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The History of the Yard of Ale Bell

 
 
The History of the Yard of Ale Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 30, 2018
1. The History of the Yard of Ale Bell Marker
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The History of the Yard of Ale Bell

The Yard of Ale bell is from the original St. Lucy's Church located in Retsof, New York, which formally opened on Christmas Day 1911 with Father Poli celebrating the mass.

The building was purchased from the Retsof Mining Company by Bishop Thomas Frances Hickey in 1911. The mining company built the structure in 1892 as a schoolhouse for the many children of immigrant families.

The building was torn down in 1964 by the Vitale Brothers Construction Company. It is believed this is how Joseph Vitale acquired the bell. The Bell was moved to his property located in Conesus Lake, New York, where many family members and friends gave the bell a ring during various events.

In 2009 as a bundle package with the purchase of a butcher block from the Vitale estate, Ed Simandl became the new owner of the bell. The bell was moved to the back side of The Yard of Ale Restaurant located in Pifford, New York where it was stored for about a year. Finally, in the summer of 2010, the bell was cleaned up and moved to the front of the Yard of Ale where it resides today. Researched by Donna Sutter.
 
Location. 42° 49.69′ N, 77° 51.083′ W. Marker is in York, New York, in Livingston County. Marker can be reached
Yard of Ale, Marker & Bell image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 30, 2018
2. Yard of Ale, Marker & Bell
from the intersection of Genesee Street (New York State Route 63) and Piffard Circle. Touch for map. Marker is in the hamlet of Piffard along the front entrance to the Yard of Ale restaurant. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3226 Genesee Street, York NY 14592, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Genesee Valley Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); O-ha-gi (approx. 0.7 miles away); A-cn-do-wa-nuh (approx. 2.1 miles away); Brevet Major General James S. Wadsworth (approx. 2.6 miles away); In Memory of (approx. 2.7 miles away); Big Tree Lodge (approx. 2.8 miles away); Site of Original Wadsworth Cabin (approx. 2.8 miles away); Village Square (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2018, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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