MACHIAS - SUMMARY OF THE FIRST AND OLDEST
Submitted by PHGS member Pam Davis
MR. WIGGIN M. FARRAR is the only survivor of themen
here prior to 1818.
HEMAN G. BUTTON, CHESTER
can claim the earliest residence,
having lived here since 1817. The
first framed house in town was erected by
, in 1821; when
nearly finished, he sold it to
J. M. L. BROWN
, who completed it.
It stood southeast of the corners in Machias village, on land now owned
built the first framed barn. It is now owned by
built the first
saw-mill, on the outlet of Lime Lake, in 1820.
The first grist-mill, a small affair with but one run of stone and no
bolting, was established by
in 1823. When Lime Lake burst its boundaries in 1832, and went bowling
down the valley which confines the outlet, this mill was swept from its
foundations, and was replaced by the present mill.
G. W. FARRAR
owned the first buggy.
kept tavern at the
Lake, 1830, and
at Machias village, 1832.
opened the first
store, in 1822, at the Lake.
JOSEPH KINNE, JR.
, was the first postmaster. His
office was established at Machias village about 1827.
of Franklinville, carried the first
mail, on horseback.
MISSAMRILLA BROWNtaught the first school in the summer of 1820, in a house built by
which was situated on the south part of lot 24.
taught the winter following,
and his school was the first which was entitled to school funds.
first school-house was built in 1827, in district No. 1, and was situated about
one mile north of the village. It
was burned in 1830, and an insane man,
, who had been placed there for
safe-keeping through the night, was burned with it. The Free-Will Baptists formed the first religious society,
REV. HERMAN JENKINSwas the first preacher
DRS. BARBER, KNEELAND
were the first physicians to
was the first surveyor. The
first marriage was that of
ELISHA BROWNand the widowMASON
andOLIVA BROWNthe second andBRIGHAM BROWN, son ofELISHA and POLLY MASON
, daughter of the widow, the third marriage.
The above information was obtained from the History of Cattaraugus County, New York by L. H. EVERTS, 1879.
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