Kanestio Historical Society

Kanestio Historical Society Kanestio Historical Society, Canisteo, Steuben County, New York Spelled with a "K" - Vowels in alphabetic order -- it's the Indian spelling
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KHS has more of Mr. Stebbins work.  Our window display right now is a collection of his photos entitled, "Old Men".
01/27/2020

KHS has more of Mr. Stebbins work. Our window display right now is a collection of his photos entitled, "Old Men".

Canisteo photographer A. B. Stebbins immortalized this athletic (and well-balanced) cyclist from the days before our modern "safety bicycle" appeared in the 1890s. On this model the high wheel is in the rear, while it was more commonly found in front. The pedals pump up and down, rather than describing a complete circle. We see that our friend has spent a little extra money to indulge himself with a spoon brake -- brakes were optional equipment back then. Steve Cotton provided this image for us... at 4 PM on Friday, February 7 Steve will deliver our next Winter Lecture, showing lots of pictures from this prolific turn-of-the-century photographer. We hope you'll join us at Bath Fire Hall.

Captain Nathan Stephens Baker (1828-1911), pictured below, along with his regiment and wife, was a prominent Canisteo Ci...
01/08/2020

Captain Nathan Stephens Baker (1828-1911), pictured below, along with his regiment and wife, was a prominent Canisteo Civil War Veteran and townsman. He served in the 86th Regiment NY Volunteers, and participated in the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was shot in the chin (prompting the wearing of a beard for the rest of his life). Captain Baker took over his father's home and business at the bottom of Baker's Gulch (the house still stands, though the inside was destroyed by fire at one time). He served in many local government positions. Captain Baker is the son of Jeremiah Baker and Eunice Powers. In 1855 he married Roxanna Ordway.
If you are a descendant of Captain Baker and would like more information, stop in to KHS or send us a message!

01/08/2020

Many Canisteo men participated in the Civil War. Our Town Historian has spent quite a bit of time collecting information about them. If you'd like to know more, or have a Canisteo Civil War Veteran in your family, stop in or send us a message!

Throwback Thursday... Canisteo Times 1 Jan 1953.  Anyone remember these movies at the Canisteo Theater?
01/02/2020

Throwback Thursday... Canisteo Times 1 Jan 1953. Anyone remember these movies at the Canisteo Theater?

Flashback Friday... Any members of the Fellowcraft Club out there? The Fellowcraft Club is a social club that is part of...
12/20/2019

Flashback Friday... Any members of the Fellowcraft Club out there? The Fellowcraft Club is a social club that is part of the Masons. Canisteo Times, 13 January 1949.

Throwback Thursday... 2 September 1937. Our school was a dream of the community. If you look closely you will see that t...
12/19/2019

Throwback Thursday... 2 September 1937. Our school was a dream of the community. If you look closely you will see that the final building has a few modifications.

Memory Monday... Snowy days from 14 Dec 1944.
12/16/2019

Memory Monday... Snowy days from 14 Dec 1944.

12/16/2019

The Kanestio Historical Society will hold their annual Christmas gathering this Tuesday, December 17, at 6 PM at their building, 23 Main St. in Canisteo. Please bring a snack and be prepared to play a Christmas game and share Holiday memories. A brief business meeting will cover our fall activities and fundraiser results. Thank you to all the volunteers as well as customers who helped make this a successful year.

Flashback Friday... Canisteo JV Squad shows promise.  5 November 1953. Anyone remember these boys? Did they live up to t...
12/13/2019

Flashback Friday... Canisteo JV Squad shows promise. 5 November 1953. Anyone remember these boys? Did they live up to the promise they showed?

Throwback Thursday... The women of Canisteo have long been known to step up and help.  Do you now any of the women who m...
12/12/2019

Throwback Thursday... The women of Canisteo have long been known to step up and help. Do you now any of the women who marched to help end Polio? This is from the Canisteo Times, 26 January 1956.

Stop by and check out the KHS Christmas Tree in the park.
12/09/2019

Stop by and check out the KHS Christmas Tree in the park.

Flashback Friday... Redskin Rock 'n Roll from 8 March 1956.  Lots going on with the Lady Redskins and the art students i...
12/06/2019

Flashback Friday... Redskin Rock 'n Roll from 8 March 1956. Lots going on with the Lady Redskins and the art students in this issue... do you know any of these folks?

Throwback Thursday...Canisteo Times 21 Oct 1954.  Do you know any of these former Redskins?
12/05/2019

Throwback Thursday...Canisteo Times 21 Oct 1954. Do you know any of these former Redskins?

Check out this great program sponsored by the Steuben County Historical Society, on December 6, at the Bath Fire Hall.
11/20/2019

Check out this great program sponsored by the Steuben County Historical Society, on December 6, at the Bath Fire Hall.

Steuben County Historical Society
11/19/2019

Steuben County Historical Society

Beaver Drugs in Canisteo closed last month... the Beaver family bought the business in 1936, while the Barker family operated it at least as far back as 1901. The 1925 directory shows the store on the same spot (7 Main) that it was 94 years later. From what we read in the Tribune/Spectator, we understand that Walgreens in Hornell bought the business, and is taking on the employees along with the prescriptions. Beaver was one of the few pharmacies still using the name of Rexall... another of those all-but-vanished retail chains. Here's the store in 1958 (courtesy Canisteo Historian), with the ubiquitous Sealtest sign and a Corning/Hornell directional marker, spanning Steuben County from east to west.

4 June 1953 from the Canisteo Times. Do you know any of these Varsity Club members?
10/09/2019

4 June 1953 from the Canisteo Times. Do you know any of these Varsity Club members?

Throwback Thursday - Back to School Edition... Do you know any of these Future Farmers from 1968? Did they become farmer...
09/26/2019

Throwback Thursday - Back to School Edition... Do you know any of these Future Farmers from 1968? Did they become farmers?

Flashback Friday- Back to School Style... Bonjour! The French Club from 1987-88. Know any of these French speakers? And ...
09/20/2019

Flashback Friday- Back to School Style... Bonjour! The French Club from 1987-88. Know any of these French speakers? And how many do you think can still speak French?

Throwback Thursday - Back to School Edition... Do you recognize any of those Varsity Players from 1957-58?
09/19/2019

Throwback Thursday - Back to School Edition... Do you recognize any of those Varsity Players from 1957-58?

Steuben County Historical Society
09/17/2019

Steuben County Historical Society

Adrian is an unincorporated community, on the Canisteo River in the Town of Canisteo. The Beers Atlas shows us that in 1873 Adrian had a hotel, a shoe shop (manufacturing, not just selling), the District 3 schoolhouse, a single church facility shared by Baptist and Methodist congregations, a combination store and post office, a sawmill, a blacksmith shop, thirty-some homes... and a depot on the main line of the Erie Railroad. "The Real Thing" (behind the lamp) was a brand of cut plug tobacco made by Larus and Brother Company of Richmond, Virginia.

Flashback Friday Back to School Style... the Girls’ Soccer Team from 1978.
09/13/2019

Flashback Friday Back to School Style... the Girls’ Soccer Team from 1978.

09/13/2019

The Kanestio Historical Society will present a program this next Tuesday, Sept 17 at 7 PM, at their building on Main St. in Canisteo. Craig Braack will give a power point talk called “Spike 150,” the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad uniting the nation at Promontory Summit, Utah. He will relate from having been at the event how this amazing feat showed that great things are possible with vision, hard work, dedication, innovation & collaboration. The public is invited to attend & bring your train enthusiast friends. Refreshments will be served followed by a brief business meeting.

Throwback Thursday, Back to School Style... How many of you can still sing the old Alma Mater from memory?
09/12/2019

Throwback Thursday, Back to School Style... How many of you can still sing the old Alma Mater from memory?

Flashback Friday- Back to School Style... This photo from about 1915, shows the Canisteo Academy (on the right) built in...
09/06/2019

Flashback Friday- Back to School Style... This photo from about 1915, shows the Canisteo Academy (on the right) built in 1872, and Canisteo Grade School (on the left) built in 1914. The Academy was torn down in about 1936 to build the current High School Building. The second photo shows the Grade School as it was incorporated into the current High School Building.

The High School Faculty from 1947-48. Do you remember any of these teachers? (Kind remembrances only please).
09/05/2019

The High School Faculty from 1947-48. Do you remember any of these teachers? (Kind remembrances only please).

The Canisteo Academy in 1907. Look at how kids dressed for school back then!
09/04/2019

The Canisteo Academy in 1907. Look at how kids dressed for school back then!

Happy start to a new school year! At KHS we have lots of old yearbooks. Stop in sometime and take a look. In honor of ou...
09/03/2019

Happy start to a new school year! At KHS we have lots of old yearbooks. Stop in sometime and take a look. In honor of our School Superintendent we share this gem from the 1988 yearbook.

What is it Wednesday?!? Do you know what this item is? Did you ever use one? From what time period is it from? Come visi...
08/28/2019

What is it Wednesday?!? Do you know what this item is? Did you ever use one? From what time period is it from? Come visit us at KHS to see lots of great items!

A great shot up Greenwood Street in 1914. See the park on the left? The trolley tracks? What else do you recognize 105 y...
08/26/2019

A great shot up Greenwood Street in 1914. See the park on the left? The trolley tracks? What else do you recognize 105 years later?

What is it Wednesday?!? Do you know what this was used for? Did your family ever have one? Come see us at KHS - we have ...
08/21/2019

What is it Wednesday?!? Do you know what this was used for? Did your family ever have one? Come see us at KHS - we have lots of great items from Canisteo's past.

What is it Wednesday?!? Did you ever use one of these? Do you know what it is? When was it used? Do we have anything lik...
08/14/2019

What is it Wednesday?!? Did you ever use one of these? Do you know what it is? When was it used? Do we have anything like it today?

What is it Wednesday?!? Do you know what this item is? What time period is it from?
08/07/2019

What is it Wednesday?!? Do you know what this item is? What time period is it from?

Join our friends in Hartsville for this great event! The school house is well worth a visit - lots of work and love went...
08/02/2019

Join our friends in Hartsville for this great event! The school house is well worth a visit - lots of work and love went into restoring it. 10-1 on Saturday, August 3.

It’s this Saturday, August 3, 2019. Come on out!
The Spectator/Evening Tribune, 8/1/2019.

Women’s Christian Temperance League marching along Main Street in the 1890s.
08/01/2019

Women’s Christian Temperance League marching along Main Street in the 1890s.

Throwback Thursday! The Hornell Trolley at Mitchell's Corners (the main intersection in Canisteo).  The big building beh...
07/25/2019

Throwback Thursday! The Hornell Trolley at Mitchell's Corners (the main intersection in Canisteo). The big building behind the trolley to the left is the Allison shoe factory. To the right you can you just see the bank, which was then the Mitchell Drug Store.

Mystery Monday! At KHS we have many unidentified photos.  Can you hep us figure out who this cute boy is? What time peri...
07/22/2019

Mystery Monday! At KHS we have many unidentified photos. Can you hep us figure out who this cute boy is? What time period do you think this photo might be from?

Throwback Thursday! A feed shop that was once located on Eight Street across from Strait's Roller Mill (it is mislabled ...
07/18/2019

Throwback Thursday! A feed shop that was once located on Eight Street across from Strait's Roller Mill (it is mislabled as Slawson's).

What is it Wednesday?!? Do you know what this item is? What was it used for? Do we have a modern equivalent?
07/17/2019

What is it Wednesday?!? Do you know what this item is? What was it used for? Do we have a modern equivalent?

07/16/2019
Kanestio Historical Society

Kanestio Historical Society

Please join us for our Summer Picnic, hosted by Co-President Larry Stephens, on Tuesday, July 16. Larry says he will provide BBQ chicken and pulled pork. Please bring your place setting, beverage and a dish to pass. There will be chairs, but you are welcome to bring your favorite lawn chair if you like. Starts at 6PM. Larry's address is 5296 State Route 248 in Canisteo.

Mystery Monday! Can you help us figure out who this lovely couple is? What time period do you think this picture is from...
07/15/2019

Mystery Monday! Can you help us figure out who this lovely couple is? What time period do you think this picture is from?

07/08/2019

Please join us for our Summer Picnic, hosted by Co-President Larry Stephens, on Tuesday, July 16. Larry says he will provide BBQ chicken and pulled pork. Please bring your place setting, beverage and a dish to pass. There will be chairs, but you are welcome to bring your favorite lawn chair if you like. Starts at 6PM. Larry's address is 5296 State Route 248 in Canisteo.

In honor of Independence Day - Canisteo was founded by many Revolutionary War Patriots.  One of them is Jeremiah Baker. ...
07/04/2019

In honor of Independence Day - Canisteo was founded by many Revolutionary War Patriots. One of them is Jeremiah Baker. Jeremiah served in the Connecticut Militia as a private. While he was serving, his pregnant wife, Anne Stephens Baker, and their two young children were part of the Wyoming Valley Massacre (1778). Their buildings and farm were burned. Anne was struck blind by fear, so her captives were kind to her (they didn't kill her). She and the children were eventually released with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Jeremiah wrote to the Continental Congress asking to be allowed to leave his duties and go to his wife.
Jeremiah and Anne eventually made their way to Canisteo and were among the first to purchase land and settle in the Canisteo Valley. Their home still stands today at the foot of Baker's Gulch Road.
If you'd like to learn more about our Patriot Founders, stop on down to KHS!

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos. Do you know who these children are?
07/01/2019

MYSTERY MONDAY! At KHS we have a box of unidentified photos. Do you know who these children are?

Wow!
07/01/2019

Wow!

Here is the first of our three new Steuben County Hall of Fame inductees, Richard Call. In 1938, at the age of 16, he bought the old Hartsville schoolhouse, district number 7. He graduated from Canisteo Central School in 1941and received an F.A. Degree with high honors from Cornell University. In 1944 Richard entered the Army, and served his country in both WWII and Korea, receiving five battle stars. Following his military service, he worked twenty years at the Veterans Administration in Bath and Canandaigua.

Richard is also a past President of the New York State Historical Society and was the historian for the town of Hartsville. Richard’s lifelong collection helped form the foundation of “The Call Homestead Museum”. His appreciation of local history and his service to our country, along with his career at the Veteran Administration of Bath, supports the honorable legacy he leaves to the people of Steuben County.

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23 Main St PO Box 35
Canisteo, NY
14823

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Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00
Thursday 13:00 - 15:00
Friday 13:00 - 15:00

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(607) 698-2086

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Do you have any history on the Bennett's Hotel on Main St. Canisteo. I am seeing William Wallace Bennett was the innkeeper for it during the 1870s. Looking at deeds, he inherited his father's, William Bennett, various real estates in Canisteo. William Sr. maybe a son or a grandson of Solomon Bennett that had to first hotel. Yet I do not know if its the same hotel and location. William W's siblings (Thomas and Nelson) are mentioned being in Hartsville in the 1850 deeds. Thank you in advance for any history that might be available on this.
I am looking for old photos of people and buildings from Hartsville. Hartsville is celebrating it's 175th Anniversary this year and I want to expand on a Memory Wall of photos I started last year. Being Canisteo is so close maybe there are some out there that may have old photos of family members and buildings they would share. They can be emailed to me at [email protected] or uploaded to the Hartsville Old Home Day page or group on Facebook. I appreciate any assistance you may be able to give me.
Depot Street St - standing at Depot street looking west.
snow storm 1914 -- the barn in the background was the barn that set above Spring Street -- in this view the photographer is on Russell Street -- looking toward Square Woods Drive...
The Canisteo Trolley letting passenagers off in Bel Haven -- at the old Hornell Country Club -- (now The LaValle Farm) the sign across the top of the trolley reads CANISTEO -- across the side indiactes a Concert at Glenwood TODAY --
Jasper church and Lamphier house
From my 2006 expedition of Schenk Hill Cemetery
I would like to purchase a copy of: Col. Bills Tales, but i cannot find a way to do so online. I believe it is $20.00 plus 5$ for shipping. Can someone help?
Hi Everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself. I am the daughter of Vance Cline. He grew up in Canisteo. He is the son of Bernice Call and Merle Cline of the Purdy Creek area of Canisteo. I will have to look through and see what pictures I have that anyone may be interested in.
can anyone identify this photo? found in Hartsville's Historian's Office, but Hartsville never had a trolley... could it be a Hornell/Canisteo image?
Thought you all would enjoy this one, too. Janie