Friday, June 20, 2014
One of "Shorty" Roblee's experiences during WWII.
As a result of the historical society's annual Walking With Heroes cemetery tours held on Memorial Day weekend and the Post 374 V.F.W. 75th anniversary last year, the society has begun to compile an archive of veterans' service experiences, both to honor them and maintain their experiences as a historical record. Here is one of those remembrances.
Anson (Shorty) Roblee served in the U.S. Marine Corps aboard the USS Bunker Hill from March 1943 to August 1945. On Mothers’ Day 1945, kamikaze planes attacked the USS Bunker Hill. As told by Shorty in an article for the Arcade Herald, “ ...I heard what everybody thought was our attack planes coming back from another strike. All at once a meatball“ (Japanese plane) “came in over the island structure, dropped a 500 pound bomb and crashed his plane into our planes at the aft end of the flight deck. The bomb went through the flight deck, hanger deck, and blew up in the port quarter of the ship. This immediately started huge fires on the whole aft portion of the ship.” Soon a second Kamikaze dove at the ship, crashing his plane into the base of the ship’s island. “We fought the fires and further Jap attacks for 26 hours.” Meanwhile, back at home in Arcade, his mother had a strong feeling he would be in trouble on that day, but didn’t find out about the attack until weeks later.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Confusing "Times" in 1938
May 20, 1938 Arcade newspaper had the following notice:
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
Daylight saving time is again with us to confuse the unwary. Buffalo, East Aurora and Holland are on daylight saving time, while Arcade and south including Olean are on standard time. Rochester remains on standard time. Last week Perry voted to stay on standard time, while Batavia voted in favor of daylight saving time.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Mary Wertz had a photography studio in Arcade in the 70s and photographed the construction of the overpass on Route 39 between Yorkshire and Arcade in 1975. She is selling the framed prints from a GCC show she did on that project. If you are interested in buying a piece of this history, go to the link below.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Here in Arcade, we are in the middle of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Hendershott-Manness Post 374 Veterans of Foreign Wars. The post was founded in 1938 with 25 charter members. The first Post Commander was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, John Henry Connors. In addition to post history at the exhibit, we went through all the 1938 issues of the Arcade Herald to see what going on locally and also did a search for national and global news. Here is a sampling of what can be found at the exhibit:
· Unemployment in the U.S. was 19%.
· The minimum wage in the U.S. was 25 cents an hour.
· Oil had just been discovered in Saudi Arabia.
· A Duck Dinner at the Holland Willows was 35 cents on special.
· A car “caravan” opened scenic route 39.
· The wooden Fire Hall on Liberty Street in Arcade was torn down and the brick Fire Hall was built (the building which the VFW exhibit is in this month, July 2013).
· The Niagara Falls View Bridge between the U.S. and Canada fell into the gorge after being weakened by ice jams.
· Sportsmen “up in arms” over the new Cummings Bill proposing that all firearms be registered.
· Superman comic book number 1 debuts.
· Inventions: xerographic print, ballpoint pen, nylon, Teflon
· German Troops invade Austria - anchluss (the event the Sound of Music is based on).
· Arcade votes to centralize the schools – 26 schools (local one room school houses and the Arcade Academy) to form Arcade Central School.
· Animated Disney movie “Snow White” is shown in local theaters.
· Arcade remained on Standard Time while areas north (Buffalo, Holland, East Aurora) switched to Daylight Savings Time.
· The Arcade Congregational Church celebrated their 125th anniversary – which means in 2013, they are celebrating their 200th!
See the VFW Anniversary page on our website, www.arcadehistorical.org for dates and times of the exhibit.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Bell Isle Candy ShopIt's funny how things align. We had a phone call a few weeks ago from a gentleman whose grandfather was Charles Bellisle, the owner of the Bell Isle Candy Store in Arcade circa the 1940s. The grandson was calling to say he had a bottle from Arcade Bottling Works to donate to us and he went on to tell me about his grandfather and the candy store. Well, it just so happened, the same day, the Arcade Herald had an article by AHS member Kay Dunn about the good 'ol days when people bought locally. There was a whole section on the Bell Isle Candy Shop, which the teenagers called the Candy Kitchen. I scanned the article and emailed it to the grandson who now lives in a less snowy region of the country. He was tickled to get it. I was happy to send it. We like to reunite people, objects and memories here while we share our rural history.
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Old School Building
On December 6 and 7 the Gibby House of the Arcade Historical Society entertained 541 children and 76 adults from the Arcade Elementary School. It was their annual visit to see the holiday decorations, the two Christmas trees decorated by 3rd and 4th graders and the exhibit of toys - this year, toys from 1962.
Even with all of that to look at, the item that brought the most "awwwws" and "wows" was a photo of their school circa 1920. The taller white portion of the buildng was the original "Arcade Academy" opened in 1863. The brick addition to the left was built in 1900. Both buildings were torn down for a new school in 1927. The other item in the photo that impressed them was the cannon (one of two) that sat on the front lawn.
A scale model of the cannon was shown to the children too. The cannon are no longer in front of the school, as they were sold for scrap during the WWII scrap drive. Mr. Gibby made the model cannon and mounted it to a piece of wood that came from the Arcade Academy bell tower so that we would never forget them.
Also in this photo are two people - we know not who - sitting on top of the bell tower! The Congregational Church is barely visible in the background.