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September 18th: Ronnie Beverly as Governor Frank Higgins
You are invited to a special visit on Sunday, afternoon, September 18, at 3 p.m. when New York’s 35th governor, Frank Higgins, will be a special guest at the Almond Historical Society’s Hagadorn House, 7 Main Street.
Impersonated by Ronnie Beverly, Frank Higgins was born in Rushford, New York on August 18, 1856, the son of a successful merchant who owned a chain of grocery stores in Olean and held mining and timber tracts in Michigan, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota. Higgins attended Rushford Academy and then Riverview Academy, a military school in Peekskill, New York, from which he graduated in 1873.
Beverly explains: “We live in the Rushford house that Governor Higgins was born and raised in. He lived there from his birth to age 14. He left Rushford to complete his schooling in a military academy. I actually dress and play the part of Governor Higgins. Though Governor Higgins was in office for one term of two years, you will be impressed with all he accomplished during his administration.” More about our Sept. 18th program
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.