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1970-1971 WACS cheerleading squad

November 14, 2013 Photos of the 1970-1971 WACS varsity and junior varsity cheerleading teams. more »»

 
 
 
Westfield-Ripley story discovered on trip in Maryland

July 10, 2013 The Westfield Historian took a much needed vacation to Maryland to visit a friend not seen for over 40 years and his wife, a Celtic fiddler. more »»

A new “grape” history mystery needs help to solve

July 3, 2013 A tantalizing attachment named “Thompson Pure Native Wine.PDF” caught my eye as soon as I opened a recent email from John Slater, Concord Grape Historian and Nickel Plate Rail Fan. more »»

Sharing ‘Our Scandinavian Heritage’

June 26, 2013 “Do you know where Swede Road is,” Neighbor Jay Stratton queried as he was busily typing one of his Swedish story-articles into the Westfield Historian’s home computer last summer for yet another... more »»

A history of Flag Day and the United States ‘flag code’

June 19, 2013 “My mother is a ‘Flag Day Baby’” “Huh? What’s that supposed to mean?” “She was born on Flag Day, 1917. more »»

Buzzings from BeeLines

June 12, 2013 The Odell Pipe Organ rebuilders A couple weeks after the “answers” were published regarding the most-likely names of businessmen described in the story of the 1970 rebuild of St. more »»

Button’s Inn revisited

June 5, 2013 Recently, a conversation on Greater Things About Westfield Facebook site morphed into a request for information about Button’s Inn. more »»

Memories of the NY Central train station depot in Westfield

May 29, 2013 Looking forward to the Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25 opening of The Station Gallery in the old NY Central Train Station, has stimulated a fascinating trip down memory lane about Westfield’s... more »»

Coincidences and stories surrounding 29 Beckman-Backman Avenue, part 2

May 22, 2013 Last week’s history mystery letter from Rodney Fuller, asking if there had been a street name change from Davis Street to Beckman Avenue between 1910 and 1915, mushroomed into a whole series of... more »»

A history mystery letter question turns into a fascinating story — part one

May 15, 2013 “Can you tell me, then, whether Davis St. was renamed Backman Ave. more »»

William Henry Seward’s legacy in Westfield – land office and mansion

May 8, 2013 Soon after William Henry Seward’s tragic loss of his infant daughter, the nation was plunged into the Panic of 1837 leading to further political upheavals. more »»

BeeLines

May 1, 2013 “Outside the Lafayette Square home of Secretary of State William Henry Seward, in the shadows of an early spring evening in Washington, two assassins watched and waited... more »»

Has anyone figured out the priest, dentist, grape farmer or shoemaker?

April 24, 2013 Remember the March 14 BeeLines about an old friend, Odell? It included excerpts from a funny letter written by Joyce Swan in 1971, describing the death throes of the St. more »»

There was a Rogersville Hamlet in the Town of Westfield

April 10, 2013 When this area was first being settled, taverns were the center of the fledgling communities, serving as town hall and assembly room, court house, post office, show-room, exchange, military training... more »»

The famed or infamous Forsyth Bridges

April 3, 2013 “Do you have any history on the Forsyth Bridge, Marybelle?” was the brief message from a Ripley historian friend in a recent email with the subject line “The Famed Forsyth Bridg. more »»

Memories of Westfield’s Community Center — is it time again?

March 27, 2013 Recently, a Health and Wellness Fair held at St. more »»

Remembering an old friend, Odell, and some famous names in Westfield

March 20, 2013 It was such fun to discover a historic “gem” in my organist mailbox recently, I just had to share portions of it with my readers. more »»

History, mysteries, memories of Jones Livery Stable in Westfield

March 13, 2013 It is amazing how the quest for answers to one “history mystery” leads to more fascinating stories to share. While exchanging information on Greater Things About Westfield’s Facebook page about J. more »»

Early Westfield taverns and inns — remembering the Old Stone Tavern

February 27, 2013 Before Westfield became a Town or a Village by that name, the first settlement of homes and the first tavern — McHenry Tavern — were established in 1802 and 1803. more »»

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church emulated historic Olney Pancake Race

February 20, 2013 Historically, before beginning their Lenten Fast, Roman Catholics, and later Anglicans, and more recently Episcopalians, have developed the traditions since the Middle Ages of eating pancakes and... more »»

 
 
 

 

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