Falconer historian speaks to Valley Historical Society

SINCLAIRVILLE -Members and guests of the Valley Historical Society recently heard guest speaker Brenda Cavallaro, village of Falconer historian. She reviewed Falconer’s history.

In 1808, the area was called Worksburg. Formed by Edward Work, a sawmill and a gristmill followed one year later.

In 1840, Patrick Falconer purchased most of the land and businesses, and when the DAV&P Railroad was put through the area in 1870, Falconer said he would donate land for the train station if the village was named after him. Falconer grew with its first store and then a post office. In 1888, William T. Fal-coner formed the W.T. Falconer Manufacturing Company, which is the oldest plant in Falconer, and now known as Fancher Chair.

The village was incorporated in 1891, the fire protection a few years later, the commercial building constructed in 1921, and the library enlarged in 1981. The new post office was constructed in 1971.

Interesting enough, most of the general merchandise stores were operated where people would place their order and have the items delivered. In Falconer, the first cash and carry store was formed 100 years ago. People could purchase items and carry them with them at a lesser price.

Cavallaro maintains a historical display in the upstairs of the commercial building and welcomes visitors.

During the business meeting, the group’s president, Albert Olmstead, presided The annual history fair held in September was reviewed. Special thanks was given to Larry Barmore for his efforts with the event.

Treasurer John Sipos read the minutes of the previous meeting and then gave a financial report of the history fair and the financial report of the historical society.

New items received for the museum included a corn shucker from Betty Moeller and bobsleds. A donation for pies baked by members was made by Charles Sylvester. Historian Walter Waite presented two pairs of old scissors used in wallpapering many years ago. Waite said they were used by his great-grandmother Florila Waite who lived from 1836 to 1905.

The museum is now closed for the winter and will reopen for tours in May 2014. Sipos said that he will be winterizing the museum for the winter season soon. Following the meeting, refreshments were provided and served by Audrey Prosser and Bonnie Larkin.

The next meeting of the group will be on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Cassadaga American Legion Hall. Guest speaker will be Todd Langworthy, Pomfret historian. All meetings are open to everyone.

For more information on the Valley Historical Society, write to P.O. Box 1045, Sinclairville, N.Y., 14782. New members are always welcome.