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Latest WMH Auxiliary ornament features Westfield Train Station

April 21, 2016
By Marilynne Northrop - WMH Auxiliary member , Westfield Republican

I have very fond memories of the old Westfield Train Station even though I didn't grow up in Westfield. I grew up near Falconer and my maternal Grandparents lived in Columbus , Ohio. My mom didn't have a driver's license at that point and my dad was a farmer and couldn't get away too often, so at least twice a year dad would drive mom, my brother and I to Westfield to catch the train. We always went on a Sunday and had Sunday Dinner first at Pinter's Restaurant. No doubt some of you remember this fine eating establishment on Main Street in Westfield. It was exciting to get on the train and nestle into our seats for the long overnight ride to Columbus. Grandma and Grandpa would pick us up the next morning at the much larger train station in Columbus. What fun! We hope thoughts of the old Westfield Train Station evoke some fond memories for you. That is why the WMH Auxiliary Board chose this historic landmark as its newest ornament in its series of fine porcelain ornaments, magnets and thimbles.

The old train station has silently witnessed soldiers going off and returning from war, families reunited for weddings and funerals, vacationers embarking to spend time at Chautauqua Institution, people just passing through on their way to a better life, and so much more!

The Westfield Train Station was built in 1904 during the heyday of railroading. Known as the "Lake Shore and Michigan Southern and New York Central Railroad Station," it was built of brick and sandstone in the Richardson Romanesque Style. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Dr. Randall Swanson bought the station in 1988 and restored and furnished it with antiques and artifacts of the era. Robert and Catherine Gailbraith purchased the station in 2012, and in keeping with the ambiance of the historic building, created "The Station Art Gallery" to showcase Katherine's nationally award winning artistry.

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This is the new ornament offered to raise funds for the Wesfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s ongoing projects.

The new Westfield Train Station ornament will be available at the WMH "Celebrating Spring" event on May 7, at the Westfield Farmers Market all season, and at all other WMH Auxiliary events through out the year, or by calling Marilyn Hemmer at 326-3504 or 753-6043. We hope you will buy one of these ornaments and revive some old memories or celebrate a by-gone era so important to the history of Westfield. All proceeds support WMH Auxiliary's ongoing projects.



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