FootHills Publishing is pleased to announce the release of "Variations on a Theme" by Martha Treichler, a 72 page hand-sewn paperbook with spine - $16.00. This is Martha's third FootHills release. Release date: 4/7/14. Free domestic shipping if ordered by 4/6/14. From the book: Visiting Grandma Supper was over. Grandma bent over her quilt frame under the lamp. The radio rattled on. Grandpa sat in his big chair eyes closed big man bone tired after a long day in his woods and his saw mill. I, big girl of seven, sat on Grandpa’s lap combing his long gray beard, gently divided it in two braided each side tied on a pink ribbon from Grandma’s work basket. The radio rattled on. Grandma chuckled. Grandpa smiled eyes closed. Martha Treichler is a retired teacher of English and French, and a retired Registered Dietitian. She has a BA from Goddard College, and an MALS from Dartmouth College. She and her husband Bill were enthusiastic students of history, and published the Crooked Lake Review, a journal of the history of Upstate New York, from 1988 until Bill's death in 2008. She also writes history articles for the Echoes, the quarterly journal of the Steuben County Historical Society, and has published Stories of Mt. Washington, a history of the hill in Steuben County, N.Y. where she and Bill bought a farm forty years ago. Variations on a Theme is a 72 page hand-sewn paperbook with spine - $16.00.
I have been invited to do a mural presentation at the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society (120 High Street, Newark) on Saturday, March 29 at 2 PM as a part of their Winter Lecture Series. My wife Liz and I just returned from a trip to the South where we visited 2 incredible mural places: Lakeland, GA and Lake Placid, FL. I have prepared my presentation to highlight those places plus I have included murals from Ohio, Sherbrooke (in Quebec), Toronto, New York State (including some along the Seaway Trail, Erie Canalway Corridor, and Wayne County). Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in murals. Gene Bavis Walworth Town Historian & Certified Mural Maniac
The Museum of disABILITY History is happy to announce the Spring It On campaign through the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Spring It On, a 24-hour on-line fundraising event, is designed to raise awareness and funds for not-for profit organizations throughout Western New York with a unique one-day focus. Spring It On will be held on the first day of spring, March 20, from 8 a.m. until 8 a.m. on March 21, 2014.
Individuals can make a one-time, secure, online donation to the museum through a specially designed website at www.springiton.org/museumofdisability. Funds will support educational programs for children and adults that promote the understanding and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities. Program examples include a monthly speaker series that is open to the public and disability etiquette programs where students and members of organizations can understand disability awareness, learn the importance of using person-first language and tips for interacting with individuals who have disabilities. Additionally, a “Disabilities Merit Badge Program” is offered for Boy Scouts with a unique experience and awareness for people with disabilities. Donations accepted at www.springiton.org/museumofdisability.
Mar 1 Naomi Wolcott Wadsworth, wife of James Wadsworth and mother of James S. Wadsworth, dies in Geneseo, at the age of 53. Mar 4 Rochester lawyer Frederick Whittlesley begins serving as the city’s representative to the 22nd and 23rd U.S. Congress. He will resume his practice in 1835. Mar 24 The Bath & Crooked Lake [Keuka Lake] Rail Road is organized, to connect the two upstate localities, capitalized at $20,000. Nothing is ever done. Mar 26 The New York state legislature incorporates the Rochester Canal & Rail Road Company, capitalized at $30,000. to connect the city to Lake Ontario, the route bypassing the falls of the Genesee River. Only the railroad is built, just as far as the steamboat landing. Mar 28 Cornelia Wadsworth, 18-year-old daughter of James and the late Naomi, dies in Geneseo. April Construction begins on New York’s eight-mile-long Crooked Lake Canal, connecting Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. Apr 18 The Cattaraugus County town of Burton (later Allegany) is formed from Great Valley township. ** The Tioga County town of Arlington (later Richford) is formed from Berkshire. Apr 21 The Rochester Savings Bank is incorporated. Apr 23 The Syracuse & Pulaski Turnpike is completed. Apr 25 The Tully & Syracuse Turnpike is completed. Apr 26 Weedsport is incorporated. May 17 Rochester pioneer Colonel Nathaniel Rochester dies after a protracted illness in Monroe County, at the age of 80. May 18 School commissioners in Lafargeville lengthen the school year to one five-month term, running from November 1st to April 1st. June A fire destroys William Campbell's stone mill on the banks of the Genesee River in Rochester. The Aqueduct House is badly damaged. Jul 5 Suffragist and physician Cornelia Agnes Greene is born near Lyons to farmers Jabez and Phila Cooke Greene. Aug 18 De Tocqueville arrives in Niagara Falls after touring to the west. Sep 26 An Anti-Masonic convention in Baltimore nominates William Wirt of Maryland for President and Pennsylvania's Amos Ellmaker for his running mate. Politicians William Seward, Francis Granger, Timothy Childs and Millard Fillmore take part. It's considered the first national political convention. James Wadsworth and son James S. Wadsworth attend as observers. Oct 29 Paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh is born in Lockport, New York. Dec 15 Downtown Buffalo buildings at "Kremlin Corner", owned by William Peabody, are destroyed by fire. State 217 vessels put in at Carthage Landing on the Genesee River, over a third of them Canadian. ** Captain Oliver Teall’s Syracuse water monopoly, unused, reverts back to the village trustees. ** President Trumbull Cary and other officers of Batavia’s Bank of the Genesee occupy a building - begun in 1829 - at the corner of East Main and Bank streets. ** Ezra M. Parsons is elected Sheriff of Monroe County and becomes one of the original trustees of the Rochester Savings Bank. ** Mary Jemison leaves the Genesee Valley along with her daughter Polly and grandson David, and moves to the Buffalo Creek Reservation in Erie County. ** Wellsville, reportedly named after someone named Wells who missed the organization meeting, is settled. ** Charles A. Terry, a friend of James S. Wadsworth, mentions to him that he met a Mary Craig Wharton in Philadelphia. ** Luther Tucker begins publishing the journal "The Genesee Farmer". ** Branchport landowner Lynham Beddoe marries Eleanor Cuyler Cost. ** The Bank of Geneva moves from Pulteney Park to The Bottom, closer to Seneca Lake, as the business district shifts downhill to that area. The Pulteney Park' site becomes the home of the Geneva Women's Club. ** Skaneateles cabinetmaker Spencer Parson builds a house on East Genesee Street, next to the original First Presbyterian Church. ** A religious revival movement sweeps across the central and western part of the state. ** Pittsford’s brick Methodist Church is built on land donated by Ebenezer Sutherland on the western block of Lincoln Avenue. ** Eighty-nine residents of the Town of Aurora subscribe to a fund to build the First Methodist Church, most pledging materials and labor, a small number promising funds. ** English immigrants Richard Reading and his son arrive in the Town of Aurora's West Falls via the Erie Canal, buy 375 acres of woodland and clear them. Their farm will survive into the millennium. ** John Magee, president of the Steuben County Bank, has a home built in Bath. ** A Congregational Church is organized in Le Roy. ** The Niagara County village of Mountain Ridge, near Lewiston, changes its name to Pekin. ** Burgoyne Kemp sells his Olcott lakeside property to Jacob Albright. ** Orchard Park hotel owner Job Taylor is born.
Binghamton Daniel Stevens Dickinson arrives from Goshen, Connecticut, to practice law. ** A local newspaper item offers a one-cent reward for a runaway indentured farming apprentice. Brockport The approximate date a second home - designed by Henry Davis - for Brockport pioneer Hiel Brockway and his family, at Utica and Erie streets, is completed. ** Inventor and future Brockport resident Cyrus McCormick begins work on a reaper. A lack of methods of mass production will prevent him from reaching his goal until his arrival here in the 1840s. ** The Congregational Church completes a new church - begun the year before - on State Street land donated by Jams and Mira Seymour. It will later become a Presbyterian Church. Buffalo The Colored Methodist Society, the city's first African-American congregation is founded. Its church, St. Luke’s AME, will be renamed Durham Memorial AME Zion Church, after its second pastor the Reverend Henry Durham. ** The approximate date Benjamin Rathbun sells the Eagle Tavern and its building to Isaac R. Harrington. Pittsford The brick Methodist Church is built on land donated by Ebenezer Sutherland on the western block of Lincoln Avenue. ** Congregational Church pastor Asa Mahan leaves to become pastor of the Sixth Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. ** Doctor Rufus Reynolds arrives from his 1806 birthplace in Herkimer County. Rochester The new public market opens on the city's west side. The east side's Market Street is renamed Clyde Street. ** Charles J. Hill begins a milling operation in the stone mill on Water Street. ** Loud and Peck's Western Almanack contains a piece arguing against "ardent spirits". Everard Peck begins publishing his Temperance Almanac, devoted to the promotion of temperance. ** Property at 13th South Fitzhugh Street is deeded to the school district. ** Former South Carolinian John Chattin and his New Jersey-born wife Elizabeth buy 55 acres of land in Brighton for $660, to start a farm. ** The three Presbyterian churches sponsor a Charles Grandison Finney religious revival meeting in the city. ** Edward Bush opens an inn and tavern on West Henrietta Road. Much later it will become the Cartwright Inn. Schenectady Printer S. Wilson publishes The Traveller's Pocket Directory and Stranger's Guide; Exhibiting Distances on the Erie Canal and Stage Routes in the State of New York.
The Western New York Genealogical Society is happy to announce the start of the 2014 programming year. In its first meeting of the season, WNYGS will host a two-part lecture by professional genealogist Dennis A. Hogan. This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there. Sincerely, Jennifer Liber Raines WNYGS Programming and Community Outreach Chair _________________________________________________ Researching Your Immigrant Ancestors Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Mason O. Damon Auditorium, Lower Level, Central Branch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York 14203 Cost:Free
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Brief WNYGS Business Meeting
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Searching U.S. Resources for Your Immigrant Ancestors
During the first half of the program, Dennis A. Hogan will discuss strategies and best practices for tracing your immigrant ancestors in American records.
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Short Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Irish Name Variations and Ancestor Records in Ireland
In the second half of the program, Mr. Hogan will help attendees better understand Irish naming variations and identify possible research resources in Ireland.
-------------------------------------------------- About the Speaker: A frequent lecturer, Mr. Hogan is a full-time professional genealogist specializing in research involving New York State and Ireland. He serves as both the Vice-President of the Rochester Genealogical Society and the Coordinator of its Computer Interest Group. Additionally, he is the President and Webmaster of the Town of Gorham Historical Society. --------------------------------------------------