Life in the Village of Middleport NY on the Erie Canal
July 30, 2015 2:03 am

Dry Dock on the Canal in Middleport

 

This is a photo of the J Haines dry dock that was in Middleport. The photo is dated 1909, and was taken when the dry dock existed on the canal. What is a dry dock? A dry dock  is a narrow basin or vessel that can be flooded to allow a load to be floated More Info »

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Middleport Inventor, Dr. E. L. Downey and his cure

 

On the corner of Orchard and Church Street was a broom factory. They operated there for some time, then moved out. Another inventor,Dr. E.L. Downey. Downey took over the broom factory and put up a fluid spray called “Downyside”. In one of his 1904 ads he states his insecticide did not smell like rotten eggs as More Info »

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Summer Programs at the library

 

Every Hero Has A Story All summer long there are some great things for the kids to do at the Royalton Hartland Community Library! Calling All Kids to Be Heroes Children of all ages have the chance to be super heroes during this year’s Summer Reading Program at the Royalton Hartland Community Library called “Every More Info »

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June 2015 RHBPA Meeting Notes

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Attendees: Donna McCloy, Ann Busch, Janet Lyndaker, Julie Maedl, Sarah Reed, Keith Bond, Ann Fisher-Bale, Vonda Westcott, Greg Zakrzewski The meeting was called to order a t 8:12 AM by Greg Zakrewski. Treasurer’s Report – $3,022.82 Old Business Goat Chip Bingo – July 4th – Everything is all set for this. Greg More Info »

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On the job in Middleport

 

Recollected by Bill Shaw, long-time Middleport resident We worked on Saturdays too in those days. Someone realized that I didn’t have my working papers. I got sent to old Doc Wilmont. He gave them to me and I went right back to work in the machine shop. In 1925, I began working at Niagara Sprayer More Info »

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Chauncey Norman, founder of NORCO

 

Chauncey Norman, a long time resident of Middleport, started his own business after working at the Niagara Sprayer for 37 years.  NORCO Machine and Sheet Metal Corporation was started in 1957 with four employees in a building on Kelly Avenue after Niagara Chemical Division closed out its machine shop. Mr. Norman, Harold Austin and James More Info »

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Banking in Middleport

 

In today’s fast paced society, we think little about the ease with which we can deposit or withdraw our savings and do daily transactions with our money.  Many people spend little time in a brick and mortar building since now most of our dealings can be done over the computer or from our car as More Info »

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Middleport’s Opera House

 

by Anna Wallace, Former Village Historian The early Opera Houses were the major activity and entertainment centers for their communities. The first one here was Compton’s Opera House on Main Street, where the old theater, as and where the dentist office is located now. It burned in 1876. I’ve not learned just when the Opera More Info »

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Calling Middleport!

 

By Anna Wallace, Former Middleport Village Historian The first dial telephones in the area were installed in 1938 at Middleport and Gasport, apparently as a “trial run”. Lockport, with 10,000 customers, received their dial system in 1951. In 1950, New York Telephone Company was granted the first rate increase in 20 years. Middleport residence private More Info »

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