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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Military Recognition

I am pleased to share that with the confirmation of receiving registered historian status with New York State, enclosed was a welcomed surprised.  In 2012, I also received the Joseph Meany Award in recognition of my military project honoring Captain John Lockwood.  This recognition is very meaningful to me, as much of my work centered around the veterans in this community.


I would like to thank NY State Historian Robert Weible and the Association of Public Historians of New York State for acknowledging the significant work completed while serving as a local historian.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Married Farm Hand Wanted

Auburn Weekly Bulletin
Nov. 11, 1904

WANTED— At once, a man by the year, to work on a farm: must be well recommended:  married man preferred:  good wages.
W Wethey. Pt Byron. N Y

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Rookers

c. 1924
Thank you to Clara and Keith McIver for donating a family photo for the family of Earl and Nettie Wilson Rooker, featured are:

Back row: Gene (Madison Eugene, 1902-1980), Charlie (Charles Oliver, 1914-1960), Earl (Earl James, 1906-1975), Nettie Jane Wilson Rooker (1884-1940), Earl Hesler Rooker (1878-1948). Front row: Fred (Frederick Ernest, 1912-1979), and Helen (Helen Frances, 1917-1992).

Earl and Nettie were blessed with another child Clinton who was not yet born when this photo was captured.