history of Celoron area

history of Celoron area

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amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#1 Jan 20, 2010
Does anyone know the history of The Reed House in the Celoron area? And does anyone have memories of skating at Evan's Skateland in Celoron?
321abc

Chardon, OH

#2 Jan 20, 2010
My memories of Evan's skateland ...Only thing i remember is it burned to the ground years ago,it could have been the Evans curse that burned it down seems like they had a few fires over the years!!
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#3 Jan 20, 2010
321abc wrote:
My memories of Evan's skateland ...Only thing i remember is it burned to the ground years ago,it could have been the Evans curse that burned it down seems like they had a few fires over the years!!
I have many fond memories of skating at Celoron...had a a lot of fun there. Both my grandmother and mother skated at Celoron (as younger people)I started skating there in the mid-60s or so. I also was able to skate at the Evan's rink in Jamestown. Too bad that rink is gone....
Learned to skate with wonderful organ music playing...'Ock'(I think Oscar Zimmerman was his name)-?was a previous owner of the Celoron rink and was a very good skater....as I remember he used to skate there on Saturday afternoons...I used to love to skate couples with him....he had such grace and ability....need to add....Mr. Zimmerman was always a gracious gentleman...he had the neatest precision skates...always polished beautifully....his skates didn't make a sound.....mine sure did!
Sven

Lakewood, NY

#5 Jan 22, 2010
The "Reed House" sets on the southwest corner of Gifford Ave and Boulevard across from Holiday Harbor. In the heyday of the Park it was a boarding house and was known to have a "red light" over the door advertising some extra services.
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#6 Jan 22, 2010
Sven wrote:
The "Reed House" sets on the southwest corner of Gifford Ave and Boulevard across from Holiday Harbor. In the heyday of the Park it was a boarding house and was known to have a "red light" over the door advertising some extra services.
My relative lived there. That house still has charm.
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#7 Jan 22, 2010
Sven wrote:
The "Reed House" sets on the southwest corner of Gifford Ave and Boulevard across from Holiday Harbor. In the heyday of the Park it was a boarding house and was known to have a "red light" over the door advertising some extra services.
I think that with the advent of Prohibition...~1919...The Reed House business went on the skids....
321abc

Chardon, OH

#8 Jan 22, 2010
Sounds like someone got screwed!
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#9 Jan 25, 2010
Sven wrote:
The "Reed House" sets on the southwest corner of Gifford Ave and Boulevard across from Holiday Harbor. In the heyday of the Park it was a boarding house and was known to have a "red light" over the door advertising some extra services.
That's exactly the history of The Reed House that I have been told...do you know anything about Charles ? Reed that owned that house?
Jason

Jamestown, NY

#10 Jan 25, 2010
My old neighbor just wrote a book about the history of celeron park, you can get it at the fenton museum $20 I think, the pictures and stries are amazing
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#11 Jan 25, 2010
Jason wrote:
My old neighbor just wrote a book about the history of celeron park, you can get it at the fenton museum $20 I think, the pictures and stries are amazing
Great! I am going to check that out. When I was born; my parents lived across the street...I have some faint memories of the bear cages and of the roller coaster (at least what was left of it)....used to swim off from that little island where I think the 'flying swings' were....
sven

Lakewood, NY

#12 Jan 25, 2010
Oh ya the island was a great place for skinny dipping and bullhead fishing. Walking those old railroad rails to get out on it was a challange. The Greyhound (roller coaster) didn't stand up well against the 1957 tornado.
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#13 Jan 25, 2010
sven wrote:
Oh ya the island was a great place for skinny dipping and bullhead fishing. Walking those old railroad rails to get out on it was a challange. The Greyhound (roller coaster) didn't stand up well against the 1957 tornado.
Did the roller-coaster fall into the lake (or parts of it)? On one of my visits back there, I went for a look-see at the island....at that time- the whole area was very overgrown-with a few critters- a woodchuck (I think) scared me nicely....It's amazing how The Celoron Amusement Park is a very faded memory for some and unknown to most....and now that park area is called (I think) The Lucille Ball Memorial Park....I guess Lucy stuff helps keep the area alive. I did have a great time at the park (the grove) a few years ago with my beloved now departed dad- there was a festival or something for the dedication of a ?new lighthouse- Big Leg Emma played... great memories! I had so much fun!
was there

Endicott, NY

#14 Jan 25, 2010
celoron once had the largest ferris wheel in the world was sold after the tornado distroyed the park
. theres probally a very pissed off ghoast in celoron because if im not mistakened just about ever single tavern in celoron burned down and there was a lot of taverns. and i too many many fine nights at evans back in the 60s.
been around

Endicott, NY

#15 Jan 25, 2010
sorry about the spelling these old fingers are a little shaky
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#16 Jan 26, 2010
was there wrote:
celoron once had the largest ferris wheel in the world was sold after the tornado distroyed the park
. theres probally a very pissed off ghoast in celoron because if im not mistakened just about ever single tavern in celoron burned down and there was a lot of taverns. and i too many many fine nights at evans back in the 60s.
I know there was a ?barbershop turned tavern on the corner of Venice and Blvd-last time I visited- I think it's still a tavern...my g grandparents lived on Venice-the house is still there...looks pretty good..
I wouldn't doubt that there are a couple of p---ed off/lost/both- ghosts in that area....there is a lot of history in that small area...the fights at Evans' probably happened on the nights that I didn't go (thank goodness)..I learned how to skate there- they had that railing all the way around the rink (I think) and those 'rest' areas on the corners....they always played organ music (was fun), played rock/roll on Saturday afternoons-for about an hour or so....
My late gmother skated at Midway (is that rink still there?)- I went there once while visiting- the floor was sooo slippery. Last time I was at Midway Park- it hadn't changed much since I was in grammar school....all the rides were still in the same place, same color....the appearance of the park was just beautiful......
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#17 Jan 26, 2010
I remember that there were a few old semi-trailers that were parked behind Evans'- anyone know if those trailers were associated with Celoron Park?
Who owns that land now?
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#18 Jan 26, 2010
Does anyone remember a large multi-family house on Venice St in Celoron? It was on the left side of the street handing to the lake.. I have heard it was nicknamed- Glamour Manor...I'm not sure how that nickname was earned.
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#19 Jan 26, 2010
Jason wrote:
My old neighbor just wrote a book about the history of celeron park, you can get it at the fenton museum $20 I think, the pictures and stries are amazing
I have searched for information regarding The Reed House at the Fenton History Center when I visited a few years ago. At that time; I didn't find even a mention of it in the many research materials I looked through. I guess the history of that house might be a little bit 'seedier' than the mainstream history of the area. Maybe that book that you referenced might have a mention of it......have to check it out...
sven

Lakewood, NY

#20 Jan 26, 2010
First~ the large ferris wheel had gondolas,at the time it was the largest in the world. It got moved to I believe California long before the 57 tornado.
Second~ Glamour Manor was a three story hotel on the south side of the Blvd. between Melvin and Conewango Ave.'s. Belonged to Edna Dale prior to it burning down. Not sure if the the name was the real name of the hotel or if that's what we called it 'cause it was anything but glamorus in the fifties and sixties.It burnt in the mid sixties. The house you speak of on the left side of Venice was occupied by a family named Montgomeryin the sixties. It still stands but like most of Celoron it is rough shape.
Third~ the building you speak of as being a barber shop was originally Brown's Grocery Store,then if became a furniture repair shop. Dick Wallace moved his barber shop in after he left the Imperial Hotel( located at the corner of Dunham & Blvd. were the Log Cabin is today. Dick started at the old barber shop & pool hall owned by Charlie & Milo Lawson(this is the building on the southeast corner of Dunham & Blvd).Back to the building at Venice & Blvd.~ The building became the "Ships Inn" in the seventies it has since burnt and is now a vacant lot.
Celoron was a great place to have grown up , we had it all- the lake ,the park , the "tramp woods" along the railroad tracks by Livingston. We always had something to do.
amigobirdy

Tucson, AZ

#21 Jan 26, 2010
sven wrote:
First~ the large ferris wheel had gondolas,at the time it was the largest in the world. It got moved to I believe California long before the 57 tornado.
Second~ Glamour Manor was a three story hotel on the south side of the Blvd. between Melvin and Conewango Ave.'s. Belonged to Edna Dale prior to it burning down. Not sure if the the name was the real name of the hotel or if that's what we called it 'cause it was anything but glamorus in the fifties and sixties.It burnt in the mid sixties. The house you speak of on the left side of Venice was occupied by a family named Montgomeryin the sixties. It still stands but like most of Celoron it is rough shape.
Third~ the building you speak of as being a barber shop was originally Brown's Grocery Store,then if became a furniture repair shop. Dick Wallace moved his barber shop in after he left the Imperial Hotel( located at the corner of Dunham & Blvd. were the Log Cabin is today. Dick started at the old barber shop & pool hall owned by Charlie & Milo Lawson(this is the building on the southeast corner of Dunham & Blvd).Back to the building at Venice & Blvd.~ The building became the "Ships Inn" in the seventies it has since burnt and is now a vacant lot.
Celoron was a great place to have grown up , we had it all- the lake ,the park , the "tramp woods" along the railroad tracks by Livingston. We always had something to do.
Thanks for all of the info! I remember my older brother talking about the 'tramp woods'(I had forgotten about that). The house my parents owned when I was born- I think it's Smith and Blvd- on the outside still looks pretty much how it did 50+ years ago, the very nice owner of that house (a few years ago); let me come in to see what memories would pop up....of course, the inside had changed so much over the years...I didn't recognize it.....
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