An area which included Olean, the 29th largest town in Cattaraugus County, was
purchased from the Indians by the Holland Land Company in 1787.  In 1804, Adam
Hoops, an agent of the Holland Land Company, purchased the acreage of Cattaraugus
County which today encompasses both the Town and City of Olean, originally known
as"Hamilton" and "Olean Point".  His settlement (followed by a sawmill (1807), a
tavern (1808), grist mill (1809), store (1811), post office (1816), 1st session of