Indian Lake native pens history book

INDIAN LAKE A 1961 graduate of Indian Lake Central School has published a book on the history of his hometown that he hopes will foster an appreciation for the people who founded Indian Lake. My hope is that this book will leave readers with more of an understanding and appreciation for the people who faced hardships and burdens to build and establish this small Adirondack town, author Arnold W. DeMarsh said. DeMarsh was born in Indian Lake and spent his childhood in the town, graduating from Indian Lake Central School in 1961. DeMarsh, now 64, has many relatives who still live in the area. It was while researching his family tree that he discovered much of the history of the town. I was fortunate, DeMarsh said. ...I was gathering historical information from family members, relatives, friends and many senior citizens of Indian Lake. With the help of the town clerk, I was able to search the town record. I also visited many of the local cemeteries. The book features rare vintage images of Indian Lake and surrounding Hamilton County including many old and restored buildings as well as the natural beauty found in the Adirondacks. I hope the readers will visualize the more humanistic approach with an emphasis on the people of the town, as well as the historical facts and dates the book offers, DeMarsh said. The book grew out of DeMarshs love for history, he said. Ive always loved history, and for many years collected pictures and postcards of Indian Lake, he said. Authoring this book ...is the best way to share my collection if historical images with others. DeMarsh attended Ithaca College, earning a bachelors degree in 1965 and a masters degree in 1974. He began teaching in 1965 in the Williamson Central School District and continued teaching in western New York for 33 years. This is DeMarshs first book. Indian Lake, Hamilton County, $19.99, Arcadia Publishing. Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, online bookstores or through Arcadia Publishers at www.arcadiapublishing.com

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