Life in the Village of Middleport NY on the Erie Canal
May 26, 2015 9:31 am

RHBPA April 2015 Meeting Notes

 

Attendees: Donna McCloy, Ann Busch, Janet Lyndaker, Julie Maedl, Sarah Reed, Keith Bond, Vonda Westcott The meeting was called to order a t 8:12 AM by Julie Maedl. Treasurer’s Report – $3,253.82 ($500 reserved for scholarship fund) Old Business Scholarship – Roy-Hart Guidance Office has all the information for the RHBPA Scholarship. There are some 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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Technology “Help Session” May 30 at the library

 

If you learn best by doing and you have questions about the latest phones, tablets, readers or computers, the May 30 Gadgets & Gear session at the Royalton Hartland Community Library is just for you. Attendees are invited to bring their own device or devices to this hands-on workshop that will be held at the 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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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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Levi Cole , business man and murderer

 

The name Levi Cole was associated with a log house/tavern in the early days of our history. Mr. Cole moved his business to the corner of what is now Main and State Street when he heard of the planned building of the canal.  He also became known as being responsible for the first documented homicide 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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Middleport’s connection across the pond!

 

As Published October 14, 2014 in the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal This article entitled “Middleport Connection” was published on the front page of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, and the paper has given their permission for it to be reproduced here. Article written by Michael Canfield Back in January, Village of Middleport Historian Christa Lutz More Info »

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