Hello All . . .
We are pleased to announce the posting of a very significant book to our dcnyhistory.org
website. First, read Donald A Danald's e-mail to me below, then go to:
Donald A Danald 43783 Park Grove Ct Northville MI 48167
7 March 2011
Thank you ever so much for the opportunity to serve the historians and every other reader
of the affairs of Delaware County, in our joint effort, in which we have assured their
accessibility to a treasure of the DCNYHISTORY; to wit, Geo. D Taylor's "These
Hills Are Not Barren." It is my strong feeling that in so doing, we have all
contributed to its very necessary preservation as well as its abiding prominence in the
archives of the Catskills, Upstate New York & Delaware Cnty History, folk history of
the New York Farmlands and genealogical resources. He speaks first for the Taylors, but
actually for all of the early farm families of our Delaware & Schoharie counties. He
tells of what was then common knowledge; which has become, today, uncommonly rare.
I am proud to be numbered alongside the dedicated souls [starting with you, Joyce, Linda
Ogborn and Rachel Pace] who have produced this & other gems of research in the
continuing quest to uncover, display and preserve the documents that increase our
understanding of the phases Delaware Cnty & its people as they transitioned through to
become today's reality.
There are always sceptics who question the expenditure of valuable resources on preserving
and archiving documents relating to the living past. They feel the past is gone and cannot
be redone, and therefore time spent in researching history is time wasted. To them, I
would present the case of Delaware Cnty and this book by Taylor.
Delaware Cnty has suffered during this decade of economic distress, and due to its limited
resources, more so than most American counties. In our book by Geo. D. Taylor, we follow a
family [and by inference, the community of Stamford] through 100 or more years of
privation and scarcity, until they outlast the adversity, and achieve some level of
victory over despair. And this cycle recurrs over the generations!
That is the uplift that comes from revisiting the past: the certain knowledge that
resourceful and committed people cannot & will not be overwhelmed by the capricious
downturns in personal or national fortune. That alone would justify every minute spent on
learning from our living past. Residents of Stamford, Harpersfield, Delhi, Kortright,
Roxbury, Walton et cet need to be reassured that this has happened before, and we will
once again overcome the threats, and return to the lifestyle "that rewards the
runners who stay the race".
There are so many other benefits to the discovery/re-discovery of the past; too numerous
to mention here. But I will mention one other; that it's exciting [more even than a
mystery novel] when you first reveal a previously hidden truth!!.
That's why I am genuinely thrilled to be associated with the DCNYHISTORY group and
All the Best,
Donald A Danald