This is a continuation of the article from last week. It is from a diary of early village pioneer Rolla Rice. The following are her own words.
“A family by the name of Whittleton moved into our town and became a great asset to us. Mrs. Whittleton could play all the hymns. I still had Sunday school for a while. They also had a son and daughter who could sing solos and duets and sometimes, if a great favor was given to us, we had the privilege of singing with this young Adonis.
As I said before, we had our happy times and our sad times too. I will never forget the little Mitchell boy who drowned in the water of the cellar of a noncompleted house on Commercial Street, nor the time the Semen lad went through the ice while skating on Irondequoit Creek, nor the Fitzgerald boy who tried to dynamite fish and lost his own life, also the baby who was killed when a heavy table turned over on her in her home. How keenly we all felt for these people for they were one of us. As they came to us we accepted them, and they were our friends and neighbors, not that many people, but we knew them and loved them all.
I remember a church social that was held at our house. Mother said that she would provide the sugar, but when the time came to find the sugar box, it was a wooden box and held many pounds, it had quite vanished. After a prolonged search, I think it was found, Mrs. Whittleton was sitting on it. We wore long full skirts in those days and they served to cover the box completely. There were so many who came to our parties that there was very little room and so the young people were sent upstairs. There was no place to sit, as the older people had taken every available thing to sit on. So we sat on the bed, as close to each other as we could squeeze. I wonder if there is anyone here tonight who was there when the wooden bed caved in and we were left sitting on the floor with our legs and feet in the air over the side of the bed.
As our school system grew, Mark Furman, who lived near Fairport, brought his bride, Elizabeth, and became a leader in our education. Later he was one of the four district superintendents of all rural Monroe County schools.”
To be continued…