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A 1906 signpost gets a new home in village of Springville

WELCOME HOME — Concord Historical Society members Peter Mueller, Don Tober and Joel Maul are pictured erecting a 1906 signpost at the historical society’s Concord Mercantile.
SPRINGVILLE — A 1906 signpost that was located at Walt Fox’s Sinclair gas station on the corner of Pearl and Mill streets for many years has a new owner and a new home.

The 21-foot tall, cast iron post was sandblasted and painted by Ron Zynda. Jacquelyn Wilcox created a new design and the Concord Historical Society had the sign made. The new feature is located at the historical society’s mercantile property on Franklin Street in the village.

The new sign identifies the three structures at the historical complex: the Warner Museum, the Carriage House and the Concord Mercantile, an 1890s-era general store.

The Warner Museum, located at 98 East Main St., features displays related to Springville residents Glenn “Pop” Warner, Dr. Ralph Waite, Jack and Lucille Yellen and George Schuster. Other features include the Concord Room, which highlights businesses in Springville, photos and other local items.

The Carriage House, located behind the museum, houses an assortment of display items, including a 1914 Steward truck, which was made in Buffalo and used on a local farm, for many years. Medical equipment from local doctors Brooks, O’Conner and Rothschild is also on display, in addition to spinning and weaving items, the Robert Mahl tool collection and a 1900-era, horse-drawn carriage, donated by Fran Potter.

The Concord Mercantile is the historical society’s latest addition. This property and structure was purchased by the Concord Historical Society in 2004. Volunteers renovated the structure, which had been damaged in a 1998 flood, and reopened it as an 1880 – 1920-era general store, museum and gift shop.

Since the store opened, for the Concord Country Christmas two years ago, more 7,000 visitors have signed the mercantile guest book. Postcards and locally-made crafts are sold in the gift shop and music is performed by 10 – 20 local musicians, on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Country, bluegrass and country gospel music is featured, from 7 – 9 p.m.

Tours and craft workshops are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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2013-01-21 | 00:48:12
Fond memories
My grandparents retired from the dairy farm in East Otto, then moved on Smith ST> My mother and father divorced and mom and I movd to Springville. My mother was hired at the knife factory on the mid-night shift. She'd walk me to the sitters upstairs over the hardware store. One night we got to the door to the stairs, I told my mother I can walk up by myself. She let me go. I waited then left the building and ended up in front of the movie theater. Reverend Bond's son worked there. He seen me and took me inside. I sat on the candy counter and was given popcorn, and he called his parents, they came and took me to their house. I was four and it seemed exciting at the time. The next day I had to pay the price when I went home to my mother! I'm 60 yrs. old and that is still sharp in my mind! Linda Smith-Solinski grand-daughter of Henry and Ida Stevens, he drove the ambulance and handy work at the hospital, and my grand-mother was the cook in the hospital cafeteria.