Arkport Historical Society/Canisteo Valley Historical Society

Arkport Historical Society/Canisteo Valley Historical Society “The purpose of this Society shall be the collection and preservation of Historical Knowledge to the territory known as the Canisteo Valley, Arkport, NY"

“The purpose of this Society shall be the collection and preservation of Historical Knowledge to the territory known as the Canisteo Valley in the County of Steuben, State of New York, and in doing so promote the better understanding and appreciation of our American heritage.”

Can our Fremont friends identify?  Seems like some well known faces😉!
07/11/2019

Can our Fremont friends identify? Seems like some well known faces😉!

The nation's bicentennial was a HUGE event in 1976. Fremonters celebrated their Old Home Day with a
lot of red-white-and-blue, and with a special parade for the little ones. Happy Independence Day.
(Photo from Steuben County Historian)

How many in Fremont remember this bridge?  Would love to know the names of the young ladies!
07/11/2019

How many in Fremont remember this bridge? Would love to know the names of the young ladies!

Summertime... down by the old mill stream... with three little maids from school. Daniel Upson built "The Mill" in Fremont in 1820. Elisha Stephens bought the location and the business in 1833, and the place is still known today as Stephens Mills. Hornell bought the site for a reservoir in 1908. Ezra Pound wrote of girls in "flowing and circling dresses, summer-white dresses... daffy with life's razzle dazzle." The snow-white dresses and the frilly parasol clearly speak of a time now long gone by.

Happy 4th of July! Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independe...
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July!
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. Wikipedia
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019 Trending
Celebrations: Fireworks, family reunions, concerts, barbecues, picnics, parades, baseball games
Significance: The day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress
Also called: The Fourth of July

Sad to see the old ones go but Father Time is not always kind.
06/25/2019

Sad to see the old ones go but Father Time is not always kind.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: A sad sight In Canaseraga, NY at the moment as what was once the Hotel Kingston is being brought down. Around since 1898, this iconic structure was among the first buildings that went up following the devastating fire that nearly wiped out this village in Allegany County in 1895. The historic hotel had been deteriorating for years and late last year a large section crumbled to the ground. Restoring the former hotel would have cost a fortune, so the decision was made to bring it down. Back in the day, this was an epicenter of activity here—so for some of the good folks in this area, these are sad days. Stopped by there yesterday as the locals were watching the dismantling.

Thought others would find this interesting. Do you have any pictures to share?
06/13/2019

Thought others would find this interesting. Do you have any pictures to share?

The little hamlet of Haskinville (Town of Fremont) seems pretty well supplied for goods, services, and employment... not to mention the mail. There's even a Wesleyan church out of sight. The cheese factory and apple evaporator would buy a lot of the local agricultural produce. The blacksmith would spend a lot of his time effecting repairs on tools and equipment -- notice the wheel along the wall on the right? The advertisement seems to be for Pan Handle Scrap Tobacco, but what's the pole for? If it carries utility wires, they don't serve any of the buildings in this picture. The street's still dirt, of course.

Not sure how much is true but is fun reading!  My chuckle for the day!
06/02/2019

Not sure how much is true but is fun reading! My chuckle for the day!

People used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor"
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . ...... . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting Married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof... Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would Sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring?

A special Thank You to all the men and women who have served our great country so we may enjoy the freedoms we take for ...
05/26/2019

A special Thank You to all the men and women who have served our great country so we may enjoy the freedoms we take for granted every day.
You are remembered everyday!

A recent truck accident in the Village of Arkport caused damage to an historic building at the corner of Main and West A...
05/03/2019

A recent truck accident in the Village of Arkport caused damage to an historic building at the corner of Main and West Avenue. The building previously housed many memorable businesses thru out the years, currently Schultheis Sporting Goods. Odean Hall was located upstairs where many local dances and community events were held.
We hope damage is repairable to this historic site. You will note the cover picture of this site shows the building "back in the day." (picture courtesy of Gordie Auckland)

In October of 2007, the Canisteo Valley Historical Society published their first newsletter under editors Nancy A. Glove...
05/02/2019

In October of 2007, the Canisteo Valley Historical Society published their first newsletter under editors Nancy A. Glover and Dorothy J. Dunham. At the time they published three (3) a year and have increased to four (4) newsletters a year and in the next several weeks will be preparing their 45th newsletter for their 397 current members.

This organization meets the first Tuesday of each month - April, May, June, Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec and hosts several field trips or presentations for community members a year.

Membership to the Canisteo Valley Historical Society is open to all at a cost of $10 per person and $15 for a family. Dues may be sent to CVHS, PO Box 123, Arkport, NY 14807

We have attached a copy of the first newsletter for your enjoyment. (Please DO NOT use the mailing address in the newsletter to send your membership dues as it is no longer available.) Memberships also make great Christmas or birthday gifts.

Interesting article.
04/26/2019

Interesting article.

U.S.S. Hammondsport was, fittingly, an aircraft transport -- moving knocked-down airplanes from place to place in the Pacific war, so that they could be assembled on station. Other Steuben-named ships in World War II were oilers Canisteo, Cohocton, and Chemung (all technically named for the rivers, rather than the communities); seaplane tender Glenn H. Curtiss, which suffered combat deaths at Pearl Harbor, Saipan, and Okinawa; and Liberty Ships Narcissa Prentiss, Marcus Whitman, and Alanson B. Houghton.

04/21/2019
Nice read on the Hendee farm.
02/22/2019

Nice read on the Hendee farm.

Did the maple season end yesterday? With the mercury shooting up to seventy or more, there's a good chance the trees budded. And if they did, the quality of the sap dropped so as to render it borderline at best. Mapleing was always a traditional adjunct to dairying, offering a cash crop just when the cows stop giving and the hands stand idle. (Taxes were often paid with maple money.) This team hauled sap on the Earl and Jack Hendee farm in Fremont. The horses worked hard, but the family had to fill that vat every morning, by hand, often in freezing weather and winter precipitation, and trudging through knee-deep snow. The end consumers were happy, though!

Thought you might find interesting!
01/31/2019

Thought you might find interesting!

Originally opened as the Dansville Model Water Cure in 1854 it was renamed Our Home on the Hillside in 1858 when the Jackson Family took possession of it. It was also called Our Home Hygienic Institute. It retained that name until 1882 when an over turned kerosene lamp caused a fire that destroyed it

01/11/2019

Dont forget dues is due for Canisteo Valley Historical Society (CVHS) $10 for single $15 for family. Send checks to CVHS PO box 123 Arkport NY 14807

Wishing all our Historical Society members, families and friends a Happy New Year!
12/30/2018

Wishing all our Historical Society members, families and friends a Happy New Year!

James D. Piatt ARKPORT – James D. Piatt died peacefully on Sunday (Nov. 25, 2018) at the age of 89. Survived by his wi...
11/28/2018

James D. Piatt

ARKPORT – James D. Piatt died peacefully on Sunday (Nov. 25, 2018) at the age of 89.

Survived by his wife of 68 years, Edith Catherine; two daughters Cathy (Dan) Baschmann and Susan Acciari; five sons James Jr. (Colleen), Steven (Mercedes), David (Jennifer), Robert (Anna Marie), and William (Suzanne); one brother Dean (Carol) Piatt; thirteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom he dearly loves.

Preceded in death by his parents Donavan E. and Leah (James) Piatt; two sisters Barbara (Herbert) Jennings, Dorothy (William) Farnsworth, one brother Bernard J. (Marguerite) Piatt, and son in law Ron Acciari.

Born March 4, 1929 in Angelica, he moved to Arkport with his family in July of 1940 where he has since lived, except for his four years in the Navy serving on board a naval troop ship as a hospital corpsman. Much of his military service was spent in the Pacific during the Korean conflict. Returning home to Arkport with his wife Edith and daughter Cathy, he attended Alfred State College. Upon completing college, he began work with the New York State Department of Transportation and retired after 31 years of public service as a highway engineer.

James served the community as a Scoutmaster, PTA President, volunteer fireman, Chairman of the Board of Assessment Review, member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Sunday School Superintendent, and various church boards as a member of the Arkport Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Arkport American Legion, Arkport Exchange Club, and the Arkport Cemetery Association.

Among his loves was camping with his family, bowling, square dancing with the Buds and Blossoms, round dancing, and golf. He also very much enjoyed any excuse to gather his family together.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2018) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Jim’s Life at 4 p.m. at the Arkport Presbyterian Church in Arkport.

Jim’s family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support and prayers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arkport Presbyterian Church, 15 Main St., P.O. Box 6, Arkport, N.Y. 14807 or to a charity of donor’s choice.

11/25/2018

We have been advised that James “Jim” Piatt, Sr. has passed. Jim, a great community person and contributor to the Historical Society will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to Edith, family and friends. We will post obituary as soon as available.

We hope everyone has a Blessed Thanksgiving!
11/22/2018

We hope everyone has a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Looking for an interesting evening on remembering  and learning about our local railroads? Check for this presentation b...
10/13/2018

Looking for an interesting evening on remembering and learning about our local railroads? Check for this presentation by the Arkport/Canisteo Valley Historical Society!

Learn lot of interesting facts about our area!
10/03/2018

Learn lot of interesting facts about our area!

Did You Know?

The Ingersall-Rand Company in Painted Post and the Mercury Aircraft plant in Hammondsport were given around the clock protection by deputy sheriffs during WWII.

interested in learning more? Visit our History Awareness Week going on now!

As you know members of the Arkport Historical Society have been working with the Steuben County History Awareness Week P...
10/02/2018

As you know members of the Arkport Historical Society have been working with the Steuben County History Awareness Week Program in Bath, NY this week. Here are several displays of Arkport area veterans. Stop over to get a closer views of these awesome displays!

Just a reminder of a great event in our area.  Not only for the history buff, but what a great way to introduce local hi...
09/30/2018

Just a reminder of a great event in our area. Not only for the history buff, but what a great way to introduce local history into your children's life

Hope all our Historical Society members and friends have  Blessed Easter!
04/01/2018

Hope all our Historical Society members and friends have Blessed Easter!

01/13/2018

The following was posted by LuAnn Hartwell treasurer of the Historial Society.

Just did some bookwork for the Canisteo Valley Historical Society. Four newsletters a year will be mailed to you for just $10.00 for a single $15.00 for family membership. Arkport area history and enjoyable stories about people and places. Currently there are 385 members in 25 states. If you are currently a member dues are due this month. If you’d like to join or gift a friend please send check to CVHS PO Box 123 Arkport NY 14807 with your e mail address if you have one. Join you’ll be glad you did 😄

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Historical Society friends near and far!
12/24/2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Historical Society friends near and far!

As many of you know, after 60+ years of living within 5 miles where I lived my whole life, my husband and I moved to Nor...
06/21/2017

As many of you know, after 60+ years of living within 5 miles where I lived my whole life, my husband and I moved to North Carolina to be near our children and grandchildren. A great move!

But as I get ready to return "home" for the Arkport Alumni Banquet I am reminded of some of the memories I cherish of the summers in my home town.

Driving into Arkport, North on Route # 36, you would drive  by the Joe Jones Farm.  His horses were a thing of beauty an...
06/21/2017

Driving into Arkport, North on Route # 36, you would drive by the Joe Jones Farm. His horses were a thing of beauty and grace!

Looking from the Howe pool on East Avenue, you can see Marian Jamison's restaurant.  My mom worked there and I remember ...
06/21/2017

Looking from the Howe pool on East Avenue, you can see Marian Jamison's restaurant. My mom worked there and I remember going for ice cream and lunches. The location is now where the "old" Arkport Cycle building is located.

Arkport Historical Society/Canisteo Valley Historical Society's cover photo
11/05/2016

Arkport Historical Society/Canisteo Valley Historical Society's cover photo

Arkport Historical Society/Canisteo Valley Historical Society
11/05/2016

Arkport Historical Society/Canisteo Valley Historical Society

Arkport Historical Society/Canisteo Valley Historical Society
11/04/2016

Arkport Historical Society/Canisteo Valley Historical Society

Untitled Album
11/02/2016

Untitled Album

The Fall Evening Program for the Historical Society was well-received by 34 attendees, Thursday, October 20.  The two pr...
10/21/2016

The Fall Evening Program for the Historical Society was well-received by 34 attendees, Thursday, October 20. The two presenters, Jane Schryver and Paul Hoffman of Dansville, both well versed in local history, used the “then and now” method and traced some of the recorded history of this underused gem of New York State’s (and Steuben County’s) Stony Brook State Park. Starting with native Indian usage, through the stone work construction when it became a State Park, construction of the two railroad trestles, and then to current usage, it was a fascinating story. An amazing collection of original photographs impressed all who attended. Did you know that this past spring, there was new construction in the park? People shared their memories and said it was a fine evening.

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Arkport, NY
14807

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