CANANDAIGUA — Doggone it, but the Ontario County Historical Society’s latest exhibit, “Our Family Companions: The History of Pets in Ontario County,” arrives April 29.
The exhibit, which is full of paintings, artifacts, photographs and even a dog house, has paid homage to furry and feathered animals for many generations. Sometimes the animals steal the show, like the pair of dogs and a cat in the car – especially the dog sitting on the running board.
And that leads to a fork in the road exploring local history.
The occupants of the vehicle are Upton T. Dubell and his family (circa 1912-14), of Canandaigua. Mr. Dubell was director of Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua. And the car itself is also eye-catching – an example of a Mora automobile, once made on Hoffman Street in the village of Newark.
The Mora factory is now Hallagan Fine Furniture (aka Hallagan Mfg. Co., as it has been since 1913 when the old Mora factory was purchased), which manufactures upholstered furniture.
Historians Chris Davis and John Zornow of the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society were able to identify the car’s manufacturer from a close-up view of the hubcap in a photo. Mora Car Co. expert Steve Heald of Sodus found a similar vehicle in a 1910 Mora sales catalog identified as a Light Four 5-passenger Tourer with the same hubcaps and rear fenders.
Mora car enthusiasts love to even see a hubcap from one of the automobiles – and that’s exactly what you can see at the Newark Museum at 120 High St. in its Transportation Hall.
“There are only a handful of Mora cars out there, including full-size gas and kids’ cars),” Davis said. “We have an engine from a 1910 Mora, as well as a brass logo that has gone up front on the radiator. Also photos, advertisements etc. The collection will continue to grow.
If you are going to
The Ontario County Historical Society hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 585-394-4975.
The Newark-Arcadia Historical Society hours of operation are 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 315-331-6409.