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Tim Kelso is a lifelong resident of Delaware County, New York. His father was a dairy farmer who was prominent in the community due to his large farm, adoption of new agricultural technologies, political activism, and purchase of Hanford Mills after…

Sydney Waller was born in the late 1940s in Sharon, Connecticut. She grew up in a village called South Kent and spent her summers in Roseboom, NY. Located in Central New York State, the town of Roseboom consists of several hamlets and maintains a…

Susan Jones is a Cooperstown Graduate Program alumna from 1968. She is originally from North Adams, Massachusetts. She graduated from Williamstown College with a degree in occupational therapy and attended Kansas State University’s art history…

Susan Drake is a long-time resident of Roseboom, New York. Drake was born in Union, New Jersey on September 9, 1940. After spending her childhood summers in Cooperstown, Drake married Donald Drake of Cooperstown and moved to Otsego County…

Stewart Anderson is a native upstate New Yorker, who has lived in Herkimer County for thirty-plus years. He and his wife Kay live in Richfield Springs, New York. Mr. Anderson, a longtime resident of Herkimer County, has witnessed changes in the…

Shirley Schue is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Bassett Medical Center and an active environmentalist. She was born in a small town in Virginia to two parents who were educators. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Shirley moved with her husband,…

Shirley Banta lived her life in small-town New York. Yet she attended college in the 1940's, a rarity for women at the time, and later became a teacher. Consequently, much of Shirley's oral history revolves around her schooling. Living in Upstate New…

Scottie Baker, an antique-lover and retired teacher, shared her passion for the environment and all it provides with her late husband, Dave Baker, who worked for New York DEC Parks and Recreation and Interior Trails in the Adirondacks. In 1967, the…

Russell Honicker was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1957, and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up in a family of six and both his parents worked. He grew up under the supervision of his sisters. He became interested in environmental activism as a…

Roger Smith is a born and raised member of Cooperstown that has played a major role in the community. After serving the United States Navy, he went to school at Georgia Tech University. There he met his wife and soon after moved back to his hometown.…
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