Looking Backward at Dinglehole School, District no. 11

For well over 100 years, the origin of the place-name Dinglehole (or Dingle Hole) has been in question. In the 1946 Centennial Edition of the Baldwinsville Gazette and Farmers' Journal, Mrs. John (Ella) Bellows explained the most likely source.

"When asked the reason for the name 'Dingle Hole' Mrs. Bellows revealed that Otis Bigelow had told her the significance of that name. It seems that there is a low spot in the terrain in that territory covered by water, a water hole to which in the early days, cattle flocked to drink. In the pioneer days, before trees had been cut to any great extent, it was common practice for farmers to place a bell around the neck of each cow so that they might hear them in rounding them up. The bell sound, 'dingle,' and the water 'hole' became combined into Dingle Hole."

Eva Young Maxam repeated this same story. She lives on former Bellows land and, like Mrs. Bellows before her, Eva is a long-time resident. At the time of the 1946 article, Ella Bellows had lived in the same house on Dinglehole Road for 65 years. Eva Young Maxam has her beat. She's lived in her Dinglehole house for 77 years. I recently met with Eva at her home on a crisp, clear day. The contrast of the blue sky with the white snow made for a nice drive out to Dinglehole Road. Eva greeted me at the door with a smile and a sweep of her hand.

"This land was the Bellows farm. The old homestead was over just north of here, but it's gone now. One of the Bellows brothers built this house. The house down below this curve was a Bellows house, too."

Once we were comfortably settled in the living room, Eva continued.

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