Ken Gottry - Cambridge NY History

The communities of Cambridge Corners, North White Creek, and Dorr's Corners united in 1866 to form the Village of Cambridge. At that time, a map was created, listing every dwelling and occupant. It's a great way to look for your ancestors. 

In 1947 the farm on South Park Street belonging to my great grandfather, William L Hitchcock, was sold to the newly formed Cambridge Central School district. The farmhouse pictured here stood where the CCS Science Wing near the north parking lot. The farm sprawled out where the school and athletic fields now lie.

Growing up my parents used to tell me that people in Cambridge thought the sun rose in Ash Grove and set in Coila. Until I went away to college I didn’t understand what they meant. However, until I moved back I didn’t understand that that’s a good thing, a very good thing.

Growing up in Cambridge in the 1950’s meant that Robert Frost lived to the east in Shaftsbury, Grandma Moses to the south in Eagle Bridge, and Norman Rockwell to the north in Arlington. To us, they were simply nice old people who used poetry and art to depict what we saw every day.

Frederick W. Mausert, III, USMC (2-May-1931 to 12-Sep-1951)

From their position on Yoke ridge, north of the Punch Bowl and west of the Soyong River in Korea, Sgt. Frederick W. Mausert, III, looked across the cool, September evening with objective. They were to take from North Korean regulars two hills, known simply as “objectives A and B” or “hills 749 and 673”. On those hills, Rickie served his country and paid the ultimate price.

 

The Pitcairn Pistols, the ones that fired the Shot Heard Round the World to start the American Revolution, were once the possession of John Pope Putnam who lived on South Park Street in Cambridge, NY.

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a large multi-faceted organization (fraternal lodge, charitable society, special interest lobby, patriotic group, and political club) founded in 1866 by Union Army Surgeon Benjamin Franklin Stephenson in Decatur, IL.The Cambridge GAR Post was organized in 1882 and disbanded in 1924.