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The Times
  • Local history books reprinted

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  • Encouraged by requests, historian Anita Smith has had two local history books reprinted.
    They are the Village of St. Johnsville Sesquicentennial History and the 1780-1980 Bicentennial book of the Schoharie and Mohawk Valley Raids.
    The village of St. Johnsville history book contains interviews with senior citizens who offered stories from the past. Included are tales of village pride from current residents, many pages of photos and the 1988 Town of St. Johnsville History Book.
    Smith compiled the book on the Schoharie and Mohawk Valley raids. It contains of description of Sir John Johnson's raids through both valleys by James F. Morrison, a noted military historian. The battles of Stone Arabia and Klock's Field are described, using British and American reports. The book also contains a list of Col. Jacob Klock's Tryon County Militia Regiment members.
    The Haldimand paper is Johnson's battle report to his commanding officer. This was printed in a 1944 issue of the enterprise and News. Milo Nellis, historian, used this report to describe the battle of Klock's Field, fought on the eastern border of St. Johnsville, by using 1944 landmarks. Smith updated it with 1980 landmarks. On Oct. 19, 1780, the battle was fought in the area where the town of St. Johnsville Complex and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park are located today. Klock's Battlefield is the only battle site in the state that is crossed by a major highway, state Route 5.
    Both books may be purchased from Amazon.com under anitasmithsbooks.com or by calling 518-568-2910.

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