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Edward Knoblauch <[log in to unmask]>
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Edward Knoblauch <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 18 Nov 1999 20:14:56 -0500
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From the Fulton County GenWeb site on the Town of Mayfield schools

The first school in Woods Hollow was built of logs at an early date,
possibly one of the schools built before 1794.  It was replaced by a wood
frame school house about 1868.  This school also became a part of Broadalbin
School District a year before the land was taken over by the Sacandaga
Reservoir in 1928.  The records have been lost or destroyed.  This school
was also known as Closeville School.

From the same site <http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyfulton/fulnmayfeild.html>:
Closeville is situated in the Southeastern part of town and originally was
called Woods Hollow, the name used today for the area.  It was settled by a
man whose last name was Harmon about 1795, who built a grist mill and a
small sawmill.

Edward Knoblauch
Webmaster, New York History Net

----- Original Message -----
From: William Ringle
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Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 5:43 AM
Subject: Woods Hollow & Al Smith

Can anyone suggest where I might find:

     -- The location, in 1854, of  Wood -- or maybe Wood's or Woods --
Hollow? Evidently it was a community near Gloversville because a
contemporary book and news accounts said a suspect in a crime, captured
there in 1854, was brought to Gloversville for arraignment.

 I tried the NYS Committee on Geographic names. No dice. I looked on modern
topographic maps (in the DeLorme book; I don't have the more detailed
government ones). I intend to try the U. S. Commission on Geographic Names,
but I figured if N. Y. doesn't have it, they probably won't.

    --  A speech or an essay by Gov. Al Smith called "Why Arietta?" He used
Arietta, a sparsely populated Adirondack town, to question why such places
all had to have town governments. My authority for this was former Lt. Gov.
(under Dewey) and Comptroller  Frank C. Moore who was  a great enthusiast
for town government. Moore mentioned it in a speech about 50 years ago but
I've never been able to find the Al Smith original.

                                             Thanks in advance,

                                               William RIngle