14 April 1899Reddish Gen
John H. Reddish. For the first time, perhaps, an early resident of Warsaw did not originate in one of the New England states. John H. Reddish was born in Maryland. He came to Warsaw when a young man, and married Martha, a daughter of Nehemiah Fargo. They had eleven children. Five of these died in infancy. Mary Ann married Isaac Blair, and went to Wisconsin; Hiron J. married Eliza M. Watkins. They lived on the homestead, now the farm owned by John S. Chase; Allen married Mary Throop. He died in 1864, and his widow married Joseph J. Davidson, and lives in this village on the corner of Livingston and Prospect streets; Nancy married Eldridge Stannard of LeRoy; Eleanor married David D. Snyder. Both Mr. and Mrs. Snyder are dead. Elizabeth married James Wilkin, and resides on Liberty street, in this village. John H. died in 1841, and Mrs. Reddish died in 1852.
A Pleasant Wedding... The marriage of Charles M. Reddish, of Wyoming, and Miss Effie Nichols, of Dale, took place at the residence of the bride, July 14th, 1886. The beautiful home of Mr. Z. Nichols, the bride's father, was artistically arranged for the occasion, and at an early hour the guests arrived to witness the marriage ceremony. At eight o'clock the wedding march began, and the groom and bride entered the parlor and proceeded to an arch; then Rev. A.P. Cook, of Attica, stepped forward and performed the ceremony. After a bountiful repast the happy couple left for a wedding trip to Niagara Falls and other places of note.
4 Jan 1883
Reddish-Gath...At the residence of Silas Fargo, Jan. 4, 1883, by Rev. E. McGer?, Mr. Frank O. Reddish, of Wyoming, and Miss Rose M. Gath, of Warsaw, were married. The following wedding presents were presented to the bride: Full China Tea Set, hand painted, from C.M. Reddish; marble top table, ?, lamp and mat, from Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Reddish; silber butter dish from parents of the groom; set of silver plated knives, from Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Reddish; silver card receiver, from Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Mann; Pickle Castor, from Mrs. H.O. Reddish and daughter; Silver Ice Pitcher from ? Wells & Co., LeRoy; picture with frame, from Mr. and Mrs. Hooker, LeRoy; pair of fruit plates(platters), from mother and sister of bride; silver sugar bowl, from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gath; silver napkin holder, from Mrs. Ellen Agar; pair of vases, from Mr.and Mrs. E. De F. Miller; toilet case, from groom.
No Date - before 1912
Miss Reddish on Tour... It will be interesting to her Warsaw friends to know that Miss Meta Reddish of LeRoy will leave next Saturday with her brother Claud to make her headquarters in New York, where she will study with Madame Bembrich, when not on concert tour. Miss Reddish is booked for concerts in Erie, Chicago, and several other cities, and will appear with Paderewski, Kreisler and other famous artists. In the spring she will sing with Chicago Symphony Company in Syracuse, Buffalo, Springfield, etc.
10 Nov 1897 - Wyoming Reporter
F.O.Reddish and family moved to LeRoy last week. They will be sorely missed in Wyoming.
26 Feb 1948
Defernan O. Reddish...Word was received in Niagara Falls, Wednesday afternoon of the death of Defernan O. Reddish in Bellingham, Washington where he has lived for the past forty years. In 1940 he fell and injured his back very severely and has been hospitalized most of the time since. He was born September 6, 1877 in Wyoming, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Reddish. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Merton D. Vanderhayden of Niagara Falls and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held from the Harlow Hollingsworth Funeral Home in Bellingham on Friday February 20th. The body was cremated and the ashes were interred in Bellingham cemetery.
24 July 1952
C. Claude Reddish...C. Claude Reddish, 68, formerly of Wyoming and LeRoy died Wednesday (July 16, 1952) in Miami, Florida. Although he had been in poor health for some time his death was unexpected. Mr. Reddish was the son of the late Frank O. and Rose Gath Reddish and was born in Wyoming. He spent his early life in LeRoy and was graduated from LeRoy High School in 1902. He was also a graduate of Syracuse University. Mr. Reddish's only immediate survivor is a sister, Mrs. Meta R. Rayne of London, England who was with him at the time of his death. Mrs. Rayne is a former well-known soloist. Mr. Reddish had published in 1950 an autobiography, "A Chronicle of Memories" in which he tells of his life in Wyoming and Italy. A copy is in the Village Libaray.
Miss Estelle Redish, who graduated from Buffalo Normal school, June 28, is expected home Saturday. And this undated article... Miss Martha Miller of Alexander has been appointed as permanent teacher in Batavia schools at a salary of $350 per year. Miss Estella Reddish has been re-appointed and her salary increased $75, making a total of $425 for the coming year.
18 March 1917
Mrs. Edgar Reddish...Mrs. Minerva R. Kelley Reddish, widow of Edgar Reddish, died suddenly Sunday night at 6:15 o'clock, of diabetes at the home of her niece, Mrs. Charles J. Brooks of LeRoy. Her death although sudden was not entirely unexpected as she had been in ill health for some time. For a number of years, Mrs. Redding was a resident of Attica. She was born in Dale, December 17, 1846, and became a resident of LeRoy in 1905. An only daughter, Estella, died a number of years ago, and her husband in 1907. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Frank Vader of Dale and Mrs. Alfred Whaley of North Collins. The funeral was held from the Brooks home at 2:30 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. E.M. Jones, pastor of the LeRoy Presbyterian church officiating, and the internment took place in Machpelah cemetery in that village.
Edgar W. Reddish...Tuesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, occurred the death of Edgar W. Reddish, of Bright's disease, at the home of his son-in-law, George L. Beatty, of LeRoy, after a comparatively short illness. Last August Mr. Reddish's daughter, Mrs. G.L. Beatty, died, and soon afterwards, Mr. Reddish and his wife moved to LeRoy to make their home with their son-in-law. Mr. Reddish was born in the town of Wyoming, August 20, 1844, and his early life was passed there with the exception of a few years which they spent in Attica. Mr. Reddish was one of the prosperous farmers of Wyoming county. Besides his wife, the deceased is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Mary Thomas, of Ashland, Neb.; Allen and Adelbert Reddish, of Lincoln, Neb.; Eugene Reddish of Tacoma, Wash.; F.O. Reddish and Mrs. Florence Miller, of LeRoy.
4 May 1901
Ortaville H. Reddish...The death of Ortaville H. Reddish occurred on Saturday evening at 10 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.H. Croom of Windsor street. If he had lived until the 29th of this month, he would have been 61 years old. Mr. Reddish was born in the town of Warsaw. One of a family of ten children, he is survived by six brothers and two sisters. The brothers are E.W. Reddish of Dale, F.O. Reddish of LeRoy, Adelbert and Allen Reddish of Lincoln, Neb., Charles Reddish of Denver, Col., and Eugene Reddish of Tacoma, Wash.; the sisters are Mrs. Florence Miller of LeRoy and Mrs. Thomas of Ashland, Neb. Mr. Reddish also leaves three children, Mrs. Merton Vanderhayden of Warsaw, and Mrs. Croom and DeFernan Reddish of Attica. His wife died a year ago last March. The funeral was held at the residence of Mr. Croom on Tuesday at 2 o'clock. Rev. B.F. Hitchcock, officiated, assisted by Rev. A.E. Brigden and hymns were sung by Mrs. Stedman and Mrs. Jolls. The internment took place by the side of his wife in Forest Hills cemetery.
Mrs. H. O. Reddish...Mrs. Margaretta Reddish, wife of H.O. Reddish died Wednesday March 7, at midnight, at the State Hospital in Middletown from an apopletic stroke. She was ill only twelve hours having suffered the fatal stroke at noon of that day. The remains were brought to this place on Erie train ten, Friday evening, and taken to the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Croom of Windsor street. Many friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Croom on Saturday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mrs. Reddish, who was highly respected and esteemed by all who knew her. The services which were held at 2 o'clock were conducted by Rev. B.F. Hitchcock, assisted by the Rev. A.E. Brigden. Mrs. D.P. Stedman sang two appropriate selections. The remains were placed in the receiving vault at Forest Hill cemetery, where they will be interred as soon as the weather moderates. Mrs. Reddish was a daughter of S.T. Barrows of Linden, and was born in that village 57 years ago. She was married to H.O. Reddish nearly forty years ago, who together with her aged father, is left to mourn her lost. She also leaves two children, besides the daughter already mentioned, Mrs. Merton Vanderhayden of Dale, and Mr. Defernan Reddish of Attica; one sister, Mrs. Buel Rogers of Prospect street, and two brothers, George Barrows of Batavia and Charles Barrows of Buffalo.
From Wyoming Reporter, Wyoming, NY, Feb 14, 1912:
Meta Reddish Wins Fresh Laurels
Press Dispatches from Leghorn, Italy, speak in glowing terms of the success achieved by Miss Meta Reddish, who has been singing the difficult role of Violetta in the opera Traviata, at the Theatre Politeama in that city. Miss Reddish was born in Wyoming, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank O. Reddish, now reside in LeRoy. Accompanied by her brother Claude, who is an accomplished musician, Miss Reddish went abroad in 1909, determined to win success in grand opera. Now, at only twenty-two years of age, foreign critics pronounce her one of the most remarkable songsters of the day and it is freely predicted that she is to become one of the world's famed prima donnas. Through the courtesy of of E.M. Perkins, editor of the LeRoy News and formerly editor of the Reporter, we are enabled to print a late portrait of Miss Reddish in this issue.
Speaking of the third performance of Traviata, the Telegrato says: "It was given with even greater success than before. The charming Signorina Meta Reddish was an admirable Violetta, whose beautiful voice, exquisite art and musical dramatic ability are much appreciated by our public and last evening was of vast proportions and gave her warm applause, calling her before the curtain many times after each act and requesting repetition of her pricipal aria."
Of a still later performance the Telegrafo says: "The performance of Traviata, the immortal opera which for its ever fresh musical beauty will forever remain dear to the hearts of our people, drew an immense throng to the Politeama, the theatre of high traditions, which has so often been visited by the greatest artists.
"Meta Reddish, a fascinating Violetta, who sings with fine art and beautiful voice and who has entered into great sympathy with her public, was especially applauded and 'feneggiata' and appeared many times to the honors of the footlights.
"That the success of this brilliant artist is assured is a matter of course, for all the critics speak in glowing terms of her lovely voice, her perfect intonation, her dramatic ability, and she is winning theatre going people, lovers of opera, by her gracious concession of encores so that at every performance in which she takes part she is received with the warmest applause upon appearance and called to the curtain repeatedly at the conclusion of every act."
NOTE: Meta married ? Rayne, and settled in England. She returned to her brother Claude in America, who often was her accompianist, to be with him at the time of his death.
An Excerpt of Claude Reddish's autobiography, A Chronicle of Memories:
My sister and I were born in the little village of Wyoming, Wyoming County, New York State, our parents' only offspring, I being Meta's senior by four years. Father was of a family of nine children, seven brothers and two sisters. Grandmother and Grandfather Reddish lived just across the wide maple-shaded street from us. When Meta and I came into the world, the sons and daughters had all married and had their own homes and families, some still living in and near Wyoming and others having gone to western states to seek their fortunes.
One of my earliest recollections is of Grandfather Reddish as a very old man with his long white beard. He died when I was about three years of age. Grandmother Reddish lived some twelve years longer. All the Reddish family were stern Methodists, veritable pillars of the local church. The day's work was always initiated with bible reading and family prayers. They were of the genuine American pioneer stock, Grandfather being descended from one of the first ten English settlers in James Island, Virginia, John Reddish. His father had come north in 1790 bringing with him his beautiful bride, my great-great-grandmother, Nancy FitzGerald. They were among the earliest land-clearers in Western New York.
On Mother's side, we come of German stock, these also early settlers in the New World. Our maternal grandmother was descended from an old Nurnberg family, while our Grandfather Gath was born in Altenkirchen, Nassau, near Bad Nauheim and the city of Cologne.
Father, who was engaged in business, was comfortably well-off. When Meta and I were quite young, much to our delight, he bought a fine Chickering piano for us and we both started piano lessons with Mrs. Charles Lamb, a very good musician who was organist of the Presbyterian Church. We both made good progress with our piano playing and it was not long before we were participating in church and school entertainments.
NOTE: The grandfather Claude refers to is Hiron J. Reddish. Claude was in error reporting that his great-great grandparents were the early settlers of New York in 1790. In fact, his great grandfather, John H. Reddish, was the early settler who came to NY between 1804-09, and he came with his brother. Claude's great-great-grandmother was Nancy FitzGerald, John H.'s mother, but she is not believed to have made the trip to New York.
8 Sept 1897 - Wyoming Reporter
On Thursday last at their home on the Transit Road, Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Reddish gave an all day reception, together with a lawn social and an elaborate dinner in honor of A.C. Reddish and wife and A.W. Reddish and wife of Lincoln, Neb. It was a beautiful day and a delightful time was pronounced by all. Those present who participated in the pleasures of the day were, Mr. and Mrs. Barrows, father and mother of the hostess of Linden; Mr. and Mrs. George Barrows of Batavia; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barrows and daughter of Bethany; Mr. and Mrs. Buell Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Croom and two sons of Attica; Mrs. H. J. Reddish, mother of the host; Mrs. Florence Miller and daughter; and Mrs. F.O. Reddish and son and daughter of Wyoming.
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