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Whatever your connection to Frankfort, whether you still live in the area or have moved far away, the stories told here unfold as they were described in the conditions that existed at the time and amid the mindset of society in days long gone. Details of events that occurred randomly but shaped the village's history are being lost as generations pass on. The reader of these digests will be taken back in time to meet the cast of characters that determined how and why the community developed as it did.
By 1863 the Board of Trustees of the Village of Frankfort, New York decided it was time to formally “incorporate” the village. Of course, the village is much older than that, tracing back it roots to settlers arriving in the early 1700s. In 1807 the village had but seven houses and by 1814 several businesses arrived. The Erie Canal divided the village in 1825, the key factor in growing the population in the 1800s, leading to the amazing events described in this twenty-five chapter (three hundred and forty-three pages) book. Times were different, diversity was present, but prejudice reigned. A huge tractor company that never made a tractor, a man that burned down his hotel with his elderly parents in it, the man who made millions by closing down the eight hundred-man West Shore Shops, a man that built a mansion and huge dairy farm then sold everything within two years, the trolley that wasn’t allowed to travel thru the village, why the North Side School had to be built as soon as possible, voters turned down a man’s offer to give the village a new library - all of the details of these stories along with many, many more are described in the Stories Forgotten Frankfort, N.Y. Book.
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The Dark Times in Frankfort book (219 pages)reveals all the details of crimes that occurred after the village was incorporated in 1863 up to the latest homicide one hundred years later. Fifteen chapters describe the backgrounds of both the victim and perpetrator and explain why some of these horrible crimes happened. In many cases, the known murderer fled and was never captured. Some cases were never solved. The murder case of Albert Dade in 1921 and his daughter’s murder in 1964, both remain unsolved. In 1926, Leroy Sweet was shot and killed by Michael Camerano. The shooter fled to Italy and when captured four years later, became the first naturalized citizen to be extradited by the Italian government after a request signed by the President of the United States was received. By reading this book you will finally know the details of crimes you have heard about from older generations over the years.
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