Nunda Historical Society

Nunda Historical Society Nunda Historical Society Museum & Rose M. Shave Gallery is open 10 am - 12 pm on Tuesdays, 2 - 4 pm on 1st Sundays April through November and by appointment - call 585-465-0971 or 585-490-3302. NOTE: THE NHS BUILDING IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
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View 1854 and 1858 wall maps of Livingston County, exhibits of Nunda artifacts, and our major exhibit telling "The Story of Nunda." Visit the Rose Shave Gallery with 49 paintings by a most talented Nunda artist who worked from about 1875 to 1925. Purchase books on local history, our annual Nunda Historical Society Calendar, Rose Shave or Nunda Town note cards, Rose Shave Prints, or our lovely Nunda Tapestry Afghan.

Mission: The Nunda Historical Society collects, researches, preserves, interprets, and promotes the history, heritage, and culture of that area of western New York in and around the Town of Nunda and educates the public through its collections and programming.

A group of young people enjoy an outing  at Portage Bridge.  According to the label, the group is made up of young peopl...
05/07/2020

A group of young people enjoy an outing at Portage Bridge. According to the label, the group is made up of young people from Brooksgrove and the Ridge along with the proper chaperons. Nearby is the dancing pavilion owned by the Erie Railroad. The popular structure was located in a grove just north of the east end of the bridge.

The label suggests that the picnic took place "about 1920", but it had to be earlier, likely between 1916 and the summer of 1918. We know this because Helen Piper, seen on the far right, died of the Spanish Flu in October 1918.

See http://www.letchworthparkhistory.com/eriestationmap.html for a map showing the location of the dancing pavilion and railroad's park.

Since telephone directories are going the way of phone booths, the Nunda Historical Society is pleased to present as a p...
05/06/2020

Since telephone directories are going the way of phone booths, the Nunda Historical Society is pleased to present as a public service telephone numbers for Dalton and Nunda.

(Perhaps we should mention that they may be somewhat out of date since they come from 1938!)

Alfred “Sod” Caryl, his horse, and wagon (or sleigh) were a common sight in the Village of Nunda for many years.  Here h...
05/05/2020

Alfred “Sod” Caryl, his horse, and wagon (or sleigh) were a common sight in the Village of Nunda for many years. Here he is traveling along State Street on the East side of the village square in the early 1950s

Did you remember Nunda Fun Days back in 1987?  Here are some more photos that Jim Kimball recently share with us that he...
05/04/2020

Did you remember Nunda Fun Days back in 1987? Here are some more photos that Jim Kimball recently share with us that he took on the grounds that year. Scroll down to our April 16th post if you missed the photos of the Saturday Parade!

These local ladies were looking forward to getting out on the golf course in the spring of 1967.  They were fortunate be...
05/03/2020

These local ladies were looking forward to getting out on the golf course in the spring of 1967. They were fortunate because by then Nunda had its own golf course - something that the community had wanted for almost 40 years. To learn more about the early history of golf in Nunda and how a local farmer made the community’s dream come true, go to http://www.nundahistory.org/golf.html

Nunda's well stocked hardware store in 1919!This photograph shows the interior of Mervin J Aylor's hardware store just a...
05/02/2020

Nunda's well stocked hardware store in 1919!
This photograph shows the interior of Mervin J Aylor's hardware store just after World War I. The store was described in 1908 as selling "hardware and coal, paints, gasoline and oils, phonographs, harness and whips" and mentioned that Aylor was also an "egg shipper." The store is now Lloyd's and Lyn's Liquor Store.

This May Day Celebration at the old Dalton School is from a glass plate negative and dates from around 1910. Note the ma...
05/01/2020

This May Day Celebration at the old Dalton School is from a glass plate negative and dates from around 1910. Note the may pole to the right. Looks like everyone is having a grand time on this nice spring day except for the little boy sitting by himself in front of the tree. Special thanks to Jane Schryver for sharing this wonderful image!

Maps can show a lot of changes over time - especially if they are almost two centuries old!   Here is a portion of a map...
05/01/2020

Maps can show a lot of changes over time - especially if they are almost two centuries old! Here is a portion of a map found in the Spafford Gazetteer of the State of New York published in 1824. What has changed in the last 200 years?

NUNDA FINALLY GETS ITS RAILROAD DEPOT, BUT NOT UNTIL IT WAS MOVED
04/30/2020

NUNDA FINALLY GETS ITS RAILROAD DEPOT,
BUT NOT UNTIL IT WAS MOVED

This photograph from our collection was taken in front of the Presbyterian Church around 1930. It appears that some atte...
04/29/2020

This photograph from our collection was taken in front of the Presbyterian Church around 1930. It appears that some attempt has been made to identify the individuals found in the image. Can you help fill in more of the blanks?

We have included closeups of the group and a copy with numbers assigned to each person. Some of people have been identified, but we don't know how accurate the information is. . If you think you can identify anyone, please give the number and the name in the comments. We will add these to the folder where the image is kept. Thank You!

Photos from Nunda Historical Society's post
04/28/2020

Photos from Nunda Historical Society's post

Yesterday's post mentioned the Nunda Methodist Church.  This is an artifact from that church dated 1900.  This brochure ...
04/27/2020

Yesterday's post mentioned the Nunda Methodist Church. This is an artifact from that church dated 1900. This brochure was handed out to members of the YPSCE - the "Young's Peoples Society of Christian Endeavor" that was active in our community for many years. Founded in 1881 in Maine, the group was active in Nunda by 1889 and lasted into the 20th century.

Photos from Nunda Historical Society's post
04/26/2020

Photos from Nunda Historical Society's post

"Look out for the Cars" was the warning travelers were given at railroad crossings in the days before the automatic gate...
04/25/2020

"Look out for the Cars" was the warning travelers were given at railroad crossings in the days before the automatic gates and flashing lights. This photograph, labeled "Tuscarora Main St, Looking North." shows a crossing sign in the early 1900s.

Although Tuscarora is in the town of Mt. Morris, the community has always played a role in Nunda's history. For more Tuscarora photographs, maps and history, please visit http://www.nundahistory.org/MorganTuscaroraintro.html"

These two groups of Nunda students were from very different time periods but had at least one thing in common - they wer...
04/24/2020

These two groups of Nunda students were from very different time periods but had at least one thing in common - they were responsible for publishing their school newspaper. The older photograph shows the staff of THE COMET, Nunda’s first school paper and was probably taken around 1906. The second image of the GAB staff is taken from the 1960 O-Nonda-O yearbook. A history of the GAB is found in our 2020 Historical Calendar.

This stereo view was published by Frank Hewitt, one of Nunda's finest photographers sometime in the 1890s.  We don't kno...
04/23/2020

This stereo view was published by Frank Hewitt, one of Nunda's finest photographers sometime in the 1890s. We don't know who the children are or where it was taken, but it is clear the children and their dollies are enjoying their tea party on the front lawn!

Harry Williams, another artist in the NHS Collection, had a most interesting life.  A number of his paintings were displ...
04/22/2020

Harry Williams, another artist in the NHS Collection, had a most interesting life. A number of his paintings were displayed for years in our building when it was Melvin Tunningly’s Plymouth/Chrysler car dealership and Tom Stamp’s RV Center. These oil paintings were purchased by Bruce & Kathy Knapp and came back home when they generously donated them to the Society in September 2011.

Most of our paintings are of the Genesee River Gorge and we understand this was one of Harry's favorite subjects, often painting the gorge from memory when traveling across the US. We would be most interested in learning about any other Williams paintings in the Nunda area.

This interesting photograph shows one of the blacksmith shops that operated in Dalton more than a century ago.  You will...
04/21/2020

This interesting photograph shows one of the blacksmith shops that operated in Dalton more than a century ago. You will also find it in the "Dalton Historical Cookbook", a wonderful resource published by the United Methodist Women of Dalton's First United Methodist Church in 1982. The caption in the cookbook states that the blacksmith shop was "located on west side of State Street, north of the railroad. Operated by Pierce and Douglas. In addition to shoeing horses, buggies and wagons were repaired here."

Our copy of this image includes names of the individuals in the photo.

Today we feature the story of an item Made in Nunda almost 160 years ago.April 19, 1861 - A telegram arrives in Nunda re...
04/20/2020

Today we feature the story of an item Made in Nunda almost 160 years ago.
April 19, 1861 - A telegram arrives in Nunda requesting that Nunda furnish a company of volunteers for the Civil War.
This Question came up - What can the Ladies Do?
May 4, 1861 - Article in the Nunda News reads as follows: “In reply to our correspondent’s inquiry, we would suggest that a quantity of articles might be manufactured by our ladies for the volunteers. In other places the ladies are making up shirts, men’s drawers, socks &c., which are necessary for soldiers to have. An article on the first page of this number, headed “A Soldier’s Kit,” tells what a soldier should have when called into service. Whatever is done must be attended to soon. It has been suggested by some of the ladies that a suitable flag be gotten up and presented to the volunteer company here”. And that is just what they did!

“What’s for lunch?” Do you remember asking that question when you were back in school?  You probably found the answer on...
04/19/2020

“What’s for lunch?”

Do you remember asking that question when you were back in school? You probably found the answer on the monthly lunch menu your teacher posted on the classroom bulletin board!

Here are two of these school lunch menus recently donated to us by Virginia Roby NiCastle (Class of 1969). Based upon the information she provided and the dates on the calendar, the menus could possibly be from 1961 or more likely 1967. (Given the vacation dates and where Easter fell we believe it to be 1967.)

We have also added a 1967 yearbook photo of the “Lunch Ladies” who prepared these memorable lunches.

Nunda had many grocery stores over the years.  One was the Larkin Grocery that operated on State Street from 1926 to 193...
04/18/2020

Nunda had many grocery stores over the years. One was the Larkin Grocery that operated on State Street from 1926 to 1937. The photo below shows manager Laura Creveling in front of the store around 1930. At that time the grocery was located on the west side of State Street where Dan Essler now has his electrical business. In 1935 it moved across the street to the Livingston Block where Mel's (formerly Pizza Corner) is now located. We have also included a newspaper advertisement the Nunda News in 1932.

The store was part of a chain owned and operated by the Larking Company of Buffalo New York. Founded as a soap company in 1875, the business had become a mail-order giant by World War I. The Company expanded into grocery stores, gasoline stations home craft and department stores in the 1920s. Nunda’s Larkin Store was one of 90 stores in the Company’s eastern division.

Mrs. Creveling retired from the store in 1932. Later managers included Richard Smith and Merville Schuttee. The Larkin Company sold the local store in April 1937 which soon reopened as the Danahy-Faxon Grocery.

We will be featuring Nunda’s other stores in future posts!

Today we look at more art work from Nunda Painter Rose M. Shave.  If you have been following our recent posts, you alrea...
04/17/2020

Today we look at more art work from Nunda Painter Rose M. Shave. If you have been following our recent posts, you already have some information on Rose and have seen a number of her paintings. If you missed the first two posts, please go back a week to catch up. Also, Rose’s biography and the story of the NHS Rose M. Shave Collection have been updated on our website and are available at: http://www.nundahistory.org/shavehistory.html

04/17/2020

Remember the Society if you are using this time at home to de-clutter, sort photos, etc… We like copies of photos from any era: Nunda area buildings, events, school activities, family gatherings, etc…. They may appear in future exhibits/posts for all to remember and enjoy. Please Message us if you have photos or other items for us and Thank You.🤗👏👏

Recently Jim Kimball shared some photos  with us that he took at Nunda Fun Days in 1987.   Here are some taken of Saturd...
04/16/2020

Recently Jim Kimball shared some photos with us that he took at Nunda Fun Days in 1987. Here are some taken of Saturday's parade - we will share some from the carnival grounds in the near future.

This clipping comes from the April 5, 1962 issue of the Nunda News.  The new Little League Field was located near the pr...
04/15/2020

This clipping comes from the April 5, 1962 issue of the Nunda News. The new Little League Field was located near the present site of the Nunda Veterinary Clinic. The field was used until the present Kiwanis Field was dedicated in 1982. If you have any photographs of the Little League ball field, please contact us!

We will come back to Rose Shave, but today we want to introduce you to another early Nunda artist.
04/14/2020

We will come back to Rose Shave, but today we want to introduce you to another early Nunda artist.

Looking up East Street toward the village square in the early 1900s.  The Universalist Church on the right was built in ...
04/13/2020

Looking up East Street toward the village square in the early 1900s.

The Universalist Church on the right was built in 1874 and parts of it still remain. It was last used as an auto parts store.

This photograph was before Bell Memorial Library was built. The house you see beyond the church was moved to make way for the library building.

On the left, behind the trees is the Grace Episcopal Church. It was taken down before 1950. In the distance you can see the old band stand in the square.

This wonderful photograph shows the Dalton Primary students and their teacher in 1925. It was donated to the NHS by the ...
04/13/2020

This wonderful photograph shows the Dalton Primary students and their teacher in 1925. It was donated to the NHS by the Archie Maker Family.

Today we share a photo of the Rose M. Shave Gallery, a photo of Rose, and the result of conservation work on two of Rose...
04/12/2020

Today we share a photo of the Rose M. Shave Gallery, a photo of Rose, and the result of conservation work on two of Rose’s oils in our collection.

Although some now call it the Nunda Police Station, many of us still think of this structure as the  "Village Building"....
04/11/2020

Although some now call it the Nunda Police Station, many of us still think of this structure as the "Village Building". Completed in February 1900, it housed the village offices, fire station, a community hall and a two cell "lock up". The building also boasted a bell tower (visible) and a tower for drying fire hoses on the southeast corner.

Note the small balcony on the front. This was later replaced with one large enough to hold the local band. Eventually that balcony was also taken down and the present one built. (Yes, the wooden lock up cells still exist in the basement and are used for storage!)

Happy Easter from the Nunda Historical Society!   This postcard was published around 1912 by the F.A.Owen Company in nea...
04/11/2020

Happy Easter from the Nunda Historical Society!

This postcard was published around 1912 by the F.A.Owen Company in nearby Dansville NY

These photos were taken on November 12, 1943 at the celebration of the 1st of 4 Army-Navy "E" Production Awards received...
04/10/2020

These photos were taken on November 12, 1943 at the celebration of the 1st of 4 Army-Navy "E" Production Awards received by the Men and Women of the Nunda Foote Company.

A one room district school was once an important part of every rural area.  This 1868 document provides a look at one su...
04/09/2020

A one room district school was once an important part of every rural area. This 1868 document provides a look at one such school - Nunda District #5, better known as the Barkertown School. It includes the names of teachers, district expenditures, head of households with children attending the school and much more. We have also included a portion of the 1872 Town of Nunda map that shows the location of the school.

For more information on Nunda's district schools, please see our 2019 Historical Calendar that is still available at the NHS Building. (You can order one through our website!)

Since you cannot visit the Rose M. Shave Gallery, we are going to bring art work from the Gallery to you.  Rose, a most ...
04/08/2020

Since you cannot visit the Rose M. Shave Gallery, we are going to bring art work from the Gallery to you. Rose, a most talented artist, was a life-long resident of Nunda and we are proud to have 50 original pieces of her work in our Collection. These pieces date from about 1890 to 1921.

The following is from the Rochester Union in December 1889. “An informal art reception was given by Miss Rose M. Shave, principal of Ingham College of Fine Arts, at the college Friday evening. The display of work was remarkable, chiefly for variety, elegance and originality of design.” The article continued with glowing reviews of numerous studies in watercolor and oils, including local landscapes and some from the eastern part of New York. “A woodland scene, ‘The Path Through the Woods,’ was a meritorious piece of work.” describes one of the paintings from our Collection donated by George Toms and featured in this post.

The article continued as follows: “Besides other landscape studies she exhibited a strikingly beautiful and artistic study of roses in watercolors. So natural was the effect that one would almost be tempted to reach forward and pluck the fragrant blossoms.” In 1895 critics ranked Rose third in the United States in Watercolor paintings of flowers. This post features “Pink Roses,” a 1904 watercolor donated to the Society by the Estate of Jane Wagor Mann. For information on Rose please see our website.

At the dawn of the 20th century Nunda boasted several hotels, including the Hotel St. John on Portage Street.  John Hugh...
04/07/2020

At the dawn of the 20th century Nunda boasted several hotels, including the Hotel St. John on Portage Street. John Hughes opened the hotel in 1890 which included a reading room, parlor, dining room and 17 guest rooms. These were, according the Nunda News “lighted throughout by 58 electric lights.” The building was razed around 1940 to make way for a gas station. The 1902 map below shows the location of this “modern” hotel.

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Founded in 1983, the Nunda Historical Society continues to collect, preserve, present, and promote Nunda area history. The Society owns and operates the Nunda Historical Building which includes the Nunda Museum and Rose Shave Gallery. The Museum and Gallery is open on Sundays 2-4 p.m (April to November) or by appointment.

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I am looking for help, these are photos of I believe my Great Grandfather's bank. The photos have "Nunda Bank "written on the back. I inherited the clock shown on top of the vault/safe through my grandmother Harriet Paine. My Grandfather was Delos F Paine of Piper & Paine Manufacturing in Nunda circa 1940's However I think it was his fathers whom had interest in the bank. looking for a time estimate of the bank & photos & any back story. the clock is from the late 1800's & was told it was originally Welcome Paine's but looking for any confirmation
Hello, my mother is of the Thompson family of Dalton. Sometime in the mid 1990s, we were visiting her aunt Tib Smith there and tried to take a short cut, turning by the golf course. We got lost and came across a road with enormous, stately old homes - plantation size with pillars. They were set back from the road a bit, with lots of overgrowth surrounding them and perhaps people were living in them, but they were falling down. We have tried on various occasions on visits back to find them, with no luck. My mother has been looking at topographic maps of the area and thinks they were around Coopersville, on Creek Road or Kendall Road. Can anyone help us pinpoint this location? Are they still there? Are there pictures you could share? And what is the history behind them? After growing up in Washington DC and only visiting family in the area every few years, I recently happened to end up living in Wellsville and my parents are now in Painted Post. I am getting more active in local and family history, and we would love to visit this area again once social distancing is over. I have attached a screenshot of the map where she thought the location might be.
Another photo of the Tuscarora swimming hole.
This is a photo of the "Ole Swimming Hole" in Tuscarora on the Keshequa Creek. People in the photo are numbered. If you can identify anyone, please respond here or send me an email and [email protected] and I will add the name to the photo. Thanks for any information you can pass on.
Tuscarora Main Street showing the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot.
For those happy to see the History of Tuscarora on the Nunda Historical Society let me say that this is not a "one and done" kind of history. This history will continue to grow as I add additional chapters dealing with just about everything I have ever collected on Tuscarora. When I say "I", I mean to say Tom Cook. I write the history at my home in florida in a MS Word format, add photographs, maps, diagrams, news articles etc. and then Tom goes to work, edits the content and then puts everything together to go on the Historical Society website. I could not do this without Tom and others of the Nunda Historical working in the background. Coming soon will be expanded histories of the Grange, Tusky Hotel, School, Church, Cheese Factory and the various stores that have existed in Tuscarora. Did you know that Tuscarora had its own Telephone Company? Bill Sleight allowed my to scan in the Tuscarora Telephone book many years ago. If some are wondering if they have ever met me, if you went to a Tuscarora Reunion years ago and there was a guy talking non-stop, that was either me or Dave Palmer and I am the younger one (by 12 years)! Please keep coming back. There is so much more to come. Doug Morgan
Does anyone have a larger size file of this photograph? My copy is very small and I can't do much with it.
Dalton Soda Bar during WW2.