Many of us drive past this little park every day, taking it for granted. (Edited May 7 2019 from a years old post.). The park was formed 100 years ago this month.
Our name is the Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society of Wellsville New York. TRGHS was organized in 1959 to preserve and promote the history of Wellsville and the surrounding towns.
We are the historical society for Wellsville, New York. Our charter states that we encompanass the towns of Alma, Scio, Andover, Whitesville and Wellsville, though the other towns now have historical societies or active historians. We own and operate the Nathaniel Dyke Museum. Our page is managed by Mary Rhodes, member of the historical society and Wellsville Town Historian
We are all about the Town and Village of Wellsville. Town Historian and historical society associate Mary Rhodes manages this page. Our focus is only on the History of Wellsville and the surrounding areas... We are closed for the season until May 2018...we CAN open by appointment over the winter, we are small enough to be flexible. Call or email We will open again on the first Wednesday in May from 1 PM to 4 PM, or upon request.
Mission: Our mission is to preserve, protect and promote the history of Wellsville and the surrounding area
Many of us drive past this little park every day, taking it for granted. (Edited May 7 2019 from a years old post.). The park was formed 100 years ago this month.
This site will remain functioning - but please visit and LIKE our new page at
We serve the Town of Wellsville and surrounding areas in the drive to preserve our history. We are closed from Nov 1 thru Apr 30 or by Appt.
Folks - most of you know that I have had some changes in my life...most notably - I moved closer to family. I am now in South Carolina.
I cannot turn over the administration of this page because of the way I set it up originally. I will be posting on a new page - WELLSVILLE NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - a subtle difference in the words New York and NY...simpler to find - I HOPE!.
Marsha Sick has set up the new page and will be the main admin on the page. She has allowed me a role as admin too - and I intend to use it!.
Please - if you liked this page - please go to the NEW PAGE and show your support there too.
I will be reposting or sharing some older posts with the new page and will also post some new photos.
Marsha now has access to all new photos coming in to the museum, and she will be posting some of them too.
Wellsville NY Historical Society is the new name. Please visit and like it! Thank you for all the information you have given to us over the years. Lets continue the collaboration!
Wellsville Daily Reporter
Santa lights up the Christmas tree at JMH with a little help from his friends!
Fantasy of Lights - Marsha sent in a few night views of the trees on the Library lawn
The Wellsville project
Did you see this about us in the Alfred Sun? Feel free to try our percussive instruments.
Oh Boy...deja vu https://www.facebook.com/153908231384849/posts/1803448576430798/
No injuries as former Burrous Building buckles under weight of snow, rain
November 24, 1971 - This event captured the attention of the entire nation...Do YOU remember?
The mysterious case of D. B. Cooper:
On this day 47 years ago, an unidentified man hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the northwest United States, in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. He extorted $200,000 in ransom and parachuted to an uncertain fate. While hijacking the plane he identified himself as Dan B. Cooper. Till this day, Cooper has never been located or identified.
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A fun Birthday Celebration at Wellsville Brewing Company for Sister Alice
Happy birthday Sister Alice!
Dave and Marsha Sick got the TRGHS Christmas Tree decorated at the Library. Looking forward to posting a photo or two when the lights are on
It's that time again! The trees for the Wellsville Lions Fantasy of Lights are up on the Library Lawn and just waiting to be decorated. Jimmy Olsen was on hand to witness the work.
In doing a little research, I noticed what seemed to be a popular Grown Up Christmas present for Christmas 1922. I still want one!
From the Sept 30, 1919 Wellsville Daily Reporter, the list of men from Wellsville who did not come home from the service, and a little surprise, a complete list of men who served is tucked away inside the boulder in Memorial Park. Also included in a marker that is on the wall inside the High School for two of the men.
A National Observance is being held at 11 AM Sunday Nov 11, it reminded me of a bit of Wellsville History that was written into a 2011 Newsletter:
Liberty Loans originated during the First World War to help the Government finance the war effort. An old article found in a scrapbook tells us about the way Wellsville raised its quota for the Fourth Liberty Loan Program.
Call Wellsville To Duty (Sept 27, 1918 Allegany County Reporter)
“One of the most impressive incidents in the daily routine of a soldier’s life is the sounding of “Taps” at night when after the day’s arduous duties, whether it be drilling or fighting, the time comes for the army to be at rest and the bugler standing in front of the Company headquarters...sends out on the night air...the soft tones of the most beautiful and pathetic of all bugle calls - entitled “Taps.”
There is a difference of five hours and twelve minutes in the time between France and the United States. At 4:18 Friday and Saturday afternoons, corresponding to nine thirty in France, “Taps” will be sounded by four buglers stationed in various parts of the City.
Buglers will be stationed in each of the four following points, which will cover with its sound the entire village - namely, the roof of City Hall; Scott Avenue, North Highland Ave; and on the roof of the Hanover School.
When you hear “Taps” sounded Friday and Saturday afternoons at the hour mentioned, it will remind you of the similar hour with the boys over at the front and bring to mind the aim and purpose of the Fourth Liberty Loan in putting the Kaiser and his Potsdam gang out of business.
On Saturday and Sunday morning at the appropriate hours, “Reveille” will be sounded by the same buglers from the same points, awakening the community to the work of putting across the raising of the Fourth Liberty Loan on Saturday and Sunday according to the plans already announced.”
Reposting an older post for Veterans Day.
A photo found in a scrapbook from the Duke family and donated by George Duke to the museum. This is the grave marker for Morrison Hayes, who died while serving his country during the Great War, on July 20, 1918. Hayes was born November 12, 1895 to Elizabeth Morrison and Clark Hayes. There is a service marker in Woodlawn Cemetery honoring his memory, and of course, our American Legion Post is named for him. Morrison is buried at the Aisene-Marne American Cemetery in France. This photo is probably from the 1920's.
Another photo from Ann Satterlee Warner is of the Satterlee Hotel in Ulysses PA. A check of the old newspapers shows that Mr. Satterlee owned the hotel from the late 1890's to about 1904, when he purchased a Livery in the area.
Satterlee entered business in Wellsville around that time too - operating a livery "near the Fassett Hotel"...at this time I am not sure if it was the livery behind the hotel or not.
William Satterlee died in March 1915.
Ann Satterlee Warner of the State of Washington sent a few photos to the museum. This is a Nordin photograph of an April 1949 Trip to New York City by the Girl Scouts AND their names are on the second page! I know you will recognize some names!
From the April 4, 1881 Wellsville Daily Reporter comes an advertisement conveniently located next to the story of the company running the ad.
The traveler’s waiting room at the Fassett Hotel was on the North Main Street side of the hotel. It was a popular waiting area as travelers could avail themselves of the hotel restaurant while waiting for their transportation. At the onset of the oil boom, a stage left daily for Allentown and Petrolia. Joshua Corbin, of the stage line Corbin & Prince, would pick folks up at the Fassett Hotel waiting room and take them on a tour of the oil fields. (Courtesy of the Mather Homestead and used in the Wellsville Book.)
EARLY FIRE DEPARTMENT - The previous post was about the old Van Buren Hotel that was consumed by fire in October 1867. There was a working Volunteer Fire Department at that time, and they were given a great deal of credit for containing the Van Buren fire, which could have caused more problems in the village.
Wellsville was slow to organize a fire department. The village had purchased an old pumper to fight fires, but it was dependent on who was around and able to get to the fire. It was also dependent upon the STATE of the engine as you can see in this article from the August 16, 1860 Genesee Valley Free Press: “Young America - The Young Americans of Wellsville are arming and equipping themselves for service as members of a Fire Company. The village has presented them with the small Union Engine, and we shall soon see them out in full uniform.”
In October, 1865, these volunteers got a bit of a dressing down in the same newspaper. “The Fire Engine - Saturday last, we visited the Engine House for the purpose of looking at the fire apparatus and as it were, renew an old acquaintance. We found the engine dry, rusty and coated with mud. The hose is covered with mud, mildew, verdigris from the copper rivets, and as dry as a bone. Power enough could not be applied to the engine to force water through it, without first soaking it. And it has been in this condition nearly a year or since the fire at the Clinton House. This state of affairs is simply inexcusable, and most disgraceful, and unless immediate attention and care is given to it, the whole thing will be ruined…it is high time that the property owners of the Corporation gave some attention to the formation of an active, efficient and working Fire Company. One composed of men who will stand by the brakes and work, rather than among their wives and sweet hearts at the fire giving orders, who will not consider their work closed until the machine is properly cared for and housed, of men who will not all desire to be at least Assistant Foremen”.
From the Genesee Valley Free Press of October 18, 1865 “Property Owners Arouse! Awake from your lethargy, and organize a fire company immediately, and have the engine repaired and put in good working order at once! Now is the time. Be up and doing!” The paper was reacting to a fire on Loder Street that destroyed a house occupied by Alonza Fosha and heavily damaged a saloon and apartment owned by Fred Behrens. Nothing changed the face of Wellsville as much as fire, and nothing scared the inhabitants more than fire, but still, there was no true organized fire department.
1867 was an especially bad year for fires in the village, and it was then that a fire company was officially organized, naming themselves “Pioneer Hose Company No 1.”
Harvey Alger, a local shoe merchant, became Chief Engineer and spokesman for the group. It was to become almost a lifetime commitment for Alger, who might now be considered the father of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department.
After the 1867 Fire at the Van Buren House (it was actually called the National Hotel by then) The Volunteers got some praise from the Wellsville Free Press of Oct 30, 1867:
"OUR FIRE COMPANY – Mr. Editor: - At the fire in our village, last Friday night, I was exceedingly gratified with the energy and efficiency displayed by our Fire Department. There was little excitement and no unnecessary bustle; but Captain Cooley marshaled his men with military precision, and every man seemed to do his duty with a pleasure unusual on such occasions.
There are few organizations that our citizens should cherish more than our Fire Department. Our continual safety depends upon its efficacy, and all our encouragement should be given to it."
The Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department has been there for us since then!
Van Buren Hotel - The October 25, 1867 Wellsville Free Press reported a fire at the Van Buren Hotel, a landmark in Wellsville – "FIRE – A LANDMARK GONE – On Friday night, about 11-45 P.M. the too-frequent cry of FIRE! brought our people from their beds. This time the “element” was (?can’t read) the National Hotel, late the old and well-known Van Buren House. (The NOW site of the Fassett Green Space) The firemen were speedily on the ground, and in a very short time Foreman Cooley had a stream on the building; but owing to the manner in which it was built, and the tearing open of doors and windows by the impetuous crowd, the fire was soon beyond control, and all that could be done was to cool it down and prevent it from spreading. Fortunately the night was calm, and the building a detached one, so that this was a comparatively easy task."
The property sat forlorn and empty for a short while, until Isaac Fassett purchased it to built his grand hotel, the Fassett House.
This sketch is from the 1856 Bechler's wall map.
Flanagan's Restaurant at 67 South Main Street, Wellsville. No date..The photo is from Don Baldwin. The 1948 and 1953 Directories name Anthony Lauzze as the Proprietor of Flanagan's Restaurant. Can anyone confirm that this might be Mr. Lauzze?
This is an older post - regretfully, this is not my view now....
I repeat a post originally posted in May 2015 about the "Welcome Home Parade and Ox Roast" held in Wellsville for returned veterans of the Great War on October 1, 1919.
The Welcome Home committee supplied the main course, but people were asked to bring their own picnic lunch to the park. Here is how the Allegany Country Reporter described the preparations on September 30, 1919:
"Messrs. Reuning and Hewitt left Wellsville early Sunday morning with an auto truck and returned at 10:30 that night with the Big Ox for the Great Free Roast, to be eaten by the multitudes that throng Island Park on Wednesday, Oct 1st.
The ox is in fine condition and dressed 1045 pounds. Mr. Frank Leet the chef who will prepare to roast the ox, will arrive Tuesday morning with his helpers. The pan and other paraphernalia arrived Saturday night by express and weighs 600 pounds.
Mr. Leet will begin to roast the ox at Island Park at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening and it will be kept cooking until Wednesday noon when the serving will begin.
Charles H. Smith of the entertainment committee has the fences all arranged for the roast, and everything will be done decently and in order.
Be sure and be on hand to get your share of the Big Ox along with the thousands of others, for there will be help enough and ox enough to serve all comers."
Oooooooo a ghostie! Reporter Jimmie Olsen was in the right place/right time to capture a mysterious light in the old Burrous store.....boooooo. Happy Halloween!
Facebook has denied me the right to be the administrator of this page. They call me an editor on a page I created. As an editor, I do not have the right to allow another person to share administrative duties, like posting directly to this page. Facebook tells me I should check back with them every once in a while while they do something with admin rights. I am pretty frustrated with facebook right now, it took 6 weeks to get this response from them, in a "no reply" email. Rrrrrrr. I may learn to tweet
The Holly Trail is coming up in November....plan on a fun weekend to start your Holiday shopping!
Marsha Sick forwarded some photos of prep work at the old Burrous building...
We have been watching the Fassett Green Space grow this summer. As you know, it was built upon the land that was once the Fassett Hotel.
Elaine Hardman contacted the historical society looking for items that were once used at the Fassett....perhaps dinnerware or silverware. She will be working with the Fassett Green Space to make a sign for them next year. Incorporating pieces of the old hotel could make the sign/mosaic that much more special.
You can respond here, or contact Elaine via her page.
Did you notice the new signs at Bolivar Rd and Route 19?
Jimmy Olsen visited Mama's Smokin BBQ in Willing today to check out damage from the recent fire. Very heartened to know that everyone was ushered out, no one was hurt. Their page says closed till further notice...we are hoping they can reopen quickly!
Wellsville Regional news has reported the passing of Salty Austin.
Mr. Lloyd “Salty” H. Austin passed away on September 21, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. Salty would have been 100 years old on...
Roving Reporter Jimmy Olsen had his camera out today in the village:
Kevin Kailbourne gave us a photo from his father's house....no identification except for "Nordin Studios" on the back. Could it be the Centennial Train in 1957 that toured sites around the county?
UPDATE: We have several confirmations on the family to the right, seated as the Paddocks!
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