Thursday, August 23, 2007

VOORHEES Hardware Store, Baldwinsville, NY.

The VOORHEES Hardware Store, Baldwinsville, NY.

Another great photo from Dave Rowell.

(Dave's comments:)
"I believe that this store was located on the east side of Syracuse
street on the island between the Seneca river and the NYS Barge Canal.
Up until it was remodeled a few years back (2003?) the store front was
recognizable. The 1917 county business directory listed a Voorhees
hardware store but not its location."

The 1900 census shows the family of James L. VOORHEES [Sr.], age 69, retired, and John S. VOORHEES, a son, age 43, single, Hardware Merchant, and another son, James L. VOORHEES, Jr., age 19 as a Salesman, Hardware. (Note: this is the family of the famous genealogist, Lesley E. VOORHEES, age 30, single, a trained nurse.)

The photo has the look of 1900's to 19 teens to me. (Dick Hillenbrand.)

VOORHEES Hardware store is mentioned in the following KING family reminiscence found at:

"March 29, 1873, I was at my brother William's house, owned now by George Kelly,
formerly owned by A. K. Clark, when we heard the fire alarm in the village. When we
got there we found the stores were on fire south of the James L. Voorhees hardware store,
now owned L. J. Schenck. I helped pump water with the hand fire engines. After the fire
we had to stay in Bakers store until morning, for we could not see to get home it was
snowing and blowing and drifting so that the roads were all blocked up with snow. "

If anyone has any thoughts or comments, please contact me by email and I will pass it on to Dave.

Dick Hillenbrand
Upstate New York Genealogy


Anonymous said...

Voorhees was the forerunner of Schencks hardware on the west side of Syracuse St, just north of the bridge over the Baldwin canal. The Schencks lived across the street from Leslie Voorhees on the west side of Oswego St in the columned Greek Revival home. Schencks was in business into the 1960s but fell victim to the mall style hardware stores and closed.

unyg said...

Thank You for the update. If I remember right I think Miss VOORHEES was related to the SCHENCKS, but not positive. I don't have her genealogy at hand at the moment.

I really appreciate your input.