Portville Library
Submitted By Mary Bryant

circa 1890 Click To Enlarge

circa 1910 Click To Enlarge

The Portville library came about in 1857 when Mrs. William F. Wheeler, A a school teacher from Vermont went from house to house begging for just one book from each family. She got 27 books including her own donation.

In January of 1869 a new library association was organized with the following officers:

President A.T. Warden

Vice Pres. W.E. Wheeler

Treasurer A.M. Wheeler

Secretary S.W. Cowell

Librarian C.H. Bartlett

In 1909, Mr. E.G. Dusenbury purchased the property of Smith Parish. The house was of colonial Georgian architecture, built by Mr. Parish in 1847. Mr. Dusenbury then presented the property to the village of Portville, with the stipulation that the building was to be used for the permanent home of the Portville free Library

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