Community Hall of Fame
The Town of Wheatland Community Hall of Fame has been
established by the Wheatland local Town Government, for the purpose of facilitating a community-wide tradition of identifying, recognizing and celebrating citizens that have made significant, positive contributions to the Town of Wheatland community. Induction as a member to the Town of Wheatland Community Hall of Fame is expected to be an honor and distinction for those selected. The Hall of Fame is governed by the Town of Wheatland local Government intended to be supported by volunteers and funded by a combination of donations and sponsorships.
John Talcott Wells Sr. - 2018
Born in Garbutt in 1843, John Talcott Wells Sr. lived his entire life in the Town of Wheatland. He was a talented architect and builder of many area structures, who in the late 1800’s designed and patented the innovative and aesthetically beautiful “Wells Truss”. The Wells Truss was used to replace traditional post and beam barn construction allowing farmers to drive their hay wagons into the interior of the barn for unloading, significantly improving the methods and efficiency of these processes, helping farmers be more significantly more productive. Many of these iconic “Wells Barns” have withstood the test of time and are still standing today.
R. T. Miller Jr. - 2018
Born in 1867, R. T. Miller grew up in the Town of Wheatland on the historic Fraser Farm on the corner of South Road and Bowerman Road. He became very successful as the founder and President of the American School located in Chicago for most of its 120 year history. He used his considerable wealth in philanthropy that greatly benefitted both the Village of Scottsville and the Town of Wheatland in the early 1900’s. In 1915 R. T. Miller Jr. personally paid half the sum needed to purchase Windom Hall to become the home of the Scottsville Free Library for the benefit of the entire community. In 1923, when the Village of Scottsville public water and sewer systems were installed to improve local living conditions, he contributed the larger share of the principle of the loans and continued to make payments for the next 10 years. He also donated the System of Chimes and the Memorial Wall in the Scottsville Library that are still enjoyed today. R. T. Miller Jr. lived and worked in the Chicago area, but he made the Bowerman Road homestead his Summer home and remained a member of the Wheatland community all of his life.
Glenn Sickles - 2018
Glenn has lived in the Town of Wheatland for most of his life and currently resides on Scott Crescent in the Village of Scottsville. Glenn has been involved as a volunteer in the Town of Wheatland community and beyond for more than 30 years in the areas of Fire Safety and Fire Prevention education, including time spent as the Chief of the volunteer Scottsville Fire Department. He has spent countless volunteer hours educating the Wheatland community, schools and others across the Western New York region about fire safety and fire prevention. He developed a Fire Prevention Program that earned a regional Jefferson Award in 2004 for making a difference through outstanding public service. Glenn was presented the 2005 FASNY Fire Safety Educator of the Year, honoring the best fire safety educators and advocates of Fire Prevention in NYS.
Stephen Bowman - 2019
Steve was a long time resident of the Town of Wheatland. He was an active volunteer fireman in the Scottsville Fire Department for many years, including serving in the capacity of Fire Chief. His skill and expertise demonstrated in these capacities helped him to move into a subsequent key role at the county level in the critical area of innovating improvements in Public Safety Communications, supporting the Town of Wheatland and across the entirety of Monroe County. As many of you know, Steve also served as Mayor of the Village of Scottsville. Steve was the Chairman of a community wide Comprehensive Master Plan Committee that developed a municipal plan required under New York State Law that continues today to serve as the basis for stewardship, regulation and legal defense of land uses, and for developing public policies that guide land use and community services toward mutually agreed upon future goals. Steve’s dedication, steadfast leadership and significant personal contribution was instrumental in the completion of this high quality and impactful municipal document that has stood the test of time.
John Glavin - 2019
John was a life-long resident of the Town of Wheatland. He touched many lives and organizations within our community, at both professional and personal levels. John was the legal equivalent of the “country doctor”, embracing the guiding principles of fairness, humbleness, honesty, respect of privacy and service to others. John had an extraordinary career serving our community. He served as Wheatland Chili School District Attorney for 22 years, the Village of Scottsville Attorney for 10 years and the Wheatland Town Attorney for 40 years. The compensation John received in these roles does not begin to cover the exceptional long term effort, dedication and broad positive impact he provided selflessly serving our community. He leveraged his unsurpassed understanding of the inner workings of our community to help positively guide people and organizations collaboratively through many types of community challenges overtime, quietly facilitating successful outcomes and progress across all aspects of these co-dependent domains.