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History, mysteries, memories of Jones Livery Stable in Westfield

March 13, 2013 It is amazing how the quest for answers to one “history mystery” leads to more fascinating stories to share. While exchanging information on Greater Things About Westfield’s Facebook page about J. more »»

Early Westfield taverns and inns — remembering the Old Stone Tavern

February 27, 2013 Before Westfield became a Town or a Village by that name, the first settlement of homes and the first tavern — McHenry Tavern — were established in 1802 and 1803. more »»

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church emulated historic Olney Pancake Race

February 20, 2013 Historically, before beginning their Lenten Fast, Roman Catholics, and later Anglicans, and more recently Episcopalians, have developed the traditions since the Middle Ages of eating pancakes and... more »»

One ‘fell through the cracks’ recently, the Stephens House at Forsythe

February 13, 2013 When this photo of the Stephens House was posted on a new Facebook website called Greater Things About Westfield, several comments expressed sadness and anger at the loss of one of our older and... more »»

Are we ‘falling through the cracks?’ — history of places, structures

February 6, 2013 “You know, as soon as a building is built, it becomes historical,” a local public historian said at a Government Appointed Historians of Western New York meeting presentation. more »»

Recollections of Eason Hall dedication

January 30, 2013 Memories of roller skating at Eason Hall in 1956-58 come back each time I enter the handsome Greek-columned portico to pay a bill, attend a town or village meeting, dance at the Charity Ball, or... more »»

Learning more about the Trump family

January 23, 2013 When the BeeLines about the Trump family connections with the Lincoln-Bedell story was published in the Westfield Republican at the end of December, there was a lot of positive feedback and... more »»

The history of Calarco’s Restaurant — Part 1

January 16, 2013 The Trump phone call that sent your Westfield Historian scurrying off to Erie for a recent BeeLines story was serendipitous in more ways than one. more »»

County archives preserve local history

January 16, 2013 MAYVILLE — Regardless of where one might live in Chautauqua County, centuries of history are always nearby. In early October, a fire in Castile, N.Y. more »»

Two photo ‘finds’

January 9, 2013 Tubbs’ currant picker: While digging through some family photos, I was delighted to discover one of the photos I took of Elton “Tubby” Tubbs currant picker, circa 196. more »»

Remembering the Trump family and the Lincoln-Bedell story connection

January 2, 2013 While casting about through my list of history topics for BeeLines this week, and coming up rather “dry” for a good human-interest story for the week between Christmas and New Year, the shrill ring... more »»

The ‘Rugby,’ a Lake Erie shipwreck story

December 26, 2012 As promised in a recent BeeLines article about the Fairbanks School and the Walker family, here is another exciting Walker family story, introduced by Frances Walker Shepard, granddaughter of... more »»

Thomas Walker, Barcelona brick yards, lime kilns and a plaster mill

December 19, 2012 Tucked inside a folder of clippings and notes about Barcelona’s history, I discovered a forgotten highlighted item in a photocopy of page 40 from “A History of Westfield – 1802-1997,” Part I, Chapte... more »»

Was there ever a ‘stolen’ Indian reservation in this area?

December 5, 2012 During the summer of 2012 the Westfield Historian received a query from a reader about a very old map he had seen, perhaps from the Holland Land Company, that showed an Indian reservation that... more »»

YWCA Westfield 11/29/12

December 5, 2012 Christmas in the Village The YWCA Westfield hosted the after tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 16. Area families returned to the YWCA after the ceremony in Moore Park. more »»

Westfield Moose Pinochle Results 11/26/12

December 5, 2012 Westfield Moose Pinochle Results Club Results Week of Nov. 26 1. Barb Hunt — 687 2. Bob Breads — 669 3. Paul Lehnig — 631 Pinochle is played on Mondays at the Westfield Moose Club at 12:30 p.m. more »»

Walker diary gives insight into Westfield brick, stone construction

November 28, 2012 As is often the case, while researching a totally unrelated topic, an item is found that leads to more exciting discoveries about the history of Westfield. more »»

The incredible Todd-Sheath family reunion story, part III

November 21, 2012 “Finding Robert” Written by Marty Hiller “A doorbell echoed through the quiet house on a sultry day in the summer of 1944. more »»

The incredible Todd-Sheath family reunion story, part II

November 14, 2012 At the end of part I of this story, on Oct. more »»



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