Chili Historical Society

Chili Historical Society The Chili Historical Society is celebrating our 50th. Anniversary in 2014. Our home is the 200 year old Streeter's Inn at 4145 Union Street S.,Chili N.Y.

Very interesting - in our own back yard!
04/23/2019

Very interesting - in our own back yard!

Pride of Penn Yan: One of the oldest companies in America, the Birkett Mills began operation in 1797. Their mill is situated along the Keuka Outlet in Penn Yan, NY and they are among the largest producers of buckwheat products in the world. To put this in perspective—George Washington’s presidency ended in 1797. I captured these over the weekend of this iconic company, yet another treasure of the Finger Lakes Region.

04/09/2019

If you love history and your local history posts also, the best thing you can do is join your area historical societies (join more than one). Membership and participation in these groups are crucial to keep them viable. In these busy times where too many people and their children live their lives around technology we need to get our lives attuned to our surroundings, our history and real time living. Many historical organization memberships are $10 to $20. Even if you are unable to participate in your local organization, please join to help preserve our history.

04/02/2019
03/25/2019

CHS received a donation of three Chili Wahl honey bottles this week from Bob Holtz of Webster ; a milk bottle collector. Bob gave us three of the four sizes used. quart, pint and 1/4 pint. A one half pint bottle is needed to complete the collection. Check out the earlier post on the Wahl honey bottles.

This picture was taken after the fire at the Chili Trading Post.  Thanks Bob Downey.
03/11/2019

This picture was taken after the fire at the Chili Trading Post. Thanks Bob Downey.

It is nice to connect with residents and former residents of Chili.  Thanks to Robert Downes for the photo of the old Ch...
03/04/2019

It is nice to connect with residents and former residents of Chili. Thanks to Robert Downes for the photo of the old Chili Trading Post that used to be where the Kmart Plaza now stands. His father and grandfather ran the business until a fire caused them to move. Do you have any photos of an older Chili that you would like to share in saving Chilis history?

The Domestic Curator
02/24/2019

The Domestic Curator

A collage of your mother or grandmother’s favorite jewelry... I really love this idea!

News 8 WROC Rochester
02/16/2019

News 8 WROC Rochester

Remembering Susan B. Anthony: A local florist here in WNY (Pistil and Pollen Studios) has commemorated the 199th anniversary of Susan B. Antony's birthday with this beautiful arrangement at her gravesite at Mount Hope Cemetery here in Rochester. Photo courtesy: Pistil & Pollen

The Tea Ladies, Inc.
02/13/2019

The Tea Ladies, Inc.

So extremely elegant for our Wednesday morning post. 1920's gown and accessories for you!

The Tea Ladies, Inc.
02/05/2019

The Tea Ladies, Inc.

A lady needs many choices when it comes I a new Spring bonnet. We love them all.

DId you play in your grandmothers button box?
01/25/2019

DId you play in your grandmothers button box?

Have you ever heard of 'button strings'? In the 1800s young ladies collected buttons from their friends and started a button string. No two buttons were supposed to be alike, the goal was 1000 buttons! You would hope that the 1000th button would be from a boy because he was supposed to marry you! These strings were so long they had to be carried in a special cloth bag. a 36" string is usually 100 buttons.

John Kucko Digital
01/16/2019

John Kucko Digital

History in Peril: The Rochester Historical Society is on life support as it struggles to survive with minimal funds available for its sustainability. Since 1860, the RHS has amassed a collection of various Rochester and WNY artifacts that numbers in the hundreds of thousands. Whether it be a Susan B. Anthony dress (top left), or an old steam locomotive lamp manufactured here in Rochester (bottom right), they have endless documents, photos, books, ornamentals, furniture, scores of items that tell Rochester’s history. With no support from the city, county or state, the RHS is in desperate need of financial help and/or significant space that can be donated to them. They currently occupy a 8,000 square foot space in an old warehouse on Rochester’s west side. They struggle to make their monthly rent and now have just one employee, Bill Keeler, who has loyally served as archivist and librarian there for the last 16 years. He can only work 10 hours a week—there’s not enough money to pay for more hours. If the situation remains on its present course, most of the items here will be split up, sent to historical societies in other parts of the state. Much of it would likely go in storage somewhere in Albany. The Rochester Historical Society needs support in a big way. I stopped by there today and was thoroughly impressed by the collection of Rochester and WNY history. Here’s hoping this icon can be saved. More information can be found here: www.rochesterhistory.org

Another Chili Station postcard circa 1910.  Does anyone have a photo of the Chili Station on the west side of Union Stre...
01/14/2019

Another Chili Station postcard circa 1910. Does anyone have a photo of the Chili Station on the west side of Union Street across from Hibgies Farm Supply?

01/12/2019
Canvas Arts

Saving something this old and beautiful needs to be left to the professionals. We have gifted people in our area that can do this type of work. https://westlakeconservators.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/canalmetals/

How many skills are needed to become a conservator? 😲❤️

Credit: Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration | bfar.com
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A Most Happy New Year to All
12/31/2018

A Most Happy New Year to All

We have a former Chili resident looking for pictures of the old Harold Russell Sunoco Station at Chili Center.  Do you h...
12/26/2018
Vintage SUNOCO GAS STATION Deluxe Mile Teller ROCHESTER | #35100682

We have a former Chili resident looking for pictures of the old Harold Russell Sunoco Station at Chili Center. Do you have any photos you would like to share. Just respond to this post and add your photo. If you can't add your photo and wish to share it please call 889-2596. We did find the following vintage mileage meter from Russels : https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-sunoco-gas-station-deluxe-mile-teller
If you read our page, please click "like" so we can see how many people do like us - thank you.

This listing for a Vintage Sunoco Deluxe Mile Teller. This one was from Harold Russell, Sunoco Station, 3215 Chili Ave., Rochester 24, New York BE 5-9702 . As seen in photos, this is free of writing,

Did you know?
12/24/2018

Did you know?

Did you know? When the United States could no longer import Christmas ornaments from Germany during World War II, Corning converted one of its light bulb manufacturing “ribbon machines” to the full-time production of glass ornaments, churning out 300,000 ornaments a day! For more amazing Corning historical facts, visit our timeline here on FB. Happy Holidays to all from Corning!

12/22/2018
John

John

The first modern house in West Chili was built by D.D. Davis' father Fred. You can see it's the only mansion on Chil Avenue. After D.D. died, it was split into apartments. After that was the Rycraft house at 3720 Chili Avenue (currently only 2nd owner). In the late 50's the Creekview Dr, and Indian Hill. Work on the homes got a Stop Work order when the construction companies found several human remains. The county came out and processed the area and determined that it was likely a family or small tribe of Seneca Indians that lived there. The first house on Indian Hill was at the top, the last red one on the corner. It was built by Mr. Strassman board by board. He died a few years ago in a fire in the same home. He had once told someone that he was going to die there. Strange stuff. West Chili was originally called Buckbees Corners and was a thriving little corner for a time.

UPDATE             Shortly after Chili became a town in the early nineteenth century, Deacon Pitman Wilcox of Chili NY d...
12/16/2018

UPDATE Shortly after Chili became a town in the early nineteenth century, Deacon Pitman Wilcox of Chili NY discovered a peach variety. Initially named "Hill's Chili" the name finally just became Chili and was documented in the 1917 volume of Peaches of New York. UPDATE: In 1897 the U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection created this second painting by Passmore, Deborah Griscom, 1840-1911 Hills Chili. U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705"

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12/12/2018

John

At the Genesee Country Museum

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12/12/2018

John

Vokes Garage on Chili Avenue, the start of the Chili Fire Department.

Wishing everyone a Magical Christmas and Happy New Year
12/08/2018
O Christmas Tree (Personalized & Interactive)

Wishing everyone a Magical Christmas and Happy New Year

[Lyrics] O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches [Message] Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas from [Sender's Name]

Visited today with Robert Pfenninger whose grandfather was Charles Pfenninger who owned Streeters farm.  Bob lives in Fl...
11/19/2018

Visited today with Robert Pfenninger whose grandfather was Charles Pfenninger who owned Streeters farm. Bob lives in Floriday and was in town for Thanksgiving so we gave him a private tour. Bob spent a lot of time at the farm when he was young. He brought a picture taken in Streeters kitchen sometime in the 50's or 60's. From left to right Billy Doty, Virginia Pfenninger Doty (cousin and aunt of Robt Pfenninger), Irene Pfenniger Morgan, Henry (Hank) Pfenninger father of Robert Pfenniger. Virginia, Irene and Henry were children of Charles Pfenninger. One of Bobs memories was of the knotty pine paneling you can see in this photo. We all wish we could go back and find the memories we enjoyed when young, but changes happen and thats why CHS works to document Chili as it changes. Saving local history, photos, stories and objects that tell our story of Chili.

from  Leanne Willard Marshal : " have always wondered what the Eastman Conservation Center on Union St was, i figured it...
11/12/2018
Ashley Doerzbacher on Twitter

from Leanne Willard Marshal : " have always wondered what the Eastman Conservation Center on Union St was, i figured it had something to do with trees😅 apparently its a film conservation center! 🤷🏼‍♀️ in case anyone else has wondered .. . https://twitter.com/AshleyD_News/status/1061947591439630337?s=19 note from: John Spaulding All if the film's in there are extremely volatile because of the material they are made from. This us where glorious masterpieces are kept by the conservators. Highly secured and every aspect if the environment is tightly controlled.

In case you missed the Swains of Ford Farm Market on the news tonight: https://13wham.com/news/local/1000-lb-halloween-p...
10/29/2018
1,000-lb. Halloween pumpkins carved outside Chili home

In case you missed the Swains of Ford Farm Market on the news tonight: https://13wham.com/news/local/1000-lb-halloween-pumpkins-carved-outside-churchville-home

Chili, N. Y. (WHAM) - Each year, Tom and Sharon Swain grow and carve pumpkins outside of their home. Only the pumpkins they grow aren't regular ones. These are 1,000-pound pumpkins - a Great Pumpkin, if you will. "They are called North Atlantic Giants and I've been crossing seeds and trading seeds w...

Currently researching a private purchase.  Scrips were a way of providing money or land for signing on for wars.The Town...
10/23/2018

Currently researching a private purchase. Scrips were a way of providing money or land for signing on for wars.The Town of Chili War Scrip shown here was during the Civil War (1864) and given to Albert H King of North Chili (King Road). https://www.raogk.org/land-records/military-bounty/

Clifton once had its own Post Office but was closed and now residents use Churchville Post Office.  Did you know there i...
10/22/2018

Clifton once had its own Post Office but was closed and now residents use Churchville Post Office. Did you know there is another Clifton NY in the Adirondack area near Cranberry Lake?

Chili Station was located on the west side of Union Street across from Higbies Farm Supply. Aside from passengers, lives...
10/22/2018

Chili Station was located on the west side of Union Street across from Higbies Farm Supply. Aside from passengers, livestock was shipped out and in. This postcard is postmarked Chili Sta. NY

Who Knows about the New York Paste Company Chili NY which made harness paste and hoof paste?  This is a label from their...
10/19/2018

Who Knows about the New York Paste Company Chili NY which made harness paste and hoof paste? This is a label from their product. Looking for cans of this product also.

Copied from an old post:   The History of 'APRONS'I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Gra...
09/18/2018

Copied from an old post: The History of 'APRONS'

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..

And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons.

REMEMBER:

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love

This picture is not labeled - can anyone guess what house this is?
09/11/2018

This picture is not labeled - can anyone guess what house this is?

Bicycling Ensemble | c. 1890s • • • The first acceptable (and in some jurisdictions, legal) bifurcated bottoms for...
09/11/2018

Bicycling Ensemble | c. 1890s • • • The first acceptable (and in some jurisdictions, legal) bifurcated bottoms for women were bicycling trousers. It would be another 40 years before pants became innocuous in women’s wardrobes. •

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