The area north of Wheatfield Street and on both sides of Payne Avenue--formerly the farm and dwelling of early resident and major landholder Colonel Lewis Payne--was developed for residential use starting around 1914. Stanley, Bennett and Evans Streets stand where "Payne Hill" was knocked flat, its fill going to the Hi-Speed trolley embankment.
Payne, Colonel Lewis S. (1819-1898).htm
From Landmarks of Niagara County (1897): Col. Lewis S. Payne was born in the town of Riga, Monroe county, N. Y., January 21, 1819, the son of Stephen…
Payne's steam saw mill, map (1852).jpg
Where the cantilever bridge is today.
Residence of Col. L.S. Payne, illustration (History of Niagara County, 1821-1878).jpg
Wheatfield Street in foreground, looking north up Payne Ave.
North Tonawanda, topographical map (1899).jpg
Note Payne's Hill, seven avenues, Pettit Creek.