The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History: Friends, We would like to invite you to the opening of a retrospective exhibition: “A Guide to Nature” The Art of Arthur Singer with Alan Singer
This exhibition comprises 70 works of art that cover a long career dedicated to art, education and conservation. Our opening is this coming week, on Friday, August 31, 2012 from 5pm to 8 pm. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is located at 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY 14701
The August meeting will be a visit to the Greyton H. Taylor Wine and Grape Museum at Bully Hill Winery, located on Sanford Road north of Hammondsport, on Saturday, August 18. Thank you to Emerson Klees for making these arrangements.
You should plan to arrive by 10:15. We will tour the museum from 10:30 until 11:30. Lunch will be on the terrace of the Bully Hill Restaurant at 11:30. After lunch there will be a wine tour and wine tasting for those who are interested. An alternative to the wine tour and tasting is a tour of the Chateau Frank champagne cellars at 9683 Middle Road, down the road from the Dr. Frank winery. This tour is in the basement and it is not handicapped accessible. There are signs along the road to direct you from Bully Hill to Dr. Frank's winery.
The attached sheet provides information and directions to Bully Hill from Hammondsport. Mapquest suggests that the most direct route to Hammondsport from the Rochester area is via I-390 to Exit 38 for Bath. Follow Route 54 to Hammondsport, then follow the directions on the attachment.
If you plan to attend, please let me know by emaill or by phone, (585) 473-0404, by August 15 so that we may advise the restaurant of how many people to expect. I hope to see you there!
New York State merchant Jeremiah Van Rensselaer
dies in Canandaigua at
the age of 57.
A Rochesterville village census shows a population
of 4,274. Another source sets the number at 5,273,
The Allegany County town of Bolivar is formed out
of Friendship. ** The Wayne County town of
Arcadia is formed from Lyons. Its central village, Newark, is made from
Lockville and Miller's Basin.
The Auburn Company, incorporated to provide
insurance, is capitalized at $150,000, in Auburn.
A dinner is given at New York's City Hotel to
celebrate South America's independence from Spain.
Orleans County annexes the Genesee County Town of
Joshua Forman helps incorporate Syracuse as a
village in the Onondaga County town of Salina, with himself as president.
The Wayne County Town of Winchester is
New York authorizes construction of a connection
between the Erie Canal and
Cayuga Lake. A free bridge will be built later in
the year over the northern end of
Cayuga Lake, replacing the wooden toll structure
linking Bridgeport and Cayuga villages.
Batavia newspaper owner Oran Follett moves to
Buffalo, leaving his younger brother Frederick as publisher of the Spirit of
the Times. ** Bricklayer William Morgan
is made a Royal Arch Mason, in Le Roy.
Lafayette visits Geneva, lunches at the new
Franklin Hotel. Mendon Revolutionary War veterans headed by Timothy Barnard,
who had known the marquis during the war, are on hand to greet his coach in
Mendon. He reportedly speaks before Pittsford’s Phoenix Hotel.
Lafayette visits Buffalo, arriving from Dunkirk on
the steam brig Superior. The
general is reunited with Seneca Chief Red Jacket. He's also taken to view
Niagara Falls, before heading for Rochesterville.
Brothers Nelson, Israel and Isaac Thayer are
publicly hanged in Buffalo for murdering lake sailor John Love in nearby North
Boston. Sheriff Wray F. Littleton and the local militia accompany the condemned
from jail to the gibbet in front of the courthouse. Among the spectators is
Israel Thayer, Sr., father of the three, being held as an accessory.
Charlotte Moore Rathbun, second wife of
businessman Moses Rathbun, dies in Batavia, in her mid-forties.
Rochesterville's St. Luke's Episcopal Church holds
its first services today, using the city's first church organ. The church is
built on South Fitzhugh Street land recently donated by Nathaniel Rochester.
Genesee Valley pioneer David Piffard marries Ann
Matilda Haight, daughter of a New York City merchant at the Reformed Dutch
Church in Manhattan.
Geneva lawyer Charles Butler marries Eliza A.
Ogden of Walton. They will buy water lot 21 this year.
Moses Rathbun is married for the third time, to
32-year-old Buffalo widow Roxanna Bates.
De Witt Clinton's party leaves Albany on the Erie
Clinton's party arrives in Buffalo. ** The first Erie Canal boats
leave Buffalo - destination New York City.
Clinton officially opens the 83-lock Erie Canal
and departs from Buffalo aboard the Seneca Chief. A series of 32-pounder cannon from Perry’s
victory on Lake Erie, spaced along the entire route fire in relay. The message
running from Buffalo to New York, takes an hour and twenty minutes to arrive
and then is repeated in reverse. The Seneca Chief, heading
to Black Rock, is nearly wrecked when part of the towpath gives way. A
ball at the Eagle Hotel ends the day's festivities.
Clinton's party is welcomed in Rochesterville.
Local dignitaries join the flotilla aboard the canal boat The Young Lion of
the West. The city throws a grand
ball this evening.
The Clinton flotilla reaches Albany.
The flotilla reaches New York City.
De Witt Clinton, aboard the warship Washington, performs the Wedding of the Waters ceremony, off
Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
The original flotilla returns to Buffalo.
Palmer Cleveland is appointed postmaster of
Deerfield, Michigan, mill owner Nelson Higbee is
born in Broome County, New York.
U.S. teetotaler and grape juice pioneer Thomas
Bramwell Welch is born in Glastonbury, England, to Abraham and Mary Fussel
Gypsum is discovered in Oakfield. ** Proprietors of the
settlement of Dunkirk sell half their interest to Fredonia entrepreneur Walter
Smith ** Syracuse pioneer Ephraim
Webster dies in Tuscarora at the age of 72. ** Black Rock's 6500-foot-long Bird Island Pier
into the Niagara River is completed. Winter storms severely damage the
harbor. ** Brockport novelist
Mary Jane Holmes is born in Massachusetts. **
Le Roy's Eagle Hotel opens.
Buffalo – 2,412; Batavia - 3,352 ; Lockport - 2500 Mendon - 1,922. ** A house is built on
Perry Avenue in Warsaw. It will be home to Deacon Seth Gates and his
abolitionist son congressman Seth M. Gates, and will become the headquarters of
the Warsaw Historical Society.
** James Seymour, the
first (appointed) sheriff of Monroe County, is elected to succeed outgoing
Sheriff John T. Patterson.
Courthouse/Jail is built.
** This year
state ports clear 259,525 tons of domestic goods and 20,655 tons of foreign
goods. ** Massachusetts radical
Daniel Shays dies on a farm in Sparta, all but forgotten. ** A new Ontario County Court
House is built in Canandaigua. ** Publisher Horatio Gates Spafford brings out a
second edition of his gazetteer of the state, after a lengthy period spent
writing to postmasters and town officials, traveling across the state and
hiring assistants to cover areas he was unable to. He also publishes The New
York Pocket Book, brought out by William S. Parker of Troy. ** The schooner Mink replaces Chautauqua Lake’s horse-boat passenger
scow. ** A U. S. Post Office
is opened at Bliven's Corners and its name changed to North Cohocton. ** Cornelius Treat buys land
at Cheese Factory and West Bloomfield roads in Mendon, names it Treat's
Corners. ** Physicist Joseph Henry
assists on a survey to build a Great State Road across the southern tier. The
project is never realized.
line partner Chauncey Coe leaves Buffalo to live in Canandaigua; his partner
and brother Bela D. Coe arrives in Buffalo from Canandaigua, bringing employees
Isaac T. Hathaway and Edward L. Stevenson. Bela and his wife buy a Main Street
house near the Eagle Tavern from merchant Ebenezer Walton. ** A parcel of land northwest
of Keuka Lake - the Beddoe Tract- goes on the market for farm land. About this
time John Beddoe moves his family west across the west branch of Keuka
Lake. ** The approximate date
William Stowe opens an insurance
office in Clyde.
approximate date a red schoolhouse is built in Avon. ** The Cataract House hotel at Niagara Falls
opens. ** Auburn Academy in the
Military Tract at Homer (Onondaga County, later Cayuga County) is given Lot 88
of Township 28; Ithaca Academy (Onondaga County, later Tompkins County) is
given Lot 24 of Township 22.
** The Lake
House inn in Skaneateles is completed. ** Monroe County lawyer Daniel Dewey Barnard
becomes county prosecuting attorney. ** James Tanner completes a state-ordered survey of
the Niagara River islands, having taken over the job from Silas D. Kellogg,
Massachusetts, farmer Barnabus Curtis arrives in the Rochester area and
purchases a 50 acre farm at Allyns (Allens) Creek settlement. ** Marshield Parsons arrives
in the Allens Creek area of Monroe County from Massachusetts to join his
brother Ezra and work with him in the wool business.
John Scott conducts the city's first freight
forwarding business out of the Old Red Warehouse, on the waterfront. ** Thaddeus Joy and George B.
Webster form the shipping company Joy & Webster, building a warehouse on
the east side of Commercial Slip. ** 359 vessels use the port. ** The approximate date
Benjamin Rathbun, his brother Lyman, and his father Moses set up Lyman Rathbun
& Company, a retail operation, at an office close to Benjamin's Eagle
Hotel. ** 146,805 men are currently
enrolled in the state militia.
Peter Blanchard dies, the fourth adult death in
the town. ** Charles McGlashen arrives,
joining his brothers Robert and James here. Windsor, Vermont, native Henry L.
Gardner and Elias Carpenter of
Onondaga County, New York, also settle here.
Combined revenue from the Erie and Chanplain
canals totals $500,000.
** The Seneca
Lock Navigation Company petitions the New York State legislature to purchase
the canal. The state will do so. ** Cadwallader Colden's Memoir, Prepared
at the Request of a Committee of the Common Council of the City of New York and
Presented to the Mayor of the City, at the Celebration of the Completion of the
New York Canals. ** Seventeen canal
surveys, authorized by the omnibus canal bill, are performed throughout the
state. ** The state's canals bring in
$566,279 in revenue, carrying 218,00 tons of goods. ** Engineer James Geddes surveys the route for a
Chemung, to connect the Southern Tier, at Elmira, with the Erie Canal via
John Rutherford's Facts and observations in
relation to the origin and completion of the Erie canal, is published by N. B. Holmes in New York
City. ** After citizens of Oswego
lobby to have an Oswego River branch built, the state authorizes $160,000 to
construct the Oswego Canal.
** The poem
"The Meeting of the Waters of the Hudson and Erie" is published, to
the folk tune of "Old Head of Dennis". ** The Kennedy-Hatch agreement allows the state to
receive $200 a year for use by industry of surplus water in a spillway at
Lockport. ** Two entrepreneurs buy
the remains of Silver Creek's
giant tree, take it on a tour via the Erie Canal. ** The cost of the newly-completed canal -
A Federal-style home is built at 543 South Main
Street in Geneva.
Park, the town square, is conveyed to the village. ** Hobart and William Smith academy is chartered as
a college. ** The Franklin Hotel opens
down by Seneca Lake, at the corner of Water (later Exchange) and Seneca
The courthouse/jail is built. ** Artist George Catlin
sketches work on the Erie Canal deep cut.
The Marquis de Lafayette visits the city and is
entertained at the Mansion House (Christopher's Tavern). ** Construction begins on a house for hardware
merchant Ebenezer Watts.
Johnson, Josiah Bissell and others found the Rochesterville Canal and Railway
Company. ** William Fitzhugh and
Charles Carroll file a quit claim for Mason (Front) Street, with lawyer John
Mastick, to facilitate the construction of a retaining wall along the Genesee
River. The street is moved to the west. **
Merchant A. V. T. Leavitt becomes a silent partner in Leavitt &
Hill, while his partner Charles J. Hill takes over the business. ** Shoemaker Jesse Hatch
visits Brown's Custom Mill at Frankfort to have his grist milled, views the
river and the falls.
** Area farmer, judge
and Civil War officer William Henry Benjamin is born. ** The Reverend F. H. Cuming, rector of St. Luke's
Church, preaches the sermon "The Church Perfect and Entire". The
sermon will be printed this year in Canandaigua.