Wellsville NY Historical Society

Wellsville NY Historical Society 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.

Dr. Roger Ford stopped in the museum for a visit. You may also know him as one of “The 74 Boys”, playing tonight, Th...
06/27/2019

Dr. Roger Ford stopped in the museum for a visit. You may also know him as one of “The 74 Boys”, playing tonight, Thursday the 27th at the Music on the Lawn. Stop down and listen to Monty Case, Roger Ford, Cort Dunham, John Spicer and Mike Perkins. Happy 45th Alumni Weekend Class of 74 and all others too!

The Museum at 118 E. Dyke St is open today, Wednesday June 26th from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history.
06/26/2019

The Museum at 118 E. Dyke St is open today, Wednesday June 26th from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history.

Modern Diner
06/20/2019

Modern Diner

Intrepid Reporter Jimmy Olsen forwarded a new photo of 23 N Main St...the old Burrous building.
06/19/2019

Intrepid Reporter Jimmy Olsen forwarded a new photo of 23 N Main St...the old Burrous building.

What an excellent performance at the Nancy Howe tonight.
06/19/2019

What an excellent performance at the Nancy Howe tonight.

We hope you can join us tonight at the Nancy Howe Auditorium at 7pm. Come step back in time!
06/18/2019

We hope you can join us tonight at the Nancy Howe Auditorium at 7pm. Come step back in time!

ISLAND PARK - Back in 2014 I did a newsletter on Island Park - I (kind of) reproduce that here
06/18/2019

ISLAND PARK - Back in 2014 I did a newsletter on Island Park - I (kind of) reproduce that here

Put this on your calendars!!! Hope to see a lot of you tomorrow night, Tuesday the 18th at 7pm at the Nancy Howe Auditor...
06/18/2019

Put this on your calendars!!! Hope to see a lot of you tomorrow night, Tuesday the 18th at 7pm at the Nancy Howe Auditorium.

Happy Father's Day Gardiner Wells!  One of the men considered to be a founding father of Wellsville and generally accept...
06/16/2019

Happy Father's Day Gardiner Wells!

One of the men considered to be a founding father of Wellsville and generally accepted to be the namesake of the Village and Town.

History books tell us the village was started in 1831 by Reuben Kent, Harmon Van Buren, James C. Fosburg and Gardiner Wells. That time frame makes it difficult to produce a photo of the men, but we do have a photo of Mr. Wells. Wells was a major land owner in the village, many old deeds show Wells as the Grantor of property sold there.

Wells was a blacksmith by trade. By the 1850 census he is shown in Belfast, NY with his family. Lore says he left Wellsville as it was getting "too crowded". We may never know the reason. Odds are that he found a good land value in Belfast/Friendship, as well as a good business opportunity.

He and his family are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Friendship.

Gardiner/Gardner Wells - 1800 - 1868

A few more of the anonymous donors donations left at the museum yesterday. The bottle says Steenrod Bottling Works, Well...
06/14/2019

A few more of the anonymous donors donations left at the museum yesterday. The bottle says Steenrod Bottling Works, Wellsville, NY

It’s always a treat when people donate stuff to the museum. The person (s) who donated these ( more pics to come) left...
06/14/2019

It’s always a treat when people donate stuff to the museum. The person (s) who donated these ( more pics to come) left them in the mailbox and on the ground in front of the museum. It rained and a few items did get wet. But they are dry now and whoever you are, a HUGE Thank You!

The Nathaniel Dike Museum at 118 E. Dyke St. is open today, June 12th from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history.
06/12/2019

The Nathaniel Dike Museum at 118 E. Dyke St. is open today, June 12th from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history.

Please join us on June 18th for an Historical Evening!
06/10/2019

Please join us on June 18th for an Historical Evening!

Citizens National Bank Clocks - yes - Clock with an "s". There were TWO McClintock Clocks.
06/10/2019

Citizens National Bank Clocks - yes - Clock with an "s". There were TWO McClintock Clocks.

The Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society meet tonight at 7:30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church on N. Main St....
06/05/2019

The Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society meet tonight at 7:30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church on N. Main St. Come join us as Kathryn Ross offers a question and answer forum. She has many years at the Wellsville Daily Reporter , MOTL and other interesting topics to discuss.

The Nathaniel Dike Museum at 118 E. Dyke St, Wellsville is open today from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history!
06/05/2019

The Nathaniel Dike Museum at 118 E. Dyke St, Wellsville is open today from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history!

06/03/2019

There IS NOT a meeting for the Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society at the Trinity Lutheran Church tonight. I did a boo boo on the date in the newsletter. It is this Wednesday the 5th of June at 7:30. My bad. Thank you Ralph Hills for letting me know!

The Nathaniel Dike Museum is open today, May 29th from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history!
05/29/2019

The Nathaniel Dike Museum is open today, May 29th from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history!

Elwin Geer asked us about the time the First Trust Bank was struck by lightning...I was skeptical at first, had not hear...
05/28/2019

Elwin Geer asked us about the time the First Trust Bank was struck by lightning...I was skeptical at first, had not heard of it...but - yup - here it is in black and white! From the June 13, 1973 Wellsville Daily Reporter.

Decoration Day 1882 in Wellsville.  The GAR decorated the graves of the soldiers from the Civil War and War of 1812, and...
05/27/2019

Decoration Day 1882 in Wellsville. The GAR decorated the graves of the soldiers from the Civil War and War of 1812, and identified them as follows in this article from May 31, 1882. We lost many soldiers after that date.

Morrison Hayes, from an older post
05/25/2019

Morrison Hayes, from an older post

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.

The museum is open today, May 22nd from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history!
05/22/2019

The museum is open today, May 22nd from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history!

It is impressive
05/18/2019

It is impressive

Field of Flags installation this morning. Over 500 flags for deceased Veterans! All proceeds go to LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve. Impressive sight, be sure to stop by and see it now until Memorial Day.

Wellsville Daily Reporter
05/09/2019
Wellsville Daily Reporter

Wellsville Daily Reporter

Chamber of Commerce names Pizza King its 2019 Small Business of the Year

The museum is open today, May 8th from 1-4pm. 118 E.Dyke St, Wellsville. Come get acquainted with history!
05/08/2019

The museum is open today, May 8th from 1-4pm. 118 E.Dyke St, Wellsville. Come get acquainted with history!

An older post from the old page to remind us that Memorial Park is 100 years old this month.
05/07/2019

An older post from the old page to remind us that Memorial Park is 100 years old this month.

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.

A new Tech Store in Wellsville!
05/06/2019
Wellsville Technologies

A new Tech Store in Wellsville!

Enterprise Level Security Surveillance Solutions, Premium IT Support, Residential & Commercial Sales and Service. Website Development, Custom Software Solutions, Networking. WE ARE NOW OPEN 7-DAYS A WEEK

For those of you craving Mama's barbeque:  it is building back!
05/03/2019

For those of you craving Mama's barbeque: it is building back!

The shingles will be finished tomorrow morning!

A Ford garage was built at 80 South Main Street in 1917 by M. W. Reynolds, and apparently enlarged just a few years late...
05/03/2019

A Ford garage was built at 80 South Main Street in 1917 by M. W. Reynolds, and apparently enlarged just a few years later

We’re open today from 1-4pm. Stop in and look around. 118 E. Dyke. We’ll also have books, posters and some beautiful...
05/01/2019

We’re open today from 1-4pm. Stop in and look around. 118 E. Dyke. We’ll also have books, posters and some beautiful photographs of Wellsville’s nature already matted for sale. Come get acquainted with history!

April 2015 looking over the village, early
04/30/2019

April 2015 looking over the village, early

Another photo from a Wellsville Patriot shows a block of stores...long gone (1974) from the Fasset Hotel on the right, s...
04/29/2019

Another photo from a Wellsville Patriot shows a block of stores...long gone (1974) from the Fasset Hotel on the right, south to Dars Billiards on the left

I snapped this photo from an old Wellsville Patriot last year.  Just rediscovered it in a double take kind of way.."is t...
04/29/2019

I snapped this photo from an old Wellsville Patriot last year. Just rediscovered it in a double take kind of way.."is that Norm?" I said to self as I was scrolling....scrolled back to the photo..."well I'll be darned, it is!"

The Nathaniel Dike Museum will be opening this Wednesday, May 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at 118 E. Dyke St in Wellsville. C...
04/28/2019

The Nathaniel Dike Museum will be opening this Wednesday, May 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at 118 E. Dyke St in Wellsville. Come get acquainted with history.

A year ago, overlooking Wellsville
04/28/2019

A year ago, overlooking Wellsville

YES!  I love to see young people taking charge!  Thank you Phelps Cousins for doing a wonderful job.  Perhaps those peop...
04/26/2019
Wellsville: Cousins help clean up West Hill Drive

YES! I love to see young people taking charge! Thank you Phelps Cousins for doing a wonderful job. Perhaps those people who toss the trash out of their car windows will see that we all care about how our town looks and we all want it clean! Good Going! (This post is from Wellsville Regional News)

WELLSVILLE - While out walking this spring, sisters Julianna and Leigha Phelps noticed something disturbing. They made their discovery o...

Wellsville Brewing Company
04/26/2019

Wellsville Brewing Company

We are stocked with new hats to compliment the Fishing Derby this weekend along the Genesee River! Stop in and try a River Ramble IPA!

Do you remember "a little wind" in June, 1976?..Found a few photos of that tornado.
04/25/2019

Do you remember "a little wind" in June, 1976?..Found a few photos of that tornado.

1889 Flood...
04/23/2019

1889 Flood...

Happy Easter All!
04/20/2019

Happy Easter All!

04/20/2019

From the Wellsville Daily Reporter of October 6, 1921 (must have been a slow news day, but it happened so close to the WDR office) (PS Did I tell you how much I love these little stories?)

A Little Animal Held Crowd at Bay: Took Possession of the Hallway Between Brunswick Hotel and Davis Furniture Store.

A little black and white animal wandered into the hallway between the Brunswick Hotel and the Davis Furniture store early last evening and made his way up the steep stairs that lead to the Howe Real Estate office. No one appeared to be in the office at that time and the visitor, seeming quite satisfied with the location, evidently decided to stop right where he was for the night. He squatted himself on the hallway floor and was taking life easy when discovered.

The party who discovered the intruder knew better that to try to drive him out. He went down on to Main street and made known his discovery. In a short time a crowd had gathered and there were many suggestions made as to the best way to get rid of the animal, but no one seemed anxious to tackle the job.

Finally, Hiram Weeks came along and after finding what was going on remarked: “Oh, a skunk. Easiest thing in the world to get rid of” and Weeks at once proved his statement. He took a flash light, went to the head of the stairs, turned the glaring light into the eyes of the skunk, deliberately walked up to the odiferous bunch of fur and seized him by the tail and deliberately carried him down to the street, and threw him into the middle of the road.

The skunk landed in the road just in time to have his tail run over by a passing auto and then he turned his battery loose and showed his reserve power.

No one was hit by the shot that was fired and the animal made way without further molestation.

I need some help from you historians out there. Anyone remember this group? Members? Memories? Anything?  Who ran Soundc...
04/19/2019

I need some help from you historians out there. Anyone remember this group? Members? Memories? Anything? Who ran Soundcraft Studio in Wellsville?

In 1895 there were some significant additions to the village landscape.
04/18/2019

In 1895 there were some significant additions to the village landscape.

04/18/2019

Have you ever wondered who designed the beautiful Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville?

Father Leddy commissioned the work of Michael C. Sheehan. The following is from the History of The Catholic Church in Western New York, Diocese of Buffalo

MICHAEL C. SHEEHAN.

Michael C. Sheehan, who as an architect and builder, left his impress throughout this diocese, many of the stately churches, religious and educational structures that adorn it being the creations of his genius, became a resident of Buffalo, N. Y., in 1851, and died there, October 2, 1895, his loss sincerely mourned and regretted.

He was born at Pallas Kenny, County Limerick, Ireland, August 25,1828, studied his profession with an uncle at Nenagh, then secured a lucrative position in Limerick, and in 1849, came to the United States, locating in Buffalo two years later.

He married Miss Mary Hill, of Dunkirk, N. Y., in March, 1862. Their son, the Rev. John J. Sheehan, died in June, 1900; their daughter, Mary C, now Mrs. Peter P. Valentine, of Buffalo, survives.

The stately church of the Immaculate Conception, at Wellsville, and the beautiful Memorial Chapel, at Limestone Hill,Buffalo, were among the last products of Mr.
Sheehan's professional skill and study, fit monuments to his name.

Mr. Sheehan was a charter member of Buffalo Branch No. 20, Catholic Mutual Benefit Association.

History of the Catholic Church in Western New York, Diocese of Buffalo (1953)

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