Independence Historical Society, Whitesville, NY

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The Town of Independence Historical Society was established in the spring of 2005. The purpose of this organization is to gather and preserve historical information for future generations. In an effort to provide this to the public. Our mission through this page is to share pictures, stories and facts of our local history. We hope that this will encourage people to join our efforts, either by sharing stories, pictures, or other artifacts. Please feel free to contact the Independence Historical Society at P.O. Box 121, Whitesville, NY 14897 or at: [email protected]

Independence Historical Society, Whitesville, NY's cover photo
05/07/2020

Independence Historical Society, Whitesville, NY's cover photo

Check out this May 8, 1979 article from The Buffalo News!Could we pull this off for the 200th anniversary of Independenc...
05/07/2020

Check out this May 8, 1979 article from The Buffalo News!
Could we pull this off for the 200th anniversary of Independence NY in 2021?
Who’s ready to have a leek dinner?
Photos are from the Alice Jones collection

Checkout this amazing piece of history that belongs to Barbara Robbins CobbIra Sayles was the son in law of early settle...
04/27/2020

Checkout this amazing piece of history that belongs to Barbara Robbins Cobb

Ira Sayles was the son in law of early settler Samuel S. White and he was an officer from the area during the Civil War.

03/16/2020

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12/03/2019

2021 Bicentennial Meeting, 12/4 @6:30pm
Whitesville Firehall
All are welcome to attend!

Independence Historical Society, Whitesville, NY's cover photo
12/03/2019

Independence Historical Society, Whitesville, NY's cover photo

If you haven’t shared any recipes yet, please take the time to share before the end of 2019!Thank you.
11/18/2019

If you haven’t shared any recipes yet, please take the time to share before the end of 2019!
Thank you.

Attention Whitesville NY Peeps! PLEASE SHARE
The IHS is doing a family recipe cookbook! We want your “famous” family recipes that were passed down and you still make:-) The deadline to send in your submissions is December 31st 2019!
Don’t miss out on sharing your family recipes

Attention Whitesville NY Peeps! PLEASE SHAREThe IHS is doing a family recipe cookbook! We want your “famous” family reci...
11/17/2019

Attention Whitesville NY Peeps! PLEASE SHARE
The IHS is doing a family recipe cookbook! We want your “famous” family recipes that were passed down and you still make:-) The deadline to send in your submissions is December 31st 2019!
Don’t miss out on sharing your family recipes

THE CHURCH BELLS WILL BE RINGING TO CELEBRATE OUR FREEDOM🇺🇸The end of WW1 took place at 11:11 am November 11, 1919, 100 ...
11/11/2019

THE CHURCH BELLS WILL BE RINGING TO CELEBRATE OUR FREEDOM🇺🇸
The end of WW1 took place at 11:11 am November 11, 1919, 100 years ago!
Thanks to Shallee Lauzze and Kerry West, the Methodist church and The Independence Historical Society (former St John of the Cross)
bells will ring today at 11:11 am in Whitesville NY to celebrate our freedom and the Veterans who fought for it!
The bells will ring 21 times
God Bless America🇺🇸

Recently, Max Shay donated his bowling shirt to the IHS, along with a couple of photographs from 1964 and 1966. A few ye...
10/23/2019

Recently, Max Shay donated his bowling shirt to the IHS, along with a couple of photographs from 1964 and 1966.
A few years ago we shared Marjorie Pritchard’s bowling tournament pics, it’s nice to a mens team this time!
Do you have any pictures to share with us?

09/09/2019
Here is your chance to get back on the Whitesville Community Birthday Calendar, just like back when you were a kid! Do y...
09/08/2019

Here is your chance to get back on the Whitesville Community Birthday Calendar, just like back when you were a kid! Do you remember who else in town shared YOUR birthday on the Community Calendar?
Just save, print & send it in with your payment and names!

Especially for Whitesville people!
09/04/2019

Especially for Whitesville people!

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09/03/2019

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09/03/2019

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"5 Whitesville Grads at Hotel Victoria, New York City"Left to Right:  Guy Grover, Harold Bledsoe, Robert Deck, Lowell Co...
08/15/2019

"5 Whitesville Grads at Hotel Victoria, New York City"
Left to Right: Guy Grover, Harold Bledsoe, Robert Deck, Lowell Coleman and Richard Freeman

Pic is from the Richard Freeman Family collection late 1940’s?

The Class of 1948 graduating class.  Commencement was held at the Methodist Church on Main Street in Whitesville. Front ...
08/08/2019

The Class of 1948 graduating class. Commencement was held at the Methodist Church on Main Street in Whitesville.
Front Row (left to right): Jane Snow, Jane Richmond, Gertrude Haskell, Jean Richmond, and Pauline Swort
Back Row (left to right): Karl Crittenden, Dougal Kear, Lowell Coleman, Fred Lewis, Robert Deck, Dale Kear, Richard Freeman, Fred Frost, Harold Bledsoe, Guy Grover

*Please note the graduating class had 15 members. Class of 1959 had 9, the class of 1972 had 19 members and the Class of 2019 had 16 members.
Many say WCS classes are withering away but It’s just history repeating itself!
Photo courtesy of the Richard Freeman family

Part of our history that will now never be forgotten! Did you know that Spring Mills, NY was a booming place at one time...
05/20/2019

Part of our history that will now never be forgotten! Did you know that Spring Mills, NY was a booming place at one time?

The Cobb Sign dedication is this weekend! Pictured here is Roger Easton with the finished sign. Thanks to Roger’s hard work in making this possible.

The Dedication will be held on Sat., May 25, at 11 AM near 88 County Rt. 19 near the NY - Penna. State Line.

05/06/2019

The first public meeting of the newly organized Bicentennial Committee will be held at the Whitesville Fire Hall at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 8th.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

03/21/2019
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please plan to attend!WHAT:  COMMUNITY PLANNING OF THE 2021 BICENTENNIALWHEN:  Wednesday, March 13th ...
03/11/2019

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please plan to attend!

WHAT: COMMUNITY PLANNING OF THE 2021 BICENTENNIAL
WHEN: Wednesday, March 13th at 6:30 PM
WHERE: Whitesville Fire Department - Fire Hall

PLEASE COME JOIN US AND BRING YOUR IDEAS. ALL IDEAS ARE WELCOME.

Shallee Lauzze
Independence Historical Society

Remember how much fun our last celebration was back in 1971?!

Do you remember when? The Sesquicentennial was celebrated in a grand scale back in 1971 to recognize the formation of the Township of Independence in 1821. The committee worked for months organizing and forming "chapters" to bring the community together for this special occasion. During the week of July 11-17, 1971, activities such as a carnival with a ferris wheel, outside vendors, kangaroo court with an outside jail, etc. were some of the festivities. The week concluded with the crowning of the Sesqui Queen along with a large parade. During the week, men, women and children were dressed in the 1800's period clothing and men sported beards and mustaches with contests honoring the best of show. It was quite the event. It is hard to believe that the town will be 200 years old in 2021!
Hopefully, there will be enough interest in making that happen! We hope to see you at the meeting!!

Can we do it again?! We have BIG shoes to fill! Our 1971 Sesquicentennial celebration was HUGE! We will need all hands o...
03/03/2019

Can we do it again?! We have BIG shoes to fill! Our 1971 Sesquicentennial celebration was HUGE!
We will need all hands on deck for our 200th.
Please consider helping! Come to our public meeting to discuss the Town of Independence Bicentennial in 2021! We need you and your ideas!
Where: Whitesville Fire Hall
When: March 13th
Time 6:30pm

A great NYP display made by Dean Lewis!Dean cut a section of an actual full size rail from the old NYP track.  A railroa...
11/21/2018

A great NYP display made by Dean Lewis!
Dean cut a section of an actual full size rail from the old NYP track. A railroad spike from the track is also mounted on the board in the photo. He also included a picture of one of the trains that ran on the track. The rail was discovered in the area of where the Whitesville Wood Plant is today. Mike Sutley was the person who found and later donated the full size rail to the IHS. Dean found the spike while walking in the area where the track was once located. The framed information in the 3 frames was reprinted by Rowdy Denhoff from "The Booster" published in 1913. The other framed items are part of a display that we have had at the IHS. It includes an actual NYP passenger ticket.
Thank you for all of your work!

09/28/2018

There are only 2 days left to view the historic and interesting Displays on
WW1 & WW2 at the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville for “ Allegany County History Week”.
Don’t miss it! So many historical items on display from every town in Allegany County!

07/19/2018

INDEPENDENCE HISTORICAL SOCIETY SUMMER HOURS!

We are open every Tuesday and Saturday through August 25th.
Tuesdays 4-6 PM and Saturdays Noon - 2

We will also open by appointment if you like to
Stop in any other day! Message us here!

Preorders due by June 10th!
06/06/2018

Preorders due by June 10th!

IHS ANNUAL FATHER’S DAY CHICKEN BBQPRESALE ONLY can be purchased through Sunday, June 10th From any IHS Member! Chicken ...
06/05/2018

IHS ANNUAL FATHER’S DAY CHICKEN BBQ
PRESALE ONLY
can be purchased through Sunday, June 10th
From any IHS Member!

Chicken Halves only, no sides at $6.00 each.
Pick up is at the fire hall from 12 - 1 PM on Sunday, June 17th.

Any questions please ask Shallee Lauzze, Roger Easton or Fawn Waters

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05/29/2018

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Who’s ready to help us celebrate the Independence NY 200th year anniversary in 2021?!
05/28/2018

Who’s ready to help us celebrate the Independence NY 200th year anniversary in 2021?!

Here are a few artifacts from our collection! Come on in and poke around the IHS building this weekend! We hope to see y...
05/25/2018

Here are a few artifacts from our collection!
Come on in and poke around the IHS building this weekend! We hope to see you there!
We are located in the former Catholic Church on Main Street in Whitesville NY
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05/20/2018
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Address

540 Main St
Whitesville, NY
14897

Telephone

(607) 356-3566

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My Dad was with the Farmers Home Administration in Wellsville for Steuben & Allegany Co before being transferred to Little Valley in Cattaraugus Co.in June 1962 We lived in a duplex in Stannards(not sure if it's still there), then moved to the McGill farm on the Wellsville Rd. In Nov 1961 we moved into a brand new home on High St. The pic is from the 1961/62 school year. I had never seen this picture before & just found it on ancestry. My entire kindergarten class looks like a scared and unhappy group--I wonder why? lol.
Due to safety concerns with the pending weather report for the weekend we regret to inform everyone that the Sadie Hawkins Dance scheduled for this Saturday the 29th is being postponed till a later date. Hopefully in the spring. Be safe and don't take chances.
This was a West Union party line back in the day does it go under Whitesville or Rexville?
Happy Annie Allen Day!
I am researching the Neelans family from the 1930's - 1960. Rev George Loew Neelans was a reverand in the town. I think of the Methodist church. His death notice said he died in Independence. I am trying to find where the family (his parents were buried - Henry Neelans, d 1948. Mom Mabel Coates Neelans, d 1959) and he, George, d 1952. I am seeing there were a lot of cemeteries in the area. Any help would be MOST APPRECIATED. Thanks.
Looking for a picture of Whitesville School before the new one was built. Thanks!
I would like to send a quick thank you to all of you who are supporting the fund drive to help keep our cemetery looking beautiful, not only by donating, but by sharing the post. We have donations coming from many different states, thanks to you who have helped spread the word! I'll be keeping you posted on how things are going.
My Dad is in the center. 🇺🇸