Madison County historian Mary Messere said she could have written hundreds of’7Messere’ pages about the history of the town of Eaton. But she was confined to 18,000 words by the publisher of her first national book, which will hit bookshelves next week.
"The book could have been three or four times that size," she said Friday.
"Eaton," part of the Arcadia Press series "Images of America," includes 120 photographs that tell the story of the town and hamlet that played an important role in the history of Madison County.
The book includes tales of women's writer Emily Chubbuck Judson; humorist Melville Landon, better known to the world as Eli Perkins; and Samuel Chubbuck, inventor and the maker of the early telegraph equipment for Samuel Morse's telegraph.
A release from the publisher promises that the book "captures the history of this once-thriving community through pictures and stories of the Chenango Canal, early turnpikes, and steam engines made famous by Wood, Taber and Morse's Steam Engine Works."
Messere, who has published through local presses in the past, said she was excited to share her research with readers across the country.
"These are pieces of our local history that people can enjoy," she said. "And some of it is national history; so many famous people came from Eaton."
Proceeds from the book will benefit the restoration of the Old Town of Eaton Museum, where Messere is the curator.
The book will debut Saturday at the Writers' Jubilee at the Edward R. Andrews Elementary School in Morrisville. It will hit bookstores Monday, and will also be available at Messere's Web site, www. madisoncountyhistorian.org.
Alaina Potrikus can be reached at email@example.com or 470-3252.