In and Around Hannibal: June 22, 2013

Rita Hooper 


Folks I have an early (self-imposed) deadline this week, so the lead will be short.  Reading once again from Grace Hawkin’s hand-written booklet on Hannibal:

“The stage routes between Oswego and Auburn and Oswego and Rochester passed through Hannibal where horses were changed; it being a regular and popular stopping place.”

That leads me back to Sturge’s book on Hannibal to see what else I can learn about the stage coach.

“Later the mail was carried by a stage coach which ran from Hannibal to Fulton. It also carried passengers and did errands for a nominal fee.  Everyone had either to come or send to the post office for his mail. This brought many people to South Hannibal both morning and night.  The stage coach, known as the Star Route, was contracted for a year at a time.

“It was generally hauled with a lively team of horses at a stiff trot.  They had two cow bells strapped to the neck yoke so people would hear them coming.  Of course, that was not always necessary as some drivers would make more noise than the bells.”

I remember being told by Ernie Adamy that his home had a one time been a stop on the stage coach and that evidence of tiny rooms, nicely white-washed at one time, was present when they bought the place on Ct. Rt. 21.

Do you remember the term Star Route? I never heard of it until I was in college and my roommate lived on a Star Route in Ticonderoga. Then I heard it again when I visited the U.S. Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. For your further knowledge, I researched a little in Wikipedia to find that:

“Prior to 1845, transportation of inland mail, other than by railroad or steamboat, was given to bidders who offered stage or coach service.

“This was abolished by act of Congress on March 3, 1845, which provided that the postmaster-general should lease all such contracts to the lowest bidder who tendered sufficient guarantee of faithful performance, without any conditions, except to provide for due celerity, certainty and security of transportation. These bids became known as “celerity, certainty and security bids” and were designated on the route registers by three stars (***), thus becoming known as “star routes.”

During the 1870s fraud and corruption raised it’s ugly head and scandals broke out regarding the bidding for the routes – you can research that on your own!

Star Routes ended in 1970 and were replace by Highway Delivery Contracts. In 2000, that program was replaced with Contract Delivery Services (CDS).

Hope all of that has sparked some memories or whetted your appetite for some research on your own!

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Hannibal Senior Citizens will be meeting at noon for dinner. This week’s menu features glazed meatloaf, mashed potatoes, carrots, orange juice Monday; egg salad sandwich, seasonal salad, fruit cup, gelatin Wednesday; and chicken, creamed potatoes, mixed vegetables, orange juice Friday.

Activities are Wii bowling Monday, bingo Wednesday, and dominoes and Scrabble “Words with Friends” Saturday.

Come early for coffee and news or to work on the jigsaw puzzle or  cards. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation at 564-5471.

The Jammers will meet at the American Legion at 7 p.m. Monday night.

The Hannibal Resource Center has changed its hours. The center will no longer be open Thursday nights. They will continue to be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, and will now be open Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. The center is located at Our Lady of the Rosary.

Don’t forget to stop by the Library and pick up a ticket for the Kids Just Want to Have Fun summer raffle basket, which includes a $25 Michael’s gift card, sidewalk chalk marker, and lots of backyard and/or beach fun items.

We’ve had some pretty good weather for ducks haven’t we?  In fact they are getting so big, that the Dollars for Scholars have decided to float them down 9 Mile Creek in Hannibal Sunday, July 7 following the Concert in the Park.

The folks would greatly appreciate you buying a duck before the floating takes place.  Contact someone from Dollars for Scholars, Louie Gilbert and the Prossers; come to mind or stop by the Village Market Saturday and Sunday mornings and pick out the one you want. I think the ducks brought in enough funds for 13 scholarships this year.

If you or your family have benefitted from Dollars from Scholars, buy a couple of ducks — it’s a great way to say “Thank you!”

The Concert in the Park will be held at the Hannibal Firemen’s Field located on Rochester Street in the Village of Hannibalon July 7. This event is sponsored by the Hannibal Historical society and the Village of Hannibal.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m, there will be softball games at the site. The concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a performance with the local band Anybody’s Guess, followed by the Fulton Community Band’s Dixie Land group and lastly the Fulton Community Band.

The entire event has free parking and admission and the concert will be held rain or shine as it will be under cover. There will be concession stands offering food and drink manned by local organizations.

The Red Cross will be on hand offer free blood pressure readings. Also, the Dollars for Scholars will have raffle tickets for the annual Duck Derby.

By the way, summer reading at the library for children begins Tuesday, July 9. The sessions are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. for six weeks. This years theme is “Dig into Reading.”

The  Sterling Valley Community Church will be having an ice cream social Saturday, July 13 starting at 5 p.m. There will be food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, ice cream and  cake, popcorn and cotton candy.  There will be a bake sale and  lots of  things for kids to do.  The highlight of the evening will be music by the  blue grass band  “Different Brothers.”

Your church  or youth group can still have a booth at the SOS Fest July 19-21 at the Hannibal Fireman’s Field in Hannibal.  Sell food, have a bake sale, set up games, activities, mission display, etc, your group keeps all your money. Non-profit mission booths are free! Crafters and vendors pay only a small fee.

This is the largest three-day music festival of its kind in New York State. Over a dozen bands and speakers with free water slide and free jump house.

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