Thanks to the many people that help the Portville Historical and Preservation Society acquire digital
|images of old photographs and others who identify faces with names, we are able to share these |
long ago memories with you. If you have ever wondered how people socialized in the "old days",
you can see a glimpse of some of the groups that made up a once strong social structure for
Portville. We have lots more pictures to share but will start here and add more in the coming
In Memorium - Colonel Charles O. Eshelman
October 17, 1925 - January 24, 2010
In January, the Portville Historical and Preservation Society lost our most generous friend and
|benefactor, Col. Charles Eshelman. His passing was a very private one, just as his life has been these |
past many years. Charles had an undeniable passion for history and its preservation and through his
vision of preserving the Bedford Corners area, gifted the School house and Grange to the Historical
Society in 2001.
Now, with our work on the Bedford Corner School house project nearing completion, we are sad and
disappointed that Charles will not experience our accomplishments toward his dream. We plan to honor
his memory in a future member newsletter but in the meantime, we present his obituary here and an old
Times Herald newspaper clipping describing a few of his vast academic and military accomplishments.
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Josephine Powers Parish
1910 - 2005