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1878

War News from Hemlock

In 1878, war was a threat in the east. In Hemlock NY there were different concerns.

Naples Record

S. L. Deyo

1878

History of Springwater

In 1878, the Rev. William Hunter presented this “History of Springwater” at the third annual Pioneers Association of Livingston County. He spoke of the early settlers, their simple life and their neighborly interactions.

Dansville Express

Rev. William Hunter

1879

Human Skeletal Remains found at Hemlock Lake

Seven human skeletons were recently found by Mr. Bugabee as he worked in his yard at Hemlock Lake.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1880

Christmas at the Walkers of Springwater NY

C. E. Walker wrote a newspaper article about the Walker family Christmas reunion of 1879. A poem was include by Lucinda Walker Tenny of Holly Michigan. The article is presented in the Ezra and Harriet Walker page.

Canaseraga Times

C. E. Walker

1885

Seth Green Wrote about Fishing at Hemlock Lake

Seth Green became famous for his knowledge of fish. He created the fish hatchery in Caledonia NY. A fishing fly and a steamboat were named the “Seth Green”.

Livonia Gazette

Seth Green

1885

The Halfway House of Hemlock Lake has been Renovated

George W. Fisher has announced that the well known cottage has undergone renovation and is ready for customers.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1885

A Suggestion about the Hemlock Lake Watershed

“Iron Point” made some early observations and suggestions about the Hemlock Lake watershed.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1888

Contamination Concerns at Hemlock Lake

In 1888 George Rafter presented the results of his study of contamination in Hemlock Lake. He also expressed his concerns about causing a public health “calamity”.

Livonia Gazette

George Rafter

1890

Springwater Complains about Water Levels at Hemlock Lake

In 1890 the village of Springwater sent a petition to the City of Rochester. The village said that the water levels were causing unhealthy conditions in Springwater.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1896

Household Tips from 1896

How to grow rhubarb and care for roses. How to filter water and preserve eggs without refrigeration. How to grow $200 horses and to clean your dairy.

Springwater Enterprise

Various Authors

1907

Prinny Chesbro the Hermit of Hemlock Lake

Prinny Chesbro lived alone in a small cabin along the east slope of Hemlock Lake.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1908

Fire in Hemlock

In February of 1908 a fire destoryed the Woodruff Block on Main street in Hemlock NY.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1911

Rochester Aldermen Visit Hemlock and Canadice Lakes

A number of the members of the Rochester board of aldermen made a visit to Hemlock and Canadice lakes in 1911.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1915

Warren Slout died in an auto accident

The accident occurred on Bald Hill road just north of Springwater NY as Mr. Slout tried to avoid a hole in the road.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1922

A Road Tour Around Hemlock Lake in 1922

In a Cadillac Touring Car in 1922 we take a road trip around Hemlock Lake.

Democrat and Chronicle

Unknown Author

1922

The Springwater State Bank Report for 1922

The Springwater State Bank of Springwater NY published this report in 1922. Accounts were looking good.

Valley News

Unknown Author

1928

The Hemlock School Fire in 1928

In 1928 the Hemlock High School burned to the ground for unknown reasons. All was lost but some school records that were in the principals office.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1932

The Hemlock to Cleveland Airplane Derby in 1932

On August 31, 1932 there was much excitement in Hemlock NY. It was the scene of the Hemlock - Cleveland Handicap Air Race.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1932

Mr. and Mrs. Haggerty of Hemlock Celebrate 50th Anniversary

William Haggerty and Carrie Ritzenthaler were married on the 19th of April 1882. They were the proprietors of the Metropolitan Hotel in Hemlock.

Unknown Newspaper

Unknown Author

1941

George Wilson of Honeoye

George Wilson was an ex-slave who came to upstate New York at the end of the Civil War when he was 12 years old.

Unknown Newspaper

Peter Culross

1943

“Beautiful Hemlock” published by Arch Merrill

Down from the hills come the voice of Hemlock, like the skirl of bagpipes, wild and haunting and a bit mournful. For Hemlock is a captive lake.

Democrat Chronicle

Arch Merrill

1944

A Soldier and his Sister Reunite After 20 Years

The emergency of their ailing mother in Webster’s Crossing brought a brother and sister together again after 20 years. “Are you Charlie?” asked Mrs. Candie, and “Are you Sarah?” exclaimed Corporal Fulford, when the pair met.

Democrat & Chronicle

Genesee Country Express

1946

“Helicopter Digest” published by Dr. Harold Trott

The first issue has six departments - General Features, Private Flying, Helicopter Engineering, Jet Propulsion Engineering, Manufacturing, Departmental Features.

Lima Recorder

Unknown Author

1948

Pet Deer at Hemlock Lake Park

Mr. Matt Barry, a superintendent at the Hemlock Lake reservoir, acquired a reliable friend with some graham crackers and chewing tobacco.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1951

The Springwater Town Clerk’s Report

Minnie Fisher was the town clerk in 1951 and published this repoort. Marriage license cost $1.50 and hunting licensce cost 25 cents.

Valley News

Minnie Duffy

1954

75th anniversary of the Canadice strawberry festival.

The first strawberry festival of the Canadice Church was held on Saturday, June 28, 1879. Admission in 1879 was 25 cents. The 75th anniversary of the festival was celebrated in June of 1954. The admission in 1954 was $1.25.

Livonia Gazette

Mrs. Maud Van Duyan

1961

The Metropolitan Hotel Changes Ownership.

Rudolph Johnson of Geneva purchased the Metropolitan hotel in Hemlock from the Haggerty estate.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1966

The Story Behind the News about Sue Baker

At 80 years old, Sue Baker shows no signs of slowing down. And there is nothing that she would not do for the church she loves in Webster Crossing.

Democrat Chronicle

Unknown Author

1968

The History of the Springwater Town Hall

Reid Robinson wrote a brief history of the Springwater Town Hall. It was the home of many organizations over the years.

Valley News

Reid Robinson

1974

Hemlock Fire Department

The Hemlock Fire Department began in 1919 as the community recognized the need. Over the years new equipment, buildings were added.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1974

They Spruce Up Old Cars

Larry Briggs and Dave Schaap enjoy their old cars. They restore them from the ground up and then drive the back roads and relax.

Democrat Chronicle

Bob Bickel

1977

Hemlock Metropolitan Hotel destroyed by Fire

Fire completely destroyed the 170 year old Metropolitan Hotel in Hemlock this past Monday morning, May 2nd.

Livonia Gazette

Carol Van Loon

1982

Carl Drain Comes Home at Last

In 1944 Corporal Carl Drain’s plane went down in the Pacific. His remains were found 37 years later and returned home.

Democrat Chronicle

Jolie Griffin

1982

A Flag for Springwater

Havilah Toland, a resident of Springwater NY, designed and created a flag for the town that he has spent a life time admiring.

Democrat Chronicle

Bob Bickel

1984

The Red and White Store in Hemlock Closes

Earl and Ruth Collins spent much of their lives running the small Red and White Store in Hemlock. Now they reluctantly give it up.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1985

The 1812 Country Store in Hemlock

Ruth Woodruff was the proprietor of this store for twenty five years. The Rapelje’s took over in 1985.

Livonia Gazette

Unknown Author

1987

108th anniversary of the Canadice strawberry festival

The First Canadice Strawberry Festival was in 1879. Admission in 1879 was 25 cents. The 108th anniversary was in 1987. The fees in 1987 were $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

Daily Messenger

Unknown Author

1990

Hyla Frog and Two Rough Strangers

Two stories: The Hyla frog that comes in spring. And two rough strangers who come to Canadice with helping hands.

Canadice Chronicle

Unknown Authors

1990

Harriet Hollister Spencer Park

Here is a short history of the Harriet Hollister Spencer park. It was a great gift to the community by the Spencer family.

Canadice Chronicle

Unknown Authors

1994

A Ride in a Democrat wagon

Ellis remembers a day when Democrats were hard to find in Canadice. He also remembers Jim Mc Clurg and his Democrat Wagon.

Canadice Chronicle

Ellis Alger

1994

Thoughts of Old Neighbors

Earl Mastin remembers old neighbors: the Bushes, Goods, Costellos and Haywards. His column was called “As I Saw It”.

Canadice Chronicle

Earl Mastin

1995

Burning Wood for Fuel in Canadice

Earl remembers how his family cut wood to burn through the winter and how trees were taken to the railroad for shipment to Rochester.

Canadice Chronicle

Earl Mastin

1995

The Boys’ Education on the Farm

Earl gives his ideas and opinions about boys working on farms. Working with animals and machinery prepares young boys for adult experiences.

Canadice Chronicle

Earl Mastin

1995

The Horse Fork

Mina writes about helping her father load the hay into the barn in summer. They used a “hay fork” and she drove the horses.

Canadice Chronicle

Mina Preston Oliver

1995

A Farmhouse Attic

Mina writes about the attice in her parent’s old farmhouse. The house was called “Hickory Ridge” and was located in Springwater. Grandma’s spinning wheel, Papa’s fair ribbons and other treasures were kept up there.

Canadice Chronicle

Mina Preston Oliver

1995

A Christmas Memory

Mabel writes about her memories of Christmas in 1919. Strings of popcorn and crepe paper decorating the tree and Mama playing Christmas tunes on the piano.

Canadice Chronicle

Mabel Belcher Proctor

1996

Tools and Memories of the Dentist

Reflection about tools and a memory of going to the dentist as a child.

Canadice Chronicle

Marion Van Duyne Sutton

1996

My Father’s Hands

Mina remembers her father’s hands. He was a farmer and work hard with his hands and yet was always gentle with his family.

Canadice Chronicle

Mina Preston Oliver

1996

The Allison - Mastin Homestead

The Mastin family owned their homestead since 1911. Earl Mastin wrote this article about his homestead.

Canadice Chronicle

Earl Mastin

1996

A Farmhouse Pantry

Mina writes about the pantry in her parent’s old farmhouse called “Hickory Ridge”. There were also books there which drew her undivided attention.

Canadice Chronicle

Mina Preston Oliver

1997

Nuts, Nuts and More Nuts

Mina remembers gathering nuts in the fall on her parents homestead. Black walnuts mixed in ice cream was her favorite.

Canadice Chronicle

Mina Preston Oliver

2011

Earl Mastin dies at 98 years

Mr. Mastin died 26 January 2011 at the age of 98, in the same farmhouse where he was born in 1912.

Daily Messenger

Mike Maslanik

2011

The Springwater Fiddlers Fair

The foot-stomping music and fun festivities are coming back to the hills of Sugarbush Hollow again this year at the third annual Springwater Fiddlers Fair and American Craft Show.

Lake Country Weekender

Diane Olson

2011

Backcountry Steward: a purposeful summer

Simply put, the objective I was given as a Backcountry Steward was to educate the public about the unique rules and regulations of the Hemlock - Canadice Watershed.

Lake Country Weekender

Paul Wailand

2011

The Humphrey Christmas Tree Farm of Springwater

It’s that time of year when the holidays are just around the corner. A fun, traditional way to start off the season is to take a trip to visit a Christmas tree farm.

Lake Country Weekender

Diane Olson

2012

Anne Fischer’s Fiber Art

Every artist seeks creative inspiration in a personal way. Anne Fischer finds meaning from the natural order of life around her.

Lake Country Weekender

Kay Thomas

2012

The Springwater Center

The perfect place to embrace fresh insight and inner balance is the Springwater Center near the state forest surrounding Hemlock Lake.

Lake Country Weekender

Zaquynn Iamati

2012

Maple Weekends

During the weekends of March 17 and 18, and March 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, maple producers across New York State will be hosting open houses for the public.

Lake Country Weekender

Diane Olson

2012

Springwater Trails

The construction started on the first two miles of the Springwater trail which will eventually be a 32-mile trail that will loop around the Township of Springwater.

Lake Country Weekender

Diane Olson

2013

John Kerr and Colleen Liggett

John and Colleen live in Springwater and have been making music together for years.

Lake Country Weekender

Diane Olson

2013

Lynn Schapp, “The Soap Hag”

Lynn Schapp, “The Soap Hag”, lives in Springwater with her husband and creates all-natural soaps.

Lake Country Weekender

Diane Olson

2014

Fashion Walk Through Time

The Cohocton Historical Society held a fashion show of clothing from long ago.

The Valley View

Judy Tripp-Neu

2014

Richard Shearer is Artist in Residence at Livingston Arts

Richard Shearer of Springwater is the first Artist in Residence at Livingston Arts at Murry Hill, Mount Morris NY.

Lake Country Weekender

Diane Olson

2014

Historian Havilah Towland Reminisces

Havilah recently took a drive through memory lane along the shores of Hemlock and Canadice lakes and then shared his thought with us.

Lake Country Weekender

Diane Olson

2016

The Springwater Fiddlers Fair

The Springwater Fiddlers Fair in 2016 changed its name to the Springwater Music Fair and added a second day to the festivities. It was a spectacular event in all ways.

The Hometown News

Darlene Bentley

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