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The Melting Pot of Nations

The Melting Pot of Nations
(from "Centennial Celebration Publication for 1873-1973")

It was about the turn of the Century that the New York Central Rail Road and the Lyons Yards were located just North of Westville.  This truly made Westville a center of the Mining Industry, and brought other new industries to the area.  This also brought many immigrants to Westville to work in the mines.  These immigrants came from all parts of Eurupe bringing their customs and native tongues with them.  This served to help Westville to become known as a "melting pot" of many nations and peoples into a truly "American Community".  At one time Westville boasted of having 37 different Nationalities in its community.

From this beginning 100 years ago, Westville has grown to its present size, and is justifiably proud of its heritage of the melting pot of nations, its contributions to the mining industry, and the home of the first night football game played in the United States.  It is indeed understandable that the people of Westville have a feeling of pride for their part in making the Westville Community what it is today.  Each resident, past and present, has contributed to the Heritage of Westville, and we sincerely hope that this record of its history will serve to record your part in its history as a lasting remembrance.