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The town of Webster, New York, is framed with a rugged, natural beauty that sets it apart from other local communities, and there is a spirit of independent thinking here that is valued. In 1840, the newly incorporated town was named after Daniel Webster, the outspoken statesman, who had never actually set foot in the town. Favorable soil conditions and climate tempered by Lake Ontario contributed to Webster's growth as a prosperous agricultural center for growing fruit. The production of dried apples, baskets, and food processing were all early industries. From the earliest days of Webster to the mid-20th century, this book highlights pioneer settlers such as the Constant Holt family who came in an oxcart from New England; recalls happenings such as train wrecks, fires, horse races, baseball teams, and children's flower parades through the village; and celebrates the social heritage and spirit of the town whose motto is "Where Life is Worth Living."
ISBN: 9780738572543
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The authors are all longtime Webster residents who are active in town and village preservation, the Webster Museum and Historical Society, and the Landmark Society of Western New York. Lynn M. Barton is the Webster town historian, and her family has lived in Webster for generations. Joan E. Sassone has had a career in television production, and her restored home is on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Mary Hasek Grenier is a career history and social studies educator and a graduate of the University of Rochester.
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