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Fly Creek Area Historical Society

Earhart Visited Here, Marker Says
HISTORICAL SOCIETY WINS RECOGNITION

Earhart Visited Here, Marker Says

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mary Winne stands by the tree where she believes Arrie Hecox may have sat with Amelia Earheart during her 1921 visit. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

After losing his mother to appendicitis in the spring of 1921 at age 7, Arrie Hecox of Fly Creek found solace in Amelia Earhart three years later.

Walking back and forth to school, Hecox spotted Earhart, then in her 20s, at the inn that neighbored his family’s farm on Route 28.

“As you did in that time, they introduced themselves,” Arrie Hecox’s grandson, Michael Baker said.

In later years, Hecox told his story to newspaper columnist Jim Atwell, who included it in his 2004 book, “From Fly Creek: Celebrating Life in Leatherstocking Country.”

“What are you reading?” Hecox asked the young woman in a khaki shirt, jodhpurs and boot, who was seated under an apple tree.

“A book about airplanes,” she replied with a smile.

Earhart sojourn and what became the Famulare family’s farm in the 1940’s is about to be memorialized.

Earhart

The Fly Creek Historical Society announced its application for a “Legends & Lore” marker has been approved by the Pomeroy Foundation, and will be erected later this year.

That’s the historical society’s sixth Legends & Lore marker. Sherlee Rathbone, society president, said that means the Town of Otsego, where Fly Creek is located, has more than any community in the state.

The others memorialize David Shipman, inspiration for James Fenimore Cooper’s Natty Bumppo, as well as Cattown Road, Honey Joe Road, Bed Bug Hill and Panther Mountain.

Mary Winne, who lives on nearby Johnston Road, is a Famulare and was raised in the white clapboard cape across 28 from Simple Integrity’s headquarters.

When her family moved into the house in the 1940s, the living room had been divided into three bedrooms, she said; her parents concluded it had been a rooming house.

It’s also thought, she continued, that Earhart, the first woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was friendly with aviators at an a airstrip in Frankfort, down in the Mohawk Valley, which kept her around for a while.

As Atwell related it, Hecox considered Earhart, who would disappear in 1937 trying to fly over the Pacific, the “first love of (his) life.”

“When my grandfather heard (Earhart) went missing, he said he felt it in his heart that she was gone from this world,” said Baker.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

Fall For Fall Concert

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CONCERT – 3:30 p.m. Sunday Fall for Fall Concert featuring Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble performing Yosemite Autumn, City Rain, more. Free, open to public. Refreshments served. St. James Retirement Community, 9 St. James Pl., Oneonta. 607-436-9974 or visit www.stjamesmanor.com

PANCAKE BREAKFAST – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Annual breakfast with Fly Creek Area Historical Society features, sausage, home-fries, eggs, biscuits, sausage, gravy, grits, more. Suggested donation, $8/adult. Old Grange Building, 210 Cemetery Rd., Fly Creek. 607-547-1275.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Celebrate Songs Of The Erie Canal

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CELEBRATION – 7 p.m. 200 year celebration of the Erie canal featuring Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle, Singer/Songwriters performing 8 historic songs from construction of Erie Canal. Refreshments available, donations appreciated. Fly Creek Area Historical Society, Grange Hall, 210 Cemetery Rd., Fly Creek.

EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 4 – 6 p.m. Student exhibit featuring works by recipients of Jean Parish Memorial Scholarship. Project Space Gallery, Fine Arts Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3456 or visit suny.oneonta.edu/art-department/art-galleries/exhibitions

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 15

Take Garden & Landscape Tour

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TOUR – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Travel the country roads and discover the landscape and how people have enhanced it with their garden schemes. This years tour will be through the Cooperstown area. Pre-registration required for directions to first garden. All must being tour before 1 p.m. Cost, $18. 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org/event/2018-landscape-garden-tour/

MEET & GREET – 4 – 6 p.m. Meet Joyce St. George who is running for the State Senate. 6th Ward Athletic Club, 22 W. Broadway, Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/1837352163146400/events/?source=4&action_history=null&filter=events

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

History On The Colonial Frontier

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HISTORY MEETING – 7 p.m. “Ethnicity, Family, Alliance and War: Scots-Irish Immigration and Defense of the Colonial New York Frontier, 1740 to 1778” presented by Terry McMaster at the April Meeting of the Fly Creek Area Historical Society. The Old Grange Building, Cemetery Rd., Fly Creek. Call 607-547-9334 or e-mail inthevalley@oecblue.com

THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy “The Magic Play” featuring magician/actor Brett Schneider incorporating magic into the play. The audience will have the opportunity to participate. Tickets, Pay-What-You-Will. Archbold Theater, Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Call 315-443-2636 or visit www.syracusestage.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.28

Preparing For Climate Change

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CLIMATE LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Young, Geologist, presents “Mid-Century Resilience in the Face of Climate Extremes and Population Growth: How Lessons From the Lone Star State Can Benefit the Nation,” at the Rude Memorial Lecture. Free, open to the public. Anderson Center, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4021 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-welcomes-michael-young-83-rude-memorial-lecture/

JUSTICE FILM SERIES – 5:30 p.m. Screening of “The Times of Harvey Milk” (1984). Includes vegetarian dinner at 6, screening begins at 7. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Call 607-432-3491 or visit www.uuso.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15

When Susan B.

Anthony Came To Town

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FCAHS MEETING – 7 p.m. Tom Heitz presents “The Strong-Minded Women Are Coming,” about Susan B. Anthony’s visit to Cooperstown to meet the women and male supporters interested in forming a Woman’s Rights Committee and the reaction of local citizens. Fly Creek Area Historical Society, 210 Cemetery Rd, Fly Creek. fcahs.org

LECTURE SERIES – 6:30-8 p.m. Learn the what, why, and how of reduce, reuse, recycle with featured speakers Karen Sullivan, Karey Foster, Bob Sutherland. Free, registration required. Mohican Farm, 7207 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-4488 or e-mail programdirector@occainfo.org or visit occainfo.org/calendar/be-informed-lecture-series-the-what-why-and-how-of-reduce-reuse-and-recycle/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25

Future Of Food Conference

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FUTURE OF FOOD – 6-9 p.m. Join Origins Cafe, others to inspire, empower the community to eat and grow locally. Cost $40. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-437-2862 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/origins

LECTURE – 7 p.m. Ecologies Dr. David Inouye delivers lecture on Environmental Education and Communication titled “the Effects of Climate Change on Wildflowers and animals in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.” Free, open to the public. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3317 or visit suny.oneonta.edu

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCT. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCT. 10

Tinkering In 3-D

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TINKERING TUESDAY – 3:30-5 p.m. Create a Fidget-Spinner on the 3-D printer. Registration required. Printing fee of $2. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call (607)432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/

KNITTING GROUP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

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