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The 32nd Anniversary of the Strawberry Festival at Canadice NY

The 32nd Anniversary of the Canadice Strawberry Festival

By Unknown Author - The Livonia Gazette

30 June 1911

The strawberry festival on Saturday last proved to be a homecoming for many former residents. Among those who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Knowles and Frank Knowles of Michigan, Mr. and Mrs. John Doolittle of Ellicottville, Barak Doolittle and grandson of Syracuse, Miss Martha Thayer of Hornell, W. P. Smith, Hawley Bishop and Miss Grace Slingerland of Livonia, Levi Coykendall, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Doolittle and grandson of Hemlock, Mrs. Alene Stevens and children of Honeoye, Harvey Peck and family of Avoca, Mrs. J. S. VanDoren of North Cohocton, Mrs. D. B. Waite of Warren, Pa., Starr Peabody and family, Ed Doolittle and daughter, L. J. Hyde and Mrs. Vinnie Hyde of Springwater, and Mrs. Roy Redman of Honeoye.

Thirty-two years ago was held the first strawberry festival in Canadice. Mrs. A. B. Norton, who removed to East Bloomfield some years ago and died there, was the originator of the enterprise. During all these years the funds raised from this annual gathering have been sufficient to meet the running expenses of the society and the meetings add much to the social life of the community.

Among those who worked for its success and have passed on to their reward are: A. T. Winch, Lorenzo Winch, W. S. Doolittle, G. W. Sharpsteen, C. B. Hyde and B. H. Burch. These thirty-two years have wrought great changes at the lake. The pleasant homes of Mr. Burch, Mrs. Caskey, the Owen place, the Slout place, the P. C. Swarts-Barringer place and the Hoppough place will be remembered by the pleasant associations of former years. Now only the ruins are left.

The festival last Saturday was held in the very pleasant grove of L. M. Doolittle near the school house at the Corners, and notwithstanding the lowering weather of the morning and the change from the lake to this picturesque place, the society cleared over $50.