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Drew Phelps is seen operating a Heidelberg ‘Windmill’ press from around 1950 at Chenango Union Printing on Aug. 5.


Courtesy of the Raymond Corp. The Lyon Iron Foundry was a forerunner to the Raymond Corp. in Greene, seen in an undated photo with its workforce.

The Old Mill, a favorite restaurant of several generations in Rockwells Mills, was once a cotton mill, manufacturing uniforms used in the Civil and Spanish-American Wars.

Heritage industries thrived in Chenango County Mark SiMonSon Contributing Writer


hose not highly familiar with early Chenango County history might believe that the area wasn’t especially prosperous until after the Chenango Canal opened in the area in 1836. While the canal ushered in a new era of growth and prosperity, two businesses were already doing well after 20 years at the time — and are marking their bicentennials in 2016. The following are several early industries that made Chenango County their home.

GLADDING BRAIDED PRODUCTS Cordage maker John Gladding

arrived in Pharsalia in 1816 and set up a modest rope-making business in his home. Unbeknown to him, his arrival marked the foundation for seven generations of Gladding in the Otselic Valley and the start of a fishingline business that would one day be known around the world. The business moved from Pharsalia to South Otselic in 1890. The expanded facilities in South Otselic gave the company closer proximity to labor and supply markets, ample room for a new factory and future expansion, and readily available water power. By the 1920s, B.F. Gladding & Co. was reputed to be the largest and oldest fishing-line manufacturer in See INDUSTRY, Page 2


A view of today’s Raymond Corp. is shown on Aug. 5 from state Route 12.

State of farming in stress in county By Mark SiMonSon Contributing Writer


James Clifford Young built this round barn about three miles south of Greene after his dairy barn was struck by lightning in 1914. It is a scenic reminder of a more prosperous era in farming in Chenango County.

Ever since the formation of Chenango County in 1798, farming has been a way of life for generations of families. For those who produce our food, there have been cyclical good times and lean times. Lately the cycle has turned sharply to the latter. Chenango County Farm Bureau President Bradd Vickers, has lately been spending most of his time

Canada uses the quota system where farmers are permitted to produce a certain amount of milk, and no more than that. Some farmers might say it’s a great idea, while others wouldn’t have any part of it. You probably couldn’t get 10 farmers together and agree on a solution.

President of the Chenango County Farm Bureau Bradd Vickers on the phone with federal and state lawmakers, seeking help with low milk prices

farmers receive, as well as about losing a place many area farmers send their milk

downstate, which is destined to close Oct. 30. “Milk prices have been low for over two years now,” Vickers said. “As a business, if your prices are that low and you lose money for that long, you wonder what the solution will be for a farmer. Do you sell out, or do you buy more cows? If you buy more cows, you just compound the problem. If there’s more milk, that just keeps the price down,” he See FARMING, Page 3


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of Borden’s first move into consumer products other than food. Borden’s purchased the Casein Company of America, a plant which was producing glue for industrial use. A byproduct of milk called casein was in abundant supply around the Bainbridge area, as it was being delivered to many local milk processing plants. The Elmer’s corporate website says Elmer’s Glue-All was introduced in 1947, with a different name, Cascorez Glue. It wasn’t a big seller, so a cartoon figure named Elmer, a bull, the spouse of Borden’s popular corporate symbol Elsie the Cow, was introduced. Sales skyrocketed. Elmer’s Glue-All was made in Bainbridge until shortly after 2000.

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the world. Today the company is known as Gladding Braided Products LLC, a manufacturer of custom products for the government, consumers and manufacturers. Gladding engineers and braids textiles such as nylon, polyester, and Kevlar and wire fibers, such as copper, stainless steel and nickel, into cords, ropes, cables and other specialty products. The company had a major community celebration of its bicentennial on May 21. When asked what has kept Gladding in Chenango County for 200 years, president D.H. “Sparky” Christakos cited several factors. “We’ve got a factory of 100,000 square feet in this valley, with all the equipment installed, and to pack it up and move it would probably be cost prohibitive,” he said. “Besides, we have a well-trained workforce that in some cases has spanned generations, and we serve each other well.”


Every community needed its printer, and although it wasn’t the first newspaper in Chenango County, the commercial-printing Chenango Union, established in 1816, decided to get into newspaper competition with the Chenango Telegraph and Norwich Journal, all weekly publications, in 1847. The Chenango Union’s final edition was printed in 1975. Drew Phelps, president of today’s Chenango Union Printing, said the business was originally at Sherburne Four Corners. In 1945, his grandparents bought it and moved operations to downtown Norwich, operating in a barn still visible from today’s facilities on American Avenue. The internet and mobile devices have been tough on today’s printing industry in general, Phelps said recently. The business is now operated by three people, but Phelps pointed to an incoming orders clipboard on the business office wall, showing a lot of work ahead. “It seems like the economy is picking up for our business,” he said. While he hopes to commemorate the bicentennial of the business, Phelps optimistically said, “Stay tuned.”


David Maydole started as an apprentice in a blacksmith shop in Oxford during the 1830s. He moved to Norwich in 1840 and became a business partner in a blacksmith shop with Levi Ray on East Main Street. In this and other shops, the men had problems with hammer heads flying off handles. It was here David Maydole decided it was time to make a better hammer. The first of its type i nve n t e d , M ayd o l e ’ s approach used an adz-eye construction. With three helpers, Maydole began manufacturing hammers with his name on them. Local orders were produced until, one day, a dealer in tools from New York City was in the area, saw Maydole’s hammers, and noticed their superior quality. Before leaving Norwich, the dealer gave Maydole a standing

A “PHENIX” RISES IN SOUTH EDMESTON, TWICE Courtesy of the Chenango County Historical Society order for all the hammers he could produce. The factory for much of its duration was found in the Lackawanna Avenue and Mechanic Street area, with the Chenango Canal running in front of the building. At the time of Maydole’s death in 1892, Maydole Hammer was the largest hammer manufacturer in the country with 115 employees. The company continued in Maydole family management until 1939. The company ended business with the name of Maydole Tool Co. in 1961.

A doctor created a formula called Pepto-Bismol in 1901 to treat upset stomachs. Demand overwhelmed the doctor’s supply, so he sold the formula to a still very young Norwich Pharmacal Company. T h e c o m p a ny l a t e r became known as NorwichEaton Pharmaceuticals and remained so until Procter & Gamble acquired the company in 1982. Procter & Gamble sold the Norwich area facilities to Outsourcing Services Group, which changed the name back to Norwich Pharmaceuticals in 2001. OSG was purchased by AFI Partners, who continued using the original name. In 2013 the company was rebranded Norwich Pharma Services.

THE RAYMOND CORPORATION Little do many think about it, but there were times when all the lifting of heavy merchandise and materials had to be done by people with strong backs. However, a trio of men from Greene, Owego and New Berlin had a better idea in mind that led to the creation of what we know as forklift vehicles today. George Lyon opened the Lyon Iron Foundry in Greene in 1840. It began as a machine shop that manufactured saws, shingle and lathe mills, ensilage cutters and other agricultural equipment. Later, in 1922, George Raymond Sr., a native of Owego, came to Greene from New York City, where he had been working as an efficiency engineer. He entered into a partnership with Lyon. New products were developed for what was called materials handling. Then, along came William House from New Berlin. With his mechanical engineering abilities, he designed and built some of the first innovative trucks for Lyon. By 1951, the name was changed to the Raymond Corporation. In 1997, George Raymond Jr. sold the company to BT Industries of Sweden. Raymond retained its own brand, products and distribution. Toyota Industries of Japan acquired BT Industries in 2000. The combination of Raymond, BT Industries and Toyota now makes up the largest lift truck manufacturer in the world — a long, successful climb from the Lyon Iron Works.

THE OLD MILL Generations have known the Old Mill Restaurant on

Courtesy of Procter & Gamble An undated view of the Norwich Pharmacal Co., which opened in 1885. state Route 8 near Mount Upton as a favorite dining establishment. But at one time it was a working mill, serving as a manufacturing facility for uniforms worn in both the Civil and SpanishAmerican Wars. Sullivan Reynolds came to the area from New Hampshire in 1791, set up a cabin and soon realized that a mill would be needed to grind grain for food for his family and others moving to the region. Reynolds ran the old stone mill for 50 years until Chester Rockwell bought it, changing it over to a cotton mill. When news of the Civil War increased, the government sought help to furnish uniforms for the Army. Rockwell was approached and given a large contract. Rockwell uniforms clothed the regiments that fought and died at Bull Run, Antietam, Harper’s Ferry, Gettysburg and other places. General Ulysses S. Grant wore a uniform that was made in the Unadilla Valley. After the Spanish-American War, the mill was idle for more than 40 years. Rockwell McPherson, the grandson of Chester Rockwell envisioned a “roadside hostelry,” giving birth to the restaurant shortly after World War II.

career change in mind in 1885, going from a man of the cloth to a drug manufacturer. The first success of his new company was a surgical dressing called “Unguentine.” It grew popular for treating sunburn and all sorts of burns and scratches.

BORDEN OF BAINBRIDGE Probably a lot of trips to buy school or office supplies have included a bottle of Elmer’s Glue-All. In 1857, Gail Borden Jr. founded a company, The Borden Co., which much later had a manufacturing facility on Johnson Street in Bainbridge. The plant was a direct descendant

Greek yogurt manufacturer Chobani isn’t the only nationally known and popular dairy product that has been produced in the area. Philadelphia Cream Cheese, while not created in South Edmeston, had a long history here. Albert Park had built a cheese factory during the 1860s. William Lawrence of Chester, Orange County, is credited with the Philadelphia brand invention in 1872. In 1880, C.D. Reynolds, a New York City cheese distributor, contracted with Lawrence to supply him with the popular cream cheese. Reynolds bought what was then the Empire Cheese Co. of South Edmeston for additional production. In 1900 the factory was destroyed by fire, it was renamed the Phenix Cheese Co, chosen because a new plant rose from the ashes. In 1918 the Phenix plant moved to the west side of the Unadilla River. A modern new factory was built in 1920 and operated under Kraft and Breakstone Foods until 2005. It closed that year as a yogurt manufacturer, putting 55 people out of work. Agro Farma re-opened the plant in 2007 as the makers of Chobani yogurt — another instance of rising from the ashes.

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St. Bartholomew’s Church, seen on Aug. 5 at the corner of East Main and Silver streets in Norwich. The church is conducting a five-year, $650,000 capital building campaign titled ‘Love at Work.’

Historic Norwich church bucking a national trend through renovation By Mark SiMonSon

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At a time when many houses of worship in rural areas and inner cities are closing due to decreased membership, one Chenango County church is starting a capital building campaign, to keep momentum going and reverse a decline. The official name of the ambitious parish is St. Bartholomew, Apostle. It is found at the corner of East Main and Silver streets in Norwich. The parish was near closure in recent years. Mary Lou Monahan, a t r u st e e at S t . B a r tholomew, said the parish was formed on Oct. 31, 1923, from the parish of St. Paul, and was intended as a national church for the care of the Italian people of Norwich. The city at that time was a major hub of the Ontario & Western Railway, employing many Italian laborers.  Local Italian residents had not been content with the St. Paul parish and wanted their own church. At first, a frame dwelling house served as a small “mission-school-chapel,” at the corner of Birdsall and Clinton streets, but it wasn’t sufficient for the residents. By 1924, plans were being made for a new church and, on Oct. 17, 1926, the cornerstone of the new church was laid. St. Bartholomew’s was dedicated on Nov. 27, 1927. The church building cost $67,000 and the furnishings within tallied another $25,000. Nearly 90 years later, time and the elements have taken a physical toll on the church, made of local bluestone from quarries in Norwich and Oxford, with a trim of Indiana limestone, all laid in white cement mortar. Given a drop in numbers attending church everywhere, a capital building

not been a good one, and we made a strong comeback from that, which then, coupling with the dedication of the parishioners to what our physical needs were for the church proper and the building, we had to do this. When you talk of foundations and roofs of buildings deteriorating, it wouldn’t be long until many bad things follow. Mary Lou Monahan, a trustee at St. Bartholomew

campaign may seem a bit odd to some. “We have a very dedicated and passionate group of parishioners who are very giving of themselves, monetarily and of time,” Monahan said. “With our church, we got to this point because there had been years of little maintenance on the building. Our financial situation had not been a good one and we made a strong comeback from that, which then, coupling with the dedication of the parishioners to what our physical needs were for the church proper and the building, we had to do this. When you talk of foundations and roofs of buildings deteriorating, it wouldn’t be long until many bad things follow.” The campaign, to last five years, was rolled out in 2015 and called “Love at Work.” “With it not even out a year, we have been quite successful in the number of pledges that have been made so far,” Monahan said. The campaign seeks to

raise $650,000. Donations in memoriam have also been received, and several grants have been received, making church officials confident the five-year goal can be reached. “We want to keep the church strong for future generations,” Monahan said. “The numbers are smaller for everyone. But the church is much too important for us to sit idly by and let Mother Nature do further damage to the building.” Monahan said support is coming from outside the church, by people who see the architectural and historic importance to Norwich. “That’s why any events we have are open to the community,” she said. “When we have a festival on Columbus Day weekend, food is a big thing — everybody likes food, and we’re known for ours, so we always have a very good crowd for that. Our parish center is used for a lot of events that people rent it for. Primary and general

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said. “Chobani has been a plus for our area, as it has taken some milk out of the supply line, but they’re paying a very low price for it,” he said. Vickers recalled a time during the Reagan administration when farmers could take advantage of what was called a Commodity Credit program, where the government bought extra milk and produced dairy products for those in need. Vickers said he thinks it might be a means of solving the current problem. “Canada uses the quota system where farmers are permitted to produce a certain amount of milk, and no more than that,” Vickers said. “Some farmers might say it’s a great idea, while others wouldn’t have any part of it. That’s another problem — you probably couldn’t get 10 farmers together and agree on a solution.” Another problem compounding the surplus, Vickers said, is the fact that Russia no longer buys American dairy products. “We’re a world trade market now,” Vickers said. “It’s not just buy local. And because of this, China has put on a 100,000-cow dairy right on the border, shipping milk into Russia. That’s not helping us any. Europe, which had a quota system like Canada, has dumped that policy. These are the compounding problems.” Vickers said the U.S. has a “cheap food system,” where farmers are expected to produce products and sell them below p r o d u c t i o n c o st s . “ No other industry does this like agriculture does,” he said. “Take the auto industry. If that shuts down, you


can come back and open it elsewhere in a couple of years. If your dairy farm shuts down, and the land is subdivided into housing, you can’t put that dairy farm back.” He said the problem extends beyond economic issues. “You’re talking about loss of a food supply, particularly a local one, but you’re also talking about a national security problem,” he said. “If we lose our food supply in the U . S . , a n d I p e r s o n a l ly don’t want food coming from overseas, we lose the highest quality and quantity standards in the world. Our food supply should be on the forefront of concern, because it is a matter of national security. When I was in the military, one of the things you were trained to do is cut off the enemy’s food supply. Well, we’re doing a darn good job of it ourselves without any help from the enemies.” Vickers said he is also very concerned over news that Elmhurst Dairy in Jamaica, Queens, is set to close on Oct. 30, as the operation is no longer profitable. He said 33 dairy farms from this region supply product to the only remaining milk processing plant in New York City. Those local farms, with no market for the milk in an already oversaturated market, could very likely go out of business, he said. In other local farming sectors, many farmers kept a close eye on their crops during the summer drought, which has affected some areas of the state, including portions of Chenango County. “To the consumer,” Vickers concluded, “as long as there is a food supply from the grocery store, they have no idea of the stress that’s going on with the average farmer.”



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Afton Population: 2,851 Communities: Afton (village), Bettsburg, East Afton, Middle Bridge, Nineveh, Nineveh Junction, North Afton „ Supervisor: John H. Lawrence, 639-2294 „ No t ab l e : Jo s e p h Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was married to Emma Hale in Afton. The marriage took place at the site of what is now the Afton Fairgrounds and raceway. „ „


An undated view of the Chenango Blues Festival in Norwich.

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Population: 3,308 Communities: Bainbridge (village), Bennettsville, Union Valley, West Bainbridge „ Supervisor: Dolores Nabinger, 563-1952 „ Notable: Bainbridge is home to the finish line of the annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta. „ „

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Autumn is fast approaching, and already the “festival” season is underway in Chenango County. When those festivals hit double digits — and that happened for three several years ago — a tradition of such a season can likely be declared. While the 24th annual Chenango Blues Festival and the 22nd annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival recently wrapped up, the 18th annual Norwich Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 28 and 29 is still to come. With a rural quality lifestyle and a population of 50,000, Chenango County has an abundance of arts and cultural assets — stretching well beyond festivals — for its residents and visitors. The Chenango Arts Council helps keep arts and culture strong in several ways, and not only for Chenango County. Michelle Connelly, program and development director, said the Council administers grants to many local festivals and arts organizations. Some of the venues include the Jericho Arts Council at Bainbridge Town Hall, the Chenango River Theater in Greene and the Earlville Opera House. “We have 50 grants out this year across Broome, Chenango and Otsego counties, totaling $130,000 for cultural initiatives,” she said. On one grant alone, Connelly said, for the Chenango Blues Festival, funding helps attract more than twice the population of the city of Norwich, 7,000, which creates an eyeopening impact on the local economy.  The Chenango Arts Council has been around for over 40 years, its current home being at 27 W. Main St. It was during the late 1980s and early ’90s when the Council began restoring a major portion of the former Norwich High School, including its 514-seat auditorium, known today as the Martin W. Kappel Theater,

Coventry Columbus Population: 975 Communities: Columbus (hamlet), Columbus Quarter „ Supervisor: Thomas P. Grace, 847-9806 „ Notable: Columbus is home to Chobani, the famous maker of Greek yogurt. „ „

Population: 1,655 Communities: Blackesley Corner, Bowbell Hill, Coventry (hamlet), Coventryville „ Supervisor: Marion L. Ireland, 967-8507 „ Notable: The first settlement occurred around 1785 near the current hamlet of Coventry. Coventry was formed from the town of Greene in 1806 and made larger in 1843 from parts of Greene and Oxford. „ „


An undated view of a performance at the annual Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival in Norwich. site of the council’s annual performance season and several community uses. Upcoming council fall performances will feature “Swinging with the Rat Pack” and “Christmas with the Celts.” The independent, not-for-profit Norwich Theater Co. Inc. will also offer a lineup of performances in its 201617 season including “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Dearly Beloved” and “Gypsy.” Fa l l wo r k s h o p s a n d art classes, ranging from ceramics to painting, mask making, paper ornaments, screen printing, stained glass and scarf dying will be offered to adults and youths in Room 107 of the former high school. The Mariea Brown and Raymond Loft Galleries are available for viewing nearly any time when the council is open and a show is scheduled. The galleries provide professional exhibition space for several exhibits throughout the year. The Gallery Committee is responsible for selecting and hosting a number of annual exhibits which include the Annual Members’ Exhibit in November, the “Best of Show” exhibit and the Artistic Discovery student competition in

March. Other exhibitions are chosen from submitted portfolios and scheduled prior to each new season. The Chenango Film Society is part of the Council’s offerings, with screenings in partnership with the Colonia Theater on South Broad Street. The 2016-17 schedule will soon be released.  While events continue indoors through the winter and spring, the council will move outdoors for a followup to the successful “May Day” event held on South Main Street and Guernsey Library Park, featuring vendors, performances, music and the Allegro Run for the Arts. When the summer returns in 2017, the Chenango Film Society will feature free “Movies Under the Stars” in July and August, at sites in East Park or the Guernsey Library Park.  Also next summer, the Council will offer the annual Kids Summer Art Camp. The cultural offerings in Chenango County are numerous and details can be found by visiting “We’re happy to keep fostering the groups we serve and see that they can do their programming with

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Population: 370 Communities: East German, German ”Four Corners, German Five Corners „ Supervisor: Daniel S. Jack, 656-4137 „ Notable: The town is named after Obadiah German, U.S. senator from New York, one of the founding trustees of Hamilton College and first judge of the Chenango County Court. „ „

Population: 396 Communities: Burdick Settlement, Lincklaen (hamlet), Lincklaen Center, Mariposa, Rhode Island „ Supervisor: Wayne C. Outwater, (315) 852-9984 „ Notable: The town is named after Col. John Lincklaen, the former proprietor of the town. „ „

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Population: 886 Communities: East McDonough, McDonough (hamlet) „ Supervisor: Arrington J. Canor, 843-9430 „ Notable: The town was named in honor of Commodore Thomas MacDonough, a naval hero who won the decisive Battle of Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. The town is home to Bowman Lake State Park.


New Berlin

Population: 2,922 Communities: East Guilford, Godfrey Corners, Guilford (hamlet), Guilford Center, High Bridge, Ives Settlement, Lathams Corners, Mount Upton, New Berlin Junction, North Guilford Corners, Parker, Rockdale, Rockwells Mills, Trestle Corners, Windsor Corners, Yaleville „ Supervisor: George Seneck, 895-6282 „ Notable: One of the first settlements was in what is now known as East Guilford, by the Mercereau brothers, who were Revolutionary War spies for George Washington.

Population: 2,682 Communities: Amblerville, Chenango Lake, Davis Crossing, Five Corners, Holmesville, Hunts Pond State Park, New Berlin (village), New Berlin Center, Sages Crossing, South New Berlin „ Supervisor: Robert T. Starr, 847-6382 „ Notable: The village of New Berlin’s historic district includes 122 properties in both residential and commercial areas. Preferred Manor, built in 1831, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The large home was a stop on the Underground Railroad.

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Population: 5,604 Co m m u n i t i e s : Cr e st mont, Fickles Corner, Genegantslet, Greene (village), Lower Genegantslet Corner, Quinneville „ Supervisor: George G. Raymond III, 656-8942 „ N o t a b l e : T h e t ow n was originally known as “Hornby,” but changed its name to Greene in honor of General Nathanael Greene, a hero of the American Revolution. „ „

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Population: 1,783 Communities: Burwell Corners, Galena, Kings Settlement, North Norwich, Plasterville, Sherburne Four Corners „ Supervisor: Robert E. Wansor, 334-4703 „ Notable: The town was home to Rea-D-Pack Foods Inc., a manufacturer of sauerkraut, from 1958 to 2008. „ „

Population: 7,190 „ Mayor: Christine A. Carnrike, 334–1230 „ Supervisors: James J. McNeil (Wards 1,2,3), 3162997; Robert M. Jeffrey (Wards 4,5,6),336-1462 „ Notable: The city hosts the Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival and the Chenango Blues Festival, which draw thousands of people each year. „


Blais Guillame and Mathieu Pellerin pull their P21 canoe ahead of Mathieu St-Pierre and Ryan Halstead at the finish line in Bainbridge to win the General Clinton Canoe Regatta’s C-2 Pro Class on Aug. 4, 2014.

Norwich Population: 3,998 Communities: Hawley, Haynes, North Guilford Corners, Polkville, Springvale, Webb Corners, Woods Corners „ Supervisor: David C. Law, 334-2806 „ Notable: Norwich contains the city of Norwich, which is the county seat and home to the Chenango County Historical Society and the Northeast Classic Car Museum, which houses more than 150 classic cars. „ „

Otselic Population: 1,054 Communities: Beaver Meadow, Otselic (hamlet), Otselic Center, Seventh Day Hollow, South Otselic, Stanbro, Upper Beaver Meadow „ Supervisor: Evan T. Williams, (315) 653-7247 „ Notable: A tornado, more than a mile wide, is said to have passed through the town in 1833. „ „

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Population: 3,901 Communities: Cheshirev i l l e , Cove n t r y S t a tion, Ingraham Corners, Northrups Corners, Oxford (village), Oxford Station, S o u t h Ox fo r d , Wa l ke r Corners „ Supervisor: Lawrence N. Wilcox, 843-9714 „ Notable: The former Chenango Canal passed through Oxford, connecting the community to Utica and Binghamton. „ „

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Pharsalia Population: 593 Communities: East Pharsalia, North Pharsalia, Northwest Corners, Pharsalia (hamlet), Waldron Corners. „ Supervisor: Dennis O. Brown, 336-1225 „ N o t a b l e : T h e t ow n received its first settler in 1797. Pharsalia was founded from part of the town of Norwich in 1806 as “Stonington.” It was renamed “Pharsalia” in 1808.

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Smithville Population: 1,330 Communities: Adams Corner, Corbin Corner, Dibble Corner, Lakeview, Lakeville, Smithville Center, Smithville Flats, Tyner. „ Supervisor: Fred J. Heisler Jr., 656-4975 „ Notable: The Smithville Valley Grange No. 1397 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. „ „

Plymouth Population: 1,804 Communities: Kirk, Plymouth (hamlet), Sherburne Four Corners, South Plymouth, Stuart Corners. „ Supervisor: Grace A. Nucero-Alger, 334-6799 „ Notable: Plymouth was formed from Norwich in 1806. It was once called Franklinville. „ „

Smyrna Population: 1,280 Communities: Beaver Meadow, Bonney, Smyrna, Upperville. „ Supervisor: Michael R. Khoury, 627-6275 „ Notable: Brigham Young, the famed leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, lived in Smyrna as a child. A historical marker at the corner of county Route 21 and Cole Road indicates the approximate former location of his boyhood home. „ „

Preston Population: 1,044 Communities: Nortons Corners, Preston (hamlet), Preston Center. „ Supervisor: Peter C. Flanagan, 334-4920 „ Notable: The first settlement in Preston was made in 1787. The town was formed in 1806. „ „


Population: 4,048 Communities: Earlville, Harrisville, Sherburne (village). „ Supervisor: Charles A. Mastro, 674-4573 „ Notable: The town was named after a song, “Sherburne,” written by Daniel Read in 1783. „ „


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