The " Daisy" pictured above owned by Christian and Will Chum was one of the steamboats that sailed on Findley Lake at the turn of the century. Steamboat appearance paralleled the opening of The Lakeside Assembly in 1895-1915 which was patterned after Chautauqua .
It is our understanding all steamboats were gone around 1913. We now have on display a Step-back cupboard that once was in the house of Christian and Will Shum.
This historical website for Findley Lake and the Mina area is our attempt to better disseminate historic information to our friends and people who are interested in our area . When material is presented we have not attempted to embellish or change in anyway what was given to us for the history of our area. If notations are unreadable or would not digitally scan well we will attempt to interpret if possible and follow word or phrase with a ? We will list what pertinent facts we have available, and attempt to give information about the material.
Our small community has many long time residents with fond memories. They have given freely of their photo albums, biographies and other historic material. Many families can trace their history back to the early 1800's when our area was just a wilderness.
President Mary Norcross informs us the Heritage Room at the Community Center has become crowded so she has set up displays of the collection from the Veterans of WW1, WW2, Korean and Vietnam Wars across the hall in the Town Historians room. Also displayed are the personal affects of Maude Skinner. She was a native of Mina and teacher for 49 years starting her career in a one room school at Mina Corners, then moving to the grade school connected to the high school on School Street then finally to the Findley Lake Grade School which is now our Community Center. You can see all the photo's of the history of our little school and many of the students who passed through the doors.
President Mary Norcross has been appointed Town Historian so this should make for a coordinated approach to locating historical records for our community.
History is like knowledge in that it has little value unless you can disseminate it to others.
Findley Lake & Mina Historical Society
Mina-Findley Lake Community Center
2883 North Road
PO Box 522
Findley Lake, NY 14736
Saturday, 9 AM - 12 PM
For different times or appointments please call 716-769-7688 and ask for Mary Norcross