Today, I was invited to visit with Bill Poray, our town historian. We had a great discussion and my knowledge of this magical place was extended considerably.
The first legend I learned we have to dispel is that all the inhabitants of yore were poor squatters. This was simply not true.
Many of the inhabitants were well paid employees of a railroad box car manufacturer in East Rochester, and they refurbished railroad box cars. The old wood was given away and the employees made lakeside weekend cottages from the wood. They paid rents to the Canal Authority, paid school taxes and more. Look carefully at the siding on these buildings, you can see the sign work of the old railroad cars.
When the depression hit, some people had to sell their first homes, and downgrade to their weekend cottages. They still paid their taxes and more, so the ‘squatter’ label is quite unfounded.
Over the next few weeks, I will post numerous photos from yesteryear and press cuttings “Oxbow Briefs’ from The Herald Mail circa 1947-8.
Here’s one, proving The Oxbow Rd. is a public right of way..
There have been numerous stories told to me about murders in Oxbow Rd. Perhaps many were fabricated, to ‘spice up’ legends, I’m not sure now after talking to Bill, but here’s evidence of one murder at The Inn.
I’m sure there must be dozens more photos hiding away in the village, so if you think you have some, perhaps you’d like to dig them out and let me scan them for everyone to enjoy here.