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Life lesson learned the hard way

September 2, 2017 I was fifteen that summer and I was convinced I was rich. I had been saving my babysitting money all year. In those long ago days, the pay for babysitting was fifty cents per child until midnight. more »»


September 2, 2017 For those of us alive in 2017, “It seems there’s always been Welch Field,” as the late Billie Dibble, former Westfield Historian, wrote in Dibble’s Dabbles, published in the Westfield Republican,... more »»

It’s sneezin’ season again

September 2, 2017 There’s a whole lot of sneezin’ going on these days. The rag weed’s running rampant and various pollens fill the air. more »»

Along Chautauqua creeks — more history of Westfield waterworks and dams

September 2, 2017 In January of this year, two BeeLines described the early history of Westfield’s Waterworks in response to questions that led to more questions and a concerted search for printed documentation to... more »»

Key jobs are quietly disappearing

September 2, 2017 While you and I have been busy with our everyday lives, a number of folks have slipped out of the American scene. For instance, in those long-ago days before refrigeration, we all had ice boxes. more »»

It’s all about acronyms

August 9, 2017 Lately, I feel like I’m living in an alphabet soup world. Everywhere I turn, I’m greeted by acronyms, those abbreviations formed from the initial letters of the words in a phrase or name. more »»


August 9, 2017 “I have a rather strange question for you,” the male voice commented after determining that he was speaking with the Westfield historian. more »»

The story of the American mall

July 9, 2017 Once upon a time, when the country was young, folks gathered into small communities, eventually forming villages. more »»

Nature’s perfect clothes dryer

June 25, 2017 During the 27 years you and I have been Moseyin’ Along together, I’ve come to recognize that there is a group of folks dedicated to giving the days, weeks and months in our calendar a reason for... more »»

Did Portage Road play a prominent part in French & Indian War? (Part 1)

June 25, 2017 During the 1600s and 1700s, the French and British are both documented as exploring what became Chautauqua County in 1811, including finding a way to connect the waterways of the St. more »»

My introduction to driving

June 15, 2017 In our society, driving involves much more than just transportation. The ability to drive is exciting and liberatin. more »»

The old screen door and family life

June 1, 2017 Now that the attractive and efficient aluminum storm doors have taken over, we’ve lost the old wooden screen door, an unsung participant in the ongoing drama of family life. more »»

Many lessons learned at the local five and dimes

May 17, 2017 In my long-ago childhood, only the downtown sections of the city held true department stores. Out in the suburbs, where most of us lived, clusters of small stores served the needs of the communit. more »»

More paintings, drawings and names in the mystery room

May 17, 2017 Well, it seems that the mystery room is of interest to my readers… but the Westfield Historian is still hoping that some of these names will trigger some memories and provide some more clues or lead... more »»

Another bit of magic is disappearing

May 16, 2017 For almost 150 years, “kids of all ages” have thrilled to the wonderful world of the circus. The wholesome family fun has been a favorite part of the American entertainment scene since the mid 1800. more »»


May 16, 2017 While researching the mysterious upstairs room at 42 North Portage, some possibly related discoveries were unearthed using names written under the white-washed walls and on the mystery paintings. more »»

Chance meeting sparks driving nostalgia

May 1, 2017 I saw my friend Ann at the grocery recently. With a mixture of pride and fear, she reported that her grandson had just gotten that coming-of-age document, his learner’s permit. more »»

The times, they are a ‘changin’

April 5, 2017 Many years ago, an annual highlight of life for my family was the arrival of the heavy, treasure-filled Sears-Roebuck catalog. more »»

Multiple choice in the Land of Plenty

March 29, 2017 When you take a long look back over your life, you realize everything has been determined by the choices you’ve made along the wa. more »»

The annual push is almost here

March 22, 2017 The fastidious among us are looking forward a few weeks and are already gathering their supplies. But procrastinators like me are trying to postpone the inevitable. more »»



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