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Albert France of Red House, NY
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Salamanca

TOUGHEST MAN IN TOWN.

The toughest man ALL AROUND. This is ALBERT FRANCE, who's nick name was "Ab". Albert France was born in the France Brook area of the town of Red House, back in 1839, and lived his entire life there, as he Died in 1897, at the age of 58 years old.

Mr. Giles Stoddard Jr, his wife, Sarah and their son, Theodore
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Salamanca

An extremely old and rare photo from the early 1860s, showing Giles Stoddard, Jr., his wife Sarah and their first born, son Ted(Theodore). 

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Lyndon

Early on the Township [of Lyndon ] was divided into sections and all the 'roads' therein were under the direction of path masters or overseers. These people directed the efforts of the residents on each road in maintaining them and making improvements and reported to a town commisssioner.

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Lyndon

Lydon prospered and peaked about 1870. Farmers owned their farms and had money in the bank. Cheese factories were busy and even a narrow gauge railway skirted the eastern end of Lyndon on its way from Rushford to Cuba. Then the decline set in as settlers, particularly their children, began to move further west to more productive land. The lure of steady income from the growing industrialization of the country drew even more people away from the farms.

Picture of the barn and home
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Salamanca

This article is a reprint of news from September 26, 1913. It was found in the September 25, 2013 issue of the Randolph Register:

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Coldspring
Randolph

The following report is a reprint of news that happened one hundred years ago in September 1913. This article was taken from the Randolph Register dated September 25, 2013:

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Coldspring

This article about person being placed on the Erie railroad tracks near Red House was found in a newspaper section titled,

“From Old Times in Randolph”: printed in the Randolph Register, dated September 25, 2012:

September 12, 1888

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Coldspring
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Great Valley

This horse drawn school bus may be one of the earliest vehicles to transport students to school. This was used in the early 1900s in the Killbuck area.

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Mansfield

Locating information related to old buildings in townships is very difficult.  The Fish Hill Tavern in the Town of Mansfield has held interest for many years as one of the resting stops on the Old Chautauqua Road.  This article from the viewpoint of Mr. Windsor is another tale of the area. 

Photo of Fish Hill Tavern
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Mansfield

This house, long known as “Fish Tavern” was built in the early 1800’s by Nathaniel Fish, who came here from Sandwich, Mass., March 1, 1812. Shortly thereafter he built this house and opened it as an inn or place of entertainment, the first in the town of Mansfield, then named Cecilius.

This house, the first frame house to built in the town of Mansfield, being located on the Chautauqua Road, was a  welcome haven of rest for many a weary traveler moving west during the “Great Migration”.

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South Valley

Note:  The Town of EIko, formerly a part of the Town of South Valley, was annexed to Coldspring and South Valley when the Kinzua Dam was built on the Allegany River.

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Franklinville

Park Square - The Trial

Park Square in Franklinville, NY was the place for community gatherings for many years. Here is a little background of events that were not always positive.

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Lyndon

The following excerpt is from the Journal of Roy Van Hosen (1873-1964). Roy was a printer and publisher in the village of Franklinville, New York.

 

Picture of the Miller Block in Allegany, NY
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Allegany

 This is a photo of the Miller Block in the village of Allegany that was built by John Miller in 1883.  Photo circa 1893-96. The buildings are still there, minus the 3rd floor that was lost to fire in the 1920s.  Picture submitted by F. Potter

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The History of Cattaraugus County by Everts 1879 describes the Valley of Zoar as containing from 800 to 1000 acres of bottom lands, situated along both sides of Cattaraugus Creek, and in the southwest part of the Town of Collins [in Erie County], the northeast part of the Town of Otto, and the northwest corner of East Otto.

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East Otto
Mansfield

This obituary was found while I was doing family history research. Unfortunately it was submitted without identifying the source. While Mr. Lenoard is described as an East Otto native son, it should be noted he lived in the Towns of Mansfield and Little Valley as well as several states.

November 2, 1934, East Otto:  The body of Sidney Leonard 89, last survivor of East Otto's native sons who took part in the Civil War was brought to the East Otto cemetery Thursday for burial, preceded by funeral services at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bell Blackman, New Albion.

Front cover of School Souvenir  1903-04
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Eddyville
Mansfield

In the town of Mansfield we are fortunate that one of the residents saved memorabilia. The museum now has possession of several "shool souvenir" booklets that Mae collected through her years in the one room school house. These are small cardboard printed items sometimes with pages containing poems and the list of students for the school year. The tiny booklet is about 2 inches by 3 inches and lists the school, teacher and students as well as a trustee, or other official.

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Mansfield

The following story about Samuel Harvey’s journey to Mansfield is taken from "The History of Cattaraugus County, NY", published 1879 by Everts, edited by Franklin Ellis.

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One of the early settlers of the town of Mansfield, was born in Marcullus, Onondaga Co., NY, March 28, 1801, he being the fourth child and second son in a family of twelve children of Medad and Anar (Buell) Harvey. His parents were natives of New England.

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