Gazetteer of Towns


INTRODUCTION.
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    In presenting the initial number of the "Gazetteer and Directory of Chenango County" to the public, the publisher desires to return his sincere thanks to all who have so kindly assisted in obtaining the valuable information which it contains, and without whose aid it would have been impossible to collect, in the brief space of time in which it is essential that all such works should be completed. Especially our thanks due to the several editors of the Chenango Telegraph, Chenango Union, Norwich; Oxford Times; Chenango American, Greene; New Berlin Pioneer; Chenango Democrat, Oxford; Sherburne News; and Home and Abroad, Bainbridge, for the uniform kindness which has been evinced in calling public attention to the author's efforts; and to the following persons, viz., M. B. Ludington, North Norwich, and Samuel S. Stafford, Oxford, School Commissioners; Horace G. Prindle, Norwich, County Judge; Dr. H. H. Beecher, B. F. Rexford, C. Randall, Truman Enos, Dr. H. Harris and J. M. Gartsee, of Norwich; H. R. Mygatt, H. Balcom, S. H. Farnham, Oxford; and David L. Follett, Assessor Internal Revenue, Norwich, for essential aid in furnishing material for the work. Many others have kindly volunteered their aid, to all of whom we return sincere thanks.

    The following works were consulted in its preparation: "French's Gazetteer of the State of New York;" "Documentary History of New York;" "Historical Collections of New York;" "Proceedings of Board of Supervisors for 1868;" "Census Reports;" "Clark's History of Chenango County;" "Hatch's History of Sherburne;" "Oxford Jubilee" and "Hotchkin's History of the Presbyterian Church in Western New York."

    That errors may have occurred in so great a number of names and dates as are here given, is probable, and that names have been omitted that should have been inserted is quite certain. We can only say that we have exercised more than ordinary diligence and care in this difficult and complicated feature of book-making. To such as feel aggrieved in consequence of error or omission, we beg pardon, and ask the indulgence of the reader in marking such as had been observed in the subsequent reading of the proofs, and which are noted in the Errata, following the Introduction.

    It is also suggested that our patrons observe and become familiar with the explanations at the commencement of the Directory.

    The Map of the County was engraved with great care by Messrs. "Weed, Parsons & Co.," of Albany, and, it is believed, will prove a valuable acquisition to the work. The various new lines of railroad were located by the engineers employed in the surveys.

    The Advertisers represent some of the leading business men and firms of the County, and also many enterprising and reliable dealers in other parts of the State. We most cheerfully commend them all to the patronage of those under whose observation these pages may come.

    With thanks to friends generally, we leave our work to secure the favor which earnest endeavor ever wins from a discriminating business public.

HAMILTON CHILD.


1868-9 Gazetteer
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