The Ellicottville Historical Society will present the third in a series of lectures on the early history of Ellicottville, N.Y., at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Ellicottville Memorial Library.
Some longtime local residents will speak on the industries of Ellicottville throughout the years. Fast-moving streams and a growing population encouraged settlers to build sawmills and gristmills. An abundance of hardwood trees in this area influenced the production of wooden last blocks. Daniel Bartlett, M. Murphy & Son and Fitzpatrick & Weller dominated the world market on these blocks, which served as shoe forms in the late 1890s. Other diversified industries included baseball bats, baskets, a condensed milk factory, furniture upholstery and a cutlery business. All this was before skiing was ever imagined in this small village.
The lecture is free to the public and refreshments will be served. Call Cathy Lacy for more information at (716) 945-5080.