Town of Madison Historical Society News

(Madison, NY – March 2013) The Town of Madison Historical Society Speaker Program begins the 2013 season with local author Jim Ford and his newest book on Grove Hinman. He will discuss his book with a PowerPoint presentation at the Madison Historical building, South Street, Madison, Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

Perhaps no other person in the Madison area has generated as much conversation and as many stories as that of Hinman. From the time of his arrival in the Solsville area c.1912 until his death in March 1961, his business dealings have become the source of legends.

Grove was raised in Deansboro, one of 11 children. Early in his life, he developed a keen sense of business and began dealing in vegetables and cattle. Following his move to Solsville, he continued the cattle business and also began to delve into the purchase of a local feed mill, a basket factory, area farms and the raising of peas and beans.

During the 1920s, Grove obtained ownership of the Madison Lake property. The dances and clambakes held there made this a popular site; however, the illegal sale of alcohol at the lake led to arrests and court appearances.

Later dealings, including the purchase of a hotel in Florida and his interest in the racetrack at Vernon, only added to the stories that have come down to us over the many years. There seemed to be nothing that he would not undertake, especially if there was the possibility of a profit.

Opinions have always been mixed concerning Grove, but no one can dispute the fact that he was truly a Madison success story.

Refreshments will be served; for more information or directions, call 315.893.7910.

By martha

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