The Most Valuable And Productive Farms Section - In The Book:
The New Century Atlas Of Cayuga County, New York - 1904 - Page 120

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LEDYARD, NY

WILLIAM B. AVERY

5th FARM ON PAGE 120

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RURAL RETREAT consists of three hundred and forty acres, owned by William B. Avery, whose address is Aurora, New York. Its location is on the Avery road, within two and one-half miles of Aurora, and sixteen of Auburn. This large farm is devoted principally to the raising of stock and fruit (of which there is a great abundance), and general soil products. A conspicuous feature, however, is its dairy, which consists of some forty cows of high-grade Jerseys; a source of revenue is also derived from the raising of swine, Berkshire strain being a favorite. The improvements, including the buildings, are modern in architecture and convenience and were placed by the enterprising proprietor, who is also owner of Baldwin Homestead on Lot 43. "Rural Retreat" was formerly owned by Daniel Avery, and from him to James Avery in 1850, where he resided until 1860, removing to Aurora, where he died in 1864. It remained as an estate until 1880, when it came into possession of the present owner, William Avery, who was born on the farm in 1853. The buildings and stock are supplied with pure water from wells by windmill power, and to the fields by streams and brooklets. He married Miss Jane W. Baldwin, who is a native of Cayuga County, in 1880. Their family consists of nine children - five sons and four daughters - all living. Mr. Avery has been somewhat in the public eye during his residence in Ledyard. He served four years as Supervisor and as chairman of the Board during that time; he is also a School Trustee, and President of the Creamery Company at Aurora, and an Elder of the Presbyterian Church of the same place.

 Transcribed by Sandie Gilliland  in August 2002
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