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Roger MacMillan is a longtime resident of Cooperstown, NY. Macmillan was born and raised Schenectady, NY in the years surrounding World War II, when the city enjoyed a national manufacturing reputation. As a young man, MacMillan left Schenectady to…

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Rodney Ingalls and his family have been farming in Hartwick Seminary for almost a century. Mr. Ingalls was born in 1919 on Christian Hill and moved with his father and mother to Hartwick Seminary in 1922 when he was three years old. Mr. Ingall's…

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Robert Banta was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1923. After living the better part of his childhood in the City—particularly Garden City, on Long Island—he and his family moved upstate when his father bought a farm in the midst of the Great…

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In 1943, at the age of two, Robbie Dancy moved from Alabama to Utica, New York with her grandmother, mother, and uncle. They were part of the mass movement of black individuals and families from the rural South to the urban North and West during the…

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Richard Rathbun is the descendant of a long line of farmers that have worked in Springfield, New York for centuries. His ancestor, Benjamin Rathbun, bought the Rathbun land (where Richard currently lives) from the Clarke family in 1788. Richard was…

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Richard Kathmann was the first director of the Hanford Mills Museum, originally called the Old Mill Museum. After training and working as a landscape painter, Mr. Kathmann decided to look for more consistent work. At the time, Mr. Kathmann was…

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Richard Blabey is a resident of Cooperstown, New York, where he and his wife Anne have lived for the past ten years. In recounting his schooling and formative years, he discusses attending a laboratory school while growing up in Albany, New York,…

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Rex Shaw was born in Delhi, NY in 1944 and grew up in East Meredith, NY. Shaw’s father worked at the mill in East Meredith for a number of years when Shaw was young. The mill opened in 1846. In 1860, David Josiah Hanford bought it, and it was the…

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Rebecca (Becky) Gretton of Springfield, New York grew up in rural Brockport in the western part of the state. She attended the State University of New York at Fredonia before beginning her career in Cortland County as an itinerant music teacher for…

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Raymond Key was born in Cooperstown, NY in 1935, but first lived in West Edmeston. He moved to Pierstown with his family in 1944 or 1945 and acquired a dairy farm there. He lived with his parents, three brothers, a sister, and a cousin. Key…
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