Ken Gottry - Cambridge NY History

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.

The sun was shining, the sidewalks were clear of snow and ice, but the weatherman was predicting another winter storm. Better take my walk over to the Library before the bad weather hits.

Following the Revolutionary War, population in the United States began to shift. The fledgling country tried to build roads through public financing, but construction was often haphazard and maintenance was spotty. 

The Great Northern Turnpike passed through Cambridge on its way from Lansingburgh to Granville. Today it's Turnpike Road and North/South Union Streets. As stage coach traffic passed through Cambridge Corners, hotels, liveries, and shops emerged spurring the economic development of the area.