Vol. XXV September 2007         Published by the Ontario County Historian *******************************************************************************

            By the time this reaches you Labor Day will have come and gone once again.  The great fall season is upon us.  It always brings a cornucopia of programs.  Send in your fall schedule,    




Jul 7-Dec 29:  "From Steamboat Landing to State Park: Public Access in the Finger Lakes." Exhibit at Geneva Historical Soc., 543 S. Main St., Geneva.  Free.


This exhibit is part of a six-museum collaborative project entitled summer in the Finger Lakes that examines the history of summertime leisure on Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka,
Owasco, and Seneca Lakes.  Each museum is hosting an exhibit that addresses a different aspect of summer in the Finger Lakes. The other five exhibits are: "From Sacred to Stereotype and Back Again: Tourist Presentations of Native Americans in the Finger Lakes" at the Cayuga Museum of History and Art in Auburn; "From Toddler to Teenager: Growing Up on Vacation" at the Chemung Valley History Museum in Elmira; "From Lifeguard to Wine Pourer: Summer Work in the Finger Lakes" at The History Center in Tompkins County in Ithaca; "From Camp to Cottage: Finger Lakes Summer Homes" at The Ontario County Historical Society in Canandaigua; and "From Lake Trout to Grape Pie: Summer Food in the Finger Lakes" at the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society in Penn Yan.


For more information about this exhibit or project, call the Geneva Historical Society office at 315-789-5151 or visit the project website at:


Aug 1-Fall:  Phelps Historical Society “Harvest Food, Festivals and Fun” exhibit at Howe House museum, 66 Main St., Phelps.  Free and all welcome.


Mount Hope Cemetery tours by the Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery.  1133 Mt. Hope Avenue. Rochester, NY 14620. Call (585) 461-3494 for more information or visit the website:  <www.fomh.org>

Free Guided Walking Tours of Mount Hope Cemetery.  May through October.  Saturdays at 1pm; Sundays at 2:00 PM & 2:30 PM.  Tours begin at the north cemetery gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue (opposite Robinson Drive).  Learn about Mount Hope’s historic "residents," interesting geology, art & sculpture, and more.  A free reception with lemonade and cookies follows each tour.

Twilight Tours:  $4/person · Free for members of the Friends of Mount Hope

Four Thursdays: July 12, July 26, August 2, & August 9.  Tours begin at 7pm and last approximately 1-1/2 hrs.  Meet at the north cemetery gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Avenue (opposite Robinson Drive).

A free reception with lemonade and cookies follows each tour.

Special Theme Tours

$4/person · Free for members of the Friends of Mount Hope.  Check tour descriptions for location. Tours last approximately two hours, followed by free lemonade and cookies.

Sep 8-Oct 27:  Ontario County Historical Soc. Exhibit, “Bugatti:  History in Miniature.  A temporary exhibit in conjunction with the American Bugatti Club’s Finger Lakes visit.  Featuring over 100 historic model Bugatti automobiles.

Regular hours.


Sep 9-12:  Landmark Society of WNY tour, “Salem, Massachusetts.”  4 days/3 nights. Motor Coach tour.  $975/person double; $1200/person single.  Call Cheryl Corsi (585) 546-7029 for reservations and information.


Sep 9:  Miniature and Doll House Show and Sale 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Sponsored by Friends of Sonnenberg.  Located at Inn-on-the-Lake, foot of Main St., Canandaigua.


Sep 11:  NYS Archives workshop, "Managing Inactive Records."  Rm. 204, Ontario County Human Resources Bldg.  3019 County Complex Dr. in Hopewell.  Discussion of inactive records storage, basic steps in setting up a facility, ownership of inactive records, equipment, supplies, safety, policies and procedures.  Presented by Gail Fischer, NYS Archives Region 7 Service Officer.  Call (585) 241-2827 to register or contact Gail online at: <www.archives.nysed.gov.>


Sep 11:  Author and reporter Bob Marcotte will speak on Rochester Industries During World War II.   At the Fairport Museum, 18 Perrin Street at 7:30 PM.  The meeting is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served.


Sep 12:  First of four adult history book discussions led by retired FLCC history professor, Henry Maus.  Joint program with Wood Library, Canandaigua.  At the library.  7:00 PM.  Contact OCHS or the Wood Library for more information.  Call (585) 394-4975 for information.


Sept 13:   Geneva Historical Soc. special program, “Competing Interests in the Finger Lakes Watersheds,” a panel discussion.  7:30 PM.  Free.  Geneva Room, Warren Hunting Smith Library, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  Geneva.


Sep 15 at 10:00 AM "Famous Artists."  Meet at the north gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive.

Although Mount Hope's value as a great resource for Rochester history is widely known, few may realize that this beautiful cemetery is an outdoor art gallery as well, and the resting place of many significant artists. Knowledgeable guide Richard Reisem will lead a tour to visit monuments designed by artists such as Claude Bragdon, Fletcher Steele, and Italian sculptor Nicola Cantalamessa-Papotti; and the grave sites of architect James Goold Cutler, landscape painter James Hogarth Dennis, celebrated 19th-century painter Emma Lampert Cooper, and many others Call (585) 461-3494 for more information or visit the website:  <www.fomh.org>.

Sep 15:  Antique Show and Sale at Genesee Country Village and Museum, Mumford.  .  Call (585) 583-6822 or visit the Internet at <www.gcv.org> for information, times and admission fees.

Sep 15:  Ontario County Historical Soc. tour of homes featuring eight outstanding homes in the East Lake Road area along Canandaigua Lake.  Call (585) 394-4975 for more information.  Tickets $25.00 day of event; $22.00 advance sale at OCHS, Canandaigua National Bank, Wegman's stores, Renaissance:  The Goodie II Shop in Canandaigua.

Sep 14-16:  Seaplane Homecoming at Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport.  Visit and see the historic restored seaplane. .  Visit the Internet at: <www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org>.

Sep 18:  Town of Gorham Historical Soc. pot-luck supper at Rushville Congregational Church, Main St., Rushville.  Dinner 6:30 PM.  Bring your own table service, a dish to pass.  Beverage provided.  Program 7:15 PM.  Recognition of eighth grade "Cold War" essay contest.  Deputy Town Historian, Steve Mumby will lead a discussion "From Bomb Shelters to the Berlin Wall."  Bring information to share.  Focus on life in our area during the period.  Co-sponsored by Middlesex Heritage Group.

Sep 18:  Honeoye Area Historical Soc. Meeting with a program by County Historian, Preston Pierce, ”Danger Close:  Ontario County and the War of 1812.” .  At Masonic Hall, W. Lake Rd.  7:30 PM.

Sep 20:  East Bloomfield Historical Soc. Program with Ren Vasiliev, “New York State Place Names.”  7:00 PM.  At the Academy museum on Elton Park in Bloomfield village.

Sep 21-Nov 4:  Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport. Quilt exhibit.  .  Visit the Internet at:<www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org>.

Sep 22:  Geneva Historical Soc. “Celebrate the Harvest” fundraiser.  5:00-7:30 PM.  Admission $30 members; $35 for non-members.  Rose Hill Mansion.  Rt. 96A near Geneva, NY.

Sep 22: 1:30 PM "Geology at Mount Hope:  The Really Ancient History." Meet at the north gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive.  Between 10,000 and 9,000 years before the present time (B.P.), the last ice sheet retreated from our region, altering the landscape as it receded to the north. The melting glacier created the picturesque jumble of hills and glens that distinguish the site of Mount Hope Cemetery today. Join geology professor Bill Chaisson and explore the evidence of Mt. Hope's very ancient natural history.  Call (585) 461-3494 for more information or visit the website:  <www.fomh.org>

Sep 26:  NYS Archives workshop, "Organizing Your Historical Records."  Training Room. Ontario County Safety Training Building, County Rd. 48 in Hopewell.  Review the basics for organizing historical records and making them accessible.  Presented by Gail Fischer, NYS Archives Region 7 Service Officer.  Call (585) 241-2827 to register or contact Gail online at:   <www.archives.nysed.gov.>

Sep 27:  Susan B. Anthony House (Rochester) evening of music with Brandywine Trio.  At Third Presbyterian Church, East Ave. at Meigs St, Rochester. An evening of stunning music by remarkable women composers to benefit SBA House.  7:30 PM.  $12.00/person.  Call (585) 279-7490 for reservations.

Sep 28-29:  Civil War Encampment Weekend, Granger Homestead.  N. Main St.  Canandaigua.  Living history at its finest. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Granger Homestead, 295 N. Main Street, Canandaigua, and Reynolds' Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery. The re-enactors set up camp and live on the grounds during the weekend, offering a hands-on look at Civil War era life.

Over 900 area students from grade 5 through high school will visit the event on Friday, Sept. 28th between 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM.

The public is welcome to visit on Friday afternoon from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM to tour the same stations as the students and to chat with re-enactors (no reservations required).

Saturday's additional attractions include cannon firings, dance, fife and drum demonstrations and cannon drills. New this year, “Miss Hillgrove Etiquette Class”, featuring the fine art of proper flirting, and lady like behavior of the Civil War era. Held in the mansion (advance reservation required) ages 7 and up, Cost: $2.00.

The 1816 Mansion is open for viewing Friday 2:00 - 4:30 PM & Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The Carriage Museum is open Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM,

The Gift Shop will be available during the event.

Admission: $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children ages 5-12, and free for preschoolers.

Call (585)394-1472 to reserve your spot at Miss Hillgrove's class.

Visit our website: <www.grangerhomestead.org>.

Sep 29:  Phelps Community Historical Soc. House and Architectural Building Tour.  Noon-5:00 PM.  Get your ticket and take an insider tour of Phelps.  $12.00 in advance.  $15.00 day of event.

Sep 29:  Great Rochester Innovators:  A Stroll with Mrs. Sibley.  10:30 AM.  Celebrate the work of Georgiana Farr Sibley who used her privileged position to bring local, national and international leaders together in the cause of freedom and brotherhood.  Join "her" on a tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester.  Sponsored by Rochester Museum and Science Center and Friends of Mt. Hope.  Adults $10.00.  Children $5.00.  Start at Gate House, 791 Mt. Hope Ave. Rochester.  Call (585) 697-1942 for reservations.

Oct 6-7:  Cumming Nature Center Timber Sports Demonstration and Competition.  Oct. 6 set-up and demonstration.  10:00 AM-3:00 PM.  Oct. 7 competition.  10:00 AM-5:00 PM.  College woodsman teams from FLCC, Paul Smith's College, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse), SUNY-ESF Ranger School (Wanakena) compete.  Gulick Rd. Naples.

Oct 10:  Second book discussion with Henry Maus.  Sponsored by Ontario Co. Historical Soc. and Wood Library in Canandaigua.  At the library.  Call (585) 394-4975 for information.

Oct 11:  Narrated boat trip around northern half of Canandaigua Lake with Preston Pierce, County Historian.  Call Ontario County Historical Soc, 394-4975, for details and reservations.

Oct 16:  Honeoye Area Historical Soc. Meeting and program by hil Goetzman, “The History of Clark Rix, Member of Co. K in New York 44th Volunteer Cavalry—Civil War.”  7:30.  At the Masonic Temple, West Lake Rd.  Honeoye.

Oct 17:  Ontario County Historical Soc. "R Stuff" program featuring quilts in the museum collection.  At OCHS.  55 N. Main St.  Canandaigua.  7:00 PM.

Oct 18:  Farmington Historical Soc. Meeting at the Town Hall.  1000 Co. Rd. 8.  County Historian, Preston Pierce will present “Danger Close:  Ontario County and the War of 1812.”  7:00 PM.  All welcome.

Oct 18:  East Bloomfield Historical Society program, "Crossing the Greenland Ice Cap,” with Elvind Rynning.  7:00 PM.  At the Academy Museum in Bloomfield village.

Oct.  20:  Mount Hope Cemetery (Rochester) tour.  12:00 PM "Fall Foliage Tour" Meet at the north gatehouse, 791 Mount Hope Ave., opposite Robinson Drive.  Enjoy the variety and beauty of Mt. Hope's trees in autumn with landscape architect Ed Olinger. Call (585) 461-3494 for more information or visit the website:  <www.fomh.org>.

Oct 24:  "Primary Sources in Teaching and Learning" day-long conference at Rochester Public Library, South Ave., Rochester.  Co-sponsored by Local History Div., Rochester Pub. Library and DHP Regional Archivist, Rochester Regional Library Council.

Oct 26-27:  “Mansion Mysteries” at Sonnenberg Gardens and State Historic Park, Canandaigua.  Join Mrs. Thompson at the Grand Ball for President Theodore Roosevelt.  Tickets $20.00/person and include wine or non-alcoholic drinks and food.  Guests welcome to dress for the ball—not mandatory.  Call (585) 394-4922.

Nov 6-Feb 29, 2008:  Glenn Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, Miniatures and Dollhouse Exhibit.  Visit the Internet at <www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org>.

Nov 10:  Ontario County Historical Soc. program on historic sleigh models with Roger Allen.  1:30 PM.  Call (585) 394-4975 for information.

Nov 14:  Third book discussion with Henry Maus.  Sponsored by Ontario Co. Historical Soc. and Wood Library in Canandaigua.  At the library.  Call (585) 394-4975 for information.

Nov 15:  East Bloomfield Historical Soc. annual meeting.  Details to be announced.

Nov 15:  Ontario County Historical Soc. annual meeting.  Details to be announced.

Nov 16:  Ontario County Historical Soc. "Mapping Ontario County" exhibit opens.  At the OCHS museum.  55 N. Main St.  Canandaigua.

Nov 20:  Honeoye Area Historical Soc. Meeting and program by John Champlain, “Local Native American Artifacts.”  At the Masonic Temple building.  West Lake Rd.  Honeoye.  7:30 PM.



            Here is a suggestion for early fall listening. 


            "The Underground Railroad:  Personal Stories," is an hour-long audiotape of historian James O. Horton's inspiring talk of courage, daring, and ingenuity in the escapes from slavery of Farmer Fitzhugh, Henry "Box" Brown, Harriet Tubman, the black sailors and rivermen. Also sections about William Still and Peter Freedman.  $7.95.  from National Council for History Education.  26915 Westwood Rd., B-2, Westlake, OH 44145.




            Anyone having information for those inquiring should contact them directly.  Requests for information are printed for two months.  Those being published for the second time are followed by an "*".


Don Champion

(donchampion_wexco@compuserve.com) is looking for any information concerning Thomas Emmet Champion (born Palmyra, NY August 3, 1825.  His father was Thomas James Champion, who moved from Burlington, NJ, (where he and his family were Quakers), sometime prior to 1825. He eventually became a Minister in the Methodist Church.  Sometime after 1825, but prior to mid-1840's the
family moved to Coldwater, MI. *


Vern Howe (vhowe@cox.net) would like to find any information regarding his ancestors from the Hezekiah Howe family.  his Revolutionary War Pension
Application shows that the family moved sometime between 1810 and 1818 since it was first filed on May 16th, 1818 at a court of common pleas in Genesee County.  Hezekiah shows up in 1800 in Northfield
and subsequently in 1810 in Boyle. Hezekiah Howe's statement in the application states: "I have been much debilitated these several years and frequently unable to attend to business and when I removed from Ontario County to where I now reside (Bennington twp), the guardians of the poor in that county
paid the expense of my removal.  My family consists of eight persons
exclusive of myself viz, my wife Susannah Howe aged forty years of a
slender and full constitution, my son Israel Howe aged eighteen years, daughter Betsey Howe, aged sixteen years, son Luther Howe aged fourteen years, son Oliver Howe aged twelve years, son Nathan Howe aged ten."  *


Wayne Tyson (landrest@cox.net) is hoping to find Samuel Stiles' descendents or those of his closest relatives and acquaintances.  In this connection, I am also looking for related materials, such as photographs, paintings, public records and other biographical materials relating to Samuel Stiles as well as information regarding the New York Central railroad of the period.  He has not found him in Civil War records. He will be grateful for any assistance or suggestions. *




            A second reminder:       Underground RR Conf.  Frederick Douglass International Underground Railroad Conference and Freedom Festival to be Held in Rochester September 28-30 Leadership of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and the Rochester/Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission in Rochester, New York have announced the program and speakers for the Frederick Douglass International Underground Railroad Conference and Freedom Festival to be held in Rochester, NY September 28-30.

            More than 35 nationally-recognized authorities on the Underground Railroad
will convene in Rochester to bring to life one of America's most remarkable
stories, illuminating compelling accounts of courageous people and historic places. Integrated with the conference will be a Freedom Festival, a series of events that will provide an opportunity for the general public to celebrate this heritage.

            Keynote Events: Juan Williams, Opening Keynote, Friday September 28. One of America's leading political writers and thinkers, he is the senior
correspondent for NPR, a political analyst for Fox Television, and a regular
panelist for Fox News Sunday. In addition to prize-winning columns and editorial writing for The Washington Post, he has also authored six books. 'Darryl Van Leer, My Life in Bondage, Friday


            Darryl Van Leer, September 28:  Award-winning actor, performer of Power on Earth. The versatile performer began his television-acting career by working regularly on Black Entertainment Network's Bobby Jones Gospel Show as a background vocalist, writer and photographer. Today, he enjoys a successful and varied career in
film and TV as a featured performer.


            Bernice Johnson Reagon, Keynote Saturday September 29, 2007:  The major cultural voice for freedom and justice; singing, teaching--speaking out against racism and organized inequities of all kinds. She is Professor Emerita of History at American University, Curator Emerita at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

            For a complete schedule, to read more about speakers and to register online
visit www.workforcediversitynetwork.com. The Full Conference fee including
all keynotes and choice of concurrent sessions is $150 (save $25 by
registering on or before August 31.) Tickets for keynote events may also be
purchased separately: $40 for Juan Williams luncheon ($350 for tables of
10), $25 for Bernice Johnson Reagon's talk, and $35 for Darryl Van Leer's
performance and reception.

            For more information visit the Web site or call 585-256-4642.


            The Granger Homestead Festival of Trees committee is seeking entries for the annual event. They are seeking holiday theme trees, full size and table top as well as decorative item entries for the annual holiday event mid-November to early December in the historic Granger Homestead mansion at 295 N. Main, Canandaigua.  This is an excellent opportunity to highlight your organization, business or group with a display at the Festival that draws more than 2500 visitors each year. There is no entry fee and entries may win one of three $50 “Best in Show” awards. Call 585 394-1472 entry form and details.





West Avenue from Arsenal Hill:  This photo from the collection of the Ontario County Historical Society shows West Ave., Canandaigua, as it looked about 1900.  No trees all the way to the brook and cemetery areas.  A major road construction project in 1911 produced the upper part of the street now used.