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October 29, 2013

Step Back in Time: Oct. 29, 2013

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It began when Arthur Kinney and Jay P. Kinney presented a residential property on East Main Street in Hartwick as a memorial to their parents, Joseph P. and Isabel (Stanhouse) Kinney, to be used as a public library with its facilities available to the communities surrounding Hartwick.

In the document offering the $2,000 gift, Arthur Kinney specified, “That as indicated when the original gift of a Library Building was made, it was, and still is, the purpose of my brother and myself that the fund presented for the maintenance of the building shall not be diverted to other purposes … other than building maintenance and improvement.

“I have full confidence in the integrity of the present officials of the Town Board of Hartwick, but I believe it to be no reflection upon the integrity or competence of such officials, or their successors, to assume that the Trustees of Kinney Memorial Library, as chartered by the New York State Department of Education, are likely to be somewhat better informed as to building facilities required for a library than the members of the Town Board,” the instrument states.

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