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Old street scenes are on view

Dibbles Dabbles

February 1, 2012
By Billie Dibble - Westfield Historian, 1975-2006 ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

First published Jan. 26, 1984:

The corner of Main and Elm streets looked quite different before the diner was built. The home and millinery store of Miss Esther J. Macomber stood on that spot and if you look carefully you may discover that building is now located at 33 Elm St., where it was moved many years ago.

The corner of Pearl and Main streets has changed so much over the years that you can scarcely recognize it in an old photo taken many years ago.

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Courtesy of Patterson Library’s Mateer Collection
Mystery photo to be exhibited in the “Westfield Revisited” show at Patterson Library and Art Gallery Feb. 6 through March 2 [1984]. Can you give any clues about the setting and characters in this picture?

We find ourselves forgetting just how the Brewer Block looked before it was replaced with the Chautauqua and Erie Telephone Building only a few years ago.

These street scenes are only a few of those you will be able to view in the February (1984) exhibit at Patterson Library and Art Gallery.

Peter Colbey has been working for months enlarging and printing many of the fine old photographs in the library collection. The original photographs are the work of form Westfield photographers, Sherman, Weatherup, Alexander and others. Most of them were collected through the years by the late Ed Mateer and were presented to the library.

The photographs are of excellent quality and will be appreciated for that reason. They are also a record of things as they were and local history buffs will find them exciting for that reason. We old timers will, no doubt, be drawn into lengthy conversations beginning with, "Remember when?"

Do you recall when Jack Allen's Barber shop was located in the building which is now Cora's Beauty Salon? It was the scene of many heated political debates and also much horseplay. I can remember Wiser's Dry Goods Store, can you?

The old grade school which stood on the spot where the Quality Market carries on business today (in 1984) was demolished about 30 years ago. Many Westfield residents studied the 3 R's in that building under the strict discipline of Miss Philena Marshall. Younger people and newcomers to the community don't even remember the old building and will find the photograph interesting for that reason.

Several years ago a group of Westfield women made a quilt using a special process which enabled them to transfer photographs to fabric. The history of Westfield is depicted on that quilt and it will be conspicuously displayed at the library during February (1984). There will also be a display of many items of interest concerning Westfield's past.

During the past months you have had an opportunity to see some of the photographs as I have used them in connection with Dibble's Dabbles. The beautiful enlargements are so much superior to the newspaper prints that you will scarcely recognize them as the same pictures. You will see details that were not discernable in the smaller prints.

The dates for the "Westfield Revisited" show at Patterson Library and Art Gallery are Feb. 6 through March 2 (1984). Plan to visit the exhibit and see the photographs I have mentioned and many more.



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