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    • Elephant Hotel, 1890

    • Architecture; Elephants; Monuments; Boys
    • Photograph of Elephant Hotel, built by Hachaliah Bailey 1825, showing east wing, and Old Bet Statue, with onlookers and boys seated at base of statue, Somers, New York
    • Somers Museum, Vol. 1, No. 5

    • Newspapers; Business enterprises;
    • Partial page of 2nd oldest newspaper (weekly) in Westchester county, showing masthead and advertisements for local businesses in Somers hamlet, including Ezra Baxter, Tailor, William C. Stone, Clock maker, John Haight, Cabinet Maker, and...
    • Empire Sewing Machine Co., advertisement

    • Advertisements; Sewing machine industry; Factories; Sewing machines;
    • Copy of lithograph, advertisement for Sewing Maching Co.; shows scenes of families with sewing machines and image of Empire Works factory located in Somers. Machines were sold at T.J. McArthur & Co., 536 Broadway, NY.
    • Gerard Crane 1791-1872

    • Portrait paintings; Men; Business people;
    • Portrait of Gerard Crane, who owned and managed menageries in the early 1800s, and later became Town Supervisor of Somers, New York (1833-37). With his earnings in the menagerie business he built an impressive stone house (1849) now a National...
    • Roxanna Purdy Crane

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    • Portrait of Roxanna Purdy Crane, wife of Gerard Crane, who owned and managed menageries in the early 1800s, and later became Town Supervisor of Somers, New York (1833-37).
    • Wright Homestead, Somers, New York

    • Women; Children; Children & adults; Children playing with toys; Children riding horses; Architecture; Horses; Farms; Farmhouses; Carts & wagons;
    • View of Wright Reis Homestead,Greek Revival style house c. 1840 located on Primrose Street, Somers; with two women & child on rocking horse on porch - may be Madeline Wright, nanny, and Caroline c. age one; also in view are outbuilding now known...
    • Unit 01 Arthur McElroy tells of Somers connection

    • Circus animals; Circuses & shows;
    • Arthur McElroy reflects about his circus/menagerie heritage, visits to Somers and family in Somers, b. in NYC, grew up in Irvington but always considered Somers his 2nd home; speaks of relationship to Bailey family. his family paid regular visits...
    • Unit 02  Reflections of outdoor activities

    • Military officers; Military service; Banks;
    • Mr. McElroy talks about what he did for entertainment in Somers when visiting; hunting, fishing, camping, trapping for muskrat in Bailey Farm. Fished in Plum Brook and reservoir; Remarks day of interview is 200th anniversaryof the founding of the...
    • Unit 03  Arthurs Lent Connection

    • Shopping; Barter; Farming; Holidays; Fairs;
    • all family buried in Somers at Ivandell Cemetery. Lewis Lent has vault; explains how people got goods..shopping in different places. Purdys Station and Croton, Mt. Kisco. most people "raised their own milk" and slaughtered their own meat; people...
    • Unit 06  Hockey as a young man

    • Ice hockey
    • speaks of Lake Mahopac having hotels and visiting them, Gregory House, Thompson House, Dean House; and very fondly of playing hockey at MacKenzie School as high school ;7-man hockey teams at that time.; speaks of homes and residents of Somers,...
    • Unit 08  McElroys Childhood Memories

    • Fires; Robberies
    • describes father as New Yorker but went to Somers alot which is where he met his wife; first married Arthur's Aunt, then his mom, Linda Lent; reflects on childhood in NY; recounts fire in Murray Hill Hotel; burglar at Galatin ; sister poked burglar...
    • Unit 03  Hopkins other business

    • Medicines; One-room schools;
    • Ferd Hopkins describes his father's life with new wife, Ferd's mother. After selling milk business, develops oriental cream business owned by his wife; Ferd then added products - a sea-sick travel remedy, Williams Mustards Greens; Ferd then...
    • Unit 04  Ferd Hopkins  Dwight School Years

    • Commuters;
    • Ferd recounts his life after graduating high school. His father had house on Lexintong Ave., NYC, lived there Nov. - April; after Ferd graduated Dwight school, went to work for father in NYC and built up business; bought building at 430 Lafayett; ...
    • Unit 05  F Hopkins with dad @14 years old

    • Farming; Farms;
    • Ferd Hopkins discusses his early years; 14 when father re-married his Sunday School teacher; 16 when he went to work for his father. Father was Roadmaster of Whithall Corners in Somers; grew vegetables on farm; purchased some meat;; father liked...

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