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Clara's Scrapbook

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We Cover the 1870's - 1930's Like Nobody Else!


Clara SHUTTS was born in Auriesville, Town of Glen, New York in January 1872, the eldest of nine children of Jacob C. and Alice (IRVING) SHUTTS.  Clara married in January 1893 Edward Woolley DAVIES, an emigrant from the English borderlands of Wales. She died in Syracuse in January 1960.  Clara was my great grandmother.  

One of my most prized possessions is Clara's Scrapbook, a large collection of news clippings meticulously cut and pasted into a 10" x 14" book.  There are even a few pages of clippings belonging to Clara's mother Alice and dating back into the 1870's.  Clara's Scrapbook offers us a unique glimpse of daily life (and journalism) in small town America.  Newsworthy events included everything from important milestones such as births, deaths and marriages to the mundane rituals of daily life, like house painting, barn raising and prayer meetings.  

If you have ancestors from the Town of Glen, or even elsewhere in Montgomery County, Clara's Scrapbook is an invaluable treasure trove of useful and trivial tidbits of information.

Where possible, I have attempted to give a date, or at least an approximate date of the article.  The articles are from unidentified sources, as mastheads and title bars were not saved in the scrapbook. In all likelihood, most originated from one of several local papers in the Fultonville, Fonda or Amsterdam areas, including the Montgomery County Republican (Fultonville, weekly, 1856-1916), Mohawk Valley Democrat (Fonda, weekly, 1864-1902) and The Amsterdam Recorder (Amsterdam, weekly 1854-189x).  For a complete listing of microfilm holdings of newspapers  in Montgomery County, be sure to visit the New York State Newspaper Project.  The above-mentioned newspapers are all defunct and over 75 years old, placing the contents in the public domain.  In cases where more recent news clippings have been included, and the source is identifiable, I have obtained permission from the publisher to use the image and print the transcription.  Credit is given to the publisher in such cases.

And yes, the image at the top of the page is part of the actual cover of Clara's Scrapbook!

Happy hunting, and have fun!

Pete Simmonds, Editor, Town of Glen


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