Town of Franklinville
  The Town of Franklinville Early Pioneers

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Early History
Death Records 1860-1894

Early Settlers
Joseph McClure
Pardon T Jewell
Marvin Older
Delos E Lyon
Curtis Brothers
Searl and Storrs
William McNall

Park Square and Fairs
The Story
The Trial
The Wedding
Franklinville Fair

Postal History
Post Office

Hotels and Inns
Globe Hotel
Hotel Lester
Bard Hotel
Brown Eagle Hotel

Businesses and Industry
Bartholomew's Pharmacy
West Park Square Drug Store
Quality Bakery
Cutlery Industry
Dairy Industry
Firehouse Liquors
Blount Plow

Churches and Buildings
Other Churches
Methodist Episcopal
Amusement Hall
The Miners Cabin

In the Public Trust
Fire Department
Mt Prospect Cemetery
Public Works

This information came from the files of Joie Wilson, formerly the Franklinville Town Historian and the section editor for Franklinville on the Cattaraugus County website.

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Franklinville Doctors


In 1806 there came the first doctor to practice in McClure's
Settlement. His name was John McClure and, yes, he was a relative of
Joseph McClure. John McClure was responsible for at least two other
firsts in the settlement. He built the first frame house; and, when he
died in 1811, five years after his arrival, his was the first death in
the settlement. At that point in the development of this area, people
generally prepared bodies for burial and buried them in family plots on
their own property. As the years went by, and cemeteries were
developed, in most, but not all, cases the bodies were moved to a

Several more doctors came and went during the early years. Some
doctors came and stayed. Charles McLouth was one of those. He came here in 1818 from Cheshire, Massachusetts and practiced medicine until he
died on July 26, 1870 ..... and then his son, Charles D. McLouth
continued the practice his father had begun.

We do not know where the first Dr. McLouth got his medical education, but we do know that Dr. Charles D. McLouth got his medical training almost exclusively from his father. The only additional training he received came from his attendance at several medical lectures at the Geneva Medical College.

The second Dr. McLouth had one son, Lawrence. Lawrence married and had two sons, Earl and Charles. We will hear more about Earl later when we
review the history of drug stores.

In 1830 Dr. Lewis Riggs, a recent graduate of Yale, began the
practice of medicine here. Dr. Riggs and his wife, Eliza Ann, would have
ten children and a long and considerable influence on the future of

A man named Robert Bard also came in 1830. He was destined to be
the second owner of the then Globe Hotel. While he was a most respected
citizen, it would be his daughter and her second husband who would leave
the most lasting memorial to the Village of Franklinville.

Maryette Bard was born in the Globe Hotel on July 21, 1831. She
called the hotel home for the first years of her life. Then, in 1846,
her father sold it to Matthew McGeorge. The Bards moved from the hotel
into a house which then stood on Pine Street, where today stands The
Miner's Cabin, home of The Ischua Valley Historical Society, about
which you will hear more later.

Ten years into her first marriage, which occurred in 1855, Maryette
Bard was widowed. In 1869, four years after the death of her first
husband, Maryette married Robert F. Woodworth. Two years later he
purchased the Globe Hotel, and the Woodworths moved in. Maryette Bard
Woodworth had come full circle. The Woodworths would reside in the
Globe Hotel until his death in 1893.