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Buzzings from BeeLines

Feedback from readers regarding some recent BeeLines stories

June 12, 2013
By Marybelle Beigh - Westfield Historian ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The Odell Pipe Organ rebuilders

A couple weeks after the "answers" were published regarding the most-likely names of businessmen described in the story of the 1970 rebuild of St. Peter's historic Odell pipe organ, the historian received an email from Betty Scholl who had first-hand knowledge of the project.

"There must have been two dentists working on the Odell," she wrote. "Dr. Jerry Scholl spent many hours working on the Odell with Don Nash, Ron Worley, Alex Nixon, Dr. Robert Northrup. The voicers brought from Toronto Canada by the name of Alan Jackson and his son Chris also worked on the organ. Just to add a little note the whole Jackson Family came from Toronto and stayed with the Scholl Family. The electricians I believe were The Barnes."

Article Photos

Submitted photo
This photo was used with the Nov. 29, 2001 article about the marker that now stands where the Button Inn used to be until it was removed.

Thank you, Betty Scholl, for solving more of another history mystery in Westfield, N.Y.

A memorial marker for Button's Inn

In the online discussion about the story of Button's Inn, some information was received from John Paul Wolfe too late to correct the information about a historical marker placed at the site in November 2001. The marker, a bronze plaque on a stone, is on private property and only certain people have permission to take interested persons to view the site and marker.

Fact Box

The office of the Westfield Historian is located at 117 Union St., in the small green building on the north side of driveway. Office hours are by appointment; call or email a request. The Westfield Historian phone number is 326-2457 and email address is

One of those people, as soon as the BeeLines story appeared in the Westfield Republican, phoned to explain there was a prominent story by Jim Rush in the Nov. 29, 2001 issue of the newspaper with several photos and description of the research, people involved and placing of the marker.

The Chautauqua County Historical Society president at that time, Roderick Nixon, explained finding the site took some research and locating people who remembered the exact location before the marker could be placed. Scott Robbins of Westfield Nursery supplied the stone, manpower and truck to assist with the placement of the marker. Charles Hanks, Nancy Hanks, Priscilla Nixon and Pat Newell also helped with the project. Nancy Hanks is the only member of the CCHS group still living, and she still sometimes is able to provide tours when the weather and her health cooperate.

Thank you, Nancy Hanks and John Paul Wolfe, for supplying important information of our long-gone, but important landmark in the early history of Westfield, N.Y.



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