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Lots to ponder, few answers

January 14, 2016 In my early know-it-all years, I thought I had things figured out. With a bit of research and study, I could usually come up with answers to the questions life brought my wa. more »»

Curing ‘bulging billfold syndrome’

January 8, 2016 I’ve noticed lately that my purse has been gaining weigh. more »»

Part IV of the Peacock series: The Charles E. Peacock House

December 31, 2015 Before launching into the next generation of Peacock Homes, some corrections are in order regarding dates, thanks to the “eagle eyes” of John Paul Wolfe. more »»

2016: Some assembly required

December 31, 2015 During the recent holiday shopping season, I noticed more items than ever with labels warning, “some assembly require. more »»

Westfield’s Peacock homes, Part III: The Thomas Peacock House

December 24, 2015 Surprises are always a delight for your Westfield Historian; especially when they answer some questions and give rise to yet another “history mystery. more »»

Snowy weather not needed to make Christmas come alive

December 24, 2015 Lately, all across the eastern half of the country there have been grumbles and groans of “It just doesn’t FEEL like Christmas. more »»

A look at the Margaret Peacock Residence

December 17, 2015 “Why do you have a copy of the drawing of the Margaret Peacock Residence from the 1881 Chautauqua County atlas hanging in your showroom?” This was my surprised question while on a grape vineyard tou... more »»

Surrounded by angels once again

December 17, 2015 In recent weeks, there has been a definite increase in the incidents of angels. It seems flights of the heavenly beings have quietly settled on the top of almost every Christmas tree aroun. more »»

Looking back on the excavation of an Iroquois camp in Westfield

December 10, 2015 While researching about the Wright and Peacock historic homes of Westfield, and their owners and family histories, references were made to an archeological excavation of Indian artifacts on the Sout... more »»

Like mother, like daughter

December 10, 2015 Since you and I have known each other for quite a while now, I think I can share something with you that I have told only a few people during my lifetime. more »»

An introduction to Peacock family homes in Westfield

December 3, 2015 Recently, a historic photo postcard of the former Peacock Inn in Mayville was posted on one of the Facebook pages devoted to historic images around Chautauqua County and Westfield, along with many... more »»

It’s catalog shopping time again

December 3, 2015 As the activities of the holiday shopping season pick up, my mailbox is once again stuffed with catalogs. more »»

Documenting history of S. Portage St.’s Harriet Campbell Taylor House

November 26, 2015 The wonderfully exciting WWO Holly Tour having just been experienced, it was a surprise to see what appears to be a typo of the date given of 1802 for the earliest building of the Harriet Campbell... more »»

Make your appreciation a memorable event

November 26, 2015 I’ve noticed lately that a number of popular phrases have become so overused we no longer think past the words to their meanings. “Have a nice day.” “Take care.” “Not a problem. more »»

More about the Wright homes, and a sneak preview of the Peacock homes

November 19, 2015 Reuben Gridley Wright Home, 233 E. more »»

Night time’s no time for talking

November 19, 2015 Crystal Gayle hit the top of the charts in 1978 when she sang, “You’ve been talkin’ in your sleep. more »»

Another historic Wright house

November 12, 2015 There are some fascinating stories and mysteries about another historic Wright house at 309 E. Main St. more »»

Wacky warnings, silly studies

November 12, 2015 In recent years, the term “lawsuit” has become a driving force in the business world. more »»

Profile of Reuben Gridley Wright House continues series on historic Westfield homes

November 5, 2015 A very large sign in the yard at 233 East Main Street, Westfield, heralds an even larger auction to be held this coming Saturday, Nov. 7, 201. more »»



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