Grove, Sir George, 1820-1900, English musicographer, whose Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1879-89) has become a standard reference work. Originally an engineer, he assisted in the establishment of the Crystal Palace in London and for many years annotated the programs of the concerts there. From these notes he later drew material for Beethoven and His Nine Symphonies (1896).
Grove, Robert Moses (Lefty Grove), 1900-1975, American baseball player, b. Lonaconing, Md. A left-handed pitcher, he played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1925-33) and Boston Red Sox (1934-41). In 1931 his season record of 31 victories against four defeats (including 16 consecutive wins that equaled an American League record) earned him the league's Most Valuable Player award. In his 17 years he won 300 and lost 141 games for a lifetime winning percentage of .680; he led the league in earned run average nine times and in strikeouts seven times. Grove was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947.
Grove is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 533 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Grove, in the northeast part of Allegany County, is northwest of Hornell, New York.


The Town of Grove was established in 1827 as "Church Tract" from the Town of Nunda in Livingston County. The town assumed its current name in 1828, possibly based on the large number of trees in the town. Grove lost its western territory to form the newer Town of Granger in 1838.

Past residents of note

Frederick Decker, the "Ossian Giant," was a resident known for his great size (7 feet, six inches, 385 pounds). He was born in Geneseo in 1836 and exhibited himself across the country before settling down in Grove where he died and was buried in 1886.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 33.7 square miles (87.4 km²), of which, 33.5 square miles (86.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (0.65%) is water.

New York State Route 70 passes across the northeast part of the town.

Canaseraga Creek passes through the northeast part of the town and widens into a small lake northwest of Swain.


As of the census of 2000, there were 533 people, 213 households, and 148 families residing in the town. The population density was 15.9 people per square mile (6.1/km²). There were 427 housing units at an average density of 12.7/sq mi (4.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.00% White, 1.31% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 213 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $48,594. Males had a median income of $31,944 versus $26,071 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,522. About 2.5% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Grove

  • Brewers Corners -- A location in the center of the town at Johnson Hill Road and Ridge Road.
  • Grove -- The hamlet of Grove near the south town line on County Road 15B, Fink Hollow Road.
  • Rosses -- A hamlet at the north townline , shared with Livingston County, on Route 70
  • Swain -- A hamlet in the northeast corner of the town at County Road 24 and NY Route 70. The name is that of Samuel Swain, a 19th Century surveyor and devolper.
  • Swain Ski Resort -- A skiing and snowboarding center near Swain that claims to be the oldest operating ski resort in the state.


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