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.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Are you still wondering why Arcade was originally known as “China?” One theory was revealed at the June 3 worship service at the United Church of Christ, Congregational. It was the title of several hymn tunes from the early 1800s, and one version of “China” was sung at the service. It is a known fact that nearby Sardinia is named for the hymn tunes “Sardinia,” so it is reasonable to assume that is how China, NY came to be as well. Arcade Town and Village Historian Jeff Mason found the music and brought it to the congregation. The Society is making a DVD of the song so you can hear it at the Gibby House.
Here are the words to one version of the hymn tune "China" (there was more than one titled "China."):
Let God the Father and the Son,
And Spirit be adored,
Where there are works to make him known,
Or saints to love the Lord.
Early, my God, without delay,
I haste to seek thy face;
My thirsty spirit faints away,
Without thy cheering grace.
Not life itself, with all its joys,
Can please my soul so well;
Or raise so high my cheerful voice,
As thy forgiving love.
Thus till my last expiring day,
I'll bless my God and King;
Thus will I lift my hands to pray,
And tune my lips to sing.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Was it the First Quad Cane Ever Made?
In August the Society was given a wooden Quad Cane made by Vernon Gibby circa the late 1960s or early 70s. Vernon made it for his wife Marjorie’s sister Mae (Witherel) Ball. Mae’s granddaughter, Carole (Lyons) Mess brought the cane to the Gibby House to donate to the AHS collection. Carole commented on how useful it was for Mae Ball and we wondered if Vernon’s quad cane was the first one ever made! Googling revealed a patent issued in 1978. Does anyone else know when the first quad cane was produced commercially?
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Join us "Walking With Heroes"
A tour of Arcade Rural Cemetery with veterans, Saturday May 26, 2012.
When Memorial Day had its origins as “Decoration Day” after the Civil War, it was a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who had died during the war. With the passage of time, it has become a day to honor all deceased veterans.
On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, members of Hendershott-Manness Post 374, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hugh Lynch Post 737, American Legion, and the VFW Auxiliary, will take part in a new event we are calling “Walking With Heroes” to honor many of the veterans buried in Arcade Rural Cemetery. The living veterans and Auxiliary members will be standing or seated near the graves of deceased veterans from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. They’ll welcome the opportunity to talk with visitors about the war in which “their” veteran served, and in many cases they’ll be able to discuss the military experiences of the deceased veteran.
In addition to the event in the cemetery, the Arcade Historical Society will have an exhibit at the Gibby House with additional information about all veterans buried in Arcade’s three cemeteries (32 at St. Mary’s in East Arcade, 107 at Sts. Peter and Paul, and 179 at Arcade Rural). The Gibby House at 331 West Main Street, Arcade, NY 14009, will be open 2-4 p.m. on Saturday May 26 as well.
When visiting the cemetery, please park your vehicle at the cemetery entrances on Park Street or Prospect Street. AHS volunteers will be there to assist you with directions. We ask that handicapped and elderly visitors be driven to the top of the hill in the cemetery to discharge their passengers. Remember, this is a picturesque, old, rural cemetery which is hilly and has woodchuck holes, so walk carefully.
The event will go on rain or shine.