From Rochester in 1829 we move
geographically on to the west. We pass though Batavia, where twenty-year old
Elbridge G. Spaulding is beginning to study law in the office of Fitch &
Dibble. Spaulding will have a successful legal career and become a mayor of
Back north to the canal again -
it had bypassed Batavia - the next stop is the settlement of Lockport.
Actually, make that village of Lockport; incorporation had taken place on March
26th. A local legend regarding the name of the town is fun, even if a grain or
two of salt is advisable. One faction liked the name Lockborough; the other
Lockport. A tavernkeeper named Esek Brown had just returned from Lewiston with
a license for his establishment. The group thirst had been growing all day.
They were let down when some busybody from the Holland Land Company pointed out
the place needed a tavern sign to be in compliance with state law. That did it
! ! Historian Charles A. Kaiser tells us, "Ebenezer Mix arose to the
occasion. He took a door-sill Esek had ready for his bar-room door, wrote on it
with a coal 'Lockport Hotel, by E. Brown,' stuck it between the projecting ends
of the logs of the bar-room, and Lockport Hotel and Lockport village were soon
christened by something like immersion."
With the canal climbing sixty
feet up the side of the Niagara Escarpment, the southern boundary of the
prehistoric Lake Iroquois - larger than Lake Ontario - the double set of locks
divided Lockport into two halves. To prevent confusion, a definition of Upper
Town and Lower Town is in order. As the canal came in from the southwest the
wall of the Niagara Escarpment could be seen ahead. The canal pushed into a
long, narrow,, trench-like cul-de-sac, with tough sedimentary dolomite walls
towering above on both sides. But this height difference had little to do with
the town's neighborhood names; Upper Town is more of a cartographic term,
meaning the half northwest of the canal. And, conversely - Lower Town is the half
to the canal's southeast. The local population had dropped when many of the
laborers moved on, with the upper town losing 400 workers - leaving around 2100
people - and the lower town with about 900.
As rivalry between the two
sections increased there were those that were putting their money on the lower
town. A group of investors from the Albany area informally known as the Albany
Company were pushing the this section. Surveyors began laying out streets, with
Market Street paralleling the canal's southeast side, acting as the nucleus of
this section. At the far eastern end of the street a brick building was erected
that would house the first bank in Niagara County. Located at the corner of
Market and Church streets it can still be seen in the present day (2005). A
block closer to the flights of locks the aforementioned frame Lockport House
hotel was also built in 1829, and until it burned in 1841 was one of the finest
stopping places in the western end of the state. The county's first newspaper,
the Niagara Democrat had begun in Lewiston in 1821 and then moved here to Lockport the
next year. After several transformations it had just now, in 1829, become the
Apparently it maintained enough balance to remain under the same name for
another five years, before the next round of transformations would begin. The
first brick mansions in the neighborhood were also going up now; many would
The Commissioners for building a
New Prison at Sing Sing submit a report to the state legislative committee,
detailing expenditures for 1825 of $24,889.21.
Harvard student James Wadsworth,
of Geneseo, is threatened with expulsion, for illegal dress, for the second
Rochesterville High School opens,
the city's first.
Owego, the county seat of Tioga
County, is incorporated.
The village of Pittsford is
The Onondaga County Town of Clay
is taken off the Town of Cicero.**The Cassadaga Navigation Company is organized,
capitalized at $20,000, to improve Cassadaga Creek. It’s never done.
Lawyer, soldier, businessman
Augustus Sacket, 59, dies suddenly at Albany, en route from his home in
Newburgh to his former property at Sackets Harbor.
Alvah Plumb builds the Chautauqua, the first steamboat on the lake
of the same name.**State
representative David E. Evans resigns to become local agent for the Holland Land
Jacob S. Otto, resident agent of
the Holland Land Company, dies. He will be succeeded by David S. Evans, nephew
of Joseph Ellicott and former accounting clerk at the land office.
Rochesterville banker John T.
Talman, marries Maria Antoinette Livingston, daughter of New York City
architect Henry Gilbert Livingston, in Rochesterville's St. Luke's Church.
The Chautauqua undergoes trials.
New York State officially
abolishes slavery. 10,000 slaves are freed. Resistance is strong in agricultural New
Utrecht (Brooklyn) and other towns where a large part of the farm laborers are
black slaves.**The Chautauqua goes into service, with John T.
Wills as captain.
Onondaga County pioneer,
saltmaker and politician Comfort Tyler dies at his home in Montezuma.
Nevada congressman William M.
Stewart is born in Galen.
The Michigan, with live animals aboard, is
sent over Niagara Falls as a stunt.
James Wadsworth returns to
The date that Joseph Smith says
he unearthed the Book of Mormon, at Hill Cumorah, near Palmyra.
Riga’s schoolhouse opens.
Harvard president John Thornton
Kirkland writes to James Wadsworth's father James advising him that the son is
wasting his time at Harvard and should be removed.
James Wadsworth's father writes
to him, urging to either apologize to Kirkland and reform or return home in
The elder Wadsworth once again
admonishes his son, in a letter, to knuckle down.
The contract on Riga’s
schoolhouse is paid off - $157.50.
The weekly Brockport Free
Press - founded
by Abiathar M. Harris and Thomas H. Hyatt - begins publication.
A tavern is built in
Caledonia.**The Angelica Republicanis revived as the Allegany Republican, with Samuel P. Hull as its
publisher.**W. W. Phelps begins
publishing the Anti-masonic Canandaigua Phoenix. R. Royce soon buys it and
changes the name to the Freeman.**Marine and
missionary Jonathan Goble is born in Wayne.**The steamboat comes to Canandaigua Lake with the
launching of the Lady of the Lake.**The town of
Sennett is taken off of the Cayuga County town of Brutus.**Nehemiah Houghton purchases
the American Hotel boarding house at Avon's sulphur springs.**The Ithaca Journal adds Literary Gazette, and
to its title.**Over the past 30 years
3,879 people have been incarcerated in state prisons. 1,262 have served their
sentences, 3,160 have been pardoned and 25 have escaped. 348 have been moved to
other facilities and 765 have died.**The Owego Academy is founded.**Mehitable Kellogg
Fairbank of Williamstown, Massachusetts, travels by Erie Canal to Lyons, and by
stage to Sodus, to visit her parents Nathaniel and Mehitable Kellogg. She
decides to stay; her husband Stephen and daughter Cordelia arrive soon
afterwards.**A house is built at 81
Genesee Street in Skaneateles, supposedly by lawyer Freeborn Garrison Jewett.**Geneseo's Temple Hill
Academy is incorporated under the name Livingston County High School., the
speculators begin attempts to wrest more land west of Batavia from the
Iroquois.**Over 50,000 acres of reservation
land owned by the Seneca Indians until last year goes on the market.**John Nutt buys 160 acres
one mile west of Branchport, part of the Beddoe Tract. He hires Simon Cole to
build a road past his property into Pulteney.**More steamboats, dubbed the Great White
Fleet, begin servicing Chautauqua Lake.**Farmer-soldier Hiram Allen is born in Burns.**Seventeen-year-old Orson
Fowler leaves Cohocton, walks the 400 miles to Heath, Massachusetts, to study
under the Reverend Moses Miller of the First Congregational Church.**The approximate date
Stephen Baldwin builds a mill on the Erie Canal at Baldwinsville.**A state law is passed
to promote the training of teachers.**Combined revenue from the Erie and Champlain
canals totals $859,058.**The office
of Adjutant General is created; military commissions are no longer issued by
the Secretary of State.**Elija T.
Miller takes over the Scottsville public house owned by James Brown – later the
Oatka Inn - adds a rear section to the building.**Pittsford pioneer, mill owner and school
commisioner Jared Barker dies.**George Washington Millener and others purchase
David Johnson’s dry dock in Port Byron.**Cattaraugus County is surveyed. The future
Town of Lyndonis divided into
four equal parts – Over North; Down on the Flats;West of the Center; Over South – the intersection being
called Lyndon Center. A general store opens in the Center.
Bissell Humphrey, landlord of the
Genesee House, buys the site and erects a new tavern.**The approximate date Libbeus Fish builds a
Businessman Benjamin Rathbun is
elected a village trustee.**The late
Seth Chapin, a member of the Masons, is accused of being implicated in the
murder of William Morgan. Nothing is ever proven.**Use of the harbor doubles.**Peter B. Porter, Reuben
Heacock, and other investors organize the Buffalo Hydraulic Association to
create power from the three-mile canal between Buffalo Creek and Little Buffalo
Creek.**Sylvanus Marvin, owner of
the local franchise for the failing Old Line mail service to Albany, sells to
Auburn inn owner Chauncey H. Coe, who hires Edward L. Stevenson as his local
agent, then returns home.**Chauncey's
brother Bela makes a down payment on the Mansion House.**The Buffalo High School
Association, organized during a meeting at the Eagle Tavern, begins a campaign
to raise funds.
Tavernkeeper James Blanchard builds a hotel in Rutledge, the
first frame public-house in the settlement.**While their parents are away from their cabin,
the children of settler John Towers feed two “black dogs” through the
homestead’s fence. The dogs out to be bear cubs. The cubs and their mother are
later killed by Towers.**Connecticut-born Genesee County resident Nathan Snow arrives. He clears
timber, cuts logs and builds a house in a week’s time.**Settler Job Gardner arrives
from Coxsackie, New York.**Settlers
Freeborn Fairbanks and Alden Childs arrive.
Pioneer Charles Wilbor moves to
The population nears 10,000. .
There are no adult natives. The oldest person born in the village is 16 years
old.**A platform is built over the Genesee River to provide
space for a farmer's market.**The house of
hardware merchant Ebenezer Watts is completed.**The city has eight boat basins on the Erie Canal
- Warehouse, Washington, Fisher's Screw Dock, Fitzhugh's, Ely's, Child's,
Hill's (Johnson's) and Gilbert's.**An African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church is
built at Ford and Spring streets.**The village's first directory is published.**Miller, banker and
speculator James Livingston builds a home in the city's soon-to-be-fashionable
Third Ward.**Abolitionist bookseller
Samuel B. Porter moves here.**Alexander
Street and Pennsylvania Street (now South Union) are completed from the Erie
Canal north to East Avenue. Wadsworth Street (later Howell Street) is laid out
on Wadsworth lands.
FINGER LAKES BOATING MUSEUM BOARD ADDS TWO
DIRECTORS AND ADDS NEW LINE OF CLOTHING IN THE SHIP’S STORE
NY (Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012)
– Vince Scalise, President of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum, announced today
that the Boating Museum Board has added two new Directors.
Lytle of Seneca Falls and Fred Mayer of Hammondsport are the two newest members
of the Boating Museum organization.
Museum also has announced a new line of clothing in the Ship’s Store, which is
available on the Museum’s web site at www.flbm.org.
Lytle’s private practice includes providing management and fundraising
consulting, interim staffing and executive coaching to C-Suite nonprofit
executives and boards.His career includes
staff, volunteer and consulting positions with premier national and
international organizations, which include the National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International,
International Youth Foundation, Apple Computer Market Center (NYC), European
Institute of Business Administration and the Muscular Dystrophy Association-Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.
is a member of the Seneca Yacht Club, Seneca Sailing Academy, the Masons and
the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. Mr. Lytle resides in Seneca Falls with his
wife and daughter. He owns two antique boats – one power and one sail.
Mayer, also known as “Hank the Plank,” has been involved in many aspects of
classic and antique boating since 1988. His expertise is in restoring and
building wooden boats and he is also proficient in maintaining and repairing
has been a member of the Wine Country Classic Boats Chapter of the Antique and
Classic Boat Society since 1988, including acting as Chief Judge and Judge in
various show venues in New York and out of state. He has owned and operated
HankCraft Restoration since 1996.
Mayer has worked on Penn Yan and Thompson boats and recently purchased a Murray
Wright boat that he is looking forward to researching and restoring. He takes a
preservationist approach, always trying to maintain as much of the original
boat as possible. His assessments and restoration are always based on the
safest way to get the boat back in the water.
Mayer has been serving on the Museum’s Collections Committee. “I look forward
to learning more about the local builders and the boats that were produced in this
area,” he said.“The wealth of
knowledge that is available from this group will be priceless.”
The new line of clothing
featured on the newly redesigned website features the Museum’s new logo and
includes a white cap with an embroidered logo, white golf shirts with a collar
and an embroidered logo, ladies tees in a soft yellow color with cropped
sleeves, straight sides and an embroidered logo, men’s tees in a white cotton
blend with a screened logo, and original golf shirts in a cream color.
The Boating Museum has
assembled a collection of more than 115 wooden boats built in the Finger Lakes
over the past 100 years, as well as numerous related artifacts and extensive
reference material. The Collection is still growing as boats are offered on a
regular basis by owners who recognize that the boats will be cared for and
The boating museum is a 501c3
not-for-profit corporation and was chartered by the New York State Department
of Education in 1997 to “research, document, preserve and share the boating
history of the Finger Lakes region.”
Additional information about
the boating museum may be found on its website (www.flbm.org).