Marcellus Memories

"Memories of Marcellus" by Frank Griffing continued as follows... In the early days, farmers and people around the Village had flocks of chickens. I sold the Buckeye lamp incubators and also brooders. In the early days, F. B. Mills built incubators up at Rose Hill, and the Candee incubator was made at Syracuse. His was the very large one that large hatcheries used. Some farmers and Village people used the setting hens, of course. I sold lots of louse powder and sprayers, fly spray for cattle and I had the Brown sprayer that was made in Rochester, their hand sprayer and three gallon knapsack sprayer. I also handled Boker spray material for potatoes. It killed the bugs and stopped the blight. I also sold the Park and Pollard "lay or bust" chicken mash along with Eaton's mixed grain, but I had to quit handling chicken feed for the local freight rate increased and there wasn't enough profit left. I was the first merchant in Marcellus to handle automobile tires. I sold the Pennsylvania Vacuum Cup, also the Firestone tire. They were for the Model T's size 30x3 and 30x31/2. As I remember, they were about $25.00 and if you got three thousand miles out of them, you were lucky. I also sold Fisk bicycle tires. (to be continued later)

On August 29, 1956, the NYSEG Corp. installed the first natural gas meter at the home of Richard Amidon on South Street Road in Marcellus. On September 15, 1960, the 500th gas meter was installed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Crysler on Dublin Road in Marcellus. During this period, the physical growth of the Marcellus area has been remarkable. Approximately 50 new homes have been constructed in various parts of the Village. A new Bowling Center, a new modern plant for the Marcellus Observer and spacious garage facilities for the Town of Marcellus have been constructed on Slate Hill Road. A new Laundromat has been completed, the Marcellus Supply Co. has moved to larger and more modern headquarters, the Presbyterian Church has enlarged its basement facilities and many other changes have been forthcoming. Two new streets, Dunlap Ave. and Baker Rd. have been dedicated and become a part of the Village with the addition of many new homes. In nearly every case, this construction is served with natural gas for heating, cooking and water heating.

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