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Tompkins and Schuyler Counties

Book Description:

The early days of Tompkins and Schuyler Counties in the State of New York, and their various towns and townships, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 21 Page Booklet reprinted primarily from two hard-to-find books: the 1841 edition of Historical Collections of the State of New York by John Warner Barber and Henry Howe, and the 1940 edition of New York, a Guide to the Empire State, a WPA project. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. The communities mentioned include: Caroline, Slatersville, Danby, Dryden, Etna, Verna, West Dryden, Enfield, Groton, Hector, Burdette, Ithaca, Lansing, Newfield, Ulysses, Watkin's Glen, Montour Falls and Trumansburg. Among the many interesting topics in the booklet are: a bloody battle with a bear, a deer tale at Watkin's Glen, how the term "teetotalers" originated, and "Far Above Cayuga's Waters" Cornell University, complete with a 1940 map and tour. Names mentioned include: Simeon DeWitt, the Rev. Mandeville, William Wisner, A.E. Campbell, John W. McCullough, Ebenezer Mack, Samuel and George Weyburn, David B. Hill, Queen Catherine Montour, Louis Philippe (Louis XVII), Robert H. Treman, Gen. John Sullivan, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Ezra Cornell, Andrew Dickson White, Charles Babcock, Henry W. Sage, Willard D. Straight, William H. Miller, Jennie McGraw, John McGraw, Goldwin Smith, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Martha Van Rensselaer, Issac Phillips Roberts and James Law. ILLUSTRATIONS depict the Eastern View of Ithaca and Goodwin's Falls in Ulysses. Schuyler County was formed from sections of Steuben, Chemung and Tompkins Counties in 1854. The Barber-Howe book was written before this change, but information on both counties is contained in excerpts from the WPA Writer's Project book. This material gives a nostalgic glympse of the area a century after the Barber-Howe book, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. There's also a small map of the area from a 1948 booklet printed by the New York Telephone Company.

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Sources: Historical Collections of the State of New York / History of Tompkins County / Schuyler County History
Authors: John Warner Barber and Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1841
Original Publisher: Louis H. Everts
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