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    • Burly Albionite Fools U.S. Customs Agents at Canadian Border 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2016-12-31)
      Frank Loveland, an Albion businessman, found himself under suspicion of theft by U.S. Customs Agents at the Canadian border in 1878. Their mistake earned Loveland a free lunch.
    • Medina's Empire Couch Company 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-01-07)
      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.
    • Yates Man Employed with Panama Canal Project 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-01-14)
      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 ...
    • The Origins of Platt Street 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-01-21)
      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 ...
    • Furniture Stores Served Multiple Roles a Century Ago 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-01-28)
      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.
    • Kendall Store Suffers Multiple Fires 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-02-04)
      An immigrant from Norfolk, England, James Trivit Lacey's established a shoe shop, confectionary store, and billiards parlor. His business suffered two crippling fires in 1901 and 1913.
    • Albion Man was Critical to Helping George Pullman Become Railroad Mogul 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-02-11)
      George Mortimer Pullman, the famous railroad magnate, gathered a considerable amount of support from Orleans County businessmen in order to support his palace car efforts. Benjamin Collins Field, an Albion politician, later ...
    • Reynolds & Flintham Furniture and Undertaking 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-02-18)
      One of the longest-tenured businesses in Orleans County, Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Homes, Inc., started as a small furniture manufacturing outfit operated by George M. Pullman at Albion. The business eventually entered the ...
    • Newsroom was a Mainstay for Decades in Albion 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-02-25)
      Before it was Fischer's Newsroom, the business was known as Dowd's Newsroom located on East Bank Street in Albion. A crippling accident forced Charles Dowd to abandon his job as a canal laborer in favor of opening a business.
    • Medina Native Influential in Development of Pharmaceutical Industry 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-03-04)
      Perhaps one of the most frequently overlooked stories in Orleans County history is that of Silas Mainville Burroughs and the development of the pharmaceutical company that would become one of the largest in the world.
    • The Orleans Republican: Albion's Pioneer Publication 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-03-11)
      Established by Cephas McConnell in 1828, the Orleans Republican was established in the same year that the Village of Albion was officially incorporated. Due to its age, it was regarded as the pioneer publication of the ...
    • Albion Erects First Electric Pole Nearly 130 Years Ago 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-03-18)
      Wabash, Indiana became the first city to utilize electric streetlights and the Village of Albion installed a system to replace gas lighting nearly six years after. With a starting capital of $18,000, E. K. Hart, William ...
    • Bailey's Grocery was a Staple in Albion 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-03-25)
      Raised on a 240-acre farm on Transit Road, James Bailey entered the employment of Harvey Goodrich in the 1850s. After fifteen years of working in the grocery and dry goods business, Bailey started out on his own before ...
    • Medina High School Boasted Successful Debating Team in 1910s 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-04-01)
      During the 1910s, area schools hosted debate teams consisting of male and female students. In 1916, the Medina High School's Ladies' Triangular Debating League Society debated the question of short ballots in New York ...
    • Remembering the Centennial of "The War to End All Wars" 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (2017-04-08)
      As the United States celebrates the centennial of the First World War, Orleans County recalls the sacrifices of those members of Company F, 108th Infantry from Medina and other parts of Orleans County. Howard Hinckley, a ...
    • New York State Assemblyman Made Municipal Park Possible 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-04-15)
      Elected to the New York State Assembly in 1894, George Bullard defeated Democratic challenger Ora Lee and Prohibitionist candidate Relly Tinkham by a margin of over 1,400 votes. Bullard was regarded by political leaders ...
    • The Great Fire of 1882 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-04-22)
      On January 13, 1882, Albion residents witnessed one of the most catastrophic fires in the history of the village when the northwestern section of the business district went up in flames. The loss, estimated at $151,000, ...
    • Renowned Portrait Painter had Connections to Orleans County 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-04-29)
      Regarded for his portraits of James Madison, James Monroe, and John Quincy Adams, Chester Harding was a respected painter during the early 1800s. Records show that he purchased a parcel of land in Barre, New York from the ...
    • Motorized Fire Apparatus Made Albion's Department Best in the Nation 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-05-06)
      The purchase of a 90 horsepower Thomas flyer hose, chemical, and ladder truck in 1913 ensured that Albion's fire departments were equipped with the best vehicles in the United States. The addition of this Buick Model 30 ...
    • Albion's Legion Band was Focal Point of Celebratory Programs 

      Ballard, Matthew R. (County of Orleans, 2017-05-13)
      As a well-respected musical outfit in Western New York, the Sheret Post #35 American Legion Band traveled throughout the region providing concerts to communities and veterans organizations.