COHOCTON — An historic landmark sign was placed at the Larrowe Cemetery to honor those who breathed life into a small town.
Cohocton Historical Society member Jane Towner reached out to Genesee Country Express to mention this important part of our history.
Larrowe Cemetery holds several members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is where the Larrowe Family has been laid to rest.
Towner said the sign is beautiful and is very thankful for the wonderful gift to the community.
Since there are many conflicts of time for the organizations involved a dedication ceremony is on hold for now.
“Our active membership is experiencing many conflicting commitments,” Towner said. “We could not come up with a satisfactory date before the season decides to change.”
The historic cemetery has been in the hands of the Cohocton Historical Society for the last couple of years.
“The cemetery is now in the possession of the Cohocton Historical Society; having been transferred by the family from a trust to the Historical Society a couple of years ago,” Towner said.
Albertus Larrowe II bought the "Liberty Mills" in Cohocton from David H. Wilcox in 1866. During the 1870's he installed a steam engine and soon shifted to production of buckwheat pancake flour. The Larrowe Mill shipped buckwheat flour all over the northern United States. A big grain elevator, new roller milling machinery, and a warehouse were added to the mill to meet the demand. Charles Larrowe, son of Albertus II, was managing the mill by the late 1880's. After the turn of the century his brother James E. Larrowe built a profitable business in Ohio and Michigan, processing high-protein sugar beet pulp for cattle feed. The main offices of the Larrowe Milling Company, incorporated in 1890, were moved to Detroit in 1908. (The company later became part of General Mills). In 1916 the Cohocton mill was sold to a new corporation controlled by the owners of the Birkett Mills in Penn Yan. At one point in time, The Larrowe Milling Company was known as the "world's largest buckwheat mill."
Albertus Larrowe II, founder of the A. Larrowe Milling Company and father of Charles and James E., was inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame in 2010. The family and many descendants are interred in the Larrowe Family Cemetery, located at S. Main Street in Cohocton.
The Larrowe Cemetery holds the keepers of our town; Albertus Larrowe, Amy Larrowe, Charles Larrowe, Dwight Morgan Larrowe, Elizabeth Larrowe, Elizabeth H. L. Larrowe, Eva Larrowe, Frank Mayne Larrowe, Franklin Larrowe, Harriet “Hattie” Larrowe, Harriet A. Larrowe, Harriet M. Larrowe, Ida Larrowe, J. Wheeler Larrowe, James Erwin Larrowe, Jennie “Jane” Larrowe, John Larrowe, John B. Larrowe, Julie Larrowe, Katherine Larrowe, Marcus Larrowe, Minnie Larrowe, Susan May Larrowe, William H. Larrowe, William Wheeler Larrowe, Ida Lotsette, Amy Spaulding, and Wilson Spaulding.
“Charles and Minnie, James E and Amy Bell inherited the house when Albertus II died. First Charles then James,” Towner said. “Amy Bell gifted the house to the Village and Town after her husband passed. They only used the home as a retreat. They lived in Detroit, MI in the historic Edison District.”
“Franklin Larrowe laid out and named the streets of the Village, but died very young,” Towner continued. “His son, Frank Mayne was an actor and playwright performing at area Opera Houses and also in NYC.”
The town hopes to honor the legacy of the Larrowe Family with the new sign.