Brick order form

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Order your Memorial Brick

We are putting together an order for Memorial Bricks for the brick walkway at our museum. Each brick is $50 and will contain three lines of text. If you are interested in ordering a brick in memory of a loved one, group, organization, your family, etc…please contact the Historical Society. Our email address is historicalsocietyofelba@yahoo.com.

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The next meeting will be held at the museum tonight (August 3, 2017) at 7:00 PM.  Our guest speaker will be Earl Dorman.  Mr. Dorman is a life long resident of the Five Corners/East Elba area.  Mr. Dorman will share some memories and answer questions.  The meeting is open to members & non-members.

 

Note – Our vice-president, Lewis Esten,  had a heart attack recently.  He is now home and recovering nicely.  Our best wishes to him.

 

On Sunday last, our museum received a visit from Margaret Tyrrell of Grand Island, N.Y..  Mrs. Tyrrell is a daughter of Emma Evans Hall, who was a student of Pat Burr and taught with Pat at ECS for a short period of time.  They became close friends and remained in touch.  Pat had given Mrs. Hall a 30 by 40 painting of sunflowers and Mrs. Tyrrell wished to donate that painting to our museum in her mother’s memory.

 

On Monday, Ann Gavenda & Earl Roth  visited with Mrs. Holly Dill of Florida.  Mrs. Dill is a grand-daughter of Harry Bonney.  Mr. Bonney was in partnership with Roy Porter in the produce business.  Mr. & Mrs. Bonney resided at 20 Chapel Street with their three daughters (Jane, Elizabeth & Suzanne).  Mrs. Dill was in the area attending memorial services for her aunt and wanted to know more about Elba and her family.

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The next meeting will be held at the museum on August 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  Our guest speaker will be Earl Dorman.  Mr. Dorman is a life long resident of the Five Corners/East Elba area.  Mr. Dorman will share some memories and answer questions.  The meeting is open to all.

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August Meeting

Please join us for a special presentation at our August 3rd, 2017 meeting.  Speaking will be Earl Dorman.  Mr. Dorman is a life long resident of the Five corners/East Elba area.  Mr. Dorman will share some memories and answer questions.

The meeting will be at our museum on Maple Ave. Ext at 7:00 pm on August 3, 2017.

 

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Elba Betterment Committee

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2017 Season

The first meeting of the Historical Society of Elba is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the museum on Maple Ave. Extension in Elba.  Please plan to attend.  New members are welcomed and needed to keep our organization strong.  Please consider joining.

 

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I was at our museum again this afternoon looking for old newspaper articles pertaining to Elba Central School for a project some of the students are working on. I came across a publication entitled Elba Central School Campus Crier. This issue is Vol. 5, Issue 2, dated October 6, 1941. Again, I don’t know who wrote it. Enjoy.

HOW WE LIKE GIRLS TO ACT ON A DATE

To you gals between the ages of 6 to 16 plus, this article is DEDICATED.  We’ll try to show you how we TERMITES like to have you act on a DATE.

Well, first of all, we’d appreciate a cordial welcome when we arrive at your house, instead of saying, “Oh, it’s  you.”  By the way, Sue, I didn’t like the way your brother answered your mother saying, “It’s that gigolo again, Ma.”  And Joan, will you please be ready when I call tonight, so’s your grandmother can’t catch me again to ask who my great-great-great grandfather was.

Say, Betty, I’ve been on this date fifteen minutes, and you haven’t even noticed my new tie.  We fellas like to be flattered  a little.  And don’t pick me up on my English, either.  Stop telling us how perfect Larry and John are, how well Tim can dance, and how much money Stephen spends on you.

Another thing, we sometimes are low on funds–can’t you share the same chocolate soda–we can get two straws.  Then you’ll learn to dance well–instead of riding on our foot–and roller skate, ice skate, swim, play football–anything–even take up boxing.

Are you girls still reading the article?  I’m devoting a few lines to that GREAT PROFESSION–PETTING.  But first, I’d like to mention that PETTING has been in practice for yars and yars.  Let’s take up the subject.  Being more of the L’il Abner type, I run away; but here’s for some of them that don’t.

Just imagine that you and your “Stuffod Date” had planned to go to a movie, and it started to rain.  Invite him in, girls.  No use letting him catch namonya.  He doesn’t need coaxing, ya’ noticed. Now he’s over near you on the divan.  Are ya’ all a-flutter?  To begin with, if he should start pettin’ and you don’t know what to do about it–tell the Termite you would like to hear a radio program.  Being a gentleman, he’ll turn it on.  If that doesn’t stop him, suggest dancing.  If that doesn’t stop him, take him out to the kitchen to the ice box, and feed him.  (All boys are less amorous when they are well fed.)  If that doesn’t stop him, pretend you have a headache.  And if that doesn’t stop him–”Gal, you is in a bad way.”

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Elbaburg Address

I was at our museum this afternoon and found this writing I thought I would share. I don’t know who the author was, the occasion for the writing or when it was written.
 
ELBABURG ADDRESS
Seven score and ten years ago our fathers brought forth to this area a new town, conceived in hope and dedicated to the proposition that all men must become farmers.
Now we are engaged in a great Social war, testing whether this nature or man, or any nature so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final growing place for those who grew and died here, that this area may be farmed. It is altogether fitting and proper that we do so.
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate- we cannot consecrate- we cannot hallow- this ground. Many onions and potatoes, lived and harvested, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above the purpose of our poor fertilizer to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what grew here. It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the never-ending toil which they who toiled here have far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us here, to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us- that from these former muckers we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these muckers shall not have died in vain; that this area, under God, shall have each year a new birth of crops; and that this town of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
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The museum is closed for the winter.  If you will be visiting the area and would like to visit our museum please email us at historicalsocietyofelba@yahoo.com and one of our very knowledgeable members will be happy to set up a tour.

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