Yates County, New York
History - Town of Penn Yan
From the History of Yates County, NY
published 1892, by L.C. Aldrich
pg 303 - pg 304
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(Note: See also the portion of Early Settlers)
In the northern portion of township No. 7, of the first range, better and more commonly know as the town of Milo, at a point near and about he foot of Ogoyago, or Crooked Lake, where the waters find an outlet through a narrow channel, and eventually discharge into Seneca Lake, nature provided a splendid site upon which civilized man might build up a thriving, prosperous village. That consummation has been reached, in fact was attained nearly three-quarters of a century ago, but each succeeding year has witnessed some material improvement, some development of new resources, until by slow stages it has grown to contain a population of more than 4,000 souls, and is provided with all the enterprises, the industries and commercial advantages that can be found in any interior village in the Empire State.
“head of the street” remained for many years the center of business and
residence, but as years passed away dwelling-houses became more frequent along
both sides of the highway leading to Wagener’s mill.
In fact it was not many years afterward that this locality began to
assume the character of a hamlet. The
vicinity of the outlet and the foot of the lake formed a highly desirable site
for a village, for boat communication with points up the lake opened a
thoroughfare of trade and travel in that direction.
In 1800, a road was surveyed from the foot of the lake about two-thirds
of a mile eastward, Joseph JONES, Ezra COLE and John PLYMPTON being the
commissioners to do the work. Another
road led from the LEE place to Wagener’s mills constructed in 1806 and three
years later commissioners Morris F. SHEPPARD and Charles ROBERTS laid out still
another highway leading form Plympton’s Bridge to the mills.
opening of these roads was made necessary to accommodate the Milo people in
getting to and from the mills on the outlet.
But about the time the work was commenced, possibly earlier, another
little settlement had spring up near the foot of the lake.
This locality at once became a rival to the hamlet at the head of the
street. The tract was laid out in
village lots and many improvements were made there.
The name of Elizabethtown was given the place, and it boasted of a hotel,
store and several dwellings. The
tavern was built by Wallace FINCH, who was succeeded by Peter HELTIBIDAL, and
the latter in turn by George and Robert SHEARMAN.
Afterward it became known as the Kimball Hotel, but was torn down many
years ago. Another hotel stood
where Charles D. WELLE’s dwelling is erected, but that hostelry eventually was
put to other uses and now forms part of the houses of Mr. WELLS and Calvin
CARPENTER. The name of this
locality was changed in the course of a few years from Elizabethtown to Summer
Site, and as such continued until it finally merged into and was absorbed by its
more successful rival - - Penn Yan.
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