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Deborah Lee Luskin shares rich stories drawn from her 37 years living in Williamsville and Townsend. From running a medical practice, to writing several books including Into the Wilderness (rooted in her Vermont experiences), to teaching literature…

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Ray Bates offers us two more stories of 1960’s life in Newfane including his involvement with the World Affairs Council and his experience running for election to the Zoning Commission.

Doris is sharing her knowledge and memories of Williamsville with Laura who is working on a historic district application for the Village. (Doris was born in Williamsville in 1909.) During the visit, reference is made to Hastings Williams' notes on…

Roy's family moved to Newfane in 1919 when he was seven years old. He tells about growing up in "the Union district" where his father started a farm. He tells entertaining stories including a summer job as a laborer on the paving of Route 30 from…

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Merton describes in further detail the operations of Timson's and Phillips' steam saw mills in Williamsville and South Newfane around 1929. Merton would have been around 18 or 19 years old, and it was the first work he had off the family farm in…

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Merton describes Vermont wildlife from his youth to the present, including hunting, trapping, and bounties of the times. When Merton mentions "the farm," he is referring to the farm where he was born (1910) and raised in Rawsonville, Vermont. …

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Merton talks about the West River Railroad and shipping items down the line. He recalls his first job working for Timson and Phillips at a steam saw mill in Williamsville. Merton is 93 years old at the time of this recording with Laura Wallingford…

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Ray Bates tells stories of special times in Newfane during the 1960’s and later including a controversial helicopter landing near the Common, a Ford Motor Company car commercial made on the Common, fiddle and banjo contests at the flea market…

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#1 Ray Bates shares about his 55 years in Newfane following time in Boston, London, and his birthplace, Scotland. As an engineer and restorer of fine clocks, Ray created The British Clockmaker, a clock shop in the center of Newfane now owned by his…

At the public Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Windham County in 2018, several individuals from the community were asked to tell stories. The first Storyteller, introduced by Richard Marek, president of the HSWC, is Roger Albee from…
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