After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Town of Sodus set up 2 Air Raid Observation Posts (see above for an example of one set up on Long Island). They were located at the Charles Morton Farm (I believe on Route 88, just south of the Village of Sodus on the knoll north of what is now Beckens’ Fruit Farm and another at the DeBadts Farm on Centenary Road). They were manned for most of the war. Read the Thursday, December 11, 1941 Sodus Record article about them. Use the + and – buttons to zoom in and out:
Before the end of the War other Air Raid Observation Posts were created.
Here are some memories of those Observation Posts:
Michael A. Stell There was one spotter post on Route 88, just south of the Village of Sodus on the knoll north of Gerry Beckens’ house, on what was the Morton residence and the Danny Johnson fruit farm. My Grandmother, Hattie Teetor, was a spotter and, according to my sister Teeny, she and my other sister, Jackie, used to walk out there from the Village, and my grandmother would let them use her binoculars to watch for enemy planes. That would’ve been in the 1944 time period also. I also seem to remember that there was a spotter post on Green’s Hill, on the west side of the Village, above what used to be old 104 and is now Rt.88 in front of the now closed Rawden Gas Station and Dairy Bar.
Herbert Kallusch There was at least one other one. The one I recall was on the Proseus Farm property , Lake Road, in what was an open field near the bank of the Lake. My Mom, Helen Kallusch, and other ladies, stood watches there. In a sense, I think that I could have been referred to as the “Junior Officer of the Watch,” on a few occasions as I was there with me Mom. The time frame was about 1943 or 1944, I think, as I was born September 1939. I recall seeing an enemy aircraft identification chart posted on the wall and a telephone. I think that there was a stove or heater of some sort. I think that the watch was either two hours or four hours in length. I don’t recall how frequently my Mom’s name occurred on the Watch Bill. I am sure that performing that duty was voluntary. No enemy aircraft were sighted and I am unsure if any friendly aircraft were sighted, but I assume that some were from time to time.