“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lakewood in Chautauqua County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Packards

The Packards Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 15, 2017
1. The Packards Memorial
Inscription.  The Packards are memorialized in Lakewood for their community spirit and for their generous gifts toward village improvement. They came in the late 1880's as summer visitors. After building their mansion in 1912, they became full time and enthusiastic residents.

The Village Hall, headquarters of municipal government and public safety, stands on a plot of land Mr. Packard deeded to the village. He also provided partial funding for the building's construction, and at its dedication in 1915 presented a Ford Model T chemical truck to the fire company. It was the company's first motorized vehicle and remains a proud artifact of its history.

The purchase of a set of carillon bells, a distinctive feature of the Lakewood Methodist Church, was made possible by a Packard gift.

After Mr. Packard's death in 1928, Mrs. Packard remained involved in civic affairs. She served two terms on the Lakewood School Board. At the same time she created and funded scholars for high school students, and privately supported needy individuals who wished to further education. Shortly before her death in 1960, Mrs. Packard made a monetary gift to
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the Southwestern Central School Board toward the creation of a new athletic field on that school's property.

This prominent couple, recognized for their generosity, were also regarded as good friends and neighbors. The village young people who came to know Mrs. Packard personally have especially fond memories of her cheerful personality and warm hospitality. The presence of the Packards in Lakewood has become legend.

Elizabeth Gilmer Packard 1871-1960. James Ward Packard 1863-1928.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 42° 6.22′ N, 79° 19.686′ W. Marker is in Lakewood, New York, in Chautauqua County. Marker is at the intersection of Owana Way and West Summit Street, on the left when traveling north on Owana Way. Memorial is at the Lakewood Historic Museum at the rear of the Village Hall, formerly the fire station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 West Summit Street, Lakewood NY 14750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lakewood Village Hall (a few steps from this marker); Chautauqua Avenue, Looking North to Lake (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chautauqua Avenue, Looking South (about 500 feet away); New Holbrook Hotel (about 500 feet away); Aull Cottage
The Packards Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 15, 2017
2. The Packards Memorial
Lakewood History Museum entrance.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Paul Sorg Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Packard Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lakeview House, Sterlingworth Hotel and Lakewood Country Club (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakewood.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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