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From: "Jim Dent" james DOT dent AT itochu DOT com
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 06:22:41 -0400
Subject: Shortsville, NY
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=46rom The (Canandaigua, NY) Daily Messenger...
SHORTSVILLE - A former freight depot for the New York Central railroad ha=
been purchased by a Manchester organization to showcase railroad
The Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society bought the property at 8 E.
High St. for $69,000, according to society secretary Emma Halderman. The
total assessed value of the half-acre of land, which includes a two-story
building most recently occupied by Magnus Precision Manufacturing, is
$45,000, according to officials from Ontario County Real Property Tax
Services. The land alone is assessed at $11,100, officials said.
The purchase was completed on Oct. 4, Halderman said. The society put dow=
$20,000 at the Oct. 4 closing of the acquisition, and has taken out a
$49,000 mortgage, which will be paid for with fund-raisers, she said.
The freight depot, which is about 2,750 square feet, was built about 100
years ago, Halderman said. It will be used for railway exhibits, and as a
place for the society to develop educational programs and events related =
the Lehigh Valley Railroad as well as other railways in the area, she sai=
The Lehigh Valley Railroad started in 1892, according to Manchester town
historian Richard Combs. The first railroad in the Manchester area was th=
Auburn to Rochester railway, which started in the late 1830s, he said.
Among the items that will be displayed in the newly acquired property is =
"large and very heavy" bell that came from a steel locomotive, Halderman
said. The bell was donated by the family of a Manchester man who "had it =
his driveway in front of his garage," she said.
Another exhibit is a sterling silver sugar bowl and cream pitcher, which
came from the business car of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Halderman said,=
well as many documents and photographs related to the industry.
The society was formed in 1994, with 10 to 12 charter members, Halderman
said. As of last year, the group had grown to 199 members nationwide.
The society meets every third Sunday of each month, at 7 p.m. in the
Manchester Village Hall. The next meeting is Oct. 21.