Today, we honor the fallen. We never forget.
The Harford Livery Museum is located in Bergen NY. Built in 1880, the building served as the livery stable of the once grand Harford Hotel in Bergen
Today, we honor the fallen. We never forget.
Back in 1921, the village still had spring clean up day, but it was for the purpose of preventing fires and preserving your health. Once you cleaned out that carriage barn behind the house , you could contact George Greenaker and G.R. Freer and fill in the new empty spot with a horse and a Waird plow.
Slide taken by former Town Assessor, Earl Almquist, circa 1980.
Courtesy of Holden DP Miller
As we start to think about those summer days and family picnics, it’s a tradition that has carried on for many years. This photo is noted as being taken in the backyard of where is now 26,28, and 30 Lake St. of the Carpenter family. Lorna, Etta, Herbert, Mrs. S. Carpenter, BW, and Paul. The first Carpenter came to Bergen in 1850 and was a tailor. He set up shop at 15-17 S. Lake St. and the business prospered. The Carpenters had become one of Bergen's most illustrious families.
Courtesy of the Bergen Historical Archives
Happy Easter to everyone! May you have a wonderful and blessed day.
This week we take a look back to 1932. The effects of the Great Depression made money tight and jobs scarce. Many of the 1,512 residents of Bergen still needed to get where they were going and Greenbaker Brothers Ford located at 11 Buffalo Street was there to help with that task. They offered a full service department for anything Ford Motor Company produced. It was not uncommon to see these full service Ford stations dot the rural landscape. Just as it wasn't uncommon to see a horse drawn buggy in these shops as well for wheel lubrication or minor repairs. These technicians of the day had to "bridge the gap" of the transportation evolution that had shrugged along during this tough economic time. This building today is the home of Mike's Gym.
sources: Wikipedia/Thomas Tiefel-Town Historian.
Holden DP Miller- My grandfather, Holden Clifford "Nip" Miller, to the teacher's left. Bergen High School, circa 1929. I wear his Bergen HS class ring every day.
What’s that one thing you miss the most? Please feel free to share your favorite memories!
This week, we take a look at when Bergen Celebrated the passing through of the Liberty Bell. The bell began its trip from Philadelphia with a grand parade on July 5, 1915. It had several scheduled stops before it reached the west coast. By train, the bell traveled over 10,000 miles and made stops in thirteen states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon before reaching California. The bell was met with plenty of patriotic enthusiasm and was one of the highlights of the fair. In October , the bell began its return journey, visiting fourteen states, including Arizona, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, and New Jersey, before reaching its destination. This photo was taken in November of 1915
Courtesy of the Bergen Historical Archives.
This Saturday morning, we take you back to ca. 1918. The Fisher Family of the Fisher Pharmacy and their dog "Billy" out for a Sunday stroll in the family auto.
Winters past. Corner of Buffalo St looking west near the intersection of Lake. Ca. 1965.
Hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Year!
Merry Christmas to all of our Facebook friends and families!
*Christmas in Bergen ca.1920*
A familiar place to most of us. Today we know it as Miller’s Millworks, but in 1866 it was known as the Platt & McPherson Elevator Mill and Stratton’s Coal Co. Note the additional curbside space and extended sidewalks. This harks back to a time when Lake Street was one half its span North of the Railroad tracks.
Ca. 1955 the Appliance & Furniture Discount House owned and operated by Charles Fisher. Mr. Fisher is believed to be standing to the left. This business was formerly the Walker Hotel which stood at the NE corner of Lake and Rochester St.
Forgotten fact: the rocket sign display was created for Mr Fisher by Howard Signs also of Bergen.
As we wind down NYS History Month , we take a look at Bergen physician, Dr Morris Townsend and his "very personal" encounter with the Civil War hero of Gettysburg, colonel Joshua Chamberlain. Dr Townsend answered the call to serve as a surgeon when the Civil War began in 1861. He was quickly assigned to the 44th NY Regiment as their primary surgeon. It was once reported that the Bergen Physician performed countless surgeries and amputations for 36 consecutive hours after a battle, only to fall ill himself from exhaustion.
On July 4th 1863, the battle of Gettysburg was in its final day. Confederate forces had the upper hand and Union lines were starting to collapse. Defending the Little Round Top, Col. Joshua Chamberlain recognized the dire circumstances and ordered his left wing to respond to the rebels by charging downhill with fixed bayonets thus helping end the Confederate attack. The 20th Maine and the 83rd Pennsylvania together captured over 400 soldiers from the attacking Confederate forces. As a result of their valiant defense, Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine gained a great reputation and they were the subject of many publications and stories. At the Siege of Petersburg the following year ,the 20th Maine was in reserve, while Joshua (against his better judgment) led his Pennsylvania Bucktail brigade in a charge on a section of the Confederate defenses known as Rives's Salient. Turning to direct his troops, Joshua was struck by a bullet which entered just below his right hip, nicked his bladder and stopped at his left hip. Such a devastating wound should have been fatal, and when he arrived at the field hospital, his life was feared over. Joshua's brother, Thomas Chamberlain was back with his regiment, eventually heard the news. He summoned the first available nearby surgeons, Dr Shaw and Dr Townsend and went to the hospital where Joshua was dying. The 2 gifted surgeons worked all night to save Joshua Chamberlain's life. Thirty-five years later, Joshua Chamberlain wrote that, after the surgeons had finished: "Tom stood over me like a brother, and such a one as he was" . Years later, A number of biographers of Joshua Chamberlain say that his life was saved through the actions of his brother, Thomas. A claim that Dr Townsend angrily debated having said, " if I had known I was amongst such a great savior of life as Thomas Chamberlain, I would have handed the young lad my bag and let him get on with it!" Tension and dislike grew between the Doctor and the wounded Colonel over this debate in the years that followed.
After the war, Dr Townsend returned to his general practice in Bergen where he served the residents of Bergen and lived out the rest of his life until his death in 1903.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving !
In honor of New York State History Month, this Saturday morning snapshot we take a look at a famous "Bergenite" that has graced both big screen and television. Yes, that's right, we even have our own movie and television star!
Billy Sands (April 10, 1911 - August 27, 1984) was an American character actor who appeared as a regular on The Phil Silvers Show (Sgt Bilko) as Pvt. Dino Papparelli and was a regular on McHale's Navy as Harrison "Tinker" Bell. He has also made guest-starring roles on many other television series, including Car 54, Where Are You?, All in the Family, Here's Lucy, Happy Days, and The Odd Couple. Sands also appears in one of the opening scenes of Rocky as a booker for the fighters.
He was born William F. Sands in Bergen, NY to John F. & Dana A. Sands. John was the son of Wm. Sands Jr. The Sands family still reside in the North Bergen area. Sands began his professional career in 1946 when he appeared on Broadway with Spencer Tracy in Robert Sherwood's "Rugged Path."
He succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 73 while at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA on August 27, 1984. He is buried at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, CA.
sources-Wikipedia & Town Historian, Thomas Tiefel
The T.H. Gilbert Blacksmith Shop located at 16 South Lake Ave. this is a rare photograph of the shop and shows the “bridge” of the transportation evolution. Horse shoes can be seen laying about in the foreground and an early automobile sits in the background.
It’s with great sadness that we had to say goodbye this week to a colleague and dear friend, Theresa Alexander-Pengelly. For those who didn’t know her, Theresa was President of the Bergen Historical Society and had been a member for many years. I first got to know Theresa when I moved to Bergen nearly 25 years ago . Smart, funny, witty, she took the time to befriend an outsider who knew very few people and whose knowledge in Bergen’s history was minimal at best. She encouraged me to join the Historical Society and I had soon realized that Theresa was one you could call a true friend. As the years passed, we often worked side by side coordinating events, volunteering, and discussing the monthly business during Historical Society meetings. Anytime I had to stop by Theresa’s home to either pick up or drop something off “quickly”, the definition of “quickly” was open to interpretation. A chair and some cookies were almost always waiting. I will cherish those visits and times we spent talking about the past, the present, and the future. Our community has lost one of its greatest members and we will miss her dearly.
Thomas Tiefel-Town Historian
On July 26, 1775, members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia,
That a postmaster General be appointed for the United Colonies, who shall hold his office at Philada, and shall be allowed a salary of 1000 dollars per an: for himself, and 340 dollars per an: for a secretary and Comptroller, with power to appoint such, and so many deputies as to him may seem proper and necessary. 37 years later in 1812, the town of Murray began postal service to the area. In 1813, the town was divided and Bergen officially was put on the map and so was the Bergen Post Office . William H Ward was the first official Postmaster.
It wouldn't be long before the Bergen Post Office would open other branches in town. North Bergen, West Bergen, StoneChurch, and East Bergen all had their own offices until the early 20th century. Rural free delivery was established in 1901 and basically put an end to mail delivery locally by train. By 1945, a route between Rochester and Batavia had been established. Mr & Mrs. Morris Cunningham decided to lease their building located at 23 North Lake Ave in 1964 to the Bergen Post Office. The sign shown in the photo is in the Bergen historical archives and is believed to be from the 1860's
Don’t forget! Unless you like living in the past!
As we kick off New York State History Month (NYSHM), I thought we would go back to the beginning days in Bergen and one of its founding fathers. Levi Ward(1771-1861),was one of the original 60 settlers that came from Connecticut to settle in what was known as the Holland Land Purchase. He played a vital role in the promotion of more families to settle in the area from 1805-1830. For a short time, Bergen was even called “Wardville”. Levi was one of the area’s largest land holders and was very generous at distributing parcels for new inhabitants. Shown here is one of the earliest documents supporting this in our collection. A deed dated December 1815 recording the sale from Levi Ward to John Reed for a Land parcel for the sum of $100.00 ($1,300 in today’s money) in the area of what we know today as Reed Rd. It was then listed as the town of Murray.
November was designated as New York State History Month by the New York State Legislature in 1997. The idea is to educate, promote, and preserve our state's history. I am proud not only as historian, but as a town to participate in this month long recognition. You will see this banner proudly displayed at the Bergen Historian's office and museum as we recognize this month of New York State and Bergen's history. Starting November 1st, check out our page daily to see our historical calendar of events that have taken place over the centuries. You can also participate by checking out some books on history at your local library, visit a local museum, or taking advantage of local historical society special talks or programs. I encourage you to get involved, so together we can preserve our past for the future. If you would also like to know more about NYS History Month, please follow the like below.
Thomas M. Tiefel
Bergen Town Historian - Holland Land Office Museum Board Of Directors Member
Something to think about on this All Hallows Eve, A huge wildcat with supernatural intelligence and a talent for making beguiling sounds. Some species can whistle, and lure hapless hunters, hikers, Trick or treaters, and woodsmen to their doom by whistling at them from the dark cedar thickets. 1949 👻
Happy Halloween! Have a Halloween memory like this one? Feel free to share it here today!
Ca. 1938 Keller’s Meat Market. Keller’s operated from 1926-1945 located at 25 Lake st in the village business district. Keller’s was said to be The largest butcher shop in Bergen.
A rare photograph of the interior of the Bergen Episcopal Church ca. 1910. Located at 21 Rochester St, the church later became the Grange Hall and eventually a private residence.
This week, students returned to school and many high schoolers will have to endure the hassle of trying to get to class on time through the human obstacle course comprised of hundreds of fellow students trying to accomplish the same thing.
Well, back in 1929 this would be a very different story when you have a total of eleven students in the Bergen senior class
In the Bottom Row we have, Clifford Miller, Agatha Greene, Lee Stanley, Mary Brew, and Margaret Dermody.
Middle Row: Mary Bradley, David Rogers, and Frederick Cook.
Top Row: Helen Meyers, Mildred Reynolds, *J. Ward Dalton (Principal) Dorothy Hurley, and Marian Walker.
Ca. 1953. The man to the left is unknown, but pictured is Charles, Betty, and Jane Fisher of Fisher's Furniture Store (seen in background). They are standing on the SE corner of Rochester & Lake streets.
The Bergen Depot ca. 1900. Buffalo St can be seen in the background.
West side of Lake looking south ca. 1865. 3 major fires and 153 years has radically changed this business district into what we recognize today.
Also notice the single track in the foreground.
Ca. 1906,located in the NW business district (currently the village offices) was Edgerton's general store. Edgerton's was one of the largest goods and wares stores in the area . Pictured L to R is, Nellie Wilcox, Wes Brew, Eddie Wilcox, and C.E. Edgerton.
Community is at the core of what we do. Today ourArchivist met with an individual from Fairport who was looking for a lead on his grandmother. Through a simple Google search he was able to find that she graduated from Byron-Bergen school in 1941 and was a part of the Echo yearbook staff. His next step was clear, a phone call to the town historians office. Because of donations from our community our Archivist was able to provide him with his grandmother's Sophomore, Joiner, and Senior year school pictures and a new insight to her life. We can't stress enough how important our community is to our prosperity. Without interest in the past there would be no preservation for future generations. For us community reaches far beyond the four corners of our little town throughout New York State and even our country. If you're curious about something or someone from Bergen's past our office would be happy to help connect you. Thank you all for your continued support.
Ca. 1870 looking at the SE corner of Lake and Rochester streets. The Bergen Band in front of the "Exchange Hotel" which would become the Harford Hotel in 1880.
Good morning friends! Stop down at the Harford Livery Museum this morning from 9 am to 11 am and say hello to our Archivist Gina! We are currently in a test run of Saturday morning hours. Get your daily dose of history in before all of your summer fun!
Ca 1900, this is West Sweden Rd looking NW from Jarvis Hill. Torpy Hill is to the left at the curve of the road you can see in the distance.
Courtesy of the Bergen Historical Archives and the Robert & Lee Ann Patterson Photography Collection (2003)
On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two -- Pennsylvania and South Carolina -- voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock's signed his name "with a great flourish" so England's "King George can read that without spectacles!" Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.
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