Fast Facts

MISCELLANEOUS HISTORICAL INFORMATION

September 20, 1833 - Mary Jemison dies at age 91 and is buried in West Seneca cemetery (reburied in 1874 in Letchworth State Park)

July 4, 1839 - Jack Berry, Seneca Tribal Chief, dies on Buffalo Creek Reservation

November 1842 - Community of True Inspiration purchased 5,000 acres of land around Buffalo Creek from Ogden Land Company

August 3, 1844 - Three German families arrive in Ebenezer after sixty-six days crossing the Atlantic Ocean

May 13, 1846 - Village of Ebenezer incorporated by N.Y. State Legislature - Operated under Ebenezer Society constitution and bylaws

July 1855 - First wagons carrying members of the Ebenezer Society leave area to create new community in Amana, Iowa

November 30, 1895 - Incorporation of Vigilant Fire Company

June 24, 1904 - First graduating class of Gardenville High School on Union Road

July 31, 1908 - First fire hydrants to be placed in West Seneca (87 total)

July 23, 1909 - West Seneca seperates from the City of Lackawanna

June 30, 1930 - Town Board enacts zoning ordinance for Town of West Seneca

June 29, 1932 - Establishment of West Seneca Police Department (George D. Lyons - Chief of Police)

January 8, 1945 - West Seneca Historical Society formed

May 7, 1968 - First Town Board meeting held in new Town Hall, 1250 Union Road (Albert J. Giese, Supervisor)

October 1, 1969 - West Seneca Library opens new building at 1300 Union Road

The Town of West Seneca consisted of four Ebenezer Communities

Middle Ebenezer - Union and Clinton area now known as the Gardenville area

Lower Ebenzer - Seneca and Union area

Upper Ebenezer - Seneca Creek Road at Transit and across to Main Street - now known as the Blossom area

New Ebenezer - Area around 4208 Clinton Street where only a few houses were built

West Seneca also consisted of four distinct sections:

  • East Seneca
  • Ebenezer
  • Gardenville
  • Winchester
    Where did the Winchester name come from? The land was owned and then sold by the Winchester Land Company. The Winchester name stuck and the area became known as "Winchester".

TOWN FLOWER: Marigold

TOWN TREE: Eleye Crabapple