In Pursuit of Chemung County TRIVIA

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It happened at night - First Ever Night Football Game

Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics, managed by Connie Mack, and the Philadelphia Phillies formed professional football teams, joining the Pittsburgh Stars in the first attempt at a pro football league, named the National Football League. The Athletics won the first night football game ever played, 39-0 over the Kanaweola Athletic Club at Elmira, New York, November 21, 1902. All three teams claimed the pro championship for the year, but the league president, Dave Berry, named the Stars the champions. Pitcher Rube Waddell was with the Athletics, and pitcher Christy Mathewson a fullback for Pittsburgh. (By the way, Christy's uncle lived in Elmira.)

The Mustard Incident

George French of French's Mustard fame was born in Elmira, accidentally. His parents were on their way by train from Rochester to New York City. His mom, who was expecting a baby, didn’t feel too good and needed to stop in Elmira to rest. As these things happen, George, the baby, was born in Elmira in a hotel over by the Erie depot. Dad was a spice merchant and had to get to an important meeting in NYC, and left his family to recuperate. As soon as Mom and George were able to travel, they rejoined Dad in NYC. Eventually, George grew up, went to Rochester and discovered the cure for naked hot dogs - yellow mustard - in 1904.

The Duck Thing

The VERY last specimen of Labrador Duck (Camptorhynchus labradorius - thought to have gone extinct in 1875) was shot, killed, and eaten for dinner on December 12, 1878 on Elmira's Southside. Read more....

How we got Brick Pond

Brick Pond was originally the location of Weyer-Bauman Brick Works on Elmira's eastside. Shale mined from the quarries on East Hill was carted down the hill to the Brick Yard, and mixed with clay from the clay pits near Sullivan Street. One day (much to the surprise of the man with the pick and shovel) they dug a little too deep and hit a vein of water from nearby Newtown Creek. Quickly the clay pits became BRICK POND. Elmirans, enterprising as we are, immediately recognized the good fortune of a very clean ice-harvesting pond. The brick works moved to the area near the Church Street entrance from Route 17 I-86 (across the street from the present day Dandi Mini Mart. Ice was harvested from Brick Pond until the advent of the electric refrigerator. Today, of course, Brick Pond is known for the anhiliation of its aquatic life during the Snowmobiles On Water Racing Event. Like we said, Elmirans are enterprising.

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