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Meridale Farms


by Frank M. Waterman Francis W. Ayer, a self-made millionaire, founded Meridale Farms in 1888 where he began to improve the Jersey breed of cattle, a hobby that blossomed into a business empire operated under the name of Ayer & McKinney. This book chronicles the rise of Meridale Farms to preeminence during the lifetimes of F. [...]

Meredith’s Dairy Barns: Past and Present


by Frank M. Waterman Meredith's dairy barns are a threatened icons of our rural heritage. Of the more than 230 dairy barns that once graced our hills, a scant 71 survive today. The purpose of this book is to preserve a pictorial and historical record of Meredith's remaining barns and many of the barns that [...]

Raising Lincoln’s Army


By Frank M. Waterman The Union army was almost entirely made up of volunteers who were recruited, not by the federal government, but by the States which passed the responsibility down to the towns, each of which had a quota of men to provide. If the quotas were not met, deficiencies were made up by [...]

The Thing of It


By Wilfred Jurjens with Bob Rosen A little book of stories and remembrances as told to Bob Rosen by Willy Jurjens. Many of Willy's stories recount the way things were here in Meredith. Some are Willy's own, but others have been passed on to him by elders, and still others are accounts Willy has patiently put [...]

Bisbee’s General Store 1900-1976


by Bob Rosen Bisbee's General Store in Meridale, NY, first operated by Everett Bisbee and later by his son Ruez, was the heart of the community from 1900 until it was destroyed by fire in 1976. People congregated there to shop, get their mail, and chat with their neighbors. This book, which is based on [...]

Two Hundred Years of Rolling Suns


This is a book about the first 200 years of Meredith's History, 1800 - 2000. Written by Meredith's town historian for the town's bicentennial history, it includes sections titled, "Old, Old ,Meredith,", "East Meredith," "West Meredith," "Meredith Square," "Meridale," "Our Schools,", "Our Churches," "Agriculture and 4-H,", and "Our Folks." The latter includes family histories contributed [...]

Mother, You Mustn’t Worry So About Us


Ed. by Frank M. Waterman Brothers James and Clark McDonald from the town of Meredith enlisted in the 8th NY Independent Battery on October 7, 1861.  As with most Civil War soldiers, they wrote many letters home.  This book contains 168 letters written to their immediate family members during the course of the war.  James [...]

History of East Meredith


Elma Heterington Mitchell published three volumes of the History of East Meredith: volume 1 in 1973, Volume 2 in 1976, and Volume 3 in 1986. These volumes, which have been long out of print, were republished by Meredith Historical Society combined into a single book. Price $20 plus $4 shipping and handling