Author Archives: Sterling Historical Society

E. R. Robinson

Elisha Randolph “Dott” Robinson moved to Fair Haven about 1873 with relatives—from the Mendel Family.  Robinson and Mendel formed a business together.  Later, E. R. went into business with H. … Continue reading

William Flack

William Flack was born about 1842 in County Caven, Ireland. His parents were Samuel and Margaret Jane Hall Flack.The family immigrated to the USA from Ireland in 1848 and lived … Continue reading

Murder, Mayhem and Madness by Linda Frank

On September 26, 2017 Linda Frank was our speaker. Her topic was Murder, Mayhem and Madness, Crime in Cayuga County in the mid 1840s. The brutal murder of a family … Continue reading

Ray Sant Book Second Edition

They Made History in 2016

Varied programs were offered by the Sterling Historical Society in 2016. In April, Dawn Rowe, former Port Byron historian, spoke about her ancestry, including her great, great grandfather, Solomon Culver, … Continue reading

President’s Message 2017

2016…Really– where did this year go? The Historical Society has been extremely busy. April started out with the “A” team not thinking we were doing any large projects. Things were … Continue reading

2016 Ornament – Sterling United Methodist Church

Our newest 2016 Ornament is now available. This year it depicts the Sterling United Methodist Church; “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.”  The Sterling Church celebrated their 160th year – 1856-2016. … Continue reading

2016 July Picnic Meeting – VIDEO Hayward’s Store

On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 our annual picnic meeting was held at the Hayward Store on Main Street in Fair Haven. Granddaughters of Fred and Nora Hayward, Jocelyn VanGelder and … Continue reading

Historical Markers in Sterling

Currently, there are nine known historical markers within the town of Sterling. Two others are missing. If you know of an historical marker in or near Sterling, let us know … Continue reading

2016 April Meeting – VIDEO The Culver Family of Sterling

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Dawn Roe presented this talk on her Culver family ancestors at the monthly meeting of the Sterling Historical Society.

Captain Joseph F. Divine

Joseph F. Divine was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts in 1771 to John and Mary Nurse Divine. About 1802 he married Esther Wilmarth (or Wilmot).  They were founding members of the … Continue reading

President’s Message 2016

       Boy if I thought my first year was busy, then I was mistaken compared with the second… April came and the “A team” got started right off the bat. First … Continue reading

James C. Irwin

James C. Irwin, the son of William and Elizabeth “Betsy” Irwin, was born in Sterling on August 9, 1838. He spent his life in the Town of Sterling where he served as … Continue reading

Dedication of the Don Richardson Schoolroom

To honor Don Richardson for his leadership and many years of service to the Sterling Historical Society the schoolroom exhibit in Sterling’s Little Red Schoolhouse Museum will be dedication as the Don Richardson Schoolroom. … Continue reading

Thomas C. Lester

Thomas C. Lester (1842…) Son of James and Symantha Skeel Lester. 110th New York State Volunteers enlisting  1862 His brother, Charles Lester, also served during the Civil War. If you have any additional … Continue reading

Charles Adelbert Lester

Charles Adelbert Lester (1845 May 16…) Son of James and Symantha Skeel Lester. Private in the 184th New York State Volunteers born  1845 May 16 enlisting  1865 August 25 discharged  1865 … Continue reading