Burton Coon Blog

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“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks… Morning brings back the heroic ages” (Thoreau 83).

That desire to experience ‘innocence’ found within ‘Nature herself’ inspires me and inspired my ancestor Burton Coon, who was first and foremost a farmer. He was a farmer who trudged in from the fields each day for nourishment of the body and the soul. While he rested his body, his thoughts soared.

Milan 50 Years Ago 7/1969

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July 1969 Local Businesses~ What are your memories of going to town 50 years ago?

Local Businesses

  • Red Hook Fabric Shop
  • Madge’s Beauty Salon Academy Hill Road
  • Johnson’s General Store Route 199 Lafayetteville
  • Hank’s Garage Route 199
  • Thorco Fuel LTD. Atlantic Heating Oils “Service” 19 W. Market Street Red Hook
  • Robert G. Cole Plumbing and Heating Milan Hill Road Red Hook
  • Helen Z. Battistoni, Realtor 23 E. Market Street Rhinebeck 25 So. Broadway Red Hook
  • Rock City Sand & Gravel
  • Herb Swank Radio – TV – Hi-Fi
  • Florence C. Hill Real Estate Broker
  • Duxbury Hermans Insurance
  • Beehler Realty 142 So. Broadway Red Hook
  • DF Services All Your Class Needs Route 199
  • Ed Rancich Fuel Oil
  • Fred’s Tavern Italian-American Food-Pizza Rock City

Milan 50 Years Ago 6/1969

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“As in the case of many old houses, there is a puzzlement. On an upstairs hallway can be seen the original siding of the house, yet downstairs, below, on the other side of the hall is a very old room with a large fireplace, faced with brick complete with cooking crane and dutch oven. It would seem the downstairs room was a kitchen wing of one story and the rooms above it were added at a later date. Deduced from Helen Wilkinson Reynolds book “Dutchess County Doorways” (concerning Row House). “…two full stories in height, with a hall through the center, four rooms on each floor and a kitchen wing at the east”.”

Milan 50 Years Ago 5/1969

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Historical Quiz~
“While the origins of the name Milan remains a mystery, the names of its neighborhoods are somewhat easier to discover, although they don’t always remain constant. Case in point: prior to September 12, 1818 the residents of this neighborhood lived in “West Northeast”. From 1818 to about 1882 they lived in Milanville and in 1969 they live at Case’s Corners. Case is derived from Rensselaer Case an enterprising merchant who had a general store from 1867 to at least 1882. He was not the only business man here as there was also a blacksmith shop, the post office and a sawmill. The Newsletter would be interested in hearing from anyone who has further information about the history of Case’s Corners.”

Milan 50 Years Ago 4/1969

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Historical Quiz~
“Memorial Lutheran Church of Rock City~ Completed in 1868, The Chapel, as it is sometimes called, was the vision of one man, John Griffin Schultz, who felt the need of a church in his own community of Rock City. To fulfill this dream he supplied both land and funds to have the building constructed even before the existence of a congregation. One hundred years later, at the centennial celebration last year, it was noted that the church does indeed stand as a Memorial, not to one man, but to the durability of man’s creative vision.”

Milan 50 Years Ago 3/1969

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Snow Scene~
“This scene was sketched on the high point of Woody Row Road, looking west to the Catskill Mountains. “Web” refers to Webster Coon, Highway Superintendent, who “reported that 99 hours were spent by two loaders opening roads after the two recent heavy snowfalls”. See the February issue for more details on the February 1969 snow in Milan.”

Milan 50 Years Ago 2/1969

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Historical Quiz This drawing shows the Teats family cemetery on Battenfeld Road. Heading north, it is located on the right shortly before the junction of Battenfeld, Milan Hill and Becker Hill Roads. The family was active in Town affairs during the 1800s. Care of this old cemetery is maintained through a family endowment. The principal home of the Teats family is now owned by R. E. Schneider.

More About History~

All About the Snow: Let’s reminisce- Who can recall the two snowstorms in February 1969?

Milan 50 Years Ago 1/1969

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Historical Quiz
“This sketch shows the Henry Jackson House, predating 1850, on Rowe Lane, now owned by Mr. McClure. Henry’s son Ferris, lived in the house until 1940. He was born in 1856, took his schooling in White Schoolhouse, was well loved in the community and was a happy, musical man whose fingers were at home on an organ or piano while he would sing hymns and songs in a rich rolling voice. He died in 1940 and is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Rock City.”