Welcome to the History Corner!
Port Byron, New York is an old Erie Canal village in the Town of Mentz, located along the pathway of the original Clinton's Ditch. My mission is to promote the rich history and heritage of our community with emphasis on our pioneer families, their contributions as well as any other tidbits that readers may enjoy. I hope you enjoy your visit and will stop by again.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ladies Auxiliary: Thurston-Schramm-Reynolds Post 8137 VFW

Early photo of the Ladies Auxiliary of Thurston-Schramm-Reynolds Post 8137 of Montezuma, NY with the first charter members and officers of the auxiliary,  Photo courtesy of Dona Roe who extends a thank you to Aaron and Lila Wilson for donating this photo to her.












Seated (left to right):  Elizabeth Wilson, Helen Aubin Hutchings, Jeannette Armstrong Giovanni, Flora Hayes, Nancy Smith Decker, Agnes Moroney Lapp and Betty Leubner Dixon.

Standing (left to right): Mary Carner Stoneburg, Ruth Garner Laraway, Micky Doran Wilson, Lila Stoneburg Wilson, Hellen Ward Davies and Vanita Wilson Roe.

If anyone can identify these woman, please contact me so that the list can be updated.

A newspaper article in 1972 says that the Ladies Auxiliary Post was formed 5 years previously and had 19 members at that time.  This dates the auxiliary as being formed in 1967.

1967 Officers:
President: Flora Hayes
Senior Vice President: Nancy Decker
Junior Vice President: Agnes Lapp
Treasurer: Ruth Laraway
Chaplain: Elizabeth Wilson
Conductress: Vanita Roe
Guard: Dorothy Garner
Secretary: Jeannette Giovanni
Patriotic Instructress: Micky Wilson
Historian: Iva Reynolds
1st Color Bearer, Helen Hutchings
2nd Color Bearer: Nellie Boas
3rd Color Bearer: Delores Townsend
4th Color Bearer: Jessie Dingman

Additional Charter Members:
Hellen Davies
Elizabeth Dixon
Bonnie Jenner
Mary Stoneburg
Lila Wilson

Wayuga Community Newspaper Inc., May 25, 1967
 Here's the 1972 article that provided insight into when the auxiliary was formed:

The Citizen Advertiser Auburn, NY - March 15,1972




Thursday, May 28, 2015

23rd Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend

Sat  June 13 , 2015 10am-5pm
Sun June 14, 2015 10am-4pm

$8 Adults    $3 6-12 yrs    Free Under 6
civilwarweekend.sca-peterboro.org
(315) 280-8828


New York State Museum Authors Sign Exhibit Book
An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War
Robert Weible, NYS Historian and Chief Curator NYS Museum
Jennifer A. Lemak, Sr. Historian and Curator NYS Museum
Aaron Noble, Assoc. Museum Exhibition Planner NYS Museum
Saturday, June 13, 2015 10 am ~ 2 pm 




Audacious: Historical Novel by Janet Ashworth
Sat  June 13  10 am - 5pm    Author Exhibit and signing 
Sun June 14  10 am - 4pm    Author Exhibit and signing     3 pm Program


Freedom Journey: Black Soldiers and The Hills Community, Westchester County, New York

Author: Edythe Ann Quinn 
PhD, Professor of History at Hartwick College, Oneonta NY
Sat June 13 10am - 5pm Author Exhibit and signing  3pm Program
Sun June 14 10am - 4pm Author Exgibit and signing  11am Program





Veterans in a new Field: A Civil War Mystery of the Irish Brigade
Author: William H. Payne
Sat June 13 10am - 5pm  Author Exhibit and signing
Sun June 14  1pm - 4 pm  Author Exhibit and signing