The Fly Creek Historical Society put a book out in the 1990s, “Fly Creek Area Yesteryear” that concentrated on the postcards and photographs of the area. A visual history of the town’s progress and personalities, interior photographs of H.E. Jones Hardware Store, the Union Cotton Mill, the Toddsville Methodist Church, and a never completed trolley system over Mud and Chalk Lakes can be found in this book.
A bigger book, “The Story of Walton,” covers 1775 to 1975 with topics from early pioneers to Walton’s first automobile. Immediately seeing the potential of an automobile for his business, Dr. Holley traveled to Detroit to get one. It cost him $540 in 1901. The automobile was a one cylinder Oldsmobile. Another fact states the town of Walton was formed from the patent belonging to William Walton. He was involved with the formation of the first Chamber of Commerce, which became the New York State Chamber of Commerce. Fascinating early pioneer stories and their travels to Walton can be found in this book.
If you’re researching an area town, stop in and use our town histories and discover the people, places, and industries of the past that have influenced our present.
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Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.