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Lookin’ Back 02/16/12

February 22, 2012 TO: Feb. 2, 1898 Eureka! Chautauqua was herself again, with snow from 2 to 20 feet deep and more coming. Sherman bid farewell to her neighbor villages until the next summer. more »»

Factories, shippers, processors of local fruits, heirloom or otherwise

February 15, 2012 January 2012 has been one of those months when photos, questions and ongoing research have coalesced into a new history mystery story to resolve. more »»

Grape juice plant was rebuilt in record time

February 15, 2012 First published Jan. 24, 1985: Big jobs were completed in very short time back in the days when many men worked many hours without the help of modern tools and equipmen. more »»

Lookin’ Back 02/09/12

February 15, 2012 TO: February 10:1977 When folks complain about all the snow that winter brings us, we can be very thankful for our open winter thus far this year. more »»

Heirloom fruits in Westfield series, part 2 — currants

February 8, 2012 Did you ever pick black currants or red currants here in Westfield? Do you remember Elton Tubbs, a local inventor of an electromechanical currant picker? Whatever happened to the currant industries... more »»

In 1836 Seward came to pour oil on area’s troubled water

February 8, 2012 First published Feb. 2, 1984: If you were to look up William H. more »»

Lookin’ Back 02/02/12

February 8, 2012 TO: February 1927 The Corry Journal stated that G.N. Roberts of that city projected a plan for an erection of a large new Summer hotel at Findley Lake, to be known as the Charlotte Inn. more »»

A collage of World War II photo memories from 1942

February 1, 2012 Among the envelope of old black and white photos provided to the Westfield Historian by Julie Mathews McGill in the summer of 2011 were three shots of a group of five young women and two young men... more »»

Old street scenes are on view

February 1, 2012 First published Jan. 26, 1984: The corner of Main and Elm streets looked quite different before the diner was built. The home and millinery store of Miss Esther J. more »»

Lookin’ Back 01/26/12

February 1, 2012 TO: Feb. 10, 1897: There seemed to be a plague of rats and mice in Sherman this winter, and nearly everyone complained of them in their houses. more »»

Heirloom fruits in Westfield, part I, and even ‘Romeo and Juliet’

January 25, 2012 After reading about the Westfield Academy and Central School’s eighth grade language arts class taught by Melissa Putney and their recent very impressive projects surrounding “William Shakespeare’s... more »»

Cavalry reunion big event in Westfield

January 25, 2012 First published Jan. 17, 1985: Among the oldest photographs in the Patterson Library files are two taken by Weatherup, a local photographer, in October 1886. more »»

Lookin’ Back 01/19/12

January 25, 2012 TO: January 1898 FOREIGN — There has been an alarming spread of malarial fever at Puerto Principe, Cuba, both among the inhabitants of the city and in the garrison. more »»

Did you know Barcelona once had a Post Office?

January 18, 2012 When a previous historian contacted the U.S. more »»

1899 firemen’s banquet was special event

January 18, 2012 First published Jan. 3, 1985: Hon. S. Fred Nixon was the genial toastmaster at the annual banquet of the Westfield firemen which was held on Friday, Dec. 28, 1899. more »»

Lookin’ Back

January 18, 2012 To 1901: The Daniele Sweet reunion was held at the Rocks Wednesday, Aug. 28. The Hubbard reunion will be held at Panama Rocks Wednesday, Sept. 4. more »»

Frank Burns and the Burns Vaporizer Company, circa 1900

January 11, 2012 “I have a vaporizer for allergies by Frank Burns of the Burns Vaporizer Company, Westfield NY, #941,” was the first sentence in an email to westfieldhistorian@fairpoint. more »»

Burns Vaporizer promised to cure colds in one day

January 11, 2012 First published Feb. more »»

A correction, new Grape Belt book, request for heirlooms plants

January 4, 2012 Tap Room history updated by current proprietor First, the Westfield History offers a big apology to Kate Noble, present owner-operator of The Tap Room at 43 East Main Street in Westfield... more »»

What a Christmas we had 20 years ago

January 4, 2012 This story first published Dec. 20, 1984 Westfield really came alive at Christmas time 20 years ago. The new Christmas lights were dedicated on Saturday night, Dec. 3, 1964. more »»



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