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Recalling William Seward in Chautauqua County

I recently saw the Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln – a film that focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s effort to get the 13th Amendment passed by Congress in early 1865. As expected, the movie was well produced, directed and acted. It provided … Continue reading

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The First Bank in Chautauqua County

In 1831, Chautauqua County saw its first bank established. That was the year the Chautauqua County Bank at Jamestown applied for incorporation to the state legislature. According to Andrew Young in his book – History of Chautauqua County, N.Y. (1874) – … Continue reading

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Bicentennial Biographies No. 61 – 65

A collection of bicentennial biographies from Chautauqua County, N.Y. featuring Henry Rouse (Westfield), Francis Brewer (Westfield), Bainbridge Colby (Bemus Point), Oliver Smith (Jamestown) and Simeon Clinton (Arkwright). Originally airing on local radio stations April 4 – April 8, 2011. Continue reading

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William Bemus – Bicentennial Biography No. 12

William Bemus was born in 1762 at Bemus Heights, Saratoga County. At the start of the Revolutionary War, he moved to Pittstown in Rensselaer County. In 1782 he wed Mary Prendergast, daughter of William and Mehitable Prendergast. Early in 1800, the Prendergasts and Bemus sold their property and made the decision to migrate to the west or to Canada. Continue reading

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Alexander McIntyre – Bicentennial Biography No. 5

Chautauqua County has had its fair share of eccentric and colorful characters throughout its 200-year history. The first of these notable individuals was Dr. Alexander McIntyre, who became Mayville’s first settler in the spring of 1804 when he moved here from Meadville, Pennsylvania… Continue reading

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William Peacock – Bicentennial Biography No. 4

Judge William Peacock was born in 1780 near New York City in the midst of the American Revolution. He first came to Chautauqua County in 1804 as a land agent for the Holland Land Company and was charged with surveying the area around present-day Mayville. Continue reading

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