Submitted by PHGS member Pam Davis
Machias is situated in the northeast part of the town, near the
head of Lime Lake and the head-waters of Ischua Creek, and is about 1 ½ miles
northwest of the junction of the Buffalo, New York and Philadelphia, and
Rochester and State Line Railroads.
It is built upon a broad plain, is
irregularly laid out, and contains 2 churches (Methodist Episcopal and
Christian), 1 temperance tavern, 5 stores of general merchandise, 1 hardware
store, 1 grocery-store, post-office, district school-house, 2 medical offices, 2
clergymen, 1 watch manufacturing shop, 1 harness-shop, 3 wagon-shops, 3
blacksmith-shops, 2 shoe-shops, 1 cooper-shop, millinery, dress-making, etc.,
etc., and about 350 inhabitants. The
county house for the care of the indigent and insane of Cattaraugus County is
situated one-half mile northeast, and an extensive cheese-factory one half mile
west of the village. The original
owners of its site were
and his sons and brothersELISHAand
The first log house was built, in 1820, by
who soon after converted it into a place of public entertainment.
The first frame house was built by
in 1821. The post-office was
established about 1827.
kept the first store, in 1832.
In early days it was known as Machias Five
Corners, and sometimes as Chickasaw.
During the days of stages and teaming
between Olean and Buffalo it was an important stopping-point for teamsters and
travelers. The resources of “mine
as regards rooms and stabling, were very often taxed to the utmost to
accommodate his patrons.
The above information was obtained from the History of Cattaraugus County, New York by L. H. EVERTS, 1879.
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