Valley Historical Society Holds Patriotic Meeting

SINCLAIRVILLE – Albert Olmstead, president of the Valley Historical Society, presented to all at a recent meeting in the museum some patriotic information.

The Valley Historical Society is located in Sinclarville at the corner of Main and Lester streets. Olmstead opened the meeting with the Lord’s Prayer and then led all in the Pledge of Allegiance. The recent meeting was in conjunction with the Fourth of July said Olmstead. Olmstead said that on the Fourth at 2 p.m., all should ring a bell for the nation. This was something introduced by the late President Kennedy. Olmstead asked why do we have the 21-gun salute, and it was answered because the digits in 1776 add up to 21. Olmstead read some excepts about the colors of the American flag, and said the flag means strength, opportunity and home to many. Olmstead, along with member Bill Hulett showed all the proper way to fold the American Flag into 13-triangular sections with the blue constellation of stars showing.

Guest Andrew Osterdahl from Gerry spoke about creating a special memorial for the late Rexford Guy Tugwell. Tugwell was born in 1891 and died in 1979. He was a member of the “Brain Trust,” a group of academic advisers to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Tugwell, was from Sinclairville and is buried in the Sinclairville cemetery. Osterdahl is developing a fund for the special memorial. Osterdahl’s association with the Valley Historical Society goes back to when he was in the fourth grade and was a recipient of the essay contest then.

Member Walter Waite spoke about the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Waite said the battle began on July 1 at 5 a.m. when the first shot was fired, and the first casualty was a soldier from Dunkirk who was in the 9th New York Cavalry. Waite said that his great-grandfather was a soldier in the battle, and was captured and sent to Andersonville for nearly a year.

Vice President Larry Barmore announced that at the Sinclairville annual lawn sales on Saturday July 13, the Valley Historical Society will be selling hot dogs and pop beginning at 9 a.m. The annual quilt show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 4 from 1-4 p.m. in the museum. Betty Jean Ridout is the quilt show coordinator. All entries for the show must be brought to the museum on Friday, Aug. 2 between 5-6 p.m.

Secretary Mary Shearman read the minutes of the previous meeting, and Treasurer John Sipos gave the financial report. New additions to the museum will be a corn sheller, a 6 man-bobsled, and a Philco floor model radio said Olmstead. John and Susan Sipos will set up a historical display for the Valley Historical Society in the upcoming Chautauqua County Fair in Floral Hall.

Following the meeting, the refreshments for the meeting were a special birthday cake for the nation, and for John Sipos. The cake was decorated with red, white and blue decorations by Ranee Kaus of Cassadaga. All enjoyed a piece of cake with punch, candy and pretzels provided by Susan Sipos. Barmore said that every year in July, the group celebrates Sipos’ birthday.

The Valley Historical Society was formed in 1977 by the late John and Ruth Smith who saw a need to preserve the history of the valley area. One year later, the museum was purchased, and the museum is open to tours on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. with tour guides at no expense. New members are always welcome.