Fallacy of William Stafford’s Legacy

The trial of George Wilson, accused of murdering his wife Alice in 1887, remains one of the most infamous stories in Orleans County. His trial and execution is a tale filled with speculation and accusation, while the later story of District Attorney William P. L. Stafford is shrouded in spite and hatred following his upsetting defeat in the 1895 election for County Judge. Despite its popularity, much of the story exists as hyperbole and conjecture concerning Stafford’s motives following his embarrassing loss.

Out of the Past – May 2017

Vol. 1, Issue 5

75 Years Ago – 1942

May 7th
Caesar, the Great Dane, was released after one year in confinement at Holley. Owned by Edward Coxe, the dog was accused of attacking Bruce Seager three times in 1941. Police Justice Hubert Gillette decided that confinement was an appropriate sentence for the K-9 culprit.

May 14th
Clara Hogan of Holley received a suspended sentence on charges of embezzling money and making false entries while an employee of the Marine Trust Company.

May 14th
The Ladies Auxiliary of the St. Mary’s Club elected their officers; Theresa Romanowski, president; Martha Stucko, vice president; Mrs. Anthony Button, recording secretary; Isabel Banas, financial secretary; Clara Friday, treasurer.

100 Years Ago – 1917

May 3rd
The Medina Tribune reported the following; “Albion officers are seeing to it that the laws in that village are being abided by. The owner of the Idle Hour pool room was arrested Saturday night for being open after 11 o’clock and was fined $10.00.”

May 3rd
Notice appeared in the local newspapers regarding acceptable absences from school.… More

Out of the Past – April 2017

Vol. 1, Issue 4

50 Years Ago – 1967

April 28th
I. J. Dallas of Elba was sentenced to life in prison following his conviction of first degree murder. Dallas was found guilty of shooting Willie Carruth of Buffalo with a 12-gauge shotgun at a migrant labor camp south of Albion.

75 Years Ago – 1942

April 1st
Eugene “Bud” Wilcox is forced to close the doors of his hardware store in Albion due to the uncertainty of the war. A veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWI, Wilcox submitted his papers in hopes of receiving a commission with the U.S. Naval Reserves.

April 8th
One of the largest real estate transactions in the history of Albion took place between Thomas J. Sweet and Bert Crego, owners of the Thomas J. Sweet Canning Company, to Continental Foods, Inc., owned by the Thomas Lipton Corporation.

April 16th
Word is received at Albion that Lieutenant Commander and Mrs.… More

Out of the Past – March 2017

75 Years Ago – 1942

March 5th
The U.S. State Department announces that George D. Lamont will serve as consul to French Guiana. Lamont was formerly serving as consul at Canton, China.

March 12th
Mr. and Mrs. Fay Hollenbeck of Gaines receive a phone call from their son Louis Hollenbeck, a sailor aboard the U.S.S. Jacob Jones, the destroyer sunk by German torpedoes on February 27, 1942 off the coast of New Jersey. Hollenbeck was one of 11 survivors from the crew of roughly 150.

March 19th
Orleans County receives word of the first local casualties of the war when the parents of Alfred J. Skinner of Medina and James Zazzara of Holley are notified that their sons are missing in action. Both men were aboard the U.S.S. Houston when it was sunk on February 28, 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait in the Pacific Theater. It would be nearly nine months before the fate of the ship was known.… More

Out of the Past – February 2017

50 Years Ago – 1967


February 2nd
Holley officials begin planning for the centennial celebration of the incorporation of their village.

February 19th
Otis Bartlett of Riches Corners died at Lakeside Hospital after a brief illness. He was injured in a fall while hunting nearly 20 years earlier, spending the remainder of his life in a wheel chair. Following this accident he crafted a small tractor, giving him the ability to continue the sport of hunting every year.

February 23rd
Clayton Root dies in a tragic accident after he is trapped inside his burning trailer home which had been overturned by high winds. Root was a horse trainer by trade.

75 Years Ago – 1942


February 12th
Half back Tommy Colella of Albion – the Albion Antelope – the 1941 Canisius College captain signs a contract to play professional football with the Detroit Lions of the National League.… More

Out of the Past – January 2017

75 Years Ago – 1942


January 1st – Medina Tribune
Judge William Munson takes office as State Supreme Court Justice from the 8th Judicial District, having defeated Democrat David Diamond of Buffalo.

January 1st – Medina Tribune
Frank Ritz is found dead in the Kendall Methodist Church. He was installing wiring for a new oil burner, which he largely helped finance, when he died.

January 15th – Medina Tribune
Ensign John Munson of Medina, stationed aboard the U.S.S. Kearney when it was struck by a German torpedo in October of 1941 (before the U.S. entered WWII), was cited for bravery during that attack and promoted to lieutenant junior grade.

January 29th – Medina Tribune
Police raid the Mayflower restaurant at Medina and confiscate a slot machine from the basement containing $26.50. Thomas Calafates, the co-owner of the business, was arrested in connection with the machine, stating that it was being “stored” in the basement and was never used.… More