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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Some pics of what was located at 31- 33 S. Main before the Volunteer Ambulance were there.
01/01/2020

Some pics of what was located at 31- 33 S. Main before the Volunteer Ambulance were there.

3256 Riverside DriveRiverside Collegiate Institute built and endowed by Charles Simmons in 1872 - Prof JS Bingham 1st pr...
12/28/2019

3256 Riverside Drive
Riverside Collegiate Institute built and endowed by Charles Simmons in 1872 - Prof JS Bingham 1st president - 125 pupils. In 1875 Simmons died and the school was suspended. In 1877 purchased by Anson Cummings (GF of Don Cummings) and reopened as the Wellsville Riverside Seminary. In Sept 1882 it was sold to Prof Warrington Somers. In Dec of that year it burned and was rebuilt. In 1888 it burned again and was not rebuilt. Clifford Button built this house on the site in 1940. It was bought and sold over the years. In 2010 it became the Baker-Swan Funeral Home.. Thank you Jane Pinney for these pics and info!

In 1919 Harry Breckenridge manufactured and sold ice under the name of the Acme Ice Co. Following his death, his daughte...
12/27/2019

In 1919 Harry Breckenridge manufactured and sold ice under the name of the Acme Ice Co. Following his death, his daughter Susan Breckenridge carried on the business until it was sold to W. Arthur Davis from Bradford in 1938. It was renamed the Fresh Water Ice Co. In 1951 it was sold to Edward DeGraff and Albert Howe. No ice was made after 1956.

May 1913. Do you recognize the house on the left? Corner lot in the south side of the village.
12/27/2019

May 1913. Do you recognize the house on the left? Corner lot in the south side of the village.

My how things have changed!!!
12/26/2019

My how things have changed!!!

2019, the house has a sign on it that says Arsenic and Old Lace.
12/26/2019

2019, the house has a sign on it that says Arsenic and Old Lace.

I remember Grants!
12/22/2019

I remember Grants!

1914 and 2017...
12/22/2019

1914 and 2017...

A few pics of the JMH. The old entrance, the switchboard, lobby, gift shop and Cis Gasdick, circa 1977...
12/22/2019

A few pics of the JMH. The old entrance, the switchboard, lobby, gift shop and Cis Gasdick, circa 1977...

1905. E. Pearl Street, where the Erie Station sits today!
12/22/2019

1905. E. Pearl Street, where the Erie Station sits today!

12/21/2019

I posted a pictures of the Wellsville Hotel on N. Main, where the Trinity Lutheran Church is now. We were asked “What happened to the Thomas’s”? They were the last ones to run / own/ operated it. Dad’s name was Harry? Anyone know where the family is today?

Update: Dorothy Thomas sends us this:

Harry Jr. lives in Ottawa (canada), Dorothy in Colorado, John Wyoming, Bob in Colorado and Rick in Erie Pa. All alive and well.

Built in 1896 for laundry, photo taken in 1909. Any guesses where this is located? Yep, Madison Street!
12/21/2019

Built in 1896 for laundry, photo taken in 1909. Any guesses where this is located? Yep, Madison Street!

Long time member and Trustee Elwin Geer donated these pictures to the TRGHS. Trinity Lutheran Church on N. Main is there...
12/20/2019

Long time member and Trustee Elwin Geer donated these pictures to the TRGHS. Trinity Lutheran Church on N. Main is there today. Many of you may have ate, stayed or just remember driving by it. It had a few names, Wellsville Hotel, Sanatarium. These pics are detailed and dated on the back of them which is a great bonus to researchers...Thanks Elwin.

December 23, 1919 at the Lyric.  100 years ago, a little silent film called "Good Gracious Annabelle" was playing at the...
12/20/2019

December 23, 1919 at the Lyric. 100 years ago, a little silent film called "Good Gracious Annabelle" was playing at the Lyric Theatre. The lead actress was known to all - She was Billie Burke.

That name is so familiar to boomers...but not familiar at the same time.

1883 and today!
12/16/2019

1883 and today!

1971. I’m pretty sure that’s Mike Raptis standing in the truck with the white shirt on in this pic. And the buildings be...
12/15/2019

1971. I’m pretty sure that’s Mike Raptis standing in the truck with the white shirt on in this pic. And the buildings behind the truck is Walgreens parking lot and store today!

Candy Kitchen is Better Days today. And how cool to have watched them remove the lanes. No small task I’m sure!
12/10/2019

Candy Kitchen is Better Days today. And how cool to have watched them remove the lanes. No small task I’m sure!

David Howe, 1940’s?
12/10/2019

David Howe, 1940’s?

Lincoln Block, 1900. Talk about back breaking work!
12/10/2019

Lincoln Block, 1900. Talk about back breaking work!

From Genesee Valley Media
12/04/2019

From Genesee Valley Media

❄It's hard to decide if the fall foliage or this amazing snow blanket is prettier 🤔 what are your thoughts Wellsville?! ❄

Another treasure. Are you in this pic? Thank you Don Buzz Dillie!
12/02/2019

Another treasure. Are you in this pic? Thank you Don Buzz Dillie!

I have two photos with no names. If you know who they are, please tag them for us. And if any of you have any class phot...
12/01/2019

I have two photos with no names. If you know who they are, please tag them for us. And if any of you have any class photos like these, the museum would love to make copies of them for our future researchers. Thank you Mrs. Herke for these photos.....and Joan for the Lemon Cookies!

John Kucko continued his photo story
12/01/2019

John Kucko continued his photo story

A Wellsville Treasure (Part II): Received such a terrific response from yesterday’s post on the spectacular 1896 Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY that I wanted to share this image from the altar. I heard from Penny Bianco, whose grandfather came from Italy, he painted the stunning mural of angels here behind the alter. Several years ago major work took place here, restoring this house of worship to its luster. For years, smoke from candles collected on the various artifacts here. The glass, artwork and most everything else was cleaned beautifully. This Gothic-style church is an absolute treasure of Allegany County.

John Kucko Digital
11/29/2019

John Kucko Digital

A Wellsville Treasure: Located in Wellsville, NY in Allegany County is the stunning 1896 Immaculate Conception Church on Maple Avenue there. The Gothic-style Roman Catholic church is a jaw dropping cathedral, one several of you messaged me suggesting I had to see it. The Blue Stone on the exterior was quarried from Warsaw, NY and the stone foundation came from area farms. Over the last several years, extensive work took place to restore the interior, bringing many of the religious artifacts back to their luster. It’s an architectural beauty and a real treasure of this community and beyond. Wellsville is a terrific little village, one I enjoy visiting.

This is nice...not too far off Petrolia Rd...where it all started in Allegany County
11/26/2019

This is nice...not too far off Petrolia Rd...where it all started in Allegany County

Triangle No. 1, drilled in 1879, set off a mini oil boom in the Allentown area. Just two years later, the Richburg Discovery Well opened up a flood of nearly 12,000 people into the Bolivar-Richburg valley.

We may have posted this before and if so, now is good time to tag those who haven’t been identified.
11/24/2019

We may have posted this before and if so, now is good time to tag those who haven’t been identified.

11/21/2019
The Texas Hot of Wellsville!

Today....the 21st of November

It’s almost here!... tomorrow, Thursday November 21st, is our 98th birthday! We would love for you to come celebrate with us, reminisce and enjoy a delicious Texas Hot! In honor of this special occasion, all day on our birthday, we will be serving $1.00 hot dogs! (Dine in only, 3 max per person). Don’t miss this opportunity to come have your favorite meal, and share your favorite Texas Hot memories!

James Crittenden is on the Class of '70 Committee for planning and executing their 50th Reunion. They are so avidly inve...
11/19/2019

James Crittenden is on the Class of '70 Committee for planning and executing their 50th Reunion. They are so avidly investigating and looking for a photo from Hanover St. Washington School from 1960 - 1961. There should be one out there somewhere. Please contact him or this post if you are the one that has this class photo.

The Nathaniel Dike Museum is looking for these kind of class photos. We have very few. If you have one, two or many, wou...
11/15/2019

The Nathaniel Dike Museum is looking for these kind of class photos. We have very few. If you have one, two or many, would you please let us copy or scan them for our future researchers. Contact me or post them on here and I will save them to a hard drive and print them out. These are a treasure trove to our future searchers....thank you in advance.

1957
11/12/2019

1957

Looking for some guesses as to an approximate year this photo could have been taken. Names of the students may help with...
11/10/2019

Looking for some guesses as to an approximate year this photo could have been taken. Names of the students may help with a date. Her dress looks like it’s from the Edwardian Era 1900- 1910. But hey, I still wear clothes from the 80’s, so....

James
11/05/2019

James

Found this photo in a box with other pre-high school stuff. Several players are no longer with us.

A fall 2013 photo from my archives.  Taken with an old cell phone.   I do miss this view!
11/05/2019

A fall 2013 photo from my archives. Taken with an old cell phone. I do miss this view!

Top, 1955 and below, 2019 in front of what is now Bockman’s dealership looking north.
10/31/2019

Top, 1955 and below, 2019 in front of what is now Bockman’s dealership looking north.

The Nathaniel Dike Museum at 118 E. Dyke Street, Wellsville is open today, October 30th from 1-4pm. This is the last day...
10/30/2019

The Nathaniel Dike Museum at 118 E. Dyke Street, Wellsville is open today, October 30th from 1-4pm. This is the last day of the season we will be open, so come on down and have some Apple Cider and donuts.

All it says on the back is “ Ready for Fillmore.” Are you in this pic? Please tag them if you know who they are!
10/25/2019

All it says on the back is “ Ready for Fillmore.” Are you in this pic? Please tag them if you know who they are!

Written 1911.
10/25/2019

Written 1911.

The Nathaniel Dike Museum at 118 E. Dyke St, Wellsville is open today, Wednesday October 23rd from 1-4pm. Come get acqua...
10/23/2019

The Nathaniel Dike Museum at 118 E. Dyke St, Wellsville is open today, Wednesday October 23rd from 1-4pm. Come get acquainted with history!

In memory of Dan Martelle.  February 19th 1974. Found this today going through donated clippings from papers.
10/22/2019

In memory of Dan Martelle. February 19th 1974. Found this today going through donated clippings from papers.

It was a very beautiful memorial for Robin Rhodes held at the Elks Club. The Elks and Lions Club paid tribute then a Pot...
10/21/2019

It was a very beautiful memorial for Robin Rhodes held at the Elks Club. The Elks and Lions Club paid tribute then a Potluck dinner was served by three dedicated Elk members, Katie Harris, Mary Beth Brush and Kevin Schreiner.

Come help celebrate the life of Robin Rhodes tonight, Friday October 18th, at the Elks Club from 7-10 pm.
10/18/2019

Come help celebrate the life of Robin Rhodes tonight, Friday October 18th, at the Elks Club from 7-10 pm.

No date on this pic. I could guess, but that is all it would be. Anyone care to date it?
10/14/2019

No date on this pic. I could guess, but that is all it would be. Anyone care to date it?

1972. Those who were here remember that flood well!
10/13/2019

1972. Those who were here remember that flood well!

It’s changed a bit since 1923. And if you get the TRGHS Newsletter, Jim Raptis was our interviewee.
10/13/2019

It’s changed a bit since 1923. And if you get the TRGHS Newsletter, Jim Raptis was our interviewee.

The Nathaniel Dike Museum, located at 118 E. Dyke St is open today October 9th from 1-4. Come get acquainted with histor...
10/09/2019

The Nathaniel Dike Museum, located at 118 E. Dyke St is open today October 9th from 1-4. Come get acquainted with history!

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