After Part 10 in the diner series was published, asking for any information or photos about the Bradley or Beacon Diner, readers may recall the following week’s article “Persistence Pays Off” told of Don Briggs arriving at the Historian office in Parkview to tell about his mother running that diner in the early 1950s and his dad doing maintenance on the diner. Briggs himself even helping his dad, and then his sad comment, “It’s too bad Marshall Everts isn’t still around. He could tell you a lot more about that diner.”
After Brigg’s comment about the late Marshall Everts, I contact his widow, Pat Everts. She was delighted to share her memories, provided a photo showing part of the diner and described some memorabilia that she had saved from the diner — windows with marbled green glass and a pair of wooden booth benches — stored in a building not accessible in midwinter.
Upon receiving my scan of the diner photo and the information about the green marbled glass windows, diner historian Mike Engle positively identified the diner as a Ward and Dickenson, one of the later models. This diner is similar to the Modern Club Diner which had been at Elm and Main Street from 1929 to 1934, before the dining car, which is the first section of our current Main Diner, was brought to Westfield. The Modern Club Diner was taken to Bethlehem Penn., and from there to another place in Pennsylvania where it still exists.
Of course, Engle wanted to see and photograph the windows and booth benches when they were accessible the next time he came to Westfield. So when Engle arrived during Roadside Day, we made an appointment with Everts to do just that.
Engle emailed two photos he took of two of the windows, along with the two benches. When Everts unearthed them in a storage building, she discovered she had at least a dozen of the swirled green glass windows. These windows are the trademark of Ward and Dickenson-manufactured diners, and were placed above each of the clear glass windows, along the sides and ends of their diners.
Please refer to photographs of the Bradley and Beacon Diner items and part of the actual diner.
Next week, BeeLines will feature “A Sherman Diner ‘History Mystery’ – Solved.”
Marybelle Beigh is the current Public Historian for the Town and Village of Westfield. Her office is located at 3 East Main Street in Westfield, N.Y, 14787 — inside Parkview Ice Cream Parlor. Her scheduled office hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 11 a.m.; other hours by appointment.
Beigh can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 326-2457 (office), 326-6171 (home) or 397-9254 (cell).
This photo of the Beacon/Bradley Diner is courtesy of Pat Everts.