Herkimer County NY
Ancestral Sightings Part 5

Lisa Slaski and Jane Dieffenbacher's abstracting of family profiles from county history books has become one of the most popular resources on the site. Similar profiles, as well as shorter mentions, can turn up anywhere. The profiles, sightings and new tidbits below of former Herkimer County residents come from books, newspapers, and articles published in other states and other NY counties, as well as specialized reference works.

Many states "Out West" published books with short biographies about their local residents, telling where they originally came from. Of course, history books for other NY State counties profiled their own residents, some of whom had Herkimer County roots. Detailed genealogical information is occasionally given. The persons whose short bios and info appear below may or may not be your ancestors, but it's worth scanning through them to check out where your own families' relatives migrated and when.

This section is for resources from other places mentioning persons with Herkimer County ties. Contributions can be sent to the site coordinators, putting "Ancestral Sightings" in the subject line of your email. Include accurate reference as to book/source if you have it. Published sources must be over 75 years old (copyright law). **No notice is too small.** A one-line mention may be the solution to someone's brick wall.

new 2/1/17    Four biographical sketches (with three pertaining to the Custer family) from History of Johnson County, Iowa, Containing a History of the County, and Its Townships, Cities and Villages from 1836 to 1882. Iowa City, Iowa: 1883.

ALONZO B. CUSTER, a farmer living on section 19, in Union township; was born February 11, 1826, in Herkimer county, New York; lived in the same house he was born in for 31 years, and came to Iowa City, January 28,1857, and has resided here ever since. He was married June 28, 1849, to Miss Margaret C. Bellinger, of Herkimer county, New York. They have seven children: Martha, born in 1851, now Mrs. L. Bowton of Mills county, Iowa; Lela, born 1855, now residing in Pottawattamie county; Minnie, born 1857, now Mrs. Wm. Christy, of Mills county, Iowa; Grace, born 1859; Earle, born, 1861; Maggie, born 1864; and Sophia, born 1879. They have lost two sons, one at eight years, of age, and one at four years. His father died in July 1831, and his mother in April, 1861. On December 17, 1879, he was driving a threshing machine, and got caught in the horse-power, his left hip thrown out of joint; abdomen torn open eleven and one half inches; right leg broken above the ankle; was bedfast four months, but fully recovered, and is now rugged and hearty, with no lameness. His wife was sick during his affliction, and died April 28, 1880; age 50 years. He was raised a whig; helped to make the republican party in 1856, and been with them ever since; does not belong to any church, and voted against the prohibitory amendment. [ pp. 805-806]
NOTE: Alonzo and his first wife Margaret were listed next to poorhouse keeper Paul Custer in the 1850 census of Herkimer County NY. Alonzo rests with his first wife Margaret in Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City IA. Info on findagrave gives his dates as Feb. 11, 1826 - Feb. 4, 1897. Her dates are given as June 5, 1830 - April 28, 1880.

JAMES T. ROBINSON, the present deputy auditor of Johnson county; was born February 15, 1822, in the Bowery, in New York city. His father kept a leather store in that city and came to Johnson county in April, 1840, and was the first mayor of Iowa City under the first city organization, which for some cause was abandoned after two years. His father kept a dry goods and grocery store where O'Hanlan & Son have their shoe store, and Weber's blacksmith shop was the warehouse. He died in January, 1880. Mr. Robinson was married October 5, 1842, to Miss Emily T. Custer. They have twelve children, eight are living: Alice C., wife of Clark Miller, in Maudan, Dakota; Mary P., Martha S., wife of Gilman Fletcher; Lizzie D., wife of Scott Dindly, of HUmboldt, Iowa; Ella, Fannie E., wife of Henry Graham, of Cedar Rapids; J. Arthur, in Maudan, Dakota, and Susie E. His wife died Mary 2, 1881; she made the first cheese made in Johnson county; she was born February 26, 1818, in Herkimer county, New York. Mr. R. has filled the office of deputy auditor for seven years, and one year deputy recorder. [page 910]

EMILY F. CUSTER, wife of James T. Robinson, born in Herkimer county, New York, February 26, 1822, died near Iowa City May 2, 1881. Mrs. Robinson was a sister of Messers Paul and A. B. Custer. She was of that stout Knickerbocker race which settledl not only the Island of New York but the shores of the Hudson as far north as Albany and away up that lovely valley threaded by the silvery Mohawk, leaving for all time its impress upon all the country in the names of streams and mountains and valleys and villages. Of that blood were Van Ransellaer and the other great patrons, whose manors, larger than feudal baronies, spread their borders over a great part of the Empire Coony. The domestic virtues of her race and its graces of character were marked in Mrs. Robinson. She was married in 1842 and came to IOwa the following year. Of her twelve children, seven daughters and one son survive her, mourning one who was indeed to them a mother in the tenderest implications of that tie which binds hearts but once and is broken never to be mended. [page 961]

JOSEPH FRAZEE, minister of the Gospel; was born in Herkimer county, New York, January 10, 1816; is the son of William and Hannah Frazee. Was raised on a farm and educated ind the common schools. In 1836 he was married to Miss Catharine Coleman of Chenango county, New York. To this union were born eight children, five living: Susan V., Joseph M. Louisa, Almond and Clarissa; this wife died in 1849, and he was again married in 1853, to Rosanna Campbell of this county. To this union was born five children, four living: Elroy, Frank, Bertha and Ward. His second wife died in May, 1862, and he was again married to Mrs. Sarah J. Largent on the 20th day of October, 1863. She was formerly from Ohio. In 1845, Mr. Frazee came to Iowa, and has lived in the county every since. Has followed farming and preaching, he being a local preacher of the U . B. Church for a number of years. Has also been engaged in the manufacture and sale of what is well and favorably known as the Frazee medicine. His health having failed, he is now unable to do any work, and lives in Shueyville. [page 825]
NOTE: Reverend Joseph Frazee rests in Shueyville Cemetery, Johnson County IA. His dates on findagrave are given as January 10, 1816 - January 30, 1884. A correction to the history book was contributed to the listing, stating that he married his third wife in 1862 in Linn County, IA.

new 11/1/16    From Ilion Citizen, Friday, January 4, 1901. Contributed by Lisa Slaski.

Born in Herkimer County

The Buffalo Courier is publishing a history of the Bison City from the first settlement in 1781 to the present time. It makes mention of the prominent early settlers of the city among whom were the following from this county:

In February, 1823, Dr. John Whipple Clark, aged 24, came to Buffalo from Newport, Herkimer county, having driven the entire distance in a sleigh. He practiced medicine for a year and then engaged in commercial pursuits. He became a large property owner and one of the wealthiest men in the town. He was caught in the financial crast of 1836-38, but saved enough from the wreck to allow him to lead a retired life thereafter. He died on November 25, 1872

Dr. Bryant Barwell, who came to Buffalo in 1825, just after his graduation from a medical college, was born in Russia, Herkimer county, on August 26, 1796. He attained the foremost rank in his profession. His first wife was Anna Clark of Newport. He died on September 8, 1861.

In 1849, Rufus L. Howard founded in Buffalo the iron works that bear his name. He was born in Litchfield, Herkimer county, on October 30, 1818. At the age of 15 he entered a store in Schuyler as a clerk. He was similarly employed in other stores until 1839, when his brother-in-law, Lyman Randall, wrote to him to come to Buffalo. He went there and procured a situation in a grocery store. In 1841 he was given an interest in the business. After starting his iron works, Mr. Howard developed the Ketcham mower, a successful test of which was made in 1851.

These Herkimer County sightings were gleaned from issues of the Boonville Herald newspaper by Lisa Slaski!

From the Boonville Herald, Boonville, N.Y., Thursday, 29 Nov 1888


Middleville, Nov. 28 - No more crossing the bridge with teams until the new one is ready.

Examinations are being conducted at our public school this week.

Mrs. S. R. Ward of Richfield is visiting her daughter, Mrs. B. W. Franklin.

Dr. and Mrs. C. W. Hamlin attended the dedication services of the new cathedral in Albany last week.

The patrons of Perkins market will be sorry to learn that Frank is soon to dissolve partnership with his brother to accept a position in Little Falls.

Henry Ward and wife are spending a few days in Troy with their son, B. J. Ward, M. D.

Clinton Parry spent Sunday with his parents.

Preparations are being made extensively for the Catholic fair to be held here some time next month.

Mrs. Howard Hildreth is in Albany with her sister, Mrs. A. V. V. Raymond.

Jerry Meagher, who has been spending some time with his family in Cohoes, returned to Middleville Saturday to resume his work in the knitting mill.

Mrs. Newell Morey of Newport is the guest of Mrs. S. B. Hawkins.

George Law recently missed quite a number of bushels of oats from his barn they having been appropriated by some unknown person.

Miss Madge Payne of Cold Brook has been spending a few days in town with her sister, Mrs. Robinson.

One of the workmen on the bridge [illegible] with a serious accident Friday resulting in the loss of his thumb. A beam was being lowere when his thumb caught between the beam and a plank, crushing it off at the first joint.

A short time ago Pierce Law fell thro' his barn floor with a lighted lantern which overturned, lighting the hay. Mr. Law extinguished the fire with some difficulty He escaped with a few bruises.

A week ago this evening Frank Rasbach of Shell's Bush was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Lasher of this place. A large company of relatives and friends gathered to witness the ceremony and to partake of the generous hospitality afforded. Rev. R. E. Sykes of Little Falls officiated. The bridal pair are spending some time in New York city. Who next?

Thanksgiving services will be held tomorrow morning in the Church of the Memorial at 10:30, and in the Universalist church at 7:30 in the evening.

Quarterly meeting services will be held in the M. E. church Sunday at the usual hour for service and the quarterly conference will meet next Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. Erasmus Jones of Utica is expected to speak both Saturday and Sunday.

From the Boonville Herald, Boonville, N.Y., Thursday, 27 Dec 1888

Middleville, Dec. 26 - Mrs. C. W. Hamlin and daughter have been spending a few days in Holland Patent.

The initial number of the Herkimer County Record appeared last week edited by George W. Nellis of Herkimer. It is an enterprising sheet and we wish it success.

Myra Burns from St. Agnes school, Albany, is spending her vacation with her parents.

Mrs. Ad. Dickins is very sick and at the present time lies in a critical condition.

May Burton, teacher in Little Falls is spending her holiday vacation with the family of A. W. Ford.

Service was held in the church of the Memorial Christmas morning.

Clinton Parry of Fort Plain is at home for the holidays.

The Christmas exercises in the M. E. church were highly entertaining and the presents varied and beautiful.

We are sorry to learn that our bridge, thought a beautiful structure, is not built according to contract, and we are likely to have further trouble before it is completed.

Prof. Marie Knibloe of Boston will give an entertainment in the school building to-morrow evening. A percentage of the proceeds will be given to the school. Admission 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children. Miss Knibloe comes highly recommended.

From the Boonville Herald, Boonville, N.Y., Thursday, 3 Jan 1889

Middleville, Jan. 2 - The chicken pox is among us.

George Nellis of the Herkimer County Record was in town Saturday.

A special train ran for the Masonic dance in Newport Friday night.

The drum corps serenaded us New Year's eve.

The W. C. T. U. met yesterday at four o'clock at the home of Mrs. Libbie Miller.

The knitting mill operatives enjoyed a double holiday, working neither Monday nor Tuesday of Christmas or New Year's week.

Wolcott Sheldon, son of Albert Sheldon is quite sick.

Members of the Episcopalian Sunday school enjoyed a Christmas supper Wednesday evening last.

Varney B. Hamlin, who is attending Trinity school in Tivoli, is spending his holiday vacation with us.

Garrett Smith of Syracuse, brother of Mrs. Clarence Farrington, called on friends in town last week.

Miss Edith Churchill was the recipient of a fine Estey organ Christmas eve.

Mrs. John Currier and daughter Bessie of Mannsville, jefferson county, are spending a few days with Mrs. Walker.

Homer Hinds and wife returned from their bridal trip Saturday. Their many friends are glad to welcome them home.

Rev. Mr. Haskell of Iowa is making a tremendous effort to organize an I. O. of G. T. lodge in this place. We trust he may succeed in enlisting the business men as well as others in the enterprise and that it may be productive of much good. The need is great.

The entertainment given in the school house by Miss Knibloe was listened to by a small audience with much pleasure. We regret that more did not brave the bad weather and roads for the sake of hearing her.

From the Boonville Herald, Boonville, N.Y., Thursday, 31 Jul 1890

The attendance at the Universalist church last Sunday was large. Services will be continued next Sunday at 2 o'clock, preaching by Rev. W. B. Eddy. Subject, "Heaven." All are invited.

From the Boonville Herald, Boonville, N.Y., Thursday, 6 Mar 1889

Brayton Corners

Brayton Corners, June 5 - Orrin Harkel and son and L. E. Waite have been doing carpenter work at Fairfield, but now are waiting for timber. Harkel and Waite will also build a large barn for Mr. Fenner of Fairfield.

John Carver, while coming home from church last Sunday, had the misfortune to tip over with his wife and daughter in the carriage. The horse ran away doing some damage to the buggy.

Mrs. Thomas Waite had the misfortune to fall while going to a neighbor's, dislocating her arm.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 12, 1917

Little Falls.


Four Polish youths left the city last evening on the 6:09 train for Schenectady, where they will join the Polish army which is being recruited in this country to fight with the allies. They were given a fitting farewell yesterday afternoon in the City Theatre and a rousing send-off at the Central Station. The local patriots are Michael Kazmierski, W. Maz (?), John Karabella and Thomas Nilderz. From Schenectady the Polish army will proceed to Camp T. Kosciewski, which is being established in Canada.


The water was drawn from the hydraulic canal to-day and search was continued for the remains of John Snyder who is is believed lost his life by drowning the evening of November 3.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, May 22, 1918

Boys Who Are In Service

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Jones of 163 East Canal street received letters yesterday from their son Ernest who enlisted in the United States navy last march. He is located at present in Ireland and likes it fine there. Mr. Jones enlisted as a machinist mate. He left Philadelphia Navy Yard the sixteenth of April.

Joseph Cinapolt(?) of Herkimer, who leaves with the Herkimer contingent for Camp Wadsworth, S. C., on Monday, was presented yesterday by his co-workers in the polishing and buffing room of the Typewriter Works with a wrist watch. [Note: can't find anyone of this last name in the Herkimer Co. WWI veterans index or anywhere else!]

Harry E. Thiel and Raymond Thiel, sons of Charles Thiel of this place, have enlisted in the service and are now members of the Sixty-second Regiment Engineers, Company A., and on duty at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis, Ind.

Little Falls.

Samuel Wentworth is in the city. He is a veteran of the Spanish-American war and while in the Philippines was wounded in the leg during a battle with the natives. Of late he has been in a soldiers' home and this is his first visit here in some time.


Howard J. Smith of Newark and Walter D. Newman of Newport were taken from the list of 104 men who leave Monday for Camp Wadsworth, S. C., and in their stead Harry Egnor, Herkimer, August Helmer, Winfield, and Peter Baratore were substituted.


Mohawk, May 22- Mitchell McCormick of Mohawk, who as stated in this paper was sent Monday from Little Falls by the United States army to Fort Johnson, Fla., will be tailor in the quartermasters corps. His going with the army gives Mr. and Mrs. McCormick the right to hang out the three star service flag. Charles McCormick is with the Cohoes guardsmen, now a part of the One Hundred and Fifth Regiment that will soon be on the firing line. Bernard McCormick, another brother, who is in training at Camp Devens is home to bid his brother goodby.

The Mohawk men on the list to go to Spartanburg next Monday are: Lloyd H. Nichols, Raymond W. Cussand/Cussano, Merrit Hotaling, Timothy Donohue, Richard Palmer, James E. Connelly, Binghamton; Floyd G. Sperl, Carl Shaver, Herkimer. Alternates, Stewart D. Monroe and Neacy Beeman.

To Celebrate Italy Day.

Italian residents of the village are planning for the proper celebration Friday of the third anniversary of Italy's entrance into the war and a committee has been appointed to have charge and has obtained the services of P. G. Klem. The Italian Band will provide music and request is made that the Fort Dayton Band be also in line. No doubt the observance will be marked with success.

William T. Madigan who enlisted in the Quartermasters' Corps has been assigned to Camp Joseph E. Johnston, Jacksonville, Fla., and left laslt night for his post.

new 5/26/08  From an anonymous donor, names from a "one-room" school souvenir!

Jerusalem Hill School District. No. 7
Town of Litchfield

Mary E. McCann, teacher.

Officers: Henry S. Sisson, Trustee; Floyd J. Rider, Collector; Fred L. Marriot, Clerk.

Pupils: Lewis John Clements, Harold Arthur Clements, Olive Goodier, Mildred Lillian Hadley, Ina Amelia Jones, Emma Mae Nichols, Kenneth Earl Nichols, Emma Lynn Nichols, Wallace Lee Nichols, Pearl Beatrice Palmer, Lee Isaac Palmer, Emery DeForest Palmer, Florence Edna Sisson, Neva Mildred Sisson, Iva/Ina (? - name worn) Talbott, Wendell Malcolm Talbott, Clio Earl Talbott, Gladys Elizabeth VanNort, Clarence Edward Van Nort, Lester Franklin VanNort.

new 5/25/08  We've received new donations from Carol Grainger!

The Evening Herald, Friday, December 4, 1908 Syracuse, New York


John Kelly, Clarence Marshall and James Ryan were arrested last evening on the charge of vagrancy and were given a suspended sentence of three months in the Onondaga penitentiary.

Mrs. W.J. Powers has returned from a two weeks visit with friends in New York.

new 4/28/08   Col. John D. Shaul's biographical sketch was contributed by H. Geywits!

"The following information is taken from an individual sheet that looks like it was once part of a historical biography." [Note, Col. Shaul was a resident of Springfield, Otsego County, NY.]


In every department of life there are those whose achievements become monuments of the possibilities of man. They are not confined to any profession, but are found in every trade or business or where ever the genius of success, which measures heroism, is unfettered in life and action. While those sterling virtues, sobriety, perseverance, and energy, will carve success in every enterprise, it is not often that a more successful career is presented than that of Colonel John D. Shaul. He was born in the Town of Stark, Herkimer Co., N.Y. Dec. 18, 1814, and is descended from good old Revolutionary stock. His grandfather, John Shaul, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was captured by the Indians, and kept a prisoner five years, suffering untold hardships. He made his escape, hotly pursued by the Indians, and reached the nearest fort only an hour or two in advance. His father, Daniel Shaul, served in the war of 1812. When a mere boy he evinced a decided taste and aptitude for military matters. At the age of eighteen he was considered a good disciplinarian and was appointed corporal of a company of militia; form this time he made rapid advancement, and successfully filled every position, with the exception of captain, to that of commanding officer of the regiment.

In 1839 he removed to the town of Springfield, where he has since resided. Here is commenced a successful career of agricultural operations, and is regarded as one of the successful enterprising farmers of the county.

In 1850 he was elected colonel of the Thirty-ninth New York State militia of which he was in command at the breaking out of the rebellion. When the war had actually commenced he used every endeavor to get the consent of the regiment and the permission of the governor to take it out as an organization.

On the first of October, 1861, he received an order to place his men in camp at Cherry Valley and commenced recruiting at that place. The order was promptly complied with and the companies first organized were soon after mustered into the United States service. He closed up his large farming interests at a great pecuniary loss and directed his attention to the reorganization and recruiting of his regiment. In addition to the large amount of money he was obliged to advance in recruiting, he lent his credit to a large amount to secure the payment of the necessary camp expenses. In January, 1862, the regiment, only some six hundred strong, were ordered to Albany and shortly after their arrival were consolidated with the Seventy-sixth New York Volunteers, in which Colonel Saul took the position of Lieutenant-Colonel. The regiment went out with Green as colonel, and in February 1862, he was relieved and Colonel Saul was left in command of the regiment until the last of June of the same year, when he was relieved by Colonel William UP. Wainwright. During the time that Colonel Saul was in command of the regiment he had, by an honest administration of military rule, and by his gentlemanly and upright conduct, gained the esteem and good-will of both his officers and men. For about three months he had command of five forts in the defenses of Washington, D. C. In May the regiment was ordered to Fredericksburg, and again divided into detachments for guard duty; and it was while in camp in this place that the colonel was taken sick, and he was ordered to report to Surgeon Clymer at Washington, where he remained some four weeks, when being desirous of rejoining the regiment, the surgeon, after much objection, consented and he again took command at Sharpsburg, but, to the great disappointment of himself and friends, he had a relapse and was sent to the Seminary Hospital at Georgetown.

On the twentieth of November, 1862, he was honorable discharged on account of physical disability. From this sickness he has never fully recovered, but is able to superintend his large farm of over 400 acres, which is appropriately named the "Soldiers' Retreat." We regret that we are not able to give in this article a more extended sketch of the colonel's connection with the Seventy-sixth, but will refer our readers to the history of the regiment elsewhere in this work.

In 1834 he was married to Miss Betsey S. Carroll, daughter of Davis and Phebe Carroll. Mr. Carroll was an officer in the War of 1812 and served with distinction. In 1817 her parents emigrated form the town of Thompson, Windham Co., Conn., where she was born May 22, 1817. She is still in the prime of life and a worthy helpmate of her affectionate husband. They have not been blessed with children, but have reared and educated several orphans.

Colonel Shaul is emphatically a self-made man. Beginning life with only his natural resources for his capital, and the limited education afforded by the ordinary district school of a new country, he was worked himself up to a point attained by few; he has achieved success in every department of life and stands forth an example to young men of the capabilities of character and manhood.

[Note: another online biographical sketch, from A. P. Smith's Regimental History of the 76th New York, and detailing his war service, is at the 76th NY Vols. site.]

This out-of-state Faville Family information was contributed by Laurie Shaffer!

Source: Brainerd, Lawrence, Gary Genealogy : the descendants of Arthur Gary of Roxbury, Massachusetts, with an account of the posterity of Stephen Gary of Charlestown, Massachusetts, and also of a South Carolina family of this name. Boston: unknown, 1918.

ELBRIDGE GARY (Amasa5, Josiah4, Samuel3, Nathaniel2, Arthur1) was born in Cooperstown, NY, 10 Jul 1813. He lived with his brother, Rev. Dr. George Gary, from the time he was 18 till his marriage in 1835. He then purchased a farm near his brother's where he lived until 1843 when he removed to Wheaton, IL, here he remained but a year and then removed to Jefferson County, WI and purchased a large farm, 2 1/2 miles from Lake Mills. In 1866 he purchased another farm in Milford, WI, where he made his home till his death, 20 Mar 1873. He was a life-long farmer and successful in his occupation. He married first, in Herkimer County, NY, in December 1835, Harriet Faville, born 2 Feb 1808, and died 26 Sep 1861, in Lake Mills, WI. He married second, in Milford, WI (the Rev. Alpheus Hamilton officiating), 31 Mar 1862, Judith Hoyt, born in Lyndon, VT, 20 Apr 1835, daughter of Kimball and Sally (Sanborn) Hoyt. In her childhood she removed with her parents to WI and was educated at Mrs. Jones's Young Ladies Boarding School in Watertown, WI, and also at Milton College, Milton, WI. She was a teacher for several years prior to her marriage. She now resides in Sauk Centre, MN.

Children of Elbridge and Harriet (Faville) Gary:

88 w. Jane Lamerton7 Gary, born 28 May 1838 in Herkimer County, NH

Children of Elbridge and Judith (Hoyt) Gary:

89 ii Alice7 Gary, born 20 Jun 1863, on Gary Farm, Lake Mills, WI

90 iii Ellen7 Gary, born 3 Jan 1866, on Gary Farm, Lake Mills, WI

91 iv. Lora7 Gary, born 23 Nov 1870, on Gary Farm, Milford, WI

Source: Brainerd, Lawrence, Gary Genealogy : the descendants of Arthur Gary of Roxbury, Massachusetts, with an account of the posterity of Stephen Gary of Charlestown, Massachusetts, and also of a South Carolina family of this name. Boston: unknown, 1918. Seventh Generation Page 119

HARRIET ELIZABETH7 RICKARD (Laura5 Gary, William3, Josiah4, Samuel3, Nathaniel2, Arthur1) was born in Pomfret, CT, 10 Jun 1826, and after the early death of her father removed with her widowed mother to Wheaton, IL, here she married 25 Jun 1848, Hon. Warren Lyon Wheaton, born in Pomfret, CT, 6 Mar 1812, the eldest son of James and Nancy (Lyon) Wheaton of Pomfret. Mr. Wheaton with his brother Jesse C. Wheaton and Erastus Gary were the founders of the present city of Wheaton, IL, moving from their native town in eastern CT in 1831 to the then wild region of "the far West." Mr. Wheaton was a man of excellent judgment, and acquired a handsome property. He was for many years one of the most prominent citizens of Wheaton, serving as County Superintendent of Schools, a member of the Illinois Legislature and Illinois State Senate and as a trustee of Wheaton College, the formation of which was largely due to the labors and influence. Harriet Elizabeth (Rickard) Wheaton died in Wheaton, IL, 29 May 1863, and her husband died the 1 Feb 1903. He married second, Christiana Shugg of NYC.

Children of Hon. Warren Lyon and Harriet Elizabeth (Rickard) Wheaton: (born in Wheaton, IL)

1. Warren Lyon8 Wheaton, born 11 Jun 1850; married in Wheaton, IL, 4 Nov 1914, Maria Lousie Stoddard born in Byron, IL, 5 Feb 1869, daughter of the Rev. James P. and Catherine Lucretia (Blanchard) Stoddard, He is a farmer and resides in Battle Creek, MI. No issue.

2. Stella Cornelia8 Wheaton, born 13 Feb 1853; died 9 Jun 1863.

3. Charles Henry8 Wheaton, born 20 Jul 1855; died 8 Sep 1856

4. Lucy Ellen8 Wheaton, born 22 Feb 1858; married in Wheaton, IL, 21 Sep 1887, William Herbert Darling, born in Hundley, JL, 9 Jun 1858, son of Thomas and Saphrona Maria (Barber) Darling. He is a public school teacher and a graduate of Eheaton College. They reside in Wheaton in the Wheaton family homestead built in 1849. No issue.

5. Wilbur Fisk8 Wheaton, born 12 May 1860; married in Wheaton, IL, 30 Dec 1896, Emmarette Randal Nind, born in St. Charles, IL, 21 Jul 1860, the daughter of Frederick Newton and Lucy Annis (Sanderson) Nind. They now reside in Dresden, MO. No issue.

6. Harry8 Wheaton, born 25 May 1863; his mother dying when he was 4 years old, he was brought up by his aunt, Mrs. Ellen Amanad (Rickard) Faville of Lake Mills, WI, and is now known as Harry Wheaton Faville. He married Rosalia Mary Apfeld. They reside in Lake Mills, WI.

ELLEN AMANDA7 RICKARD (Laura6 Gary, William5, Josiah4, Samuel3, Nathaniel2, Arthur1) was born in Pomfret, CT, 14 Jan 1829. Her father died when she was 2 years old and in her girlhood she accompanied her mother to Wheaton, IL. She was educated at the Mt. Morris school and married in Warrenville, IL, 30 May 1847, Alpheus Davis Faville, born in Manheim, NY, 17 Jun 1821, the son of John and Elizabeth (Guile) Faville. Mrs. Faville still lives in Lake Mills, WI, her long-time home and is active and interested in the affairs of the day, though in her 90th year (1918). After the death of her sister, Harriet, Mrs. Warren L. Wheaton, she took the latter's infant son, Harry Wheaton, at the age of 4 days into her care, and he has since made his permanent home in Lake Mills, and has assumed the last name of Faville, though no legal adoption has taken place.

Children of Alpheus Davis and Ellen Amanda (Rickard) Faville: (born in Lake Mills, WI)

1. Harriet Elizabeth8 Faville, born 3 Sep 1849; married Henry Chandler Davis, and resides in Lake Mills, WI.

2. Stoughton Willis8 Faville, born 12 Feb 1852; married Emma Myers and resides in Lake Mills, WI

3. Laura Rickard8 Faville, born 24 Dec 1855; married Julian A. DuBois, and resides in Sauk Centre, MN

4. Cassius Clay8 Faville, born 29 Apr 1859; married Lena Hanson, and resides in Lake Mils, WI

From the Utica Weekly Herald, March 2, 1897

Frankfort, March 1.- A sad accident occurred to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Widrick, who reside about three miles south of this village, yesterday forenoon. The couple were on their way to church here, and when passing over a bare spot in the road, near a bridge, over the Moyer creek, the horse attached to the cutter became choked, reared, and fell on one side, precipitating Mr. and Mrs. Widrick in the bed of the creek about ten feet below. Mrs. Widrick sustained a compound fracture of her left arm, and both bones were broken in her right arm. She was badly bruised about her body and face, the ___ being cut in many places. Mr. Widrick was considerably bruised and some of his teeth knocked out by coming in contact with the stones and ice at the creek bottom. They were removed to their home as soon as possible and Dr. Richards summoned. Mrs. Widrick is well along in years and her recovery will be slow. She is entirely helpless.

From the Utica Semi-Weekly Herald, February 26, 1897


Went to Troy to Attend the Funeral
of His Brother and Has Not Been
Seen Since.

The Troy Record says Superintendent Willard has received from Chief of Police King of Ilion a letter of inquiry in regard to John Leahy of Ilion, who it seems, has mysteriously disappeared.

According to the letter, Leahy left Ilion February 8 to attend the funeral of his brother, Daniel Leahy, at 437 Tenth street, Troy, and to secure some money which he said was due him. He left behind him at Ilion letters from Eugene Bryan and Calvin S. McChesney of Troy. Leahy has a family in Ilion of four children in destitute circumstances.

Chief King telephoned to Mrs. Daniel Leahy in Troy,, and she replied that the missing man had left her house to go home Feb. 10.

Leahy's family is afraid he has been the victim of foul play. Some three years ago he underwent an operation for cancer and has been affected ever since. The letter also states that Mrs. Leahy promised the chief she would see Leahy's brother in Troy and write the result, but she did not do so.

Superintendent Willard investigated the matter and found that Leahy left the home of Mrs. Daniel Leahy at 4 p. m. February 10, and went to the home of his brother Thomas Leahy, in Lansingburg. He left there at 7 p. m., saying that he was going to Albany there to take a train for Ilion, as he had to be there the next morning to go to work in the shops of the Remington manufacturing company. He received $136 while in Troy from an unsettled estate with which he was connected. He paid a debt of $30 and had $106 in his possession when he went away from Troy. Supt. Willard has made inquiries but has been unable to find any further trace of the missing man. The Albany police have ben informed of the disappearance.


From the Utica Morning Herald, February 27, 1897.

Ilion, February 26.- Chief of Police King received a telegram from the missing John Leahy Thursday, announcing his return from Troy to-day.

From the Utica Semi-Weekly Herald, Friday, August 6, 1897.

Delos M. Kenyon, formerly a well known business man in this village, now of Clayton, was stricken with paralysis at his home in that place a day or two ago, and his condition is considered serious.

From the Utica Herald Dispatch, December 10, 1902.


Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Duckworth of Canton, O., are the guests of Mr. Duckworth's parents on West Main street.

Mrs. Ella Steele of Chicago is at the bedside of her father, Lorenzo Smith, of Fourth street, who is critically ill.

F. R. Hollister has purchased the stock of groceries from Jones & Davis on First street.

From the Utica Herald Dispatch, May 20, 1903, page 5.


Howard B. Lintner, a former resident of this city, was sentenced on Monday by a New York court of justice to four years and six months in Sing Sing for attempting to kill his wife by shooting a few weeks ago.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, December 12, 1914.


Mrs. Stratton of Newport is visiting her niece, Mrs. Charles Wallace, Devendorf street.

Miss May Yule of Jordanville has been a guest at the home of Ella Wood.

James Nolan of East Main street has been suffering from an ulcer on the right eye and his many friends will be pleased to learn his condition is improved.


Mr. and Mrs. John Pugh are the proud parents of a nine-pound baby boy, who arrived December 7, and Mr. and Mrs. David Lonis, jr., are also rejoicing over the arrival of a little son, who has been named Frederick William.

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, November 12, 1917, page 11.

House Destroyed.

John Conroy, who lives on the State road in Schuyler, about three miles west of the North Frankfort station, had the misfortune to lose his home by fire Friday evening. The fire broke out shortly after 8 o'clock, and is supposed to have caught from a passing engine, the house being very near to the railroad tracks. The roof was all ablaze before it was discovered, and in spite of the utmost efforts of the family and neighbors, who quickly gathered, it burned to the ground. A few pieces of furniture from the sitting room and what clothing could be hastily picked up was all that was saved. They were able to save the barn nearby. The loss, which was almost total, was covered by insurance in the C. F. Fox agency. Mr. and Mrs. Conroy moved to Schuyler from this village [Frankfort] about a year ago and will have much sympathy in their loss.


Fort Plain, Nov. 12.- Surrogate's Court news of local interest is appended: Last will and testament of William H. Lipe, late of the village of Fort Plain, deceased, admitted to probate and letters testamentary issued to Alice Moyer and Mary L. Thurwood, executrixes. Letters of administration with the will of Roselle Charlesworth, late of the town of Minden, deceased, issued to Lizzie Mae Duesler. In the estate of Clinton A. Tansley, late of the village of Fort Plain, deceased, decree granted settling and allowing the account of the administrators. In the estate of Sarah E. Lipe, late of the town of Minden, deceased, decree granted settling and allowing account of the executor. In the estate of Charles A. Hix, late of the village of Fort Plain, deceased, order to advertise for debts granted. Inventory of personal property filed in the estate of Garry Surnear, late of the village of Fort Plain, deceased.

From the Utica Morning Herald, July 14, 1881.

Charles Myers, of Mohawk, has made arrangements for five balloon ascensions at the Minnesota state fair, probably the largest in the country. He will use a 100,000 cubic feet balloon, and take up a number of newspaper men.

From the Richfield Springs Mercury, May 3, 1888.

- Last week Wm. Hughes, of Little Falls, was caught between the bumpers while coupling cars at Fonda, and quite severely injured about the hips. The doctors think he will recover.

Daniel Wrought, a carpenter, working on the Stauring house in Little Falls, fell a distance of twenty-two feet Saturday and suffered a fracture of the right shoulder joint. The break is a bad one.

From the Richfield Springs Mercury, March 9, 1893.


The subscribers will sell at public auction on the farm of the late Benj. Shaul, two miles west of Columbia Centre on Friday March 17, at 10 o'clock, a. m., the following property: 2 yearling heifers, eighteen cows, 2 calves, 30 hens, 1 double harness, milk harness, light single harness, Crown grain drill, double wagon, truck wagon, milk wagon, carriage, carter, pair bobs, iron land roller, mowing machine, drag saw, wheel rake, set of scales, fanning mill, pair of horses, twenty tons of hay, one bay mare, plow, shovel plow, side bill plow, 2 cultivators, 3 milk cans, caldron kettle, sappan, sap storage, sap buckets and spiles(?), grind stone, harpoon hay fork and ropes, hop bar, crow bar, eleven swarms of bees, a quantity of grain.

Terms: A credit of six months on sums of more than $10, on approved notes payable at the National Mohawk Valley Bank, of Mohawk.

J. W. Brandow, Auctioneer.

From the Richfield Springs Mercury, May 27, 1928


Orville Hoke received word Monday of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Snyder at Frey's Bush.

Mrs. Kittie Walrath continues to gain some each day. Her friends hope for a satisfactory recovery.

Mr. and Mrs. John Fox and Clayton were callers at the home of Paul Plever on Sunday afternoon.

Byron King and mother, also Harry and Mary Walrath motored to Wampsville Monday of this week.

Oscar Bronner was a Sunday guest of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Plever.

From the Cortland Standard, Thursday, June 15, 1916 (Cortland NY)

Mrs. F. D. Marcy is spending the week with her sister-in-law, Mrs. P. L. Carpenter, at Gravesville, Herkimer Co., and visiting other friends in that vicinity.

From the Evening Herald, January 25, 1904. (Syracuse NY)

Frankfort, Jan. 25.- The property of the late Charles Crosby, situated on Canal and Litchfield street has been sold at auction to W. H. Waterbury for $1,600.

Charles Rose of Schuyler has purchased the residence of William Wayne in West Main street.

From the Evening Herald, January 18, 1904. (Syracuse NY)

Ilion, Jan. 18.- Superintendent of Schools A. W. Abrams and Mrs. Abrams left for Oneonta Saturday called there by the serious illness of Mrs. Abrams's father.

Hazel Bennison entertained a number of her young friends at her home on West hill Saturday afternoon.

Miss Jessie Rhodes of Utica is the guest of her brother, Charles Rhodes, in East Clark street.

From the Evening Herald, January 7, 1904 (Syracuse NY)

Enlisted For the Infantry.

Starr Cole of Ilion and Frank A. Meyer of Ghent were enlisted at the army recruiting station to-day. They will leave for Fort Slocum to-night, where they will be assigned to the infantry service.

From the the Evening Herald, December 10, 1899 (Syracuse NY)

She Will Travel With Sousa.

Little Falls, Dec. 9.- Miss Bertha Bucklin, the talented violinist of this city, has just signed a contract for a three months tour with Sousa's band, commencing the 1st of January. Miss Bucklin has risen rapidly in her profession, and her many friends in this city watch her musical career with interest.

The Syracuse Herald, February 3, 1916.


D. A. R. to Furnish Funds for Gran-
ite Stones Over Soldiers' Graves.

Herkimer, Feb. 3.- Over eight graves of soldiers of the American revolution, long neglected in the Norway cemetery, are to be placed granite markers furnished by the government. To pay the cost of transporting them to the cemetery and erecting them, $75, the Gen. Nicholas Herkimer chapter, D. A. R., has arranged a lecture to-morrow evening in the Reformed church on "Historic Homes in the Mohawk Valley."

The following four biographical sketches of Clapsaddle men who hailed from Herkimer County were graciously contributed by Terry R. Todd!


Andrew Clapsaddle, farmer, on section 24, Paw Paw Township, was born in Herkimer Co., N.Y., March 30, 1824. His parents, George A. and Nancy (Bellinger) Clapsaddle, were of German descent and followed agriculture. In 1848 he came West to "spy out the land," resulting in the purchase of his present farm, consisting of 360 acres. At that time, however, he returned East, and moved to his new Western home in 1850. He has improved and developed his property till he is now ranked among the foremost of the wealthy farmers of the county. In his political views he is an old-time Democrat.

He married in this county July 16, 1861, to Mrs. Mary L. Heustis, widow of Miles Heustis and daughter of Alman Ames. Mrs. C. was born in Otsego Co., N.Y., Nov. 12, 1830, and died July 22, 1870, leaving three sons and two daughters, namely, Frank J., born Nov. 21, 1862; Esther A., March 11, 1864; Alman A., Nov. 25, 1865; George F., Nov. 19, 1867, and Mary N., June 5, 1870. Mr. Clapsaddle was married again June 24, 1875, in Cass Co., Mich., to Miss Mary Walter, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Harter) Walter, who was born in Herkimer Co., N.Y., April 9, 1834.

[Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb County, Illinois, Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1885, p.566.]


Frederick Clapsaddle, farmer, section 24, Paw Paw Township [DeKalb Co., IL.], postoffice, Leland, La Salle County, Ill., has 175 1/2 acres, a portion of which lies in Victor Township, and 2.5 acres in Ross Grove. He was born in Frankfort, Herkimer Co., N. Y., April 11, 1827, a son of George A. and Nancy (Bellinger) Clapsaddle, was brought up a farmer, came to Paw Paw in the spring of 1851, settled on his present farm, and has made this his home continually since. Was married in Frankfort, Will Co. Ill., Nov. 10, 1853 to Marenda Hare, a daughter of Nicholas and Mare (Rice) Hare. She was born in Houghton, Canada, Nov. 6, 1836 and came to Ohio with her parents in 1849. Their children were: Dan, born March 29, 1855; Myron H., Oct. 30, 1859, lives in Iowa; Omer, born Dec. 3, 1861; Harry B., June 26, 1869; Hattie M., Sept 23, 1871; Andrew F., March 12, 1874; Neva M., June 28, 1879. Dan married Mrs. Ida Everson and lives in East Paw Paw, Lee County; Omer married Mary C. Cox and lives in Paw Paw Township.

In politics Mr. C is Democratic.

[Portrait and Biographical Album of De Kalb County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers (Chicago), 1885, p.610.]


George H. Clapsaddle, residing on section 24, Paw Paw Township, and owning 160 acres thereon, is a son of George A. and Nancy (Bellinger) Clapsaddle, and was born in Frankfort, Herkimer Co., N.Y., March 17, 1821. His father was a farmer by occupation, and George was brought up on the farm, alternating his labors thereon by attendance at the common schools, until he attained the age of 17 years. On attaining that age, he was apprenticed to learn the shoemaker's trade, which he followed for two years, mastered and followed more or less until 1850. During that year he came to Paw Paw Township, this county, and in the fall purchased the farm he at present owns and on which he resides. The land was in its natural condition, and after purchasing it from the Government, Mr. C. at once entered upon its improvement, and by energetic labor has placed it in the excellent condition it is in at this time.

Mr. Clapsaddle was married in Erie Co., N.Y., Oct. 1, 1855, to Miss Clarissa, daughter of Abram and Electra (Whitney) Snook. She was born in Lenox, Madison Co., N.Y., June 4, 1832, and is the mother of the following children: Lelia M., born March 12, 1863, died Sept. 4, 1875; Alvin G., born July 9, 1866, died Oct. 27, 1867; John H., born Feb, 20, 1869, died Jan. 9, 1870; Alvin A., born March 29, 1871.

Politically, Mr. C. has been identified with the Democratic Party all his life. Religiously, Mrs. C. is a member of the Baptist Church.

[Portrait and Biographical Album of De Kalb County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers (Chicago), 1885, p.567.]


Henry Clapsaddle, who for forty-six years has been a resident of De Kalb county, is now living a retired life in the village of Shabbona. He is a native of Herkimer county, New York, born January 1, 1827, and is the son of Dennis Clapsaddle, a native of the same state, born in 1774, and a grandson of Major Clapsaddle, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, in which he held a major's commission. The Clapsaddles are of German ancestry, the family being among the early settlers of New York. Dennis Clapsaddle grew to manhood in his native county and state, and there married Elizabeth Frank, also a native of Herkimer county, and a daughter of Squire Frank, of the same county and a soldier of the Revolutionary war. By occupation Dennis Clapsaddle was a farmer, and spent his entire life in agricultural pursuits in Herkimer county, dying there in 1842. His wife survived him some twenty years, dying in 1862. They were the parents of five sons and six daughters, all of whom grew to mature years and married, our subject and three sisters being the sole survivors.

In his native county Henry Clapsaddle spent his boyhood and youth on a farm, and there received a good common-school education. After his father's death he remained with his mother on the old farm until after he attained his majority. In 1852 he came west to De Kalb county, Illinois, where he joined an older brother, Michael Clapsaddle, who located here about 1847. He had, however, come to De Kalb county two years previously and purchased a tract of one hundred and twenty acres in Paw Paw township, after which he returned to New York. He was married February 26, 1852, in Herkimer county, New York, to Elizabeth N. Cross, a native of Herkimer county and a daughter of Peter and Ora (Ingraham) Cross.

Soon after his marriage Mr. Clapsaddle came to De Kalb county with his young bride, and made a permanent location on the farm which he had previously purchased. There was a log house on the place and in that they resided a few years while improvements were being made in the place. Later he built a good house and barn, made other improvements and there resided twelve years. In 1864 he sold that farm and purchased and improved one of two hundred acres in Shabbona township, which he further improved by the erection of a large and substantial residence, barns and other outbuildings, and upon that farm he resided for twenty-eight years. In 1891 he rented the farm and in 1892 moved to the village of Shabbona, where he purchased lots and built a fine residence, which has since been his home. He has since sold the farm to his son, but owns one of one hundred and seventy acres near Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo county, Iowa, a well improved place. Mr and Mrs. Clapsaddle are the parents of three children, the first born, Dean, dying in childhood. H. J. now owns and operates the old home farm. He married Ella Lane of De Kalb county. Delos D. is now married, owns and operates a farm in Cerro Gordo county, Iowa. He married Mary Smith, of De Kalb county, and they have two children, Guy and Clare.

Politically Mr. Clapsaddle is a staunch Republican. Before the organization of that party he was a free soiler, and in 1848 voted for Martin Van Buren, the free soil candidate for president. On the organization of the Republican party, and on account of his liberty loving principles, he naturally drifted into it, and voted for its first presidential candidate, John C. Fremont, in 1856. He has never missed casting his vote for the presidential nominee of the party, from that time to the present. He has ever taken an active interest in local politics, and was first elected commissioner of highways in Paw Paw township, serving as such until his removal to Shabbona township. For eight consecutive years he served as supervisor of Shabbona township, a portion of which time he served as chairman of the committee on public printing, and was on various other committees. He also served as township trustee of Paw Paw, and has filled the same office in Shabbona township. In various conventions of his party he usually serves as a delegate.

Mr. and Mrs. Clapsaddle are members of the Congregational church in Shabbona, and he is a member of the official board, serving as trustee and deacon. Mrs. Clapsaddle is an active worker in the different church societies. Fraternally he is a Mason, first holding membership in the lodge at Paw Paw, into which he was initiated about 1859. He is a charter member of the Blue lodge at Shabbona, and has served through all the chairs and has also represented his lodge in the grand lodge of the state. In whatever position he may be found every duty is faithfully discharged. He is a man greatly esteemed in the community where he has long resided, and his friends are many throughout the county.

[The Biographical Record of De Kalb County Illinois, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago 1898, p.191-192.]

From the The Syracuse Herald, September 24, 1915 (a Syracuse NY newspaper).


Herkimer, Sept. 24.- The last will and testament of Karolina Loefler, late of Ilion, has been admitted to probate in Surrogate's court. Fred E. Coe is named as executor and the estate is valued at $1,800 real and $10,000 personal. The executor is directed to pay the husband $1 and to divide the balance of the estate among the nine children of the testator.

From the The Evening Herald, January 1, 1904 (a Syracuse NY newspaper).

Ilion Items.

Ilion, Jan. 1.- Miss Grace R. Skinner, who has been ill for several days, left yesterday for her home in Deansboro, where she will spend the winter.

Miss Anna McCann of Schenectady is the guest of her parents in East Main street for a few days. Miss McCann is accompanied by her friend, Miss Margaret Wall, of Syracuse.

Mrs. Elwood left yesterday for an extended visit with friends in Pittsburg.

Miss Grace Skinner of Armory hill left last evening for Watertown, where she will visit for several days.

Fremont Tefft and his family left yesterday for Albany, where they will spend New Years.

Mrs. D. W. Weber entertained the Social Tea club at her home in Otisco street yesterday.

The West Hill Whist club watched the old year out at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Williamson last evening.


Mohawk, Jan. 1.

Miss Mary Grants and her mother left Monday for Old Forge. They will join Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien of Geneva, who are there in the interest of Mr. O'Brien's health.

Mrs. Lynn Prescott of Rome is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Sumner, in Marshall avenue.

Miss Mina Winas left Wednesday for Baldwinsville, where she will visit relatives.

From The Evening Herald, April 6, 1900 (Syracuse NY).

This is from Jefferson County, but being posted to assist the many Bellinger researchers who visit our site.




Had Just Enough Money to Provide
For Her Death - Then She Went
to the Poorhouse - Yesterday She Died.

Watertown, April 6.- Seven years ago Mrs. Ann Eliza Bellinger, whose last relative had died and who found herself possessed of just enough money to defray her funeral expenses, went to the undertaking rooms of D. E. Guilfoyle in Court street, picked out and paid for a coffin and all the accessories and arranged for her funeral. She paid for burial space in North Watertown cemetery with the remainder of her little board, and then went to the Jefferson county poorhouse to spend her remaining days.

She died there yesterday morning, aged 80 years, and at 3 o'clock this afternoon she was buried in the coffin chosen seven years ago in the plot she had purchased, the funeral services being held at Guilfoyle's undertaking rooms.

From The Evening Herald, February 15, 1900 (Syracuse NY).



Consequently the Wedding of Her
Son, Which Was to Occur To
- night, Has Been Put Off.

Mohawk, Feb. 15.- Mrs. John Edick, formerly of Mohawk, was asphyxiated at Paterson, N. J., Monday night, and in consequence the wedding of her son, Floyd, and Blanche Ashley, daughter of George Ashley, a rich silk manufacturer of Paterson, which was to have taken place tonight, has been indefinitely postponed.

Mrs. Edick and her son had been staying at the Ashley's house. Tuesday morning Emma Ashley found Mrs. Edick's room full of gas and she was unconscious. It is thought that she turned the gas on accidentally, and it is believed that she will die.

From The Evening Herald, January 26, 1900 (Syracuse NY).




Neighbors, Hearing the Child's
Screams, Pursued, But Could Not
Overtake the Rapidly Driven

Frankfort, Jan. 26.- Mr. and Mrs. Milford Smith of the town of Schuyler, who have one child, a girl 7 years old, have lived apart for some time, the child staying with her father and going to the district school.

Yesterday afternoon a rap at the school-house door called the teacher, Martin Tucker, out. He was met by a woman, who said she desired to see the Smith girl. Returning, the teacher sent out the child, who, on reaching the door, was grasped by the woman and taken to a carriage standing near. She handed her to a man who was in the carriage, the woman herself then getting in. The whip was applied to the horse, and the party drove rapidly away. The cries of the girl were heard by the neighbors, who, when the facts became known, gave chase, but the party was not overtaken.

From the Syracuse Herald, September 10, 1915.


Head of Hub Factory at Salisbury
Center Fractures Hip.

Dolgevile, Sept. 10.- Maj. R. M. Whitney, who is at the head of the Whitney Hub factory of Salisbury Center, and who is 78 years of age, is in a serious condition at his former home in Olean. The major was seized with an attack of fainting while visiting at that place, and fell to the sidewalk, striking his hip with such force as to fracture it. Because of his advanced years, his condition is regarded as dangerous, and in any event, he will be laid up for some time.

From the Syracuse Herald, January 27, 1915.

Invention Will Cut
Out Eavesdropping

Ilion, Jan. 27.- If the invention of Fred Cady be comes universal, the "butt in" or "listen" trouble on party telephone lines will be eliminated. The new arrangement works in such a way that no matter how many subscribers are on a line each one can carry on a conversation without fear that their neighbor can hear what is going on. Mr. Cady has a small line and some telephones arranged at his home on Morgan street, and those that have seen and tried it, claim that its success is assured.

From the Syracuse Herald, March 1, 1904.

FRANKFORT, March 1.- At the Democratic caucus Saturday night the following nominations were made: President, George Taylor; Trustees, Charles Harter, Uriah Wells; Assessor, William Grant; collector, John Parsons.

The Fortnightly club will meet with Miss Sarah Piper to-morrow evening.

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