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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vintage Military Ad

Here's a wonderful ad from 1924.  The announcement is rather rare as it pays tribute to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) for making Memorial Day a national holiday.  It also shows awareness that the "Boys in Blue" were starting to become another historical statistic as their advanced age resulted in departure for eternal rest.

The ad makes a plea to the American Legion to continue the vision to honor and preserve the legacies of new veterans as they joined the ranks in the defense of freedom.

I wanted to share this ad for its historical significance as it shows the passing of the torch between the generations.

The Port Byron Chronicle and Cayuga County News
May 24, 1924

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tanner Dry Dock

A request was received asking for the location of the Tanner dry dock.  Here is a snippet view from the Cayuga Genweb 1875 map that shows where it was located.

The following map is from 1904

Compare the above to Google and you will see changes and the re-appearance of James St, but don't be fooled by the map, the street signs are labled W Dock Street at both ends (not James).  You will also see slight changes to Rochester St as well.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Pennsylvania Rookers

Introducing a new branch of the Whitehall, NY Rooker family. The discovery was made when Dawn Roe and her sister traveled to Washington County and discovered a land deed of Jesse Rooker Jr of Ohio owning land in Whitehall. The search lead to Jesse Rooker Sr of PA whose death record indicated he was born in Whitehall, VT, which is a common error in records for Whitehall since it is located very close to the Vermont border.  Dawn then searched to see if she could find a living descendant, which resulted in meeting F. Bruce Rooker who authored this history.