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The Other British “Invasions” of Sodus Bay


Most people in the Sodus Point area, know the story about the time the British landed in Troupville (later Sodus Point) on June 19th, 1813 during the War of 1812. It did not go well for our village as they fought a skirmish with a group of farmers and militia and ended up burning all but one of the buildings.
 
Lesser known is the fact that this was not the 1st “incursion” of British Troops into Sodus Bay. Actually it was at least the third!!! Fortunately the other times, it was before our village was founded and their stays were benign.
 
Here is the story of those other two times:

 

July 1, 1759 during the French and Indian War

 

The Great Lake Seaway Trail region was the vital transportation and communication link between France and her colonies.
 
The struggle for control of this area was essential to the early settlers.
 
On July 1, 1759,  Gen.  John Prideaux’s army (perhaps as many as 2,300 men which included 700 New York Provincial troops and hundreds of Iroquois warriors that rendezvoused with him at Sodus Bay) camps in Sodus Point on their way to besiege Fort Niagara as part of the overall strategy for dominion of North America. General Prideaux would die 18 days later on July 19th, 1759 during the siege of Fort Niagara when he was decapitated by friendly fire by one of his own mortars.
 
Twenty years before American colonists declared their independence from Great Britain , another great conflict was fought between 1754 and 1763 for control of North America.
 
Popularly known as the French & Indian War, the struggle began as a contest for the Ohio River Valley and quickly developed into a multinational struggle fought throughout North America and in Europe, Asia and on the high seas.
 
The war pitted Britain and her American colonists along the Atlantic seaboard against the French and their colonists in Canada, the Great Lakes Basin and Louisiana. Native peoples supported both sides, but early in the war France had the upper hand in recruiting Native warriors to her cause.
 
Besides determining that England, not France, would control the American interior, the war had other far-reaching consequences. Many future leaders of America’s revolutionary cause received their early military training in this conflict. American attitudes about Native peoples also hardened during the war’s long years of violent border warfare.
 
General Prideaux’s army traveled along Lake Ontario using bateaux.

 

“Bateau” is French for “boat,” but it was also the name for a flat bottomed watercraft, 25 to 40 feet long, that was used on Lake George and the Great Lakes. The vessel was made of pine planks with oak frames, stem, and sternpost. The boats may have been Dutch in origin. Bateaux were also used by the French, British, and later, by Americans. The bateau was pointed at bow and stern and had an oar tied at the stern for steerage. A bateau could be rowed, poled in shallow water, and sometimes a crude mast and sail were used. During the French and Indian War, bateaux were built in Schenectady and Albany boatyards and then transported over water and land to Lake George and Lake Ontario.

 

May 14, 1764 during Pontiac’s War:

 

Pontiac’s War (also known as Pontiac’s Conspiracy or Pontiac’s Rebellion) was launched in 1763 by a loose confederation of American Indian tribes, primarily from the Great Lakes region, the Illinois Country, and Ohio Country who were dissatisfied with British policies in the Great Lakes region following the French and Indian War (1754–1763). Warriors from numerous tribes joined the uprising in an effort to drive British soldiers and settlers out of the region. The war is named after Odawa leader Pontiac, the most prominent of many Indian leaders in the conflict (from Wikipedia).
 
(the following information thanks to Tom Sawtelle of Clyde, NY)
 
A body of troops in bateaux, consisting of 5 Canadian companies and some Royal artillery, and  led by British Captain John Montresor, landed at Sodus Bay on May 14, 1764 on their way to Fort Niagara. The troops were part of the Bradstreet Expedition. They “Encamped on the Presque-Isle as being the most defensible.” This, I believe, would be Charles Point. There were 20 bateaux and over 300 men. The small army’s departure was delayed by a gale, and remained at Sodus until the morning of the 17th.  Even when they did depart, the seas were quite rough.
 

Painting of British Captain John Montresor by Copley

 
Here is the link to John Montresor’s journal which mentions this: 

https://archive.org/details/montresorjourna01montgoog/page/n293
 
Here is biographical information about John Montresor:  http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/montresor_john_4E.html

 

Here is information about the Bradstreet Expedition:  https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/bradstreets-expedition-1764

 

Here is some additional information about Col. Bradstreet: http://exhibitions.nysm.nysed.gov/albany/bios/b/jobradstreet.html

 

The Canadian forces under Montresor’s command were the first such troops raised after the capture of Canada by the British during the French and Indian War.

The Day an Airplane Crashed Into Sodus Bay

 

March 23, 1951 was a sad day for this area. An airplane carrying two people crashed into Sodus Bay killing both passengers. Here is its story:

 

From the April 5th, 1953 Sodus Record

 

 

Above photos courtesy of Bob Miller

Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association

Photos from the Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association Facebook page

 

Click this link  to watch a 4 minute slideshow of the Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association:  https://youtu.be/mii75xUBIJg

 

A special thanks to Ed St. George for documenting the history of this wonderful organization!

A Brief History of Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association

In 1956, several visionary members of the Sodus Bay Yacht Club (SBYC) joined together in a “Junior Sailing Committee” to explore the possibility for creating a youth sailing instructional program. Commodore Garrett Smith, Charles K. Bloomer, Richard Chittenden, Edward Sohmer, C. William Stuart and Lyman Stuart incorporated the Sodus Bay Junior Sailing Association in March of that year and in 1959, it officially became a 501c(3) educational organization, completely separate from SBYC. This was a first-of-its-kind organization for youth sailing in the upstate NY area, as most all other similar programs across the United States were part of a Yacht Club’s organization, without the benefit of 501c(3) charitable status. Rhodes Bantams were chosen as the small boat for sail training. They could accommodate up to 4 students and provide experience with jib, main and spinnaker sails.

 

In the mid-60s, a small cottage on the east side of SBYC was rented annually from the Yacht Club for $200. Annual summer camp participation grew during the 1960s and 70s to almost 100 children, ages 8-18. In 1975, a small red cottage was purchased from Jerry Harris, owner of the neighboring marina to the east of SBYC, and a right-of-way was established with SBYC for access to the waterfront, as the property had no waterfront boundary. By the late 1970s, with support from donors and a regional foundation grant, SBJSA’s fleet of small sailboats grew to include (9) Rhodes Bantams, (5) Flippers, and (3) 420s, plus a used 22 ft. Aquasport center console powerboat for coaching and safety purposes.

 

In the 1980s, the camp operation was split into two daily half-days of sessions (A&B) and a new 2-hour daily bus run was established to help transport kids from neighboring towns in Penfield at 8 a.m., Pittsford, Perinton, Macedon, Palmyra, Newark and Lyons, arriving at SBJSA at 10 a.m. A racing program was established and camp instructors became certified under a new set of U.S. Sailing guidelines. Late in this decade, the daily A/B split schedule across 6 weeks was replaced by an all-day schedule that ran for two 3-week sessions. Early in this decade, all of SBJSA’s wooden sailboats were replaced by fiberglass models and by the late 1980s, the camp was utilizing a few Lasers and Optimist dinghies for instruction, in addition to 420s.

 

Thanks to funds raised during special events and generous individual and organization donations, including the Sodus Bay Yacht Club, the Sodus Bay Historical Society and the C.H. Stuart Foundation, SBJSA began a scholarship program in the 1990s that enabled less-fortunate children from nearby towns to attend summer sailing camp, an annual tradition that continues today. The Stuart Foundation also continued to support SBJSA and enabled a fleet expansion that included some JY-15s and additional Lasers and Optimists. Annual camp attendance of about 110 kids successfully continued. The racing program also launched a new “Travel Race Team” for Optimists that enabled some of SBJSA’s more competitive students to race against kids from youth programs at Yacht Clubs in our region.

 

With SBJSA’s 50th Anniversary approaching, a new Legacy Committee, chaired by Nancy Ghertner and Margaret Tiedemann, began planning in 2004 and soon established a goal of building a new Sailing Center facility in time for the celebration, along with some additional new boats for the fleet and a scholarship endowment fund. A large fundraising campaign began in 2005 and with generous donations of cash, materials and labor received from many individuals, families and local businesses, along with a $30,000 grant secured by NYS Senator Mike Nozzolio,, administered through the Town of Sodus, SBJSA demolished its old red cottage in 2006. A new facility, designed by local architect and supporter Mark Vande, began construction in 2007. John Hayslip and Dr. Lory Ghertner served as volunteer construction managers and coordinated a number of contractors and other volunteers to successfully complete the building in 2008. The new facility was officially dedicated as the “C.H. Stuart Foundation Sailing Center” in August during our Annual Family BBQ event. Designated funds from the capital campaign were also used to purchase (3) new 420s and (3) new Optimist sailboats, along with the establishment of a scholarship endowment fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation. The beautiful new building provided much needed space for equipment storage, a small workshop area and kitchenette, larger restrooms with showers and a large multi-purpose space for instruction, meetings and events.

 

By the end of the 2000s, SBJSA’s fleet had grown to include almost 50 boats, including (2) Boston Whaler center-console powerboats, and average annual camp attendance had also grown to about 135 students, along with a seasonal instructional staff of 12 high school and college students, plus approx. (3) CITs, or ”Counselors in Training”. For insurance and other cost reasons, the daily bus service had been discontinued, but kids from all over the United States were attending, usually as a result of family vacations and cottage ownership connections on Sodus Bay.

 

Up until the fall of 2011, SBJSA’s property was always “landlocked” and water access was limited to the small beach area that Sodus Bay Yacht Club had generously provided on its property for many decades. In 2011, after previous owners of the former Anchor Marine property (located directly between SBJSA’s existing property and the water) had been unsuccessful in selling it for several years, including a failed joint purchase by SBJSA, SBYC and the Village of Sodus Point, SBJSA was ultimately able to buy it directly from the private mortgage holder at a greatly reduced price. A generous bequest from the estate of a longtime supporter of SBJSA, Mr. Richard Brown, provided about 50% of the purchase cost early in 2012, and together with a bridge loan and some cash reserves, the purchase was completed in the spring of 2012, an historical moment for the organization to be sure!

 

In the fall of 2012, another major capital fundraising campaign began, led by Hank Stuart, to fund improvements and development of the property and also advance SBJSA’s overall programs. In 2013, a large project was completed to install a new sheetpiled seawall around more than 200 ft of the waterfront perimeter, now known as the “Richard Brown Waterfront”. Generous contributions from private donors, the C.H. Stuart Foundation and others over the next 3 years also enabled the purchase of new outboard engines for the fleet of 10 powerboats, (12) identical 420 sailboats in excellent condition from Hobart-William Smith College, growing the fleet to 70 boats, (2) new large storage sheds for Optimist and Laser equipment, a new transport trailer for 420s, and a few kayaks and stand-up paddleboards as part of a new summer camp “adventure” program that widened SBJSA’s curriculum.

 

In 2014 and 2017, memorial donations also funded a new, raised hardscaped area with flagpoles (the “Max Buzzell Awards Court”), a beautiful timberframe structure (the “Marcus X. Costich Racing Pavillion”) and a large custom concrete pad for playing a popular game (the “Heidi VanVoorhis 4-Square Court”). In the fall of 2014, an agreement was formalized with Rochester Institute of Technology’s Sailing Club for their use of SBJSA boats & facilities for 8 weeks in both the spring and fall, with over 40 collegiate sailors participating. As its “home base”, RIT continues to sail and practice on Sodus Bay to this day. In the summer of 2015, SBJSA & SBYC partnered to become the permanent hosts of the annual “Centrals on Sodus Regatta”, primarily a youth-centered event, keeping alive the Centrals One-Design Regatta that had been held annually in central NY for decades. US Sailing regional qualifiers for the Bemis and Smythe Youth National Championships were held as part of the regatta that year, chaired by Mike Foley. A record 88 boats and 160+ young sailors participated!

 

With the formation of a new “Liaison Committee”, led by Ed St. George and made up a few members from SBYC & SBJSA, in March 2017 a new agreement was unanimously approved by both Boards, establishing the framework and specifics for a long future of continued cooperation between both organizations.   Following the complete flooding of SBJSA property in 2017, a major project was completed to raise the nominal level of the overall property and re-contour it with many tons of stone, plus a concrete retaining wall and perimeter sidewalk work. In addition, after a comprehensive application and evaluation process in 2017, U.S. Sailing certified SBJSA as an officially accredited Community Sailing Center, a special distinction enjoyed by only about 45 of the over 600 existing sailing schools and community boating organizations across the United States! We are most pleased with this accomplishment, which says a lot about the quality of our programs and instructional staff, our attention to water safety, the condition of our facilities and fleet and the excellence of our curriculum.

 

In 2018, a significant new initiative was begun to widen SBJSA’s outreach and new overall purpose of providing “water access and education for all”. A Community Boating Program enables people of all ages, including individuals and families, to join SBJSA for a very nominal fee and utilize our fleet of boats for watersport recreation during specific summer hours of operation. The number of scholarships awarded to underserved youth in our area is significantly increased in 2019, and for the first time, Adult Learn-to-Sail instructional courses are available.

 

With all the investments in our facilities, boats and equipment and the work of many volunteers over the last 6 decades, we are well positioned to not only continue our longstanding core youth programs that have served thousands of children over that time, but also a new and enlarged audience of families and adult individuals in nearby communities. As the organization moves ahead into the next decade, continuous improvements will no doubt be regularly made towards the fulfillment of our Mission:

 

“SBJSA is committed to making the joys of sailing & other watersports available to everyone, building lifelong boaters and fostering responsible eco-awareness and stewardship of our natural resource, Great Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario. Fun activities on the water are at the core of our educational/recreational programs and our community partnerships. Reaching out to both locals and visitors, including the underserved, we promote teamwork, leadership, community spirit and healthy lives.”Bay on Lake Ontario.

ctivities on the water are at the core of our educational/recreational programs & our community partnerships. Reaching out to both locals & visitors, including the underserved, we promote teamwork, leadership, community spirit, & healthy lives.

 

 

April 2019   EStG

Black Community Plaque / Marker

Photo by Jim Wood

The Black Community Plaque is located at 7171 North Geneva Rd Sodus New York  in front of the Steger Haus restaurant.

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 43.258392  Longitude: -77.014324

The Plaque reads:

Black Community – Free Slaves & Freedom Seekers Lived And Farmed In This Area. At Least 15 Men Served In Civil War 1861-1865 Several Died In Service William C. Pomeroy Foundation 2018  531

Historic narrative:
A small hamlet located just west of Sodus Point, New York in Wayne County was never assigned an official name – one that would be found on maps – but it existed as a place and touchstone in the lives of hundreds of African Americans from the early 1800s through the first quarter of the twentieth century and beyond. Its physical boundaries fell within Sodus School District #2 which was also referred to as the Maxwell District, taking its name from the mill site developed by William N. Lummis in the early 1800s. The Maxwell area got its name from Dr. Lummis in honor of the family name of his wife. Some vital records for its residents placed their birth place as “Maxwell.”

The Maxwell Settlement community began along what is now North Geneva Road just south of Margaretta Road and comprised approximately 60 acres.  In 1813 several men, women and children, who had been enslaved by Peregrine Fitzhugh, were freed following his death by his wife. Prior to abolition the community served as a safe-haven for refugees fleeing slave states. Many Maxwell Settlement residents helped those escaping the horrors of slavery on their harrowing journey to the protection of Canada. Various documentation indicates that some of those would return from Canada back to the Maxwell Settlement.

During the Civil War, over fifteen men who had at one point resided within the community or whose family would reside in Maxwell Settlement, joined the United States Colored Troops’ regiments to fight in the war. Five died in the service of their country.

• James A. Potter, husband of Margaret Newport, son of James and Chloe Potter; died while in service; 1st USCT

• William T. Lloyd, grandson of Thomas and Rosetta Lloyd; died in service, 8th USCT

• John Wesley Cortright, son of Prime Cortright, served in 11th USC Heavy Artillery; died while in service.

• Bradley and Elijah Gregor, sons of James and Almira Gregor, served in 8th USCT; died while in service.

Residents of the Maxwell Settlement contributed to 19th and 20th century community life in much the same way as their fellow townspeople, with the added burden of negotiating the dangers of structural, institutional and individual racism.

 

Here is a five part series of videos of the Dedication Ceremony for this plaque:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VYy24GeHRM&t=5s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzZuzLefB34&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI7abZsmuVU&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTw3naNb2sw&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcmAN0q9ENQ&feature=youtu.be

E A Button General Store – 1907

 

Photo from the Collection of Naomi Sill Taylor

 

Oct. 30, 1969 edition of The Record

 

The general store operated by E. A. Button on Sentell Street, Sodus Point, many years ago had an extremely varied stock of goods.

 

Nov. 6, 1969 edition of The Record

 

People In Photo Are Identified

 

Mrs. Harold Carson of Sodus, who was a customer at the Button General Store many times as a girl, has Identified the boy and woman in the photo published in The Record last week. According to Mrs. Carson, the boy is Willard Schuyler, who still lives on Sentell Street In Sodus Point, and Miss Elvie Button, sister of the late Harry Button, Sodus attorney and father of Fred Button, Sodus Central School teacher.

 

 

 

DoVille’s Ice Cream Stand – late 1940s

 

May DoVille had an Ice Cream Stand for many years in Sodus Point. It featured home made waffle cones that people still rave about 70 years later! Her ice cream stand would eventually become the Hots Point restaurant we know today. Photo courtesy of Dick Ransley.

 

 

 

 

Memories:

 

Gail Wackerle remembers: I as a very small child used to go & stay with Aunt May ,& Uncle Hurd. They lived where P.J unisex beauty shop is today on Bay Street. I was small like 4 yrs old. Nancy Proseus, Paul & Else , helped run the ice cream stand. Paul did the popcorn, & Else scooped the seal test ice cream. I would help Aunt May with the home made cones. The great part was every cone that cracked , while she was rolling them into cones, I got to eat the ones that were broken. Yummy, yummy!!. If dad was across the street seeing or helping Uncle Hurd mend nets, or go to the lake for bait, mom & I would go see Aunt May till the stand closed. She had rocking chairs inside & a long showcase inside too. There was a little kitchen in the back, & Uncle Hurd would come across the street to eat lunch & dinner until they closed for the night.in the room that is part of PJ beauty shop. There was a big upright piano, Nancy played that. Uncle Hurd played banjo, & we would all sing. Such fun times. I’ll never forget them. On the chimney, Aunt May would measure how tall we were getting every so often. She would mark it then ; isn’t it funny the things you remember & cherish? I had a long ribbon that was on a gift from Aunt May & Uncle Hurd marked on it;,it read 1948 xmas from them. I had it for many years on our own trees, at xmas. Who knows maybe it may be in the attic. We always weaved the ribbon with their name on every year. Great people back then.

 

Virginia Renzi-Minutolo remembers: I knew May and her husband Herb .It was Herb’s father who brought the cone making machine by riverboat to May. Herb had the boat rental business across the street from May’s. Cone stand.

 

 

For more information about the DoVille’s Ice Cream Stand click below:

 

http://historicsoduspoint.com/memories-2/mrs-dovilles-ice-cream-cones/

Steuerwalds Silver Dollar – 1960

 

The pictures below show the Steuerwald’s Silver Dollar restaurant and the Chase family Coffee Shop as it appeared in 1960. The Silver Dollar was located on Greig Street where the Six Fifty restaurant is now located. The man in the second photo is Harold Ransley who was the pharmacist at the Rexall Drug store that was across the street. Photos courtesy of Dick Ransley

 

 

Memories of Steuerwald’s Silver Dollar restaurant 

 

Betsy Wahl remembers: It was called Steuerwald’s Silverdollar! Ed Steuerwald’s was the owner. He was a tough boss. Susie Ternoois worked there for a very long time. I don’t know how old she was, but it seemed like she worked there forever! I worked there as a teenager! We served breakfasts in the morning. Then hots, hamburgers, fries, and pizza for lunch and supper. We also served ice cream cones and popcorn. That ice cream was harder than a rock to serve!!!  I worked with my Aunt Jenny Jimerson. We made all of the homemade potato and Mac salads! There was a dining room with booths and tables on the right side of the restaurant. The dining room had real silver dollars in the middle of the red and white tiles on the floor. Kids used to steal them all the time. Eddie would really get upset about that!!! There was also a small arcade with games that we had to lock up at night. The left side had doors over the counter bar that would open up. So that we were serving people who walked by on the sidewalk. There were red wooden stools for people to sit on. There was an inside breakfast diner in the center. It was a fun job, for a teenager, because I got to see many of my friends and made lots of new friends. We had many regular customers, who would come every day. It was fun to visit with them. But we couldn’t talk too much or we’d get in trouble!!

 

Tim Frank remembers: My wife and I went there a long time ago. My wife screamed at a guy trying to dig one out of the floor with pocket knife.

 

Thomas Kirkpatrick remembers: Russer’s was a brand of hot dog. To the right and behind the phone  was an arcade with various pin ball machines. Eddie Steuerwald was indeed cranky. Put in the arcade but didn’t like kids hanging around (lol?) An elderly woman whose last name was Ternooris worked the outdoor grill and counter and inside was the silver dollar dining room with a linoleum tiled floor with silver dollars embedded in some of the tiles. My pony league team in 1961, 62 and 63 would go over there after our games in the adjacent ball park.

 

Richard Bennett remembers: Eddie Steuerwalds was the best place in town to get a white hot. My brother worked there in the 50’s

 

Sheryn Burnette remembers: Can still get White Hots. But now they are Zweigles not Russers. Terry’s favorite. Used to get Orange Crush and a Red Hot every week. I can still taste it. OC tasted better in the brown bottle

 

Memories of Chase family’s Coffee  Shop and Bait Store

 

Frank C Wackerle remembers: Bob Chase had Chase’s Bait shop in back and then he put in a restaurant serving breakfast lunch etc. Then put fireplace in and it became a local meeting place.  Bob Chase was a Wayne County Sherriff

 

Lynn Thayer remembers: I remember going in there as a little kid and looking at the minnows in the bait tanks. A scent you never forget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rexall Drug Store – 1965

 

The Rexall Drug Store was owned by the Knapp family and run by Carl and Jan Webster. It was open seasonally and was located on Greig Street across from what is now the Krenzer Marina store. It became  Natures Children from 1975-1993. The building has since been torn down and the property is owned by Krenzers now.  Photos courtesy of Dick Ransley.

 

 

Above photo: Popeye the Sailor

 

Above Photo: Big Jim and little Jim pose in front of the Rexall Drug Store (1965). Big Jim is Jim Swan brother-in-law to Henry Newport.

 

 

Memories:

 

Frank Grosz remembers the “shocker” inside the store. It was a 1 penny machine that you pulled two handles and it would give you quite a shock! He liked to have the “city kids” on vacation hold onto him while he paid his 1 cent! It also had a soda fountain counter.

 

 

The original Rexall Drug Shocker! Photo courtesy of Rusty Schryer who owns it!

 

Fred Clevenger also remembers the shocker: I remember that it was at the counter; put a penny in it and hold one brass handle turn the other and it would Shock you and you turned it to see how much you can take

 

Kevin Herrick remembers: Yep, when it was natures children, they had a machine on the counter. You put in a penny and hold the handles, and as you pulled the handles apart, you would get a slight electrical shock. The farther apart the handles got, the more of a jolt you got……..test of either courage or stupidity, can’t remember which, but in hindsight and knowing me and how many pennies went in there, it was probably stupidity!

 

Candice Murszewski remembers: One cent candy!!!

 

Marcia Fowler remembers: Mr. and Mrs. Webster. Used to get 5 cent ice cream cones. What a treat to walk downtown and stop there.

 

Laurie Hayden remembers:  My dad used to take me for a vanilla ice cream soda, especially when I felt like things were just overwhelming. He always seemed to know when that little visit to Websters would cheer me up.
Bob Boise remembers: Great Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sodas served in real glass tall soda glasses!

 

Kay Pennycoff-Gwilt remembers: Mr Webster was the nicest man. Always made everyone feel welcomed!

 

Dawn Cole remembers: Best chocolate ice cream sodas ever!!

 

Lynn Murray remembers: Loved it !! I think I still have a couple 70’s magnets with their sticker on it. Always gave free candy.

 

Gail Wackerle remembers: Carl Webster & his wife operated it. It was open spring til fall. It had a soda bar , served milkshakes, delicious phosphates, lime cherry you name it. Had medicine over the counter stuff, it was wonderful. Comic books, you name it. A place to set, with round tables & the Coca-Cola chairs, newspapers, gifts, postcards, film and cameras. Just great. When Helfers Krenzers Marina burnt so did the drug store.

 

Stephen Francis Ferola-Pope remembers: I remember that place very well! Mr Ransley use to be the Pharmacist! I use to go there all the time as a kid!

 

Delores Johnson remembers: The drug store had the best hot fudge sundaes in SP. 

 

Patty Parsons remembers: So many marvelous memories of that drug and sundries store. A joy. The onyx soda fountain was the best. Who knows where it originated, but it shone like a precious jewel. Rare and beautiful, it covered the back of the store and I can still conjure the magic of Nancy Proseus Campbell dispensing life sustaining treats from it. Lime phosphates were my absolute favorite and I still cherish them whenever I can find an old soda fountain. Almost every night we walked to the drugstore, stopping to take a ride on the merry go round next door (where Krenzer’s boats now rest) if we could convince our parents to swing for the few cents it cost. They had us do odd jobs to save up for the treats of uptown Sodus Point. It is a wonder that any local boys survived adolescence after testing their budding manhood on the electric machine to the right of the door. What was that thing called and who could have thought that charging electricity through your bodies was a fun idea? But the boys ( and I suppose an occasional brave girl lined up to drop a penny in and try it. The Websters were the best and seemed to have any treasure that a kid could want in that tiny store. Carl Webster’s facial birthmark taught all of us to never fear a disfigurement. There was so much kindness behind it. And if we had poison ivy or painful sunburns or bee stings, he was right there with soothing assurances and a solution.
When the store caught fire that winter and my parents had to tell me that the soda fountain had been destroyed and the Webster’s would no longer be able to rebuild it as it had been, I cried. The feelings of being in that repository of wonders remain.

 

John Pitts remembers: Great photo, with Mr. and Mrs. Webster out front. They were really nice people, an icon of my childhood, like Pam, and all of us from “The Bar” gang. Remember reading comic books with Pam’s brother Doug (“Skip”) back on the magazine rack in the front corner

 

Ella Larsen remembers:  I remember going there with my mother and getting the red licorice dollars. My mother used to say the pharmacist was always elderly and she remembered him when she was young. Mom was born in 1917.

 

Judy Tuck remembers: I have fun memories. We stopped there for bags of snacks on the way to the beach.

Wrnkle Yacht – 1913

Wrinkle 750x

 

“Wrinkle” information by Ned Ludd

 

Launched on Sodus Bay August 21, 1913
 
Operated by Capt. Morley
 
65 feet in length
 
35 hp gasoline engine
 
Said to attain speed of 21 mph
 
Cost $12,000
 
On August 1, 1914 the Democrat & Chronicle reported: “The cottages at various points of the bay will be brightly illuminated in the evening and decorated with flags throughout the afternoon, adding much to the brilliancy of the day. The commodore has visited them all personally, and everyone seems interested.
 
Prior to the fireworks being displayed, there will be an illuminated motorboat parade, headed by the tug Cornelia, with the Manchester Band on board.
 
The Wrinkle and the Seabird will come next, followed by as many launches as can be secured for the parade. and from the present prospects nearly all the boats on the bay will join. The parade will move across the bay to the south shore then around Sand Point, where the launches will circle the Cornelia.
 
When the last boats have passed, the fireworks will be displayed from the east breakwater.
 
The general headquarters will be at the Sodus Bay Yacht Club. It is expected that many people will avail themselves of this opportunity of having a good day, and that many basket parties will be on hand.”
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Many thanks to Mary Lou Engels Ganio for the photo of “Wrinkle”, a postcard handed down in her family for generations.