1 - Geology, Prehistory and Historical Background
Ancient seas and glacial lakes. A hilltop stone workshop and
other ancient relics. From Henry Hudson to the French and Indian
wars. Arrival of the Palatine Germans. Sir William Johnson, Joseph
Brant, and the Adaquitingues. Parceling out the Indians’ land.
2 - Settling the Land
Fur trade and pursuit of other riches.
’s first known settlers. Scotch
Highlanders in the
. Loyalists, rebels and Indians in
the American Revolution. Scalps
and more scalps until it was all over.
3 - Organization of the Town of Davenport
Post-Revolution population growth.
Organizing a new town. Officials
and functionaries. First schools.
Evolution of the town government. The
choosing of town officers. A
chronicle of long-serving town officials.
4- Trails, Rivers, Roads and Rails
Indian trails and rivers. Paths,
turnpikes and roads. The coming of
the Charlotte Turnpike. Stages and
inns. The coming of railroads.
The C. & C. V. reaches
…and stalls. First,
stagecoaches, then a train from
5 – Trade and "Manufactories"
Timber and ashes. Whiskey,
leather, wool, and ice. Fergusonville
and Simpsonville in the 1800s.
village (once “
”), 1800s. Butts Corners, 1800s.
(“Centre” until the 1900s), 1800s.
, 1800s. East Meredith
” until 1868), 1800s.
Goodrich/Strader/Sherman Lake ice harvests.
6- The Changing Face of Agriculture
Cereal production: wheat, oats, buckwheat, rye, , corn.
Potatoes. Butter and
cheese. Flax and wool.
Apples and apple cider. The
rise and fall of hops. Poultry.
Where did all the maple sugar go? Farming
at the millennium’s end.
’s farms in 1865 and the Golden Age of Davenport’s agriculture.
7 - Hotel Keepers, Blacksmiths, Carpenters and Shoemakers
Jobs in the mid-19th century. Job
changes over time, 1850 to 1905. Jobs,
trades and services in
’s several hamlets, about 1869.
. East Meredith. The hamlet of
’s brief “newspaper age.” Fergusonville.
8 - Schools, Doctors, Firefighters, and a Water Company
’s schools. The
’s medical services. Fires and
in the early years. Fire and
in the modern era.
’s “First Responders.” Firefighting
by East Meredith and Pindars Corners. Firefighters
and the community.
9 - Religion, Social Life and Play
Methodist circuit riders. That
old time religion. Presbyterians,
Methodists, Baptists, and Catholics. After
the Congregationalist lesson. The
IOOF and Rebekahs. The Freemasons.
The many roles of the church. The
Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).
Family organization. Christmas
celebrations—or not. All sorts
of bees. No longer so sinful
dancing. Sugaring-off and coon
hunting. Courting and weddings.
10 - Old Wars and the Great Depression
militia. The great anti-rent war
of 1845. Volunteers, draftees and
substitutes in the Civil War. Even
before Teddy’s “Rough Riders.” The
war to end all wars. The Great
. Welfare and public works.
Milk strikes of the 1930s.
11 - Davenport's Four Granges and a New Town Hall
The Davenport Grange. The
Granger movement and earlier Davenport Granges.
Local grange rivalries and an unexpected schism.
The rebirth of
’s Grange Hall.
12 - How Landscape and Wildlife Have Changed
Where did all the deer go? Floods
’s dam battle. The motorization
. Modern improvements to rural
roads: the Urwin and Donovan Plans. The
friendly skies above
13 - Tent Shows, Plays, and Visitors
Fairs and tent shows. Old
Home Days. Plays and shows in
’s Hall. Boarding houses and
hotels. City folks in
’s ponds and lakes.
(once Stroder, Goodrich, Sherman). The
Dan Shermans of
14 - Davenport’s World War II and Its Aftermath
World War II comes to
civilians soldier on. The end of
WWII and afterwards. From the fire
to the frying pan: the Cold War and
. Still more wars and conflicts.
15 — The Times They Are A-changing—Once Again Davenport in the Modern Era
Some things change but little.
’s Bicentennial Celebration. The
CVCS as a case study of changing times. What
wonders modern times hath wrought. Population
growth, decline, and re-growth. Land
use and ownership. Commercial
changes. The 2003 property
reassessment. How farming has been
revolutionized. The lumbering and
lumber mill revolution, A subtle
but important development—philanthropy.
- Where Do We Go From Here?
’s future? Climate change.
Future population growth. Other
rural changes. Will planning
help? Can “Smart Growth” be
’s Land-regulation History.
Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley RR meets Ulter
& Delaware RR, Davenport
Fergusonville, NY - 1900s
Davenport - 1800s
Davenport - 1900s
Davenport Center, NY - 1800s
Davenport Center, NY - 1900s
West Davenport, NY - 1800s
West Davenport, NY - 1900s
East Meredith, NY - Late 1800s & Early
Town of Davenport, NY, roads and place names
(Fold-out map inside rear cover)
Detail of Town of Davenport, NY,
including 2002 property lines)
(this CD) Complete text of each chapter in “WebPage” format, with
“search” capability. Includes
a detailed, multi-color map of Davenport and surrounding areas, listing of
Davenport town officers by name and year, listing of Davenport postmasters,
listing of WWI and WWII participants from Davenport, and genealogical material
on John Davenport (from contributor Jeffrey Griswold
). Also included are technical
papers on estimating
’s population in the early years and a complete account of all
farms, sorted by last name and by farm size, for 1865.
The CD-ROM also includes down-loadable images of all the maps and
photographs found in the book, including the collection of smaller images
reproduced at the end of some chapters.
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