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From:An Early History of The Town of Portville
Submitted By Mary Bryant

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Jacob Bedford and wife Caroline 1886

Home of Jacob and Caroline

Portville School District # 7

All the land comprising what is known as Bedford Corners was acquired by Jacob Bedford, for whom the corners are named, from henry Dusenbury in 1856 and 1858 and William Livingston in 1860. The existinghouse reportedly was built at that time.

In 1864, Jacob Bedford deeded land in one of the four corners to the Joint School District Number 7. The school house built thereon still stands, and, although floated temporarily from its foundation by the flood waters of the 1942 flood, served continuously for school and other community purposes until recent years.

Another of the corners was deeded to Jason Hopkins in 1886 for the purpose of erecting a cheese factory. In this connection Mr. Hopkins was given the right to lay a one inch water line from Bedford's springs to the cheese factory. The cheese factory continued to operate until the early 1920's.

Jacob Bedford and his first wife Marilla, his second wife Caroline        ( carrie ) and the latter's brother William Wales lived at the house at the corners well into the 1920's.

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