On this date: Kings Daughters Home opened

September 24, 1919

Kings Daughters Home in Dansville, NY was an assisted living facility for older independent adults for more than 90 years.  Over the years many of school children from Dansville Central School would sing Christmas carols from the staircase while the residents would surround them on the first floor near the tree.  Friends and family would also go trick-or-treating during Halloween.  However in the spring 2011 the King’s Daughters Home would be forced to close due to lack of money to operate sufficiently and was auctioned off on September 19th 2012.  A separate auction for contents will be held on October 8, 2012.

26 Health Street
Dansville, New York 14437

Originally built as Dansville Seminary to provide a higher education for older children, this 3 story brick building was finished in 1860 at a cost of $12,000.  In 1890, the new Owner Dr. George L. Ahlers along with Dr. Frederick R. Driesbach converted it into the Dansville Medical & Surgical Hospital, which would be the first hospital in town.


On this date: First Dansville Balloon Festival takes off

September 4, 1982

As part of the 9th Annual “Oktoberfest”, the “Greit Oktoberfest Balloon Race” sponsored by James H. Jackson Hose Co., takes off from Babcock Park and Rotary Field in Dansville, NY.  18 colorful Hot Air Balloons sponsored by local businesses listed below.

hot air balloon 2012, NYSFOB, over coop

Wentworth Motors
Dansville Chrysler-Plymouth
Dansville Dodge
Jackson Hose Co.
Channel 10 TV Rochester
Bradley TV, Cable Service
Ideal Lumber and Hardware
Jack's Place
Main Tire Exchange
U. S. Army Recruiting Service
Dansville Auto Parts
Gallery Home Furnishings
First National Bank of Wayland
West Beer Distributors, Lakeville
C & R. Food Service, Mt. Morris
Radio Station WVOR, Rochester
Matthews Buses Inc.
Vitale Bros. Contractors, Geneseo.

August 6, 1982

A thousand air-filled balloons, some carrying gift certificates for prizes, rained down on Main St. Friday, August 6th 1982 after Carroll Teitsworth of Groveland took off in his hot-air balloon from the business district in a promotion for the Dansville Business Association’s annual Sidewalk Days last week. The light was sponsored also by the Jackson Hose Co. to promote its ninth annual Oktoberfest and the first “Greit Oktoberfest Balloon Race” all during Labor Day weekend starting Sept. 3, 1982.

hot air balloon 2012, NYSFOB, over field

The balloon ascension was the first in over 50 years off Main St. when
in 1928 Edgar W. “Red” Allen (twin brother of Edward B. aka Captain Eddie Allen) of Dansville took off on a trapeze bar suspended beneath a prototype of today’s balloon’s.  http://genealogyva.tripod.com/flying/

The Rally in the Valley as it was known since 1987, gained recognition from Albany, NY, and created the New York State Festival of Balloons in 1997.  http://www.nysfob.com/

Photo’s by Michael Cornish (Bath, NY) and Chad Schuster (Dansville, NY)

On this date: First chapter of American Red Cross founded

August 22, 1881

After the Civil War, Clara Barton went to europe where she learned , in 1863, an organization called the International Red Cross was formed to provide relief to those injured in war and due to the result of natural disasters.  Clara’s vision was to organize a national headquarters for the American Red Cross with smaller offices in every state and local chapters in every city and town.  Due to the dedication and perseverance of Clara Barton, the first local society of the American Red Cross was founded on August 22, 1881 in Dansville, New York.

Clarissa Harlowe Barton was born on December 25, 1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts.

The American Red Cross
Clara Barton Chapter No. 1
Founded 1881

57 Elizabeth Street, Dansville, New York 14437


On this Date: post on DAHS website


On this date: 1st airplane flights in Dansville

August 15, 1911

In 1911 the Dansville Board of Trade sponsored an “Old Home Week” celebration, which was designed to lure back former Dansvillians for a visit to their old stomping grounds.  The feature event of the week was an airplane exhibition by a pilot named Walter Johnson, flying a Thomas Headless Biplane.  These were the first airplane flights in Livingston County history; takeoffs and landings occurred from a field owned by Stark Brothers Nursery; near the future site of Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School.  A young Lynn Pickard was among the spectators; he would go on to found Dansville’s own airport.

On this date: First Boy Scout Troop formed

July 27, 1915

First Boy Scout Troop formed in Dansville, NY.  No other info regarding this first troop (?) was available at the time of this posting.

Original Boy Scouts of America emblem

Current Boy Scout troops in Dansville, NY are:

Troop 38 (Established in 1924)

Boy Scouts of America, Dansville, New York

Troop 73 (Established in 1938)

Current Cub Scout pack is Pack 71

PACK 71, Dansville, New York


1915 Poster

On this date: Ground broke for Dansville’s 1st Railroad

July 20, 1869

Ground broke in Dansville for Erie & Genesee Valley Railroad Company line.  Later named the Dansville & Mt. Morris Railroad.

The Erie & Genesee Valley Railroad was incorporated in January 1868. It was completed in 1872 and leased to the Erie until October 21, 1891, when it was returned to local management as the Dansville & Mt. Morris Railroad. The company operated in receivership from 1894 until September 30, 1927. Passenger service ended in 1939. The company was acquired by Genesee & Wyoming Industries on July 23, 1985.

additional info: http://gold.mylargescale.com/Scottychaos/GW/DMMpage.html

On this date: First Lutheran Church formed

July 4, 1824

The first constitution was adopted July 4, 1824 when the congregation assumed the name (as translated into English) “The United Reformed and Lutheran Church of Dansville”. Although the Reformed and Lutheran groups worshiped and worked together, each elected its own council and kept separate records. The first Lutherans Church, St. Jacob’s, was built in 1826.  Prior to building that church the Dansville congregations (German and English) met in a log school-house.  The Church was centered on an early indian burial ground.  And it’s said that the stones of an indian burial mound were used in the foundation of St. Jacob’s Church.


On this date: The Veterans Memorial Project 2000 in Williams Park dedicated

July 4, 2000

The Veterans Memorial Project 2000 is a monument to honor all men and women from the Dansville area who have honorably served or are still serving their country, either on active duty or in a reserve capacity. Dansville has a long history of service to this great nation and state. Men and women have served proudly throughout the years to preserve our heritage and freedoms during times of peace and times of war. This was a long over due tribute to these individuals, Daniel Goho Post 87, American legion, lead this project.

The Veterans Memorial Project 2000 is a project to design, construct, and maintain a memorial to honor Dansville’s veterans. The memorial includes all veterans who have honorably served their country up through December 31, 1999. The goal was to construct a monument to be viewed by all and will last for generations to come. Metal plates have been engraved with each veteran’s name. These are mounted on the memorial. This memorial (shown below) was constructed at Williams Park.

The honor roll was dedicated July 4, 2000. We thought that it would be fitting and appropriate to coordinate the dedication with the patriotic observance on Independence Day and the start of the new Millennium.

Photo taken May 23, 2012 by Chad Schuster