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Minard script of Moses Van Campen Home

John S. Minard was born in Hume, N.Y. in 1834. Through the efforts of Mr. Minard the Allegany County Historical Society was organized at Friendship, December 6th, 1889 and he was elected its first president. He worked, through that organization, to bring about the Centennial Celebration of 1895 and it was largely through his effort that the Centennial Memorial History was compiled; he himself writing, by far, the larger part of it.  He was county historian in 1895 and is believed that he was acting in that capacity when Beers published the 1879 History of Allegany County. In the list of acknowledgements the editor of that history gave Mr. Minard top billing.  Mr. Minard also wrote the histories of Hume and Caneadea and allowed them to use his “Pioneer Sketches” as a basis for the early history. Some of his other writings were: “Life of Major Moses Van Campen” 1893, “General History of Allegany Co. and Ten of Its Towns” 1895,  “ Ye Olde Log School House Tymes”, published by Cuba Patriot 1905, “Civic History & Illustrated Progress of Cuba” 1910, “Sketch of Judge Phillip Church”,   “An Indian Parliament House and its Last Council Fire”, published by John Sanborn, Friendship, N.Y., and others. Mr. Minard was well known outside Allegany County and many times addressed the Rochester Historical Society and the Allegany Society of Buffalo.  He gave the historical addresses at the Allegany County Centennial at Wellsville, in 1895, also in that year addressed the Allegany County Historical Society, his subject being “The Caneadea Reservation and Some Indians of the Upper Genesee.”  He gave the address at the Big Tree Centennial at Geneseo in 1897 and at the unveiling of the boulder and tablet at Ga-ya-da-o, Caneadea in 1908. John S. Minard died on January 30th 1920 at the age of 86. (From the Wellsville Daily Reporter, Belmont Dispatch and the Andover News and Willing Historian Hazel Shear.)

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John Stearns Minard's rifle & surveying equipment

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