Once Upon A Time
by Marion Thomas


Silver Creek Park edited and published by
The Fortnightly Club

Silver Creek, New York
1976


“Once Upon a Time” was originally written by Miss Marion Thomas as a series of articles for The Lake Shore News and Times. The Fortnightly Club of Silver Creek, of which Miss Thomas is a charter member, has sponsored the publication of this collection.

Born July 22, 1888 in Silver Creek, New York, Miss Thomas has resided most of her life in the Ward-Thomas homestead on Main Street. She attended the Silver Creek Union Academy and Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. During her professional years she taught English in the Dunkirk High School and was historian of the Town of Hanover for twenty-four years. The author now makes her home in Chautauqua, New York where she continues her many interests.

Miss Thomas has combined her literary talent and interest to record local history and tradition with an acute sense of humor, and has made the ordinary come alive with her sprightly anecdotes. This collection traces the many people and events that have shaped the character and personality of our town today.

The uniqueness of style of the original articles has been retained, although edited to reduce repetition. There has been no attempt to update these writings from their original publication dates. The pen and ink sketches are the original work of Mrs. Franklyn Richardson and Mr. William Harford.

It is the hope of the Fortnightly Club that this publication will provide the reader with a perspective of our history and may inspire pride in the future of our town.


A HISTORY
EARLY HARBOUR DAYS
THE VILLAGE OF SILVER CREEK
OVER THE YEARS
LIGHTHOUSE POINT
THE LIBERTY POLE

UNDERGROUND SILVER CREEK
FAYETTE'S FIRST PLANK HOUSE
GATES-WARD-THOMAS HOMESTEAD

DR. SPENCER WARD
THE BLUE EAGLE TAVERN
OLIVER LEE HOMESTEAD

OLD SILVER CREEK HOMES THANKSGIVING DAY
THE MIXER-BARRESI HOUSE
TEW-STEWART HOME

THE SWIFT MANSION
OBITUARY FOR AN OLD HOUSE
THANKSGIVING MEMORIES
THE FOX HOUSE

MARY SMITH LOCKWOOD: FAMOUS WOMAN OF HANOVER
CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY CHURCHES - A HISTORY
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
MT. CARMEL PARISH
EARLY TOWN OF HANOVER CEMETERIES