History Repeats Itself

By Matthew Urtz

(Madison County, NY – April 2013) ‘History repeats itself’ is a phrase we have all heard, and it is true. Recently Madison County is experiencing a rebirth of hops growing. Drive south along Route 46 in the late summer or early fall, and you will see the bines climbing at a number […]

Morrisville Public Library: Let’s Read About Frogs

Morrisville Public Library News

By Michelle Rounds

(Morrisville, NY – April 2013) During the months of April, May and June we will be hosting a Madison County History series featuring Matthew Urtz, County Historian. He will be doing three different talks on Madison County.

The first one is Friday April 12 at 6:30pm. He will […]

County Historian to Present ‘Faces from Madison County’

(Morrisville, NY – April 2013) On Friday April 12 at 6:30 p.m. the Morrisville Public Library will host the talk “Faces from Madison County,” by Madison County Historian Matt Urtz. Madison County was home to some of the most innovative thinkers in American History. Madison County residents have directly affected the movie industry, the development […]

Easter Basket Raffle Tickets on Sale

Morrisville Public Library News

By Michelle A. Rounds

(Morrisville, NY – March 2013) Be sure to buy your tickets for our Easter Basket Raffle going on now. Get your tickets at the library or from any trustee to win a children’s basket full of goodies. Tickets are $1 each. Winners will be announced Friday, March […]

County Historian to Speak in Deansboro

(Deansboro, NY – March 2013) On Thursday March 21 at 7:30 p.mm. the Town of Marshall Historical Society will host the talk “Faces from Madison County,” by Madison County Historian Matt Urtz at the Town Hall in Deansboro.

Madison County was home to some of the most innovative thinkers in American History. Madison County residents […]

Medal of Honor Series Wraps up with Lt. Terrance Graves

Second Lieutenant Terrance Graves was 22 when he died.

On July 7, 2001, the Village of Groton (Tompkins County, where his family had relocated) unveiled a memorial honoring Terrance C. Graves. His remains were returned to the United States and are interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Hamilton with his sister and maternal grandparents.

By Matthew […]

Preston a Medal of Honor Recipient

By Matthew Urtz

(Madison, NY) Continuing with our series on Medal of Honor recipients with roots in Madison County, the second Medal of Honor recipient discussion focuses on Noble Preston. According to census records in 1850, Noble was living with his maternal grandfather, Portright Blakeslee in the town of Madison.

By the 1855 census, he […]

What Madison County Soldiers can tell us about the Civil War

(Oneida, NY – Jan. 2013) In his program Letters to Home at Oneida Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz will reveal the bitterness, frustrations, homesickness, humor and gallantry of Madison County volunteers on the battlefields of the Civil War in their own words written home to family […]

County Archives Come Out into the Light

(Wampsville, NY) Madison County celebrated its annual Archives Day Oct. 10; the focus this year celebrated Madison County Railroads.

Items on display included railroad bonds, maps, corporations and court cases involving railroads.

Featured speakers included Dick Palmer of Syracuse, who spoke about Frank Cargill (the last station master of the Lehigh Valley Railroad at Cazenovia […]

Medal of Honor: Wilson Smith

By Matthew Urtz

(Wampsville) The first Medal of Honor recipient discussion focuses on Wilson Smith. According to birth records, Smith was born in Oriskany Falls Sept. 7, 1841. He was raised in the town of Madison. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, Smith entered “Grennelle’s Light Infantry in Madison Sept. 6, 1861. Soon […]

Madison County Medal of Honor Recipients to be Highlighted

(Wampsville, NY – Dec. 2012) The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy that can be given to an individual serving in the Armed Forces. The honor traces back to 1861 when an Iowa senator, James W. Grimes, presented a bill to produce and distribute “medals of honor” […]

Archives Day Celebrates Madison County Railroads

(Wampsville, NY – Oct. 2012) On Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Madison County will celebrate Archives Month once again by hosting their annual Archives Day in Building No. 4 (DMV Building), 138 N. Court St., Wampsville.

This year’s event will celebrate Madison County Railroads. Items on display will include railroad bonds, […]