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  1. Cathy
    March 7, 2018 @ 11:46 pm

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you for this post, and for your whole blog. It’s a lot of fun to read, and I have learned a lot from it. This post, and the great pictures you included, make me want to go to Friendship Hardware to eat! I now live in Texas, where barbecue is everywhere and is wonderful. The pictures you included remind me of the barbecue here, and now I’m hungry to eat some! I wish the Wolfs well.

    I’m originally from Rochester, and I have ancestors who lived in Allegany County during the oil boom days. I’ve enjoyed researching Allegany County history, and your post adds to the information I’ve found. Thank you!

    • yvonne reesher
      March 12, 2018 @ 7:17 am

      The best brisket I ever ate, worth the drive from Bolivar” great sandwiches’ love this place very nice people!!

      • yvonne reesher
        March 12, 2018 @ 7:25 am

        forgot to add the brisket sandwhitch has a lot of meat you won’t leave hungrey!!

  2. Mike Costello
    March 8, 2018 @ 9:53 am

    Great story. I am certainly hungry now, but too far from Friendship to get there soon. I will try it this summer. Thank you.

  3. Darla Ostrum
    March 9, 2018 @ 8:04 am

    Thanks, Chris for your spotlight on our Southern Tier places like Friendship. I grew up in Bolivar just down the road a piece from Friendship. But I lived and worked nearly 50 years in Rochester, a place I love. I returned to my roots recently and have to relearn about the special places that abound here. Did you happen to see Wally’s BBQ Wagon while you were in Friendship? Another great story! Have you ever been to the Boluvar Pioneer Oil Museum? I volunteer there most Friday afternoons between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Fascinating memorabilia from the Oil Boom. Oh, and somewhere in that memorabilia, I heard that Friendship used to be called “Bloody Corners”!!!! Thanks again for your blog

    • Cathy
      March 14, 2018 @ 10:38 am

      Hi Darla,
      Thank you for the mention of the Pioneer Oil Museum in Bolivar! I just found their Web site, and I wish I lived close enough to visit. I’ve recently learned that part of my extended family lived in Bolivar, and was very active in oil production at that time. I will have lots of fun exploring the museum’s Web site.

  4. Jeff S.
    March 9, 2018 @ 9:21 am

    I’ve driven through/past Friendship hundreds of times in my life, with my original roots in Chautauqua County, my schooling in the Triple Cities area, and my current home somewhere in between. In all that time, I’ve never been to the Friendship Hardware store … but the next time that I’m a-passin’ through around eatin’ time and they’re open, I’m going to have to check it out! Thanks for sharing this informative and entertaining article! 🙂

  5. AS
    May 17, 2018 @ 1:37 pm

    Just so you know, it wasn’t “fighting corners”, it was ” bloody corners”, hence the name change to something “nicer”. Grew up there!