Life in the Village of Middleport NY on the Erie Canal
October 31, 2014 4:16 am

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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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 grows with the Erie Canal

 

The start of the building of the Erie Canal in 1817 until its official opening in 1825 helped to spur the growth of our little community.  Even the name Middleport comes from our location midway between Lockport and Newport. Newport is now known to us as Albion. At a cost of over 7 million dollars More Info »

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One and Only Blastfurnace

 

The community of Middleport has been home to many different businesses throughout the years.  Gin mills were very common and old maps show we had plenty of them to keep residents and canal workers well supplied.  We also had several nice hotels which gave travelers a place to rest when passing through.  There were plenty 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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Guidelines for your news

 

We’d love to hear your Village of Middleport news and views. This website is for the promotion of the Village of Middleport, NY. There are other websites and media outlets that have stories about the Village – this page is specifically about the good things that we love about Life in the Village of Middleport. 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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Union Free School Fire of 1910

 

Early Middleport was often the scene of devastating fires but none as sad as the early morning fire of February 23, 1910.  Firemen were called to the south side of Park Avenue near Vernon Street to the building that housed the Union Free School, which had been established in 1891 to ensure “educating our children More Info »

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