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County: Cattaraugus

Arch Merrill

(1894-1974) Journalist, author, poet. Arch Merrill was born in Sandusky, New York, and died in Rochester, New York. He wrote many articles on history and folklore of the Genesee Valley and the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. He was sometimes called the Poet Laureate of Upstate New York.

Louis Zamperini

(1917-2014) Author. Louis Zamperini was born in Olean, New York, on January 26, 1917. He wrote two memoirs, both titled “Devil At My Heels.”

Helen Ruggieri

Helen Ruggieri taught in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, Pennsylvania. She has an MFA from Penn State and studied at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, with William Stafford. After spending a semester in Japan at Yokohama College, she became interested in Japanese verse forms – … Continued

Ray Evans

(1915-2007) Lyricist. Ray Evans was born in Salamanca, New York in 1915, and died in Los Angeles, California in 2007. Together with lyricist Jay Livingston, Mr. Evans wrote over 300 published songs, including “Mona Lisa” (1950), “Silver Bells,” and “Que Sera Sera” (1956). Mr. Evans and Mr. Livingston worked as a team in New York … Continued

Ely S Parker

(1828-1895) Engineer, journal-keeper, secretary to U. S. Grant. Ely Parker was born on the Tonawanda reservation in New York. He was one of the first Native Americans noted for succeeding within the white mans higher institutions of learning. He was an engineer in Rochester and later a military secretary for Ulysses S. Grant. Henry Lewis … Continued

Lewis Henry Morgan

(1818-1881) Anthropologist, writer, Father of American anthropology. Lewis H. Morgan was born near Cayuga Lake. He was an adopted member of the Seneca Tribe. He collected and published under the name of Skenandoah, his adopted Seneca name; he lived in Cattaraugus County. He collected not only stories of the Iroquois but artifacts as well. He … Continued

George Abbott

(1887-1995) Playwright. George Francis Abbott graduated from Hamburg High School in Hamburg, New York in 1907. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York in 1911.