Cattaraugus County Records
Cattaraugus County rests in the southwest area of New York State, bordering Pennsylvania. It is comprised of many municipalities, towns, villages, hamlets, and two cities that have changed both in size and name since the county’s establishment in 1817. The county is full of beautiful scenery, from the farmlands to the forests and waterways. Fine springs are found on all the hills as well as in the valleys. Creeks are numerous, nearly all of them finding their way to the Coldspring Creek which rises at the Coldsprings.
During World War I, communities throughout the country worked to show their patriotism by helping to fund the War through the purchasing of Liberty Bonds, also known as the Liberty Loan. Available for purchase at any bank, Liberty Bonds were a loan to the United States government with the stipulation that the amount would be repaid with interest within a specified amount of time. Countless municipalities, towns, villages, and cities surpassed their quota assigned by the government. For example, New Albion of Cattaraugus Country almost doubled their quota when the Third Liberty Loan. There were four Liberty Loan campaigns during the course of World War I and one Victory Liberty Loan that functioned as the Liberty Loan and was established with the signing of the armistice in 1919.
Erwin A. Bruss, Local Historian, New Albion, 1922. New York State Education Dept. Division of Archives and History World War I Veterans' Service Data and Photographs, 1917-1939. NYSA_A0412-78