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Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes of upstate New York is the quaint village of Waterloo in Seneca County. Because the village spanned both sides of the Seneca River, it was founded in two stages: the southern side in 1792 by Samuel Bear and the northern side in 1807 by Elisha Williams. It is best known as the birthplace of Memorial Day, which was first celebrated by the citizens of Waterloo in May 1866, one year after the end of the Civil War, to honor those lost. Waterloo was also where the women's rights movement was originally conceived. In the 1800s, it became a thriving industrial town manufacturing wagons, pianos, woolen goods, organs, and many other products. It is the home of the historic Scythe Tree, where farm boys hung their scythes before going off to war, and of Barney Oldfield, Louise Scherbyn, and Richard P. Hunt, among others.
ISBN: 9781467121811
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 229
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Bonnie J. Breese moved to Waterloo when she was two. She graduated from Waterloo High School in 1965 and from Central City Business Institute in Syracuse in 1966. Immediately after, she went to work at Eastman Kodak Company, she where finished her career as director of the Corporate-Wide Shared Financial Network and retired in 1994.