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Mystery photos have many Westfield residents ‘stumped’

Buzzings from BeeLines

September 6, 2011
By Marybelle Beigh, Current Westfield Historian
After the flurry of excitement over the Hal Barry Band mystery photo, and the post World War II float mystery photo identifications, one of the Great Things About Westfield, or GTAW, members brought in a set of photos dating from the 1930s and 1940s. Some of these photos had the people and places identified, and these will be added to a later story about the history of early gas and service stations and garages in Westfield. But two of the photos, which have been posted on the GTAW Facebook page for a couple weeks, are “grist” for the BeeLines History Mystery Photo “mill.”

This week’s mystery photo is of the interior of a restaurant kitchen, with a woman in a waitress or cook’s uniform appearing to be possibly kneading dough in a deep container, readying it for the large ceramic bowl nearby that would be used for dough-rising. The person who provided the photo has no idea where this kitchen was or is, but suggested that it might have been either the Bark Grill or the Barcelona Inn. The woman’s identity is unknown, also.

On GTAW, the discussion has focused mainly on the location of the kitchen, and another kitchen was suggested – that of Vinnie Calarco’s Restaurant on Market Street. However, people who have knowledge of, and access to, Calarco’s Restaurant kitchen have mostly dismissed that possibility, stating that the kitchen in the photo looks much larger than Calarco’s kitchen.

Several viewers of the photo have commented that the lateral white squares with knobs in the right foreground look very much like the covers to an ice cream freezer.

So far there have been no names suggested for the woman waitress or cook. Please, if any reader recognizes either the kitchen location or the woman, or both, and also a date for this history mystery photo, provide your input to Marybelle Beigh, Westfield Historian. You may use any of the means of contact listed at the conclusion of this story. Thank you.

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 or by calling 326-2457 (office), 326-6171 (home) or 397-9254 (cell).

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Submitted photo
In this “history mystery” photo, an unknown server or cook is working in an unknown kitchen. The photo is believed to be from around the 1940s. Anyone recognizing the worker or the kitchen is asked to contact Westfield Historian Marybelle Beigh, whose contact information is at the end of this article.



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