Life in the Village of Middleport NY on the Erie Canal
April 27, 2015 3:03 am

RHBPA March 2015 Meeting Notes

 

Members present: Don Scott, Keith Bond, Donna McCloy, Ann Fisher-Bale, Ann Busch, Janet Lyndaker, Julie Maedl, Greg Zakrzewski, Sarah Reed, Vonda Westcott Meeting was called to order at 8:12 AM by President Greg Zakrzewski Treasurer’s report – $3,256.82 Old Business: Scholarship: Keith will check with the school to see about getting scholarship info on their More Info »

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Before the electric refrigerator…

 

Before the dawn of the electric refrigerator, the ice box kept things cold. Needless to say, there was a need to harvest and store ice. Iceboxes date back to the days of ice harvesting, which had hit an industrial high that ran from the mid-19th century to the 1930s, just before the refrigerator was introduced More Info »

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Royalton Hartland Community Library program about herbs

 

Royalton Hartland Community Library Offers Program About Growing Herbs Not only are herbs a great way to spice up meals in a healthy way, they can also make your garden more beautiful. Linda Hedley, a Charter Member of the Friends of the Kenan Herb Club in Lockport, will be at the Royalton Hartland Community Library 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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