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The Telegram
  • Pictorial history of Frankfort to be released in December

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  • HERKIMER — The new publication “Frankfort,” a pictorial history written by Susan R. Perkins and Caryl Hopson of the Herkimer County Historical Society, will be released the first week of December.
    The book is part of the “Images of America” series with Arcadia Publishing and is the fourth book through this series that the historical society has authored with the company, including the titles “Valley Towns,” “Herkimer,” “German Flatts” and “Little Falls.”
    As the village of Frankfort celebrates the 150th anniversary of incorporation in 1863, it is a prime opportunity to recognize the historical heritage of the village and surrounding township of Frankfort, incorporated in 1796, according to a news release. The hills lying on the south side of the Mohawk River were dotted with farms and small hamlets that grew as Yankee settlers from New England flooded into this fertile valley in search of land following the American Revolution, according to the release. Many of these hamlets still exist, such as West Frankfort, Frankfort Center and Frankfort Hill. Meanwhile, along the river, the village attracted a wide variety of industry due to its advantageous location astride the Erie Canal-West Shore Railroad corridor, according to the release. The railroad established a major repair and renovation facility here which later became home to manufacturing companies that produced machine tools, agricultural implements and highway equipment used throughout the nation, according to the release. The world’s first continuous match-making machine was invented here by William Gates, founder of the Gates Match Factory. In the late 19th century renowned scientist, Charles Myers, and his wife, Carlotta, drew national attention to the village with their involvement in that new national passion called “hot air ballooning.” Today, Frankfort, while settling into the quiet life of a suburban bedroom community, still remains the home of the Herkimer County Fair and a new industrial park offers the opportunity of new business activity, according to the release. Frankfort provides an interesting snapshot of the people, their daily lives and the important events of this community’s fascinating history, according to the release.
    The public is invited to attend a booksigning party, to took place at the Herkimer County Historical Society, 406 N. Main St., Herkimer, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., where the book will first be available for purchase and they can meet the authors. The book will be available for sale after that in the society’s gift shop, open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from Thanksgiving until Christmas, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The book retails for $21.99, plus New York state 8.25 percent sales tax.
    To order the book by mail, send a check to the Herkimer County Historical Society, 400 N. Main St., Herkimer, NY 13350 and add $4 for postage.
    For more information, call 866-6413 or visit the society’s website at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyhchs/.

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