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Pomfret Historian Speaks to Chautauqua County Genealogical Society

The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society meets once a month for a meeting at the Barker Library in Fredonia. Attending are members from all points of the county. Membership includes many from out of state. The genealogical society was organized to help others with their research. A library of family records is maintained at the library and there is someone there to help. Ruth Nichols of Arkwright is the president of the organization, and Walter Sedlmayer of Fredonia is the vice president. Gail Dash of Cassadaga is the secretary and Debie Kotar of Cassadaga is the treasurer. Wayne Leamer of Lakewood is the newsletter editor.

At a recent meeting of the group, Pomfret historian Todd Langworthy was the guest speaker on Pomfret and some of the well known people of the area. Langworthy said he has been the historian for ten years, and often speaks to groups about the history of Pomfret and the people. Langworthy has written a book on the history of Pomfret, and also one on Enoch A. Curtis, who was an architect and served in the Civil War, serving with the 112th New York Volunteers. Another book was on Dr. Squire White, who was the first physician in 1808, and whose son constructed the White Inn. One of his most famous books is on the four Cushing Brothers, who were soldiers of the Civil War. One brother, Alonzo Cushing, who was killed in Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, was recently posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Langworthy said that at the annual history days in Fredonia are on July 10 and 11, Alonzo Cushing will be honored. A parade will be a part of this event held on Saturday July 11th at noon. Langworthyís latest book will be on Jack Wilder, to be published this summer. Wilder was from Fredonia, and served in World War I, where he was killed in action in 1918 in Tours France. An interesting historical presentation was a fine program for all.

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