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Cassadaga Village Historian Speakers to Society

The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society meets once a month in the Barker Library for their meeting and to discuss recent findings. A room of genealogical records is open for research purposes. The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. New members and visitors are always welcome. George Davis is the president.

At the recent meeting, the Cassadaga village historian John Sipos was the guest speaker. Sipos spoke of his recent findings in the genealogical field which tie into the village history. Using old photographs and written records Sipos presented to the group the information. Sipos spoke on the former Camp Joshua which was held in the summer in the North Shore Park area of Cassadaga on Fern Island. When the camp stopped meeting the land was divided into three parts, and turned into a housing community. Sipos also spoke about a photographer who spent summers in the Cassadaga area developing many photographs of the area. Shown was an old photography bottle once used. Sipos also spoke of the former rooming house, the development and improvement of Dale Drive, and the formation of the small island near the outlet of the lake. The first post office of Cassadaga was south of the village in a small area once known as Holdenville, and Sipos showed a list of all of the post masters to date. Sipos concluded his research speech with the history of the local Church, and his findings of the names of the pastors from the beginning. He also reported on going to the Church bell tower to gather information on the bell dating back to 1875.

The next meeting of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society will be on Tuesday August 21st in the Barker Library meeting room beginning at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Caption for photograph: Shown in the photograph is Cassadaga Village Historian John Sipos presenting some recent genealogical findings which are connected to the village history.

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