Frankfort residents celebrated their hometown’s sesquicentennial Saturday with music, a parade and fireworks.
“The weather’s been so beautiful,” said Village Clerk Karlee Tamburro. “It’s bringing people together here.”
Tamburro was at the Crown Blue building at the Frankfort Marina Saturday evening where festivities were taking place. She said village officials set out village archives and artifacts to make a historical display in the building for residents to enjoy during the village’s 150th anniversary.
Among the items on display was the first minute book for village meetings, going back to 1863. Also on display was a dress from the centennial celebration in 1963, made to look like how a village woman would have dressed in 1863.
Angie Caiola, who has been a lifelong resident of Frankfort, was among those looking at the historical display.
“I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s great,” she said of the celebration. Caiola was looking through a centennial newspaper for the “Wheels of Time” float which she participated in during the centennial in 1963.
“I think the people here are wonderful. It’s a great place to bring up your family,” she said.
Village Trustee Tony Fumarola said his mother’s side of the family can trace their lineage in Frankfort to before it was incorporated, to the Revolutionary War era.
“It’s very exciting to celebrate the 150 years,” he said.
The village of Frankfort was incorporated on land once owned by Mohawk Indian tribes on May 7, 1863. Its namesake comes from Lawrence (Lewis) Frank, one of the earliest settlers who owned a large tract of land and did a great deal to promote industrial and agricultural progress in the town.
Plans for a sesquicentennial celebration were postponed after the region was devastated by floods in late June and early July.
Saturday’s events included an unveiling of a Jim Parker painting at the marina, which depicts what the village would have looked like when it was incorporated in 1863. The day also included live music, a Chinese auction, a photo booth, bouncy houses, vendors and fireworks.
There was also a parade on Main Street, which included fire and police vehicles, village officials and local organizations on floats.
Boy Scouts were among those represented during the parade, with village native Roger E. Burgess being known as the “father of scouting” in Frankfort since he organized Boy Scout Troop No. 1 in 1910. The village’s Italian heritage was represented with the St. Francis Society members. According to www.wikipedia.com, 44.7 percent of the village's residents have Italian ancestry, one of the highest in the United States.
Page 2 of 2 - Mike and Sally Taylor came out to watch the parade with friends from Little Falls. They said they were there to watch their grandson perform with Dance Connection during the parade. The Taylors said they’ve been residents of the village since 1974.
“It’s a small town,” said Sally Taylor, on why she likes the village, also noting it’s a good place to raise kids.
Her husband added, “It’s a safe community.”