George W. Woodruff was born and raised in East Otto, Cattaraugus County, NY, and was an active participant in WWI. He was reported killed in action, but it wasn’t meant to be. So, how did that come about?
Mr. Lorenzo Stratton, of Little Valley, has been experimenting for a few years past, with a view to test the practicability of domesticating elk; and for this purpose encloseda tract of hilly land, well wooded for ranging and browsing.
From The Randolph Register, Vol. 39, No.49 Randolph, N. Y. April 17, 1903 One Great Industry That has Been Instrumental in Building Up a Village. The Commercial Life Blood Of Little Valley Drawn from the Cutlery Works How Knives are Made by Ingenious Men and Machines.
The Cutlers of Cattaraugus County, New York: A History and Chronology
Written by Brad Lockwood and Dean E. Case, who also provided photos of Cattaraugus Cutlery Workers and JBF Champlin
The history of American cutlery cannot be told without Cattaraugus County. Remarkably, this one county has been home to at least two dozen cutlery operations (see partial side list) with no less than 70 established companies within a 50 mile radius of Little Valley, New York, Cattaraugus County’s Seat, and a town once known as “The Village of Knives.”
Cattaraugus Village and Rich Valley - Submitted by Patrick Cullen
The Battle of Cattaraugus During the American Revolutionary War, in 1779, General George Washington adopted a strategy of reducing the assets of the British by attacking the American Indian tribe's villages who sided with them. Nearly all of New York State's Iroquois Indian Tribes fell into that category.
The following information was extracted from the 1893 Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial to Cattaraugus County, NY.This information was noted to be condensed from a biography written by Hon. John Manley
A small plot marked by a stark white wooden cross in the secluded Horsehoe Cemetery in Carrollton contains the 600-year-old remains of an Iroquois recovered during an archeological excavaion in Nittany, PA.
Stephen Welch was born March 31, 1824 in Groton, New York and moved along with his parents, to Allegany about 1850. He married Louise Harriett Allen on December 22, 1847.Mrs. Welch died June 9, 1899 at the age of 72.They had four sons and two daughters.
The US has not always been a nation of right-handed drivers. Earlier in the history of the US carriage and horse traffic traveled on the left side of the road as it did in England. By the late 1700, so it is told temsters driving large wagons pulled by several pairs of horses began prompting to shift to the right side. A driver would sit on the rear left horse in order to wield his whip with his right hand. To see opposite traffic clearly, the teamsters traveled on the right side.
Changes in our lifestyles sometimes mean familiar icons are no longer visible. Businesses disappear from our environment. Public pay phones are no longer available. The phones used now are portable and most everyone carries one. Less and less phones remain attached to a landline in our homes. The small family owned forty to fifty cow dairy farms are almost extinct.