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John A. deL. Blodgett

LIFE MEMBER Jack Blodgett always used the signature, John A. deL. Blodgett to honor the ancestors for whom he was named. He has been noted by early CCGS members as “the best president we ever had,” and is the only person to date honored with a Life Membership in CCGS.

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Norwood J. Barris (1924-2011)

December 27, 1924 – September 6, 2011 Norwood J. Barris, 86, of Park Avenue, Dunkirk, died Monday, September 5th, at the Chautauqua County Home. He was born in the Village of Forestville, on December 27, 1924, the son of the late Milton O. and Edna (Van Schoonhoven) Barris. After he

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Cassadaga Historian Speaks to Genealogical Society

Cassadaga village historian John Sipos was the recent guest speak at the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society in Fredonia. Sipos has been the village historian for nearly six years, and a resident of the village for four decades. During that time, Sipos has collected many articles of history on the village,

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James Woodcock (1938 – 2004)

WESTFIELD – James ”Jim” A. Woodcock, 65, a resident of the Waters of Westfield, formerly of Ellicott Estates, Brocton, Fredonia, and Sheridan, died Tuesday (Nov. 2, 2004) in the Waters of Westfield. He was born Dec. 3, 1938, in Fredonia, the son of the late Arthur J. and Marie H. Schrader

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President’s Message

from the November 2004 CCGS newsletter Dear members and friends of CCGS, It is time for members to step up to a leadership role in CCGS. Election season is upon us and all of us are tired of the same old leadership, and those same old leaders are tired. Why

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Dr. Elbert Phillips (1931 – 2004)

HENDERSON, N.Y. – Dr. Elbert Warner Phillips, 72, of Henderson, formerly of Buffalo, died Saturday (Aug. 21, 2004) in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. He was born Nov. 26, 1931, in Gowanda, the son of Warner Charles and Lois Anna Miller Phillips. He was a 1949 graduate of Gowanda High

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Paul William Barden (1918 – 2002)

CCGS has had no better friend than Paul Barden. Paul and Virginia were already members of CCGS when we joined in 1986. Their membership number (40) indicates that they joined at an early date. They were our first couple designated honorary life family members. This memorable presentation occurred at our

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CCGS and Sandra Sopak Receive Recognition From NGS

The following article was written by Lois Barris and printed in the August 1999 newsletter. Norwood and I were privileged to attend the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society held this year in Richmond, VA from May 12 through 15 [1999]. Other CCGS members who attended were Diana Bums,

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Elizabeth L. Crocker

The following is a condensed version of Ms Crocker’s obituary that appeared in the Post Journal. Elizabeth L. Crocker………..was the county’s first historian, and continued to serve in that capacity for more than 30 years after her appointment in 1965. ………. Through the years, she also served as secretary and

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Virginia Barden takes Society to Press

From a handout in a 1997 CCGS newsletter. No one is more responsible for the success of CCGS publications than Virginia W. Barden. Our first publications flyer featured two flagship offerings: A Guide to Chautauqua County Cemeteries and Burial Sites, and Earliest Holland Land Company Sales in Chautauqua County, New

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