A large portion of this issue deals with early barns in the Catskills: a comparison of the English versus Dutch barns, the history of one English barn specifically, how it was taken down, and then given a new life as a residence in Conesville.
There seems to be a lot of “two”s in this issue: we have two articles on a farmer from Roxbury/Gilboa who started a major international corporation: George Todd created a new way of transplanting vegetables and ornamentals that comes close to 100% viability with a 25% improvement in harvest size. This year, Speedlings Inc. produced one billion seedlings.
The theme of 2 continues: there are 2 articles on the rise and fall of the Broome Center Creamery Company; 2 more on rural electrification in the Catskills generally and South Gilboa specifically; and 2 articles on WW II air spotters and those volunteers in Jefferson.
Finally, we are also printing some great local photographs that Karen Cuccinello unearthed in the historical room courtesy of the Stamford Village Library: a 1908 car built locally by a Gilboa resident; an early truck for getting milk to the railroad; and a news article of the 1882 cyclone at Mackey’s Corners.
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