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


October 5, 2011
By Marybelle Beigh, Current Westfield Historian
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 and living in very historic Regensburg. Yes, Munich is the first half of the holiday, including a one day tour of the Oktoberfest. Having played clarinet in a polka band in Oregon, performing for ten years at the Oktoberfest in Mount Angel, it will fascinating to actually experience the original “real” Oktoberfest.

Meanwhile, the Historian Office at 3 East Main Street is closed from Sept. 22 to Oct. 23, reopening Oct. 24 for regular office hours Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.

A couple days before leaving for Germany, a pile of history mystery books was found tucked between the screen door and front door at the office. These books included: The Centennial Herald of the WHS Class of 1902; Annual Catalogue of the Public Schools of Westfield NY, 1904-1905; Annual Catalogue of the Public Schools of Westfield NY, 1933-1934; Westfield Schools’ Sesquicentennial, 1837-1987, Commemorative Issue; Topographical Atlas of Chautauqua County, 1867; and a small black-leather-covered pocket diary for 1860.

Thank you very much to the person who left these items for the Westfield Historian. And please, if you read this and are so disposed to do so, contact Marybelle Beigh via any of the ways listed at the end of this column and identify yourself and/or the source of these books.

Please note that the current Westfield Historian, Marybelle Beigh, does not write the republished Dibble’s Dabbles columns, which were originally written by the late Billie Dibble, and printed in the Westfield Republican from 1981 to 1990. These articles have been being republished posthumously since July 2007 and, for the past two years or so, have been selected, retyped and the original photos — as many as possible — relocated by the current Westfield Historian. Other than correcting typos or typeset mistakes, the stories and photo captions are retyped word for word as they originally appeared.

As much as possible, when readers contact Marybelle Beigh with corrections or additions, these will be noted in Buzzings from BeeLines.

Recently the photo of the Old Timers at the Presbyterian Church, in a republished Dibble’s Dabbles, brought several phone calls regarding the identification of some of the people in the photo listed in the caption.

Pete Bills provided the corrected name of Josephine Beckman Betts.

Shirley Kolpien wants to know if there was another Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rudd. Starting off with the comment about doing the math of when the photo was taken — about 1953 — she commented that her relatives by that name came to Westfield in 1961 and were Methodists.

A letter from Margaret Newell Mitchell, with an enclosed photocopy of the 1923 photo of the 75th anniversary of the former Westfield National Bank, provided the identification of her mother, Doris Brown (in this 1923 photo) Newell, in front row, third from left. She also commented that, “I enjoy your column and know more people in Billy Dibble’s column than in the rest of the paper.” A footnote stated that she was born and raised in Westfield, “at 87 North Portage Street — the house my great-grandfather Samuel Culver built in 1870.”

Thanks to all of you readers who continue to update and correct both the BeeLines and Dibble’s Dabbles columns.

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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