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1885 article has good history of Westfield Fire Department

November 9, 2011 First published November 3, 1983: Just a little late for Fire Prevention Week this year I came upon a clipping from an old paper dated Sept. 10, 1885. more »»

Sanborn maps researched regarding junction of Main and Elm Streets, 1907-1923

November 2, 2011 The examination of Sanborn maps between 1886 and 1923 continues for the remaining maps of 1907, 1912 and 1923, describing the streets and buildings near the junction of Main and Elm Streets in... more »»

Lookin’ Back 10/27/11

November 2, 2011 TO: September 1896 The civil serviced commission has issued an order to federal office holders warning all employees against seeking or making contributions for campaign purposes. more »»

Sanborn maps researched regarding the junction of Main and Elm Streets, 1886-1902

October 26, 2011 Examining Sanborn maps from 1886 through 1923 shows what buildings were located along the south side of Main Street in Westfield in the area between the Brewer Block, where Elm eventually entered,... more »»

W.T. Pitts started the Street Fair all by himself

October 26, 2011 The story of W.T. Pitts, enterprising Westfield merchant, and the Street Fair reminds me of the tale of “The Little Red Hen.” It seems that away back in the fall of 1894 Mr. more »»

Lookin’ Back 10/20/11

October 26, 2011 To August 1973 According to an article in the August 9, 1973 Chautauqua News, the first Sherman Fire Company was formed in 1884. more »»

Highlight in History Oct. 15th

October 19, 2011 Saturday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2011. There will be 77 days left in the year. more »»

Maps of Main, Elm Streets junction researched, 1854-1881

October 19, 2011 Preparatory to completing the history of the diners at the corner of Elm and Main Streets in Westfield, a variety of old maps were studied to identify the timing of when Elm Street was extended to... more »»

Grape-basket-making was local industry

October 19, 2011 First published October 11, 1984 It’s grape harvest time again and we can’t help thinking about the great changes that have taken place in the process through the years. more »»

Lookin’ Back

October 19, 2011 TO: September 1887 An examination showed that the sills on the south and west sides of the tower on the Universalist Church in Sherman was badly decayed and the spire was concisely out o... more »»

A poem to treasure found while sorting through old memories

October 12, 2011 As many readers know, your Westfield Historian is blessed to have her 94-year-old mother nearby, and she is still “as sharp as a tac. more »»

School history found in copper box buried in 1901

October 12, 2011 First published June 4, 1987: I keep digging up bits and pieces of history concerning the schools of Westfield, probably because the Sesqui-centennial is rapidly approaching. more »»

Lookin’ Back

October 12, 2011 To: October 1918 Sherman area Wellington Bacon has been promoted to the office of Corporal. more »»

History mystery books, bits, and pieces of this ‘n’ that

October 5, 2011 Your Westfield Historian is off on an adventure — a much needed vacation — to Bavaria, Germany, to visit a college friend working in Germany, and another college friend who is married to a German an... more »»

Rogersville Mothers’ Club is still active

October 5, 2011 First published October 4, 1984: From the early eighteen hundreds until the centralization of Westfield schools in the mid-nineteen forties there were many one-room school houses in the... more »»

Lookin’ Back

October 5, 2011 To: October 1890 The village trustees have enacted by-laws and ordinances, which will be found elsewhere in this paper. more »»

Historic site in gorge wiped out

September 28, 2011 Have you ever had one of those weeks when something you thought you knew or remembered was questioned, or turned upside-down, or surprised you with a totally new perspective? Recently this happened... more »»

Bridges crossed the gorge in old days

September 28, 2011 First published February 23, 1984: If you have looked at an old map of Chautauqua County lately, perhaps you noticed that a number of roads are shown to cross Chautauqua Gorge. more »»

Lookin’ Back

September 28, 2011 To: 1918 Thanksgiving prices — Butter, 70 cents, pound; chickens, 35 cents, eggs, 65 cents, dozen; potatoes, $1.50 a bushel; flour, 24 lb, sack, $. more »»

One family’s story of life, death, memories and saying good-bye

September 21, 2011 Introductory note A fascinating, mysterious and true story was recently related to Marybelle Beigh, Westfield Historian, by a historian colleague and friend. more »»



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