Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Sat May 14, 1898
DEAD SOLDIER IN THE RIVER
Body of James Reilly Found at Bath
Was There Foul Play?
Shirt Was on Wrong Side Out and
Money All Gone --
Reilly Had Been an Inmate of the
Brakeman BRYAN, of a Delaware,
Lackawanna & Western railroad freight train, while passing through Bath
about 8 o'clock yesterday morning, discovered the body of a partly dressed
man floating in the middle of the Cohocton river, which runs parallel to and
adjoining the tracks. The body lay almost opposite the Erie passenger
station. Station Agent FOSTER was notified, waded out into the stream and
towed the body to shore, where it was tied to a log. Coroner HORTON, of
Hammondsport, was notified and reached Bath about 10 o'clock. Meanwhile
hundreds had visited the spot and viewed the body as it lay in the river.
was about 60 years of age, fully clothed, except that he wore no coat, hat
nor collar. The shoes resembled those worn by old soldiers and suggested the
possibility that the deceased was such, which turned out to be the case. The
body was identified as that of James REILLY, a member of Company F, who had
entered the home in December, 1896, and had remained there since, with the
exception of one or two brief leaves of absence. Monday last, he requested
and took a discharge from the institution, receiving transportation to
Olean, and $19.50 in money. This was the last seen of him at the home, until
his body was found floating in the river.
One or two
facts raised rumors of foul play. They were the circumstance that the man
had his shirt on wrong side out, that his shoes were unlaced and his arms
were folded across his breast when found. His money also was all gone. The
appearance of the body would not justify the assumption that he had been in
the water more than a few hours. Yet the man has been missing since Monday
and the flagman at the Erie crossing near where the body was discovered,
claimed that he saw an object in the water on Monday which he now thinks was
REILLY. An inquiry at the Soldiers' Home elicited the information that while
REILLY was a member of the home, he had several times come under the
observation of the officers for excessive drinking. This may be the only
satisfactory explanation of the cause of REILLY's death. REILLY was at a
saloon in Bath Monday evening, and apparently had but 25 cents in money with
which he wanted to buy a pint of whisky. He was also seen on Belfast street
on Wednesday afternoon, which is the saloon district for old soldiers.
evidence before the coroner's jury showed almost conclusively that the man
must have come to his death by accidental means, and such will probably be
the verdict. The inquest was adjourned until Wednesday.
--The prospect is that all kinds of
fruit will be very plentiful in Cohocton this year.
--Rev. D. C. NYE arrived in
Cohocton Thursday night on his way to his home at North Cohocton.
--The citizens of Cohocton have
sent $48 in cash and three barrels of clothing to the Cuban Relief
Association in New York city.
--Eugene WHEATEN, a Cohocton
farmer, took a dose of carbolic acid Thursday. It is supposed with intent to
commit suicide. By hard work his life was saved. He is thought to be insane.
Plenty of Excitement But Little
Damage at Brockport Yesterday
A lively runaway occurred in
Brockport about noon yesterday, E. HARRISON was harnessing his horse in his
barn, which is located on College street near the railroad, when a passing
train startled the animal, and before he could be checked he had started
down Utica street at a high rate of speed, with the buggy fastened to him by
corner of Utica and Main streets he turned into the latter avenue, and when
Main street was reached he was caught with some difficulty by Gifford
MORGAN. There was but little damage done to the horse or rig.
--Lake Ontario Grange, No. 311, of
Greece, will hold a social this afternoon and evening.
--Special services in honor of the
ninth anniversary of the Epworth League will be held in the Methodist
Church, Churchville, Sunday evening. Rev. W. B. HUTCHINSON, principal of
Lima Seminary, will deliver the address.
--Mrs. Phoebe KINGSBURY, of
Brockport, Mother of John H. KINGSBURY, a banker of that village, an old
lady whose age is over 90 years, was knocked down at her home by a dog
Thursday afternoon and sustained a fracture of one of her hips. Mrs.
KINGSBURY's age is so advanced that few hopes are entertained for her
--The Cuban relief benefit concert
held in village hall, Honeoye Falls, last evening, was a decided success,
and a snug sum was realized. The programme was given by Messrs. GUSTIN,
CASE, MARTIN, DURANT, Miss Florence DUTTON, Mrs. Ella Briggs SACKETT, Frank
BARNARD, U. S. YATES, Mrs. SACKETT, Misses FAIRCHILD, NOLAN and VISSCHER,
Oletta CLAPP, Miss Elizabeth NEAL. Professor D. R. WEBSTER, Miss Mary
O'BRIEN and Rev. A. H. MELLEN.
Orton W. Howe, Formerly Prominent
in Le Roy Business Circles, Dead
Orton W. HOWE, a well-known citizen
and former business man, of Le Roy, died yesterday morning at his home, aged
62 years. For many years M. HOWE was a sufferer from chronic rheumatism,
which rendered him almost helpless. After locating in Le Roy he engaged in
the milling business with Rufus R. BARTLETT, and continued in that business
until his health compelled him to retire. Mr. HOWE, after retiring from the
milling business, took up the study of stenography and became quite an
expert writer and teacher. He was a thorough Republican, and after he became
helpless he was elected collector of the village of Le Roy for three terms.
survived by a widow, two sisters, Mrs. Mary E. AUSTIN, of Cattaraugus, and
Mrs. E. H. SOUTHWICK, of Bradford, also three brothers, Ronald H. HOWE, of
Jamestown; Arthur P. HOWE, of Buffalo, and Ralph P. HOWE, of Washington, D.
--The annual convention of the
Genesee County Sunday-school Association will be held in Bergen at the
Congregational Church, on May 31st. The president of the association is A.
H. CALL, of Morganville.
--Majestic Lodge, I, O. O. F., of
Batavia, will celebrate the second anniversary of that organization, June
9th. It is intended to invite every lodge in the district, and many officers
of the grand lodge will be present.
--Albert VOLZ, of Batavia, died
yesterday morning from pneumonia and heart disease, aged 72 years. Deceased
was a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, and came to this country forty-six
years ago, settling in Le Roy.
CAPTAIN NICHOLS DIED LAST NIGHT
Had Been Deputy Collector of
Customs at Niagara Falls
During Twenty Years
Eli Sterling Nichols Enlisted in
the Eighth New York Heavy Artillery in 1862 --
An Honorable Career
Captain Eli Sterling NICHOLS,
deputy collector of customs of Niagara Falls, died last night at 9 o'clock.
Sterling NICHOLS was born in the town of Cambria, Niagara county, June 24,
1835, and was therefore nearly 64 years old when he died. He passed his
boyhood upon his father's farm, attending the common school when opportunity
offered. No other education was his except that gained in the school of
experience, and Captain NICHOLS made the latter valuable. When 18 years old
he went to Lockport and engaged as clerk in a dry goods store, where he
remained until July, 1862, when he enlisted in Colonel Peter A. PORTER's
regiment, the Eighth New York Heavy Artillery. He entered Company D, and
went to the front as second lieutenant. In the fall of 1864 he was promoted
to be captain, for meritorious service. The regiment participated in all the
battles of the Army of the Potomac around Petersburg, Cold Harbor,
Spottsylvania, etc. The Eighth New York was on the skirmish line when LEE
surrendered April 9, 1865, and was, as is well known, a part of Hancock's
second army corps.
close of the war Captain NICHOLS returned to the dry goods business, and on
April 1, 1870, he was appointed a general clerk in the custom house at
Suspension Bridge, by Collector Timothy E. ELLSWORTH, now senator. Ever
since that day he held a position on the custom force. In January, 1872, he
was made entry clerk and cashier, which position he held until March, 1878,
upon the advent of Benjamin FLAGLER as collector, when he was again
promoted, this time to be special deputy collector, a position the duties of
which are more complicated and possibly more responsible than those of the
collector. Mr. NICHOLS's great ability aided him in filling the office so
acceptably that he was continued in office under Democratic as well as
Republican administrations. It may be truly said that the people generally
were well satisfied to have Mr. NICHOLS continue in office, for he was
recognized as a thorough gentleman, whom genuine merit warranted in
keeping in such a responsible place. With all classes he was extremely
popular, and his death will be widely mourned.
His is the
second death in Dudley Donnelley Post, No. 133, G. A. R., within a few days.
He married Miss Fannie HARWOOD, of Lockport, who with two children,
Mrs. John W. CUTLER and Harry NICHOLS, survive him.
--Charles McKINNON, charged with
assault in the first degree on James J. BURKE, the Rochester canal inspector
who died at Lockport two weeks ago last Friday night, was arrested in
Niagara Falls and arraigned before Judge ERNST in Lockport Thursday. The
case was adjourned until May 18th.
Caledonia Lad Maimed for Life by a
Gun's Accidental Explosion
A shocking accident occurred at
Caledonia, Thursday evening, which resulted in maiming a young lad for life.
A number of boys were playing on the bank of the village pond, shooting at
frogs, in the rear of Mrs. Peter GALLAGHER's residence. Charlie GALLAGHER, a
boy about 14 years old, was loading a breech-loading shot-gun when it was
prematurely discharged, the entire charge of shot striking Ernest BLACKBURN,
a boy of the same age, just above the right knee, inflicted a fearful wound.
was at once summoned and attended to the injury, advising the immediate
amputation of the leg. The boy's family were unwilling to have it done, but
yesterday morning, after consultation with Drs. TOWNSEND, of Bergen, and RYAM,
of Mumford, it was decided that the lad's only hope for life was to have the
operation performed, and it was done. The chances for surviving the shock
--The Auburn city board of
assessors has added over last year $457,000 of personal property to the
--A change in the time table of the
Lehigh Valley railroad will, it is hoped, give the people of Northern Cayuga
better train service. There is some talk of increasing the passenger service
by placing passenger cars on some of the freight trains.
--At the ninety-second annual
meeting of the Cayuga County Medical Society, held in Auburn Thursday, the
following officers were chosen: President, Dr. Frank RYAN, of
Moravia; vice-president, Dr. S. E. AUSTIN, of Auburn; secretary, Dr.
BENNETT, of Auburn; treasurer, Dr. W. S. CHESMAN of Auburn.
--Esther A. ANDREWS has been
appointed postmaster at South Barre.
--Teachers' and normal entrance
examinations will be held in the high school, Albion, May 27th and 28th.
--Mr. and Mrs. D. H. COLE, of
Albion, entertained last evening in honor of their twenty-fifth wedding
--Gerome GILLETT, proprietor of the
GILLETTE hotel at South Byron, died yesterday morning. Mr. GILLETTE was ill
less than a week with pneumonia. He was 65 years old, was born in Byron
and spent most of his life there. He had conducted the hotel for the
past twenty-five years.
--Charles D. PULLMAN, of Waterloo,
is a sterilized milk peddler, and supplies his customers in
wide-mouthed glass bottles or cans. Yesterday as he stepped down from his
wagon he missed his footing and fell heavily forward, striking on the
ground on one hand, in which he held one of the bottles. It was shivered to
pieces and Mr. PULLMAN's hand was horribly cut by the broken glass.
--John BRODERICK, of Geneva, met
with a serious accident yesterday morning. While he was engaged in digging a
trench for a water pipe the earth caved in, breaking his right leg just
above the ankle.
--Charles JONES, a well-known
Canandaigua nonogenarian, died at his home on West Gibson street, Thursday,
After a long illness, aged 92 years. A daughter, Mrs. Sherman KINGSBURY,
--Will O'BRIEN, of Canandaigua,
received word from England yesterday by cablegram, announcing the death of
his brother, Tom O'BRIEN, of the world-wide known firm of O'Brien & Redding,
--Mrs. Selma S. KINNEY and her
daughter, Miss Maud, arrived at West Bloomfield, Wednesday, from Copenhagen,
Denmark. After a short visit in this country Mrs. KINNEY and her
daughter will go to the Sandwich islands to reside, teaching in Oahu
--Admiral DEWEY has had a baby
named after him by an enterprising father in Perry. The child is a girl,
named Marie Dewey POWERS.
--There is prospect of the old gas
well on the BURT farm, near Leicester, being re-opened and an attempt made
to sink it lower in search of oil.
Milk thieves trouble the farmers in
Lamont, and carry off the cans, milk and all, left out over night for
transportation to the creamery or cheese factory.
DEATH OF MRS. JAMES C. HART
Passed Away in New York City Yesterday Afternoon
Isabella, wife of James C. HART, of this city, died at 2:30 o'clock
yesterday afternoon at the Waldorf hotel, New York city, of pneumonia. Mrs.
HART, in company with Mrs. David GORDON and Mrs. John L. BREWSTER, went to
New York several weeks ago, and although not in the best of health at the
time, did not apparently experience any ill effects from the journey. On
Wednesday, the 4th instant, Mrs. HART was taken ill and on Saturday last Mr.
HART was summoned.
The best medical skill to be procured was afforded
by Drs. JANEWAY, THATCHER and Joseph ROBY, of New York, but without avail.
Mrs. HART was the daughter of the late Elias POND,
and was a lifelong resident of Rochester, where her philanthropic deeds were
known only because of their announcement by those who were benefited
thereby. Her great charity and generosity was exercised among the poor of
Rochester to an extent that it is impossible to compute, and her death will
come as a personal affliction to hundreds of people aside from the large
circle of relatives and personal friends who knew her as a true woman.
She leaves besides her husband, to whom she married
in 1862, two daughters, Mrs. E. C. ROBINSON, of Colorado Springs, and Miss
Isabella HART, of this city; one brother, Charles F. POND, and two sisters,
Mrs. James M. WHITNEY and Mrs. H. P. BREWSTER, all of Rochester. The remains
will arrive in Rochester at 9:45 o'clock this morning. The following
testimonial, which is contributed, will show in part the great esteem in
which the deceased was held by those who knew her best:
Mrs. Isabella Graham HART - Died May 13, 1898.
Sad, sad hearts to-night are weeping un-availing tears for a bright, joyous
loving life has gone from among us. A woman; an ideal type of all that men
hold dearest in a true woman. A gentle, loving, noble self-sacrificing
woman, whose winning ways, genial face and tender heart compelled love for
her to spring up in the breast of everyone who came within her influence. It
was not that she gave lavishly of the wealth God intrusted to her; for to
give to the needy was as natural to her as to breathe. It was something more
than money that she gave. She gave herself, her love, her tender words of
sympathy and encouragement, to bind up the broken spirit and to pour the oil
of gladness into the wounded heart. Yet it was all done with such utter
unostentatiousness; so quietly and quickly, that the recipient of her
bounty, often was made to feel that he was the benefactor, rather than the
While a perfect Christ-like simplicity pervaded her
character, her well balanced mind and her clear unerring good judgment was
so patent to her associates that she involuntarily was a leader in her
church, charitable and social life.
Her life was the embodiment of the spirit of Love.
This spirit had permeated her soul and was seen in its supreme perfection,
in the sacred privacy of the home circle; in those thousand little things;
things so trivial that we seek in vain for a name for them that yet make or
mar the happiness of life and are bonds stronger than fetters of steel, ties
which when broken by death, leave sorrowing hearts crushed and bowed low.
Hers indeed was a beautiful life; one that as near
as it is possible for fra_i humanity to attain, the counterpart of the
Divine Master, she strove to serve. If loving hearts weep sad, sad tears
to-night, they are not for her, but for our own great loss.
It is because we loved her, we may not weep for
her, for if ever the Holy One waited without the open gate, with
outstretched hands of welcome, we know He waited for this, our loved one.
REDFERN - In this city, Thursday morning, May 12, 1898, at the family
residence, No. 98 Ambrose street, Benjamin REDFERN, youngest son of Thomas
and Elizabeth REDFERN.
-Funeral from the house Saturday at 3 P. M. Burial strictly private.
HOOPER - At her residence, No. 15 Doran park, on the morning of May 13,
1898, Emma BLACKMAN, wife of George W. HOPPER.
-Funeral at the residence, Monday at 2 o'clock.
--Mark MURPHY heads the list of specialty performers who will furnish the
entertainment at Wonderland next week.
--The performances to be given by the Academy of Music Stock Company this
afternoon and evening will close the engagement of that organization.
--The Salisbury Stock Company will present "The Charity Ball"
at the Cook opera house this afternoon and evening. The performance is one
that especially appeals to intelligent and appreciative theater goers who
enjoy a first-rate play, excellently staged and excellently acted. Next week
this strong organization will present "In_og," a well-known
--Emma BLACKMAN, wife of George H. HOOPER, died yesterday at her home, No.
15 Doran park.
--Benjamin, youngest son of Thomas and Elizabeth REDFERN, died Thursday
morning at the family residence, No. 98 Ambrose street.
Rochester, Monroe, NY
Democrat & Chronicle
Sun May 15, 1898
--Charles CALTON died at his
home, No. 94 Lorimer street yesterday, at the age of 48 years.
--Fred J. GORDON died yesterday
morning at the family residence, No. 8 Johnson park.
--Emma BLACKMAN, wife of George
H. HOOPER, died Friday at her home, No. 15 Doran park.
--Charles, infant son of Charles
and Ida KASISCHKE, died Friday at the family home, No. 8 Hoff street.
--John F., infant son of Andrew
and Pauline BURGER, died yesterday morning at the family residence, No. 20
--The funeral of Isabella GRAHAM,
wife of James C. HUNT, of this city, will be held at the residence, No. 92
Plymouth avenue, to-morrow, May 16th, at 4 o'clock P.M. Burial private.
--Helen HARRINGTON, wife of
Matthew SWAN, died yesterday at the family residence, No. 264 Hampshire
street, Buffalo, aged 28 years. Remains will be brought to this city
to-day and taken to the residence of P. SWAN, No. 62 Locust street.
--Mrs. Elsept CROMBIE died at her
home, No. 17 Benton street, yesterday. She came to this city sixteen years
ago from Scotland. She is survived by two sons and five daughters: William
and James CROMBIE, Mrs. Charles NAPLER(?), Mrs. C. I.<didn't get the
BROUGHT BACK FROM BUFFALO
Detective Henry BAKER went to
Buffalo yesterday and brought back William BAKER, a young man, who was
arrested by Windy City officers Friday afternoon while he was endeavoring
to dispose of a bicycle. The officers suspected BAKER of having stolen the
wheel, and they placed him under arrest and then notified Chief HAYDEN.
The wheel was the one belonging to Henry GREENSMITH, a Lima Seminary
student, who left it standing at the side entrance of the dry goods store
of Sibley, Lindsay & Curr, last Saturday afternoon. Young BAKER is
charged with grand larceny in the second degree.
THE VALAMONT CAFE
The old Summerville hotel located
at the end of the Summerville electric railway line has just been
thoroughly remodeled, re-fitted and re-named The Valamont Cafe. That
popular and well-known restaurant man, John HEISLER, is its new
proprietor. Every one who knows John is well aware of his reputation for
good goods. In this new place at the lake Mr. HEISLER extends an
invitation to all his old friends and everybody else to favor him with a
call and he will insure them most courteous treatment.
--Michael McGILLIEUDDY died
yesterday afternoon at his home, No. 246 Troup street, aged 33 years.
--Lillian E., infant daughter of
John and Pauline BERKEL, died yesterday at the family home, No. 824 East
Main street, aged 1 year, 4 months and 23 days.
--George G. SCHRIER died last
evening at his home, No. _ Wilkins street, aged 24 years and 3 months. He
is survived by his wife and two children, and also by his parents.
--Anna M. HORN died yesterday
morning at her home, No. 79 Maple street, aged 82 years and 10 months. She
was the widow of the late Jacob HORN and is survived by one son, Frank
HORN, of this city, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary RHIMES, of Chicago.
JOSEPH DIDN'T WANT MARY ARRESTED
Mary FLANNIGAN, 34 years of age,
was drunk and disorderly on Frankfort street at an early hour this
morning, and when Officer FOSTER attempted to pacify her, Joseph PHILLIPS
interfered. The officer called the patrol wagon and sent both the man and
woman to the police station, where they were locked up. The woman was at
one time highly respected.
"OLD NICK" GOT A
"Old Nick" FENNELL
could not count on his fingers the number of times he has been convicted
and sent to the penitentiary. The old man had the misfortune to get drunk
Friday evening and yesterday morning Judge ERNST gave him a month in the
Monroe County Penitentiary.
MRS. POWLASKI ANNOYED BY BOYS
Charles SPARR, Martin and George
GOODMAN and Charles HANS pleaded not guilty to the charge of annoying Mrs.
Frances POWLASKI, who lives on Bay street, in police court yesterday
morning. Their examination was postponed until to-morrow morning.
CROMBIE - In this city, Saturday,
May 14, 1898, at her residence, 17 Benton street, Mrs. Elspet CROMBIE,
aged 62 years.
-Notice of funeral hereafter.
ROWLAND - In this city, Saturday,
May 14, 1898, at the family residence, 23 Myrtle street, Lucy, oldest
daughter of Rubin and Anna ROWLAND, aged 21 years.
-Funeral to-morrow, May 16, 1898,
from the house at 2:30 P. M.
HORN - In this city, Saturday,
May 14, 1898, at the family residence, No. 79 Maple street, Anna M. HORN,
wife of the late Jacob HORN, aged 82 years and 10 months. She is survived
by one son, Frank HORN of Rochester, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary RHINES of
-Funeral will be held Monday
morning, May 16th, at 8 o'clock from the house and at 8:30 from SS. Peter
and Paul's Church.
BERKEL - In this city, at the
residence, No. 824 East Main street, Lillian E. BERKEL, infant daughter of
John and Paulina BERKEL, aged 1 year, 4 months and 23 days.
-Funeral from the house, Monday
morning at 8:30 o'clock, and at Corpus Christi Church at 9 o'clock.
HART - At the Waldorf, New York
city, Friday, May 13, 1898, 2:30 P. M., Isabella GRAHAM, wife of James C.
HART, of this city.
-Funeral services at the
residence, No. 92 Plymouth avenue, Monday, May 16th, at 4 o'clock. Burial
SWAN - On May 14, 1898, at the
family residence, No. 264 Hamshire street, Buffalo, N. Y., Helen
HARRINGTON, wife of Mathew SWAN, aged 28 years.
-The remains will be brought to
this city at 5:50 P. M. to-day and taken to the residence of P. SWAN, No.
62 Locust street. Notice of funeral will be published hereafter.