The Butterfield House attracted hundreds of guests and others from throughout the Northeast. It was called "the most modern hotel between New York City and Chicago." The hotel, built by John Butterfield on the northeast corner of Genesee and Devereux streets in downtown Utica, was designed by Utica architect Azel L. Lathrop. It cost nearly $250,000 to build and furnish.
The first floor had offices, a gentlemen's reception room and a reading room. The second floor was dominated by a dining room whose design, accessibility and numerous convenient features, says the Utica Observer, "call forth expressions of almost unlimited praise." There also was a ladies drawing room, a library and billiards room. The third and fourth floors had single bedrooms and suites. The basement was the home of Chris Freymuller's six-chair barber shop, complete with a back room with three bathtubs.
#FarmerFriday John was born to Michael and Margaret (Arras) Heldman on December 6, 1849 in Van Buren Township. John took over his parents’ farm and was married to Miss Elizabeth Rettig in 1888. John and his wife had six children. In addition to farming, he was a charter member and stockholder of the Farmers Bank Company in Jenera. He also served as treasurer in his town for a few years. John passed away after he had retired on October 21, 1930 after a few weeks of unknown illness. #Farm#Farmer#Farming#FarmLife#AgLife#LocalHistory#FarmHistory#AgHistory#Agriculture#OhioAgriculture#Ohio
Change of timings for our workshops tomorrow, Saturday 18 Aug: Local history 1pm-2pm; Newham Poetry Society workshop 2pm-3pm with open mic 3pm-4pm #localhistory#poetry#performancepoetry#Newham @newhampoetrygrp @trianglemarkete15 @newhamlondon
#50Years Ago This Week: TWO LOCAL PILOTS WIN – Snoopy Tops 'Red Baron' in Nyack Power Regatta
Excerpt from the Journal-News, Week of August 12-18, 1968
Photos by Andy Dickerman
Several thousand persons watched two local drivers pilot their high-speed powerboats to victory yesterday over 24 others in the fourth annual Nyack Regatta.
Seventeen-year-old John Powell of Nyack won the E-class in a 13-foot modified ReeseCraft especially designed for Hudson River use by Reese DeLorenzo of Congers.
DeLorenzo, chairman of the race and president of the Hudson River Racing Association, co-sponsored it along with the F. and M. Schaeffer Brewing Co.
Benson O'Connor of New City, Powell's mechanic, was the winner in the larger J-class. To win this class, O'Connor had to beat last year's U.S. national racing champion, Tom Strickle, who traveled from Dayton, Ohio to compete.
The champion won more races than any other driver last year but couldn't survive yesterday's choppy waters. He finally yielded to O'Connor, who is only in his first year of racing. .
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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow features the original keys to the Hawthorn Town Hall and a photograph of the first councillors of Hawthorn, dating back to 1890. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is on display now at Town Hall Gallery until 26 August.
This week's #ThrowbackThursday features a photograph of the Righter family home in downtown Campbell, once located on the northeast corner of El Patio and Foote Street. Pictured are Francis Righter (1843-1929), his wife Bell L. Righter and son George. The family were ranch owners, and Francis Righter was an early leader in the fruit growers coperative in Campbell. This photograph was captured on November 16, 1896. #CampbellMuseums#DowntownCampbell#architecture
#flashbackfriday#lostvincent Since we'll be at the @kyillafarmersmarket tomorrow morning, we thought we'd see what Kyilla School photos we have in our Local History Image Gallery! This shot is of sisters Jenny and Elizabeth Donnelly in the Kyilla School foyer for a fancy dress competition in the 1950s. The girls are dressed as dancing girls, wearing matching gold dresses. The competition was held in the evening after school.
For more great vintage snapshots, have a look at our Local History Image Library.
A few of you have asked for a video of the Mercedes Turbo-Diesel running, because you didn’t believe me that it did! 🤣 Well, here she is, back when it was still actually in the Mercedes. The rattling you hear is a bad V-Belt on the A/C pulley. Aside from that, this motor runs and sounds amazing, even before all of the work I’ve done to it! 😉👍🏻
In the spirit of our upcoming Aug. 23+34 time capsule workshop, here is another related treasure from our collection. This report describes contents of a time capsule that was sealed with tar at 3:30 p.m. on March 8th, 1974 and placed in the north wall of room 5 at Mt. Erie School. What do you think was inside? 🍕💀💰🕸 ✏️ #anacortesmuseum#timecapsule#time#localhistory#mterie
This is a picture that was sent to me of the original Bell Farm that I had printed and framed. Back then, schoolhouse properties were typically named after the family property that was deeded to the school. After the school's closing, it was usually deeded back to the original property. I travel this road almost daily. Bell School would sit a ways off to the right of this picture, down in that valley. For years, I remember very minimal barn remains being there, and also what appeared to be a spring house, all the while never knowing what farm it really had been. The barn bridge is still visible. That barn is gorgeous 😍
Today we had a surprise visit from Bill and Mike Clark, descendants of the Heald famly who founded Healdsburg. I invited them to come outside to see the Mary Elizabeth Heald rose. This fragrant rose plant was grown from a cutting taken from a rose bush Mary brought across the plains from Ohio in 1852. She planted the rose bush in Hilton (near Guerneville) where she lived with her husband Louis Ridenhour. Mike and Bill were delighted to see this remarkable remembrance of their ancestor. #rosebush#maryheald#museumlife#localhistory#heald#healdsburghistory#ridenhour
This morning we were visited by the past! (Although the 1912 Model T is younger than most of our equipment!) Elmer Fox is 88 and grew up here before he was drafted to serve in the Korean War where he was a mechanic working on planes and helicopters. He’s telling us things we never knew! What rich history! #castlevalleymill#livinghistory#visitfromthepast#localhistory#millerlife