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Donald Fenner has lived a life filled with community involvement. Fenner was born in Herkimer, New York in 1930. Until he retired at age fifty-five, Fenner spent his life tied to the funeral business. Fenner worked at his uncle’s funeral…

Geri Erwin grew up in Milton, Massachusetts. When she was twenty, she married her husband, Richard, nicknamed Marston, and together they had two children, Kristen and Matthew. Marston’s job as a high school administrator took the family first to…

Nancy Dunn was born September 21, 1927 in Cooperstown, New York where she has lived almost her entire life. Every aspect of her rich life is tied to the town of Cooperstown. She spent her childhood playing alongside her future husband. She watched…

Lynn Richards Jones is a longtime resident of Cooperstown. Jones was born and raised in Cooperstown, but also lived in upstate New York and in Florida with her husband. As a child, Jones lived in a split-level house with her family and…

Ernie Chase is a lifetime resident of the Cooperstown area. He was born at the Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown in 1919 and has lived here since then. Having lived and worked around Otsego Lake for his whole life, Mr. Chase has been a witness to…

Dr. Walter Franck was born in Shanghai, China in 1941, the son of Belgian parents engaged in international finance. In 1943, Franck and his family were interned by Japanese forces in a concentration camp until Japan’s surrender in 1945. Following…

Karen Katz grew up in Niskayuna, NY. After graduating from college she moved to New York City and began working in publishing for a trade magazine and Billboard Magazine. She went back to school to earn a degree in publishing from New York…

With early roots in agriculture and farm life, Dr. Earle N. Peterson has always been much in tune with nature and the environment. It is no surprise that his life work reflects these influences. Growing up on a farm, Dr. Peterson worked very…

In 1838, James Weeks, a free African American, purchased a plot of land on the periphery of Brooklyn. Over the next 40 years, Weeks’ settlement expanded to include the homes of free blacks and vibrant institutions, such as churches, schools, social…

Mike Empey grew up around Otsego Lake, spending his summers swimming and fishing. He made a living working in local restaurants and as a licensed guide on the lake. In the mid- 1990s, Empey participated in the lengthy debate over whether to construct…
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