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Grace Kull was born in Brooklyn in 1922, and then lived most of her young life in New Jersey. In 1956, she, her husband Albert, and their three young children made the move to Cooperstown, New York. Grace initially had her doubts about the…

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…

Margaret McGown is a member of one of the oldest families in Cooperstown and remains very involved in the community. She was born in Binghamton, New York, on April 29, 1947 but spent her childhood in Cooperstown, where her father’s family lived.…

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…

Mr. Diamond’s family has been living in the upstate New York area for over 200 years. Mr. Diamond was born in Cooperstown, New York in 1970. He initially grew up on the Diamond farm in Cherry Valley built on the site of the Abraham Roseboom house.…

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…
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