Looking Backward at Dinglehole School, District no. 11

This week's story is about the Dinglehole School, District no. 11, seventh in a series regarding our early schools. At one time it was also known as the Lamson District School and was built on land loaned by a farmer named Butler. As of 1947, the land was still owned by his granddaughter, Nellie Rumsey. Now a private residence, the building sits on the northeast corner of Lamson and Dinglehole roads. This spot is situated just south of the Cayuga County line, about halfway between Little Utica on the west, Wright's Corners on the east.

The short drive east to Wright's Corners will take you first through the former hamlet of Lamson. Slow down when you cross the railroad tracks, or you will have passed it. One hundred years ago, this was a busy place. It was an important trading and transportation center for the farmers who lived in northwestern Lysander, and even folks from Granby. From the Lamson depot, the DL&W railroad transported everything from people to potatoes to points beyond. And, the Lamson-Phoenix stagecoach would ferry folks back and forth between these two towns, as they arrived or departed by train. My great-grandfather disembarked in this very railroad depot on May 28, 1890, at the age of 18, when he arrived from England. He walked the three miles to Jacksonville and stayed for the next 79 years of his life. But, many more folks departed than arrived. The little hamlet of Lamson faded into memory.

One long-time resident of Lamson shared her memories in a Messenger article dated Dec. 30, 1965. Mrs. Lewis Scriber remembered that "Lamson was named after George Washington Lamson and his wife, Sarah. They erected the large, three-story building, which later became known as Scriber's hall and store. The Lamsons put up the enormous wooden hotel around 1850 to house and board construction workers on the new railroad. Mrs. Scriber points out that the original Lamsons were great-grandparents of Glenn Blakeman and Flossie Smith Reeves." Glenn and Flossie were brother and sister and lifelong residents of the area. Flossie taught in several of the rural school districts of Lysander including Fenner, Jacksonville, Plainville and Chestnut Ridge. So much for Lamson's history, but what about Dinglehole?

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