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    • Shadigee Was Once Home to Shipping Pier 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 1/1/2018)
      In 1989, an Urban Development Corporation grant was used to install fifteen historic markers in towns and villages throughout Orleans County. This sign marks the location where a 275-foot-long pier was constructed in 1850 ...
    • Free Methodist Denomination Started in Albion 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 1/13/2018)
      The history of the Albion Free Methodist Church dates back to the tenure of Rev. Benjamin Titus Roberts, who arrived at Albion in 1855. The United Methodist congregation was the second-largest in the Genesee Conference ...
    • Yates Man Employed with Panama Canal Project 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 1/14/2017)
      Fernando Wickham, a veteran of the 8th New York Heavy Artillery, found employment with the U.S. Government as an inspector of Lake Ontario shores before traveling to Colon, Panama as a superintendent on the Panama Canal ...
    • Clarendon's Settlement, a Fortunate Stroke of Serendipity 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 1/20/2018)
      The story of Clarendon's foundation occurred by happenchance after the unfortunate escape of Isaac Farwell's horse around 1810. Eldredge Farwell followed the animal's trail along the bank of Sandy Creek, eventually stumbling ...
    • The Origins of Platt Street 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 1/21/2017)
      Platt Street, named for Albion businessman and entrepreneur Elizur Platt, started as Canal Street. His lasting impact on the area came in the form of the Orleans House, a large hotel constructed on the corner of Canal and ...
    • Early Calls for Abolitionist Lectures Fell on Deaf Ears in Orleans County 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 1/27/2018)
      Frederick Douglass frequently passed through Orleans County, offering lectures on the abolitionist cause in places such as Medina and Albion; his notoriety attracted large crowds from across the county. When other ...
    • Furniture Stores Served Multiple Roles a Century Ago 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 1/28/2017)
      Early furniture dealers doubled as undertakers who assisted families in preparing the home for wakes. Marhlon Stevens of Kendall operated one of these businesses before partnering with McNall & McNall Funeral Home.
    • Medina's Empire Couch Company 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 1/7/2017)
      A prosperous business venture at Medina, New York went south in 1931 when the Central Bank of Medina closed its doors due to the declining bond market.
    • Hulberton Lift Bridge Was Site of Many Mishaps 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 10/14/2017)
      One of seven lift bridges located along the Erie Canal in Orleans County, the Warren pony truss vertical lift bridge at Hulberton was constructed over 100 years ago. During the life of the bridge, the location was the site ...
    • Setting the Record Straight: William Stafford's Spiteful Sale of the Proctor Homestead 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 10/21/2017)
      The trial of George Wilson, accused of murdering his wife Alice in 1887, remains one of the most infamous stories in Orleans County. His trial and execution is a tale filled with speculation and accusation, while the later ...
    • Jeweler Helped Start Cycling Club, Rotary in Albion 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 10/28/2017)
      As a charter member of the Albion Rotary Club and a member of the Masons Damascus Temple, John D. Daniels was a respected businessman in Albion.
    • From Humble Beginnings, Proctor Became Respected Businessman and Politician 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 10/7/2017)
      The son of Gershom and Emily Holland Proctor, John Newton Proctor entered the employment of William Gere after attending the Gaines Academy. Marrying Frances Orcelia Gere, the daughter of his business associate, Proctor ...
    • Orleans County Defeated Suffrage Amendment in 1917 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 11/11/2017)
      Although Susan B. Anthony and other supporters of women's suffrage were active throughout Orleans County, but despite the activism throughout the area the vote to extend suffrage was defeated. Albion would later become one ...
    • Orleans County's Elite Led Temperance Reform Efforts 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 11/18/2017)
      Following the passing of New York’s amendment that extended voting rights to women in 1917, the subsequent election involving the question of whether Albion would remain a “wet” or “dry” town was decided by the female vote. ...
    • House of Refuge Was Center of Social Reform for Delinquent Women 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 11/25/2017)
      Established in the 1890s, the Western House of Refuge at Albion was intended to rehabilitate young women who failed to adhere to gender norms. Upon hiring Mrs. Flora Daniels of Buffalo in 1915, the new matron's progressive ...
    • "Raising Bees" Served as Community Building Activity 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 11/4/2017)
      No building served a more important function to society on the frontier of Western New York than the barn. An essential structure to the operation of early communities, the act of erecting these structures was a significant ...
    • Recalling Howard's Beloved Christmas Park 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 12/16/2017)
      Starting in the mid-1950s, Charles Howard started the process of converting his farm and barns into "Christmas Park," a celebrated destination for everything Christmas. Although the location was a beloved landmark, the ...
    • Albion's Baseball Club Played on Caroline Street Field 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 12/2/2017)
      A popular pastime in Orleans County, baseball teams commonly played on fields located at the County Fairgrounds until this site was created in the early 1900s.
    • During Great Depression, Kids Didn't Have Lengthy Wish List for Santa 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 12/23/2017)
      During the month of December, the Orleans Republican published short notes addressed to Kris Kringle during the Great Depression. These letters reflect a gentle consciousness of the hardships associated with the time.
    • Center of Albion's Polonia Was Home to Works by Famed Muralists 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 12/30/2017)
      Starting in the 1930s and continuing through the 1940s, the Polish Catholics in Albion realized as they neared their golden jubilee that the interior of the church was in need of considerable improvements. Rev. John Hrycyna ...