Murder & Mayhem in Mendon and Honeoye Falls: "Murderville" in Victorian New York

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The Town of Mendon and the Village of Honeoye Falls are today quiet western New York suburbs, but they weren't always so idyllic. In years past, the village was a center of commerce, manufacturing and railroads, and by the mid-nineteenth century, this prosperity brought with it an element of mayhem. Horse stealing was commonplace. Saloons and taverns were abundant. Street scuffles and barroom brawls were regular, especially on Saturday nights, after the laborers were paid. By Sunday morning, numerous drunks--like Manley Locke, who would eventually go on to kill another man in a fight--were confined to the "lockup" in the village hall. It was at this time that the Village of Honeoye Falls earned the name "Murderville." As the town and village turn two hundred, join local historians Diane Ham and Lynne Menz as they explore the peaceful region's vicious history.
ISBN: 9781626191419
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Images: 42
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Diane Ham has been Mendon Town Historian for 35 years and has written several books and booklets on Mendon subjects. She became a registered historian of New York State in 2005 and is also president of the Monroe County Municipal Historians and a member of the Association of Public Historians of New York State. Lynne Menz is a retired middle school social studies teacher. She is currently the Honeoye Falls Village Historian and secretary of the local historical society.
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