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January 4, 2012 TO: Dec.31, 1901 Jake Glazier shot a handsome red fox at Wahmeda just above the assembly grounds at Chautauqua. This was the first fox seen in that locality for many years. more »»

A history of the Tap Room

December 28, 2011 A couple of years ago, someone asked me to please write a history of the Tap Room when I had a chance, so I started asking various folks who have lived in Westfield since the early 1900’s. more »»

Gifts of Christmas past

December 28, 2011 This article first published December 22, 1983: For the benefit of you Christmas shoppers who do not have your gifts all wrapped up by this time, here are some suggestions from a hundred years ago —... more »»

Lookin’ Back

December 28, 2011 To: December 1896 A cold wave of extreme severity is prevailing throughout England, and several deaths of tramps and others from exposures to the weather are reporte. more »»

Early Main Diner incarnations

December 21, 2011 Updated History of Westfield Diners, Continued Prior to August of 1934, when the Modern Club Diner was removed from the corner of Main and Elm Streets, possible sources for original lunc... more »»

Walking down the Main Street of Christmas past

December 21, 2011 This article first published December 12, 1985: I suppose it is good for the economy for people to buy lots of expensive “things” in hopes to please someone who already has everything. more »»

Lookin’ Back 12/15/11

December 21, 2011 TO: 1923 Gerry Wentworth, the well know garage man, was seriously injured by being struck by a freight train at the crossing at Clymer station, last Tuesday night. He had hired W. J. more »»

Modern Club Diner history at corner of Main and Elm Streets

December 14, 2011 Updated histories of various diners in Westfield, 1900-2011 series, continued The diners located at Main and Elm Streets in Westfield, N.Y., not only changed names and owners. more »»

Down went the park’s landmark locust trees

December 14, 2011 This story first published December 1, 1983: Who remembers the row of locust trees that stood behind the decorative iron fence which divided the McClurg Mansion lawn from the village common? It is... more »»

Lookin’ Back 12/08/11

December 14, 2011 TO: December 1896 It was announces at Washington that the United States government has inquired of the Austrian government concerning facts surrounding the torpedoing of the American... more »»

Bits and pieces about Westfield’s Union Relief and Charity Ball

December 7, 2011 In the Dec. 2, 1982 “Dibble’s Dabbles” being republished in this week’s Westfield Republican (Dec. 1, 2011), Billie Dibble writes of “Union Relief 102 and still going strong. more »»

Union Relief 102 (in 1982) and still going strong

December 7, 2011 First published Dec. 2, 1982: On Dec. 3 (1982), The Union Relief Association of Westfield will be 102 years old. more »»

Lookin’ Back 12/01/11

December 7, 2011 To: December 18, 1890 The dance Friday evening was much the best of the series thus far. Mason and band furnished the music and there being five pieces, it was a great improvement. more »»

Van Tassel – a family of tinners and a famous one-family baseball team

November 30, 2011 Last year, during the flurry of exciting discoveries about the many former diners in Westfield, Marilyn Gollnitz, who was the source of at least two diner names and/or postcards, brought in another... more »»

1904 was quite a year for football in Westfield

November 30, 2011 First published October 27, 1983: Along with the falling leaves and the crisp air of autumn comes the excitement of football. This has been true in Westfield for many year. more »»

Lookin’ Back

November 30, 2011 To: September 1909 The annual picnic of the members of the board of supervisors and elective officers and all former supervisors was to be held at the Pickard house in Bemus Point. more »»

Do you remember Canella’s Shoe Store?

November 23, 2011 When the door to 3 East Main Street opened a few days ago, a handsome bearded man walked in and handed me an unusual-looking coin — a Lincoln-Wheat penny dated 1957, locked into an aluminum ring tha... more »»

Lookin’ Back

November 23, 2011 TO January 1894: A dispatch from Surabaya Island of Java states that five of the crew of the British ship Mary L. Burrell, Captain Kinney, died from cholera with discharging at that por. more »»

Do you remember Healy Hall?

November 16, 2011 A photo postcard from Nate Betts’ collection caught my eye because it was an unusual color — it was all printed in reds, from quite dark red, almost black or brown for the tree trunks, lettering, an... more »»



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