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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 this digest will be taken back in time to meet the cast of characters that determined how and why the community developed as it did.
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By 1863 the Board of Trustees of the Village of Frankfort, New York decided it was time to formally draw up a “Code of laws” and obtain a charter to “incorporate” the village, thus, the village celebrates its 150th anniversary of incorporation. Of course, the village is much older than that, tracing back it roots to settlers arriving in the early 1700s. By 1796 the Town of Frankfort was created out of the Town of German Flatts. In 1807 the village had but seven houses and by 1814 several businesses arrived. The Erie canal divided the village in 1825, but was 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. This documentary of historic facts allows the reader to experience history, but in the context of the events at the time of occurrence. 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, a cold blooded shooting on Main Street, 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 the details of these stories along with many, many more. See the table of contents page.
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