Vol. XXVI April 2008                    Published by the Ontario County Historian *******************************************************************************

            Welcome to the first "e-issue" of this 25-year-old publication.  The spring and summer seasons arecoming on fast!  Enjoy one of these great programs and let us know of any that your group is sponsoring.





Mar 4-May 2:  "Road to Freedom" exhibit at Howe House, 66 Main St., Phelps.  Learn about abolition, the Underground RR and the Civil War.  10:00 AM-4:00 PM Tues.-Fri.


Mar 7-May 4:  Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport.  Civil War Exhibit during normal museum hours.  Call (607) 569-2160.


Mar 30-May 25:  Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport.  Finger Lakes Boating Museum Exhibit during normal museum hours.  Call (607) 569-2160.


Apr 15:  Honeoye Area Historical Soc. meeting at the Masonic Temple on W. Lake Rd., Honeoye.  7:30 PM.  Program by art conservator, Fred Jordan, "Caring for Art Work and Things Around the House.


Apr 15:  Clifton Springs Historical Soc. meeting at public library in Clifton Springs.  7:00 PM.  Dr. Less Moore will present a


program on the life, work and mission of Henry Foster, MD founder of Clifton Springs Hospital.


Apr 15:  Regularly scheduled meeting of the Town of Gorham Historical Soc. at the Museum in Gorham village.  7:00 PM.


Apr 18:  Phelps Historical Soc.  “Civil War—Our Boys in Blue” program with


Don Tiffany (Town Historian); Rand Darrow and Jim Taylor.  AT the Howe House museum on Main St.  9:00-11:30 AM.


Apr 19:  "Rods, Links and Chains."  A day-long seminar on the sale, survey and mapping of early western New York State.  Sponsored by the Ontario County Historical Soc.  9:00 AM-4:00 PM at the OCHS Museum, 55 N. Main St., Canandaigua.  $25.00 fee with lunch provided.  Speakers include Patrick Weissend (Dr. of Holland Land Office museum); John Marks (Geneva Hist. Soc.); Bernard Schmieder (surveyer and collector of surveying instruments); Lynne Belluscio (Dr. of LeRoy Hist. Soc.).  Call (585) 394-4975 for reservations.


Apr 23:  Geneva Historical Soc. program on"Native Americans in the Finger Lakes in the 17th and 18th Centuries," by Michael Galban of Ganandagan State Historic Site.  7:30 PM.  At the Society.  543 S. Main St., Geneva.  Open to the public.


Apr 26:  Regional Preservation Conference sponsored by the Landmark Society of Western NY.  At the 1st Congregational Church and the Ontario Co. Hist. Soc. in Canandaigua.  The facilities are directly opposite each other on N. Main St.  Topics for sessions include Main St. Rivitalization:  Making Upper Floors Work; Training for members of local Preservation Boards and Commissions; How to Write a National Register Nomination;  Local Preservation Planning; and Historic Buildings and Homes:  Their Care and Repair.  8:00 AM-5:00 PM.  Contact Cynthia Howk at <CHowk@landmarksociety.org> for details and registration.


Apr 28:  Annual Pot Luck Dinner with Phelps Community Historical Society.  6:30 PM at the American Legion Hall.  Rt. 96.  Phelps.  Bring a favorite dish and table service.  Free and open to all.


May 6:  Geneva Historical Soc.  Annual Luncheon of the Women's Council.  12:00 Noon at Belhurst Castle.  Call (315) 789-5151.


May 7:  Granger Homestead Soc.  Women’s Council Spring Luncheon.  At the Homestead.  Catered by “A Touch of Class.” Regis.  11:30 followed at Noon by luncheon and program by Michelle Hamm, the spice lady.  Call (585) 394-1472.

May 10:  Schuyler County Historical Soc. will host a Victorian Tea.  11:30 AM-1:30 PM.  $12.00 per person.  Call (507) 535-9741.


May 10:  Mother's Day Tea at Howe House (Phelps Historical Soc.).  $7.00 for girls (ages 5-11) and $10.00 for women/girls (age 12 and over).  Limit is 30 guests at each serving time.  Call PCHS by calling (315) 548-4940.  66 Main St. Phelps.


May 20:  Honeoye Area Historical Soc. meeting with program by Sy Lloyd, “Have Bones Will Travel—an Osteological Presentation.”  Also Annual Meeting, Potluck Dinner and Silent Auction. 6:30 PM dinner; 7:30 PM. Program.  At the Masonic Temple on W. Lake Rd., Honeoye.


May 24:  Granger Homestead Soc. “Plain and Fancy” 6th Annual Spring Lawn Sale.  9:00 AM-3:00 PM.  Bake sale, antiques and collectibles.  Spaces for rent $20.00  Call (585) 394-1472 for information on spaces.  More donations needed.


May 27:  Geneva Historical Soc. Annual Meeting.  Program "Where No One's Been Before:  Underwater Exploration in Seneca Lake," by Milton Shares.  Call (315) 289-5151 for reservations.


Jun 5-6:  Sluphur Springs Festival in Clifton Springs.  Street dance Friday night.  Parade at 6:00 PM Saturday.


Jun 14:   Tour of Homes.  Geneva Historical Soc.  Colleges of the Seneca:  A Walking Tour of Hobart and William Smith Buildings, Gardens, and Homes.  Call (315) 289-5151.


Jul 4-5:  Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport.  Centennial of flight of Curtiss June Bug.

Jul 16:  Skaneateles Mail Boat cruise with Granger Homestead Soc.  Bus leaves Canandaigua 8:15 AM.  Return 4:30 PM.  $60.00 payable to Women’s Council.  Call (585) 394-1472 for information.





Questions which end with an asterisk (*) have been published a second time.  Readers with information are encouraged to make personal contacts.


Joyce Jedicka (<campsite2@visn.net>) would like to find a copy of her father's birth certificate. He was Richard Sidney Seager, born in Flint in 1928 to Edward Seager (1905-~1933) and Mildred Jane (Cooper) Seager. Edward was the son of
Sidney J. Seager (1880-?) and Elizabeth May (maiden name not known). Her father died in 1979.


Richard Felshaw (211 Warrior Way, Matamora, IL 61548) is attempting to piece together the Menter/Mentor family.  It appears that between 1800 and 1810 four Menter brothers (George H; Reuben; Robert; Elijah) settled in Gorham and Seneca.  Some descendants remained in the area after 1820.


Audrey Myers (13699 95th Pl. N, Maple Grove, MN 55369) is in the process of collecting family history and would like to obtain information on Orlando G. Brown (1833-Dec. 4, 1888) and Jesse Brown (b. 1783 in CT).  The Browns appear in the Canadice census in 1850 with father Jesse.  Jesse also appears in the Springwater census for 1820 and 1830.

Melinda Powell King (3401 Fawn Hill Ct., Evansville, IN 47711

<milindajking@gmail.com>) is

 researching her family and trying to document the birth of her great-great-grandfather, Calvin Powell who was born Jun. 30, 1815  in Livonia, NY.  His parents were Calvin Powell and Clarissa Richardson Powell.  Calvin's grandparents, Calvin Powell and Speedy Davis Powell were buried in Livonia in 1839 and 1828 respectively.  She needs a birth or baptismal record.*





            Here are some suggestions for spring reading:


            In 2006, the Univ. of Arizona Press published The Antiquities Act:  A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation.  A collection of essays by prominent people in the historic preservation field, the editors of the book are David Harmon, Francis P. McManamon, and David T. Pitcaithley.  A very readable book it reviews the various accomplishments made under the 1906 law that created our National Monuments and laid the basis for the National Register.  326 pps.  $19.95 paperback.


            Another anthology is Medicating Modern America:  Prescription Drugs in History, edited by Andrea Tone and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins.  Published by NY Univ. Press in 2007, this a collection eight essays on the significant drugs introduced since World War II.  262 pps.  $22.00 paperback.


            Paving the Way:  New York Road Building and the American State, 1880-1956, by Michael R. Fein focuses on road building in the Empire State from the beginnings of the Good Roads Movement to the dawn of the age of Interstates.  Univ. Press of Kansas.  316 pps.  $39.95 hardbound.




            The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced the listing of the following property on the National Register of Historic Places:


            Farmers' and Merchants' Bank

            (Geneva Savings Bank)

            24-26 Linden St.