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

            The summer is heating up.  There is much to experience. And many local groups could your assistance and patronage.  Enjoy one of these great programs and let us know of any that your group is sponsoring.





Jun 17:  Town of Gorham Historical Soc. “Barn Event” at 1876 barn of Peter Cornelius, 4054 St. Rt. 245 north of Rushville.  Cornelius will talk about the Stearns Barn and Rich Hoven of Fayette, NY will share his collection of tools used to make early post and beam barns.  Bring a folding chair.  6:30 PM.


Jun 19:  East Bloomfield Historical Soc. Program on the War of 1812 with Jim Altemus, a volunteer at Genesee Country Museum.  7:00 PM.  At 1812 House on Main St., Village of Bloomfield.


Jun 21:  Ontario County Historical Soc. Exhibit, “The Erie Canal:  Where Water Flows Uphill” opens.  10:00 AM-4:30 PM.  Tues-Sat.


Jun 27-Aug 31:  Aviation art exhibit at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Rt. 54.  Just outside village of Hammondsport. Regular hours.  Mon-Sat: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.  Sun:  10:00 AM-5:00 PM.  Admission charged.


Jun 28:  Ontario County Historical Soc. Exhibit, “From Lake Trout to Grape Pie:  Summer Foods of the Finger Lakes” opens.  10:00 AM-4:30 PM.  Tues-Sat.



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

Curtiss June Bug.  At 6:00 PM on the 4th there will be a buffet dinner with guest Tom Crouch, Senior Curator, National Air and Space Museum and Louis Casey, author of Curtiss:  The Hammondsport Era.  On the 5th there will be antique aircraft flyovers, food, music, vendors starting at 11:00 AM RC June Bug flight 2:00 PM.  Corning Community Band concert 6:00PM.  Grounds of Mercury Aircraft and Kolo Airfield.


Jul 13:  Treasure Hunt at East Bloomfield Hist. Soc.  At the Academy Museum, 8 South Ave (opposite Elton Park) in Bloomfield Village.  10:00 AM.  Participants can purchase a treasure map with instructions on how to find clues that will lead one lucky winner to a Treasure.  All ages welcome.  A family or couple can purchase one map to share.  $10.00 per map. Call (585) 657-7244 for more details.


Jul 13:  Pre-1915 Antique Auto Show at Elton Park, East Bloomfield.  All day.  Parade around village 4:00 PM.


Jul 15:  Town of Gorham Historical Soc. Picnic at Heritage Park, Lake-to-Lake Rd to honor Molly Melious for her many years of service at Town of Gorham Historian.  6:30 PM.  Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.  Beverage provided.  All members welcome.


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.


Jul 18-Oct 31:  Ghost Walks in downtown Canandaigua every Friday evening.  7:00 PM.  $10.00.  tours meet at Commons Park on S. Main St.  Sponsored by Ontario County Historical Soc.


Aug 2-3:  Curtiss Classic Motorcycle Rally.  Curtiss was a famous racer at the turn of the 20th Century.  At the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Rt. 54, just outside Hammondsport.  Regular hours.  Mon-Sat: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.  Sun:  10:00 AM-5:00 PM.  Admission charged.


Aug 8-10:  East Bloomfield Historical Soc. “History Days.”  In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Holloway House and the passing of 140 years since the dedication of the Civil War Monument in Elton Park.  Visit www.EBHS1838.org for more information. 


On Friday (Aug. 8) see Michael Krebs, noted Chicago actor and film producer, portray Abraham Lincoln.  Mrs. Lincoln will be portrayed by Debra Ann Miller who has worked with Mr. Krebs for years.  Visit www.EBHS1838 for information and to purchase tickets.  At Bloomfield Central School Performing Arts Center and underwritten by Canandaigua National Bank.


Saturday (Aug. 9) “President Lincoln” will lead a ceremony to rededicate the Civil War monument.  10:00 AM.  Escort of Northern Honor Guard Soldiers.  Fife and Drum Corps.  Civilian women in period dress will sing songs of the era.  Wreath laying by descendants of men listed on the monument. Children can play period games and meet the Lincolns.


Saturday (Aug. 9)  Holloway House Bicentennial Celebration.  Join the Lincolns and other historical figures in celebrating the Holloway House’s 200th Anniversary.  Enjoy a four course dinner with Nathaniel Rochester, Thomas Jeffersonand prominent local figures.  Photographer on hand to take pictures of guests with historical figures.  Guests invited to come inperiod costume.  Horse drawn carriages will take guests on a ride around Elton Park.  Each guest will receive a memento of the celebration.


Sunday (Aug. 10) Join Mrs. Lincoln for tea in an event sponsored by Van Bortel Ford and Subaru.  At Grandma Hattie’s Tea party.  Tasty treats and conversation with the first lady.


Aug 19:  Town of Gorham Historical Soc. Regular meeting.  7:00 PM at the museum at the library in the Village of Gorham.


Aug 30:  Seneca Heritage Day at Middlesex Heritage Group at the Overacker Schoolhouse on Rt. 364.  2:00-4:00 PM.  Ring of Fire bonfire, Bare Hill, 9:00 PM.





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


Joan Ridgeway (Ridgeway5@hotmail.com) is trying to track down some information on her Great Great Grandfather, William C. Johnson's family.   I have found the following from the Biographical Department, 1902 Tuscola County Michigan:
"Johnson, W. C.  Son of John and Lodica Johnson, born April 10, 1828 in Canandgava Township, Ontario County, New York.  His father died in 1833, and soon after Mr. Johnson had to take care of himself.  He went to work by the month faming, and worked in saw mills until he came to Oakland County, Michigan in 1852......"
I also found this marriage from the Ontario Repository dated June 22, 1825:
"In this town, on the 15th inst. Jeffrey Chipman, Esq. Mr. John Johnstone to Miss Lodicy Brown." There is a surrogate record for John Johnson dated 1832 Richmond.  She would like to know if this might be the will of her John Johnson. *


Doreene (Riggs) Hansen

(adh65@yourstarnet.net) is researching the history of the James Lawerence Ludlow Riggs family.  James traveled cross country,
from Stueben Co, NY, to Emmet Co, IA, in 1864.  Family records show that
he was born in Ontario Co.
Any information would be appreciated. *


Barbara M. Bond

(cbbond@worldnet.att.net) has been working on finding the parentage of her
husband's great-great grandfather, James E. Bond, who was born ca. 1810
somewhere in Vermont and settled in Illinois ca. 1840.  Some evidence
indicates that the family migrated to New York State in approx. 1820.
According to the 1850 Federal Census,  Charles Bond and his wife
Morilla/Marilla were living in Victor; his birthplace was recorded as Mass. and hers Conn. *





            Here are some suggestions for late spring and summer reading:


            Purple Mountain Press and Harbor Hill Books have published several books that would make good summer reading or gifts.


            F. Daniel Larkin’s book, New York State Canals:  A Short History provides a sketch of every canal built in the state.  Wherever you go this summer you will be close to an old canal.  Read up on it! 104 pps.  $12.00 in paper cover from Purple Mountain Press.


            Charles Lowe’s book, Trolleys to Glen Haven recounts the heydays of resorts on Irondequoit Bay.  53 pps.  $12.50 in paper cover from Purple Mountain Press.


            A DVD on the construction and homecoming of the seaplane “America” is available from the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport.  Item #452.  $14.95.  35 min.  Order:  Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, 8419 State Rt. 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840.  On the Internet to to www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org.


            The Curtiss Museum also has Finger Lakes—Postcard History, item #029, by Kirk W. House and Charles R. Mitchell.  128 pps.  Paperbound.  $19.99.


            Those doing research may want to look at a style book so they can record their sources for the satisfaction of readers.  There are many.  A new one pubolished in 2007 is Evidence Explained:  Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, by Elizabeth Shown Mills.  885 pps.  Indexed.  Hardcover.  $49.95.  Genealogical Pub. Co.

            A supplement to Mill’s book is Quicksheet:  Citing Online Historical Sources.  Evidence!  Style.  4 pp folded laminated sheet.  Pub. 2007.  $5.95 Also available from Genealogical Pub. Co.




                        Archives Month 2008 will be celebrated across the Rochester region in mid-October.  The tentative theme this year is “Celebrations” in honor of the 30th anniversary of the organization of the New York State Archives in its present form.  The day-long program will be at a central location for participants in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Livingston and Wyoming Counties.  The organizing committee would like to hear from individual and organizations who would like to present their experiences and expertise related to “celebrations.”  What goes into organizing a successful parade?  How do you conceive and carry out a publications program?  What souvenirs are most appreciated?  What is the best way to raise funds?  There are many more such topics!  If you would like to be a presenter, or organize an hour-long workshop contact Dr. Preston Pierce, Ontario County Historian and DHP Regional Archivist at ppierce@rrlc.org.


            Currently there are two state commissions established to promote the study of history as well as tourism connected with the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial and the French and Indian War 250th Anniversary.


            Visit the HFC Quadricentennial website at:


There is a growing list of events, mostly from the Hudson and Lake Champlain Valleys.


            The French and Indian War site is:


The Finger Lakes area and the Niagara Frontier were directly involved in the series of conflicts generally lumped together and known as the French and Indian Wars.




Logo of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission