|The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
|17 Maple Avenue
Portville, NY 14770
Happy Friday the 13th! It is a perfect day to update the "Hysterical Society" webpage! We have
been very busy over the past two months with numerous projects, so we apologize to our faithful
for not having any "new" material here. First, our office is now open for the summer. Second, we
are getting ready for our summer events here in Portville.
PHPS is OPEN for the 2008 Season
Come in and visit us on Thursdays from 10am to 4pm to see our new items, look up some old
relatives, or just have a chat. Remember us when you are cleaning things out for your summer yard
sales. Don't throw those old pictures or scrapbooks away! We are always looking for more
Portville memorabilia, ephemera, and whatnot. In return, we provide a deed of gift letter for your
tax deduction. You can drop things off Thursdays, or send us a note and we can come pick it up
(local area only). Our office is located at 17 Maple Avenue in Portville.
Book Reading & Signing on July 10th
Coming up in July is a PHPS-sponsored book reading at the Portville Free Library. On Thursday,
July 10th, Laura Hooper will read from her new novel, The Rosebud Stalker, and sign copies for
anyone wishing to purchase a book. Laura grew up in Hinsdale, the eldest of nine children. Many
of you folks will remember her mother, Juanita Harrier Griffith, a popular Portville gal who
graduated PCS in 1958. Juanita will be in the area to attend the Alumni Banquet, her 50th Class
Reunion. Some of their family lived on the Eldred road and several are still living in the area. Laura
currently resides in Georgia, with her husband and three grown children near by. In her book, she
has referenced many local restaurants and surroundings, including one of her old favorites, Red's
and Trudy's. The content of the reading will be suitable for a general audience, however, the book
does contain adult situations. If you are bringing children with you, the library will be open that
evening, and they can be assisted with age-appropriate books downstairs in the children's section.
Heritage Day and the 109th Annual Portville Alumni Banquet
We hope you are planning to be in the Village of Portville on Saturday, July 12, to attend the
Heritage Day festivities. This year's main event will be held in Pioneer Park at the corner of N.
Main Street and Maple Avenue. Tim Emley, Mayor of Portville, is coordinating the day's activities to
include fun games and rides for the children, booths for area vendors with crafts and assorted items
for sale, bake sales, chicken BBQ, and other live entertainment.
The Portville Historical and Preservation Society will have a big booth in the park, hosting author
Laura Hooper with her new book, and selling our own, featuring the new Practical Receipts
Cookbook. The children's games start at 9am, and the vendors will be set up between 10am and
In our office near the park, at 17 Maple Avenue, we will be featuring a Civil War display. It tells the
heart-wrenching story of the Humiston Family of Portville, a story that captivated the nation during
and after the Civil War. Amos Humiston, a Union soldier in the New York Volunteer 154th regiment,
was killed on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg. His last moments were spent clutching a
cherished photograph of his three children. Unable to identify his body, a campaign was launched to
determine who these children belonged to and Amos' story became a huge sensation. Come see our
exhibit of photographs, video tapes of commemorative Humiston events, and hear the music of Civil
Just around the corner at 1 N. Main, the The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale and
raffle of a beautiful quilt donated by the Portville Quilting Guild. Come downtown early and stop by
the Masonic Lodge on Temple Street for a delicious pancake and egg breakfast before going over to
the library and park. Check the library's website for more details.
Saturday evening, July 12, 2008, the 109th Annual Portville Alumni Banquet will be held at the
Knights of Columbus at Hamilton and Barry Streets in Olean, near JCC. The social hour is
5 to 6 pm, with dinner promptly at 6 pm. The menu features "Beef and Bird" and from our own
experience, they are truly huge servings! Reminisce about the old days and see classmates and other
acquaintances that travel from all over to be here for this memorable event. The "Hall of Fame" will
present their awards and representatives from the honor years will also speak.
Meals are $20.00 per person, plus $3.00 for member dues. Reservations and payment are due
no later than June 28, 2008. Reminder cards have already been mailed, but if you did not receive
one, you can also contact Anne Wilson Sutter in Portville at (716) 933-6831, or Barb Wilson Graves
in Shinglehouse at (814) 698-2431. Class photos for the honor years will be taken by Coni Coletti,
available for $10.00 cash at the door.
Don't miss the banquet. LET'S KEEP PORTVILLE SPIRIT ALIVE!
The Wagon Train and Stagecoach Run in Portville
Come and experience the life of your ancestors from the early 1800s. Cattaraugus County
celebrates its 200th year this summer with an authentic 180 mile Stagecoach Run. The route will
take them up over Lillibridge and down into Portville around 5 pm on Monday, August 18th. The
train of stagecoaches and wagons, drawn by 158 horses, will parade around town, ending up at
Pioneer Park to set up camp for the night. Mayor Tim Emley promises a great venue with great
food and an unforgettable bicentennial experience for all ages. You and your family will be able to
walk through and mingle in the encampment, listen to fiddlers, and learn about the wagons, horses,
and people of our heritage.
Re-experience Memorial Day 2008
Memorial Day in Portville is one of those days everyone looks forward to. It just makes you feel
good to be a part of this community and the patriotic service in the cemetery brings tears to your
eyes and a lump in your throat.
This year, Portville was honored with a speech by St. Bonaventure ROTC's Lieutenant Colonel
Richard Trietley. It was a moving tribute and he has generously provided us with his original
transcript. For those people who have moved away from Portville and miss it here or were unable
to attend this year's celebration, we have LTC Trietley's speech and a gallery of photos that will
bring back those fond memories once again. The photographs were taken by Ronda Shaner Pollock.
Click here to go to the Memorial Day 2008 pages: Parade Photos LTC Trietley Speech
Remember, to find our previous homepages, go to our ARCHIVE.
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