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Mark Simonson

June 17, 2013

Otsego County woman drove her way to success


Mrs. Perry—“I’ve gone faster than this.”

Mrs. James—“She drove in stock car races back home.”

The patrolman let the two go, more amused than concerned. Mrs. James told the truth, as Abbie had competed in stock car races at the Otsego County Fair in Morris in 1953.

When not on assignment, Abbie Perry loved to drive and see the countryside. She had plans to keep driving for as long as she could.

“Yes,” she said cheerfully, “the good Lord and the law (willing).”

This weekend: High school graduation “wisdom” passed to graduates of 1923.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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