While you still have the chance, read about the history of pets in Ontario County, as well as historic Mora automobiles.
UPton T. Dubell and Family--and Family dog--take spin in the Mora automobile, which was once manufactured in Newark.
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Our Family Companions: The History of Pets in Ontario County, the Ontario County Historical Society's most recent exhibit, is closing on April 29.
The show, which includes paintings, relics, photographs, and even a dog home, pays tribute to furry and feathered creatures throughout history. Animals like the pair of dogs and a cat in the automobile — especially the dog sitting on the running board — can sometimes steal the show.
And that leads to a fork in the road where you may learn about the history of the area.
The Upton T. Dubell and family (ca. 1912-14) of Canandaigua are the vehicle's occupants. Mr. Dubell was the supervisor of Canandaigua's Woodlawn Cemetery. The car itself is eye-catching, as it is an example of a Mora automobile, which was previously made on Hoffman Street in Newark's village.
Hallagan Fine Furniture (aka Hallagan Mfg. Co., as it has been since 1913, when the ancient Mora mill was purchased) presently manufactures upholstered furniture at the Mora factory.
From a close-up examination of the hubcap in a photo, historians Chris Davis and John Zornow of the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society were able to identify the car's maker. A comparable car was located in a 1910 Mora sales catalogue classified as a Light Four 5-passenger Tourer with the identical hubcaps and rear fenders, according to Steve Heald of Sodus, an authority on the Mora Car Co.
The Ontario County Historical Society is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 585-394-4975 for more information.
Saturday hours for the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society are 1 to 3 p.m. Call 315-331-6409 for more information. Even a hubcap from one of the autos is appreciated by Mora car lovers, and you can view one in the Newark Museum's Transportation Room at 120 High St.
There are only a few Mora cars out there, Davis added, referring to both full-size and children's gasoline-powered automobiles. We have an engine from a 1910 Mora, as well as a brass letter emblem on the radiator in the front. Also included are images, advertisements, and other materials. We'll keep adding to the collection.