Groton, New York (Images of America Series)

Groton, New York (Images of America Series)

by Rosemarie Palmer Tucker
     
 

The town of Groton officially came into being in 1818, after citizens successfully petitioned to change their town's name. Later during the 19th century, this industrial community was famous for the manufacturing of road rollers, iron bridges, and carriages. The early 1900s brought typewriter manufacturing to Groton. Included in the town of Groton are the hamlets

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The town of Groton officially came into being in 1818, after citizens successfully petitioned to change their town's name. Later during the 19th century, this industrial community was famous for the manufacturing of road rollers, iron bridges, and carriages. The early 1900s brought typewriter manufacturing to Groton. Included in the town of Groton are the hamlets of Groton City, McLean, Peruville, and West Groton. Throughout the early years, these hamlets were booming with businesses and industry, and both town and village display a rich architectural legacy. Groton had many well-known residents, such as the Conger family, including Benn Conger, a member of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate; Dexter Marsh, cofounder of the First National Bank of Groton; Welthea Marsh, the first and only woman president of the bank; and inventor Nelson Streeter.

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Title: Historian Releases New Groton Book

Author: Nick Babel

Publisher: Ithica Times

Date: 11/24/09

History can often be fickle, just memories passed down from generations. That is why it is so important to have a visual record of places, and people to make those memories come alive. Groton historian Rosemarie Palmer Tucker, has taken those memories and photographs and turned them into a new book, "Images of America: Groton."

The book, released by Arcadia publishing, is full of photographs some from the early 1900s. The reader gets to see what Groton looked like in its early years, along with many people who lived in Groton at the time.

The book also has photographs of some of Groton's famous citizens, including Sylvester Pennoyer, who grew up in Groton and later became the Governor of Oregon. The Conger family has many photos in the book, as they were an important family in Groton's history.

Palmer-Tucker was first contacted to write this book in May 2008 because she is the Town of Groton historian. "It was a lot of fun reviewing the pictures and trying to create the captions with all the information possible including the dates. I was allowed 70 words per pictures. Arcadia permitted extra words for the pictures where names are listed. I even found one picture that had my father's uncles, although their last names were spelled Parmer instead of Palmer. It seems that the census and school records sometimes spelled names the way the names sounded, causing a change in last names," said Palmer-Tucker.

The book took a little over a year to put together and it was a time consuming venture for Palmer-Tucker. "When I agreed with Arcadia Publishing to do this book, they sent me a contract and guidelines as to the requirements for scanning the pictures. After a lot of research, contacting local people and organizations with pictures, and writing captions, etc. I sent the pictures, captions, and other narrative information to Arcadia on CDs in late May 2009. Arcadia Publishing processed everything on their end and returned an electronic version of page proofs for me to review and correct. I had one week in which I was to review and return the page proofs," said Palmer-Tucker.

Looking over the book is like stepping back in time, the people, the buildings, and the different businesses seem to scream nostalgia. Putting this historic work together Palmer-Tucker learned even more information about Groton. "I learned things that I didn't know and was reminded of things that I had forgotten. As mentioned on the back cover, I have lived in Groton most of my life. I went to school here from Kindergarten through 12th grade and am very proud of the education provided by Groton Central School," said Palmer-Tucker.

The future holds new challenges for Palmer-Tucker as she contemplates what her next piece of literature might be. "I most certainly do plan on doing another book or maybe additional books about Groton. I think it is important to preserve the history of our towns. This is one way that others can have copies of some of those pictures of which there is only one," said Palmer-Tucker.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes history or anyone who enjoys looking at pictures of a simpler time. I learned a lot about my hometown, and was mesmerized by some of the historic pictures. "Images of America: Groton" went on sale November 16 and is available at all Borders and Barnes and Nobles bookstores and locally, at Walpole's, Groton Hobby Shop, and Thou Art Gallerage on Main Street in Groton. Palmer-Tucker is also scheduled to do a book signing at Brittany Station in Groton from 5-7pm on Friday, December 4.

Title: Historian has new book

Author: Staff Writer

Pubisher: Groton Town Talk

Date: 11/24/09

"Images of America -- Groton" is the newest book in Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series and is written by Rosemarie Palmer Tucker, Town of Groton Historian. The book and a 15-pack of postcards, with photos of Groton from the book, are selling at all Borders and Barnes and Nobles book stores, plus The Groton Hobby Shop in both Ithaca and Groton.

Both the book and postcards are available in Groton at Walpole's and Thou Art Gallerage, both on Main Street. Tucker will be signing books from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at Brittany Station; light refreshments will be served. She will have a book signing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at Borders in The Shops at Ithaca Mall. Please note that Tucker's books and postcards will be available for purchase at both book signing events

Title: Author Tucker's book showcases Groton

Author: Staff Writer

Publisher: Ithica Journal

Date: 11/21/09

Local author Rosemarie Palmer Tucker has written a book about her hometown, Groton, featuring photographs showcasing the residents who have made Groton what it is today. Photos include the hamlets of Groton City, McLean, Peruville and West Groton. The book is accompanied by 15 historic postcards in the "Postcards of America Series."

Tucker said she hopes the book will "reminisce about Groton's days gone by. It will also be beneficial to school children as they study local history."

Tucker has lived in Groton for most of her life and graduated from Groton Central School in 1966. She is the historian for the Town of Groton and was appointed by the Groton Town Board in 2001. She has been a member of the Association of Public Historians of New York State since 2001 and the secretary of the organization since 2006.

A book signing is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Brittany Station, 152 Main St., Groton.

The book is available at local retailers and online bookstores, or at www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738565064
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
11/11/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,193,165
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Rosemarie Palmer Tucker has lived in Groton for most of her life and graduated from Groton Central School in 1966. She is the historian for the Town of Groton and was appointed by the Groton Town Board in 2001. She has been a member of the Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) since 2001 and the secretary of APHNYS since 2006.

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