Images of the Past – More from the Tranquist Collection

The following five images are from the Chautauqua County Historical Society’s Tranquist Collection. The society has nearly 2000 images in the collection, many of which feature various people and communities from throughout Chautauqua County. Thanks to trustee Niles Dening, many of the images have been transferred to our electronic archives so that they will be preserved for future generations to see.

The following five images were scenes depicting day-to-day life more than 100 years ago, whether it be harvesting ice in the winter or working the vineyards during the summer months. Locations are suspected to be in the Westfield or Portland areas, although we do not know for sure.

Agriculture was the backbone of life in Chautauqua County 100 years ago. (Photo from the CCHS Tranquist Collection)

Loading grapes onto the train (Westfield or Pomfret) (Photo from the CCHS Tranquist Collection)

Steam powered tractor near vineyards in Westfield or Pomfret. (Photo from the CCHS Tranquist Collection)

Taking a break from the ice harvest in Chautauqua County. (Photo from the CCHS Tranquist Collection)

Another image of ice harvesters. (Photo from the CCHS Tranquist Collection)

Genealogists – If you have relatives in the Woleben, Ryon, Morgan, Fuller, Munson, Dikeman, Serra, Nudd or Patchen families, you may find this PDF identifying images in Woleben Family Album 1- ID of our Tranquist Collection, worth a look.

If you are interested in viewing the entire Tranquist collection, contact the Chautauqua County Historical Society.

About the Society
The Chautauqua County Historical Society was established in 1883 and is the oldest historical society in Chautauqua County. Since 1951, the organization has been based out of the historic McClurg Mansion (built in 1818) in Westfield, N.Y. Annual Membership rates start at just $20. All members are given free access to the museum year-round and a subscription to the quarterly “Time Lines” newsletter.  For more information, call 716-326-2977 or visit

The Tranquist Collection Gallery

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