Historical Society of Elba

07/06/2019
Historical Society of Elba

Historical Society of Elba

From a newsletter recently published by Town Of Elba town historian, Earl Roth -
"Recently, I had an inquiry regarding our local “Onion Harvest Queen” and the history behind it. Fortunately, Ann Gavenda has maintained a file at our museum with much information. That information and perusal of old newspapers has enabled me to come up with a story.

Selection of a queen began in 1947 when five girls were selected from ECS to compete for the crown. That format remained the same for 1948 & 1949. The results were:

Year Winner
1947 Leanna Gateson
1948 Gladys Ford
1949 Suzanne Bonney

In 1950, the format was changed, each school in Genesee and Orleans counties were allowed to sponsor one candidate. That year there were ten candidates, with Nancy Whaley of Pavilion being the winner. Barbara Jakaub represented ECS.

In 1951, no contest was held. It appears that NYS had instituted a ban on bingo and without that revenue; the Elba firemen were unable to support the contest. Doesn’t that sound very familiar with the problems that non-profits had two years ago with NYS and raffles? It appears that no contest was held in 1952 or 1953.

In 1952, Ann Warboys and Joyce Hoover represented Elba in Genesee County’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Mary Ellen Barber of Bergen won that crown.

Funds were necessary, inasmuch as the Onion Queen would be sent to the New York State Fair in Syracuse to represent the onion industry; competing against queens representing other agricultural industries (dairy, tomato, apple, etc.)

In 1954, the contest returned with candidates being sponsored by local fire departments. Miss Sally Adams of East Pembroke being the winner, while; Caroline Vigneri represented Elba."

1954 Sally Adams Pembroke
1955 Nancy Dargusch Batavia
1956 Johanna Vania Oakfield
1957 Beverly Bolz Alexander
1958 Loretta Werner Alexander
1959 Judy Rice Albion
1960 Judy Warboys Elba
1961 Paula Heins Leroy
1962 Diana Dragon Albion
1963 Georgia Slade Elba
1964 Carole Steuber Elba
1965 Deborah Dawson Albion
1966 Diane Jermy Pembroke
1967 Melody Caton Oakfield
1968 Cathy Perry Pembroke
1969 Leslie Stymus Holley
1970 Laurie Allen Elba
1971 Susan Riner Elba
1972 Nora Adams Elba
1973 Julie Rowcliffe Elba
1974 Mary Spychalski Holley
1975 Laura Mabon Elba
1976
1977 Donna Pask Albion
1978 Susan Mackey Leroy
1979 Barbara Engle Albion
1980 Karen Simmons Elba
1981 Kim Pierce Pembroke
1982 Donna Camprera Pembroke
1983 Debbie Crawford Leroy
1984 Barbie Itjen Elba
1985 Kim Totten Elba
1st Fire Department Queen - chosen in April 1985
1986 Diana Barues Byron Bergen
1987 Alicia Cole Byron Bergen
1988 Jill Brown Albion
1989 Courtney Fasano Elba
1990 Siobahn Dilloin Leroy
1991 Angela Mack Elba
1992 Jennifer Kazinski Churchville
1993 Suzi Egeli Elba
1994 Deanna Coy Elba
1995 Colleen Contant Elba
1996 Jennifer Mudrzynski Elba
1997 Christa Gallagher Elba
1998 Elizabeth Allen Elba
1999 Katrina Bucholtz Elba
2000 Marisa Argento Elba
2001 Carol Rumble Elba
2002 Sarah Shuknecht Elba
2003 Lauren Rohan Elba
2004 Sarah Porter Elba
2005 Gretchen Burhans Elba
2006 Misty Stratton Elba
2007 Amy Dorman Elba
2008 Nicole Heffle Elba
2009 Lauren Burhans Elba
2010 Jessica Pcionek Elba
2011 Marissa Tomczak Elba
2012 Jamie Marshall Elba
2013 Kayla Casper Elba
2014 Alexandra Lacey Elba
2015 Emily Tomczak Elba
2016 Meaghan Kogut Elba
2017 Emily Reynolds Elba
2018 Maddie Augello Elba

07/06/2019
Historical Society of Elba

Historical Society of Elba

From a newsletter recently published by Town Of Elba town historian, Earl Roth -
"Recently, I had an inquiry regarding our local “Onion Harvest Queen” and the history behind it. Fortunately, Ann Gavenda has maintained a file at our museum with much information. That information and perusal of old newspapers has enabled me to come up with a story.

Selection of a queen began in 1947 when five girls were selected from ECS to compete for the crown. That format remained the same for 1948 & 1949. The results were:

Year Winner
1947 Leanna Gateson
1948 Gladys Ford
1949 Suzanne Bonney

In 1950, the format was changed, each school in Genesee and Orleans counties were allowed to sponsor one candidate. That year there were ten candidates, with Nancy Whaley of Pavilion being the winner. Barbara Jakaub represented ECS.

In 1951, no contest was held. It appears that NYS had instituted a ban on bingo and without that revenue; the Elba firemen were unable to support the contest. Doesn’t that sound very familiar with the problems that non-profits had two years ago with NYS and raffles? It appears that no contest was held in 1952 or 1953.

In 1952, Ann Warboys and Joyce Hoover represented Elba in Genesee County’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Mary Ellen Barber of Bergen won that crown.

Funds were necessary, inasmuch as the Onion Queen would be sent to the New York State Fair in Syracuse to represent the onion industry; competing against queens representing other agricultural industries (dairy, tomato, apple, etc.)

In 1954, the contest returned with candidates being sponsored by local fire departments. Miss Sally Adams of East Pembroke being the winner, while; Caroline Vigneri represented Elba."

1954 Sally Adams Pembroke
1955 Nancy Dargusch Batavia
1956 Johanna Vania Oakfield
1957 Beverly Bolz Alexander
1958 Loretta Werner Alexander
1959 Judy Rice Albion
1960 Judy Warboys Elba
1961 Paula Heins Leroy
1962 Diana Dragon Albion
1963 Georgia Slade Elba
1964 Carole Steuber Elba
1965 Deborah Dawson Albion
1966 Diane Jermy Pembroke
1967 Melody Caton Oakfield
1968 Cathy Perry Pembroke
1969 Leslie Stymus Holley
1970 Laurie Allen Elba
1971 Susan Riner Elba
1972 Nora Adams Elba
1973 Julie Rowcliffe Elba
1974 Mary Spychalski Holley
1975 Laura Mabon Elba
1976
1977 Donna Pask Albion
1978 Susan Mackey Leroy
1979 Barbara Engle Albion
1980 Karen Simmons Elba
1981 Kim Pierce Pembroke
1982 Donna Camprera Pembroke
1983 Debbie Crawford Leroy
1984 Barbie Itjen Elba
1985 Kim Totten Elba
1st Fire Department Queen - chosen in April 1985
1986 Diana Barues Byron Bergen
1987 Alicia Cole Byron Bergen
1988 Jill Brown Albion
1989 Courtney Fasano Elba
1990 Siobahn Dilloin Leroy
1991 Angela Mack Elba
1992 Jennifer Kazinski Churchville
1993 Suzi Egeli Elba
1994 Deanna Coy Elba
1995 Colleen Contant Elba
1996 Jennifer Mudrzynski Elba
1997 Christa Gallagher Elba
1998 Elizabeth Allen Elba
1999 Katrina Bucholtz Elba
2000 Marisa Argento Elba
2001 Carol Rumble Elba
2002 Sarah Shuknecht Elba
2003 Lauren Rohan Elba
2004 Sarah Porter Elba
2005 Gretchen Burhans Elba
2006 Misty Stratton Elba
2007 Amy Dorman Elba
2008 Nicole Heffle Elba
2009 Lauren Burhans Elba
2010 Jessica Pcionek Elba
2011 Marissa Tomczak Elba
2012 Jamie Marshall Elba
2013 Kayla Casper Elba
2014 Alexandra Lacey Elba
2015 Emily Tomczak Elba
2016 Meaghan Kogut Elba
2017 Emily Reynolds Elba
2018 Maddie Augello Elba

07/06/2019

From a newsletter recently published by Town Of Elba town historian, Earl Roth -
"Recently, I had an inquiry regarding our local “Onion Harvest Queen” and the history behind it. Fortunately, Ann Gavenda has maintained a file at our museum with much information. That information and perusal of old newspapers has enabled me to come up with a story.

Selection of a queen began in 1947 when five girls were selected from ECS to compete for the crown. That format remained the same for 1948 & 1949. The results were:

Year Winner
1947 Leanna Gateson
1948 Gladys Ford
1949 Suzanne Bonney

In 1950, the format was changed, each school in Genesee and Orleans counties were allowed to sponsor one candidate. That year there were ten candidates, with Nancy Whaley of Pavilion being the winner. Barbara Jakaub represented ECS.

In 1951, no contest was held. It appears that NYS had instituted a ban on bingo and without that revenue; the Elba firemen were unable to support the contest. Doesn’t that sound very familiar with the problems that non-profits had two years ago with NYS and raffles? It appears that no contest was held in 1952 or 1953.

In 1952, Ann Warboys and Joyce Hoover represented Elba in Genesee County’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Mary Ellen Barber of Bergen won that crown.

Funds were necessary, inasmuch as the Onion Queen would be sent to the New York State Fair in Syracuse to represent the onion industry; competing against queens representing other agricultural industries (dairy, tomato, apple, etc.)

In 1954, the contest returned with candidates being sponsored by local fire departments. Miss Sally Adams of East Pembroke being the winner, while; Caroline Vigneri represented Elba."

1954 Sally Adams Pembroke
1955 Nancy Dargusch Batavia
1956 Johanna Vania Oakfield
1957 Beverly Bolz Alexander
1958 Loretta Werner Alexander
1959 Judy Rice Albion
1960 Judy Warboys Elba
1961 Paula Heins Leroy
1962 Diana Dragon Albion
1963 Georgia Slade Elba
1964 Carole Steuber Elba
1965 Deborah Dawson Albion
1966 Diane Jermy Pembroke
1967 Melody Caton Oakfield
1968 Cathy Perry Pembroke
1969 Leslie Stymus Holley
1970 Laurie Allen Elba
1971 Susan Riner Elba
1972 Nora Adams Elba
1973 Julie Rowcliffe Elba
1974 Mary Spychalski Holley
1975 Laura Mabon Elba
1976
1977 Donna Pask Albion
1978 Susan Mackey Leroy
1979 Barbara Engle Albion
1980 Karen Simmons Elba
1981 Kim Pierce Pembroke
1982 Donna Camprera Pembroke
1983 Debbie Crawford Leroy
1984 Barbie Itjen Elba
1985 Kim Totten Elba
1st Fire Department Queen - chosen in April 1985
1986 Diana Barues Byron Bergen
1987 Alicia Cole Byron Bergen
1988 Jill Brown Albion
1989 Courtney Fasano Elba
1990 Siobahn Dilloin Leroy
1991 Angela Mack Elba
1992 Jennifer Kazinski Churchville
1993 Suzi Egeli Elba
1994 Deanna Coy Elba
1995 Colleen Contant Elba
1996 Jennifer Mudrzynski Elba
1997 Christa Gallagher Elba
1998 Elizabeth Allen Elba
1999 Katrina Bucholtz Elba
2000 Marisa Argento Elba
2001 Carol Rumble Elba
2002 Sarah Shuknecht Elba
2003 Lauren Rohan Elba
2004 Sarah Porter Elba
2005 Gretchen Burhans Elba
2006 Misty Stratton Elba
2007 Amy Dorman Elba
2008 Nicole Heffle Elba
2009 Lauren Burhans Elba
2010 Jessica Pcionek Elba
2011 Marissa Tomczak Elba
2012 Jamie Marshall Elba
2013 Kayla Casper Elba
2014 Alexandra Lacey Elba
2015 Emily Tomczak Elba
2016 Meaghan Kogut Elba
2017 Emily Reynolds Elba
2018 Maddie Augello Elba

06/09/2019

` FROM THE DESK OF
EARL ROTH

Historian –Town of Elba
Historian – Village of Elba [email protected]
President – Historical Society of Elba
Master – Elba Grange #783 June 4, 2019 2019-3

I have added many new e-mail addresses as a result of Elba’s alumni dinner – hope all will enjoy.

GRANGERS
June’s monthly dinner meeting will be at Chap’s Diner on June20th. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Laub. He will speak about the Byron dig which was located on the Hiscock farm. Although, the dig has not been active for several years, artifacts discovered in prior years are still being studied.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Our museum opened Memorial Day. The Historical Society worked together with the Elba Betterment Committee and other groups in order to provide recognition of our deceased and living veterans.

This past weekend, Elba Central School held its annual Alumni Dinner. As in the past, The Historical Society furnished yearbooks for the years 1936-1985 for alumni to review & remember. The Class of 1964 (celebrating 55years) visited our museum. Larry Bateman just completed 56 years as their Senior Class president and was elected to serve another five years.

Thursday (June 8th) evening at 7:00 P.M., the Historical Society will be holding their monthly meeting at the Museum, any & all are welcome. PLEASE REMEMBER TO PAY YOUR ANNUAL DUES.

OTHER

In this issue, we will travel our famous Rte. 98 and we will make note of certain landmarks. In the mid 1920’s, NYS numbered this route “74” and in 1930 it was renumbered and became Route 98.

Today, Route 98 runs south to north (from the Penn. state line north to Point Breeze at Lake Ontario). For purposes of my newsletter, I will covering the area from the NYS Thruway bridge north into Barre. Not all of it lies in the Town of Elba, but those sections outside the Township is part of the Elba Central School District and thus qualifies for inclusion.

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The location of Route 98 from Batavia to the hamlet of Pine Hill (The Village of Elba was incorporated in 1884), remains the same since the County of Genesee was formed in 1803.

Stop A> Just north of the Thruway bridge, on the west side of the highway, lies the Federal Detention Center, motels and sundry other businesses. This location was the site of George’s Dairy’s retail store. Seventy years ago you could have brought your own jug in and purchased milk that was produced on their farm. That farm being four miles further north on Route 98. After the George family retired, that farm was purchased by the Webster family and is currently owned by Torrey Farms, Inc.
Stop B> Next, lies the Saile farm. In the mid 1900’s, the Saile’s were noted farmers with Walter Saile being active in the Centralization of the Elba rural schools and served on the first “Board of Education”
Stop C> The next farm on the west side of the road, currently belongs to Gordon Offhaus. At this point, the road has a severe dip. This hill was known as “Flint Hill” because on the East side was an outcropping of flint and Indians would travel & collect for the making of arrowheads and other tools.

Along this stretch of highway, on the east side, were located several farms that have since been commercialized. Dealers for farm equipment, construction equipment, and trucks are now present, along with warehouses, an airport, and other businesses.

Stop D> Next is the intersection of 98 and the Batavia-Elba Townline Roads, locally known as Daws Corners. It is believed that the first settlement in Elba happened here in 1801. Later in the 1800’s, it was the site for one of the largest nurseries in the United States (Bogue Nurseries). From here, trees were shipped all over the United States. This crossroad served local residents and farmers, at various times a blacksmith shop, general stores, gas stations, post office and a rural school house were located here. A local cemetery remains active to this day.
Just west of the intersection on the south side of the road, where a house was recently demolished, Jack Ahl would manufacture cinder blocks. In the 1940’s, Mr. Ahl would haul coal cinders from Buffalo, form the blocks and then cure them in a kiln. These blocks would be used locally in the construction of onion storage buildings, Roy Henry’s combined residence/business, Our Lady of Fatima Church, and other structures.

Stop E> From Daws Corners to the Village of Elba, not much has changed over the last 200 years, vegetables, grains and dairy products continue to be produced from this rich farmland. However, at the edge of the Village, where the O’Connor family raised racehorses, now stand The Firemen’s Recreation Hall and a empty M & T Bank. The buildings that once lined the tracks of The West Shore RR still remain although the tracks were removed 70 years ago. All of those structures are utilized for purposes other than their initial use.

Having run out of room, my next issue will take us thru the Village and than north to the Town of Barre.

05/03/2019
Historical Society of Elba

Historical Society of Elba

The most recent newsletter from the Town of Elba Historian and president of the Historical Society of Elba...

FROM THE DESK OF
EARL ROTH

Historian –Town of Elba
Historian – Village of Elba [email protected]
President – Historical Society of Elba
Master – Elba Grange #783 May 2, 2019 2019-1

Welcome back to my readers. Now that I have completed my responsibilities to the clients of my tax practice, I will resume my newsletters.

GRANGERS

The first meeting of 2019 was held on April 18th at Chap’s Diner in Elba. This marks the beginning of our 126th year, as the Elba Grange was organized in 1893. Our May meeting will be held on May 15th with Ned Dale (Elba’s new school Superintendant) as our guest speaker.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The first meeting was held April 4th with installation of officers and finalizing their 2019 schedule, including The October “Roast Beef Dinner” and Memorial Day ceremonies. The museum will open on May 27th in conjunction with Memorial Day ceremonies at the cemetery in cooperation with The Elba Betterment Committee, The Elba Volunteer Fire Department and the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

The Historical society would like to thank Maureen Torrey-Marshall and Peter Warn for their generous cash donations.

Our Historical Society and Museum could not exist without the financial support of The Town OF Elba and all of our other benefactors. However, in addition to money, The Historical Society and Museum is in need of people. Many of our older members are no longer able to physically help us or even able to attend meetings. WE MUST HAVE FRESH BODIES & IDEAS.

We have the following needs:
To re side the Griffin house
To complete our planned addition
To plan & organize new displays for the public
To help maintain our buildings & grounds

I look forward to someone stepping up and offering their time and skills.

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OTHER

We recently received a question regarding “The Point” and its history. With the help of June Rowcliffe and The 1995 175th Anniversary publication, I hope that I will have succeeded in making all of my readers more informed.

June Rowcliffe and her husband (Howard) purchased the property in 1980. At that time the buildings consisted of ten houses that were leased out (June is currently living in the one remaining), the office (no longer there), two long barns (which the Rowcliffes used for a nursery and collectible business – only one remains) and a residence which still remains.

We can not be sure where the name “The Point” came from or when it was first used. It may have been a descriptive term that describes the acute angle (north east corner) formed by the intersection of Watson Road and Oak Orchard Road.

Looking at old maps, it appears that “The Point” was originally part of the Edwin Parker farm of some 78 acres. In February 1913, The Stickney family sold five acres to the Western New York Farms Company. In July 1913, the offices were complete and the WNY Farms Co. moved from The Village of Elba to the “farm village”. In January 1914, a celebration for 200 employees and dignitaries were held in a newly completed 130 x 45 foot machinery barn which had a new concrete floor installed for the occasion.

A single well furnished water for all of the buildings through their own water system.

The large house was constructed for use of WNY Farms Co.’s managers’, while the ten tenant houses were constructed for use by other employees. With the draining of the swamp and clearing of the trees, housing was in great shortage and Company owned housing became a necessity. The farm village, “The Point”, fulfilled social needs as well, dinners, card parties, dancing and club suppers were held for the benefit of its residents.

After WNY Farms sold off its ownership in the muck land to individual farmers, the need for company housing ended. However, the tenant houses were still in demand. In the years following World War II, many newly married couples made “The Point” their homes and started their families there.

Older residents may also remember the ever flowing spring that was on the east side of Oak Orchard road just north of the house now occupied by Dan Coughlin and family. At some time in the past, some one had installed pipe from which the water would flow. It was said to be some of the best drinking water around with individuals coming from miles around, in order to bottle it and take home.

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Maple Ave. Extension
Elba, NY
14058

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Sunday 14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(575) 757-9094

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