Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Fri July 19, 1895
Women Victimized by a Seller of Patent Fly Killers
--The Gentlemen Driving Association of East Henrietta will have its second race
meeting of the season to-morrow afternoon on the track east of the village. The
first race will be called at 2 P. M.
--The funeral of Richard BARNUM took place yesterday afternoon, from his late
residence at Churchville, the services being held at the Baptist Church. The
Goodrich Post of the G. A. R. attended in uniform. The remains were interred at
the Churchville cemetery.
--Mr. and Mrs. Julian GEARE of Pittsford entertained about seventy-five guests
at their home on Wednesday in honor of E. A. STONE and family and F. A. STONE
and wife, all of Iowa. The guests were with a few exceptions relatives and were
from Rochester, Honeoye Falls, Avon, Auburn and Pittsford.
--A snapping turtle weighing twenty pounds was caught last evening in Fairport
by William O'BRIEN, who was fishing for bull heads in Thomas creek, east of Mrs.
GOLDEN's bridge, between the West Shore and Central railroad tracks. The same
young man recently caught two black snakes measuring five feet in length in the
--The assessors of the village of Pittsford, having completed the assessment
roll of the village for the year 1895, notice is given that a copy thereof is
left at the postoffice where it may be seen and examined by any person
interested until July 20, 1895. Notice is given by the assessors that they will
meet at the town hall on Saturday, July 20, 1895, for the purpose of reviewing
said assessment roll, and hearing complaints in relation to such assessments.
--About one hundred women in Hamlin have gotten "blood in their eyes."
For the past week a plausible stranger has been canvassing the town with
"an article of great value," which he introduced with a stereotyped
"madam, etc., etc.," Then he brought forth a bundle of wires, tufted
with a brown substance, altogether resembling diminutive cat-tails, by burning a
little of which, in the house, flies and vermin of all description would be
instantly killed and banished, and all for twenty-cents. The stuff has been
pretty thoroughly tested in closed rooms, on flies, which seem to enjoy it.
Anyhow, they seemed to receive no ill effects from it.
Medina Moving for a Thorough System of Good Roads
--W. R. CURRY, for many years superintendent of the Medina and Albion gas and
electric plants has resigned.
--All of the clothing firms in Medina have signed an agreement to close their
places of business at 8 o'clock during July and August.
--The Rev. L. E. ROCKWELL, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a party of
Medina young men are camping at Lakeside park.
--Colonel John PARKS, for many years a resident of Medina, has removed to
Rochester, having traded his farm property in Shelby for a fine residence in
--The Kersburg building on Main street is being entirely remodeled with an
entirely new front. When completed it will be one of the handsomest business
buildings in Medina.
--The Rt. Rev. Bishop A. Cleveland COXE administered the sacred rite of
confirmation at St. John's Church on Thursday evening. Until September 1st,
services in this church on Sunday evenings will begin at 6 o'clock.
--The Medina Good Government League has practically completed its organization.
A meeting was held on Monday evening, and another is announced for next Monday
evening. The league promises to do a good deal toward the betterment of Medina
in many ways.
--Horsemen from all over the country are manifesting more interest in the Medina
races this year than ever before, and it is thought that some very speedy
strings of trotters and runners may be induced to participate. The grounds are
being greatly improved, a fine base ball ground having been laid out inside the
circle on which Thursday's game was played.
--A committee from the common council of Medina went to Knowlesville on
Wednesday, descended into the new well and obtained a sample of the water, which
was taken to Buffalo for analysis by the city chemist. The water company has
practically consented to settle the village bill for fire protection for $1,200,
with certain conditions which the village will probably accede to. Mrs. Frank
LESLIE is said to owe $25,000 worth of stock in the company.
--Walter SMITH died Wednesday morning at his home in Morton, after an illness of
several months, which terminated in brain fever. The funeral was held yesterday
at his late home, with interment in Kenyon cemetery. He was a native of England,
but had lived at Morton about twenty years. Besides his wife he leaves a
daughter, Miss Hattie, two sons, Charles and Walter, and two minor children and
also two brothers, James and Thomas SMITH, all of Morton.
--The barns and house on the farm of Mrs. Sarah A. GARFIELD, about one mile east
of Holley, were totally destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon. The flames were
discovered in the barn yard shortly after 1 o'clock, and had gained such headway
that nothing could be done to extinguish them. The barns were filled with the
new crop of hay and grain, which is a total loss. Most of the contents of the
house were saved. Amount of loss and insurance at present not known.
--The question of street improvement is greatly agitating the people of Medina
just now. The new street roller which the last village meeting ordered purchased
has arrived, and is being tested in the rolling of streets and in spiking and
reshaping. Thus far the tests have been satisfactory. The first piece of
permanent work will be done on West Center street, and the contemplated
assessment of the property holders along the street for a portion of the expense
has brought on a wild howl of protest. It was at first designed to assess the
property holders for 50 per cent of the expense, which would be divided between
the two sides of the street, but so loud was the protest that the council
finally reduced the assessment to 33 1-3 per cent, and the work has been ordered
on that basis. The work is to be begun on Monday and will include a Telford
bottom of Medina sandstone, (didn't get the rest)
The Angelica Idea - A Village Festival
--Oil operations in the Allegany field are quite lively now, producing $100,000
worth every thirty days.
--Oats are promising a large crop; potatoes also. Grasshoppers appear in
myriads, and some of our farmers are harvesting them with seines made of dairy
cloth, realizing very good catches, in some instances a bushel and a half being
taken at a haul, then drowned and thrown in the manure pile.
--On the road from Houghton to Rushford is a pond of perhaps twenty-five acres
in extent, surrounded by a marshy margin from which many boat loads and later
car loads of moss have been taken to Rochester to use in packing fruit trees. In
the past it has been noted as a place for fishing, the prevailing variety taken
being bullheads, and so the pond has come to be called Bullhead pond. It is now
getting to be quite a resort for pleasure parties, has been re-christened
"Moss lake," and it is reported that ex-Sheriff N. B. SHERMAN has
offered $1,000 for it, and an eight-rod wide driveway around it, with a view
--The annual village festival, which occurred at Angelica last evening, was a
very enjoyable affair. It is an institution peculiar to Angelica, and which the
talent of the Angelica people is peculiarily well calculated to carry out. The
village park, one of the most beautiful in the whole country, affords a lovely
place for the games and pastimes, and the old court house, roomy, pleasant
and conveniently near, makes a good place for indoor exercises. Various devices
for raising money were employed, the revenue all to be appropriated to the
library. The famous "Jarley Wax works," the "Brownies,"
and a minstrel entertainment, in which Frank S. SMITH figured as middle man,
with Messrs. ROMAIN, PIATT, BENSON and COOLEY as end men, and Superintendent of
the Poor CRANDALL, ex-Superintendent William WEAVER, ex-School Commissioner
DICKSON and Messrs, RENWICK and AVERILL assistants, must have been immense.
The weather favored, and the new four-inch telescope was brought out for looking
through which 5 cents a peep was charged. It was a great success.
Emancipation Day Will Be Observed August 15th in Seneca Falls
--Fire steamer No. 1 was steamed up yesterday to pump out a canal boat belonging
to Thomas Brothers, which was sunken near Nester's malt house at Waterloo.
--All poker rooms at Seneca Falls, which for a long time have run in open
defiance to law and decency, are closed. The closing was done by the president
of the village, who personally attended to it, as soon as he had official notice
of the evil. The authorities announce that all violations of the law with regard
to gambling will be prosecuted most rigidly.
--There was an exciting runaway on Mill street in Waterloo yesterday morning,
Charles DAY, who is salesman at Fred MARSHALL's meat market, drove down to
one of the houses on the street to deliver a parcel of meat. While he was in the
house, something frightened the horse and he dashed madly up the street and into
the premises of the third ward school. Just at the entrance of the yard the
horse stumbled and fell into the ditch, outside of the sidewalk. This probably
checked his career sufficiently to prevent his plunging against the brick wall
of the school building. He gathered himself, however, and sprang forward into
the yard before he was caught. One of the hind wheels of the wagon was wrenched
out of shape and the wagon was somewhat broken. The horse escaped material
--Justice B. H. MONGIN, who attacked the lad, Paul WOOLEY, at Waterloo, on
Saturday evening, appeared before Police Justice MARSHALL yesterday morning.
There was much interest manifested in the case and the court room was well
filled with spectators. Colonel Frederick L. MANNING was present as attorney for
the prosecution. Contrary to the expectations of a good many people, Mr. MONGIN
pleaded guilty to the charge, that of assault in the third degree, and was fined
the sum of $15 by the justice, which he very promptly paid. He then departed by
the next train to resume his duties in the office of the secretary of state at
Albany. It is said that the friends of the boy are not satisfied with the result
of the case, and will bring an action for damages in the supreme court. They had
hoped that Mr. MONGIN would have been sent to the penitentiary for the offense.
--Arrangements for the celebration of Emancipation day at Seneca Falls are
progressing on a grand scale, and the committee in charge, Messrs. CAVE, THOMAS
and MARTIN, are doing heroic work to make it one of the grandest ever held in
Central New York. They are in daily receipt of letters from prominent colored
delegates at various points throughout the state, expressing hearty approval of
the selection of the village of Seneca Falls on account of its convenience and
its attractions. James A. SANFORD, chief of police of the village of Jordan,
will bring with him a fine base-ball team, and an effort is being made to secure
George A. JOHNSON of Ithaca, who is said to be a very eloquent speaker, as
orator of the day. Excursion rates by rail will be obtained for the convenience
of those living at a distance. The programme is not entirely completed, but the
day's festivities will close with a grand colored ball in the evening at
JOHNSON's opera house. "Emancipation Day" will be celebrated on
Thursday, August 15th. The falling on Sunday this year of the anniversary, made
necessary the selection of another date, and the 15th was chosen as being most
likely to accommodate the public. The Waterloo cornet band has been engaged for
the occasion and the arrangements are progressing finely.
--George ARCHER, the 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Fred ARCHER, of
Geneva, died yesterday morning.
--The liquor dealers of Lyons defeated the liquor dealers of Geneva at a game of
base ball at Geneva yesterday. Score 9 to 8 in favor of Lyons.
--Morris OETTINGER died yesterday at his residence, No. 117 Woodward avenue,
aged 58 years.
--Robert, infant son of George and Georgiana PINK, died Wednesday at their
residence, No. 139 Monroe avenue.
--Everett Franklin, infant son of Joseph and Emma A. MILNER, died yesterday at
No. 158 Kent street, aged 7 months.
--Nelson C., infant son of Arthur and Emily BORNES, died Wednesday at their
residence, No. 1,020 North St. Paul street.
--Elizabeth BACKUS, widow of the late Enos BACKUS, died at her residence, No.
915 South Clinton street, on July 16th, aged 77 years.
--Josephine Louise, infant daughter of Nicholas and Josephine HOLPRIPEL, died
yesterday at the family residence, No. 26 Garson avenue.
--August William EICHELBERG died Wednesday at his late residence, No. 79(?)
Whitney street, aged 60 years. He is survived by a wife, four sons and four
--Andrew SPAULDING died yesterday at his late residence, No. 192 South Goodman
street, aged 80 years. His death came after a year's illness. He has led a
retired life for seven years past, having been connected during the latter years
of his business career with the Buffalo Cement Works, in which he was a
stockholder. He was a member of the Fultonville lodge of the Masonic Order and
the remains will be taken to Fultonville for interment. Deceased is survived by
his second wife and one daughter, Mrs. Lewis BENNETT, of Buffalo.
--The funeral of Mrs. John SMEAD was largely attended by relatives and friends
from the residence of her son, George W. CROUCH, No. 30 Howell street, yesterday
afternoon. Rev. Dr. SAXE, of the First Universalist Church, officiated, and
spoke appropriately of the many generations which the deceased had seen enter
upon and depart from this life. The life and character of the deceased was
feelingly referred to, as one furnishing a rare example of charitable deeds and
constant thoughtfulness for others. A male quartette furnished music and the
bearers were all grandsons. They were George W. CROUCH, Jr., Frank P. CROUCH,
Charles H. CROUCH, William, John and Charles MOGRIDGE. Burial was private in Mt.
THE COLORED VOTERS' LEAGUE
The Colored Voters' League, at a meeting at the Douglass League rooms Wednesday
evening, elected J. W. THOMPSON and Major F. S. CUNNINGHAM to the convention of
the National League of Colored Voters, at Olean on August 14th, H. WILLIAMS,
Jr., and W. J. SMITH were elected alternates.
CODIFYING THE ORDINANCES
Corporation Counsel RODENBECK will soon be ready to submit to the law committees
of the common council the proposed codification of penal ordinances, which he is
at present hard at work codifying.
The primary department of the Brick Church Sunday-school, to the number of
sixty, enjoyed a picnic yesterday at Genesee Valley park, in charge of their
superintendent, Mrs. E. B. WETMORE.
BACKUS - In this city, on the evening of the 16 inst., Elizabeth, widow of the
late Enos BACKUS, aged 77 years.
-Funeral from the late residence, 915 South Clinton St., this (Friday) afternoon
SPALDING - In this city, July 18, 1895, Andrew SPALDING, aged 80 years.
-Funeral from the family residence, 192 South Goodman street, this (Friday)
afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.
OETTINGER - In this city, Thursday, July 18, 1895, at his residence, 117
Woodward avenue, Morris OETTINGER, aged 58 years.
-Funeral from the house Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
MILNER - In this city, Thursday, July 18, 1895 at the family residence, 158 Kent
street, Everett Franklin, infant son of Joseph and Emma A. MILNER, aged 7
-Funeral this (Friday) afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial private.
RACE - The funeral of Rebecca RACE will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. from the
residence, 82 Chestnut street.
CRAMPTON - At his late residence, in the town of Gates, Wednesday, July 17,
1895, Edmund CRAMPTON, aged 80 years.
-Funeral Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the house and at 2 o'clock from
Grace Presbyterian Church. Burial at Mt. Hope.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Sat July 20, 1895
A THRILLING INCIDENT
Moses Van Campen's Escape From the
Indians When a Youth
Written for the Democrat and
Moses Van CAMPEN was the hero in the
escape of several persons captured by the Indians at a point on the
Susquehanna river during the War of the Revolution. It was one of the tales of
the Revolution to the recital of which we have listened in our childhood. The
exploit stood paramount among many others of those times, then told throughout
the country. I cannot give the date or the exact locality of the scene, but
think it occurred near the east branch of the Susquehanna river below the
great bend. It was in the spring of the year. A party of Indians surprised
several men and boys who were engaged in their sugar camps; they were fired
upon by the Indians, and two or three killed. Young Van CAMPEN's father was
among the slain, and young Van CAMPEN with most of the others were made
prisoners, and immediately started westward through the wilderness, that up to
that time was unknown to the white man. They pursued their course toward the
setting sun, halting at night in good time to provide something for a meal,
and to secure fuel for the night, as well as, to secure the prisoners, binding
them with thongs of raw skins, except the boy, Van CAMPEN he was only secured
by being obliged to sleep between two Indians. It was his business at each
halt to whittle up a pile of dry kindling to enable the Indians to start the
fire quickly in the morning. When they supposed they had stopped for the last
night, and after the preparations were all made the boy, pretending when asked
for the knife which the Indians furnished him nightly for preparing the
kindling, that he had dropped it in the leaves, but had in fact slipped it
under the loose bark of a log, and after some hunting the Indians seemed
satisfied to let the knife lie in the leaves until morning when it could be
found by daylight.
preparations being completed all composed themselves for the night. Young Van
CAMPEN had told the prisoners he would liberate them that night or die in the
attempt. If he succeeded the plan was to kill every Indian before they could
rise with their own tomahawks, this was the understanding, and agreed to by
all the prisoners except one man - a Quaker - who objected to the whole plan,
and threatened to expose them. The prisoners told him that if he exposed them
he should die by the hand of someone of them if they lived. He consented to
remain neutral. In the meantime all were soon wrapped in an apparent profound
sleep. The sleep of the prisoners, however, was the best counterfeit they were
capable of producing. Young Van CAMPEN was to make the perilous attempt. In
the dead hour of night when the deep breathing of the Indians indicated
perfect sleep, he began gradually and cautiously to move himself on end, at
the same time breathing deeply, with an occasional groan, as in troubled
sleep. If an Indian appeared disturbed he was still in his apparent sleep; and
when all was right moved himself from the Indians without disturbing them;
with his knife he quietly severed the thongs that bound the prisoners, and
quick as the lightning the sleeping Indians were all slain with their own
tomahawks, except one, who with a horrible yell, escaped with a tomahawk in
prisoners all made their escape, and reached their homes in safety. Many years
subsequent to the event, Van CAMPEN saw this Indian who escaped, in Canada,
and ____ the Indian regarded him with unusual interest, yet he could hardly
suppose it possible for the Indian to recognize him after the changes from
boyhood to manhood, and yet from prudential motives he returned to the States.
CAMPEN emigrated from Pennsylvania with his father-in-law, Philip RIGGS, about
the year 1795. We recollect him as a man of good presence and address, quiet
distinguished for many h__ deeds and the father of three pretty girls who went
to school. Eliphalet HULL, Jr., was the third son of Eliphalet HULL, Sr.,
and Huldah Patchen HULL, pioneers of Yates county. They were natives of
Connecticut, settled in Saratoga; their home and property was destroyed by the
British and the Indians. After the close of the revolution they came to
Benton(?) in the year 1791. Eliphalet HULL, Jr., born during the Revolution,
was always a true soldier. He was a member of Captain Stanley's Rit__,
organized several years prior to the war of 1812. He lost his hearing at the
battle of Fort Erie. He was large and athletic, kind and social, prepossessing
in manner; it was no marvel that he won the heart and hand of Miss Mary
Van CAMPEN, daughter of Major Moses Van CAMPEN.
Was He Killed, or Did He Leave the
Country of His Own Free Will?
To the Editor of the Democrat and
communication published in the Democrat and Chronicle of July 13, 1895, by E.
K. WADSWORTH, of Honeoye Falls, on the kidnapping of Captain William MORGAN by
the Masons seventy years ago, reminds us of what a relative of the MORGAN
family told us a few years ago about MORGAN's facts. WADSWORTH in the Democrat
and Chronicle says "that the general impression was that MORGAN was taken
to the lake, his throat cut, and body sunk in fifty fathoms of water."
Tobias FORBES, of this village, a prominent citizen who died a few years
ago at an advanced age, was a second cousin of MORGAN, and knew positively, he
says, from information received and acknowledged to be correct by his family
and others who knew, that MORGAN was not murdered, as believed by many,
but left the country of his own free will, going directly to Australia, and
receiving, therefore, his passage money and $200.
FORBES said, published a newspaper in Australia until his death, which
occurred many years afterwards. His son was there in 1840 and in the same
business. Mr. FORBES was a Mason and a member, we believe, of Clyde Lodge, No.
341, at the time of his death. We have heard him make this statement many
times, and Dr. J. LYKINS, of Kansas City, Mo., who died not many years ago,
corroborated FORBES in what he remembered of the affair.
S. H. CLARKE.
Clyde, N. Y., July 18, 1895.
RICHARDSON - In this city, Thursday
evening, July 18, 1895, Joseph M. RICHARDSON, aged 58 years.
-Funeral Monday afternoon at 3
o'clock from the residence, No. 51 Greig street. Friends invited. Burial
SHEIL - In this city, Friday, July
19, 1895, at his late residence, No. 254 Central avenue, Christopher SHEIL,
aged 75 years.
-Funeral Monday morning at 8:30
o'clock from the house and at 9 o'clock from St. Bridget's church.
OAKS - In Cincinnati, Ohio, George
OAKS, in his 83d year.
-Funeral to-day (Saturday). Burial
RENNER - In this city, Friday, July 19, 1895, at the family residence, No.
62 Oakland park, Mrs. Anna E. RENNER, aged 72 years and 4 months.
-Notice of funeral hereafter.
A BOY'S RECKLESSNESS
It Ended in Costing Him His Life Last
Run Down By A Train
William Biers, Ten Years Old, Met a
Shocking End at
Litchfield Street -- No One Else Seems
to be at Fault.
A West Shore train instantly killed
little William BIERS, the 10-year-old son of John BIERS, of No. 10 Wilder
street, at 8 o'clock last night, on the Litchfield street crossing.
The boy was
the second son in a family of three boys and three girls. He was a bright
little fellow, well known in the neighborhood, where he had lived ever since
he was born. He was careless and venturesome, and several times had narrow
escapes from injury or death in his boyish pranks.
afternoon he started out with one of his brothers and several much-older boys
who lived in the neighborhood, to go swimming in the canal. They spent some
time in the water, and just at dark put on their clothes, and started on their
way to their homes. The Litchfield street crossing is on the way they usually
took. The crossing is supposed to be fenced in, as it would otherwise be an
exceedingly dangerous one, but some of the boards are torn out from the fence
on each side, leaving an entrance. As this is a short cut for a good many
people, there is a well-worn path between the openings in the two fences, and,
although the path is dark and unsafe at night, there are some who risk taking
it at that time. The party of boys walked through the opening in the fence,
and started to cross the racks. The headlight of a rapidly approaching, train
could be seen to the west, and the loud rumbling of the wheels must have
warned them all.
little BIERS darted ahead of the rest, running as fast as his legs could carry
him. Frank LYTLE, one of the boys who was with him, called to him to stop, and
asked him to look at the train, which was then only a few yards away and was
coming at a high rate of speed. The boy looked back at his companions, and
laughed, but he kept on running. A moment later he reached the track. The
engine was almost upon him, and he was in the full glare of the headlight. His
brother saw him stumble on one of the rails, and almost at the same time saw
his body hurled into the air. The train dashed by, and the boys saw the
engineer in his cab window, but the latter did not seem to be aware of what
had happened. The train did not stop, and the next minute was out of sight.
The boys ran
up to the tracks, and there found BIERS' lying in a mangled heap on the ties.
There was no doubt that he was dead. His head was crushed in so that there was
only a small part of the skull left, his breast was also crushed, his right
leg was torn from the knee to the foot, and his right hand was cut off at the
wrist. The track was covered with blood, and the boy's brains were scattered
for several yards around. There was nothing left of the face, and the
clothing was torn into rags.
picked up the mangled remains and carried them to a spot away from the tracks,
and they then told some men near by of what had happened. The men sent word to
police headquarters, and Coroner GRAHAM was called. The coroner drove to the
scene of the accident, and made an investigation. He questioned the boys, and
decided to hold an inquest at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
It has not
yet been learned what West Shore train it was that killed the boy. The
conductors of the trains passing through the Central station from the west at
that time left no word there of any such occurrence. Word was telegraphed to
Syracuse, asking that the conductors of east bound trains be questioned, but
it is probable that no one on the train noticed the occurrence.
boy's brother saw him stumble, but nearly all of the party, six in number, saw
the engine strike him.
IS A REAL OLD TIMER
A Veteran of the "Weighlock Gang" at the Station
A Stranger For Years
Now, Broken Down by Hardship and Sickness, He Comes to Seek
the Old Scenes and the Associates of His Prime
Fifteen years ago there lived in this city a man named August NEIMANN, a
short, muscular, good-looking fellow, who gained notoriety as a member of
the old weight-lock gang, who for years terrorized the neighborhood of the
weighlock at South St. Paul street, and some of whose members are now
serving terms in state prisons. NEIMANN was one of the best known police
characters in those days, and he had many exciting experiences with the
police. He was one of the frequenters of the "sewer," on South St.
Paul street, near Court street, and gained a livelihood in various odd ways.
Last night a decrepit, white-haired man drifted
into the police station to seek shelter from the rain. He was lame, and
carried an old-fashioned, heavy cane. He seemed interested in the new
building, and, sitting down by one of the old members of the
department, asked many questions of what had happened in the past few years.
Then he began to tell of the department, as it was in times gone by, and of
the weightlock gang. He seemed to have a pretty thorough knowledge of
things, as they were in the city fifteen and twenty years ago. The old
officer by whom he was sitting looked at him closely, and thought his face,
although greatly changed, was familiar as one he had known a long time
"What's your name?" he asked.
"NEIMANN," said the old man; "August
"What!" exclaimed the officer, "Why,
I knew you when you were a boy. Don't you remember me? I've arrested you
when, you got into scraps twenty times."
The stranger said he thought he remembered. he said
he had come from New York three days ago because he thought he would like to
see the old place again, for he had not been here since he went away fifteen
years ago. He was quite a young-looking man then, although now he looks
nearly 70. He said he was but 50, but that sickness and other troubles had
made him old beyond his years. From his conversation it transpired that he
had taken to his old ways in New York, and had lived there by thieving. He
had not been there more than two years when he was arrested and sent to Sing
Sing for five years. He served his full term, and then returned to New York.
In that city he had lived a strange and venturesome life. He fell in with a
gang of house-breakers and traveled with them about the vicinity for two or
three years. Their headquarters was in one of the old tenement houses on the
East Side, where they all slept on the floor in one room. Often he had
meetings with some of the most desperate criminals in the city, some of whom
he knew well. He had been out of prison but a short time before he fell from
a second-story window of a tenement, from which he was trying to escape, and
broke his leg. He was laid up for a long time, and he has never entirely
recovered. Since the accident he has been almost a constant sufferer from
illness, and he says his hair turned from black to nearly white in less than
"Where's Jimmy MOORE?" he asked.
He was told that Jimmy, after his release from
prison, had been sent to the Rochester State Hospital, and that he was there
"I guess I'll go up and see him," he
said, tapping the walk with his cane. "I'd like to see Jimmy again. He
came to the station to see me off when I went away from here. I guess he's
the only one of the old crowd left around here. I met one of 'em in New York
six years ago, but all the rest are under ground or in prison by this time.
I've been laid up for four years myself pretty much. Now the rain's
over I guess I'll get along."
A GREAT OLD AGE
Alexander E. Johnson Died Yesterday -- Passed Through Rochester in 1812.
Alexander E. JOHNSON died at the residence of his daughter, No. 108 North
St. Paul street, yesterday, aged 90 years. He was one of the oldest
residents of the county, having lived in Brockport until seven years
ago. In 1812 he came with his father from Oneida county, passing through
where Rochester now stands. The city then consisted of a log mill and
tavern, and Mr. JOHNSON remembered having seen the deer running about over
the hills, and to have picked cat-tail flags where Powers block now stands.
Mr. JOHNSON settled in Brockport, where he was a
prominent member of the Methodist Church. He was a faithful citizen and has
never failed to vote since he was of age. He was very strong, and well
up to two days ago, and hardly looked as if he had reached such an advanced
age. He leaves four daughters and one son living.
--George OAKS died in Cincinnati, aged 83 years.
--Patrick HEFFERMAN died yesterday at the residence of his brother, Thomas
HEFFERMAN, No. 251 North Union street.
--Florence, infant daughter of George and Maria GEISSLE, died Thursday at
the residence of her parents, No. 17 Lowell street.
--Richard, infant son of Joseph J., and Mary M. KOHLMER, died yesterday at
the home of his parents, No. 293 Campbell street.
--John Victor, infant son of Rudolph and Victoria HORTSCHER, died yesterday
at the residence of his parents, No. 203 Orange street.
--Josephine Louise, infant daughter of Lincoln and Josephine HOLDRIDGE, died
yesterday at the family residence, No. 26 Garson avenue.
--Joseph John, son of Charles A. and Clara HILBERT, died Thursday night at
the residence of his parents, No. 177 Hudson avenue, aged 13 years.
--Joseph M. RICHARDSON died at his late residence, No. 51 Greig street,
Thursday, aged 58 years. He is survived by a wife and two sons, Ralph M. and
Micajah W., both of Rochester.
--Mrs. Margaret EDELMAN died suddenly last evening at her late residence,
No. 61 Nassau street, aged 70 years. Deceased was an old resident of
this city and leaves three sons, ex-Alderman Louis EDELMAN, of the seventh
ward, and Peter and John EDELMAN, all of this city.
--Word has been received from Los Vegas, N. M., that John P. O'CONNOR,
formerly of Rochester, is dead. He was employed in the Central freight
office in this city until last summer, when he went West on account of
ill-health. He was aged 21 years, and was unmarried. He is survived by a
mother and a brother, David O'CONNOR. The body will be brought to Rochester
--Mrs. PAINE, widow of ex-Mayor Colonel W. E. PAINE, died at the family
residence, Yorktown, N. Y., yesterday. She leaves one son, ex-Superintendent
of Banks Willis S. PAINE; one daughter, Mrs. Wallace DANOW; the widow of her
late son, Dr. O. Sprague PAINE, and three grandchildren. She will be kindly
remembered by our older citizens previous to 1848, when the family removed
from the city.
--Christopher SHEIL died yesterday, aged 75 years, at his late residence,
No. 254 Central avenue. He was a native of Westmeath, Ireland, but had been
a resident of Rochester, where he has been actively interested in the
clothing business for nearly a quarter of a century. He was a member of St.
Bridget's Church, and is survived by a wife and four children, Frank J.,
Charles V., Minnie F. and Mrs. C. F. MERTZ.
HIS DEVOTION DISTURBED
John Pyne is Dignified and Outraged by His Arrest
For several months John McGLYNN, the janitor of St. Patrick's Cathedral, has
been watching a suspicious-looking man who has been hanging about the
church. McGLYNN was confident that this man had some evil intention, and was
responsible for robberies of the contribution boxes in the vestibule which
have been frequent of late. Every few nights the man, a tall, ragged fellow,
with a big moustache, was seen lurking about in front of the building, and
sometimes was caught inside. Last night, about 9 o'clock, McGLYNN, and a Mr.
KAVANAUGH, who sings in the Cathedral choir, and Mrs. McFARRELL, who cleans
the church, saw the stranger enter. McGLYNN followed him in, and saw him
kneeling in the dark by one of the contribution boxes. McGLYNN seized him,
but the man, striking at him, broke away, and ran down the street. The janitor
then found Officers LOURET and DECKER, and all three finally found the man
in a saloon. The officers arrested him, and sent him to police headquarters.
McGLYNN went there too, and told his story of the affair to the captain.
"This young man is very much mistaken,"
said the prisoner, who was drunk and very dignified. "He has a screw
loose in his head. He caught me while I was saying my prayers, and isn't it
a man's privilege to say his prayers when he wants to?"
Only the charge of drunkenness was placed against
the man's name, which he gave as John PYNE, but McGLYNN said he would appear
with his witnesses in police court this morning, to bring the charge of
attempted burglary against him.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Sun July 21, 1895
DEATH OF ROBERT GRANT
Well Known in This City and Vicinity -- Announcement of Deaths
Robert GRANT, for a long time a bookkeeper in Frost & Company's
nurseries on Plymouth avenue, died yesterday morning at his late
residence, No. 258 Caledonia avenue, aged 72 years.
Mr. GRANT was a descendant of a sturdy Scotch
family, his father having been born near Castle Grant, Scotland. The
deceased was born in the town of York, Livingston county, and he was
well-known at the time of his death among the older settlers, both there
and in this city.
Mr. GRANT removed to McGregor, Iowa, and the
building of that town was largely do to his work. He was interested in the
political affairs of McGregor, having held the position of township and
county clerk there for several years. He held other public offices and
with six other gentlemen organized the leading Congregational Church
He numbered many prominent men of Iowa among his
friends, among whom was Senator ALLISON. He was also actively engaged in
the anti-slavery agitation during the war and of late he has been a
frequent contributor to the daily press, on historical and political
matters of local interest. Mr. GRANT prepared papers for the Livingston
Historical Society at different times and also wrote the biographies of
many of the early settlers of Livingston county. He was a member of the F.
and A. M. and also of the South Congregational Church on Alexander street.
A wife and daughter, Miss Mary Eustman GRANT, survive him.
--Patrick GLYNN died yesterday at his late residence in Chili, aged 78
--Charles W. AYRES died Friday evening at his late home, No. 19 Eagle
street, aged 50 years.
--Theodore ZIMMER, only son of Henry ZIMMER, died yesterday morning at No.
9 Bond street, aged 17 years.
--William, infant son of Charles and Helen LAWRENCE, died Friday night at
the family residence, No. 110 Frost avenue.
--Mrs. Ann REDMAN died yesterday at the residence of her brother, Robert
BROWN, No. 32 Park avenue, aged 64 years.
--Lawrence E., infant son of Frederick and Elizabeth SCHAFFER, died Friday
evening at the family residence, No. 70 Vienna street.
--Elwood, infant son of William and Lydia TROAN, died yesterday at the
family residence, No. 5 Georges park, aged 7 months.
--Enstina, wife of Joseph DEMLER, died yesterday morning at her late
residence, No. 92 Thomas street, aged 64 years. She leaves a son and three
--Mrs. E. E. WILLIAMS, wife of the Rev. E. E. WILLIAMS, of Elyria, O., and
mother of Charles A. WILLIAMS, secretary of the Rochester Railway Company,
died Friday at Point Chautauqua.
--Mrs. Anna E., widow of the late Andrew RENNER, died yesterday morning at
the family residence, No. 62 Oakland park, aged 72 years. She leaves two
sons, Jacob and John RENNER, one daughter, Martha B. RENNER, one brother,
Henry LESTER, and one sister, Elizabeth HEFLIER, all of this city.
--Mrs. Margaret ZURN, wife of Philip ZURN, died yesterday morning at her
late home, No. 144 Orange street, aged 71 years. The house in which she
died has been her residence for the past forty-five years. The deceased
was born in Rheinpfaly, Boyern, Germany, and came to this city in 1847.
During the following year she married Philip ZURN. She leaves three sons,
Frederick, Christopher, and Frank, and three daughters, Mrs. Joseph DREMEL
and Misses Barbara and Elizabeth ZURN. Mrs. ZURN has been a member of SS.
Peter and Paul's Church for forty-five years.
--The death of George OAKS occurred Thursday at the home of his son, Frank
A. OAKS, in Cincinnati. Deceased was 83 years of age at the time of his
death. He came to Rochester from Baden, Germany, where he was born, in
1829 and lived here until about sixteen years ago. During thirty years of
residence here he was employed by the Central railroad as a car builder.
He is survived by four sons, George J. national commander of the Union
Veterans' Union, of this city; Frank A., of Cincinnati; Dr. J. F., of
Chicago, and Albert A., of Bloomington, Illinois. A remarkable coincidence
with regard to his death is that his wife died on the same day, the 18th
of July, seventeen years ago. The remains arrived in this city yesterday
morning and interment took place yesterday afternoon at Mt. Hope.
--The death of John LOGAN, son of Mrs. Rose LOGAN, of Buffalo, occurred
Friday afternoon at Glenwood, Cayuga county. Deceased was 20 years of age,
and his death was caused by consumption. Mrs. LOGAN arrived in this city
Monday night, from Buffalo, as a delegate in the Ladies' Catholic
Benevolent Association convention, which has been in session here during
the past week, in company with her son John. Deceased was on his way to
Glenwood, where it was believed the air would benefit him. He did not stop
here long, as he told his mother that he was feeling well and left late
Monday evening with a nurse who had been engaged to care for him. Thursday
evening Mr. LOGAN received a dispatch, in Buffalo, saying that his son was
worse and, Friday afternoon, Mrs. LOGAN received a message telling her
that he was dying. At 2:40 P. M. Friday she left for Glenwood, arriving
there at 7:30 o'clock in the evening, only to find that her son was dead.
The parents of the deceased formerly lived in Rochester and removed to
Buffalo several years ago. Mrs. LOGAN is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
CONNOR, of No. 85 Cypress street, and a sister of William T. CONNOR, of
No. 83 Cypress street.
SHEIL - In this city, Friday, July 19, 1895, at his late residence,
No. 254 Central avenue, Christopher SHEIL, aged 75 years.
-Funeral Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock from the house and at 9 o'clock
from St. Bridget's church.
REDMAN - In this city, at the residence of her brother, Robert BROWN, No.
32 Park avenue, Saturday, July 20, 1895, Mrs. Ann REDMAN, aged 64 years.
-Notice of funeral hereafter.
TROAN - In this city, Elwood, infant son of William and Lyda TROAN, aged 7
-Funeral Monday, July 22nd, at 2 P.M., from the house, No. 5 George park.
GLYNN - At the family residence in Chili, Saturday, July 20, 1895, Patrick
GLYNN, aged 78 years.
-Funeral Monday at 10 A. M., from St. Fechan's Church in Chili.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Mon July 22, 1895
SIMPSON - GREENFIELD - In Irondequoit, N. Y., Saturday, July 20, by E.
C. PAYNE, Esq., Herbert D. SIMPSON and Mrs. Cora GREENFIELD, both of
Rochester, N. Y.
REDMAN - In this city, Saturday, July 20, 1895, at the
residence of her brother, Robert BROWN, No. 32 Park avenue, Mrs.
Ann REDMAN, relict of the late Ambrose REDMAN, aged 64 years.
-Funeral to-day at 3 P. M. from the house. Burial private.
RICHARDSON - In this city, Thursday, July 18, 1895, at his residence, 51
Greig street, Joseph M. RICHARDSON.
-Funeral will be held this afternoon from the house at 3 o'clock.
Friends invited; burial private.
OLMSTED - At Gates, Sunday, July 21, 1895, at his home, George F.
OLMSTED, aged 58 years.
-Funeral Tuesday at 2 P. M. from the house. Burial at Mt. Hope.
GAY - In this city, Sunday, July 21, 1895, at the residence of her
brother-in-law, Oliver D. GROSVENOR, Miss Frances M. GAY.
-Funeral at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning. Burial at Rome, N. Y.
VURS - The funeral of Mrs. Margaret VURS will take place Tuesday morning
at 8 o'clock from her late residence, No. 144 Orange street, and at 8:30
o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's Church.
WOLF - At the family residence in Greece, Saturday, July 20, 1895, John
WOLF, aged 66 years.
-Funeral from the house Tuesday afternoon at 2 P. M. Interment at Mt.
THE DEATH RECORD
--George K. OLMSTED died Sunday at his late residence in Gates, aged 58
--Miss Frances M. GAY died in this city yesterday at the residence of
her brother-in-law, Oliver D. GROSVENOR. Interment will be made in Rome.
--John WOLF died Saturday last at his late residence in Greece, aged 66
years. He is survived by a wife and one son. John WOLF; six daughters,
Mrs. John TRENKLE, Mrs. Edward MEYER, Mrs. John GORG, Mrs. Henry
HERSHLET, Mrs. Joseph RHINE and Miss Christina WOLF. One brother, Henry
WOLF, and two sisters, Mrs. Libbie BERKEL and Mrs. Catherine DIRINGER
McCANN'S NARROW ESCAPE
A man named Daniel McCANN was asleep by the side of the Central-Hudson
tracks at the North street crossing yesterday afternoon when some one
loosened the brakes of a freight car near by, and it rolled slowly down
the grade. It struck McCANN and knocked him a few feet down the
embankment. He was bruised and scratched, but not seriously hurt. He
went to the office of Dr. SHERMAN, and had his wounds bandaged, and then
walked home. It is said that some boys who did not see McCANN sleeping
by the track, loosened the brakes of the car in mischief.
TO LOOK FOR YOUNG MURRAY
It has been reported at police headquarters that the 14-year-old son of
Patrick MURRAY, of Flower City park, has been missing from home since
last Monday evening. When last seen the boy was playing in the yard in
front of his home, and wore no coat or hat. He is a short, thick-set boy
with brown hair. The police have been instructed to look for him.
--Seymour D. RAYNOR has returned home from an extended trip to Boston,
Jersey coast and Saratoga Springs.
BODIES TURNED TO MARBLE
Thomas HOLMES, of Brooklyn, an expert on the
subject of embalming fluids, claims to have perfected a process by which
the human body can be petrified. He calls it the antiseptic gas process
of embalming. Dr. HOLMES has in his office a petrified arm which looks
like a piece of marble. Dr. HOLMES claims that antiseptic gas can now be
manufactured as cheaply as any fluid in use for embalming. After the gas
has been injected, the doctor says, the body will gradually solidify and
turn white as marble even to the nails and hair, but the latter only
close to the skull.
Several brands of bottled goods that, used properly, will dispel
delusions and bring bliss to the user, can be had at Josiah NEWMAN's new
store, 20 South St. Paul street, for a very small expenditure. When you
go fishing, when you take a trip on the cars, when you have eaten
watermelon. NEWMAN's liquid bliss is awfully convenient to have near
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Tue July 23, 1895
GAY - In this city, Sunday, July 21, 1895, at the residence of her
brother-in-law, Oliver D. GROSVENOR, Miss Frances M. GAY.
-Funeral at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning. Burial at Rome, N. Y.
ZURN - The funeral of Mrs. Margaret ZURN will take place this
(Tuesday) morning at 8 o'clock from her late residence, No.
144 Orange street, and at 8:30 o'clock from SS. Peter and Paul's
PARRY - In this city, Tuesday, July 23, 1895, at the family residence,
No. 349 Troup street, James Ward, son of William F. and Isabella PARRY,
aged 30 years, 6 months.
-Funeral at 3 o'clock. Friends invited.
--Mrs. A. J. COLLINS, of Brighton avenue, is visiting her mother in
--Mrs. McDONALD and daughter, of No. 2 Swan street, leave to-day for a
vacation at Alexandria Bay.
--Miss Amelia NIX, of Rochester, is at Alexandria Bay, where she is the
guest of Mrs. John H. BETZ.
--John ARCHER, of this city, and Mrs. Charles POTTER, of Buffalo, are
spending a few weeks at Asbury Park.
--Mrs. L. MINCER, of No. 40 Hudson avenue, has returned home after a
three weeks' visit in Detroit and Chicago.
--Ex-Congressman ROCKWELL, wife and daughter, of Elmira, were the guest
last week of Mrs. C. W. GRAVES, of South Union street.
--Miss Anna E. OLIVER and Miss Margaret HOLMES, leave this afternoon on
the Bon Voyage to spend three weeks at the Thousand Islands.
--Mr. and Mrs. Edward EWALD and son have returned from a trip to
Alexandria Bay, where they have been the guests of Mrs. John H. BETZ.
--Mrs. J. P. M. HUMPHREY; of Denver, formerly Miss Helen BAKER, of
Rochester, is visiting her sister, Mrs. J. M. WHEELER, No. 12 New York
--Miss Grace M. HALL, of No. 15 Boardman avenue, left Monday afternoon
for New York. From there she will sail for Europe to spend a year with
THE TRILBY'S HAD A PICNIC
The TRILBY Social Club held its first picnic at Westminster Park Sunday
afternoon. About twenty-five members of the organization enjoyed
themselves, although no cases of hypnotism are reported, nor was Ben
BOLT in attendance.
A DECK HAND DROWNED
Buffalo, July 22 - William LYMAN, a deck hand on the steamer Clyde, was
drowned in the harbor last night. He was intoxicated and missed his
footing while going abroad. He leaves a wife and family in Oswego.
--Mary GIBOWSKI died Sunday at the family residence, No. 4 Koscinsko
--John Michael, infant son of Martin and Margaret ROWAN, died Sunday
night at No. 14 Edith street.
--Gertrude, infant daughter of Frank and Ida RAPPELYAE, died yesterday
at No. 34 Comfort street, aged 6 months.
--Norman H., infant son of Maurice F. DANIHY, died yesterday morning at
the family residence on Leopold street, aged 9 months.
--James McWHARTER died Sunday night at the family residence, No. 123
Whitney street, aged 40 years. Deceased leaves two sisters, Mrs. J.
COOGAN and Mrs. H. OGDEN, and one brother, William A. McWHARTER.
--Professor D. H. ROBINSON, for the past twenty-six years professor in
ancient languages at the Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas, died
Sunday evening at his home in that city of typhoid fever. Deceased was a
graduate of Rochester University.
--The sudden death of Miss Francis M. GAY occurred Sunday morning at the
home of her brother-in-law, C. D. GROSVENOR, No. 15 Clinton place. Miss
GAY attended the morning service at St. Peter's Church, and owing to the
approach of the storm departed for home, where she sat on the veranda
with Miss Bessie GROSVENOR for a short time and suddenly fell forward
and expired. She was a sufferer from heart trouble.
--The funeral of Christopher SHEIL was held yesterday morning at 9
o'clock from St. Bridget's Church. Rev. Thomas A. HENDRICK said solemn
requiem mass with Rev. Dr. Edward J. HANNA acting as deacon and Rev. A.
A. HUGHES as subdeacon. A large concourse of people were in attendance
and music was rendered by the church choir. The bearers were: Patrick
COX, William CARROLL, John CORNELL, L. C. LANGIE, John C. O'BRIEN and
James GALLERY. The burial was at Holy Sepulchre cemetery.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Union & Advertiser
Fri July 26, 1895
DEATHS AND FUNERALS
--John EBERT died yesterday afternoon at his home, No. 227 North
street, aged 37 years.
--Margaret McDONALD died last evening at home, No. 230 Caledonia
avenue, aged 17 years.
--Amelia, wife of George W. BANKS, died yesterday afternoon at No. 127
Ravine avenue, aged 35 years.
--Catherine, wife of John WELCH, died yesterday at the family
residence, No. 197 Jay street, aged 44 years.
--C. A. CLARK, formerly an employee of the Rochester Laundry Company,
died at Sodus Point on July 14th.
--Anna M. METZLER, wife of Charles METZLER, died yesterday at the
residence, No. 65 Lime street, aged 22 years.
--Edward, son of the late John and Joanna VAN ALMKERK, died last night
at No. 15 Young park, aged 32 years.
--Vera, infant daughter of Peter and Adelaide MORRISON, died yesterday
at the home of her parents, No. 156 Reynolds street.
--Barbara BURGARD died yesterday at the residence of her daughter,
Mrs. George KRAFT, No. 31 Orchard street. Deceased was 74 years of
--The funeral of Wolfgang SCHOENWRITZ will be held Saturday morning at
7:30 o'clock from the house, No. 215 Maple street, and at 8 o'clock
from SS. Peter and Paul's Church.
-- The funeral of Helen F. SICKELS, who died yesterday morning while
riding a bicycle on East avenue, will be held at 1 o'clock to-morrow
afternoon from the residence, on East avenue, will be held at 1
o'clock to-morrow afternoon from the residence, No. 32 Rundel park.
The remains will be sent to Albion for interment.
--Stephen Douglas ARCHER died at his home in Hopewell last night, as a
result of injuries received at Clifton Springs yesterday afternoon at
the age of 30 years. He was formerly a law student in this city, and
was well known here.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Fri July 26, 1895
--Anna M. METZLER, wife of Charles METZLER, died yesterday at No. 65
Lime street, aged 22 years.
--Catherine, wife of John WELCH died yesterday at the family
residence, No. 197 Jay street, aged 44 years.
--Jennie A., infant of William and Nellie MORGAN, died Wednesday at
the family residence, No. 5 Lime street.
--Pearl Frances, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. WILLARD,
died yesterday at the home of her parents, No. 16 Columbia avenue.
--Vern, daughter of Peter and Adelaide MORRISON, died yesterday aged
four months, at the family residence, No. 156 Reynolds street.
--Robert William, infant son of George and Julia FULTON, died
yesterday at the residence of his father, No. 49 Pennsylvania avenue.
--Edward, son of the late John and Joanna VanALMKERK, died last night
at his late boarding place, No. 15 Young park, aged 32 years.
--Amelia BREESE, wife of George W. BANKS, died yesterday afternoon at
No. 127 Ravine avenue, aged 35 years. She leaves, besides a husband,
--James NAYLOR died Wednesday at the residence of his son in Syracuse,
aged 78 years. The remains will be interred in Mt. Hope cemetery this
--C. A. CLARK died Wednesday at Sodus Point from injuries
received in a runaway in Sodus Point July 14th. He was formerly in the
employ of the Rochester Laundry Company in this city. His funeral will
occur from the M. E. Church at Sodus village Sunday afternoon at 2:30
THE DIVORCE ABSOLUTE
Justice WERNER yesterday confirmed the report of Referee BENEDICT in
the DAVIS divorce case, and handed down a decree divorcing Eliza C.
DAVIS from William A. DAVIS.
DIED ON HER WHEEL
Miss Helen F. Sickles Fell on East Avenue and Never Revived
Miss Helen F. SICKLES, of No. 32 Rundel park, fell from her bicycle,
which she was riding on East avenue, near Merriman street yesterday,
shortly after noon, and died before medical aid could be summoned. She
fell to the pavement almost in front of the house at No. 334 East
avenue. Miss SICKELS has been for the last twenty-five years a partial
invalid, as the result of a sunstroke by her while a young girl.
Several weeks ago she was taken worse and acting upon the advice of
friends she obtained a bicycle in the hope that the out-of-door
exercise would be beneficial.
For the last twelve years she has been
accountant for T. T. SOUTHWICK, manufacturer of oils, in the rear of
No. 32 Rundel park, and for several years past a member of his family.
She had not been attending to her duties in the office regularly for
over a month past and yesterday foreman Mr. SOUTHWICK suggested a
bicycle ride, thinking it might do Miss SICKLES good. Leaving the
house at No. 32 Rundel park, the two rode out East avenue towards
Brighton. After riding for an hour or two Mr. SOUTHWICK proposed that
they return home. Turning back at Merriman street, they reached the
corner of Portsmouth terrace, when Mr. SOUTHWICK heard Miss SICKLES
gasp for breath. Turning quickly around he saw her sway from side to
side on her wheel and heard her cry "Help me quick, I'm
He jumped from his wheel and caught her
just as she was striking the pavement. Carrying her to the sidewalk he
looked into her face and saw that she was dead. Dr. Ermon W.
EARLE, of No. 55 Monroe avenue, the family physician, was called
immediately, and when he arrived he pronounced Miss SICKLES dead. Dr.
EARLE endeavored to revive her, but was of course unable to do so, as
she died immediately after falling from her wheel. The city
ambulance was called and the body was removed to the home of the dead
woman. Dr. EARLE conducted an examination and pronounced the cause of
death to be internal hemorrhage. Coroner KLEINDIENST was summoned and
granted a certificate of death from that cause. The physician
also found that the lungs were congested, and said that the heart was
in an unhealthy condition.
Miss SICKLES was 47 years of age. She leaves
an aged mother of No. 32 Rundel park, a sister, Mrs. Charles SICKLES,
No. 64 Culver park, and one brother, Sheldon SICKLES, of Cleveland,
Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Henry J. SICKLES, a prominent
resident of Albion. Miss SICKLES lived in that village for several
years and, while there, was closely connected with the Presbyterian
Church and Sunday school. She leaves a host of friends and several
WOMEN AND BICYCLES
Even the Weak are Not Endangered by Them
Case Of Miss Sickles
Her Death Would Have Been as Apt to Come in a Chair or in Walking
on the Street, Say the Doctors.
The peculiar circumstances surrounding the death of Miss SICKLES
yesterday has led many persons in this city to wonder whether bicycle
riding is harmful to persons in weak health.
A Democrat and Chronicle reporter called at
the office of Dr. Richard M. MOORE, No. 74 South Fitzhugh street, last
evening, and when asked to give his opinion of the case Dr. MOORE
said: "I really don't know enough about the case to give an
opinion. As far as I can learn, the lady did not spit blood after
falling from the wheel, consequently she could not have died from
internal hemorrhage. I think it more probable that she died from
apoplexy. It appears that she had been suffering for some time
previous with bronchial troubles, which makes the apoplexy theory much
more probable. Bicycle riding, as nearly everybody knows, excites
nearly every organ of the body. It sets the pulse to beating more
rapidly, accelerates the action of the heart, the head is flushed with
blood and the face becomes red. It follows then, that the brain is
also filled with blood by the exercise, and a person with weak lungs
or any other such weak spot as Miss SICKLES is said to have had is
liable to rupture a blood vessel in the brain, causing death, which is
apoplexy. Weak lungs alone could hardly have caused death. A
complication of heart and lung troubles might have done so. Apoplexy
kills rapidly, kills quickly and leaves no symptoms. It is surprising
to me that coroners do not attribute more sudden deaths to this cause
than they do. Hemorrhage is often given when apoplexy is really the
cause. Apoplexy is really a disease of healthy old age, but no one is
safe from it. Young persons as well as old may have it. Bicycle riding
is violent exercise, and, as I said before, any person with a weak
spot in his physical construction is liable to be stricken with
apoplexy while riding, if overheated, or if the weak organ is
strained. One is liable to have it while walking on the street just
the same as while riding a bicycle. It all depends upon one's physical
condition. No; Miss SICKLES' age does not count against the apoplexy
theory. In my opinion that was the cause of her death.
Dr. William A. KEEGAN, of No. 52 South
Clinton street, was also seen by the reporter. Speaking of the case,
Dr. KEEGAN said: "The lady might have died from apoplexy
and from what I have learned of the case, I would give that as the
probable cause of her death. An internal hemorrhage, I do not think
would have caused her death so suddenly, unless there was some cardiac
trouble back of it all. Her lungs and heart might have been suffused
with blood, in which case no outward signs of the condition of those
organs would have been visible, but I would incline to apoplexy as
being the cause of her death."
'Dr. Louise CHAMBERLAYNE of No. 127 East
avenue, when asked for her opinion of the effect of bicycle riding for
women, said: "Our American women, as a rule, do not have
sufficient fresh air and sunshine, and I find the bicycle is doing
much to remedy this evil. I consider bicycle riding very beneficial,
and of the two sexes, I know of more physical harm resulting to men
than to women from its use.
"Women are adopting dress suitable for
the wheel, wearing the short waist or corset waist, which supports and
at the same time gives free play to all the muscles of the body and
hips. While I consider walking the very best possible exercise for
women, wheeling is certainly greatly beneficial, and I have never
known a woman to be injured from its use.
"One who has organic trouble is quite as
apt to die sitting in an office chair, or walking on the street, as
riding a wheel. Indeed, I have the craze myself this summer, and could
I learn on a dark street with no one around to witness, I should be
strongly tempted to try it. It appears to me almost like a dream,
flying along with scarcely an effort.
Dr. Sarah DOLLY was next visited at her office, No. 65 East avenue,
where several women physicians had been holding an important discussion.
said: "When bicycle riding was first practiced by women, I
was very much prejudiced against it, thinking it would bring on all
sorts of trouble peculiar to the sex, having the same effect as
running the sewing machine. To my surprise, I find the reverse is the
case, and I heartily recommend its use for women. It takes them out of
doors, and, if they are working women, diverts their mind from
business, giving them pleasures and excursions into the country, which
they otherwise could not enjoy.
"I have known of but one woman who experienced any bad results
from riding, and that was trouble with her feet. Her sister who was a
graduate of a Boston school of physical culture said, had she
practiced what is known as "corrective gymnastics" before
learning to ride, she thought she would have had no trouble.
not particularly admire women on the wheel, but as long as they do not
ride bent over, like the men, I am sure only good results will follow.
A CLEVER SWINDLER
He Asked Aid for Veterans Who do Not Need It
A swindler of old soldiers has been operating in this city for the
past two or three days. The national convention of the Union Veterans'
Union is to be held in Lima, Ohio, August 6th to 9th, and a few days
ago a smooth-tongued individual presented himself to different
prominent veterans and county officials and asked for money to aid in
paying the expenses of the delegates to this convention. The fakir
said that $500 was the sum to be raised, and it is said that several
persons were induced to contribute large sums towards the soldier's
Among those approached by the man were Mayor
Lewis George LODER and several city and county officials. There are
many national officers of the Union Veterans' Union living in this
city, among whom are General George J. OAKS, national commander; Hon.
C. S. BAKER, judge advocate; George H. WASHBURN, adjutant-general;
Alfred ELWOOD, quarter-master general; George LOWENTHAL, assistant
quarter-master general; S. C. PIERCE, chief aide-de-camp. These
officials are making strenuous efforts to apprehend the fakir. Upon
hearing that money was being collected by the man General OAKS issued
a statement to the effect that all delegates would pay their own way.
He desires to warn the public in general against the man, and
Adjutant-General WASHBURN said yesterday to a reporter, that the fakir
would be compelled to return the money collected by him to its proper
owners as soon as captured. The fellow is very clever and has a
WASHBURN - HAYES - Wednesday, July 24, by Rev. B. B. F. HALLOCK,
George H. WASHBURN and Katherine HAYES, both of this city.
FERGUSON - In this city, at the residence of her sister, Mrs. STORMONT,
51 Ward street, Ellen FERGUSON, formerly of Johnstown, N. Y.
-Funeral Saturday at 4 P. M. Friends invited.
FULTON - In this city, at his father's residence, 4_ Pennsylvania ave.,
at 8:40 A. M., Wednesday, July 24th, 1895, Robert William, infant son
of George and Julia FULTON.
-The funeral will take place to-day (Friday) at 2 P. M.
METZLER - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at the family
residence, No. 65 Lime street, Anna M., wife of Charles METZLER, aged
WELCH - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at the family
residence, No. 197, Jay street, Catherine, wife of John WELCH, aged 44
MORRISON - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, Vera, daughter of
Peter and Adelaide MORRISON, aged 4 months.
-Funeral from the house, No. 156 Reynolds street, Saturday afternoon
at 2 o'clock.
FRANK - In Port Hope, Canada, Wednesday July 24, 1895, at the
residence of her parents, Emma, wife of Edward FRANK, aged 32 years.
-Funeral from the residence of Mrs. J. M. FRANK, No. 76 Joiner street,
this (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
SCHUER - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at the residence of
her son, Adam SCHEUER, No. 112 Hamilton place, Eva M. SCHEUER, aged 76
-Notice of funeral hereafter. Buffalo papers please copy.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Sat July 27, 1895
Whites at Jackson's Hole Killed
Troops Too Late
The Soldiers Still Hours Away
News Is Confirmed
It Was a Fight to the Death
Views Of Officers
While the Colored Troopers Were Galloping More Than a Hundred
Miles Away the Bannocks Were Exterminating The Settlers
Pocatello, Idaho, July 26 - William ROSS of the firm of Ross, Grey
& Wyatt, has just arrived at Market Lake from St. Anthony, and
reports everybody at Jackson's Hole killed this morning. It is
considered authentic news and excitement as intense, United States
troops from Cheyenne will arrive in this city in the morning about 6
A.M. and will leave immediately for Market Lake and thence by wagon
road for the Fall River country.
Courier Sargent arrived in Market Lake this
morning from the vicinity of Jackson's Hole. He left a companion in
the country, who intended to get into the Hole if possible, and return
with all the news. He is expected at Market Lake to-night. Sargent
reports all the houses guarded, and is afraid his companion will not
be able to obtain entrance. He believes the settlers who went to hunt
Indians in the Hoback Basin have been ambushed and massacred.
Adjutant-General STITZER, of Wyoming, who was
at Market lake to-day is very anxious for two of his messengers
dispatched to Jackson's Hole several days ago. They have not returned,
although overdue. Grave fears are now entertained that they have been
ambushed by the Indians.
M. J. GRAY, L. M. TART(?) and Senator H__ER,
of Illinois, and _. R. HAMER(?) of St. Anthony all left St. Anthony
Wednesday morning on a fishing trip to Jackson's Hole, taking no stock
in the Indian war. To-day they are back and report every man, woman
and child in Jackson's Hole murdered.
A courier just returned got far into Teton
Basin, which is the present point in danger of massacre, now that the
Jackson's Hole citizens are all butchered. He reports that the smoke
of a large fire can be seen several miles south of Grand Teton in the
direction of Jackson's Hole. There is no doubt that the redskins have
fired every home and cabin and by morning they will be repeating their
work this side of the Teton range in Teton basin, and perhaps, after
that, all down the Teton river valley in Idaho. Two hundred Utes were
reported to have gone north to join the Indians in Hoback Basin early
Small parties of Lemhi's have been slipping
in daily across the Conant trail, something they have not ventured to
do since the Yellowstone National Park was enlarged in 1891.
People in St. Anthony, Rexburg and other
towns, located in Idaho between the railway and Jackson's Hole, have
been all along placing no confidence in the "Indian scare,"
as they call it. Now they have changed their minds.
To-night signal fires can be seen blazing in
the mountains and it is stated that the Indians now off the
reservation have sent back the ponies taken away with them for more
braves, who will doubtless slip away before morning.
The statement has been made here that Agent
TETER is really the man who is responsible for the present troubles as
he has been in the habit of allowing the bucks to leave the
reservation whenever they chose. Some say that his kindness to the red
men is due to the fact that under the law the Indian off reservation
draws no rations; but there is no reason why the agent cannot charge
the food and other supplies up to the Indians, just as though they
Pleasure seekers who have been spending some
time in the neighborhood of the troubles are now on their return home.
A band of bad Bannocks led by a disreputable white man left to join
the reds yesterday.
Omaha, Neb., July 26 -- The news of the
massacre of settlers in Jackson's Hole is confirmed by the Union
Pacific railroad officials. A telegram was received to-night from the
superintendent at Market Lake, saying that the Indians have killed
every settler and that the stock was slaughtered.
FARM BARNS BURNED
Farmer Powers, of Riga, Meets With a Heavy Loss
An Incendiary Fire
Just the Evening Before the Insurance Premium Was Paid,
But the Policies Had Not Been Written - A Serious Fall
A disastrous fire occurred Friday morning at 2 o'clock at the WILMOT
farm in Riga, about three miles south of Churchville, when the large
barns with their contents of hay and grain were completely destroyed.
The farm is owned by Mr. FLINT, of Rochester, who drove to Riga
Thursday afternoon and returned to the city early in the evening.
Joseph POWERS is the present tenant and came to the farm from
Scottsville last spring. He was seen by the correspondent of the
Democrat and Chronicle shortly after the burning of the buildings and
did not hesitate to say that he believed the fire was the work of an
incendiary. He had just completed harvesting his hay and the greater
portion of his wheat, and was advised by one of his neighbors to
insure the property as a threat had been made to burn him out. He
accordingly drove to Churchville Thursday night to see the insurance
agent. He placed $400 insurance on the contents of the barns and $300
on his household goods. He returned home about 11 o'clock at night and
found no appearance of fire at that hour. Shortly after 1 o'clock next
morning he was aroused by the alarm of fire and found the barns
completely enveloped in flames, so that the property could be saved.
His horses and cows were in the field and so were saved, but the barns
contained eighteen hogs, about fifteen tons of hay, twenty-five loads
of wheat, a quantity of straw, together with his farm implements and
harnesses, all of which were destroyed. Although the company had not
time to issue a policy, yet as the premium had been paid to the agent
the night before the fire, the insurance will probably be paid, and an
investigation will doubtless be made as to the cause of the fire. The
buildings were insured.
--George BURROW, of Penfield, died yesterday, aged 74 years.
--Benjamin HAMES, an old resident of Webster, died yesterday.
--Rev. Hanford EDSON, D. D., will occupy the pulpit of the Scottsville
Presbyterian Church at the morning service, Sunday, July 28th.
--The funeral of Frederick N. WADHAMS, who died on Wednesday, after a
lingering illness, was held at his late residence yesterday afternoon
at 3 o'clock, Rev. John McCALL, pastor of the Brighton Congregational
Church, conducted services.
--William ALDRICH, of Fairport, who was arrested a few days since for
assault, and intoxication, has returned to Fairport, having been
released on a writ of habeas corpus, claiming that some error was made
in the commitment. The two young men, ALDRICH and TOOLEY, were sent to
the penitentiary for ninety days by Justice HOBBIE.
--There will be no preaching services held in the Presbyterian church,
Pittsford, to-morrow. The regular weekly meeting of the Y.P.S.C.E.
will be held at the usual time on Sunday evening, as it has been voted
by the members of the society to continue the meetings during the
absence of the pastor of the church, Rev. Arthur M. SMITH, on his
annual vacation of several weeks.
--The state department of public instruction has re-appointed the
public school in the village of Pittsford to conduct a teacher
training class next year, and on account of the high standard of
excellence established in this school the regents of the state at
their recent meeting at Albany changed its name from "Pittsford
Union School" to "Pittsford High School." The Pittsford
institution is in a highly prosperous and progressive condition in all
its departments, and occupies one of the best school buildings in the
county. Its teachers training class was established by the state
during the past year, and has been conducted with excellent results.
The new class will be organized upon the opening of the school in
September, and will afford a valuable opportunity for persons who
intend to teach and who have not had the more extended course in the
normal schools. The entire tuition of the class is paid by the state,
and its members have all the privileges of the school. The next
examinations for candidates not possessed of the necessary
qualifications for admission to the class will be held August 8th and
--John SHI__ER, a resident of Hamlin, met with a serious accident
Wednesday by falling in his barn from a scaffold, on which he was
standing mowing grain. He is a veteran of the late war, being a member
of the 108th New York Volunteers. He lost his right arm at Gettysburg,
the limb being amputated at the shoulder joint, which has been the
source of much pain for many years. He is a heavy man, weighing about
200 pounds, and when he fell he went headlong to the floor, fourteen
feet below, striking upon the injured shoulder. He was picked up
in a semi-conscious state and carried to the house. Physicians were
summoned and it was found that the shoulder was fractured and three
ribs broken. He now lies in a critical condition and cannot move
a particle. Several years ago his wife received a terrible fall at
nearly the same point. She was descending a ladder, the lower end of
which was standing in a wagon, which suddenly started and ran out of
the barn of its own accord. She was thrown, and falling, struck her
head upon the wagon wheel, and was nearly killed.
HE HAD AN IRON NERVE
Christian Dehmer Hanged Himself at the Alms House
He Tore Up A Sheet
This He Knotted About His Neck and Was Careful to Place
Only Enough Weight Upon it to Strangle Himself, Not to Break It
Last night about 6 o'clock, Christian DEHMER, an inmate of the
almshouse committed suicide by hanging himself with a portion of the
bedclothes. The man had been at the institution only two days, having
been brought there Thursday night by Superintendent Lodge.
DEHMER was 35 years of age, and came to this
country from Prussia in 1882. He landed at New York, and first went to
the town of Hudson, where he remained for some time. He next went to
Buffalo, where he remained for two months. From Buffalo he went to
Batavia, where he lived one month. He came to Rochester five weeks
ago, and went to live at No. 8 Marietta street.
While living in this city, DEHMER has been a
part of the time without work. The landlady states that he had been at
first a quiet and orderly tenant, and had at no time, until very
recently, caused her any trouble. Early this week, however, he had
shown signs of extreme despondency and when, Thursday morning, the man
had cut his wrist with a knife in such a manner that it was very
evident that he was trying to get rid of himself, she determined to
have the case attended to. Superintendent LODGE was notified Thursday
afternoon, and went to Marietta street to see DEHMER. He was sitting
up comfortably in his room, and talked quietly and intelligently to
the superintendent. He would disclose no reason for inflicting the
wound upon himself, and said that he wished to be taken to some
hospital. Having decided that the man was properly a county charge, he
was taken to the almshouse Thursday night.
It was evident, from the nature of the wound
that DEHMER had inflicted upon himself Thursday, that he had meditated
suicide and accordingly every reasonable precaution was taken to guard
against a repetition of the attempt. He was placed in a room with
guarded windows, and nothing was left in the apartment which it was thought
would tempt him to repeat the attempt. The knives, forks and
dishes were removed as soon as DEHMER had finished his meals.
A short time after the man had eaten his
supper last night, Warden McNALL went to the room again, and
discovered the man dead in one corner of the room. He had torn a
strip from one of the bed sheets, about an inch and a half wide,
climbed upon a chair, thrown one end of the string over a steam pipe
in one corner of the room, put a noose in the other end around his
neck and hanged himself. The peculiar part of the operation was that
only a part of the man's weight was borne by the string. He had
evidently surmised that the piece of cloth was not strong enough
to bear his entire weight, and had kept the chair under him.
Consequently he must have died from slow strangulation.
The body was cut down, and Coroner
KLEINDIENST summoned. He expressed himself as entirely willing to
grant a certificate, but sais that there was some further evidence
that he wished to secure. An inquest will probably be held.
In the man's pocket was found a well
worn purse, and about $3 in money. The purse also contained some
papers, among them some letters written in German. One was from
Thaddeus WINTERS, of Hudson, N. Y. It was written in German, and was
on personal topics. On the fly leaf of the pocket book was the
No. 5 Second avenue.
A receipt was likewise found, showing that
DEHMER had been in search of work.
It read as follows:
Albany, N. Y.
Received of Christian DEHMER two dollars for
situation. C. W. CHAPPELL.
When Superintendent LODGE called on the man
at his room on Marietta street, he noticed that DEHMER's finger nails
were discolored. He asked the man what caused this, and was told that
he had been at work dyeing hides. He also stated that he had no
relatives in this country, and had left his wife in Prussia.
BERNARD O'REILLY DEAD
A Well Known Business Man Passes Away -- The Death Record
Bernard O'REILLY, one of Rochester's well-known undertakers, died
yesterday in a hospital in Toronto. He had been ailing for some time
and went to Canada for his health. After starting to return home he
was taken suddenly worse at Toronto, where he was taken to a hospital,
and died early yesterday afternoon.
Mr. O'REILLY was born in county Wexford,
Ireland, March 7th, 1824, and came to Rochester in 1849. For five
years he was engaged in the occupation of a carpenter, having learned
the trade in Ireland. He was in partnership with the late William
HUGHES in the furniture business on South St. Paul street for three
years, and later on State street. Almost 1857 Mr. O'REILLY bought Mr.
HUGHES's interest in the business and after that time gave his whole
time to the undertaking business. In 1894 he transferred his business
to his sons, Miles T. and Barnard J., and he returned to Ireland,
visiting the scenes of his boyhood.
Deceased is survived by five children:
Bernard, Jr., Miles T., Miss Nellie O'REILLY and Mrs. George F.
FLANNERY, of Rochester; and P. J. O'REILLY, of Utica. His wife, who
was Ellen MURPHY, daughter of Valentine MURPHY, of County Wexford,
Ireland, died last year.
--Henry POLKOW died Thursday at his late residence, No. 385 South
Goodman street, aged 66 years.
--Mrs. Caroline YOUNG, widow of the late John YOUNG, died Thursday,
aged 79 years, at No. 63 Waverly place.
--Mary A. STROUP, widow of the late John STROUP, died yesterday at her
late residence, No. 462 Hudson avenue.
--Eva M. SCHEUER died Thursday, aged 76 years, at the residence of her
son, Adam SCHEUER, No. 112 Hamilton place.
--Barbara BURGARD died Thursday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs.
George KRAFT, No. 34 Orchard street, aged 74 years.
--Margaret McDONALD died Thursday at the residence of her mother, Mrs.
Anna McDONALD, No. 230 Caledonia avenue, aged 17 years.
--Ellen FERGUSON died yesterday at the residence of her sister, Mrs.
Mary STOTMONT, No. 51 Ward street. Deceased was formerly a resident of
--John EBERT died Thursday, aged 37 years, at his late residence, No.
327 North street. He is survived by a wife, a mother, one sister, two
brothers and a son.
--Stephen Douglas ARCHER died Thursday at his late residence in
Hopewell, aged 30 years. His death resulted from injuries received at
Clifton Springs Thursday. He was formerly a law student in this city.
--The funeral of Helen F. SICKELS, who died while riding a bicycle on
East avenue Thursday, will be attended at 1 P.M. to-day from the
house, No. 32 Rundel park. The remains will be taken to Albion for
--Mary A. STROUP, widow of the late John STROUP, died last evening at
the family residence, No. 462 Hudson avenue, aged 86 years. Mrs.
STROUP came to this city with her husband from Claremont, N. H., in
1832, and had resided here continuously since that time. Deceased
leaves one son, J. W. STROUP, and two daughters, Mrs. Mary A. HALL and
Jennie R. STROUP. A stepdaughter, Mrs. William W. CORRIS, also
YOUNG - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at the family
residence, 63 Waverly place, Caroline, widow of John YOUNG, aged 79
-Funeral from the house this (Saturday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
VANALMKERK - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at his home, North
Young park, Edward VANALMKERK, aged 32 years.
-Funeral from the house this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Friends
McDONALD - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1885(sic), at her home,
230 Caledonia avenue, Margaret McDONALD, aged 17 years.
-Funeral will take place on Monday from the house at 8:30 A.M., and 9
A.M. from the Immaculate Conception church.
SCHEUER - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at the residence of
her son, Adam SCHEUER, No. 112 Hamilton place, Eva M. SCHEUER, aged 76
-Funeral from the family residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
STROUP - In this city, at her residence, 462 Hudson avenue, Mary A.,
widow of the late John STROUP.
-Notice of funeral hereafter.
SICKLES - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, Helen F. SICKELS,
formerly of Albion.
-Funeral services at No. 32 Rundel Park at 1 o'clock this (Saturday)
afternoon. Burial at Albion.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Sun July 28, 1895
IT WAS SIMPLY SUICIDE
Result of the Inquest in the Dehmer Case
Unemployed and Blue
This Phrase Tells the Whole Story of Friday Night's Tragedy at the
Without Friends and Lacking Money.
Coroner KLEINDIENST held an inquest at the morgue yesterday
afternoon at 4 o'clock, in the matter of the causes that led to the
death of Christian DEHMER, who was found hanging by the neck in a
room in the almshouse Friday afternoon about 6 o'clock. After
impaneling a jury, William FOGARTY was chosen as foreman, and the
examination proceeded, Mrs. Margaret SULLIVAN, the landlady of the
house on Marietta street, where DEHMER lived previous to his removal
to the almshouse, was the first witness. She said:
"Christian DEHMER applied for a room
at my house five weeks ago and at the same time rented one. He said
he had been working in Batavia, and since he has lived in my house
he has worked only a couple of days. He was accustomed to pay for
his room every week in advance, and when I first knew him he did not
seem to lack for money. I do not know whether he drank or not, as I
never saw him intoxicated. He kept good hours, and was usually away
the greater part of the day.
"Wednesday morning I went to his room
and found him there sick. I asked him if he wanted a doctor, and he
said he had no money to pay for employing a physician. Then I told
him that he would have a doctor if I had to pay the bill, as I did
not enjoy seeing people in distress. I engaged Dr. GUYNER for him.
When I came into the room, I noticed blood on the bed clothes, and
my curiosity being aroused, I asked him what had caused the wound on
his wrist. He said he was out of money and had cut his own wrist.
The attending physician reported the case to the poor authorities.
The man never spoke to me about his own affairs. He was 44 years of
Dr. GUYNER, the next witness, said:
"I called to see DEHMER Thursday morning about 9 o'clock. I had
been told that there was a man at No. 8 Marietta street who was
bleeding to death. I met Dr. ROSE, and we went in together. DEHMER
was lying in bed, and all indications tended to show that he had
attempted to cut the radial artery in his wrist. He said that he had
cut his own wrist with a knife, and then thrown the implement out of
the window. When I spoke to him further, he remarked that he was out
of work and had no friends to whom he could go for help. He seemed
to be afraid that he would be arrested for vagrancy, and promised
faithfully not to repeat the attempt. The man seemed to me somewhat
demented. I dressed the wound, which had then stopped bleeding, and
reported the case to the poor authorities. The landlady seemed
anxious that the man should be removed, saying that she was tired of
having him around. DEHMER told me that he was a butcher by trade,
but had been at work dyeing hides at $5 per week. He said this was
not enough to pay his way, and so he had made up his mind to end his
Superintendent LODGE was then sworn, and
made the following statements:
"I was notified of the condition of
DEHMER Thursday by the city overseer, and immediately went to see
him. I decided that he was without doubt a county charge. I asked
him what the matter was and he said 'nothing much, but I want to go
to some hospital.' I thought from what he said that he
regretted the step he had taken, but nevertheless I had him placed
in the 'strong room.' I hinted to the warden that it would be
necessary to exercise unusual diligence in taking care of the man.
Just before 6 o'clock Friday night, Warden McNALL called out to me
that DEHMER had hanged himself in his room. We all rushed in, and I
cut the body down. It was still warm."
The resident physician at the almshouse was
next called, and related the story of how DEHMER, when he came to
the almshouse was very weak, and, seemed more a candidate for the
hospital than for the "strong room." He said he had been
unable to get any statement from the man regarding his previous
At the conclusion of the testimony, the
room was cleared for the jury. The verdict rendered was that
Christian DEHMER came to his death by strangulation at his own
DIED FROM A BLOW
Max Lazarus Killed, as the Result of an Assault
There was a great deal of suppressed excitement at the home of
Benjamin LAZARUS, No. 145 Chatham street yesterday, the cause being
the death of Max LAZARUS, the 12-year-old son of Mr. LAZARUS. The
lad came to his death as the result of a blow received from another
lad. It is stated that a boy by the name of Charles MERRILL is the
one who struck the blow, and the attention of the jury at the
inquest Monday will be directed to the question as to whether the
blow was struck in a spirit of play or with wrong intentions.
Isaac LAZARUS, a brother of the dead boy,
tells the following story:
"About 9 o'clock one night last week,
my brother and I were standing in front of the Powers block when a
boy named Charles MERRITT came along. We were peacefully selling our
papers and had given offense to no one. As the other boy came up to
us, without a word of warning, he struck my brother in the stomach
with his fist. My brother must have been severely injured at the
time, for he cried out and doubled up. Max went home then and has
been sick ever since."
Three days ago Dr. ELSNER was called in,
but was too late to be of any assistance. Yesterday he made out a
certificate of death from a blow in the abdomen, but said that he
was unwilling to sign it until an autopsy had been held. Coroner
KLEINDIENST thought an autopsy necessary, and Dr. BARBER accordingly
conducted one yesterday. He agreed with the finding of Dr. ELSNER.
An inquest will be held Monday afternoon at 7:70.
WHAT IS A KISS
Judge Carnahan Called Upon to Settle its Legal Status
Judge CARNAHAN has been called upon to pass judgment in a most
delicate case, as to whether the kissing of a young lady against her
desire constitutes an assault, or comes under the head of malicious
mischief. The aggravating circumstances in the case are materially
as follows: Several days ago three young men of Fairport could not
resist the temptation to kiss some of that village's fair maidens,
although the latter seemingly did not care to be kissed just then,
and by the young men mentioned, and the kissers were convicted and
sent to the penitentiary. The Fairport justice was also quite
indignant over the matter, but did not define the crime sufficiently
to make the commitment good, and, in consequence, one of the young
men was released on habeas corpus proceedings shortly after sentence
was declared, and the attorney for a second yesterday secured a
similar writ, which is returnable before Judge CARNAHAN at 11
o'clock to-morrow morning. In the commitment it is cited that he is
confined on the charge of "intoxication in a public place,
assault and malicious mischief."
WILL PROBABLY RETURN
No special effort is being made to final the four boys who ran away
from the State Industrial School camp Friday, as it is expected that
they will return of their own accord. The lads' names are KLOSKE,
SMEGLE, DONNER and DeGRASSE.
--George HOUCK died yesterday, aged 30 years, at his late residence,
No. 27 Hayward avenue.
--Willie, infant son of Adam and Elizabeth SEIDEWAND, died Friday at
their residence, No. 92 Kelly street.
--John MURPHY died yesterday, aged 89 years, at the residence of his
son, No. 3 Clarkson street. He is survived by two sons, John, of
Rochester, and Hugh, of Brainard, Minn., and two daughters; Mrs.
Charlotte FARRELL, of Eugene, Ont., and Mrs. FINLEY, of Greece.
SIGNAL COMPANY's ELECTION
The stockholders of the Auto-pneumatic Railway Signal Company held
their annual meeting last Tuesday at Jersey City, N. J., and elected
a board of directors as follows: B. W. SPENCER, Passaic, N. J.; John
N. BECKLEY, George W. ARCHER, George WELDON, Thomas A. SMYTH, George
MOSS, J. H. McCARTNEY, Samuel D. LEE and W. F. CARLTON, Rochester.
The new board of directors met yesterday afternoon at the Chamber of
Commerce rooms and elected officers as follows: President, John N.
BECKLEY; vice-president, George WELDON; secretary, T. A. SMYTH;
treasurer, George MOSS.
HESELTON - BROWN - July 15, 1895, at Raymond, N. H., by the Rev. Mr.
BEAN, Charles W. HESELTON of Frement, N. H. and Miss Minnie A. M.
BROWN, of Rochester, N. Y.
HILL - LAAS - In this city, Thursday, July 25, 1895, at the
residence of the bride's parents on Fulton avenue, John A. HILL and
Miss Emma LAAS, both of this city.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Mon July 29, 1895
Wayne County News
DROWNED IN THE CANAL
Fate of a Man Who Tried Swimming for the First Time
Thought It Was Easy
But He Sank as Soon as He Was in the Water and Never Rose Again --
Accident on the Erie Near Lyons
A drowning accident occurred about a mile east of Lyons in the
Erie canal near the Teachout school house last Friday night, the
drowned man being known as George SMITH. SMITH came from Buffalo
about ten years ago, and had since resided with different farmers
in South Lyons in the Gansz district. This year he had been
working for Frederick GANSZ, Jr., on the CLAUSZ farm. Friday
evening, in company with Fred OSWALDT, Christian MOREY and Edward
HASSEIG, he went down to the canal for a wash. The three
companions could all swim, while SMITH could not and so informed
the boys. He was told to sit on the wall and wash, but seeing how
easy it was for the others to swim, he stepped off of the wall and
began kicking and splashing. The water was about eight feet deep
and SMITH sank almost instantly, never arising. The other swimmers
were not adept enough to go to the rescue, but ran and notified
the neighbors. A rope was secured and the body was fished out
after it had been in the water about forty-five minutes. Frederick
GANSZ was dispatched to Lyons and secured Undertaker BOEHEIM who
arrived a short time after the body had been recovered. An effort
was made to resuscitate the man, but in vain. The remains were
taken to Undertaker BOEHEIM's rooms and Coroner Dr. John W.
BARNES, of Fairville, was notified. He impaneled a jury Saturday
morning, who viewed the remains and adjourned until morning,
August 5th. SMITH is a man about 45 years of age, stands about
five feet six inches high, weighs about 160 pounds, has no
moustache or whiskers, light hair and was rather strongly built.
He was not much of a hand to talk about his past history to others
and aside from telling Frederick GANSZ that his relatives lived in
Buffalo nothing is known of his antecedents.
--The several churches of Newark united in a union service last
--The Newark base ball club is about to be re-organized, under a
--The Newark Military band will run its annual excursion to
Niagara Falls, August 20th.
--The Presbyterian Church of Newark, is about to undergo repairs,
which will result in a marked improvement of that edifice.
--The Wayne County Beer, Wine and Liquor Dealers' Association will
hold their regular meeting at the Bay Shore house, Sodus Point,
--The Wolcott band has been engaged by the Wayne County Veteran
Soldiers' and Sailors' Association to furnish the music during the
--The directors of the Palmyra Union Agricultural Society will
meet on Saturday, August 3rd, to complete arrangements for the
holding of their annual fair this fall.
--The partnership at Marion between Merritt PEER and Harmon
LAMBRIGHT has been dissolved, Mr. LUNBRIGHT retiring. The business
will be carried on by Merritt PEER.
--The Republican electors of the town of Palmyra will meet in the
opera house next Saturday morning for the purpose of electing
delegates to the district, county and assembly conventions.
--The game of base ball which was played on the Athletic Park, at
Newark, Friday afternoon, between the Palmyra Stars and the Newark
Unions, resulted in a score of 17 to 9 in Newark's favor.
--Saturday night at the parsonage of the Presbyterian Church in
Lyons, Rev. Dr. L. A. OSTRANDER officiating. Leonard SNIFFEN, of
Syracuse, and Miss Belle BOYST, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
BOYST, were united in marriage.
--Jones L. WARNER, Charles P. WINSLOW and Charles H. CHAPMAN,
assessors for the town of Palmyra have completed the assessment
roll and left it for inspection at the store of Leach &
Tuttle. The 20th of August is grievance day.
--The continued depredations of a gang of vandals has caused
Charles D. JOHNSON, resident of the Palmyra Union Agricultural
Society, to offer a reward of $10 for the arrest and conviction of
any person caught breaking glass in the windows of the buildings
on the society's premises.
--Programmers have been sent out for a group meeting of the
Epworth Leagues of Sodus, Williamson, Fairville, Pultneyville and
Marion, to be held at the latter place Tuesday, August 13th. In
the evening a sermon will be preached by the Rev. D. M. YOUNG, of
Sodus, conductor of the meeting.
--The Republicans of Palmyra will meet in caucus at the opera
house in Palmyra Saturday evening, August 3d, to elect delegates
to the district, assembly and county conventions, yet to be
called. The call for the caucus is signed by Alexander P. MILNE,
chairman of the Republican town committee.
--Joseph TORREY, of Savannah, a middle-aged person, is gradually
growing blind, and is unable to do anything to prevent it. For
several years he has suffered from inflammation of the eyes, and
at times they would become nearly well, but now there is a film
growing over both of them and there is but little hope of
--Notice was received at Savannah last week of the death of R.
W. EVANS, at his home in Alleghany City, Pa. The deceased has a
number of relatives at Savannah, including Hon. John A.(?) MUNSON,
Hon. D. H. EVANS and Arthur W. EVANS. For several years previous
to 1860, he was engaged in the mercantile business at Savannah.
--Sportsmen from Syracuse, Rochester and other cities find much
pleasure just now by visiting Seneca river, where the fishing is
unusually good, large catches being made every day. The Seneca
River house and HUNTERS' home have about all the guests they can
accommodate every day. The water in the stream is the lowest it
has been for several years, which may account for the good
--Charles A. WHITE, a prominent grocery man of Clyde, died
yesterday morning aged 60 years. Mr. WHITE had been engaged
in the grocery business in Clyde for the past eighteen years. For
several years previous he traveled for the wholesale grocery house
of John CROUSE, of Syracuse. In 1875 his right side was paralized
and since that time he has been gradually becoming mere helpless.
For the past two years he had been unable to converse
Volunteer Life Saving Corps Organized at Conesus Lake -- Other
--The village of Avon is being surveyed for a complete system of
sewerage. The specifications allow the cost to not exceed $12,000.
The sewer commissioners will soon advertise for bids.
--Nunda is to be connected with Rochester and points between the
two places by telephone. At a meeting of the trustees of that
village recently permission was granted the Bell Telephone
representatives to erect poles through that village.
--At a meeting of the town board of Nunda recently Andrew GREY was
appointed chief of police in place of Ashia WHITNECK, resigned,
and Joseph CONKLIN was appointed police officer in place of Frank
COAL resigned. The former officers resigned because the village
board refused to allow them the amount asked for fees.
--An accident happened to Freddie CHASE, youngest son of Henry
CHASE of Avon, on Friday evening, which resulted in the breaking
of the boy's right leg near the hip joint. The boy was playing in
the barn of Melvin HAMILTON in East Avon, and a ladder upon which
he was descending fell to the ground and caused the boy to fall a
distance of sixteen feet.
--While working in the Woodworth Knife Works, at Nunda, Charles
GIDDING had his hand severely cut by a knife that he was grinding,
cutting two of his fingers to the bone. Emery WILCOX, another
employe of the same company, was injured some time ago by a piece
of hot iron hitting him in the leg. At first it was thought to be
only a slight wound, but lately Mr. WILCOX has been growing weaker
and the sore growing larger. It is now feared that it will be
necessary to amputate his leg in order to save his life.
--A volunteer life-saving corps has been organized at Conesus
lake, and a great deal of enthusiasm is shown by the cottagers and
local residents. The state of New York last season appropriated
$6,000 for the preservation of life on inland lakes and to each
crew of five men this season the state furnished two life floats,
two live preservers, badges, pennants, etc., and another season
expect to supply them with a life boat. Crews will be stations at
Eagle Point, McPherson's Point, Cedar Crest, Pebble Beach and
Lakeville. The crews will meet in the near future and elect a
commodore and first and second lieutenants.
The Troubles of a Montour Falls Hotel Proprietor -- Various Notes
--Mrs. Catharine SMITH, of Cayutaville, has been adjudged insane,
and will be committed to Willard State Hospital.
--Cook Academy has received $3,000 from the Miner estate, of
Friendship. A portion of this amount has been expended for the
purchase of two pianos.
--Two civil engineers from the state department are in Montour
Falls making a survey of Catharine creek, where it passes through
the village. They are to perfect the plans and specifications for
the work to be done on the creek in accordance with the
appropriation secured by Senator SMETZER last winter.
--The third annual convention of the Schuyler County Christian
Endeavor Union will be held in the Baptist Church at Bennettsburg
next Wednesday. There will be three sessions, and the programme
will include addresses and papers by Rev. F. E. WARNER, Miss
Harriet VanSICKLE, Miss Nellie BAILEY, Rev. F. E. WARNER, K. M.
CHRYSLER, J. B. OSBORNE, Miss Elma MARTIN, Ellis GILBERT.
--Alexander IVES, proprietor of the Montour house Montour Falls,
several days ago left town, ostensibly for a business trip, and
has not yet returned. On Friday evening the bartender attached the
cigars and wet goods for $35 salary that he claimed was his
due, it having been reported that the proprietor had decamped.
This caused considerable excitement, and it is rumored that other
attachments were issued in behalf of other creditors. It is
understood that Samuel VAIL, owner of the building, has a bill of
sale of the furniture. Mrs. IVES, wife of the proprietor, says
that her husband is away on business and that he will return in a
few days. Some well-informed people say that the action of the
creditors was much too hasty. They believe that Mr. IVES is away
negotiating for the sale of some property and looking after some
unpaid bills that were due him.
UNKNOWN MAN KILLED
He Was Either Struck by the Cars or Murdered
A Mystery At Holley
The Body of a Young Swede From Chicago Found --
The Skull Crushed Indications Which Suggest Foul Play
The body of an unknown man was found by the railroad track about
three-fourths of a mile east of Holley, near the stone crusher, at
5:30 o'clock Saturday morning. He was well dressed and apparently
about 20 years of age. Coroner STORER was notified and the body
was removed to the undertaking establishment of Smith & Crego.
A jury was impaneled and the body examined. The back of the skull
was found to be badly crushed just above the base of the brain.
The right side of the face was somewhat bruised, probably produced
by falling. No other bruises or injuries were found. Letters and
papers in his pocket showed that he was a Swede by the name of
George SEABURGH, and that he was a member of the Iron Moulders'
Union of Grand Crossings, Illinois. His father was found to be
Olaff SEABURGH of No. 211 Railroad avenue, South Chicago. A letter
of introduction written in Swedish to "Brother IVERTON,"
of Boston, was found, and the indications are that he had been to
that place in search of work, and not being successful, was
working his way back to Chicago by stealing rides on freight
trains. A mouth organ and a flute and a large bottle, nearly full
of whisky, were found in his pockets. The fact that no money was
found on his person and that the wound has the appearance of
having been made with some blunt instrument, creates a suspicion
of foul play. His position on the ground indicated that he had
either fallen or had been thrown from a train while going
westward. And it may be that he was struck by the bridge one mile
east of Holley, and knocked down on the roof of the car, but did
not roll off until the train had moved some distance. It is
reported that two companions were with him at the time he was
killed, and disappeared soon after, but this (didn't get the rest)
--The trustees of the Waterloo union school have entered suit
with Justice MARSHALL against the delinquent school tax payers of
--The next session of the Seneca County Sunday School Association
will be held at Farmer on the last Tuesday of May, 1896. Rev. M.
H. COLEMAN has been re-elected president of the organization.
--A mammoth balloon, 90 by 138 feet, and 46 in. diameter, has
been built at Seneca Falls, by Professor STEVENS, with the
intention of using it at Cayuga Lake Park, for a first trip. It is
named the "City of Athens."
--Dr. Theodore H. KELLOGG has sent to the board of trustees his
resignation as superintendent of the Willard State Hospital,
a position which he has filled for several years. His resignation,
which is to take effect on November 1st, has been accepted by the
--Friday afternoon a little child, about a year old, of Mr. and
Mrs. George MYERS, of Brockport, died very suddenly.
--The members of the Churchville Grange will hold a picnic
to-morrow afternoon in the grove of Mrs. Milo HALL, north of the
village. An interesting programme has been prepared and several
addresses will be delivered on subjects pertaining to the grange.
--The residence of Dr. H. MANN, of Brockport, had a narrow escape
from fire Friday evening. No one was in the house at the time, the
doctor and his wife being out of town, and the hired girl sitting
on the piazza, thinking that she smelled something burning, she
went into the house, where she found the drapery of the mantel on
fire. The girl called the hired man, who came and smothered the
fire. The origin of the fire is a mystery, as there was no lamp
lighted or any fire in the house at the time.
BETTER THAN A LIGHTNING ROD
Every day adds some new virtues to the
long list of those already credited to the pneumatic. The latest
of these is that the wheels of a bicycle being encircled by a band
of India rubber, and dry air which is a perfect insulator - the
rider is completely insulated from the earth and consequently, is
impervious to the attacks of the electric fluid. Thus, day by day
it becomes more and more a fact that life without a pneumatic tire
is neither safe nor worth having. Anyone who suffers from
nervousness during a thunder shower has now only to go upon the
saddle of a pneumatic tired bicycle to be perfectly safe from
lightning stroke. As the chances of a man on a bicycle being
struck by lightning have been carefully calculated to be about one
in a billion, the Wheel adds, there will, of course, be some
pessimists who will deny that this newly discovered virtue of the
pneumatic as a lightning insulator amounts to very much.
STROUP - In this city, at her residence, 462 Hudson avenue, Mary
A., widow of the late John STROUP.
-Funeral from the house this (Monday) afternoon at 3
o'clock. Burial private.
THIELE - In this city, Sunday, July 28, 1895, at the residence of
her parents, 11 Taylor street, Bertha Julia Louise, daughter of
Julius W. and Maggie THIELE, aged 9 years and 7 months.
-Funeral from the house Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
FRAINE - In this city, Sunday, July 28, 1895, Hattie S., wife of
Thomas W. FRAINE.
-Funeral from the house, 16 Joslyn park, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30
DEATH OF MRS. CHASE
A Former Resident of Rochester Has Passed Away -- Other Deaths
Word has been received in this city of the death of Mrs. John
CHASE, second of Providence, R. I. She was 80 years of age, and
had been ill for the past two years of paralysis. She was formerly
Miss Anna AMSDEN, and married John CHASE about forty-seven years
ago. She is survived by her husband, two sons, a daughter; a
sister, Mrs. John J. SMITH, of Worcester, Mass., and a brother, J.
L. AMSDEN, of this city.
Sixty-three years ago Mrs. CHASE visited
Rochester, coming by packet boat on the Erie canal, the most
favorable means of travel. She often referred to Rochester as she
remembered it from those days, as a small place only. As recently
as last January she told of General LAFAYETTE kissing her on a
certain occasion, when she was chose to present him with a bouquet
of flowers, and she said she remembered his looks very well
indeed. This incident occurred in 1824, when LAFAYETTE visited
this country after the revolution.
Police Officer Felix DOREY died yesterday at 5:30 o'clock P. M.,
at the residence of his parents, James and Anne DOREY, No. 123
Scio street, aged 36 years. He is survived by his father and
mother, five brothers and four sisters. Deceased was born in LeRoy
in 1859, and received his education in Churchville union school,
LeRoy academy and Brockport normal school. When 23 years of age he
entered the employ of J. C. BARNARD on East Main street. In June
29, 1891, he was appointed a member of the Rochester police force,
and continued to perform faithfully the duties of that position
until last January when he contracted a severe cold, from the
effects of which he never fully recovered. Despite his robust
constitution, a pulmonary difficulty, which finally became
consumption, was developed, which caused his death. For some time
he was a patient at the City Hospital. The funeral will be held
Wednesday from the house at 8:30 A. M., and at 9 A. M. from St.
Mary's Catholic Church.
--Eliza SHEA died yesterday afternoon at her late home, No. 20
Monroe place aged 52 years.
--Hattie S., wife of Thomas W. FRAINE, died yesterday at the
family residence, No. 16 Joslyn park.
--Gracie IRWIN died yesterday afternoon at the family residence,
No. 3 Elizabeth place, aged 22 months.
--Bertha Julia Louise, daughter of Julius W., and Maggie THIELE,
died yesterday, aged seven months, at the family residence, No. 11
--Albert E. ELLIOTT leaves to-night for Chicago.
--George NETH, wife and son, have gone to Conesus lake for a
month's outing at their cottage.
--Miss K. McCULLEN is enjoying a four-weeks' vacation in
Boston, New York and Atlantic City.
--Mrs. Elizabeth A. DARROW, Miss Margaret BOYD, of First street,
and Miss BANTEL, of Driving Park avenue, are the guests of Mrs.
Charles ABBOTT, at Sylvan Beach, Oneida lake.
--Clinton McCONNELE, of Bay City, Michigan, is visiting his uncle,
M. T. McCONNELE, of No. 78 Scio street. Mr. McCONNELE is a
son-in-law of W. J. MARTIN, division superintendent of the
Michigana Central railroad, who is stopping in this city in his