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Special Events in September


The September 17 meeting was marked with a number of significant events. At 1 p.m., a large crowd gathered on the Hagadorn House lawn under a beautiful blue sky to dedicate the new rose arbor to the memory of Martha Hanks, who lost her life in an auto accident in June 1998. Friends and family, who shared memories of growing up with Martha and her love for flowers and gardening, joined her mom, Lillian Hanks, and siblings Jennie Hanks Wright, Chris Hanks McCabe and Porter Hanks at the event. An appropriate conclusion was the singing of "In The Garden," by Lee Ryan and Steve Crandall.

Slide Show of Martha Hanks Arbor Pictures

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Another new attraction in the yard is the handsome sign created by two Almond men, Dick Baker and Bill Banker. Measuring nearly three by six feet, the wooden edifice built by Dick, features large gold raised lettering on a dark green background. The ornamental metal supports were made by Bill Banker in his blacksmith shop located behind his Main Street home (once known as "Dr. Bowen’s house"). This is a wonderful addition to the front yard, and we are grateful to Dick and Bill for the hours they spent on this project. The original sign, containing additional information about the house, will be permanently affixed to the porch.

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At 3 p.m., a near capacity crowd filled the house for John Babbitt’s presentation, "Moving the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse." A teacher in Canisteo, John and his wife, Sue, along with Craig Braack, made several trips to preserve in pictures the structure’s historic relocation forced by the erosion of its surrounding landmass over the years. A special thank you to John for sharing this once-in -a-lifetime experience illustrated with his spectacular slides.

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During the business meeting, President Kitty Baker presented Chub Lockwood, a charter member of AHS, a certificate of appreciation for his years of service. Prompted by his "retirement" this summer as chief lawn mower, Chub is known as the proverbial "jack of all trades", but his vast contributions indicate that he, indeed, is a master of many. "I would see things that needed fixing, and I would just do it," he said. Projects such as building the handicap ramp, lining the garage with paneling (so it would look better), renovating the side porch, building cupboards and chair storage in the bathroom, and patching and painting walls have his signature on them. "One day I was walking through the 1830’s room (fireplace room) and the desk went up and down," he remembered. Worried that there was a fault in the floor supports, he went downstairs and crawled around, but could not see what was wrong. Going up and down several times, walking and "bouncing", rechecking downstairs, he was still unable to find the problem. Then he heard someone come in the house, and he asked him to jump on the floor while he crawled back down underneath it. Sure enough, the floor beam was split!

Finding the problem and fixing it was, once again, a great source of satisfaction and motivation to Chub, he explained. "Marilyn and I were charter members, but we really didn’t get involved until we retired in the early 1980’s," he said. "We were both interested in history, and she liked genealogy. She loved to go down to the Hagadorn House and meet people, letting them look in the archives files. We enjoyed working together (in AHS) as a couple," he recalls.

Both served on the board, and when Marilyn became president, the newsletter became part of her duties. After her term was completed, she continued writing the newsletter for ten more years. This was also a team project, as Chub spent hours sorting, labeling and delivering the mailing to the post office - a job he continues to do to this day.

When Marilyn died in June 1997, Cub did not forsake their commitment to AHS.  Just a few weeks later, he was hulling strawberries and washing dishes at the annual Strawberry Festival.  "The Hagadorn House brought a lot of people together.  It gives a central interest and focus.  They are a good bunch of people," he said.

Chub voices concern over the fact that the Historical Society work will not continue unless "we get younger people involved."  His fear has been answered in part by the willingness of two men to take up his yard duties.  Roger "Moon" Mullen, who lives across from the Hagadorn House, began trimming the yard early in the spring.  He has taken much pride in grooming the grounds, doing a fine job, which has been noticed by many.  When Chub's family insisted that he give up on the mowing, Karl Grantier graciously stepped in to carry on.  It is great to see Karl and Roger, both members of the Class of 1955 at AACS, working as a team to keep the lawns in tiptop shape.  When you see these men, be sure to thank them for their willingness to commit to this project.

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