Madison County, NY Historian

Madison County, NY Historian Madison County was founded in 1806 after being formed from Chenango County. Madison County is a largely rural county in Upstate, NY. The county is made up of 15 towns and 1 city.

It's history is long and rich featuring many exciting and important events. This page is here to help promote the many heritage events and articles that are happening throughout the towns and city. Please note that the comments expressed on this site do not reflect the opinions and position of the Madison Historian, Madison County, or its employees. Any comments on external social media sites are personal in nature and do no represent the views of the Madison County Historian or Madison County. If you have any questions concerning this social media platform, please contact the Madison County Historian.

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11/12/2020
The Tot Spot, Owner Tanya Peterson, October 29, 2020

On October 29th we spoke with The Tot Spot owner Tanya Peterson about her business prior to COVID-19, how COVID-19 forced the business to temporarily close, reopening, adapting to state protocols adding educational pods and more.

We are still working to document how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted different businesses, organizations and people. If you know of someone we should talk to please leave a comment below.

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz speaks with The Tot Spot owner Tanya Peterson about her business prior to COVID-19, how COVID-19 forced the business to...

11/11/2020
Stan Davis 5/23/1916 Hamilton Library

Stan Davis was born in Montgomery, NY in January of 1922. His family moved to Morrisville where he graduated from high school. He was working as a truck driver when he was drafted. Rather than wait for his number Stan enlisted in the Army Air Corps, training as a mechanic. When training in Florida, Stan was struck by lightning while hiding under a plane during a morning thunderstorm. He returned to work in the afternoon. He arrived in France 17 days after D-Day.

While in Germany, he served as a scout as well as a mechanic. He was also an amateur photographer whose large collection was donated to the historian’s office. After his service overseas, Davies returned to Morrisville where married his wife Edith and raised their family. Today they live in Clinton. Stan recorded multiple videos about his time in the service that you can see below.

Stan Davis talks about his experiences as a mechanic in the army during World War II including getting struck by lightning.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we will be telling the story of a few Madison County Veterans and thank them for their servic...
11/11/2020

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we will be telling the story of a few Madison County Veterans and thank them for their service.

Rick Warham enlisted in the US Marine Corps in June of 1968. He trained at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune before leaving for Vietnam in January of 1969. He was attached to A Company, 1st Anti-Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. The tank Rick was assigned to was responsible for bridge security. While there, he befriended a dog who loved to ride along in the tank with him before leaving one day and never returning. He spent over 2 years on Vietnam before returning home in March of 1971. He continued to serve in the Marines until his discharge in June of 1972.

Rick was one of the founding members of the War Veterans Memorial Committee. When asked about his time serving on the committee Rick stated, “Over the years I have been proud to have been part of the committee that designed, funded, and constructed the memorial. I worked with some of the most dedicated veterans in the Madison County. I respected each and every member. Their loyalty and dedicated is beyond words. Through the years, we have had wonderful programs at the monument with inspiring speakers and stirring renditions of the National Anthem sung by many local artists.“

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we will be telling the story of a few Madison County Veterans and thank them for their servic...
11/11/2020

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we will be telling the story of a few Madison County Veterans and thank them for their service.

Bennie Roher was born in Pratt’s Hollow to Lynn and Nellie Roher. He grew up locally and enlisted in the US Army in March of 1951, serving two years. Rohrer was assigned to the 1603 Battery A, 41 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. He was trained in positioning anti-aircraft guns by cranking the wheel. During his time in the army, he trained soldiers how to position the weapons with the crank until radar became more prominent and he was moved to a position handling ammunition. Following his discharge in 1953, he returned home where he operated a dairy farm for 41 years. He is currently a member of the American Legion, serving two separate terms as Commander from 1966-1968 and later from 2009-2017.

In November of 2019 Roher was awarded the 2019 Madison County Veteran of the year by the Madison County War Memorial Committee. He continues to live in Morrisville today.

CazArts looks at the past and future of Carpenter’s Barn
11/10/2020
CazArts looks at the past and future of Carpenter’s Barn

CazArts looks at the past and future of Carpenter’s Barn

By Kate Hill Staff Writer This month, the CazArts monthly newsletter highlighted the past and future of Carpenter’s Barn, the historic stone building located on the southeast corner of Lakela…

The Madison County War Veterans Memorial Committee (WAVEM) was formed in 1986. The main purpose of this committee was to...
11/10/2020

The Madison County War Veterans Memorial Committee (WAVEM) was formed in 1986. The main purpose of this committee was to discuss erecting a county memorial that would honor those veterans who gave their lives in WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Their goal was reached in May of 1990 with the dedication of the memorial. To this day, WAVEM maintains the memorial and they host special events annually on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Tomorrow the Veterans Day Ceremony will feature a speech from retired Air Force Lieutenant General Michael Basla of Cazenovia starting at 11 am.

Did you know that WAVEM has a Veteran of the year Program? Since 1989, WAVEM has solicited nominees for veterans who serve their community and hometown following their time serving their country.

Tomorrow, we will tell the story of one of these winners as well as other veterans. If you know of someone who should be nominated or would like more information, please contact Ben Barrett, the chairman of the veteran of the year committee, at 315-824-3704.

Recently the Onondaga Historical Association sent us a series of large photo negatives labeled "Madison County."  The im...
11/09/2020

Recently the Onondaga Historical Association sent us a series of large photo negatives labeled "Madison County." The images are aerial photos from the mid-20th century. We have scanned them and are working on identifying all of the locations.

Our image this week is from the Town of Brookfield. You can see the The Madison County Fair in the middle of the upper section.

11/05/2020
Hampton Inn, Cazenovia GM Brittany Klazco & Quinn Hurley, Assistant GM, October 29, 2020

On October 29th we sat down with with Cazenovia Hampton Inn & Suites Cazenovia General Manager Brittany Klazco and Assistant General Manager Quinn Hurley about how COVID-19 impacted lodging, event hosting, cleaning protocols, the steep decline in lodging, laying off staff and how they have seen things returning to normal the last few months. They also express their thanks for the support of their local community

We are still working to document how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted different businesses, organizations and people. If you know of someone that we should talk to please leave a comment below.

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz speaks with Cazenovia Hampton Inn General Manager Brittany Klazco and Assistant General Manager Quinn Hurley about how ...

Recently the Onondaga Historical Association sent us a series of large photo negatives labeled "Madison County."  The im...
11/03/2020

Recently the Onondaga Historical Association sent us a series of large photo negatives labeled "Madison County." The images are aerial photos from the mid-20th century. We have scanned them and are working on identifying all of the locations. The first one is looking west on Route 20 in Bouckville, New York. You can see the Bouckville United Methodist Church and the top of Ye Olde Landmark Tavern in the upper left corner as well as a number of other familiar buildings.

Our November record of the month is the incorporation of the Chittenango & White Sulphur Springs Railway from 1895.  The...
11/01/2020

Our November record of the month is the incorporation of the Chittenango & White Sulphur Springs Railway from 1895. The railway was scheduled to be an electronic street surface railway from Chittenango Station to the White Sulphur Springs just south of the village, approximately 6 miles long. The company incorporated with capital of $150,000. Construction of the railway began in November of 1896 to build a portion from Chittenango Station to the Village of Chittenango, New York. W.H. Young, operator of the Lincklaen House was the general manager of the new railway. It doesn't appear to have ever been completed.

10/29/2020
Madison County Tourism Executive Director Scott Flaherty, October 20, 2020

On October 20th we sat down with Madison County Tourism director Scott Flaherty about how COVID-19 impacted tourism in Madison County in 2020, how the organization adapted from marketing areas 5-6 hours away to marketing much closer, working with local partners to help, and when tourism might return to what it was like prior to the pandemic.

We are still working to document how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted different businesses, organizations and people. If you know of a business, organization or person that we should interview please leave a comment below.

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz speaks with Madison County Tourism Director about how COVID-19 impacted tourism in Madison County in 2020, how the orga...

10/27/2020
Madison County Archives Month - Madison County Historical Society

October is Archives Month. Normally we would be hosting our "Archives Week" in the Madison County NY Government office building but because of COVID we decided we would go around the county and show you some of the archives of our local historical repositories. For this episode we visited the MADISON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ONEIDA, NEW YORK.

Madison County Historian Matt Urtz wen to the Madison County Historical Society to check out the behind the scenes of their records keeping. Did you know you...

10/25/2020
Parry's General Store Owner Gwenn Werner, Hamilton, October 20, 2020

On October 20th we talked with Gwenn Werner, owner of Parry's, a modern day general store in This Is Hamilton, NY about about how the store adapted during the initial part of the pandemic, creating an online store, pulling items for pick up and delivery, adding new items to the inventory, trying to find items out of stock, planning for the next wave and adding four new employees during the process.

We are still working to document how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted local businesses, organizations and people. If you know of someone that we should talk to please leave a comment below.

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz speaks with Parry's General Store Owner Gwenn Werner about how the store adapted during the initial part of the pandemi...

10/22/2020
Morrisville Historic Preservation Commission Archives Week 2020

October is Archives Month. Normally we would be hosting our "Archives Week" in the Madison County NY Government office building but because of COVID we decided we would go around the county and show you some of the archives of our local historical repositories. We visited with Village of Morrisville Historian Sue Greenhagen, otherwise known as "Sheriff Bonney" of the Morrisville Historic Preservation Commission at the Morrisville Engine House which was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sheriff Bonney told the story who told the story of the court house fire that took place in Morrisville...

Madison County Historian Matt Urtz has a conversation with Sheriff Bonney (Sue Greenhagen) at the Morrisville Historic Preservation Commission about who burn...

10/20/2020
Kriemhild Dairy Owner Bruce Rivington, October 15, 2020

On October 15th we spoke with Kriemhild Dairy Farms owner Bruce Rivington on how COVID-19 impacted their sales, their cleaning operations, the growth of their onsite farm shed and more.

We are continuing to document how COVID-19 has impacted local businesses, people and organizations. If you know of someone that we should interview please leave a comment below.

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz speaks with Kriemhild Dairy owner Bruce Rivington about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their sales, their clean...

Congratulations to Cazenovia Public Library & Museum for receiving the Pat Earle Award from the Preservation Association...
10/20/2020
Carriage Barn Books celebrates first anniversary, receives recognition

Congratulations to Cazenovia Public Library & Museum for receiving the Pat Earle Award from the Preservation Association of Central New York for their work restoring the Carriage Barn Books building.

The Pat Earle Award is given for a "singular outstanding historic preservation project which benefits the community." This is the second Madison County restoration project to receive the award in the last three years. In 2018 the Madison County NY Government received the award for the renovation of the Madison County Courthouse.

By Kate Hill Staff Writer This weekend, the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library (FOL) will celebrate the one-year anniversary of Carriage Barn Books by extending the store hours to 10 a.m. to 4…

10/16/2020
Cazenovia Preservation Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Wong, October 15, 2020

Yesterday with Jennifer Wong, Executive Director of the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation about how COVID-19 has forced the organization to adapt it's event schedule, changed their planned maintenance schedule, a significant increase in trail usage and how positive the community response has been.

We are continuing to document how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted different people, businesses and organizations. If you know of a person, business or organization that has been impacted please leave a comment below.

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz speaks with Jennifer Wong, Executive Director of the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation about how COVID-19 has forced th...

Our October photos of the month are of the Town of Fenner, New York shop after Hurricane Hazel damaged the building on O...
10/15/2020

Our October photos of the month are of the Town of Fenner, New York shop after Hurricane Hazel damaged the building on October 15, 1954. The storm caused close to 1,000 people to lose power and a number of others lost their telephone lines. Early estimates stated that there were more than $20,000 in claims (over $200,000 today).

The hurricane landed in the United States in South Carolina as a Category 4 storm. It caused significant damage as it moved north through North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.

10/13/2020
Town of Brookfield Historical Society for Archives Month

October is Archives Month. Normally we would be hosting our "Archives Week" in the Madison County NY Government office building but because of COVID we decided we would go around the county and show you some of the archives of our local historical repositories. For this episode we visited the Town of Brookfield Historical Society.

Madison County Historian Matt Urtz visited the Town of Brookfield Historical Society for Archives Month. Check out the old mailboxes, school lines, where hop...

10/08/2020
Madison County Archives Month - Hamilton Historic Commission

October is Archives Month. Normally we would be hosting our "Archives Week" in the Madison County NY Government office building but because of COVID we decided we would go around the county and show you some of the archives of our local historical repositories. We visited with Joan Prindle of the Hamilton Historic Commission which has archive space above the Hamilton Public Library in the Village of This Is Hamilton, NY.

Madison County Historian Matt Urtz visited the Hamilton Historic Commission to check out a unique painting that depicts the fire in 1895. Can you spot some o...

10/06/2020
Colgate Inn General Manager Kendra Young, October 1, 2020

On October 1st we spoke with Colgate Inn General Manager Kendra Young on how COVID-19 forced the restaurant and inn to adapt its menu, work with a smaller staff, shift its budget, change cleaning protocols, create new ways to promote business, maintaining customer relationships and retrain employees.

We are still working to document how the COVID-19 pandemic as impacted local businesses, organizations, and people in Madison County. If you knew of a business, organization or person that we should interview leave us a message below.

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz speaks with Colgate Inn General Manager Kendra Young on how COVID-19 forced the restaurant and inn to adapt its menu, w...

Our October record of the month is the statistics from the 1835 New York State census (if you haven't done so already pl...
10/01/2020

Our October record of the month is the statistics from the 1835 New York State census (if you haven't done so already please be sure to fill out your 2020 census information, it's really important!!!). The statics not only included population but also included agricultural and manufacturing statistics.

Some of the more eye popping stats were there were almost 180,000 sheep in Madison County, gives a new meaning to Mutton Hill!!!

Grist Mills were the largest form of manufacturing and the 41 grist mills throughout the county produced almost $305,000 in flour, that would be approximately $7.5 million dollars today. Some other interesting manufacturing statistics 9 distillers produced $117,834 in product (today approximately $3 million), and 1 brewery produced $7,425 in product (today approximately $185,000).

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A question for the Historian. Has Madison County ever had a Law Library open to the taxpaying public to use? It is my understanding that the first woman lawyer was in Madison County. We should build a Public Law Library Collection for public use in her name.
Thought you might be interested in our new book! Get your copy of A Journey Through Time, available at the Cortland County Historical Society (25 Homer Ave. Cortland, 1-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday) and by MAILORDER (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IoOmf-qQgxxqOq9c4SamKUqt_o_TlYuJ). The cost is $40.50 plus tax for members, and $45.00 plus tax for non-members. See the order form link for more details. In 1958, Cortland County celebrated it's 150th anniversary with a series of events and the publication of the Cortland County Sesquicentennial Souvenir Yearbook: 1808-1958. With 8,000 copies printed, nearly every family in Cortland County purchased the book. 60 years later, and ten years after the celebration of our county's Bicentennial in 2008, the Cortland County Historical Society has published A Journey Through Time: Cortland County, 1958-2018. Three years in the making, this book picks up where the 1958 book left off and is the Society's largest publication to date continuing our long tradition of publishing Cortland County's history. Lead authors and co-editors, Jean Edwards and Liz Wavle-Brown collected stories, photographs and advertisements from over 200 people. You won't want to miss getting your copy of this collectible book, sure to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Love looking back at the village in the 1800's.
My grandmother, Laura Bartholomew worked for the Madison County Veterans Dept for years .
Hi, I am looking for John Taibe. Either his book a ride through the countryside on the syracuse and chenango valley railroad. Or even knowing where he lives. My 81 year old Mother-in-law has seen the book and loves it.
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Thanks for the invite to your page🙂 Beautiful posts !!
Done!!
a new roof for the court house