Legacy of the Lumbermen
The Town and Village of Portville would not be what it is today without the efforts of many of our
earliest settlers. Among those men and women, four names stand out as "fore fathers" in the history
of our section of Cattaraugus County. Here, we recall the biographies of four men who significantly
influenced the creation and sustainability of the Town of Portville: Henry R. Dusenbury, William F.
Wheeler, John G. Mersereau, and William Wallace Weston.
These men did not just cut trees here and float them down the river. They succeeded in providing
Portville with employment, education, faith, and government, creating our town's infrastructure and
shaping a community that would remain desirable for families to live in for many hundreds of
|The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
|17 Maple Avenue
Portville, NY 14770
Portville, New York