On this date: Genesee Valley Canal closes

September, 30 1878

The Genesee Valley Canal opened in 1840 and was officially closed on September 30, 1878

Starting in Rochester, NY, the Genesee Valley Canal extended along the valley of the Genesee from the N. bounds of Livingston Co. to Mt.Morris; thence it turns S.E. to Coshaqua Creek and up the valley of that stream of Nunda, and thence S.W. to the Genesee at Portage, where it cross the river upon a wood aqueduct supported by stone piers. The Dansville Branch Canal extends from Mt.Morris S.E. to Dansville, NY.

Map of New York State canals with Genessee Valley Canal (1840-1880)  in green

Map of New York State Canals: Genesee Valley Canal (1840-1878) circled in green






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: Dansville area devastated by hail storm (1877)

August 12, 1877 a mile-wide hailstorm wreaked havoc on local farmland; trees and cornstalks were stripped of their leaves, and some farms reported hail four inches deep on the ground, with stones as large as hen’s eggs. A tornado, twelve days later, must have almost seemed routine by then.


Image shown for reference only. Obviously not taken in 1877.

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: First Boy Scout Troop formed

July 27, 1915

Troop 1

First Boy Scout Troop formed in Dansville, NY.  Troop 1 included 14 boys when it was initially formed.  Over seeing the first Troop in Dansville was Scoutmaster Richard H. Rover who was assisted by Harold Fowler.  Tenderfoot Rank was earned by Robert Beecher, Harold Deuel, Elroy Wilber, Theodor McNair and Paul Clise.  The Boy Scouts first appeared in uniform during Sunday School at there chartered organization, Presbyterian Church, on Sunday Aug 8, 1915.

Patrol member for Owl were Robert Beecher, Howard McKay, Fred Welch, Donald Alverson, Clinton Hall, Elroy Wilber, Robert Stout and Donald Wilber.  Wolf, Theodor McNair, Wesley Wells, Kenneth Gardner, Robert Campell, Ralph Gibbs, Harold Barnard, Tom Lemen and Will Folts. Fox, Harold Deuel, Paul Clise, George Clise, Karl Hubbell, Theodor Acomb and George Thompson.

Original Boy Scouts of America emblem

Former BSA Troops from Dansville, NY

Troop 1 (1915-1918+) Presbyterian Church, Dansville, NY

Scout Master:
Richard H. Rover
A.I. Dennigan

The Dansville Express


Members. Harold Duell, Clark Loper and Howard McKay of Troop 1 Boy Scouts of Dansville rolled in their blankets and slept in the open air one night recently. They cooked their supper and breakfast over a campfire and took a cold plunge in the creek in the morning.


Troop 2 (1916-1918+) St. Patrick’s Church, Dansville, NY

Charles Pelton
Edward Brogan
James Rowan
Conway Sheerin - Patrol Leader


Troop 39 (19??-1928+) St. Paul’s United Lutheran Church, Methodist Episcopal Church and St. Peter’s Memorial Church Dansville, NY


Troop 40 (1928-1983+) Presbyterian Church, Dansville, NY Troop nickname: Roosevelt Troop 40

Committee Chair (committeemen):
- 1937 - Wilson Ullyette
- 1943 - Ted Banister (Willard Morris, Otto Layer, Vernon Lent)
- 19?? - Charles Rose
- 1956 - (International Rep.; John C. Oudenkirk, Sec.; William Morris, Treasurer; Don Hiler, Ted Scott, Harold Robards, Everett Sylor, Joseph McIntyre, Gerald Rose, James VanPernis, Charles Rose, Kenneth Richmond)
- 1983 - Maurice Gilbert (David Emo, Richard LeBar)
Scoutmaster (Assistant Scoutmasters):
- 1928 - Mr. Finch
- 1937 - Stewart Beecher
- 1943 - Ray M. Finch (Sampson Whitney, )
- 1951 - Charles Fitzgibbon
- 1958 - William Meter (Louis Blake, Charles Rose, Ralph Chapman)
- 1964 - Austin E. Hartmann
- 1980 - 1983 - Phillip Murphy
Edward Brown - (1937 - Star Scout)
Donald Hatch - (1937 - Star Scout)
Fred Acomb - (1937 - Star Scout)

1928 - Minimum of 25 Scouts in 4 patrols (Beavers, Eagles, Panthers, and Wolves)
Lanphear - Junior Patrol Leader
James Welch - 

Donald Hatch - Recited Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, 1938 Memorial Day at Greenmount Cemetery

19?? Unknown year
William Organ
1943 - 25 scouts (10 newly added @ Nov. 1943) in 3 patrols (Cobra, Eagles, and Rough Riders)
Melvin Beebe - (PL Cobra patrol)
Donald Long - (PL Eagles patrol)
Robert Banister - (PL Rough Riders patrol)
Richard Smith
Samuel McNair
Barry Blum
Lewis Lemen
Paul Weidman
Constantine "Deno" Pappas
Robert Paulman
Grant Aldridge
Eugene Ingram
Ronald Higgins
Fred Wyant

Ralph Chapman
Lee Holbert
Donald Lemen
Donald VanWinkle
Robert Paulman
Theodore McNair, Jr.
Donald Forsythe
Gerald Partridge
Daniel Dolan
Grant Eldridge
Robert Evans
Richard Smith
Melvin Beebe
John Owens, Jr.
Donald Long
Theodore Fox
Richard Fox
Constantine "Deno" Pappas
Robert Banister
Barry Blum
Claire Organ

Richard A. Fox (1942?-1946?) - (1946 - Eagle Scout)

Robert Clark - (1956 - Eagle Scout)
Bob Easton - (1956 - First and Second Class merit badges)
Mike Harter - (1956 - First and Second Class merit badges, Den Chief)
Harrison Minster - (1956 - First and Second Class merit badges)
Robert Schneider - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
Larry Lemen - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
Roland Harter - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
Harold Culbertson - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
Junior Brokaw - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
Ron Wagner - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
James Meter - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
David Standish - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
Lowell Dennison - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
Harold Finch - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
Terry McIntyre - (1956 - Tenderfoot pin)
Skippy Foster - (1956 - Den Chief)
Lloyd Hynes - (1956 - Den Chief)
William Maracle - (1956 - Den Chief)

William Packard - (1960 - Order of the Arrow)
John Sutton - (1960 - Order of the Arrow)
Paul Wamp - (1960 - Order of the Arrow)

Donald Whitney - (1962 - Camp Gorton honor camper, bronze palm)
William Packard - (1962 - Eagle Scout, bronze palm)
David Hall - (1962 - Order of the Arrow)
Richard Eades Jr. - (1983 - Eagle Scout)
Greg McDaniels - (1983 Eagle Scout)

1929: Steuben Area Council Troop 40 was awarded with the 1929 Silver Bar along with 15 other troops in the council.  the Silver Bar is the highest honor awarded to any troop during any year. Troops rate themselves on Meetings, Attendance, Hikes, Advancements and News.  The highest score for each month is 100 points, and those who score 800 or better over twelve months are recognized by the Rotary Clubs with the Silver Bar Award.  Troop 40 ended up with 820 points

1983: Two Reach Eagle Scout Rank Sunday was a big day for members of Dansville Boy Scout Troop 40. It began at the breakfast sponsored by Daniel Goho American Legion Post and concluded with a ceremony which brought the coveted Eagle Badge to two members.

During the ceremony in the Presbyterian Church, the highest scouting rank was presented to Richard Eades Jr. and Greg McDaniel.

The scouts attended the Presbyterian Church that morning and both Eades and McDaniel assisted the Rev. William Leety in conducting the service. Eades was presented with the God and Country award at this time and Troop 40 was presented with its charter by Robert Culbertson.

In the afternoon, upwards of 120 people attended Eagle Scout Court of Honor convened in the sanctuary of the church by Chairman William Packard. The two scouts were escorted by adult Troop 40 Eagles Adelbert Dyer and the Rev. Richard Fox. The parents of the boys, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eades Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McDaniel were escorted by scouts Dan LeBar and Marty Murphy.

The Rev. Christopher Thomforde, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, gave the invocation and Scoutmaster Phil Murphy led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Maurice Gilbert, Troop 40 committee chairman, and members David Emo and
Richard LeBar read the qualifications for the Eagle award. Culbertson narrated a pageant, “The Eagle Trail.”
With the parents joining their sons, Walter Weaver  III, executive of Steuben Area Council, administered the Eagle Oath. The two mothers then presented the badges to their sons and in return, the boys gave their mothers miniature Eagle pins. Assemblyman Richard Wesley presented citations to each Eagle and another adult Troop 40 Eagle, Steve Gregory presented them other insignias of the rank.
Special presentation were made by Ron Collister, Daniel Goho Post commander and a
representative of the Jackson Hose Fire Co., and by Culbertson on behalf of Phoenix Lodge
No. 115, F.&A.M. Following announcement of other certificates, including one from President Reagan, the Rev. Fox gave the benediction. A reception followed in McKee Parlor at the church. Preceding the ceremony a dinner, provided by the church, was served
by members and leaders of Cub Pack 41. Guest speakers at this program were Weaver, Wesley and Eric Seiffer, Thunderbird District chairman. (Genesee Country Express. Thursday, February 10, 1983 – Page 13)

Troop 41 (pre 1933-1951+) Methodist Episcopal Church, Troop nickname: Genesee Valley Troop 41

Committee Chair (committeemen):
1937 Hyman Lapides
Lewis Lapides - (1937 - Star Scout)
John Wray 1937
Warren Bills - (1939 - First Class Scout)
Ralph Back - (1939 - Second Class Scout)
Richard Allen - (1939 - Second Class Scout)
Robert Trescott - (1939 - Second Class Scout)
William Trescott - (1939 - Second Class Scout)
Elwood Daniels - Pathfinding
William Teeter - Civics & Bird Study
Clarence VanDerwerken - First Aid
Paul Hines - Bird Study
Malcomb Newton - Bird Study
Donald Nice - Bird Study
Charles Roberts - Bird Study
Arthur VanDerwerken - Bird Study
John Wray - Bird Study

Troop 49 (?? – 1951 – 1980 – ??) United Methodist Church

- 1951 - LaVerne Maples
- 1980 - Jerry Culbertson

1963 - 1968
- Keith Moose
- Wayne Maples
- Dave Merril

Troop 87 (?? – 1980 – ??) Daniel Goho American Legion Post 87

- 1980 - : Vernon Kline

District Commissioner’s – Dansville District – Steuben Area Council

1930 - John R. Blum



Current Boy Scout troops in Dansville, NY:

Troop 38 (Established in 1924) Troop nickname: Red Jacket Troop 38 (1928-1940+?)

Boy Scouts of America, Dansville, New York


Dansville Boy Scout Rescues Lad From Drowning at “Rocks”


Richard Nagle of Troop 38 in Line for Award of Heroism. Through a letter to Scout Executive P. L. Dunn, a Dansville Boy Scout was credited with saving a lad from drowning at the Rocks recently.  The Following letter explains the details:

                                                   17 Chestnut Ave.
                                                   Dansville, N. Y.
                                                      July 13, 1926

My dear Mr. Dunn:
I am writing to you to let you of the possibility of having another
life saving badge in the Steuben County. Council. Richard Nagle, a
first class scout from Troop thirty-eight of Dansville, last
Wednesday pulled Sylvester Hackett out of the "Rocks." Dansville's
public swimming pool.
I was at the place at the time but was not at the pool. From what I
am told. Hackett was standing on the edge of an eighteen inch cliff.
Accidentally he slipped and fall into over seven feet of water.
The boy could not swim and was unable to call for help. Nagle
fortunately saw him struggling. He took a surface dive and went in
and pulled Hackett to safety.
Hackett later said that he tried to call for help but was unable to
do so. He said that he didn't think he could have got out alone.
Richard is at camp now and you could get more details from him. I
thought probably you would like another Life Saving Badge in Steuben
County Council as would everyone else.
                                         Sincerely yours,
                                               John Holden

In acknowledgement of the above, Mr. Dunn answered as follows:

                                                     Hornell. N. Y.
                                                      July 17, 1926
Mr. John Holden,
27 Chestnut Avenue,
Dansville, N.Y.
Dear Mr. Holden,
Thank  you for calling our attention to the life saving feat of Scout
Richard Nagle. I read your letter at our Camp Gorton campfire. It
certainly did get a tremendous applause.
I am following it at once with our National Court of Honor to see if a heroism award or certificate may be secured.
                                          Sincerely yours,
                                                  P.L. Dunn

Richard is a first class scout of Troop 38 and has a long list of merit badges.


From Blue to Red


Troop 38 announces the adoption of a troop name. They have chosen that of the Red Jacket troop. It seems there is no other personage that holds the close affiliation with motives and ideals to the scouts as that of Red Jacket.

This famed Indian Chief spent the greater part of his years In the Genesee Country. He was a pacifier and a warrior. He straightened out differences between the red men and the white men when this territory was a virgin forest. He fought with the true blood of his ancestors for that which is right. With these characteristics as examples, members of the Red Jacket troop hope to carry on the scouting projects.  Thus with the adoption of this name, they have changed their characteristic blue neckerchiefs to that of bright red, the emblem of a fighting spirit, characterizing Red Jacket.

The Red Jacket Troops is one of the few in the country that has adopted a troop name.  They shall be known hereafter, not as Troop 38, but as the Red Jacket troop of the Steuben county council.

1928: Red Jacket Troop 38 planted 5,000 pine trees on the George Schwingel farm near Loon Lake.

1929: Steuben Area Council Troop 38 was awarded with the 1929 Silver Bar along with 15 other troops in the council.  the Silver Bar is the highest honor awarded to any troop during any year. Troops rate themselves on Meetings, Attendance, Hikes, Advancements and News.  The highest score for each month is 100 points, and those who score 800 or better over twelve months are recognized by the Rotary Clubs with the Silver Bar Award.  Troop 38 ended up with 940 points

Charles McLane, 17. son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred McLane. is the highest ranking Boy Scout of about 1.000 youths in the Steuben Council. A member of Red Jacket Troop 38 here, he has earned 58 merit badges.  Genesee Country Express, 1979 (A Look at History From the Files)

1934: Rochester Boy Scouts to Oppose Local Troop

Milton Shafer and his staff from Crusader Troop 200 of Rochester, sponsored by St. Boniface Church of that city, called on the staff of Red Jacket Troop 38 last night to make plans for an inter-troop meeting, a week from Friday at 7:30 p. m.at K. of C. hall. The Crusader troop will bring 50 boys.

Red Jacket Troop was decisively defeated in the competitive events between the two troops at Rochester last fall, but is looking forward to a victory here. The events will include semaphore signaling, fire by friction, fire by flint and steel and the usual events that mark council and district rallies.

The Crusader troop has been strong for the past three years, winning practically all major events in the Rochester area. Meetings between the two troops have been brought about through the efforts of the Rev. J. R. Rauber of St. Mary’s Church here. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE, NEW YORK FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1934)

1940: St. Mary’s Church: The Red Jacket Troop 38, Boy Scouts, will begin their weekly meetings at the K. of C. Hall tonight. All members are asked to be present and also all others who wish to join. The meeting will be called at 7:30 p.m. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE, N. Y., MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1940)

1971: 38 from 38 Fly High On Air Force Base Tour – Members of Boy Scout Troop 38 were given a close look at military flying operations last weekend when they were guests of the United States Air Force at the base in Niagara Falls.

The thirty-eight boys and their ‘leaders arrived at the Falls on Friday night where they were billeted in reservists quarters. Meals were served through the regular Air Force mess facilities.

A highlight of the trip was when the scouts were given the opportunity to inspect a C-130 cargo plane from the tip of its radar equipped nose to its 30-foot high tail. The young visitors were permitted to sit in the pilot’s seat and experiment with the controls of this huge aircraft which is so versatile it can operate on a variety of fuels and requires only 3000 feet of runway to become airborne.

Another point of interest at the base, visited by the boys, was the section housing fire fighting apparatus and crash equipment. This safety equipment is on the alert not only for the Air Force operations but also for Bell Aerospace and Niagara Falls International Airport. All use the excellent 9000 foot runway at the base.

Side trips from the military installation included trips to the Aquarium and to the New York State Power Vista. The troop returned home on Sunday afternoon. Transportation was by St. Mary’s School Bus piloted by Edward J. Acomb.

Boys who made the trip were Kenneth Holmes, Charles Infantine. Robert Infantine Steve Infantine John Lauffer, Dennis Leven; Tom Leyden, Matt McConnell, Jay Morsch, Andy Rathburn, Mike Rathbum, Brent Rauber, Mark Redding, David Acomb, Doug Acomb, Doug Atwell, Marty Bailey, Brayton Baker, Paul Black, William Cramer, Edward Derowitsch, Ronald Domescek, Jim Drum, Mark Drum, Mark Duffy, Mike Dugo, Peter Fox, Mike Gould, Mike Sauerbier, Jim Sauerbier. Kieth Smith, Steve Smith, Mike Sweet, Jeff Tracy, Tom VanDurme, Mike Vogt, and Tom Fires.

Adults accompanying the group were Scoutmaster John Rauber, Assistant Scoutmasters Robert Hayes and Willard Cramer, and adult volunteers Stanley Mastin. Walter Kennel, and Robert Drum. (Genesee Country Express, 1971)

1979: Boy Scouts Earn medals Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 38 were honored during the presentation of Religious Emblem Awards during a ceremony in St. Mary’s Church Sunday morning.

The Ad Altare Dei Award was presented to Brian Bartalo, Chris Jaeger, Steven Powell, Michael Belanger and Charles Belanger. These scouts worked for more than a year to meet requirements under the direction of Carolyn Hitchcock who was assisted by Victor Gessner and Phillip Cox.

Mark Jaeger and Patrick Jaeger received the Pope Pius XII award. Their counselor, Scoutmaster John Rauber, said the award is a relatively new program and designed for older scouts who have already earned the Ad Altare Dei medal. The two Jaeger brothers earned the Ad Altare Dei while members of Troop 26 in Malone. They are the first in Steuben Area Council to receive the Pope Pius award.

All of the awards were presented during the ceremony by the Rev. Frances Davis and, the Rev. George Wiant. Requirements for the award included a field trip to St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester. Troop 38 is sponsored by Dansville Council 785, Knights of Columbus, and St. Mary’s Church. (Genesee Country Express, Thursday, October 4, 1979)

1980:  Boy Scout’s Survey ‘No-Numbers’

More than 200 dwellings in Dansville would be difficult to locate because house numbers are missing or not visible. This could seriously delay arrival of fire equipment, ambulance or police in an emergency situation when minutes count.

The number defects were detected by William R. Waterhouse during a recent survey of 64 streets in the village. A member of Boy Scout Troop 38. Bill planned and carried out the project with wholehearted approval of Police Chief Marc Vernam and Fire Chief David Wolf. It had been previously approved by the Thunderbird Advancement Committee of Steuben Area Council. Each scout, working toward the Eagle Award, is required to complete an extensive service project of this nature

Bill walked many miles over a 10-day period to make the survey. In addition he delivered a letter, explaining need for legible numbers, to each dwelling at fault Some residents were not aware they lived in unnumbered houses.

Response to the letters has been encouraging. A letter from Chief Vernam congratulated Bill and noted. “Since Bill started his house numbering awareness program, this department and the village clerk’s office have received many calls requesting house numbers or the correction of number difference. — Bill’s project shows true interest and concern for the community and his fellow Dansvillians.”

Bill was encouraged in this undertaking by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Waterhouse of 19 Clinton St.

Photo Caption – BUSY PROJECT – Bill Waterhouse leaves one of the residences in the community that lacked a house number as he carries out an extensive survey on the ”location system” which sometimes can be confusing. (Page 16—Genesee Country Express, Thursday, March 13, 1980)


Chartered/Sponsored Organization
1929 - 1930: St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Catholic Church's
- 1946 - : Knight's of Columbus
- 1972 - : St. Mary's Church
- 1974 - : St. Mary's Church and Knight's of Columbus
- 1980+ - : St. Mary's Church and Knight's of Columbus
- 1983 - 1985: St. Mary's Church and Pinta Club
2014 - present: Catholic Family (St. Mary's Church)
- 1937 - Joseph Sonne
- 1939 - Charles T. McLane
- 1946 - James Cox
19?? Andrew Sauerbier
- 1951 - Clyde Smith
1966 - 1984+ John Rauber (eagle scout)
20?? - 2013? David Knights
2014? - 2015 Marty Spoor
2016 - 2017 James Cotton

Assistant Scoutmaster
1939 - Stanley Driscoll, Norbert C. Blum, Richard Schwan
1980-1981 Willard Cramer
Committee Chair (committeemen):
1937-1939 Harold A. Smith (Council President 1936-1937?)
1946 Charles McLane
1980 Paul Sauerbier
1981 Robert F. Hayes
1985 James Sauerbier
2015 David Knights

Committee Members
1939 - Rev. John A. Smith, Rev. Edward M. Scheid, Rev. Joseph Merkel, James J. Swift
1980 Andrew Sauerbier
2015 Jean Gridley

1980 Frank Gilligan
2015 Sarah Mehlenbacher

1980 Jack Vogt

Outdoor Program:
1980 Robert Drum (Norbert C.?)
1980 Stanley Mastin


Andrew Sauerbier pre 1930
Charles McLane - (Pre 1929 Eagle Scout) 1929 - 58 merit badges
James Cox - (1930 - Eagle Scout)
James McDonald - (Pre 1930 Eagle Scout, 1930 - Silver Palm) May have been in Troop 40

Prior to 1939
Daniel Albert - (Pre 1939 Eagle Scout)
William Blum - (Pre 1939 Eagle Scout)
John Mahany - (Pre 1939 Eagle Scout)

James Albert - (1937 - Star Scout)
Donald Fries - (1937 - Star Scout)
Donald Wise - (1937 - Star Scout)

James Albert - (1939 - Eagle Scout) son of Mrs. Simon Albert
Donald Wise - (1939 - Eagle Scout) son of Mrs. Dwight Wise
James Kelly - (1939 - First Class)
Thomas Rauber - (1939 - First Class)
Lewis VanDurme - (1939 - First & Second Class)
Richard Cross - (1939 - Second Class)
James Huver (1939 - Tenderfoot)
Philip VanDurme (1939 - Tenderfoot)
Carl Hasbee (1939 - Tenderfoot)
Wallace Palmer (1939 - Tenderfoot)

John Huffman - (1962 - Order of the Arrow)
Ronald Morsch - (1962 - Order of the Arrow)
Fred Trautlein - (1962 - Order of the Arrow)
Prior to 1972
William Cramer (Pre 1972 Eagle Scout/Bronze Palm)
Michael Johnson (Pre 1972 Eagle Scout)
Stephen Smith (Pre 1972 Eagle Scout)
Mark Redding
Tom Leyden
Tom VanDurme
see 1971 below...
Ronald Domescek (1972 - Eagle Scout)
Daniel Hayes (1972 - Eagle Scout)
Douglas Acomb (1972 Sr. Patrol Leader - Life Scout)
Rick Johnson (1972 Sr. Patrol Leader - Life Scout)
David Acomb (1972 Patrol Leader -Star Scout)
Peter Fox (1972 Patrol Leader -Star Scout)
Charles Infantino (1972 Patrol Leader -Star Scout)
Robert Infantino (1972 Patrol Leader - Life Scout)
James Sauerbier (1972 Patrol Leader - Life Scout) 1974 Camp Gorton Honor Camper of the week
Mike Gould (1972 - Life Scout)
Mark VanDurme (1972 - Life Scout)
Mike Rathburn (1972 - Life Scout)
Jim Drum (1972 - First Class)
Randy Mastin (1972 - First Class)
Mat McConnell (1972 - First Class)
Andy Rathburn (1972 - First Class)
Brent Rauber (1972 - First Class)
Mark Redding (1972 - First Class)
Mike Sauerbier (1972 - First Class)
Steve Infantino (1972 - First Class)
Mark Josette (1972 - First Class)
John Lauffer (1972 - First Class)
Mike Vogt(1972 - First Class)
Tom VanDurme (1972 - First Class)
John Duffy (1972 - Second Class)
Tomas Leyden (1972 - Second Class)
John Smith (1972 - Second Class)
Ken Holmes (1972 - Second Class)
Don Kinny (1972 - Second Class)
Jim Lemen (1972 - Second Class)
Matt VanDurme (1972 - Second Class)
Doug Atwell (1972 - Second Class)
Mark Duffy (1972 - Star Scout)
Mike Dugo (1972 - Star Scout)
Dennis Leven (1972 - Star Scout)
Matt Rathburn (1972 - Star Scout)
Mike Henchen (1972 - Star Scout)
James Basta (1972 - Star Scout)
Mike Sweet (1972 - Star Scout)
Terry Sauebier (1972 - Tenderfoot)
Roger Howard (1972 - Tenderfoot)
David Johnson (1972 - Tenderfoot)
Rick Wolf (1972 - Tenderfoot)

James Sauerbier (1974 - Eagle Scout) Camp Gorton Honor Camper of the week (son of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Sauerbier
Randy Mastin
Bill Nunsell
Matt Rathburn
Mark Redding

1975 James Sauerbier - youth represenative speaker at Bishop's dinner

William "Bill" Waterhouse
John Schleyer
Tom Snyder
Nick Chiumento
Chris Hamsher
Ken Esserine
Herb Mower
Joe Snyder
Chris Jaeger
Steve Powell
Mark Pfuntner
Troy Pfuntner
Jon Bennett
Brian Bartalo
William Waterhouse (1980 - Eagle Scout)
Brian Bartalo (1980 - Life Scout)
Steve Powell (1980 - Life Scout)
Jeff Spencer (1980 - Life Scout)
Mark Pfuntner (1980 - Star Scout) Camp Gorton Honor Camper of the wk
Craig Howe (1980 - Star Scout)
Troy Pfutner (1980 -  Star Scout)
John Schleyer (1980 - Star Scout)
Ken Esserine (1980 - First Class)
Nick Chiumento (1980 -Second Class)
Chris Hamsher (1980 - Second Class)
Chris Jaeger 1980
Mike Rittenhouse (1980 - Second Class)
Robert Welch (1980 - Second Class)
Chris White (1980 - Second Class)

William Waterhouse (1980 - Eagle Scout) earned Bronze and Gold Palms
Patrick Jaeger - (1981 - Eagle Scout)
Christopher Jaeger - (1981 - Eagle Scout)
Brian Bartalo - (1981 - Life Scout)
Craig Howe - (1981 - Life Scout)
Mark Pfuntner - (1981 - Life Scout)
Troy Pfuntner - (1981 - Life Scout)
John Schleyer - (1981 - Life Scout)
Chris Hamsher - (1981 - Star Scout)
Kenneth Esserine - (1981 - First Class)
Steven Jaeger - (1981 - First Class)
Steven Rauber - (1981 - First Class)
Christopher White - (1981 - First Class)
Gregory Beardsley - (1981 - Tenderfoot)
Michael Beardsley - (1981 - Tenderfoot)
David Hamsher - (1981 - Tenderfoot)
Stephen Leven - (1981 - Tenderfoot)
Michael Guy - (1981 - Scout)
Peter Hillier - (1981 - Scout)

Chris Halbert
Ray Caron
Andrew Sanderson
Rob Canuti
Joseph Cox
Thomas Knapp
David Whiteman
Steve Jaeger
James Lungu
Richy Scott
Daniel Miller
Dave Hamsher
Chris Hamsher
Thomas Linzy
Paul New
Adam Northrup
Toby Pfutner
Jon Martina
David E. Werth Jr.

Brian Bartalo - (1984 - Eagle Scout) 11 years? in Troop 38
Rick Carberry - (1984 - Life Scout)
David Werth Jr. - (1984 - Life Scout)
Stephen Leven - (1984 - Star Scout)
Peter Howe - (1984 - Star Scout)
Tom Acomb - (1984 - Star Scout)
Tom Knapp - (1984 - Star Scout)
Adam Northrup - (1984 - Star Scout)
Dan Miller - (1984 - First Class)
Pat Harris - (1984 - First Class)
Brian Weiler - (1984 - First Class)
Tom Humphrey - (1984 - First Class)
Doug LaBell - (1984 - Second Class)
Tom Linzy - (1984 - Second Class)
Chris Halbert - (1984 - Second Class)
Zachery Walker - (1984 - Second Class)
Rob Canuti - (1984 - Second Class)
Andy Sanderson - (1984 - Second Class)
Rich Scott - (1984 - Second Class)
Jeremy Daly - (1984 - Tenderfoot)
Chris Nixon - (1984 - Tenderfoot)
Rob Harris - (1984 - Tenderfoot)
Chris VanAuken - (1984 - Tenderfoot)
Jamie LaBell - (1984 - Scout)
Steve Wamp - (1984 - Scout)
Dan O'Connor - (1984 - Scout)
Imran Qureshi - (1984 - Scout)
Kurt VanDerwerken - (1984 - Scout)

Stephen Jaeger 1985 a principal speakers at Diocesean Committee on scouting



Troop 73 (Established in 1938)

Chartered Organization
- 1980 - present: St. Paul's Lutheran Church
- 1951 - William J. Huver
- 1980 - Richard MacDonald
- ???? - 2014 James Burgess
- 2014 - present Terry Young

Bill Fisher (1951 - Eagle Scout)



Dansville Boy Scout news:

1917: DANSVILLE SAYS GOODBY TO 54 SOLDIER BOYS Band Plays ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me” as They March Away.

DANSVILLE, July 17—(Special). — Fifty-four Dansville boys voluntarily marched away yesterday with flying colors and the band slaying “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” to en train for Buffalo and the unknown future as soldiers of the 74th regiment.

Of these 18 were ‘enlisted soldiers clothed in khaki. The 33 recruits were In citizens’ clothes. Besides these 54 volunteers there are 29 others, cavalrymen, infantrymen and men of the aviation, marine and hospital forces; five in the officers’ reserves, one In the signal corps, the latest additions being Dr. J. C Dorr in the medical corps, and Dr. W D. Conklln of the officer reserve medical training corps.

In accordance with the proclamation of Mayor Stiegler Monday was a half holiday. The big industries closed their doors. On Main street a grandstand was erected in front of the post office and it was trimmed with flags. The Stars and Stripes floated from buildings and houses. The Dansville band donated Its services.

The veterans of Seth N. Hedges post, G. A. R . cheered the future soldier and were represented on the grandstand by their commander, Oscar Woodruff of the Dansville Express. Seated with him were Mayor Joseph Stiegler. Robert Pratt, attorney of the village, chairman, the village trustees and the orators of the day, Sireno F Adams esquire, Jonathan B. Morey and Rev. Leo G. Hofschneider Inspiring words were spoken ending with Father Hofschneider’s counsel and benediction.

A fine new flag was presented to the Dansville boys by Ira Allen, a blind veteran of the Civil war. The line of march was formed with the G. A. R. men leading, followed by the band, the newly enlisted men. the recruits and the fife and drum corps of the Boy Scouts. Troop 1 and 2 Boy Scouts, the men of the Power Specialty company and the Blum Shoe Manufacturing company. The marchers paraded up Main to the Breeze block, then back to Perine, whence the soldier hoys were taken In autos to the Lackawanna station. (BUFFALO EVENING NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 17, 1917.)

DANSVILLE GIVES 74TH RECRUITS BIG SEND-OFF – Mayor and Band Heads Delegation to Buffalo With 75 Young Patriots.

Seventy-five recruits obtained In Dansville for the 74th infantry arrived in Buffalo at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon The new men of the local regiment arrived via the Lackawanna coming in special car, accompanied by Mayor Streigler, a committee of Dansville business men and the Dansville band.

The departure yesterday of the recruits from Dansville was made a civic holiday, all business being suspended and the whole village turning out to do honor to the soldiers-to-be who were given a great send off by their townfolk. There was a parade, speeches and final good-byes.

The recruits and the Dansville escort were met at the Lackawanna station at the foot of Main street by a detail of the 74th infantry In command of Lieutenant Frank H. Bloomer with wagon train for their baggage and the Dansvillians were taken to the Connecticut street armory. They went through Main street to Niagara and thence to the armory, the Dansville band playing patriotic airs.

The Dansville men will become regular soldiers by this evening and will “begin the  grind” tomorrow as part of the local regiment. (BUFFALO EVENING NEWS: TUESDAY, JULY 17, 1917.)


1927: Steuben Area Council members from Dansville are B.H. Knapp (Council Vice President #2 of 3), A.E. Maloney, W.J. Braman and Simon Albert (Evening Tribune-Times, Tuesday, December 13, 1927)

1932: Looking Backward: John R. Blum, scout  commissioner of the Dansville district has appointed Thomas Donoghue as a deputy commissioner. Mr. Donoghue is a member of the Steuben Council, an active member of the local board of review and one of the committee of Red Jacket Troop. Genesee Country Express And Advertiser, Thursday April 9, 1942

1930: Steuben Area Council Championship – Red Jacket Troop 38 is determined to take the Inspection honor.

1936: Steuben Area Council Camporee – Red Jacket Troop 38, Boy Scouts, of Dansville covered itself with glory at the Steuben Area Council camporee held in Maple City Park, Hornell. Friday, Saturday and Sunday by winning the tug-of-war in the championship events Saturday afternoon. In the games preceding the championships Red Jacket Troop won in fire by flint and steel and water boiling.  The 1,500 scouts in attendance included a large representation from Dansville’s three troops. Red Jacket 38, Roosevelt 40 and Genesee Valley 41.

(Dansville Breeze, MONDAY, JUNE 29, 1936)

1939: Steuben Area Council consisted of 4 Districts; Corning, Bath, Hornell and Dansville.  Representing Dansville at the Commissioners Meeting in March of 1939 was T.W. Donoghue.  Two provisional Troops were unanimously endorsed to participate in the New York’s World’s Fair.  Boys would be selected from the entire (Council) area. (Dansville Breeze, Wednesday, March 15, 1939)

Ralph W. Clements: chairman of local Scout Board of Review, said he liked to see boys advance to First Class rank but derived greater pleasure in seeing the boys continue their advancements.  He presented a Life Scout Award to Richard Applin.  This award is in recognition of 10 merit badges, 5 of which were in required subjects.  (Dansville Breeze, Tuesday, April 11, 1939)

Boy Scout Board Of Review Meets – Dansville—A meeting of the Boy Scout Board of Review was held Monday night at (the Library. Vincent Blakely, assisted by Robert Cook, Stephen Lanphear and Calvin Knapp, directed the meeting.

Sixteen advancements were approved. They were: Ralph Back, Richard Allen, Robert Trescott and William Trescott of Troop 41, Second Class. Warren Bills of Troop 41 and Louis VanDurme of Troop 38, First Class; Elwood Daniels of Troop 41, Pathfinding; William Teeter of Troop 41, Civics; Clarence VanDerwerken, Troop 41, First Aid; Paul Hines, Malcomb Newton, Donald Nice, Charles Roberts, William Teeter, Arthur VanDerwerken and John Wray of Troop 41. Bird Study. (GENESEE COUNTRY EXPRESS AND ADVERTISER, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1939)

1946: Leaders Plan Scout Activities Chairmen for the Boy Scout activities of the coming year will be named and a program for the next four months in Red Jacket District of the Steuben Council will be drawn up at a meeting at Bryant Hotel, Wayland, this evening.

Kenneth Davis, Wayland, district committee chairman, will appoint leaders of the following committees: Finance, camping and activities, organization and extension, leadership training, advancement, health and safety.

After the various chairmen have named their committees, they will go into various conferences to plan activities of the Red Jacket Scouts for June through September.

Attending from Dansvllle were to be Charles T. McLane, Edward Morsch, Norbert Blum, Jack Lee, Wiliard Morris, Lewis Bradley, Ray Finch, C. E. Moose, John Schwingle, John Greer, William Huver, T. W. Donoghue, Charles Reinholtz, Richard Campbell.  (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE, N. Y., THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 1946)

Set Weekend Camp At Hornell Park Amory Houghton, national Boy Scout organisation president, will attend a three-day Steuben Area Council Boy Scout camporee at Maple City Park, Hornell, starting Friday, June 28.

The chief Scouter of the land will be on hand to award advancements to boys of the area at a court of honor scheduled for 8 pan. Saturday. A camp fire hour will follow with demonstrations of Scout lore and amusing skits.

Nearly 1,500 boys and their leaders are expected to attend from the Dansvllle area Red Jacket District including Springwater, Wayland, Canaseraga, North Cohocton, Atlanta and Dansvllle as well as from Bath District, Corning District, Kancadea District and Southern District.

The camporee will open at 1 p.m. Friday with some troops arriving on Saturday. Equipment will be carried by individual troops as well as food supplies.

Among features of the camporee will be swimming and movies Saturday morning, demonstrations and contests in the afternoon, a parade at 7 p.m. and a court of honor and council camp fire in the evening. Church service arrangements have been made so that every boy may attend a church of his own faith Sunday morning.

Emblems are to be given to each at the boys present to be worn on the right pocket of the uniform to signify through the year the attendance at the annual affair. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE, N. Y., June 20, 1946)

Lawrence Parka, chairman of the Camping and Activities Committee of Red Jacket Scout District, has announced that there will be a picnic and meeting for scoutmasters and others interested in scouting, at Glendale, near Springwater this Thursday evening at 6:30 o’clock.

The Red Jacket District comprises the communities of Cohocton, Springwater, Atlanta, North Cohocton, Wayland, Canaseraga, Swains and Dansville.  The purpose of the meeting this evening, is to review plans for the Red Jacket Camporee which will be held at Glendale, September 13, 14 and 15, and to afford Scoutmasters an opportunity to make suggestions regarding the program.

The theme of the Camporee will be a demonstration project, with one or more demonstrations to be given by each troop. This part of the program will give the scouts actual experience, and also enable them to learn various phases of scouting from other troops presenting demonstrations. Parents and friends will gain considerable worthwhile Information from the demonstrations which will be given by the boys.

Plans will be completed at the meeting, for a picnic for all area cub scouts and their parents, which will be a feature of the Saturday afternoon, September 14th Camporee program. Following a picnic lunch each pack will present a five-minute stunt which will be followed by evening camp fire. (GENESEE COUNTRY EXPRESS AND ADVERTISER, DANSVILLE, N. Y„ THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 1946)

Troop 38 was Chartered by the Knights of Columbus in the Red Jacket District (Scout Commissioner (1937 -? 1946) : Tom Donoghue of Dansville) of Steuben Area Council.  Scoutmaster: James Cox

Troop Committee: Charles McLane (Chair), Jacob Fries, Edward Brogan, Harold Smith and Norbert Blum.

1949: Scouts to Gather For District Rally At H.S. Gymnasium Area Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will gather tomorrow night at the Dansville Central School gymnasium for the Red Jacket District Scout rally, to begin at 7:30 pan.

Participating will be about 90 Scouts from Dansville, Wayland, Atlanta, Canaseraga and Cohocton. Demonstrations will follow the opening ceremony and formal review.

The Cub Scouting demonstration will include exhibits, and giving of the Cub sign, Cub promise. Law of the Pack, Pack Yell, Pack Song.

After a Scout song test, a patrol of five Scouts will solve a first aid problem provided by the director of the event. Another patrol of six Scouts will then give a knot-tying exhibition.

Designed to provide laughs tor the crowd is the dressing race. Scouts will dispose of articles of their clothing at 20 foot intervals, then return on the same course and don them again. They will be judged on appearance at the race’s conclusion.

A Morse signaling test will be conducted, followed by demonstrations on making fire by bow and drill, and by flint and steel.

A troop yell contest, a bugling contest, shoe scramble and Court of Honor are concluding events. Lawrence Parks of Wayland is Rally chairman. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE N. Y., TUESDAY, MAR. 1, 1949)

1951: Wester Honored For Scout Work – William A Wester of Dansville recently was presented a Boy Scout Statuette in recognition of his service as Red Jacket District Commissioner of Steuben Area Council for the past two years.

The award was given by Lawrence A Parks of Wayland, district chairman of the Red Jacket District, before many Scouters of the area. Wester is leaving March 13 for Fort Devens, Mass., where he will report for service with the 1170th army service unit. He holds a reserve commission as first lieutenant.

As District Commissioner, Wester has been responsible for the training and guidance of the unit leaders of the District area in program planning, unit operation, defining unit relationships, cooperation with local Civil Defense organization and conducting monthly Scout Leaders’ round tables.

A nominating committee has been named to choose Wester’s successor. The  committee Includes Kenneth P. Davis of  Wayland, Dr. Charles A Calder and Robert A. Gray of Dansville. They will report a t the next district meeting, March 14 at Cohocton Methodist Church. (DANSVILLE BREEZE, DANSVILLE. N. Y., TUESDAY, MAR. 6, 1951)

Hundred Scouts Due for Camporee – MORE THAN 100 Red Jacket District Boy Scouts from six villages are expected to pitch their tents for A camporee at Dansville Fish & Came Club this weekend.

The three-day outing will get under way at 4 p.m. Friday, and wind up after the noon meal Sunday.

Scouts will pitch their own tents on the game club grounds, and cook their own grub. A lively program has been mapped out by George Lyman of Wayland, District Commissioner.

It will include a tour of one of the Dansville industries Saturday, and a big campfire Saturday night.

Campfire Program

Senior Scouts will give Scouting demonstrations around the campfire, and each Troop will give a demonstration.

Cub Packs have been invited to bring picnic lunches to the camp, fire, with the dinner bell to sound at 5 p.m. Each Pack will present a skit or demonstration around the campfire.

Best news of all is that Paul Lehman of Wayland will be present, when the fire is burning low, to tell about the Wild West, about Buffalo Bill and Rattlesnake Gulch.

Mr. Lehman is the author of many Western novels, and is an authority on Western history.

To Church on Sunday

On Sunday, Catholic boys will attend services at St. Patrick’s Church, while Protestant boys will attend the Methodist Church.

Present for the camporee will be Scouts from Dansville, Wayland, Springwater, Cohocton, Canaseraga and Atlanta.  (DANSVILLE BREEZE, TUESDAY, MAY 1, 1951)


Scout Council Camporee Set For Next Month The annual spring Camporee of the Steuben Area Boy Scout Council will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 3- 4-5, at Camp Gorton on Waneta Lake. Theme for the event will be “Golden Jubilee of Scouting in America,” and special program features will observe the 50 years of service.

Each of the three districts will have their own Camporee spot at the 436-acre camp with the Red Jacket District holding forth on the Hilltop campsite; southeast district will have the area directly behind the equipment building; and the western district will use the south field.

Each district has planned their own program with district and troop campfires set for Friday night and field event competitions on Saturday. Closing ceremonies are scheduled Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday evening, there will be a Council Campfire in which ail three districts will participate. Church services will be conducted Sunday morning for all faiths followed by the council competitions between the district winners to determine the council championships in signaling, knot tying and first aid.

It is expected a total of 1,500 scouts from 55 troops will participate in this annual event.  (DANSVILLE BREEZE, Tuesday, May 24, 1960)

1972: Dansville Boy Scouts part of the Red Jacket District

1981: Steuben Area Thunderbird District – For his 55 years of service to Scouting, Andrew P. Sauerbier, a Troop 38 Committeeman heading the advancement program, was given special recognition. Through the years he has served as assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, and Troop Committee chairman.


Dansville Cub Scouts

Current Cub Scout pack is Pack 71 (St. Mary’s Catholic Church)

- 1980 - : Ronald Wolf
- 2010 - present: Terry Young

William Waterhouse

PACK 71, Dansville, New York

Former Cub Scout Packs

Pack 41 (Dansville Rotary)

Dansville Scouts Take Top Honors At Cohocton Rally Cut Scout Pads 41 of Dansville was awarded. first prize in the Scout Week display in the window of The Geo. W. Feck Co. store.

Dansville’s Cub Scouts, accompanied by Packmaster Robert Holbrook and Assistant Packmaster Lloyd Mahoney, put on a military drill that drew rounds of applause.


- 1980 - : Phillip Murphy

Pack 87 (Daniel Goho American Legion Post 87)

Cub Scout news


Cab Scout Charter Night Slated Dec. 2 The newly formed Cub Pack sponsored by the Dansville Rotary Club will hold the first meeting on Thursday evening, December 2 at the high school gym, it was announced by Walter J. Blum, chairman of the Rotary Club Community Service Committee.

It is expected at that time that the Charter will be presented by a representative of the Steuben Area Boy Scout Council to John C. Ouderkirk Jr., Rotary Club president.

Mr. Blum said that five dens have been completely organized and a re holding weekly meetings. The theme for the month of November is “Hobbies.” (Genesee Country Express & Advertiser DANSVILLE, N. Y. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1948)


1915 Poster

On this date: The debut of “Dansville Turns 200” appears in Genesee Country Express

March 19, 1992

“Dansville Turns 200” was a weekly newspaper column that ran in the Genesee Country Express from March 19, 1992 to January 28, 1996. In 201 installments, each representing one calendar year, the history of Dansville, New York was told, from its earliest white settlement to the celebration of the village bicentennial. Included in each article was a summary of the major events of the world, the nation, and the region for the year being covered, to try to give some perspective to what kind of world surrounded Dansville at the time. This project was the end result of many hundreds of hours of research, spread out over several years; and I received plenty of help. Among those to whom I owe thanks: Richard Eades, the high school teacher whose local history course set me on this path; the late historian Wilfred J. Rauber, who was of tremendous help to me during my initial researches in the mid-1980’s; Teresa Canuti and the other employees at the Dansville Public Library, for their helpfulness in my endeavors there; and for the editors of the Genesee Country Express, for allowing me access to their back issues, and, of course, for publishing my column. And many thanks to all who provided encouragement and compliments on what was, from beginning to end, a labor of love.

David Gilbert

On this date: Dansville Seminary was incorporated by the New York State Regents

On January 14, 1858, the Dansville Seminary was incorporated by the New York State Regents, under the sponsorship of the East Genesee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Classes began in September in a rented building, and later moved to the second story of the District No. 2 school building on Ossian and Spruce, while plans were made to construct a permanent edifice on the hillside. Over 200 pupils enrolled the first year; and for nearly 30 years, though troubled by periods of financial instability, the Seminary would be an important educational institution for the Dansville area.

1858 Dansville Seminary from old map

On September 24, Ex-President Millard Fillmore paid his first visit to Dansville since his 1814 apprenticeship to Benjamin Hungerford. With his old friend William Scott, he visited the site in West Sparta where he had spent those several memorable months; the old carding mill was long gone, and the spot was overgrown with bushes. He also gave a speech for the students at the Seminary. A few months previously, the village had dedicated the newly-completed, three-story brick building on East Hill, behind the street which would, for a number of years, be called Seminary Street (now Health Street; the building itself later housed the King’s Daughters Home).

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great poet and essayist, visited Dansville in January 1865, to give a speech before the Gentlemen’s Lyceum of the Dansville Seminary.

Dansville Seminary College Currency $50

Dansville, in 1877, was a village with an educational system that was showing its age. Although there were 1344 school-age children in the area, the average attendance in the town’s six school districts totaled a measly 269. Talk of unifying the districts had begun, but nothing would come of it right away. In addition, the Dansville Seminary was in a perpetual state of near financial collapse. One of the Seminary’s newest teachers, Dr. Julian B. Hubbell, had come to Dansville in 1876 to help his brother-in-law, Samuel H. Goodyear, run the Seminary. In time, his destiny would be linked with that of another village newcomer…Clara Barton.

Not quite dead in 1880, but close to it, was the Dansville Seminary. The once-distinguished school was on its last legs, owing largely to a depletion of state funds and the withdrawal of patronage by the Methodist Episcopal Conference. In April a village meeting was held to attempt to save it from financial ruin. Clara Barton was among those who spoke on behalf of the Seminary, which was spared, at least temporarily, from dissolution.

By 1883 the old Seminary was now defunct; but the Seminary building became home to the new Union Free School. Late in 1882, the two village school districts had been combined, and the old brick District No. 2 school building on Ossian and Spruce was abandoned. Plans for a brand-new school-house were being considered.

Involved with the creation of the Dansville Seminary: Clara Barton, Asa Othello Bunnell, Charles Shepard (husband of Nathanial Rochester granddaughter, Katherine Rochester Coleman),…

On this date: Prohibition repealed,…

December 5, 1933

Dansville “wet” for first time since 1917.  As defined on Wikipedia.org, Prohibition is the legal act of prohibiting the manufacture, storage, transportation and sale of alcohol including alcoholic beverages. The term can also apply to the periods in the histories of the countries during which the prohibition of alcohol was enforced.

prohibition-1925 1917 marked ultimate victory for Dansville’s temperance advocates; in March elections, the sale of alcoholic beverages in the village was banned, 667-546, effective November 1. (A similar measure was passed in South Dansville.) Church bells rang the news of the victory over Demon Rum, which spelled bad news not only for those local concerns that sold liquor, but also for the local grape-growing industry, which was doomed to extinction. For the liquor-sellers in Wayland, however, this meant a business boom…at least until nationwide Prohibition kicked into effect in 1920.


As if to make up for the impending loss of beer and whiskey, brothers Steve and Chris Dromazos opened the Sugar Bowl on June 29, where ice cream sodas and milkshakes could be purchased.

Before 1920, 50% of Americans lived under Prohibition laws passed by various states; now everybody did, as the 18th Amendment went into effect the year before.


Further disillusionment came for those who had thought that Prohibition meant the end of alcoholic beverages in the U.S. If anything, alcoholism had gone up in recent years; and the rise in gangsterism, which thrived mainly on bootlegging, made the headlines with the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” between the rival gangs of “Bugs” Moran and Al Capone.


In 1933, after nearly 14 (about 17 in Dansville) disillusioning years, Prohibition in the U.S. came to end.  Given how popular Prohibition was in Dansville back in 1917, the 785-326 local vote in favor of its repeal clearly showed how great the disillusionment was. New York State was, as a whole, heavily in favor of abandoning the “Great Experiment”; in some New York City area districts, the vote was unanimous. When, in December, Utah’s vote made the repeal official, Leo Curran lost no time in obtaining a license to open a liquor store on Main Street; and in Hammondsport, thousand of gallons of wine were on hand, which could now be used for something other than religious sacraments

Alchohol Prescription 1933