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"
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“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.”

Steuben County Historical Society
01/13/2020

Steuben County Historical Society

There were well over three-hundred rural schools in Steuben County, and we usually think of them as one-room schools. But there were also a fair number of multi-room facilities. Stephens Mills had a very nice two-room school, while Pleasant Valley had an elegant four-room school. Coopers Plains had an upstairs/downstairs configuration, and so, as we see here, did Jasper... where the builders seem to have been inspired by the Medieval "perpendicular style." Next door is the Knights of the Maccabees hall. Maccabees, and companion Ladies of the Maccabees, were among the multitudinous fraternal organizations so beloved by Americans of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Something interesting as a reminder.
01/10/2020

Something interesting as a reminder.

While Haskinville Wesleyan Church in Fremont goes back to 1831, at that time it would have been part of the Methodist Episcopal Church -- the Wesleyan Methodist denomination broke off in 1843, largely because members of the new group demanded a stronger stance against slavery. Through mergers and evolution, the Wesleyan Methodists have became The Wesleyan Church, with other Steuben congregations in Hornby, Erwin, Canisteo, Howard, Wayland, Wallace, Hornell, and Jasper. The bell in the Haskinville tower now stands on the grounds.

This picture was taken 1960ish before the rerouting of Route # 36 in Arkport, NY.Note old Route # 36 came from the Dansv...
01/07/2020

This picture was taken 1960ish before the rerouting of Route # 36 in Arkport, NY.

Note old Route # 36 came from the Dansville area past the cemetery and through the Village. Several home were moved or demolished to allow for the new road. Can you place the new road path in this picture?

Also note the old buildings. Jamison's Restaurant,(corner Oak Hill St./Cemetery Road) Security Trust Company (corner of East Avenue/Main Street, Marsh Ditch on West Avenue, just to name a few.

Clear your afternoon schedule!
01/03/2020

Clear your afternoon schedule!

For the 1996 Steuben County bicentennial, Dick Sherer, Dick Falvey, John Ormsby and others built a river ark (on a much smaller scale than those from two centuries earlier), then poled or drifted from Bath down to Havre de Grace (with some help around obstacles). We'll hear their story, among many others, at 4 PM this afternoon (Jan. 3) in Bath Fire Hall, when our director Kirk House tells us the tale of the golden days of lumber rafts and river arks. Though we can plainly see the name Joel Pratt on the bicentennial ark, on the other side of the prow it says Steuben, since the fellows couldn't agree on the name. Are we near Campbell here, with Route 415 in the background?

Happy New Year to all our historical members and Facebook friends. May 2020 be a great year for all!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year to all our historical members and Facebook friends. May 2020 be a great year for all!

Those interested in the era of the  arks will find this very interesting.
12/30/2019

Those interested in the era of the arks will find this very interesting.

“To run the rivers on the freshets was the universal ambition of all the younger men for the first half of the present century in Steuben.” (Clark Bell, 1893) Going downriver from Arkport, Bath, or Bradford, into the curious, almost-foreign Pennsylvania Dutch country, was, for many men, the adventure of a lifetime. Arks and rafts drifted a year's produce down to Columbia or even Baltimore, and when the hands were paid off, they walked back home, until canals and railroads closed that chapter in our history. Join us at 4 PM Friday, January 3 in Bath Fire Hall, when our director Kirk House kicks off our 2020 Winter Lecture Series with a free presentation on the old-time days of lumber rafts and river arks.

Wishing our Historical Society members, family and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
12/24/2019

Wishing our Historical Society members, family and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Early mass transit!  A trolly ride could take you around the area.
12/11/2019

Early mass transit! A trolly ride could take you around the area.

It's a slushy day in Corning, but you can rise above all that unpleasantness by taking the trolley. Through interconnected lines you could ride the electric railways from Painted Post and Corning through Horseheads and Elmira, and even out to Watkins Glen and Waverly. Another line joined Hornell with Canisteo. Regionally you could ride from Penn Yan to Branchport, Rochester to Syracuse, or Rochester to Geneseo and Mount Morris... while the Honeoye Falls-Lima line was reputed to be the shortest and least profitable in the country. This photo gives us a good view of the pole angling up from the car to the power line. Notice the little dog at right.

Never forget the sacrifices of those who served. Thank you to those service men and women for their service.
12/07/2019

Never forget the sacrifices of those who served. Thank you to those service men and women for their service.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, led to 16 million Americans raising their hands to serve our country. We remember the 2,403 lives lost, the millions who served and the WWII Veterans who still are with us. Thank you for your service.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our historical friends!  Please take the time to remember those in the military and others who...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving to all our historical friends! Please take the time to remember those in the military and others who are working today, police, firemen, hospital employees and others who help make this county great!

11/24/2019

Looking for a great Christmas gift?

Give a gift for a subscription of the Canisteo Valley Historical Society Newsletter. For just $10 a year, they will receive four newsletters during 2020.

Mail your check to CVHS, PO Box 123, Arkport, NY 14807. Email [email protected] if you have questions! Happy Holidays!

Our prayers go out to all families effected in this fire. Besides the homes destroyed many other homes will be dealing w...
11/18/2019

Our prayers go out to all families effected in this fire. Besides the homes destroyed many other homes will be dealing with fire/smoke damage.

A heart felt thanks go out the City of Hornell, local volunteer fire companies and police agencies who put their lives in the line every day! Also not listed is the Canaseraga and Almond fire companies. We are a strong community!

A fire yesterday destroyed seven homes on Preston Avenue and Washington Street, along the Canacadea Creek in Hornell. No lives were lost, but 21 people were displaced, and are being helped by Red Cross... besides Hornell firefghters, crews also responded from North Hornell, South Hornell, Greenwood, Arkport, Fremont, and Canisteo. This post card shows a happier moment, in the very year in which the City changed its name from Hornellsville to Hornell, commemorating an early landowner. The sender wants to make sure nobody misses the Hornell Fair, held about where the high school is now.

History is so enlightening!  Did Hornell have an A&P?
11/13/2019

History is so enlightening! Did Hornell have an A&P?

But where are the chain stores of yesteryear? The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P to family and friends) got its start back as far as 1869... by 1915, this Hammondsport store was one of 1600. Fifteen years later A&P would be the world's biggest retailer, purveying house brands such as Ann Page (notice the initials), Jane Parker, Quaker Maid, and Eight O'Clock Coffee. Branding and economies of scale let A&P prevail over its "mom and pop" competitors, but those same forces overwhelmed it in the end, and the business liquidated in 2015. Where did other A&P stores operate in Steuben?

SCHS you post such great forgotten memories!
11/12/2019

SCHS you post such great forgotten memories!

It's a snowy day at the old Hartsville Store. Hartsville's population is among the smallest in Steuben County, numbering 609 at the last census after 40 years of growth. The Town was set off from Hornellsville in 1844, and forms a perfect "survey township" -- a square six miles on each side, with north-south and east-west orientations. Farming and lumbering were traditional Hartsville occupations for well over a hundred years; nowadays the hunting prospects attract visitors from many miles around.

Hope you will attend!
11/11/2019

Hope you will attend!

Thanking all veterans and their families for their service!
11/11/2019

Thanking all veterans and their families for their service!

Save the date!
11/04/2019

Save the date!

Anyone know one of these fine gentlemen?
10/29/2019

Anyone know one of these fine gentlemen?

It's harvest time in Fremont, as these older gents demonstrate with their scythes and cradles. Some are wearing neckties, so perhaps this is ONLY a demonstration, but who knows -- it was a more formal time. Farm mechanization proceeded rapidly when the young hands went off to the Civil War. A new round, this time petroleum powered, took place in World War I. That war ended abruptly and unexpectedly when the German army walked off the job. Prices crashed, and farmers struggled to pay off their tractors and such -- for them, the Great Depression started 10 years early.

Interesting article!
10/22/2019

Interesting article!

Transformation Tuesday: What is, what will be at the “Block Barn” in Cuba, NY. This stunning horse farm, featured here in my Friday’s Farm series in the past, was finished in 1909, made to be fire resistant from cement blocks and terra cotta roof tiles from the ceramics division of nearby Alfred University. This magnificent expanse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, belonged to prominent New York City pawnbroker and financier William Simpson. He built this imposing barn after his initial farm, Eldridge Farms, was destroyed by fire following a lightning strike. He made sure this would never happen again and spared no expense, hiring the young man who invented a machine that made building blocks from concrete. He traveled to Cuba with his machine to start cutting blocks—-lots of them. Simpson named this barn McKinney Stables of Empire City Farms, after his prized trotter. He had his own power mechanism built here, as well as a printing press where he could publish his works on horse breeding. Nowadays this grand structure is home to the annual Cuba Garlic Festival. What a place, what a treasure in our corner of the world—once considered one of the very finest horse stables, anywhere.

Corn bread sticks, poppyseed dressing on chef salad, are just a few of the things I remember along with the Fawcett fami...
09/23/2019

Corn bread sticks, poppyseed dressing on chef salad, are just a few of the things I remember along with the Fawcett family. What a great place!

The kitchen at Big Elm Restaurant (196 Seneca Street, Hornell) was a busy place! Starting out as not much more than a roadside stand, the Big Elm became a popular, crowded eatery, with hots and hamburgers for 20 cents, and pork chops for 75. That was in 1954, which we believe is when this photo was taken. Notice the Plee-Zing Salt, the labor notices, and the bottle of milk. Two kitchen workers are hidden in the shadows… can you spot them?

Love history!
09/20/2019

Love history!

John H. "Jack" Towers came to Hammondsport in 1911, becoming U.S. Navy aviator # 3. He was engaged with the proposed (but never attempted) 1914 transatlantic flight in a Curtiss airplane, then commanded the successful 1919 "first across" flight in Navy-Curtiss seaplanes, receiving the Navy Cross. He commanded our first two aircraft carriers and helped carry out a spectacularly successful air attack on Pearl Harbor during war games... a success dismissed by senior admirals. Towers headed up the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics as World War II approached -- one of several brilliant appointments made by President Roosevelt, who had kept an eye on promising officers since he was assistant secretary of the navy in World War I. Towers was an honorary pallbearer at the 1930 funeral of Glenn Curtiss, writing afterward that "the sound of [airplane] engines at night will forever be symbols of that man's greatness."

Mary Kay Rahmlow, daughter to Eugene Ludden ACS class of 1940, recently posted and I thought I would share. Her father w...
09/19/2019

Mary Kay Rahmlow, daughter to Eugene Ludden ACS class of 1940, recently posted and I thought I would share. Her father was a good friend for many years.

Awesome memories!

Remembering Steuben County history. We will have display there on Arkport Ag history. Stop an see us. Look for our new s...
09/19/2019
Farming traditions to be honored

Remembering Steuben County history. We will have display there on Arkport Ag history. Stop an see us. Look for our new sign!

BATH -- Steuben County’s second annual “Local History Awareness Week,” set for Oct. 1-5, will highlight the county’s

Looking for something to do? Looks like fun!
09/12/2019

Looking for something to do? Looks like fun!

Howard Old Home Day! September 14, 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Come on out and have a great day while supporting your friends in the Town of Howard! Check out the agenda for lots to do. Hope to see you there!

Please take the time tomorrow to remember the innocent and those who sacrificed so much to aid so many. I pray everyday ...
09/11/2019

Please take the time tomorrow to remember the innocent and those who sacrificed so much to aid so many.
I pray everyday it never happens again and that we will become a kinder people.
#familyfriendscountryGod

Arkport Depot
09/10/2019

Arkport Depot

Arkport is an incorporated Village (844 people in the 2010 census, marking 20 years of growth) within the Town of Hornellsville. Like all but one of the other Cities and Villages in Steuben, Arkport was on the Erie Railroad, but it was also a stop for the Pittsburgh, Shawmut and Northern. The Village's name comes form the days when it was the head of navigation on the Canisteo River, where river arks were built and launched for their voyage down to Chesapeake Bay carrying the produce of the previous year. Notice the casks, the "station wagons," the horse-drawn equipment at lower left, the kerosene lamp, and the blurry man walking away from the camera.

We will have a display please stop and see us!  Mark your calendars!
09/07/2019

We will have a display please stop and see us! Mark your calendars!

Looks like fun!
09/07/2019

Looks like fun!

Ok Fremont people. Here is another great memory.
08/31/2019

Ok Fremont people. Here is another great memory.

Farmers and motorists alike depended on garages like this one at Stephens Mills (Town of Fremont). Mechanics crawled over, under, or into your vehicle, doped out what was wrong, and figured out how to fix it. Walls were festooned with v-belts and radiator hoses, and grease pervaded everything. There might even be a picture of Miss Rhinegold torn from a magazine. D.L. Davis operated a little store next door to this place. At such establishments you could get a soda, road maps, a candy bar, an air freshener in the shape of a pine tree, a little box of .22 ammo. Sometimes the service came with a grump instead of a smile, but sooner or later the customer went home satisfied. Which garages do YOU remember?

Mark your calendars!
08/14/2019

Mark your calendars!

Announcing the 2nd Annual Steuben County History Week. This year we will be celebrating 200 Years of Agriculture, and the rich history of farming in our area. The event will run from October 1 -5 at the Steuben County Fairgrounds. More details are below on our poster.

07/24/2019

In 1997 I worked with Colleen Weekley on producing a book for the bicentennial 1797-1997 on Arkport,NY.
I seem to have lost or misplaced my copy and would like to buy or borrow a copy for a new project. Can anyone help? Thanks Linda

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.

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Arkport, NY
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