Happy Easter everyone!
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
Happy Easter everyone!
Your Town Historian will make sure the “Easter Bunny” is there *wink,wink*
The day George Hunt had to call “Jake from State Farm” .......actually in 1927, it was probably Jake’s great-grandfather “Jacob”
Seems as though we are hearing much to do lately regarding people not practicing “social distancing” during these crazy days. We have been seeing articles in our local papers and in the news. Back in 1923, it still made the papers, but I suspect it more for “gossiping purposes” than safety.
Ca. 1965 Marietta's Doll Museum. A view of an 8 room doll house which was 2/5 scale that was built in 1868. The furnishings are salesman samples, craftsman, and apprentice models. Marietta standing in foreground gives an idea of the size of this extraordinary piece.
Courtesy of the Bergen Historical Archives.
Front steps of the Bergen Grange Hall on Rochester Street.
Bergen High school class of 1925.
Girls: L to R - Viola Palmer, Avis McKenzie, and Helen Whalen
Boys: L to R - Thos Campbell, Charles Greene, Ken Miller, Nudson MacConnell, Taber Wilcox, and Harry Richardson.
Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year!!!
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
On December 7, 1941, about 200 Japanese aircrafts attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The raid lasted a little more than an hour. When it finally ended, there were 3,000 dead and an entire fleet was destroyed along with 200 U.S. aircrafts.
Take a moment out of your day to remember those who perished in this tragedy.
We wish to thank the men and women from Bergen who answered the call to serve in the days that followed. We will never forget.
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
We are very proud to be part of this ! Great coverage by the Daily News.
The spirit of the season is alive and well at #Batavia's Holland Land Office Museum which has kicked off its 18th annual Wonderland of Trees. #BDNStory: http://bit.ly/2QJIn9H
We’re very proud to be once again included in the Holland Land Office Museum’s “Wonderland of Trees”! Our tree this year is “Flowers of Christmas” and both the Historian’s Office and Bergen Historical Society are represented. Join us for the 18th annual Wonderland of Trees Gala at the Holland Land Office Museum on Friday, November 22nd from 6pm-9pm. View 40 trees on display. $5 under 12, $10 for members, or $15 per adult. 50/50 raffle, gift basket raffle and refreshments provided by D&R Depot!
Call or stop by the Holland Land Office to purchase tickets.
A rainy Sunday night is great for catching up on some research.
I wish to thank the Bergen Historical Society for their generous donation to this worthwhile cause.
In addition to serving as your Town Historian, I also hold a position the HLOM Board of Directors and the first Historian to do so. I believe that HLOM is the “hub museum” for Genesee County, and my affiliation serves as a conduit for our town’s preservation and promotion of history. Many of you have seen the cannons which have been sitting out front of the HLOM building, and have done so since at least 1905. These cannons are in need of repair and restoration and they need your help! If you would like to donate to the restoration fund but don't know how please visit http://www.hollandlandoffice.com/CannonRestorationCampaign.aspx.
I’m a firm believer that we need to keep the balance of ALL PRESERVATION OF HISTORY, so we can continue to preserve our own.
Harford Livery Museum
Happy Halloween! Are you interested in the paranormal, or love to hear ghost stories? Well, next Thursday, November 7th at 7pm is your chance to hear some non-fiction stories and legends about ghostly investigations and haunted happenings of places in WNY! The Byron-Bergen Public Library and the Bergen Historical Society proudly present “New York Spirits” with Chris Johnson at the B-B Public Library located at 13 S Lake Ave. in Bergen. Refreshments will be served after the program. For more information, call 494-1120.
Never before seen photo of a paperboy, Minor Stocking posing for a picture with his Welland Vale bicycle on what is believed to be Rochester St ca. 1920’s
Freemasons have long fascinated outsiders who have for centuries been drawn to the bizarre rites, rituals and customs that form part of the order. For over 300 years, the world of the Freemasons has been a secretive and strictly segregated affair. Freemasonry is believed to have its roots in medieval trade guilds. These professional and social associations were particularly important for stonemasons, who frequently travelled to work. Secret handshakes, code words, and symbols helped foster mutual trust among members - and gave freemasonry an aura of mystery that it retains today. It's the world's most well-known secret society. Rich with symbols and ritual, it's the source of legends . . . parodies . . . and conspiracy theories. Everything from orchestrating the American Revolution to the eye in the pyramid on the dollar bill. What is true, is that Freemasons laid the cornerstone of America -- well, at least some of its most iconic structures, like the National Cathedral in Washington and the Statue of Liberty. So what is Freemasonry? Simply put, it's the world's oldest and largest fraternity. Its membership is a Who's Who of world history -- George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Mozart, Davy Crockett, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford, John Wayne, even Colonel Sanders. While Bergen didn’t have big names like those mentioned , we still have a lodge to this day and many well known local “Bergenites” were members. This photo is believed to be taken in the 1930’s. The members are as follows....
George Hunch, Lee Stanley, Calvin Bissell, Andrew Keller, and George MacConnell
Lewis Campbell, Hugh McCartney, Wm. Mielke, Myron Sickles, and George Wilson.
Dayton Seely, Arthur Murphy, George Sackett, Peter Hunt, and M.J. Murphy.
It’s hard to imagine for many students today a graduating class of 12. This was common in the early 20th century and before.
As late summers draw to a close, we think about that last picnic, last fair, last swim, and catching that last Baseball game. “The boys of summer” from Bergen are seen here dressed in those classic uniforms and coaches donn the iconic Letterman jackets. One of the most “important jobs” to every young boy was being a bat boy like the one seen in the foreground. He undoubtedly dreams of one day making the team and being that local all-star. This photo is believed to be ca. early 1950s.
Tonight! The Bergen Historical Society presents:
They began in November 1917 – a series of brutal murders that terrified the people of Linden, New York, a village located about forty miles east of Buffalo. Over the course of a number of years, the murders shocked and horrified locals and captured the attention of a national audience through lurid newspaper accounts that detailed the brutality. The Batavia Daily News offered a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer. And then, they faded away, lost to time. Over a hundred years later, though, some believe the murder have been solved. But can we know for sure? Or will the brutal slayer who terrorized the region remain forever unknown? Holland Land Office Museum Director, Ryan Duffy will give a talk this evening about this fascinating crime spree and will show actual police evidence to the crime. Stop by the Bergen Public Library at 13 S. Lake Ave at 7pm to check this out! Admission is free and seating is limited so get there early. Don’t miss this opportunity to lean more about the crime of the century in Genesee County!
The man who essentially “created Bergen”.
Joseph Ellicott died on this day in 1826.
Joseph was born on Nov 1, 1760 in Bucks County PA. Joseph worked for the Holland Land Company for a number of years during his life helping to survey, manage and sell the lands. he also held positions as the Genesee County Treasurer, he was on a committee who advocated for the creation of the Erie Canal, and he was appointed as a state canal commissioner. As he health rapidly deteriorated he decided to relocate to Bellevue in New York City and ended his life on August 19, 1826.
We have posted quite a few pictures of the west side of the business district at the Rochester/Buffalo St. intersection, but it’s always nice to see it over different time periods. Sometimes we see drastic changes in just a span of a few years. Here’s a photo that hasn’t been in circulation for years. This is ca. 1930. You can see subtle changes like the addition of traffic lights and awnings.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, they even had "wedding crashers" way back in 1873 causing a ruckus with their "discordant music and stale eggs!"
With today's questionable credibility of the media's coverage, this could be translated as a scorned ex refusing to "forever hold their peace" .
Courtesy of the Bergen Historical Archives
The "Little Red School" located at the NE corner of Cremery & W. Sweden Roads ca. 1885. Emma Sands was the teacher pictured standing in the doorway . The school was converted to a private residence around 1955. While the structure has undergone some major changes, you can still recognize the basic shape of the schoolhouse.
Courtesy of the Bergen Historical Archives
Due to the excessive heat, the museum will be closed for the remainder of the day. We will resume hours next Friday at 12pm. Stay cool Bergenites!
Stop down to the museum today and check out our new exhibit. We will be here until 4!
Happy Independence Day to all of our Facebook friends! We wanted to make today our kickoff for our new 2019 exhibit. The American Declaration of Independence holds that all people have fundamental rights and that government exists for the good of the people. This Fourth of July, we will be taking a look at one of the men that made it all possible, General George Washington. The Harford Livery Museum is proud to have an actual national treasure on display. We invite you to stop in and see the Bicentennial Houdon Washington Bust. This life size bust is one of the few remaining copies of the original bust famous French sculptor, Jean Antoine Houdon cast of Washington in 1785. In 1932, only a limited number were reproduced for the bicentennial of Washington’s birth. Each one was commissioned to select Statehouses and government buildings throughout the United States.Don’t miss this chance to check out this fine life size example of one of our most important Founding Fathers. Starting Friday July 5th, every Friday and Saturday from 12-4pm the museum will be open through Labor Day. Admission is always free, but donations are always welcome. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of our nation’s treasures!
I had a wonderful visit yesterday from a couple that live in Scio, NY. that collect old steam engines. They recently acquired one with the name O.J. Miller stamped on it. Well, that would be nine other than O.J. Miller, Bergen’s “Wizzard” of machines and tools during the late 1800’s! 140 years ago, one couldn't simply go on down to NAPA, Advanced Auto, Lowe's, Home Depot, or any other type of DIY store where parts are pennies on the dollar by being produced in places like China. CNC Machines capable of producing parts out of steel with a touch of a button wouldn't exist for another 100 years. In 1879, O.J. Miller began the manufacture of steam powered engines of various kinds and horsepower in the village of Bergen. One invention in particular was that of a vacuum cleaner he named "The Tiger". This bellowing style vacuum required 2 people to operate. He also produced sprayer pumps, brass castings, gears, sprockets, steel pulleys, for pump applications, and windmill pumps. Custom machine work was completed to order as well as custom pattern work for experimental applications. Mr. Miller was the man on the spot when you had that broken gear that just ground your business to a halt that needed to be replaced as quickly as possible. An example of the vacuum cleaner called "The Tiger" is preserved in the town museum collection. I wish to thank Mr. and Mrs. Bentley for the long drive up with the steam pump in their trunk to bring me the privilege of touching and photographing this rare piece of Bergen’s history.
Stay tuned as this may not be the end of the story. We are in negotiations to possibly have this great piece on loan for a future exhibit!!!
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.
15 S Lake Ave
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