Statistics for Portville, NY 1865-1870

Submitted by Frankie Stonemetz


The Town of Portville was officially formed from Olean April 27, 1837. It is the southeast corner town of Cattaraugus County, bounded on the east by Allegany County and on the south by Pennsylvania. The surface is mostly a hilly upland, the highest summits being 500 to 500 feet above the valleys. The Allegheny River enters the Town upon the south border, flows north to near the center, and thence northwest to the west border. It received as tributaries Oswayo, Dodges and Haskell Creeks, all from the east bank of the river. The soil is sandy loam, and the flats were originally covered with a magnificent growth of white pine. Lumbering was the leading pursuit. The Town contains a total of 23, 106 acres. It derived its name from the fact that it was a prominent shipping point for lumber and shingles. With the arrival of the lumber dealers the population grew rapidly.

Agricultural Statistics of Portville from census of 1865-1870

Bushels of winter wheat harvested 1874...165

Bushels of oats harvested 1874...6,963

Bushels of Indian corn harvested 1874 ..4,823

Bushels of potatoes harvested 1874...14,114

Pounds of tobacco...170

Bushels of apples...4,255

Number of milk cows...308

Pounds of butter made...33,812

Horses, 2 yrs. old or over ...235

Number of sheep shorn...2,079

In 1870 in all of Cattaraugus County there were 2,220 working oxen.

Smith, R.P., Historical and Statistical Gazateer of New York State, p. 196.


Acres of Land–

Improved...3,189

Unimproved...18,823 and 34

Valuation of 1858 –Real Estate...185,537

Personal Property...14,700

Total...200,337

Population–

Males................610

Females..............554

No. of Dwellings.....204

No. of Families......213

Freeholders..........173

Schools, No. of Districts ........7

Children taught.....564

Live Stock –

Horses..................193

Working Oxen and Cows...336

Cows....................323

Sheep...................854

Swine...................354

Agricultural Products–

Bushels of Winter Grain ..........178 ½

Bushels of Spring Grain........16,561

Tons of Hay........789

Bushels of Potatoes..........9,474

Bushels of Apples...........3,069

Dairy Products–

Pounds of Butter.......27,938

Pounds of Cheese.........2,895

Domestic Cloth in Yards ......586 ½



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