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Thursday, September 22, 2005

An invitation to dance (circa 1894)

dance invitation 1894 (2)
Originally uploaded by Sally Ann.
Hi Sally:

Time to investigate some history again. The attachment is a postcard donated to the Town files by Jack Smith. It was sent to Guy Barnard of West Caton, NY. The card was given to Jack by his cousin. Guy Barnard was a cousin to Jack's grandfather Westcott.
1. We had always heard the "old" town hall was built in 1898/9.Lindley history says about 1897. So was the Lindley Hall another building-or are our dates for the "old' town hall wrong.? We know the "Old Town Hall" was built about the time of the bridge built in 1898- that was replaced in 1989..
2. Burr would have been the father of the William Burr who wrote a brief Lindley history in 1950's. Does anyone still have a copy of this book.?
3.Think O.H. Riffle may have been Henry Riffle's ancestor(father???_ ) Does anyone know? Is there a Riffle genealogy that could be copied for the historian files?
4. I believe Geo. Pepper was an ancestor of Virginia (Pepper) Kittel . Am I correct??
5. What is a select dance?
6. What do we know about the Cornet Band?

Isn't it amazing how one little item like this can stir up so much history?


PS. Another long term project. I am looking for photos of the Town Supervisors before Fred Young. We have the ones since then, but wouldn't it be fun to see what the Old Town Fathers looked like??


Anonymous Sallyann said...

Kitty: Wouldn't you give a king's ransom to attend that dance as it was back then at the Lindley Hall?

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been told there used to be a dance hall on Tannery Creek that got washed out in the 1930's. Could that be the hall referred to?

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sally- it wasn't that many years ago--- that the Grange let Dick's and my generation use the upstairs for square dances-chaparoned by our Mothers. Thank goodness for Mothers. We bought a record player and records. Remember the Woodhall Boys, anyone? We used to have as many as 4 sets for square dancing When Dick and I were married 51 years ago in June ---, the Church basement was flooded. Again the Grange members let us use the Grange Hall for our reception. Lots of good memories there.
Yes,I have heard there was some kind of tavern,etc between Davis Road and the rocks-about where they used to store gravel. Don't know if a flood got it or it burned. Does anyone remember?

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Kitty-Historian said...

Oops ---cursor hit Anonymous instead of Other

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Sallyann said...

My dad always said the "road house" on Tannery Creek near Davis Road was burned down by Prohibitionist in the 30's. I asked if he was absolutely sure about that and he always said yes.

9:22 PM  

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