Orleans County Department of History

The official page of the Orleans County Department of History! County Historian - Matthew R. Ballard

Past Orleans County Historians: Katherine Billings: 1934 - 1938 Theta Hakes Brown: 1938-1944 Joseph B. Achilles: 1944-1957 Cary Harling Lattin: 1958-1974 Arden McAllister: 1975-1978 Cary Wilson "Bill" Lattin: 1979-2014 Matthew R. Ballard: 2015 - Present

Nearly 200 years ago, Benjamin Franklin Cowdery established the first newspaper in Orleans County, the Newport Patriot. During the Early Republic Era, newspapers were unapologetically biased towards particular political parties and interests. Often subsidized by local parties, newspapers became official organs of political factions focused on spreading party platforms, publishing editorials, and sharing information regarding state and national candidates.

The Newport Patriot leaned towards the National Republican Party (and after 1828 became an Anti-Masonic newspaper), which spurred Alexis Ward to bring Cephas McConnell to Albion in order to publish the Democratic-leaning Orleans Republican in 1829.

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/early-newspapers-directly-served-political-interests/

[11/22/19]   The Department of History Office will be closed on Saturday, 11/23. The Historian will be at UAlbany presenting at the Researching New York Conference.

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Albion dedicates grave marker for Medal of Honor recipient from 1869
https://orleanshub.com/albion-dedicates-grave-marker-for-medal-of-honor-recipient-from-1869/

The Department of History has a number of 3D artifacts within the county's collections. This prize banner, awarded to the Orleans District Lodge No. 16 of the International Order of Good Templars in 1909 recognized the lodge's membership growth during the previous year...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/orleans-i-o-g-t-received-banner-for-membership-growth/

Up until 1935 in New York, a man or woman could sue their lover for a breach of promise to marry. Edgar Pells, a wealthy and eligible bachelor from Ridgeway, was accused of promising to marry his girlfriend but later insisted he never made such a promise...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/scandalous-heart-balm-suit-accused-ridgeway-native-of-impropriety/

Built in the 1830s, the stone store at Millville once housed the dry goods and general merchandise business operated by T. O. Castle and Son. That store is now eligible for National Register status...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/millville-stone-store-eligible-for-national-register-status/

Friendly reminder about tonight's tour!

For those planning on attending the torch-lit tours of Downtown Albion either September 13th or September 14th at 8pm, we have a change in the starting location.

Tinsel (160 N. Main St.) has graciously offered to serve as the starting location for both evenings and will host food options for guests on both dates. Dubby's Wood Fire Pizza is scheduled to be onsite for Friday, September 13th and The Chuck Wagon is set for Saturday, September 14th. A special discount will be offered to tour participants.

The tours will progress through downtown as previously planned and include a break at The Downtown Browsery where restrooms and snacks will be provided.

Tours will take place rain or shine (unless thunderstorms occur) and guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight. No advanced registration or tickets are required, so arrive early to grab a good spot!

A huge thank you to all of those supporting these tours - a great chance to support local businesses!

Just a friendly reminder!

For those planning on attending the torch-lit tours of Downtown Albion either September 13th or September 14th at 8pm, we have a change in the starting location.

Tinsel (160 N. Main St.) has graciously offered to serve as the starting location for both evenings and will host food options for guests on both dates. Dubby's Wood Fire Pizza is scheduled to be onsite for Friday, September 13th and The Chuck Wagon is set for Saturday, September 14th. A special discount will be offered to tour participants.

The tours will progress through downtown as previously planned and include a break at The Downtown Browsery where restrooms and snacks will be provided.

Tours will take place rain or shine (unless thunderstorms occur) and guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight. No advanced registration or tickets are required, so arrive early to grab a good spot!

A huge thank you to all of those supporting these tours - a great chance to support local businesses!

For those planning on attending the torch-lit tours of Downtown Albion either September 13th or September 14th at 8pm, we have a change in the starting location.

Tinsel (160 N. Main St.) has graciously offered to serve as the starting location for both evenings and will host food options for guests on both dates. Dubby's Wood Fire Pizza is scheduled to be onsite for Friday, September 13th and The Chuck Wagon is set for Saturday, September 14th. A special discount will be offered to tour participants.

The tours will progress through downtown as previously planned and include a break at The Downtown Browsery where restrooms and snacks will be provided.

Tours will take place rain or shine (unless thunderstorms occur) and guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight. No advanced registration or tickets are required, so arrive early to grab a good spot!

A huge thank you to all of those supporting these tours - a great chance to support local businesses!

Before the creation of the Fancher Curve, the Wesendorf House served the community of Fancher as a hotel and saloon. After William Gallagher built the curve on the Million Dollar Highway to remove the right-angle intersection at Fancher Road, this building was relocated to the east side of Fancher Road...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/wesendorf-hotel-served-fancher-community/

In December of 1943, while flying his fourth bomber mission over Germany, Forrest Lee Vosler of Lyndonville was severely wounded when concentrated anti-aircraft fire ripped through the fuselage of his B-17 Flying Fortress, the Jersey Bounce Jr. Vosler saved the life of George Buske, a Carlton native and the aircraft's tailgunner, and was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Franklin Roosevelt...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/vosler-honored-for-courageous-effort-over-bremen-germany/

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Remains of Medal of Honor Recipient Returned to Medina 71 Years Ago | Orleans County Department of History

July 7, 1948, the remains of Medal of Honor recipient 2d Lt. John E. Butts returned to Medina, New York for burial at St. Mary's Cemetery...

orleanscountyhistorian.org Remains of Medal of Honor Recipient Returned to Medina 71 Years Ago Posted by County Historian Jul - 6 - 2019 0 Comment Vol. 5, No. 26 Of the five Medal of Honor recipients from Orleans County, John E. Butts of Medina was the only county native who received the award posthumously for his heroic acti...

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Shelby Native’s Distinguished Service During Boxer Rebellion | Orleans County Department of History

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/shelby-natives-distinguished-service-during-boxer-rebellion/

orleanscountyhistorian.org Shelby Native’s Distinguished Service During Boxer Rebellion Posted by County Historian Jun - 29 - 2019 0 Comment Gravesite of Thomas W. Kates, Flushing Cemetery – Courtesy of Harvey Abbott (FindAGrave) Vol. 5, No. 25 According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, nearly 3,500 soldiers h...

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Medal of Honor recipient from 1869 to receive monument at grave in Albion
https://orleanshub.com/medal-of-honor-recipient-from-1869-to-receive-monument-at-grave-in-albion/

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Carlton Native Sacrifices Life at Fredericksburg, 1862 | Orleans County Department of History

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/carlton-native-sacrifices-life-at-fredericksburg-1862/

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Orleans County Pilot was Favored Wingman of WWII Fighter Ace | Orleans County Department of History

December 2, 1944, Lt. Eugene Barnum was killed in a mid-air collision over Dorf-Gull, Germany during a bomber mission near Cologne and Frankfurt...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/orleans-county-pilot/

orleanscountyhistorian.org Orleans County Pilot was Favored Wingman of WWII Fighter Ace Posted by County Historian Nov - 14 - 2015 0 Comment Old-Time Orleans, Vol. 1, Issue 34 This image, courtesy of the American Air Museum in Britain, shows Capt. Eugene E. Barnum of Gaines discussing the actions of his latest mission at Hale...

"The earth is sacred where they fell--
Forever on it lies the spell
Of hero deeds in Freedom's cause,
And men unborn shall come and pause
To say a prayer, or bow the head,
So leave these graves to hold their dead."
-Annette Kohn, 1920

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/picardy/

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Remembering the Centennial of “The War to End All Wars” | Orleans County Department of History

On the morning of September 29, 1918, men of Company F of the 108th Infantry crawled forth from the trenches near Ronssoy, France and led the 27th Division on a gallant charge against the Hindenburg Line...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/wwicentennial/

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Company F Reunites Nearly 90 Years After War’s End | Orleans County Department of History

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/company-f-reunites-nearly-90-years-after-wars-end/

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Herbert Taylor and the 140th New York Infantry | Orleans County Department of History

Nearly 156 years ago, the men of the 140th New York Infantry under the command of Patrick O'Rorke of Rochester defended Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. Pvt. Herbert Charles Taylor of Clarendon was present with Company A of that unit and gave his life in defense of the Union on July 2, 1863...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/herbert-taylor-and-the-140th-new-york-infantry/

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Millville Cemetery Monument Stands as a Remarkable Local Landmark | Orleans County Department of History

One of the most unique cemetery monuments created for a veteran, this statue was etched in the likeness of Asa Hill of Shelby and now watches over the countryside from Millville Cemetery...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/millville-cemetery-monument-stands-as-a-remarkable-local-landmark/

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The Soldiers & Sailors Monument: A County-wide Civil War Memorial | Orleans County Department of History

Over 140 years ago, the Soldiers & Sailors Monument was dedicated to the memory of more than 450 soldiers from Orleans County who gave their lives during the American Civil War...

orleanscountyhistorian.org The Soldiers & Sailors Monument: A County-wide Civil War Memorial Posted by County Historian May - 27 - 2018 0 Comment Volume 4, Issue 21 Passing through the sandstone arch of Mount Albion Cemetery, one may catch a glimpse of the towering monument atop the highest point in the area. The Soldiers & S...

Over 80 years ago, William Smith of the Lyndonville Canning Company patented several machines used in the production of applesauce...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/lyndonville-canning-company-pioneered-applesauce-production/

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Prior to the automobile, blacksmiths provided essential services to local farmers including horseshoeing, wagon wheel repair, and tool manufacturing. This shop, once owned by Frank Donohue of Clarendon, was situated on Mechanic Street in Holley behind the current site of Holley Falls Bar & Grill...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/blacksmiths-provided-essential-services-for-local-farmers/

For those trivia lovers out there, Jeopardy! premiered on March 30, 1964, with Art Fleming as the original host; the series returned in 1984 with Alex Trebek as the host.

Over the years, some local faces have appeared on the show, most recently on December 24, 2018, with a category featuring the American Revolution: "Here, you come face to face with some of the last survivors of the Revolutionary War photographed late in life, like Lemuel Cook, who lived past the age of 100, fought at Brandywine, and was present when Lord Cornwallis surrendered here." The answer, of course, was Yorktown and Cook is buried in a small cemetery on Munger Road in the Town of Clarendon.

In 2000, a $100 question featured a Clarendon native; "From trips there around 1910 to get animals to stuff, Carl Akeley felt this continent's wildlife was doomed." Born on Hinds Road, Akeley would become one of the most profound taxidermists in the history of the profession.

Jeopardy! has featured George Pullman a total of 16 times, first in 1987 and most recently in 2017, including the $600 clue, "A cabinetmaker by trade, he developed the railway sleeping car dubbed the "Pioneer" in the 1860s," never mentioning his time in Albion where he learned the cabinetmaking trade.

One-time Medina resident Frances Folsom Cleveland appeared a total of 9 times, including one Final Jeopardy! clue, calling attention to her marriage to President Grover Cleveland in the White House.

Other locals appear indirectly. Clues involving Donald Duck, a popular subject over the years, never mention Hank Porter of Albion, the Disney artist who was responsible for the redesign of the beloved character. Clues about Santa Claus, including those noting his presence in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, make no mention of Charlie Howard's perfection of the role.

Next time you're watching Jeopardy! watch for a local connection!

March 30, 1842, marks the anniversary of the first time inhaled anesthetic was used to perform surgery. Since then, physicians and researchers have made countless advancements in the field of pharmacology to improve treatment quality.

Dr. Francis Stewart, grandson of Albion physician Dr. Orson Nichoson, pushed Parke, Davis & Co. and Merck to establish and improve scientific research facilities focused on the development of new medicines...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/1842-2/

A great start to a Civil War series hosted by the Hoag Library!

Join us for an amazing talk by Delia Robinson.

Billheads, a form of vintage ephemera, can tell us a great deal about local businesses; how much groceries cost, the price of a funeral (casket and headstone), how families heated their homes (coal), the types of medicines prescribed by physicians, and much more. The Department of History has hundreds of these from all parts of the county, some containing simple text and others elaborate illustrations and colors. The historian is organizing and filing these piles of billheads. If you find these little items in your attic, hold on to them! #orleansny #history

Although racism permeated throughout the Union Army during the American Civil War, many white officers commanding U.S. Colored Troop regiments came from families with abolitionist sentiments. The subject of segregated military units during the war represents an interesting intersection of race and power structures in the United States, which warrants deeper exploration...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/the-local-legacy-of-u-s-colored-units-american-civil-war/

Yates native Fernando Wickham's work with the Interstate Commerce Commission led him to Central America in 1905...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/wickhams-work-with-interstate-commerce-commission-led-to-panama-canal/

George Singler, an immigrant from Baden, earned his citizenship after serving with the 151st New York Infantry during the Civil War...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/barre-farmer-an-immigrant-enlisted-with-union-army-and-later-became-us-citizen/

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The County Poor House · Orleans County Poor House · Orleans County Historical Archives Database

A new digital exhibit on the Orleans County Poor House is available, including new information and a map from the original burial grounds on the property.

orchard.orleanscountyhistorian.org The Poor House was a common place for “inmates” to gather, not because they were confined to a cell as we have come to accept the word, but because they shared a common residence. In many cases, the confinement of one to a county poor house was, in fact, involuntary. A wife whose husband skipped...

March 3rd is the 188th birthday of George M. Pullman. Known locally for operating a furniture store in Albion and nationally for his invention of the sleeper car, the Pullman Memorial Church in Albion represents his local legacy. On a national level, the creation of Labor Day as a result of the 1894 Pullman Strike stands as a more accurate representation of his business career...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/and-when-we-die-we-shall-go-to-the-pullman-hell/

Over 100 years ago, coal was the primary fuel source in Orleans County. John Howard became one of five coal dealers in the Albion area, operating his coal yard at the foot of North Clinton Street at a warehouse along the Canal.

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/when-coal-was-king/

Still finding interesting items in the office. This is a tobacco pipe engraved with “Maj. E. L. Blake 8th NY Artillery.” Blake, a native of Ridgeway, died of wounds received at Petersburg, Virginia. The pipe also reads “Army of the Potomac.” #civilwar #orleansny

In 1849, John S. Jacobs traveled around Orleans County to speak on the subject of abolition. Unlike subsequent visits from Frederick Douglass, Jacobs was met with apathy from many local church congregations...

http://orleanscountyhistorian.org/early-calls-for-abolitionist-lectures-fell-on-deaf-ears-in-orleans-county-2/

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