The Edmeston Local/1880 article
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We were in Edmeston a year ago and when we saw the telegraph poles and telephone lines, thought it would not be long before the steam horse would arrive. And before this great change let us glance at some of the people as they are today, and whose example youth may well follow.
The owner of the splendid residence and large shoe store at the foot of the hill near the cemetery is William Joslyn, Fifty years ago he was a poor boy without parents to guide his way from the temptations that ruin so many; always kind and generous to his playmates, ready to help all and wrong none, with but little time at school, he learned the tanners and shoe trade with Mr. Bilyea about a mile from the village. Until sale shoes were made, shoe making was his only occupation, and by early learning Franklin's rule, "that he must keep his shop who would have his shop keep him," and by the superiority of his work attracting customers for miles around, always careful of unnecessary expenses, (we do not know that he ever owned a horse, for his business did not need one), he occupies a position that many, with all the advantages of wealth to start with, might well be proud of.
A short distance down the creek we find the master mechanic and Natures nobleman, Louis Green, standing perhaps at his forge, while in some of shops, iron is moulded in various forms, and in other plained as smooth as glass. And all of this machinery is run by water wheel of his own invention, said to be the best wheel in the United States. he also invented and manufactured for sale various farm implements — his plows and horseshoes are known the best in the section.
As we return, we pass the residence of James Ackerman, If fine Churches, academies, school houses, stores, hotels, and dwellings add to the beauty of the country and the welfare of the people, Mr. Ackerman should receive the thanks of the whole community, for it has been largely by his industry and executive ability, that both village [hamlet] and country presents so fine an appearance. He has been a large purchaser of timber from all sections. He paid five thousand dollars for what was on fifty acres of land. The logs were hauled to this village and sawed, and thence to his large machine shops for doors, window sash, blinds, etc. His son Burt now carries on the shops, while he farms it as health permits.
We saw at least forty bushels of wheat to the acre on his farm last year. — James Slocum
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