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Ellicottville Times Past

The Churches of Ellicottville By Mary Fox The Ellicottville Historical Society met Tuesday, July10 at the Ellicottville Memorial Library. The presentation for the evening was on the churches of Ellicottville and Old Home Week.  Old Home Week will be covered in a future article. The first settlers came to Cattaraugus County predominately from the New England States.  They left behind ... Read More »

41 ECS Seniors Receive Diplomas

Day Began with Baccalaureate Breakfast By Mary Fox Forty-one seniors from Ellicottville Central School class of 2012 received high school diplomas on June 21. The graduates received their due of congratulations and words of wisdom during a baccalaureate breakfast as well as the graduation ceremony that evening. These graduates have all attended Ellicottville Central School since at least ninth grade ... Read More »

Way Back When: Olean Point

By Mary Fox In 1804, Major Adam Hoops, believing that a great city could be created at the confluence of the Allegany River and Olean Creek, purchased 20,000 acres from the Holland Land Company. Olean Point became the place of embarkation for thousands of settlers seeking a water route to the Ohio Territory and beyond. Moving west from New England, ... Read More »

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 »

700 Club Donates to Six Local Charities

Everything Ellicottville 700 Club Donates to Six Local Charities by Mary Fox “It was a very successful year,” said Dave Jones as he proudly presented a check this past week from the 700 Club to Sherman Wilkens and Bob McCarthy. The funds will be used by the Ellicottville Public Charities, which Sherman and Bob represent. The Ellicottville Public Charities began ... 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 »

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