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|Article by Helen Mac Dougall Samson (1909-1995)
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By Helen M. Samson
1. American Girl was a famous race horse who had just won nine races
when she was entered in a race at the Elmira track. She dropped dead at
the quarter pole and citizens erected her statue in Eldridge Park. This
was in 1875.
2. "Tomatl" tomatoes were used by the Indians but planted as a poisonous
decorative plant by the early white Americans. Other vegetables eaten by
local tribes were green beans, kidney beans, lima beans as well as potatoes.
Pemmican was the dried and pounded meat of deer or buffalo, mixed with
hot fat and dried berries for flavor. It would keep for a long time.
3. This distillery was in Lowman with offices in Elmira. One of the
owners was a descendant of the Lowman family which settled the town in
4. It was in Millport and was a two story building with the upper grades
upstairs and the little people on the ground floor. There were two stairways,
one for boys and one for girls. It was removed in 1930.
5. For a short time when the county was first erected, the line extended
in a sort of point into the present Schuyler County and included the end
of the Kayuta Lake.
6. On September 20. 1906, the "arrow" was stationed in a field west
of the Fair Grounds. It was a balloon and floated because it was inflated
with hydrogen generated on board with zinc and sulfuric acid. That day
was the opening day of the Fair and the ship was flown over Elmira Heights
and finally brought down on the grounds. It certainly was the first flight
of any airship in the county.
7. The name J.P. Ward appears on countless photographs carefully saved
by families whose ancestors lived in and around Horseheads. His business
is listed in directories around 18__. One of the older citizens of Horseheads
remembers having her picture taken by him at the age of three. She said
that the studio was in the Mosher block, three stories up. The pictures
taken by the best photographer around still show the unsmiling stern faces
of grandparents and dressed up children as cleverly as they did in 1860.
But who could smile while ones head was held tightly in a vine while the
slow process of picture taking went on? Mrs. Mary VanDuser still has the
picture taken of her by Mr. Ward.