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Mary Soule was born in 1925 in Little Falls, New York. She spent her childhood in Little Falls, until she married and moved to Richfield Springs, New York. Mary has spent her entire life living in rural upstate New York, and both she and her husband…

Matthew Wichowsky has always been a farmer. He was born in Cobleskill, New York and moved around to different homes during the early part of his childhood before settling in Dutchess County, New York, or more specifically in Lagrangeville. He grew up…

Brian Ryther is an independent maple producer in New Lisbon, New York, the town where he was born. Alongside his father and brother, Ryther spent his childhood collecting and boiling maple sap from the family’s trees. Having attended Castleton…

Ellen St. John is a staple member of the Cooperstown community. She was born in China in a rural area outside of Beijing in a community that consisted mainly of professors who worked at the local university, as her father did. She and her family…

Dr. Carol Beechy is a doctor with Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York. Dr. Beechy was born in Wooster, Ohio in 1948. She grew up there with her two sisters as the daughters of two Mennonites. She later went to Goshen College in Indiana for…

Faith Carmichael was born in 1933 and grew up in Washington, DC. Her father was Chairman of the Civil Service Commission during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration and he also worked with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She moved…

Dr. Theodore Peters has had a distinguished career as a biochemist, and he currently resides in Cooperstown, New York. Dr. Peters was born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1922 and had an interest in science from a young age. He has a BS in chemical…

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…

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…
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