Town Historian asks residents to provide photos, ideas for book

WARRENSBURG To commemorate the towns 200th anniversary, a "Warrensburg compendium," or encyclopedia of local history, is being compiled by Warrensburg Town Historian Sandi Parisi. The book, to be published in 2013 or sooner by the Warrensburgh Historical Society, will list 200 people, 200 places and 200 events that have helped shape Warrensburgs history up to the present time. The book will include brief descriptions and will include photographs when available. The historian invites members of the community to participate by suggesting candidates for the three categories and providing whatever documents or photos they may have. Ms. Parisi may be contacted during her office hours at Town Hall on Wednesdays between 10 am and 4 pm at 623-5153, or at home at 623-2207. her email address is sandi@countryroadlodge.com. Warrensburgs first know settler, William Bond, is believed to have begun homesteading at Echo Lake, previously called Bonds Pond, in the mid-1780s. At the time this was part of Thurman, and it was in 1813 that an area east of the Hudson River was split off and was officially established as the Town of Warrensburg. The Thurman census of 1810 lists a total 1,335 residents. Ten years later the Warrensburg census of 1820 lists 1,088 residents in the Town of Warrensburg alone. By 1890, the population had grown to 1,820 and a thriving industrious community had developed. During its two centuries in existence, Warrensburg has sent its citizens to the U.S. House of Representatives, the New York State Senate and Assembly. Probably its most world-renowned citizen, Floyd Bennett, was the first to fly over the North Pole. It erected state-of-the-art manufacturing plants along the Schroon River and built magnificent homes from the wealth of its industries. Its fairgrounds and racetrack hosted agricultural fairs, horse races and even a marathon race. Perhaps its most renowned recent recurring event is the Worlds Largest Garage Sale, known throughout the country. The Bicentennial Compendium will celebrate not only the famous but the far greater number of people who organized churches, schools, and civic organizations, developed and continue to maintain the towns government, infrastructure and business enterprises, and excelled as students in scholastics, sports, music and the arts. Readers are encouraged to submit names of people who they consider important to the towns history.

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