ECS Alumni Hall of Fame

Tickets are now on sale for the Elba Central School Hall of Fame 2020 & 2021 Inductees Dinner on February 12, 2022 at Batavia Downs.

2020 Inductees include: Class of 1961 -JoAnn Gavel (Olsen), Class of 1968 – Christian Yunker, & Class of 1975 – Vern Saile

2022 Inductees include: Mary Torrey and the 2012 Lady Lancers State Champions Basketball Team .

Tickets are $40/each or $75/couple. Tickets can be purchased at the Elba Central School District Office or Elba Town Office (7311 Oak Orchard Rd).

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2022 Update

Hello. Welcome to 2022. I have been negligent in updating our website. I plan to do a better job this year. Our museum has been closed and we have not had any meetings or events since this Covid pandemic hit.

Hopefully things will start to return to normal this year. We hope to be able to dust off the cobwebs and reopen the museum this summer. More information to come.

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Update July 24, 2021

I am sorry that I have been negligent in my duty to update this web page. We have no set hours that our museum is opened this summer. If you would like to visit, please feel free to email us at and one of our members should be able to arrange a visit for you.

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These photos were sent to us by Audrey Blount. They belonged to her father, Carroll Johnson, long-time Elba resident and teacher.

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Historical Society of Elba Roast Beef Dinner

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Elba Rec Hall. Takeouts available beginning at 4:30 with Dine-in service beginning at 5:00. Adults – $10, Ages 6-12 – $4.50, 5 and under – Free.

Basket Raffle drawing will begin at 6:00 pm. A large variety of baskets, including flowers, produce and gift certificates.

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From the Desk of President Earl Roth June 2019

`                                               FROM THE DESK OF

                                                                                                EARL ROTH

Historian –Town of Elba

Historian – Village of Elba                                         EROTH@ROCHESTER.RR.COM

President – Historical Society of Elba

Master – Elba Grange #783                                        June 4, 2019    2019-3

I have added many new e-mail addresses as a result of Elba’s alumni dinner – hope all will enjoy.


June’s monthly dinner meeting will be at Chap’s Diner on June20th.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Richard Laub.  He will speak about the Byron dig which was located on the Hiscock farm.  Although, the dig has not been active for several years, artifacts discovered in prior years are still being studied.


Our museum opened Memorial Day.  The Historical Society worked together with the Elba Betterment Committee and other groups in order to provide recognition of our deceased and living veterans.

This past weekend, Elba Central School held its annual Alumni Dinner.  As in the past, The Historical Society furnished yearbooks for the years 1936-1985 for alumni to review & remember.  The Class of 1964 (celebrating 55years) visited our museum.  Larry Bateman just completed 56 years as their Senior Class president and was elected to serve another five years.

Thursday (June 8th) evening at 7:00 P.M., the Historical Society will be holding their monthly meeting at the Museum, any & all are welcome.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO PAY YOUR ANNUAL DUES.


In this issue, we will travel our famous Rte. 98 and we will make note of certain landmarks.  In the mid 1920’s, NYS numbered this route “74” and in 1930 it was renumbered and became Route 98.

Today, Route 98 runs south to north (from the Penn. state line north to Point Breeze at Lake Ontario).  For purposes of my newsletter, I will covering the area from the NYS Thruway bridge north into Barre.  Not all of it lies in the Town of Elba, but those sections outside the Township is part of the Elba Central School District and thus qualifies for inclusion.

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The location of Route 98 from Batavia to the hamlet of Pine Hill (The Village of Elba was incorporated in 1884), remains the same since the County of Genesee was formed in 1803.

Stop A>           Just north of the Thruway bridge, on the west side of the highway, lies the Federal Detention Center, motels and sundry other businesses. This location was the site of George’s Dairy’s retail store.  Seventy years ago you could have brought your own jug in and purchased milk that was produced on their farm.  That farm being four miles further north on Route 98.   After the George family retired, that farm was purchased by the Webster family and is currently owned by Torrey Farms, Inc.

Stop B>           Next, lies the Saile farm.  In the mid 1900’s, the Saile’s were noted farmers with Walter Saile being active in the Centralization of the Elba rural schools and served on the first “Board of Education”

Stop C>           The next farm on the west side of the road, currently belongs to Gordon  Offhaus.  At this point, the road has a severe dip.  This hill was known as “Flint Hill” because on the East side was an outcropping of flint and Indians would travel & collect for the making of arrowheads and other tools.

Along this stretch of highway, on the east side, were located several farms that have since been commercialized.  Dealers for farm equipment, construction equipment, and trucks are now present, along with warehouses, an airport, and other businesses.

Stop D>           Next is the intersection of 98 and the Batavia-Elba Townline Roads, locally known as Daws Corners. It is believed that the first settlement in Elba happened here in 1801.  Later in the 1800’s, it was the site for one of the largest nurseries in the United States (Bogue Nurseries).  From here, trees were shipped all over the United States.  This crossroad served local residents and farmers, at various times a blacksmith shop, general stores, gas stations, post office and a rural school house were located here. A local cemetery remains active to this day.

            Just west of the intersection on the south side of the road, where a house was recently demolished, Jack Ahl would manufacture cinder blocks.  In the 1940’s, Mr. Ahl would haul coal cinders from Buffalo, form the blocks and then cure them in a kiln.  These blocks would be used locally in the construction of onion storage buildings, Roy Henry’s combined residence/business, Our Lady of Fatima Church, and other structures.

Stop E>           From Daws Corners to the Village of Elba, not much has changed over the last 200 years, vegetables, grains and dairy products continue to be produced from this rich farmland.  However, at the edge of the Village, where the O’Connor family raised racehorses, now stand The Firemen’s Recreation Hall and a empty M & T Bank.  The buildings that once lined the tracks of The West Shore RR still remain although the tracks were removed 70 years ago.  All of those structures are utilized for purposes other than their initial use.

Having run out of room, my next issue will take us thru the Village and than north to the Town of Barre.

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May 2019 Newsletter

The following is the newsletter from our president and town historian, Earl Roth.


Historian –Town of Elba
Historian – Village of Elba
President – Historical Society of Elba
Master – Elba Grange #783 May 2, 2019 2019-1


Welcome back to my readers. Now that I have completed my responsibilities to the clients of my tax practice, I will resume my newsletters.


The first meeting of 2019 was held on April 18th at Chap’s Diner in Elba. This marks the beginning of our 126th year, as the Elba Grange was organized in 1893. Our May meeting will be held on May 15th with Ned Dale (Elba’s new school Superintendant) as our guest speaker.


The first meeting was held April 4th with installation of officers and finalizing their 2019 schedule, including The October “Roast Beef Dinner” and Memorial Day ceremonies. The museum will open on May 27th in conjunction with Memorial Day ceremonies at the cemetery in cooperation with The Elba Betterment Committee, The Elba Volunteer Fire Department and the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

The Historical society would like to thank Maureen Torrey-Marshall and Peter Warn for their generous cash donations.

Our Historical Society and Museum could not exist without the financial support of The Town OF Elba and all of our other benefactors. However, in addition to money, The Historical Society and Museum is in need of people. Many of our older members are no longer able to physically help us or even able to attend meetings. WE MUST HAVE FRESH BODIES & IDEAS.

We have the following needs:
To re side the Griffin house
To complete our planned addition
To plan & organize new displays for the public
To help maintain our buildings & grounds

I look forward to someone stepping up and offering their time and skills.
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We recently received a question regarding “The Point” and its history. With the help of June Rowcliffe and The 1995 175th Anniversary publication, I hope that I will have succeeded in making all of my readers more informed.
June Rowcliffe and her husband (Howard) purchased the property in 1980. At that time the buildings consisted of ten houses that were leased out (June is currently living in the one remaining), the office (no longer there), two long barns (which the Rowcliffes used for a nursery and collectible business – only one remains) and a residence which still remains.

We can not be sure where the name “The Point” came from or when it was first used. It may have been a descriptive term that describes the acute angle (north east corner) formed by the intersection of Watson Road and Oak Orchard Road.

Looking at old maps, it appears that “The Point” was originally part of the Edwin Parker farm of some 78 acres. In February 1913, The Stickney family sold five acres to the Western New York Farms Company. In July 1913, the offices were complete and the WNY Farms Co. moved from The Village of Elba to the “farm village”. In January 1914, a celebration for 200 employees and dignitaries were held in a newly completed 130 x 45 foot machinery barn which had a new concrete floor installed for the occasion.

A single well furnished water for all of the buildings through their own water system.

The large house was constructed for use of WNY Farms Co.’s managers’, while the ten tenant houses were constructed for use by other employees. With the draining of the swamp and clearing of the trees, housing was in great shortage and Company owned housing became a necessity. The farm village, “The Point”, fulfilled social needs as well, dinners, card parties, dancing and club suppers were held for the benefit of its residents.

After WNY Farms sold off its ownership in the muck land to individual farmers, the need for company housing ended. However, the tenant houses were still in demand. In the years following World War II, many newly married couples made “The Point” their homes and started their families there.

Older residents may also remember the ever flowing spring that was on the east side of Oak Orchard road just north of the house now occupied by Dan Coughlin and family. At some time in the past, some one had installed pipe from which the water would flow. It was said to be some of the best drinking water around with individuals coming from miles around, in order to bottle it and take home.











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ECS 2018-2019 Basketball Season

The entire Elba community is proud of all that our Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams have accomplished this season.

March 9, 2019 – Elba Varsity Girls Basketball suffers loss to Franklinville 49-32 in the Far West Regional Championship game at Buff State College thus ending their road to another State Championship.  

March 5, 2019 – Elba Varsity Girls Basketball beats Filmore in the Class D Section V champion (D1 vs D2) 48 – 29 to send the Lady Lancers on to the Far West Regional Championship game.

March 1, 2019 – Elba Varsity Girls Basketball wins their third consecutive Section V championship March 1 at Letchworth with a score of  54-42 over Whitesville

February 27, 2019 – Elba Varsity Girls Basketball  defeated Romulus in the Section V Class D2 semifinal playoff game to lead the Elba Lady Lancers to a 46-30 win.

February 26, 2019 – Elba Varsity Boys Basketball  lost to Belfast at Mount Morris on Tuesday night in the Class D2 Section V semifinal 44-40.

February 23, 2019 – Elba Varsity Boys Basketball defeats Bradford for Section V title by a score of 70-30.

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Sorry for the lack of activity on this site.  We will be starting up again for the summer season beginning with our April general membership meeting.

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Quaker Rock

Did you ever wonder where that big rock next to the Village of Elba office came from, why it is there and how it got there? Now you know. I was doing some work at the museum today and found this article from a Rochester newspaper dated Wednesday, July 6, 1966.

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