A History of Greenfield's Mount Pleasant and the Glass Factory:Including a History of John W. James & Middle Grove; also The History of Plank Road & NY Route 9N.by Ron Fuelner In the 1840s, Oscar Granger, a master glass blower and owner of a glass factory in central NY, partnered with a Town of Greenfield entrepreneur, John W. James, who owned a paper mill and bank, and also had a town (now Middle Grove) named after him. Together, they built a new glass factory and mill town in the wilderness above Lake Desolation. Within a decade, Mount Pleasant was the most prosperous hamlet in the Town of Greenfield. They next turned their attention to an engineering marvel of the day, the building of a plank road to service their community. One of these men prospered, the other failed and was run out of town in disgrace. Mount Pleasant is gone; timberland with stone wall fences and occasional cellar depressions are all that is left of the once thriving community.
153 pages, 8 and ½ x11 inches, paperback, $19.95 plus tax and shipping. You can purchase from the author at (518) 893-0620
Jim Smith's American Stories by James A. Smith, Jr. with Mary Ann Lynch, 2003, soft cover, $25. “Jim Smith's American Stories spins a tale some eighty years long. It takes us from New Jersey streets where Jim played as a boy, to Marine campaigns throughout the Pacific during World War Two, and then home to the Adirondack foothills—to family, friends, jobs, his guitar, and to Rose, his bride of now more than fifty-seven years. These are American stories by an American son. They will liven your heart and touch your soul. Available from the author in limited quatities. Call 518 584 3048.
Adirondack Justice by Ron Feulner, 2005, soft cover, $14.95. This colorful character driven novel about rural life in a small Adirondack town before interstate highways opened the mountains to urban America and changed the region forever will interest anyone who cares about the human condition. Timeless stories of prejudice, greed, compassion, and justice reduce life to its least common denominators. It has history, mystery, comedy, and tragedy set against a backdrop of sawmills, hillside farms, country stores, and one-room schools. It is a book about two children growing up, but it is not a children's book. Available from the author. Call 518 893 0620.
Ballston Spa: Legacies Unlimited by Villlage History Consultant Maurice “Christopher” Morley, writer Ann Hauprich, photographer Antonio Bucca and book illustrator Jody Wheeler. This Ballston Spa book celebrates Village’s Past, Present & Future. Available January 2009 in local bookstores and the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa. http://www.legaciesunlimited.us/