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November 6, 2012

Step Back in Time: Nov. 6, 2012

25 years ago

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DELHI — The doors to many town offices are revolving ones, with new faces coming through at every election. But occasionally someone comes along and stays a lifetime.

A supervisor from Tompkins, a highway superintendent from Franklin and a clerk from Harpersfield have had the vote on their side through 42 elections and have served their towns for a combined 80 years.

All three are Republicans, all three were raised on family farms in their towns — and all three won again on Tuesday.

Perry Shelton of Tompkins won his first term as supervisor in 1957. It was the year New York City stepped up buying land in Tompkins to build the Cannonsville Reservoir. Shelton watched a town of 1,600 people lose two villages and 16,000 acres to a municipal water supply project during his first two terms.

Today, after 22 years as clerk, Mrs. MacLaury takes minutes of meetings just as the first clerk did. She will begin her 12th term in January.

Robert Archibald, 62, was one of the youngest highway superintendents in the county was he first was elected in 1959. Now, 28 years later, he’s one of the graybeards.

Archibald and his crew maintain the same amount of road system as when he started the job. However, he expects more miles of road ahead as the town grows.

50 years ago

Nov. 6, 1962

MORRIS — The Rural Electrification Administration, a division of the Department of Agriculture, approved a loan application amounting to $565,000 to the Dimock Hollow Telephone Company of Morris, Congressman Samuel S. Stratton announced Saturday.

The loan will cover the construction of a commercial office building in Morris; a new dial central office in South New Berlin, 16 miles of new lines and the rebuilding of 132 miles of existing lines.

Leon Johnson, president-manager of the Dimock Hollow Telephone Company, said that the requirements for the loan were: wide distribution of stock; extensive survey of the area, including customers, population, community growth in the past 5 and 10 years; economics of the community change in the past five years and the future prospects of the community.

Mr. Johnson said that the telephone company in Morris has a total of 118 shareholders all of which are local residents.

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