Words cannot describe the 20 plus years we (I) have spent down here trying to keep the history of Eaton alive. Time mixed with memories that are both good and bad.
The original group of Neighbors for Historic Eaton formed out of the group that put on the Bicentennial for the Hamlet of Eaton… a thing that took great co-operation and time…and much effort.
The result of this is the Old Town of Eaton Museum and the Friends of the Old Town of Eaton Museum, a group now left in great part to new faces as the old ones have slipped from our grasp one by one. How sad to look back, and yet how wonderful to have these memories.
I myself am not from Eaton or Madison County, and yet by that right alone was able to solicit help that bore no old grudge nor hard feelings… as do occur in small country towns. I started by writing weekly updates on an old word processor loaned to me by Mike Curtis. These articles were published in the Mid-York Weekly at a time when we had to take them to the paper’s office to get them put into print…a world of difference from in today’s world of internet sending of both prose and pictures for publication.
We also… with the help of Bob Betz and myself put up the first webpage for Southern Madison County History called Our Old Town. I did all the writing for that and took the pictures on old used computers and a cheap camera. That progressed to covering 20 pus historic sites for Madison and Southern Onondaga County as Fall Festival History Weekend.
We have worked hard, and we finally have a 501 not for profit charity status, but we need to continue in that vain to support the Eaton Museum.
As New Year closes in on us, although a season of hope and joy for many, let us remember the past struggles with happiness for their success…and let us remember with much sadness those who have passed on to become a piece of Eaton’s vast history.
This year coming …will bring us closer to the future…but with sad eyes we tend to in the holiday season to look back…
***Please take the time to view the video below… put sound on… and revisit the Bicentennial in 1995 and view many of our neighbors, relations, and friends who have passed on!