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Hard-earned skills of the past

April 14, 2016 Every stage of life brings with it a new set of skills. In our early years, we began the great adventure of walking. There were many falls and rises along the way until we mastered that basic skil. more »»

Getting the goods on a hardware store

April 7, 2016 But WAIT! Ryan Hardware at 31 East Main? Wasn’t that Waite’s Hardware? There’s nothing like a good “history mystery” to whet a historian’s research appetite! Of course, it does help to be the local... more »»

Always a collector

April 7, 2016 I sat cross-legged on the bed. Colorful post cards in boxes and stacks surrounded me. I was in collector heaven. more »»

In the 19th century, Westfield had a fairground, race track and Civil War training camp

March 31, 2016 Fairgrounds in Westfield? A driving track? Horse races? A Civil War training camp? Yes! Yes! Yes! and Yes! There really were fairgrounds and race tracks in Westfield; in fact, more than one of eac. more »»

Advice is easy, but life is hard

March 31, 2016 (Due to an unexpected computer problem, this week I’m sharing a Golden Oldie from way back in 2008. See you next week. Love, Joyce) My friend, Amy, is a working mother of four. more »»

Rediscovering ‘Sam the Greek’ and his restaurant

March 24, 2016 One of the more difficult things about being a local public historian is sorting out myths and memories from primary source documentation to discover the “truth” about people and places. more »»

‘A house divided against itself cannot stand’

March 24, 2016 Those words of Abraham Lincoln were spoken when the country was facing a far different set of circumstances. more »»

A look at some more old Westfield restaurants

March 17, 2016 “What is in a name? A “rose” by any other name would smell as sweet!” My former friend, named “Rose,” was chuckling as she shared a recent quip of one of her customers with me to the effect that she... more »»

My short life of crime

March 17, 2016 In my tenth summer, I briefly became a thief. This was no ordinary stealing adventure. I had many years of Sunday School classes behind me. I knew all about coveting. more »»

The true story of ‘The Song of Minnie Minton’

March 10, 2016 While browsing through the May 27, 1942 Westfield Republican newspaper on microfilm, the following leading paragraph of a column titled “PICK UPS” caught my eye. more »»

An aging snack that’s still on top

March 10, 2016 There are many things in life that get better with age. Wine is one. Some cheeses, too, profit from aging. Candy, however, is generally not on the list of edibles that improve over time. more »»

Information on ‘Sam the Greek’ sought

March 3, 2016 Overheard: A recent conversation between the Westfield historian and a local resident who also grew up in Westfield in the 1940s and 1950s: “Do you remember ‘Sam the Greek’ or his restaurant?” “I... more »»

I suffer from ‘But First Syndrome’

March 3, 2016 I’ve been battling a strange malady lately. You might have had a case of it, yourself, at one time or another. Yesterday’s bout was typical. more »»

A look at the Minton House, and its burning

February 25, 2016 “SWEPT BY FIRE!” (Westfield Republican Nov. 24, 1909, Page 1) One of the most climatic years in Westfield’s History was 1909. more »»

Electricity in small packages

February 25, 2016 Those convenient little bundles of energy known as batteries are everywher. more »»

Want to be a local hero?

February 19, 2016 During their early hero-worshiping years, many little boys announce, “I wanna be a fireman when I grow up.” And, in today’s society, many little girls have the same dream. more »»

A history mystery: Who was the first Town of Westfield Supervisor?

February 18, 2016 A recent email posed the question, “Could you find the past Highway Superintendents and Supervisors of the Town of Westfield? I was trying to find out who has been in office…so they could be... more »»

Digging into the history of Healy Hall

February 11, 2016 A couple weeks ago, a postcard image of Healy Hall was posted on one of the Facebook pages devoted to “Greater Things About Westfield NY” and caught my eye, and instigated my fingers flying across... more »»

Where are the mature types?

February 11, 2016 The economics expert on the evening news confidently detailed methods for solving the government’s financial problems. But instead of listening, I was simply staring. more »»

History mystery solved: Bark Grill’s bark went up in 1937

February 4, 2016 As most faithful BeeLines readers know by now, your Westfield Historian does not cease research until a history mystery is either solved, or at least all known resources have been gleaned of as much... more »»



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