Valley Historical Society holds Treasure Trove event

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Valley Historical Society, which has its museum in the village of Sinclairville, held its annual summer picnic and program known as the Treasure Trove.

A variety of food was served to the people in attendance and the program followed. Vice President Betty Jean Ridout opened the meeting with a welcome and Pastor Phil Shay gave the blessing prior to the meal.

Secretary Bonnie Larkin read the minutes of the previous meeting and treasurer John Sipos gave the financial report. Sipos reported that the historical society earned a blue ribbon first place for their participation in the Chautauqua County Fair Floral Hall display in July.

Many items were talked about at the treasure trove program. Betty Jean Ridout played an original song sung by the country singer Slim Pickens, popular nearly fifty years ago. Slim was her father and she is very proud of the recording. She said he used to sing every Sunday morning for the family. The music was played on the radio station WJOC. June Woollett showed a large 1916 Chautauqua County map, which is in color. Susan Sipos had a piece of Chautauqua Plaid material which was woven by Edith Lewis of the Chautauqua County Weavers Guild. Sherry Shay showed a series of framed pansies pictures which were once given in a box of soap suds. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, often there were free items in boxes for people. Phil Shay showed some old Tootsie Toys cars which are metal and made in the USA. Evelyn Thorndike showed two old farm hand saws for cutting firewood. John Sipos showed an old wooden bookholder made at the Fredrickson mills in the late 1920’s. Bonnie Larkin showed an old photograph of a Sinclairville old chair.

The Valley Historical Society is planning its annual history fair in Sinclairville on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 7 a.m. until fireworks at 9 p.m. During the day, the museum will be open, and there are many events happening such as the grand parade at 10 a.m., car show, craft stands, food stands, pancake breakfast by the Sinclairville 76s, pie contest, baby contest, chicken dinner at noon by the Sinclairville Library and a beef on weck dinner at 5 p.m. by the historical society. The next meeting of the historical group will be on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. in the museum. This will be the final planning session for the history fair. Members and guests are welcome. For more information on the Valley Historical Society, write to PO Box 1045, Sinclairville, NY 14782.