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Way Back When: The History of Memorial Day

By Mary Fox   In 1866, the chief organization of Civil War veteran’s, The Grand Army of the Republic, (GAR) was founded, but people wanted to put painful memories aside and concentrate on restoring their old lives. A 10-year period of “hibernation” resulted.   Around 1880, a “revival” of interest in the war began. During the revival, the Regimental Histories ... Read More »

Way Back When: How the Litchfields Came to Ellicottville

  by Mary Fox The Ellicottville Historical Society Speaker on May 8 was Pam Litchfield who, along with her sister, Carolyn, is the historian of the Litchfield family. Beals Litchfield was seven years old when in 1830 his parents came to Ellicottville from Massachusetts. He was the youngest of 11 children. Nearing Ellicottville after a difficult two-week journey, the family ... Read More »

History in the Making Sawmills, Inns and Trading Posts

By Mary Fox The first Ellicottville Historical Society meeting for 2012 was held May 8 at the Ellicottville Memorial Library. Bill Burrell, John Burrell and Pam Litchfield launched the society’s speaker series on Ellicottville pioneers.   A presentation by Bill and John Burrell was given on their ancestral home next to St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Pam Litchfield talked about her ... Read More »

Back in the Day: Celebrating Ellicottville’s Past

By Mary Fox   The pioneers who settled in Ellicottville, as in all of Western New York, came from varied backgrounds but shared a common characteristic – the determination to sacrifice all they had to face an unknown they believed would make their way of life better. This belief fired them to set out upon a difficult journey without adequate ... Read More »

Village of Ellicottville Celebrates 175th Birthday

By Mary Fox Ellicottville has reached another milestone in its long and interesting history – 175 years ago, on April 1, 1837, the Village of Ellicottville was incorporated. In 1808, Cattaraugus County was formed. A site in the geographic center of the county was chosen for the county seat. This site, which would become Ellicottville, was not settled until 1813. ... Read More »

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