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“Kanestio Historical Society- After the Fire”
“Kanestio Historical Society- After the Fire” will be Steve Cotton ‘s topic at the Almond Historical Society’s spring meeting on Sunday afternoon. May 4 at the Main Street Hagadorn House at 3 pm.
A firsthand account of the devastating January 7th fire that gutted the Kanestio Historical Society’s building on Main Street, Canisteo, should be a wake-up call for other historical societies, Steve commented, “The presentation shows photos of ‘after the fire’, and I talk about the cause of the fire and what we have done to get the building ready for contractors as well as the insurance process, I’ll talk a little about things that were lost, the cleaning process of items saved, and how some things were protected from the fire,” he said,
A life member of the Kanestio Historical Society, Steve has held many positions since joining in 1999. He is currently KHS treasurer and editor of their newsletter and Facebook page, and is also a member of the Steuben County Historical Society. In the 1980s he did a lot of work recording the Canisteo Cemeteries data which has been compiled into a book with copies available at the KHS. Over the years he has also done extensive genealogy research both on his own family as well as helping others in their searches.
Steve has been interested in local history since graduating from high school in 1977, and has researched a great deal of Canisteo’s history, creating several PowerPoint programs which he has presented to numerous area groups. He has also recompiled several of the Canisteo books such as Leora Drake’s Col. Bill’s Tales, has done extensive research on the history of Adrian, NY, and most recently was honored to have an Images of America Canisteo book published through Arcadia Publishing Company.
Steve notes that he is currently working on extensive research of the Hornell Universalist Church 1905 Sleigh/Train wreck. “I have uncovered a lot of new information, including an image of the stained glass window dedicated to the 10 women who lost their lives in that accident,” he said.
The public is invited to visit the 1830s Hagadorn House and adjoining office/archives building during open house hours from 2 to 5 p.m. The office will be closed during Steve’s talk. Helen Spencer is in charge of refreshments.
The Almond Historical Society was chartered by the State of New York in 1965. Officers are: Lee A Ryan, president; Helen Spencer, vice president: Teresa Johnson, treasurer; Donna B. Ryan, secretary; and board members Bob and Louise Schwartz, Brad Hager, Cindy Banker, Mike Baker, and Kim Costello.
The Hagadorn House was built in the early 1830s by Jesse Angell, a prosperous merchant whose general store was located across the street from his house. By 1867, the house was occupied by the John Wetherby family. The daughter, Cornelia Wetherby, married Dr. William Hagadorn in 1869. They resided here with her parents. In 1872, the Wetherbys moved to their farm and the house became the Hagadorn home. The second Hagadorn generation in residence was William H. and Alice Simmons Hagadorn, who owned the hardware store across Karrdale Avenue from the home. (later razed for Rt 86 entrance)
The third generation living here was Kenneth W. and Marie Dodds Hagadorn. Marie was a nurse and Kenneth was the postmaster in Almond. They had no children. One of the unique features of the Hagadorn House is the cooking fireplace, discovered boarded up in the dining room wall by Mrs. Ken Hagadorn in the early 1940s.
It is believed that the original 1830s house consisted of the fireplace room with the attic/bedroom above. Cornelia’s diary of 1868 mentions the addition of the kitchen area. The two front rooms, gallery and hall with corresponding rooms above were built later – probably during the doctor’s time because the present gallery was the doctor’s office.
In 1971, the house was bequeathed to the Almond Historical Society by Kenneth Wetherby Hagadorn, the grandson of Cornelia Wetherby and Dr. William Hagadorn. It then became the repository of treasured items from Almond’s past.