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Herb "Old Smoky" Evans, Blacksmith, April 1999
Herb, "Old Smoky" Evans, age 95, Blacksmith, South Wales, April 1999. Photo: D.M. Zeigel

Town of Wales

Originally a farming community, the town of Wales is documented through profiles of its churches, civic organizations, businesses, and individual citizens. Established in 1818, the town of 3,000 residents is located in a scenic area of Erie County amid woodlands and streams. Town boards over the years have been respectful of the residents' desire to maintain a small-town atmosphere and quality of life, and the transition to modern life has emphasized small, family-oriented businesses. Personal commitment and a spirit of volunteerism have prevailed in the community, as evidenced by its many interactive organizations.

Originally submitted by: Thomas M. Reynolds, Representative (27th District).

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