New Oregon, New York

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St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, New Oregon, New York

New Oregon, New York is a small, hamlet in the town of North Collins in southern Erie County, New York, USA.[1] This hamlet is on the South Branch Eighteen Mile Creek.[2]

Hamlet Life[edit]

In 1860, there were 357 residents, mostly farmers. Various trades noted in that year's Federal Census were: Saw Mill Sawyer (William Doane), School Master (Joseph Rohmer), Butcher (Charles Thill), Grocer (John Thiel and Antoine Smith), Shoemaker (Michael Mayer, Frank Gamel, and Mathias Keuhman), Blacksmith (Samuel Clark and Valentine Schaus), and Seaman (Uriah Clark). The value of real estate was $85,650 and personal property $26,275.[3]

Catholic Church[edit]

In the 1850s, the nearest Catholic Church was in East Eden, New York, a distance of over seven miles. The New Oregon Catholics wanted a church nearby and adapted a wood fame building with a dirt floor.[4] The priest from East Eden would minister in this church.[5] The first Mass was celebrated January 1, 1858 with the Parish named Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception.[4]

In 1866, the Parish purchased the New Oregon Methodist Church building and made additions.[4] In a 1944 history of the Parish, it was noted that "The late Mr. Nicholas Schmitt and many other deceased parishioners, rendered faithful, untiring, noncompensating (sic) assistance in laying the cornerstone and general construction."[6]

In the fall of 2006, the Parish was merged with Saint Martin and Saint Frances Cabrini to form Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Langford, New York and the New Oregon Church was closed.[7] In 2007, the buildings were purchased and now operate as the Marienthal Inn.[8]

Post Office[edit]

New Oregon had its own post office from 1854 to 1903.[9] In 1883, there was a mail route from Collin's Center, through Morton's Corners, through Woodward's Hollow to New Oregon.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: New Oregon, New York
  2. ^ "New Oregon, New York". Bing Maps. 
  3. ^ United States Federal Census 1860 (New York State, Erie County, Town of North Collins, New Oregon Post Office ed.). July 13, 1860. pp. 63–71. 
  4. ^ a b c "St. Mary's in N. Collins Hamlet Is Marking 125th Anniversary". The Buffalo News. May 14, 1983. p. A-5. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Doris (1975). History of Eden. Eden, NY: Doris Anderson. p. 57 Volume II. 
  6. ^ The Silver Jubilee of the Rev. Alphonse A. Stegmeier. Buffalo, NY: Rauch & Stoeckl Printing Co., Inc. June 11, 1944. 
  7. ^ Tokasz, Jay (March 13, 2007). "Under canon law, Catholic parishes rarely 'close'". The Buffalo News. p. B3. 
  8. ^ Jones, Helen (May 21, 2012). "A true sense of community". The Buffalo News. 
  9. ^ Forte, Jim. "Postal History". postalhistory.com. 
  10. ^ Briggs, Erasmus (1883). History of the Original Town of Concord: Being the Present Towns of Concord, Collins, N. Collins, and Sardinia, Erie County, New York. Rochester, New York: Union and Advertiser Company's Print. p. 199. 

Coordinates: 42°35′18″N 78°47′30″W / 42.58833°N 78.79167°W / 42.58833; -78.79167