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Rushford, New York in the News

Weeping Elm Tree Landmark

Residents on West Main street are regretting the loss of part of the large weeping elm tree on Mrs. Della James' lot.  It is an old land mark and considered the oldest and largest tree in the village.  By some it is thought to be about a hundred years old and is cherished by many resident of Rushford.  People from far and near have come to view its spreading branches and have taken snap shots of its magnificient structure, but time has left its mark.

It has been known for some time that a process of decay had started in teh forks of the main branches, but not until Sunday was it discovered to be unsafe, endangering the traffic and houses nearby.  The highway Supt. was notified and he notified the electric and telephoen companies with the result with a force of men came Monday and felled the disabled branches to protect their power lines.

The Tarbell House

The TARBELL HOUSE, Rushford's only hotel, was sold last week to Mr. and Mrs. H.A. DeWITT of Franklinville who take possession immediately.

Since the death of M.M. Tarbell, Mrs. Tarbell has conducted the hotel alone and the business was so much that she did not feel able to conduct it any longer. Mr. an Mrs. DeWitt came to Rushford very much and saw great possibilities in the town and have been looking for some time for a suitable buisness to make it possible for them to remain here. Mrs. DeWitt's parents were hotel keepers at one time and she has a practical knowledgeo fthe business so that when Mrs. TARBELL wished to sell teh hotel here they were very glad of the chance to buy.

They expect to make numerous improvements in the hotel property and will keep an up-to-date and enterprising house. Rushford people are glad to have them come here to live and know know that success will be with them.

There will be no picture show this Saturday evening as they are very busy moving but next week it is expected that the shows will be started again in Grange Hall instead of Academy Hall and a new and better line of pictures will be shown.

Their comming to Rushford is a valuable asset to the town. They are enterprising, progressive young people and will do all that they can to make Rushford grow and become prosperous.

It will seem strange not to see Mrs. Tarbell in the hotel and travelers will miss her but at the same time, all feel that it is better for her and for the town to have Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt in the hotel. We are very much pleased to know that Mrs. Tarbell will not leave Rushford. She has moved into the Swain house on Buffalo Street. [Source: newspaper clipping, dated 31 Oct 1919]

Rushford Inn Sold This Week to Pennsylvania Man

After a Year in Hotel Business Here Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Sell to Relative.

The Rushford Inn, formerly the TARBELL HOUSE has again been sold, this time to A. F. Barrey of Costello, Pa., and he will take possession soon. He is here now with his family.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur DeWitt purchased the hotel property and business from Mrs. M. M. Tarbell about a year ago and at once made many changes in it so that now it has a billard room with three tables, a barber shop and a dance hall. Mr. Barry comes here well recommended as a business man with experience in the hotel and boarding house business. Mrs. Barrey is also recommended as a good cook, one of the chief requisites of the hotel business. They will conduct the hotel in about the same manner it is now conducted.

Mr. DeWitt has made no definite plans for the future as he had no idea of selling out a week ago but he is considering accepting a lucrative position with a motion picture company. [Source: newspaper clipping, dated 1920]

The First Snow Fall

The first snow of the season, a light flurry, fell last Friday afternoon in Rushford. Several Flurries with one which resembled quite a squall were reported the same day from Fairview. The saying that Allegany county has nine months winter contains more truth than poetry but prophets are predicting a long mild fall before us yet. [Source: newspaper clipping, dated 1920]

Rushford Store Building Once More Occupied and carrying On Business

Business is booming in Rushford, once more nearly all of the business places are occupied, or will be shortly. The more business places there are here, the more business we will all get and the better it is for the town and community.

Mrs. W.G. Rice has opened an ice cream parlor in the Claus building and is ready to serve Rochester ice cream and fancy dishes. She has fitted up very nice rooms and will conduct a pleasant parlor.

Mrs. Nellie McFarlan has rented the first floor of the Thomas block, owned by Grover Tapp, and will fit it up for a restaurant. Mrs. McFarlan has had much experience in restaurant work in the past and it is expected that she will have a good business here.

The only business place now vacant is the Heald store, and it would be nice to have a new business started there. It is well fitted for a store and living rooms combined.

League baseball games and band concerts during the summer months are bound to bring many to this village, while the well-stocked stores we now have should make it desireable for all teh people of this vicinity to trade here. [Source: newspaper clipping dated May 1924]

Violent Storm Does Much Damage In This Vicinity

Barn in Village Burned but Little Other Damage Here -- Many Trees Were Uprooted

Rushford was exceedingly fortunate in escaping the greater amount of damage done by a terrific wind, hail and electrical storm which swept this vicinity on Friday night. Very little damage was done here compared with other nearby towns.

On Thursday night at about twelve o'clock lightning struck and burned a barn on S.E. Wilmot's lot in this village. The barn stood just back of Wm. Sweet's and W.R. Harris' barns and these buildings might also have burned had it not been for a terrific downpour of rain which accompanied the lightning and put out the flying brands. The burned barn contained only a few farming implements and a little straw and was covered by insurance. It was a good frame but was of little use to its present owner.

At about the same time Friday night a similar storm came up but was accompanied by more wind, in some places being a veritable cyclone Franklinville, Cuba, Belfast and Mt. Morris were among the villages that sufferd the most. The greater damage was to shade trees in these villages which were uprooted or blown over. Not a street in Belfast escaped many of the fine trees in the park were destroyed.

Homer Clark's barn in this village was struck by lightning in this storm but it had a steel roof on it and did not burn. The damage was small.

Milford Hill had 100 maple trees and some apple trees blown down. Roofs were blown from barns and silos were blown down in many nearby places. Nearly every correspondent to the Spectator has an account of the storm in this paper. [Source: newspaper clipping, dated June 1924]

Newspaper clippings contributed by Carol Barber


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