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January/February/March 2002


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Fishers Fun Farm (link to article)




APRIL 28, 2002


2 TO 5 P.M.

3 P.M. PROGRAM: Bill and Patti Foster: Civil War Days


MAY 18, 2002



10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.




JUNE 24, 2002




5 P.M. TILL ???



Ebay Comes to Almond...

A favorite pastime of some local E-bay enthusiasts is regular check-in at the auction site for items with an Almond, NY, connection. The last month has provided some interesting listings, including old postcards and advertising items.

One postcard, described “c.1940, Greetings from Almond, NY,” features a colored photo of a body of water of somewhat questionable location. It possibly could be Almond Lake, but the date would more like 1948 . . . This divided back, unused postcard, sold for $5 after only one bid was placed during the week-long auction.

Another postcard apparently did not sell, after a minimum bid of $9.50 set by the seller was not met. Listed as “A terrific real 1908 photo postcard,” the print is a view of Chapel Street looking North, with an unidentified home in the trees up on a bank on the West side of the street. The back of the card, complete with one penny cancelled postage, shows the recipient as Myrtle Monahan, RFD1, Hornell, New York, with the simple message: “from W.F.” Possibly the Bayless home??

Currently at auction is another postcard listed by a different seller, with a minimum required bid of $14. This features the title, “Dixson Block in Almond, NY - 1907 – Real photo”, with additional comments drawing bidders’ attention to the feed and grocery stores and old time street lamp. This picture is similar to one of the thirty photos of “old Almond” included in the item we are offering for sale as a storage notebook for newsletters for on;y $13!

Among two other unique items sold recently, was a coin from H. Dartt Dry Goods and Groceries, Almond, NY. The seller, from Lakeland, FL, described the coin as “bold strike – should bring $115 or more. . .” The front of the coin is dated 1864, and the AHS website’s 1850 census information confirms the existence of “Horace Dart, merchant, age 26.” A conversation with Glenn Leathersich indicated that these coins were produced to solve the problem of shortage of currency during the Civil War, and they were legal tender in the merchant’s store. Last check of the auction showed the bid at $40.09A seller from Marin County, CA., listed a very unique item described thus: “Offered here is an interesting oblong shaped gold advertising for the 14th Annual World’s Horse Traders’ Convention, Almond, NY August 11-16, 1941. Over 10,000 horses last year. Unused, Excellent condition, 2 5/8”” x 1 ¼”. Buy now: $12.”

We Send our Condolences to the Families of...

VIOLET BELL SHARRETT, who died October 15, 2001 at the age of 83. A graduate of Buffalo State, she was the widow of Charles T. Sharrett, and taught home economics at AACS and Keshequa. She was active at Almond Union of Churches, 20th Century Club, Almond Sr. Citizens, and the election board. She will be remembered by many as an accomplished seamstress, who created many of the AACS cheerleading uniforms.

MARTHA DEALY, who died October 22, 2001 at the age of 86. A graduate of Hornell High School, she worked at various places in Hornell, including Harvey and Carey’s, the Majestic, the Big Elms, and in the graphic arts department at St. James. She was a longtime AHS member, as well as 20th Century Club, Almond Sr. Citizens, and St. Jude’s and St. Brendan’s church,

BONNY RIGBY LEWIS, 65, died on November 3, 2001, in Whitefish, Montana, while visiting her daughter. Both she and her husband, Bob Lewis, were graduates of Alfred Almond Central School, and they lived in Arkport. Bob has been a tremendous help in gathering information and anecdotes for several issues of the AHS newsletter.

GEORGE M. RAWLEIGH, who died in Zephyrhills, FL, on November 28, 2001 at the age of 75. He was married to the former Geraldine Drumm, and was one of the WWII veterans featured in the November AHS newsletter. We were sorry to learn that he had not seen the story before he died, and we want to once again thank him for his service to us and our country.

We Hear from Our Members...

Pat and Ann Quackenbush wrote this note: “Now we can’t imagine starting the holiday season without the wonderful program sponsored by the Almond Historical Society,” and went on to specifically thank those responsible for the musical program at AUC.

George Lewis writes from Mt. Joy, PA: “I’ve been meaning to do this for some time, but never did it. The kids and grandkids get a big kick out of reading about ‘Old Almond’ so I’m sending a check to cover the cost and shipping of your notebook and all the back issues of the Society newsletter.” Thanks, George, for your generous monetary gift as well.

Joan Berry Lindeman requested that we issue a clarification about her brothers, Donald and Paul, who were mentioned in the World War II story in the November newsletter. “I lost two brothers in the service. Capt. Donald Berry, was in the infantry and was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. My brother, 1st Lt. Paul Berry, was in the Air Force and got through WW II safely. But he missed flying so much that he reenlisted so he could fly again. He was killed in the Korean War,” she explained. Our apologies to Joan for the error, and we extend our sincere appreciation to the Berry family for their extreme sacrifice made to secure our freedom.

Betty Ranger Lemen sent a letter and enclosed a picture of a handsome WW II soldier, Stephen Grennell, who died not too long after his discharge in 1946. “He was the first man (at least from our 4L class at Almond Union of Churches) whose number was drawn from the fish bowl in Almond. He worked for Sadie Karr on the Karr farm and when Sadie moved to Almond and rented to teachers, he stayed with her,” she writes. She requested that the photo be put in the archives.

Heidi Ryan Lindley sends these comments via e-mail from Anderson, IN: “Another great job on that newsletter. I felt like I was reading Brokaw just with names I was very familiar with. It was really amazing to see the attitudes of the people of the 40’s with their renewed faith and trust in God when times were tough. We see and hear so much of that even now during these troubled times. I think one of the quotes from the newsletter said, ‘If ever there was a time we needed to trust in God, it’s now,’ and that is what people are saying now. The one difference now is that some may say that we need to trust in ‘a god’ rather than the One true and living God.

She went on to comment on some of the WWII vets, and closed with this comment: “Maybe in some way you can let these men and women of my beloved hometown know how much I appreciate knowing what they did for me as a fellow American all those years ago. Who knew that the butcher (Ron Rawleigh) fought for my freedom! Keep up the great work you do for the newsletter, and thanks for helping us have great insight into what makes Almond so special.

Ben Reynolds, in a phone call from Tallahassee, Florida, thanked us for the WWII story. He noted that his mother, Blanche, had three gold stars in her window during WWII, and explained that all the homes with children in the service were indicated by these stars hung in the windows of the family homes. He also remembered his dad, John Reynolds, serving as a civil air warden during the war, taking his turn watching for enemy aircraft in a tower located somewhere near the water tower in Almond – anyone else remember that?

Thank you to all of you who call, write, or e-mail comments to us. We love to hear from you!!


Unless you are a LIFE member, your dues are payable this month. We keep our dues at a minimal amount to cover the cost of printing and mailing the newsletter. We trust that some of you may be able to send an extra donation to assist with the increasing expenses of maintaining the Hagadorn House. Thank you to those of you who have done so in the past year. Your board of directors is very conservative, and they make every attempt to keep expenses as low as possible.

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