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.
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I’m sorry for the late post, but as you’ve probably are ready guessed, the TRGHS will not be meeting tonight to hear Cra...
06/03/2020

I’m sorry for the late post, but as you’ve probably are ready guessed, the TRGHS will not be meeting tonight to hear Craig Barack’s talk on the mighty Genesee River. In hopes the world can have meetings in the future, we have invited him for our October meeting. We will keep you posted!

The railroad tracks on East State are getting a makeover. No more bumpity bump going over them. Pictures taken by member...
05/26/2020

The railroad tracks on East State are getting a makeover. No more bumpity bump going over them. Pictures taken by member Doc Sketcher. Thanks Doc.

When I think of Memorial Day in Wellsville, I continue to try to understand this little tidbit from the May 31, 1892 WDR...
05/22/2020

When I think of Memorial Day in Wellsville, I continue to try to understand this little tidbit from the May 31, 1892 WDR. It reads:

"PUT UP THE HEADSTONES - Saturday night some miscreants removed four head-stones provided by the state for dead soldiers, from their resting places alongside the Congregational church to Island Park. Four mounds were thrown up and the headstones erected. President Kendall (Mayor) who was home over Sunday, had them removed early Sunday morning.

The stones ought really to be placed in position in the cemetery, but it is said by Dexter Post members that the relatives of the dead soldier boys refuse to have it done, preferring to let the graves go unmarked than use stones provided by the government.

Rather too particular, perhaps."

Decoration Day Parade 1883 - This view of Wellsville is hardly recognizable today.  A parade or procession is shown on t...
05/22/2020

Decoration Day Parade 1883 - This view of Wellsville is hardly recognizable today. A parade or procession is shown on their march down Main Street (south) and turning into Farnum (now Woodlawn) Cemetery. The marchers came first to Farnum cemetery to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers, then proceeded to Sacred Heart Cemetery to do the same. Lastly they headed northward to decorate Johnson Cemetery. When completed the marchers and townsfolk headed to Lewis Grove, just a bit north of Johnson Cemetery for speeches and a picnic. This remarkable photo clearly shows a large stacked pile of tanbark awaiting processing at the tannery.

The Historical Society lost a dedicated member, past Vice President, volunteer, donator, all around community minded con...
05/15/2020

The Historical Society lost a dedicated member, past Vice President, volunteer, donator, all around community minded contributor. She was so much to so many. Joanne Allen, you will be missed. Our sincerest condolences to her families.

05/05/2020
From the 1905 newspaper - Mr. Rauber was selling Go-Carts....not my idea of a go cart, but 115 years ago it worked well!
05/04/2020

From the 1905 newspaper - Mr. Rauber was selling Go-Carts....not my idea of a go cart, but 115 years ago it worked well!

The Historical Society lost a great friend, member and contributor. Our deepest condolences to all the Hart families. Je...
05/02/2020

The Historical Society lost a great friend, member and contributor. Our deepest condolences to all the Hart families. Jerome Hart, you will truly be missed!

We have had two requests lately, one for info on The Key and the other for info on Tasta Pizza.   Comments please!?  The...
05/02/2020

We have had two requests lately, one for info on The Key and the other for info on Tasta Pizza. Comments please!? These photos from our Digital Library may jog some memories.

I’m sure a lot of you remember Joe!
04/16/2020

I’m sure a lot of you remember Joe!

They opened it up to the public on October 26th, 1977. In the first photo, you see the Bowling Alley then Air Preheater,...
04/13/2020

They opened it up to the public on October 26th, 1977. In the first photo, you see the Bowling Alley then Air Preheater, the old Agway to the right and all the buildings in the upper left is Recio’s Pepsi, Town Building, Clines Retreading etc.

With Easter coming up, I thought this pic was good timing. Funcrest Roller Skating Rink aka Funland today.
04/07/2020

With Easter coming up, I thought this pic was good timing. Funcrest Roller Skating Rink aka Funland today.

I loved this store!
04/02/2020

I loved this store!

This first picture in color was donated to the museum recently. Bill Ketchner collection. It’s on the corner of S. Main ...
03/31/2020

This first picture in color was donated to the museum recently. Bill Ketchner collection. It’s on the corner of S. Main and Rauber. Not dated, so I’m thinking the 1950’s from the cars in the pic. The second one isn’t dated either, but you know it’s the same building as the first ( look at the windows) and the third and oldest is dated 1883-5 Decoration Day parade to Woodlawn Cemetery. The girls in the first pic are a few feet ahead of the bicyclist in the last pic.

It was in the April 22, 1968 edition of the Wellsville Daily Reporter that this article announced the "Worthington Whist...
03/30/2020

It was in the April 22, 1968 edition of the Wellsville Daily Reporter that this article announced the "Worthington Whistle" would blow no more over Wellsville. An Editorial in that same issue gave a little history of the whistle.

In September 1968, the whistle was donated to our museum, where it has been kept safe and sound, but quiet in all the years since.

Hope the print is not too small and fuzzy to read.

Do you remember walking over this bridge? Towards the end of its existence, parts were missing. I witnessed a girl on a ...
03/27/2020

Do you remember walking over this bridge? Towards the end of its existence, parts were missing. I witnessed a girl on a bicycle fall to the creek going over it 😬. L-R, Joe Anderson, Fran McCracken and Gib Helmer

First photo, Robbins Hardware Fire, 1948, second photo, 1950’s and third photo, 1957 Centennial Parade. Look at the crow...
03/24/2020

First photo, Robbins Hardware Fire, 1948, second photo, 1950’s and third photo, 1957 Centennial Parade. Look at the crowd that has lined the streets. You don’t see that anymore.

Would any of you out there have any idea as to who Uncle Ron was / is? How long the business existed? Still exist? Anyth...
03/22/2020

Would any of you out there have any idea as to who Uncle Ron was / is? How long the business existed? Still exist? Anything would be appreciated. And if you have anything on this in print, that would be a bonus!

I put a post out a week ago that those who received their Newsletter via snail mail would not get one this month, due to...
03/21/2020

I put a post out a week ago that those who received their Newsletter via snail mail would not get one this month, due to the place we get them printed was ordered to close down. Well, I’ve done them in the past and can again, so you will be receiving yours in the mail when you normally do. PLEASE TAKE NOTE: We have cancelled our meeting on April 1st due to all that’s going on. Stay safe all you history buffs.

The first photo doesn’t have a date, but it was listed in the 48-49 Wellsville Directory. This looks newer and no longer...
03/17/2020

The first photo doesn’t have a date, but it was listed in the 48-49 Wellsville Directory. This looks newer and no longer in use as I see it is semi boarded up with a warning sign saying no trespassing. The second pic is from February 2020. I’m sure most of you know where this was located!

For those members of the TRGHS who receive their Newsletter via mail, will not be getting one for the month of April. Th...
03/16/2020

For those members of the TRGHS who receive their Newsletter via mail, will not be getting one for the month of April. The place we get them printed from has shut their doors till further notice. I want you to still get it, so private message me (Marsha Sick )your email ( for this time only) and I will get it to you. And if you do not have an email, but are on Facebook, I can send it to YOUR private message box also. Just let me know your preference. We appreciate each donator and do not want you to miss a Newsletter. Stay healthy everyone.

I am going thru some mostly unidentified photos from my son in laws family - the O'Connor/Burr family.  This very frustr...
03/14/2020

I am going thru some mostly unidentified photos from my son in laws family - the O'Connor/Burr family. This very frustrating photo of three men on a handcar(?) has the name J H Connor on the back. It MIGHT be John H O'Connor who was a Signalman for the RR in the 1920 Census. It MIGHT be taken near the McEwen Plant in Wellsville at E State Street - MAYBE. Can anyone Identify John O'Connor.

John was a son of Timothy and Mary Curtin O'Connor. He married Gertrude Burr. His 1935 obituary says he was a chef at 103 S Main St which was the Cusick House on the bank of Dykes Creek. O'Connor was born 1883 and died in 1935.

Lack of the "O" in the name O'Connor on the back is frustrating, but a normal expectation. "Lose the "O" and make the dough" is a phrase I have often heard when researching Irish names.

Around 1910-15 in the first pic. Raubers Furniture is the first tallest building on the right. Walgreens parking lot to ...
03/11/2020

Around 1910-15 in the first pic. Raubers Furniture is the first tallest building on the right. Walgreens parking lot to the immediate right.

1911. Do you know where the residence on the right was located on Main Street? Who were some of the owners? Where was it...
03/11/2020

1911. Do you know where the residence on the right was located on Main Street? Who were some of the owners? Where was it moved to and sits today?

1940’s to 1950’s. Does anyone remember Boyce’s Hardware? Today, Walgreens and it’s parking lot are there.
03/11/2020

1940’s to 1950’s. Does anyone remember Boyce’s Hardware? Today, Walgreens and it’s parking lot are there.

Ok Tom Reuning, do you know anything about this? Found this very interesting....
03/04/2020

Ok Tom Reuning, do you know anything about this? Found this very interesting....

Does anyone remember Smiths Shoe store and where it was located?
03/04/2020

Does anyone remember Smiths Shoe store and where it was located?

Dedication....and this goes for ALL our Fire Department members....
03/03/2020

Dedication....and this goes for ALL our Fire Department members....

The first pic is from around 1856 and later. The second pic is from the 1960’s. The two houses in the first pic above th...
02/29/2020

The first pic is from around 1856 and later. The second pic is from the 1960’s. The two houses in the first pic above the word Tannery are on E. State St. In the second pic, the houses would be under the sticker on the upper left of the pic. Look for the train trestle in both aerial pics to compare the two for their locations. What a difference 100 years makes. Hmmmmm, I wonder what Wellsville will look like in 2050?

The many facades of the Babcock Theater. Please help keep this historical business going.
02/28/2020

The many facades of the Babcock Theater. Please help keep this historical business going.

Rest In Peace David Duke Haskins.  Shown here in a WWII photo.
02/24/2020

Rest In Peace David Duke Haskins. Shown here in a WWII photo.

Any guesses as to where this bridge “was”? It was replaced many years ago. Second picture shows it to the left in the ba...
02/24/2020

Any guesses as to where this bridge “was”? It was replaced many years ago. Second picture shows it to the left in the background. Maybe the second one will give you a better feel for the road.

The many facades of 19 E. Pearl St, from 1870 on.
02/23/2020

The many facades of 19 E. Pearl St, from 1870 on.

A few pics of homes on E. Pearl St. from the past and present.
02/22/2020

A few pics of homes on E. Pearl St. from the past and present.

Our new signs are up. Thank you Certified Traffic for doing a great job and also the Village of Wellsville for putting t...
02/16/2020

Our new signs are up. Thank you Certified Traffic for doing a great job and also the Village of Wellsville for putting them up for us. Now, to get more people to come explore history, Wednesday’s 1-4, May 1st to October 31st.

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118 E. Dyke Street
Wellsville, NY
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Good day, I found these pictures in a box at my grandmothers, Bertha Geffers Zeh. She is 4th from the left in the photo with fewer people. I'm fairly certain that's her family, with her parents Ernest Frederick and Johanna Marie Weinhauer Both were taken at he Sweney's Art Shop in Wellsville. I'd like to find more of the family. I don't recognize any of the people in the other photo. Thanks for any help! Nancy Zeh Freelove
Shinglehouse Historical Society found this behind another picture they had.
This is a Corwin trailer hitch. Is there any info on this man and products he made?
First Trust Babe Ruth BB Team circa 1965. Several of these players are no longer with us.
Found this photo in a box with other pre-high school stuff. Several players are no longer with us.
Old Brooklyn School. Seventh grade class March 24, 1904. Miss Robins, teacher. My great uncle, Orlo Funtner is the young fellow in the center with "O.F." penciled in. This is a unique photograph that gives a glimpse of what school life was like 115+ years ago.
Lots of wellsville history
Any information on Scoville Brown Wholesalers??? I know it opened around 1880, and closed in the 1950s/60s. The building still had its name painted on there for years after it closed. The building was boarded up and left to rot. I can only find a few articles about it, but it's from the late 1800s/early 1900s. Anyone else have any more info or pictures. Also, I'd like to see the inside pictures of Erie Depot. I've talked to people who used to ride the trains when the depot was open, but never saw any pictures of the inside.
I will be donating all of these newspapers to the Historical Society & maybe they can get better images.