History, Town of Locke, Cayuga County, NY
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1790-called Milan
February 20, 1802 the official Town of Locke was formed from Milton (Genoa, NY).
1817-part of Locke was taken off to form the Town of Division (Groton, NY).
1831-part of Locke was taken off to form the Town of Plato (Summerhill, NY).
Cayuga County formed a portion of the Military Tract which included some of Locke. Military Tracts were portions of land purchased from Iroquois Indians used for grants to veterans of the Revolutionary War. Locke had 38 soldiers who received tracts.
Locke had 63 soldiers in the War of 1812.

Locke has seven cemeteries: Bowker, Cantine, Chipman's Corner's or Howell Road, Edsall, Monaghan, Old Settler's and Bird (only one in current use).

Locke had a fire on April 26, 1912 where 30 village buildings were destroyed. Another fire on April 10, 1975 destroyed 11 village buildings.

Hewitt Bros.-produce business started on July 5, 1901 by O.D. and L.H Hewitt. Today it is still Hewitt Bros. (Inc.), run by Gordon Hewitt at same location (Water St.). They grind grains; mix feeds; blend fertilizers; deliver heating oils, gas, diesel, lubes and oils.

Edwin Mackey, DVM was born and raised in Locke. He is very well known. Best veterinarian in this part of the country. Been in business on North Main St. for 55 year. He is now semi-retired.

Nachtrieb's Grocery Store was on the corner of West Cayuga St. and Main St. Owned and run by Fay and Janet Nachtrieb from 1961-1984. It was previously owned and run by Janet's parents (Cook) for six years. Before them it was run by her aunt and uncle (Dean). The store was sold to Patrick and Beth Dempsey in 1984. The name was changed to General Store and it is still in business.

Rodney's Gas Station on the corner of Route 90 E and South Main St. was run by Rodney Sharpsteen and sons from 1948-1984. It is still presently a gas station and its name has changed to D&D's One Stop. It is run by Kenneth Alvord.

Rene's Diner on Main St. burned down in the 1975 fire and was rebuilt. It was Rene's run by Irene Misner until 1978 when it was sold to Paul Barbagallo who owned it until 1983. It was sold to Barb Seamans and changed to Barb's Diner which is still in business.

Grisamore Farm on corner of Goose St. and Cowan Rd. started as a dairy in 1926 by Maurice and Else Grismore. In the 1950's it changed to poultry and was run by the son Paul and his wife Christine. In 1951 it started growing strawberries and expanded into many kinds of fruit and vegetable produce. Three of their four daughters are employed. It is still very busy and in the family.

Alvord's Garage is located on Maple Avenue and has been in business since 1964. It is owned by Covert Alvord and run by him and his son, Donald. It moved to Main Street in the early 1970's in Buff Misner's former garage located by Rene's Diner. After it burned in the 1975 fire, it moved back to Maple Avenue.

The Methodist Circuit Riders started riding through Locke in 1810. The church was built in 1849 and it burned in the 1912 fire. It was rebuilt in 1913 and merged with Moravia Methodist Church in 1969. The building was torn down in 1979

The Milan Baptist Church on Main Street was named after Locke's first name and it was started in 1831. This church is still very active bringing many to know the Lord. The present pastor is Hartley Selfridge.

Hemlock Creek runs north through Locke to Owasco Lake. It is a popular fishing and hunting area with a busy deer season

History from Town Historian Esther Thorton

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