.  He had been ailing for a long time from malarial poisoning, which finally caused his death.  Mr. LAMPHIER was born in Prattsburg, Feb 28, 1838.  When the Civil War broke out, he joined the New York Volunteers, 161st Regiment, Co. A., serving with credit, three years and three months.   He married Phoebe A. ELLIS of Torrey, and in 1901 moved to Keuka Park.  In 1904 he came to Penn Yan, where his wife died in 1907.  Two children were born of this union, Grace, Mrs. HANDY of Torrey, and Lina, who married James KENNEDY of Italy, and died in 1893.  Four brothers survive him, Charles and Samuel of Prattsburg, Russell of North Cohocton and Jerome, of Oberlin, Oh.   

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY  Friday       Dec 25, 1908   by Dianne Thomas

Mr. Zimri NORMAN - Just one door east of the entrance to the 'Democrat' office, in the post office lobby, a distinguished citizen of Torrey held forth apart of the past two weeks.  A sign on the window announced that he would, for a consideration, look into the future and tell you what may happen.  He is no ordinary fortune teller or fortune hunter, but he is high up in the mystic order of the Hoodoo. The gentleman referred to is Mr. Zimri NORMAN, of Dresden.  In appearance, Mr. NORMAN has some of the characteristics of a poet.  A few years ago, he frequently visited Penn Yan in search of pupils for instruction on violin.  His specialty was psalm and hymn tunes.  He was also the leader of Zimri's Band, in Dresden.


In the hands of a shrewd business manager,  Mr. NORMAN might gather in a lot of money, but not in Penn Yan.  During the teacher's institute last week, he looked longingly at the procession of pretty misses as they passed his door to and from the general delivery window, but not until the last day did any of the teachers venture across his threshold. Zimri has said that an awful calamity would happen in this country, and if people realized what is going to happen, they would lead better lives.  He cannot divulge from what form the calamity will take, having been sworn to secrecy.  In another year if his hair and whiskers continue to grow, Zimri ought to be quite a picturesque seer. 


Zimri's place soon became rendezvous for boys of various sizes, and their antics in the hall, became a nuisance.  When the gas meter was taken out and Zimri's place left in darkness, he said he could summon spirits who would make a light, but it was too noisy to try the experiment.  Monday night there was such a rumpus the police were summoned and Zimri was told if anything of a kind happened again a complaint would be made against him.  He disappeared that night, but whether he went to Dresden or Syracuse, it matters but little.  

[how cold and uncaring were these people?]

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY  Friday  Jan 30, 1914    by Dianne Thomas

KINNER - In Dresden, Jan 27, 1914, Mrs. Augusta M. KINNER, aged about 70years. She died at the home of her son, William R. KINNER, where she was visiting. She was the widow of the late Royal KINNER.  Death came very suddenly.  Mrs. KINNER appeared in good health when she had supper with the family Monday evening, and did not complain of feeling unwell when she retired.  Later the family heard a noise as if someone was trying to attract attention in the room where Mrs. KINNER was, and going there, they found her in critical condition.  Dr. TOWNSEND was sent for but Mrs. KINNER died before his arrival.  Because of her sudden death, Coroner F. S. SAMPSON was called and he issued a certificate of death from heart disease.  She leaves two sons, William R. of Dresden, and S. R. of Detroit; three daughters, Miss Augusta R. of Philadelphia, Mrs. L .D. YORK of Orient and Mrs. J. M. PAYNE of Ovid, and one sister, Mrs. S. T. RUSSELL of Boston.  [possibly buried in Little Church cemetery, but need to research further]

McELLIGOTT - In Penn Yan, Jan 25, 1914, Miss Sarah McELLIGOTT, aged about 74 years.  She died at the home of her sister in law, Mrs. Ellen McELLIGOTT, Elm street, having been removed from her own home on Lake street as soon as her relatives learned of her serious illness.  Miss McELLIGOTT had lived along for a great many years. Her death was due to blood poisoning.  Her nearest relatives are nephews and nieces, viz; Richard B., Jeremiah E., Margaret L. McELLIGOTT, and Mrs. Elizabeth RECTOR of Rochester; and John J. McELLIGOTT of Penn Yan.  The funeral was held from St. Michael's church, Tuesday morning.  

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY  Friday   Oct 16, 1914    by Dianne Thomas

Yates County Chronicle, Penn Yan, NY, October 4, 1916      by Cheri Branca 


George J. Hayes died at his home at Hopeton, in the town of Torrey, on  Sunday, October 1, 1916, aged 81 years and will be buried at Hopeton cemetery Wednesday.  He leaves besides his wife, four sons, Edward Hayes of Dresden; Charles of Rochester; Dudley and Frank of Geneva; also a sister, Mrs. Robert Lewis, of the town of Benton.

Yates County Chronicle, Penn Yan, NY, January 15, 1919    by Cheri Branca 


Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hayes died at the home of her son, near Dresden,  Saturday evening, January 4th, aged 83, after a long illness.  Surviving are one brother, Perry Denniston, of Dresden; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Hayes of Dresden;, and four sons, Edward, with whom she made her home; Frank M. Hayes and Dudley Hayes of Geneva and Charles Hayes of Buffalo.  The funeral services were held the following Tuesday from the home and interment was made in Mt. Hope Cemetery, near Dresden."   (Daughter, Charlotte Hayes Buckley had already died in 1888.  Daughter, Addie Hayes Buckley had already died in 1896.)

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY  Friday      Feb 7, 1919     by:  Dianne Thomas  

Zimri NORMAN - On Tuesday, Zimri NORMAN of Dresden, an eccentric character, who formerly rode a high bicycle, played a fiddle, perfected perpetual motion, and wore his hair and whiskers long, was convicted of stealing a quantity of bees and honey from the farm of William KINNER, north of Dresden, and was sentenced to serve six months in Monroe County Penitentiary. 

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY    Friday    May 9, 1919     by Dianne Thomas

ZIMRI'S COLLECTION - Michael CANNON, New York Central officer, acting under a search warrant Tuesday, acting under a search warrant,  Tuesday, searched the home of Zimri NORMAN, of Dresden, where he found a large number of articles aggregating in value of about $500, which it is contended had been stolen from the Central. Lanterns, sheet lead and other articles belonging to the railroad were identified among the articles found while other things identified by residents in that vicinity as their property, were taken after the proper affidavit had been sworn out.

NORMAN, who it is feared is suffering from a mental derangement, is now confined to the Monroe County Penitentiary, where he was sentenced from Dresden a short time ago following his theft of 8 hives of bees, NORMAN, it is alleged, took the bees and hives, later killed the bees by boiling them, saying he wanted to get the honey out of them.  

Suspicions were raised by one of the neighbors who entered the barn occupied by NORMAN. She noticed that a large number of articles in which were included lanterns, sheet lead, clothing, canned goods, jellies, knives, forks, spoons, a lawnmower, etc.  NORMAN used the barn alone. 

The matter was reported to the police and Officer CANNON was authorized to make a search of the place.

Zimri NORMAN will be remembered in Corning where he has often been seen. He wears long hair and whiskers is of unusual physiognomy.  It is said that he had been confined to the state hospital at Ovid, N.Y., but that he was released some time ago.  NORMAN claimed to have solved the problem of 'perpetual motion' and claimed to have an invention that would put his ideas to practical use.  He was trying to sell stock in this venture in Corning, a few years ago. from Corning Leader, May 1.  


Sheriff Case BLODGETT had an interesting experience when he placed Zimri, under arrest. He and Mr. KEEFER, whose bees were stolen, and two other men, went to Zimri's home.  Upon entering the home they looked around, but did not see anything of Zimri.  The sheriff located a trap door from which stairs led to a cellar and he and Mr. KEEFER descended.  The found the big kettle in which the bees had been boiled, and the mixture of boiled bees and honey in several gallon pails.  The place was quite dark.  There was a door leading into another section of the basement and as the Sheriff started towards it, his companion pointed to a corner of the room they were in, saying, "It looks as if someone is overt here." Sheriff  BLODGETT called to the men he had left upstairs: "Boys, get me a pail of hot water, and I'll find out if anyone is there." Zimri, remembering the fate of the bees, did not want to be boiled, but stepped out and asked what he wanted.  The sheriff invited him to come upstairs. As they started towards the stairway a movement of Zimri's hand towards a hip pocket was noticed, and a moment later the sheriff relieved him of an ugly looking gun, with a barrel of about 6 inches long.  The sheriff says it would  'shoot across Seneca Lake'.  Zimri was very docile, accompanying the Sheriff without any show of resistance. 



BURT - To Mr. and Mrs. Howard BURT, of Barrington, April25, 1919, a daughter, Virginia Louise

DAVEY - To Mr. and Mrs. John DAVEY, of Torrey, April 23, 1919, a daughter, Norma Josephine.  

MATTISON - To Mr. and Mrs. Harry MATTISON, of Rushville, Apr. 22, 1919, a son.

McFALL - To Mr. and Mrs. Henry McFALL of Barrington, April 25, 1919, a son, James Henry

PECK - To Mr. and Mrs. Warren PECK, of Penn Yan, May 2,1919, a daughter.

REYNOLDS - To Mr. and Mrs. Howard F. REYNOLDS, of Penn Yan, April 10, 1919, a son, Howard Nelson.  


BAXTER - At Bluff Point, May 1, 1919, Miss Ella BAXTER, of Milo, aged 64 years.  She leaves her mother, Mrs. Gilbert BAXTER, of Milo; three brothers, Cecil, of Penn Yan; George, of Rochester; and William of Milo; two sisters, Mrs. COLE and Mrs. Louise E. EARNEST of Wayne. The funeral was held Saturday from Second Milo Baptist Church. 

CHURCHILL - At the Yates County Home in Jerusalem, April 30, 1919, Marriott CHURCHILL of Dundee, aged 65 years.  He was born in the town of Starkey and had always lived there.  He leaves his wife, who was also animate of the County home; a daughter, who lives in Elmira, and a sister, Mrs. Gilbert ROBINSON of Addison.  The remains were taken to an undertaking establishment in Dundee, and the funeral was held from there.   

COONS - In Rochester, May 1, 1919, Mrs. Catherine COONS, aged 71 years.  She leaves her husband, Dayton M. COONS; one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth PRESTON; two sisters, Mrs. William SILVERNAIL of Grove Spring and Mrs. Abram VAN TUYLE of Penn Yan; one brother, Cyrus McIntyre of Penn Yan; two nephews and two nieces.  The funeral service was held Sunday afternoon in Rochester and the remains were brought to Penn Yan that night.  Burial Monday afternoon at Lakeview cemetery.  

DINEHART - In Potter, April 29, 1919, Mrs. Elizabeth DINEHART, aged 77 years.  She was a daughter of Thomas and Rhoda Ireland ANDREWS, and was born in Onondaga county.  She leaves her husband, James DINEHART, and two brothers, Rev. Ray ANDREWS of  Potter and Rev. Wright ANDREWS of Mottville, NY.  The funeral was held Thursday, Rev. Harry STUBBS, officiating.  Burial in Nettle Valley cemetery. 

GATES - In Penn Yan, May 1, 1919, Mrs. Mary GATES, aged 80 years. 

LARSEN - In Benton, May 4, 1919, Mrs. Marie LARSEN, aged 65years.  She leaves her husband, Lars C. LARSEN; three daughters, Mrs. Charles M. CONKLIN, of Benton; Mrs. John WEBB of Cleveland; and Anna LARSEN, at home; four sons, Nicholas, of Seneca county; Karl C. of Benton; Lars of Stanley and Henry, at home. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon. Burial in Lakeview cemetery, Penn Yan.  

Mc ALPINE - In Benton, May 4, 1919, Florence A. McALPINE, wife of James B. McALPINE, aged 65 years.  She leaves besides her husband, ones on, Steward McALPINE of Batavia; and two daughters, Josephine, at home and Florine of New York. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon. Burial in Benton cemetery. 

NELSON - At the Geneva Hospital, May 2, 1919, Mrs. Sophia NELSON, of Torrey, aged 63 years.  She was born in Denmark, coming to Yates county36 years ago.  She leaves her husband, Nels NELSON, one son and a daughter.  The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon. Burial in Evergreen cemetery, Dresden.  

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY    Friday     June 20,1919     by Dianne Thomas

The Yates County Chronicle,  Penn Yan  January 14, 1920    by Cheri Branca 


Stephen Buckley of Dresden, died at the Geneva Hospital Friday morning, as the result of an accident which occurred in Penn Yan the Wednesday previous. He was knocked from the top of a high car of an ice train as it was passing under the Liberty Street bridge at 10 o'clock at night. Just how the accident happened may never be known. Mr. Buckley had  worked on the Penn Yan branch of the New York Railroad for twenty-two years. He had probably passed under the bridge a thousand times.
The ice train on which he was working that night had among the other cars a very large box car, which measured a little over thirteen feet above the rails. An ordinary car is about twelve feet. The railroad men say the conductor  warned the crew about keeping off of this high car, as it just cleared the bridge on its way to the ice house. On its trip back, it is said the  brake wheel on this car hit some of the steel under-work of the bridge and  was bent. It is believed that as the train went under the bridge Mr. Buckley must have raised his head above this high car and was thrown between the cars and rolled some distance, where the train men found him a few minutes later with his head badly cut and unconscious.
First aid was given him and he was then rushed to the Geneva Hospital, where it was found that most of his ribs were torn loose on both sides of  his body, his hips were broken as well as his shoulder. He died Friday  morning without regaining consciousness.
Mr. Buckley was 41 years of age and survived by his wife, two sisters,  Mrs. Charles Carey and Miss Ava Buckley, of Penn Yan and two brothers, Frank and George Buckley.             (law suit later paid off at $2500 to the widow)

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, N Y    Jan 7, 1921     by Dianne Thomas

ZIMRI NORMAN - The Chronicles Dresden correspondent said this week: "Zimri NORMAN", Dresden's freak, has taken another cleaning up.  He was living in an out house in conditions that would render it unhealthy for a hog.  He became sick and helpless, with no one to do for him.  No one would allow him in their homes because of being infested by vermin.  A commission of lunacy was appointed in his case, and he was pronounced insane.  On Friday of last week, Sheriff  BLODGETT and Deputy D. G. ROGERS came down and took him to jail, where he was cleaned up, shorn of his long hair and whiskers, and the following day, was taken to Willard State Hospital. 

He was once before sent to that place, but after a brief period, was discharged.  Later it will be remembered he became engaged in the "honey business", and was sent to Monroe County Penitentiary, for a term.  On his return from there, he went to the Justice RANDOLF'S office, and thanked him for placing him in such a good society, which was far superior to that he had formerly had.

Syracuse Newspaper    July 1921     contributed by Dianne Thomas

SAYS HE SLEW FOUR WOMEN - Zimri NORMAN Imagines Himself  "Bluebeard"  -  Penn Yan, July 2 - State police were called to Branchport, where they found Zimri NORMAN, who had recently been released from Willard, asking the whereabouts of a certain girl and bragging how he had already killed four women.  Fearing he might do the young woman bodily injury, neighbors called the officers.  Officials were notified at Willard and they stated a guard would be sent here for NORMAN.  On the same afternoon the troopers picked up a man named MARCANINO of Dundee, who charged with passing a worthless check at the Pappas flower shop.  He pleaded guilty when arraigned before a justice and was sentenced to serve six months in the county jail, but sentence was suspended when he promised to repay Mr. PAPPAS.  

THE CAYUGA CHIEF, Weedsport, NY     Friday     February 20,1925      by Dianne Thomas

Zimri NORMAN, 50, better known as Raymond MITCHELL, the name he took to lose his identity as former inmate at Willard State hospital, and self acclaimed discoverer of perpetual motion, died last Tuesday in the poverty of a squalid shack, where he lived alone since he came to Auburn, four years ago.  A day later, neighbors found his body.  He never begged charity from his neighbors or the city and even resented their help when they attempted to help him in his plight. 

Penn Yan Democrat, Penn Yan, NY     Friday     Feb 27,1925      by Dianne Thomas

BALDWIN - At her home in Benton, Friday, February 20, 1925, Mrs. Catherine A. BALDWIN, aged 88 years.  She is survived by there nieces, Miss Anna ROY and Mrs. Charles E. DOUBLEDAY of Penn Yan, Mrs. Agdon ANSLEY of Berkley, Calif.; one nephew, Remsen M. KINNIE, of Penn Yan and several grand nieces and nephews.  Mrs. BALDWIN lived on the farm where she died, upwards of 50 years.  Her husband, Mason L. BALDWIN, was president of Baldwin's Bank of Penn Yan, for many years.  His death occurred several years ago.

COLE - In Gorham, Feb 21, 1925, Warner P. COLE, aged 89 years. He is survived by one son, John S. COLE of the town of Potter; two daughters, Mrs. John L. STOKOE and Mrs. Norman S. EASTERBROOK, of Gorham, and six grandchildren.  The funeral was held from the home at 2 pm, Tuesday, with burial in the Gorham Cemetery. Mr. COLE was the son of Warner COLE and Mary Ann Ferguson COLE, who were among the pioneers of Ontario and Yates counties.  He was born in the town of Gorham Aug 12, 1835, but about 3 years later his father moved on the farm in Potter where he lived until his death and where Mr. COLE resided until he moved to Gorham, in 1904. Warner P. COLE married Jane SOUTHERLAND, December 25, 1861,  She died April 15, 1915.

MC REYNOLDS - In Barrington, February 26, 1925, Dennis MC REYNOLDS, aged 79 years. He was born in Ireland and came to America 54 years ago.  He is survived by his wife, and two daughters, Mrs. Herbert BALLARD and Mrs. Ernest STOUGHTON, both of Trumansburg. The funeral will be held from St. Michael's church, Penn Yan, on Saturday.  Burial in St. Michael's cemetery.

NORMAN - At his home, in Auburn, February 17, 1925, Zimri NORMAN, a former resident of Dresden. He was found dead at his home.  The body was brought to Dresden, his former home for burial.  

RAMSDELL - At her home on Elm St., Penn Yan, Friday, February 20, 1925, Mrs. Carrie RAMSDELL. She is survived by no near relatives.  Services were conducted by Rev. C. K. IMBRIE, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, of Penn Yan, Saturday evening at 7 o'clock, there mains being shipped to Rhinebeck, N.Y.

TAYLOR - In Lakeland, Fla., February ??, 1925, Willis TAYLOR. He was a former resident of Milo Center.  His death followed after an operation for an acute attack of appendicitis.  Harry TAYLOR was with his brother and they were spending the winter in Florida.  The remains were brought to the home of their parents.

TUTHILL - In Branchport, Sunday, February 22, 1925, George M. TUTHILL, aged 75 years. He had been ill for some time and recently underwent an operation.  He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Miss Mary TUTHILL of Branchport and two sons, Frank, of Chicago and Bradley of Branchport.

Penn Yan Democrat                       Jan. 22, 1932              contributed by Cathy Coon

COVERT -  In Seneca County, Friday, January 15th, Charles Covert, aged 76 years.   No near relatives survive. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, at 3:30 o�clock, Rev. E. W. Chapin, of Second Milo Baptist Church, officiating. Burial in Dresden cemetery.

Rochester Democrat Chronicle     Thursday      Dec 10, 1931          contributed by  Dianne Thomas 

HOMER LINCOLN -Indian Falls, Dec 9 - Homer LINCOLN, 76, died yesterday.  He is survived by two brothers, Allen of Arago, Minn. and Hiram of Santa Cruz, Cal.; a sister, Mrs. Mary STANGER of Los Angles, several nieces and nephews. Funeral Friday at 3 o'clock.

Miss Alice HOBAN -Penn Yan, Dec 9 - Miss Alice HOBAN died yesterday.  She leaves two sisters, Mrs. William A. TIERNEY and Mrs. Mayme FLAHERTY, both of Penn Yan; two brothers, Owen HOBAN Sr. of Penn Yan and Patrick HOBAN of Naples.  Funeral Friday at 9 o'clock from St. Michaels' Church.

Penn Yan Democrat         Friday     Feb 3, 1939     pg4        contributed by  Dianne Thomas


BARDEN - To Mr. and Mrs. Bryce BARDEN, Penn Yan, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Jan 29, 1939, a son

CORWIN - To Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth CORWIN, Penn Yan, RD 1, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial  Hospital, Jan 30, 1939, a son. 

EAVES - To Mr. and Mrs. George EAVES, Penn Yan, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Jan 26, 1939, a son. 

HANSEN - To. Mr. and Mrs. Borge HANSEN, Dresden,  at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Jan 30, 1939, a son

HATHAWAY - To Mr. and Mrs. Lewis HATHAWAY, Tyrone, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial  Hospital, Jan 29, 1939, a daughter. 

LEWIS -To Dr. and Mrs. R. F. LEWIS, Penn Yan, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Jan 30, 1939, a son

POND - To Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. POND, Penn Yan, Feb 1, 1939, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, a daughter.

WHITE - To Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. WHITE, Penn Yan, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial  Hospital, Jan 29, 1939, a daughter. 



ANDREWS - At Bluff Point, Friday, Jan. 27, Mrs. Elizabeth J. ANDREWS,83.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William CARR, at whose home at Bluff Point, she died; and Mrs. Robert MORSE of Painted Post, one brother, Myron COLE of Grand Rapids, Michigan, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The body lay at Watkins funeral home at 139 Stark Street, until Monday afternoon when it was removed to Vroman undertaking parlors in Dundee, from which place the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. E. W. CHAPIN of Second Milo, officiating.  Burial in Dundee. (Hillside Ceme) (wife of George Andrews)

BEARD - At Himrod, Friday, Jan, 24, Charles BEARD, 78.  He was born September 18, 1860 at Torrey.  He was an engineer on the New York Central Railroad, for 25 years, retiring in 1913.  He leaves his wife, Frances Wagner BEARD; two sons, Adelbert and Navarre BEARD, both of Himrod.  Funeral services were held at the home in Himrod, Monday, with burial in Dresden.

CHRICHTON - At Starkey, Jan 24, Joseph M. CHRICHTON, 84.  He leaves his wife (Ada), one daughter, Mrs. (Susie) Robert SPENCE, at Starkey, at whose home he died; two sisters, Mrs. Mattie BELL, Warren, Pa; Mrs. Harriet PRESTON, Fort Meyers, Fla.; a brother, Edward, of Fairport; four grandsons.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Robert SPENCE home, Rev. T. W. CARTER, officiating.  Burial in Dundee.     (Hillside Ceme)

HAMLIN - At Dundee, Sunday, Jan 29, Ernest HAMLIN, 64.  He leaves one daughter, Miss Wanda HAMLIN of Elmira. Funeral services were held at Sargent Funeral home, Dundee, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. T. W. CARTER, officiating.  Burial in Dundee.  (Hillside Ceme)

MEEKS - At Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, Friday, Jan 27, Mrs. Helen A. MEEKS, 66. She was a former resident of Penn Yan and wife of Elmer MEEKS, a former police chief in Penn Yan.  Besides her husband of Rochester, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Madeline HEUSINGER, Rochester; two sons, Joseph L. of Riverhead, L. I,; Leslie H. of Rochester; one sister, Mrs. Dora CONKLIN of Boulder, Colorado.  Funeral services were held Monday morning, 10 o'clock at the Thayer funeral chapel, Rev. E. W. CHAPIN, officiating. Burial in Dundee.  (Hillside ceme)

ROSENKRANS - At his home in Dundee, Thursday, Jan. 26, George ROSENKRANS,79.  MR. ROSENKRANS was born April 11, 1859 in Bradford, Steuben County and was married to Miss Julia DARIN, Sept 13, 1888.  They had spent 50 years of married life together, His early life was spent in Weston, where he was a teacher in the schools and later a merchant, postmaster, justice of the peace and for a number of years a member of the Republican county committee.  In 1914 he moved to Dundee where he has since made his home.  He leaves his wife, and three children, a daughter, Bertha ROSENKRANS of Ithaca; two sons, Harmon of New York City and Edwin, of Rochester.  

SMITH - At Pittsford, Myron SMITH.  He leaves his wife, Margaret McConnell SMITH, Dundee; a daughter, Mrs. Gordon PRATT of Dundee; three sons, Harry SMITH, Rockstream; Richard SMITH, Elmira; Albert SMITH, at home; several grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the SMITH home Friday, afternoon at 2 o'clock Rev. T. W. CARTER, officiating.  Burial in Pine City.

WREN - At Penn Yan, Saturday, Jan 28, George WREN, 50.  He served as chief of Penn Yan police department for 5 years, and was well known in this section as a sportsman, being an ardent fisherman and hunter.  He was appointed patrolman in the local police department in 1918 and served until1921, when he was promoted to head the force, a position he efficiently filled until his retirement in 1925, when he entered the employ of Paul GARRETT, as farm superintendent. At one time he was a protector on Lake Keuka for Seth GREEN Line Fisherman's Club. He leaves his wife, Mary; two daughters, Mrs. Oliver J. GOODRICH, of Penn Yan; Miss Eleanor WREN, at home; four brothers, Arthur, Fred and Walter WREN of Penn Yan; William of Dundee; one sister, Mrs. Fred WHITED of Ithaca.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Thayer funeral chapel, Rev. E. W. CHAPIN of Second Milo Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial in Lakeview.

Penn Yan Democrat         Friday     April 11, 1947            pg8        contributed by  Dianne Thomas


James, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin CUMMINGS, suffered 3fractures of his left arm and severe body bruises when he was struck by a car, late Friday afternoon, as he was riding a bicycle in front of his home.  He was taken to the S & S Hospital, where Dr. E. C. FOSTER reduced the fractures and he was brought back to his home Tuesday.  His arm is in a cast from shoulder to finger tips.

Fire caused by an over heated stove pipe, was discovered just in time to prevent destruction of their home Sunday, about 9:30a.m., by Mr. and Mrs. Harry DYKE, who had been away for a short time.  Considerable damage had been done to china cabinet, dishes, sidewalls and ceiling.  

A variety shower was given for Miss Hazel HAMMOND at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert HAMMOND, on Friday of last week in honor of her approaching marriage to Ralph HOLLENBECK, of Dundee. About 65 guests were present and a very enjoyable time was reported by all. She received a large assortment of useful gifts. 

Mrs. Albert HAMMOND and daughter, Margery, spent from Saturday until Tuesday with Mrs. Durwood LOUNDSBERRY & family at Guyanoga.


Mrs. Lawrence CASTNER and infant daughter, Janet Arlene, came home from the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, Saturday.  Mrs. CASTNER'S mother, Mrs. Edna MILLIMAN, is caring for them.

Earl STRYKER and Clifford DECKER, have been ill the past week with grippe.

Judy DILLON of Canandaigua is spending a week with her aunt, Mrs. Harry GOODSELL. Vera FELTON of Gorham, is also spending a few days at the GOODSELL home.  


Allen OSWALD has been taken back to the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, due to complications.

Mrs. PHILLIPS of Montour Falls and Mrs. JORDAN of Friendship, who were visiting at the home of their brother, Mr. GOLTRY, have now returned home.  Mr. GOLTRY, who has been seriously ill at the hospital, is now better.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl CHURCHILL, visited Mr. CHURCHILL'S sister, Mrs. Cora SHELDON, at Montrose, Pa., last week; Master Dwight TRACY, of Jackson Heights, L. I., is visiting his grandparents, the CHURCHILL'S, this week and renewing acquaintance with the lake and with his old friends at the local school where he began his educational career.  He is now a scholar at Garden School, Jackson Heights.  

Over the weekend with Mrs. Marion FOLTS, were he daughters, Nancy from Cattaraugus and Phyliss from Bowling Green, O.

Leigh H. BARRUS, a member of the Merchant Marine, left on Sunday to ship for a season on a cruiser on the Great Lakes.

Mrs. Lloyd MORAIN of Boston, and her mother, Dr. DEWING, visited friends here at the first of the week. Mrs. MORAIN was Miss Mary DEWING, recently of the college facility. 

Miss Olive DANIELS of West Lake road in on a trip to New York this week, with Carroll DANIEL's and family. 


Mr. & Mrs. John FORDEN Jr. and family of Geneva, were Thursday evening callers at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. BYRON KELLEY.

Miss Hazel LEWIS of Syracuse, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry LEWIS.

Mr. and Mrs. Burton STAPLES and daughter, Sandra, of Elmira, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry PINNEO. On Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Cloyce PINNEO and family were dinner guests of his parents, also.  

Mr. and Mrs. William REINERS and family were Sunday evening supper guests with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene SMITH, in Penn Yan.

The Misses Marion SHIRLEY and Marjorie COREY, of Yatesville, are spending their Easter vacation with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rev. MARGESON

Mrs. George JENSEN has returned to her home on Preemption Road, after convalescing at the home of her mother, Mrs. Lars LARSEN, following her appendectomy at the local hospital.  

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph OLSEN of Penn Yan were Sunday evening dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. EDMONDS; it was in honor of their 21 wedding anniversary.  

Mr. and Mrs. Byron KELLEY had as Easter Sunday guests, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis KELLEY of Penn Yan; Mr. and Mrs. Franklyn WHEELER and daughter, Barbara, of Cato; Mr. and Mrs. John FORDAN and children, Nancy, Mary and Johnny, Geneva; and Mr. and Mrs. Exton KELLEY and daughters, Nancy and Donna of Bluffs Point.   

Miss Margaret MORTENSEN was Easter dinner guest of Miss Hazel LEWIS, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry LEWIS.  

Miss Louise BISHOP of Stanley was Sunday guest of her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. William BISHOP.

Mr. and Mrs. William DUELL, spent Sunday with his cousin, Mrs. Pearle WILLIAMS, at Gaines, Pa. 

Mr. and Mrs. John N. JENSEN and daughter, Miss Irene, spent the weekend with their other daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin CLEVELAND at Raquette Lake.  Little Ann Christine CLEVELAND came home with her grandparents to spend two weeks. 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur DE MAY and children, and her mother, Mrs. Simon SMITH of Flint, were Sunday callers on Mr. and Mrs. Lee EDMONDS.

Mr. and Mrs. Darwin ARNOLD of Corning, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.. Joseph BUCKLEY.

Mrs. Minnie LEWIS is spending some time with her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Charles BUCKLE.  

Mr. and Mrs. Perle COREY and children, Marion, Margery, Shirley and Richard of Yatesville, were Easter dinner guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray MARGESON

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd LEDGERWOOD had as Easter dinner guests, Mr. and Mrs. Archie INGRAM,  Mr. and Mrs. Charles INGRAM, and son, David, Mr. and Mrs. Paul INGRAM, and daughter, Paula, and Lloyd INGRAM.

Mrs. Albert MORETENSEN and son, Larry, of Penn Yan, spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert PARKER.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy STERLING and daughter, Patricia, of Canandaigua, spent Sunday with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Robert PECK.

Mrs. Edith MALLORY and Mrs. Eugene SMITH of Penn Yan, and Mrs. William DUELL of Benton spent Friday at the home of Mrs. Anna NEWCOMB

Mrs. Almeda WHITTAKER and H. W. PORTER spent a few days recently, with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur ROOD, near Canandaigua.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph TRIPOLI and daughter, Jo Ann of Rochester; spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred ELLING, Mrs.. TRIPOLI and daughter remained for a few days.  Other Sunday dinner guests at the ELLING home were her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver WILCOX, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. OTTO ELLING

Miss Dorothy GRIFFITH, who is now living at Long Island, called on Mr. and Mrs. Loren NICHOLS Friday afternoon on her way to Rochester.  Miss GRIFFITH was history teacher at Penn Yan schools at one time and has many friends here.  

Mr. and Mrs. Carlton MORTENSEN and children, Connie and Donald, Mr. and Mrs. George BELLIS and son Bobbie, of Hall, were Sunday dinner guests of their mother, Mrs. Lizzie PECK.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard BURT and daughter, Pauline, and her son, Eddie, and their son Carl BURT of Penn Yan, ere Sunday dinner guests at the home of their other daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Elwin BISHOP.   

Miss Irene JENSEN is spending her Easter vacation with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin CLEVELAND at Raquette Lake. 

Mr. and Mrs. Byron KELLEY has as Monday night dinner guests, Charles GUILE and daughter, Miss Ruth.  It was in honor of Mr. GUILE'S 86th birthday. 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter FINGAR are the parents of a daughter born Saturday night in Canandaigua hospital.  Her name is Mary Christine. She weighed 5 lbs, 6 3/4 oz.  Both mother and daughter are doing well.

Mrs. A. L. JOHNSON and daughter, Peggy, of Buffalo, came Friday to spend some time with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Walter FINGAR.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest COVELL ,attended the funeral of her brother, David KENNERSON, held in Geneva Tuesday afternoon. 

Miss Esther OLSEN of Rochester, is spending Easter vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jens OLSEN.

Miss Leila WAGER of Long Island, is spending her Easter vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank WAGER

Howard JORGENSEN from the University of Rochester, arrived at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lars LARSEN, on Thursday, April 3, for his Easter vacation.  He is employed on the farm of his grandfather, A .J. HANSEN, of Milo.


Norman FINGER is out again after a two weeks run of the flu.

Harold SCHOFIELD, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard BROWN, expects to erect a new home on the Williams Hill road, west of his parents home.  He has his cellar dug.  

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey YODER have moved back to their old home on the corner across from the Methodist church.  

Little Garreth HAYES, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur HAYES, pulled a table over on his foot, X-ray pictures showed a splintered bone in the top of the foot which will lay him up a few weeks.

Mrs. Wave CONLEY has been confined to her home since last Thursday, April 3, with the flu.  

Mr. and Mrs. William LARZELERE and daughter, Janice, spent Easter Sunday in Bath, with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. ORMSBY.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred HABBERFIELD of Corning, were Easter Sunday guests of their children, Mr. and Mrs. Howard BENNETT.

Mr. and Mrs. David HOPKINS, and grandson "Butch", are in Phelps and Canandaigua, visiting this week.

Miss Mary MC DERMOTT, left for Elmira Sunday to enter the Dermal Way school to specialize in hairstyling and beauty culture.  She started her course on Monday.  


A daughter, Mary Christine, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter FINGAR of Benton Center on Saturday, April 5, at the F. F. Thompson Memorial hospital, Canandaigua.

Mrs. Henry ECKERT, who teaches school at Buffalo, is spending the Easter vacation at her home here.  

Richard LERCH underwent a tonsillectomy at the Soldiers and Sailors Hospital at Penn Yan, on Friday.

Miss Blanche INGRAM, of Hastings on the Hudson, is spending the Easter vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. INGRAM.  Other guests at the INGRAM home over the weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Lambert VAILE, of Valley Stream, L .I,; E. G. MILLER of New York City; and Mr. and Mrs. I. L. BARBETTO of Brooklyn.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph SANDERSON have moved from the Frank MATTESON house to the Ed WYMAN farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd LAFLER are moving from their farm to the house vacated by the SANDERSONS.


Mrs. Edna SHRIEBER and family of Rochester, spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Ida DAVIS

Miss Loena CONWAY and mother, who have been living in Geneva, for the winter months, have returned to their home here.  

Lucien DAGGETT has gone to the Bath Veterans hospital for treatment.

Mrs. Mary LUDLOW, who fell and broke her hip last week, is at Soldiers and Sailors hospital in Penn Yan.

Mrs. L. B. DAGGETT who was ill in Syracuse for three weeks, has returned to her home Saturday. Her daughter, Mildred DYKEMAN and son Bernard, came with her and are spending the week here.

Miss Jean EAVES is spending her vacation with her grandmother, Mrs. Lucien DAGGETT.

Mrs. Frank WADSWORTH is spending this week with her mother, Mrs. KIPP, in Rochester.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry IRWIN and son, Ernest, were in Wellsboro, Pa., to visit her father, Charles PETTIGREW, last week.


Mrs. Henry HUNT is spending a couple of weeks with her sister, in Muncey, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold STEVENS have been spending a few days in Binghamton. 

The BEBEE family who have been living in the Waldo BISHOP house, are moving to Rochester.

Mrs. Harry HOWELL has returned home after a few months stay in Binghamton. 

Mrs. Arthur PRATT of New York City, spent a few days last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter ORR.

Edward ENGLISH, aged 21, of St. Louis, MO., who solicited magazine subscriptions in this area, February 19 last and who forged the name of Lloyd PEELLE and Morris PEELLE on two checks cashed in Schuyler county, was arrested by Sheriff BURT of Schuyler county, on Monday, March 21, at Hornell on a charge of 2nd degree forgery and is held for the grand jury.  Mrs. Lola Jean KIMMER, who was with him, was released on a $200 cash bail, pending further investigation. 

Mrs. Allen MILLARD of Penn Yan, has been spending a few days with her sister, Miss NEWCOMB.

Professor Leon PHILIP and wife of North Tonawanda, are spending the Easter recession at the home of her father, Myron FENNO.

Mrs. Elizabeth LOVE was a guest of her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph LOVE, of Watkins Glen. 


Mr. and Mrs. Ralph COREY and children, Ann, Donald and Lyle and children, Joan and Steve, spent Easter with their daughter, Mrs. Howard JENSEN and family, in Penn Yan. 

Mrs. Ann BUCKLEY of Benton, was Easter supper guest of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest RIBBLE.  

Mr. and Mrs. Joe TIERNEY and William GRIFFITH, were Easter dinner guests of their son, Carlton TIERNEY and family, Sunday evening.

Mrs. Fred MASHEWSKE was surprised Sunday evening when a party of relatives and neighbors came in to celebrate her birthday.  

Robert CARROLL spent Easter with Miss Kathryn RIBBLE


Carl LARSEN is spending his Easter vacation with his mother, Frances LARSEN, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sydney J. SEAGER.

Elizabeth LARSEN is spending the weekend with her uncle, Harry SEAGER and family, at Italy Valley.

Mr. and Mrs. Sydney J. SEAGER and their son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. SEAGER and daughters of Penn Yan, attended the wedding of Harold J. SEAGER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. SEAGER, to Eleanor VOGEL, at Watertown, Mass., Easter Sunday.

Allen and Irene SISSON underwent a tonsil operation last week at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital .

Earl NIELSON has been on a trip to Chicago.  

Mrs. William DAVIS is spending the week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis WOOLEVER.  

Mr. and Mrs. George PERRY attended the the wedding of a niece in Geneva on Sunday afternoon last.

Mr. and Mrs.. Jesse NICHOLS entertained Mr. and Mrs. Harold NICHOLS and son, Harold, of Rochester and Mr. and Mrs. Burton HUNT and little daughter, of Penn Yan, as a birthday dinner in honor of two birthdays; Jesse NICHOLS and Harold NICHOLS JrMr. and Mrs. Loren NICHOLS of Benton Center, were also guests at the NICHOLS home. 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald HENDERSON and two children of Penn Yan, were dinner guests at the HENDERSON home.  

Unknown Newspaper    October1958                         contributed by Cathy Coon

MRS. MABEL W. BAILEY -Mrs. Mabel W. Bailey, 84, died at the Horka Nursing home in Dresden Tuesday night, March 4, 1958.  A native of Harrisonburg, Va., she was the daughter of William H. and Emily Hewlitt Whitaker. She was the widow of John C. Bailey. Mrs. Bailey was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Penn Yan.  Survivors include one brother, Fred Whitaker of Penn Yan, three sisters, Mrs. George Thayer of Penn Yan, Mrs. George Chilson of Buffalo, and Mrs. Deal Jones of Milford, Conn. Friends may call at the Thayer Funeral home on Thursday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m. with the Rev. Oscar Jelsma, pastor of the Penn Yan Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be in Lake View cemetery.

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