GeometryLooking at St. James’ church from Thayer Park, I’ve never seen the church building in terms of geometry, but seeing this drawing of a church in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the similarities and the “regulating lines” jump out at me. With thanks to “The Principles of Pattern” in Jonathan Hale’s The Old Way of Seeing (1994).

Tea Fleet

Tea Lipton Thomas
The Skaneateles Boat and Canoe Co. was widely recognized for its building of small craft, but by far its most famous order came from members of the party of the famous English yachtsman, and tea merchant, Sir Thomas Lipton, prior to his 1920 challenge for the America’s Cup. The order for more than 100 boats, canoes and yacht tenders brought in an estimated $75,000 to the company.

Banking Interest


What a treasure. Passing by on eBay, a 1930 Brown & Bigelow calendar from the National Bank & Trust Co. of Skaneateles illustrated with the aptly named and perfectly suited “Treasure Princess” by Edward Mason Eggleston (1882-1941). The artist studied under Harvey Dunn and was known for his pirate girls, Native American maidens and exotic Egyptian royals. Today’s banking incentives pale in comparison.

Edward Eggleston

Barber’s Lodge

Skaneateles Barber's Lodge

In 1935, Barber’s Lodge was opened as a tea room by Dean and Hermione Barber at 47 West Genesee Street. The Barbers had provided cooking for the Skaneateles Country Club and the Auburn Country Club, and in their new location both the menu and their reputation flowered. One critic noted, “The Barbers’ art at making delightful dishes and appetizing menus has a universal appeal.” They hosted banquets, wedding breakfasts and receptions, farewell dinners, and luncheons with bridge to follow. Finding the Lodge to be an ideal meeting place were many local organizations, including the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, Garden Club, Leisure Hour Club, Monday Evening Club, Rotary Club, Village Home Bureau and Village Improvement Association. Holiday dinners were a specialty with special spreads on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, Father’s and Mother’s Day.

During World War II, in 1942 and ’43, Kitty Wainwright, the wife of Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, lived at the Lodge with her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Holley.

However, perhaps because of wartime rationing and fuel restrictions, the Barbers closed the Lodge in 1944. Being just a few doors down from the Krebs was probably a challenge as well.

Pearl Diving at the Country Club

Pearl Diving

“Talk about diving for pearls, Syracuse and Skaneateles society women were doing it the other day. A Syracuse woman, who owns one of the six strings of real pearls that are in this city, wore her pearls to a social function at the Skaneateles Country Club, and was on the porch when the string broke and there were pearls rolling almost everywhere. It was some dive. None are reported missing.”

Syracuse Daily Journal, August 19, 1919