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Q: Info wanted - Conesville/West Conesville, NY State ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Info wanted - Conesville/West Conesville, NY State
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: johndenton-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 20 Apr 2006 06:05 PDT
Expires: 20 May 2006 06:05 PDT
Question ID: 720929
I'm a UK-based writer, working on a novel set in 1965, in which some
of the action is set around West Conesville near the Schoharie
Reservoir in New York State. I hope to visit the area later this year,
but in the meantime, some background info would help.

I need to know whether there were any shops, bars or even hotels in
West Conesville in 1965 - if so, name, brief description etc would be
a big help. If West Conesville was too small at that time for these
things, the same info relating to Conesville would be useful.

Any help much appreciated!

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 20 Apr 2006 07:07 PDT
Yowza, John.

The current population of Conesville is only 700 people:

and I didn't even see a listing for W. Conesville!!!

You picked a mighty obscure spot for getting old details about.  

On the other hand, if you make stuff up, who's going to know...?

In the absence of a source of historical material on this town, is
there anything else we might do for you on this one?

Subject: Re: Info wanted - Conesville/West Conesville, NY State
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 20 Apr 2006 10:37 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi johndenton,

I got carried away(!) simply because of the volume of pages to wade
through, and it always seemed like more information was very close.
Incredible amount of stuff for so little, --but I did find a few
nuggets for you. It's hard to tell absolutely on some, but you can
call them and ask. I have provided you with ample ideas and contact
information to find out for sure, if you want to. The town historian
has been very busy!

I think these establishments were "open for business" in West Conesville, in 1965:

Waterfall House (probably, call them)

Richtmyer's Tavern (maybe)

Gilboa-Conesville Central School (YES)

West Conesville Methodist Church (YES)
St. Anna's Roman Catholic Church (maybe)

Conesville Fire Department (probably, call them)

(YES --see below)


A Short History Town of Conesville
Beatrice Mattice, Town Historian
RD1 Box 265
Gilboa, New York 12076

Conesville, New York,_New_York



Schoharie County NYGenWeb Site 
Cemeteries - Town of Conesville
Schoharie County, New York 

Submitted by Beatrice Haskin Mattice, Town Historian, October 2002
This is a list of 1,781 names of people in all cemeteries in the Town
of Conesville. The information was taken from tombstones, and is not
complete as many did not have monuments. The names and dates have been
recorded as accurately as possible, the old writing often being very
hard to decipher.

[note at the bottom there is a specific passage to researchers from
the town historian]

Table of Contents

PICTURE INDEX PAGE - Views of Schoharie County, NY


Schoharie County NYGenWeb Site

Mystery Photos of Schoharie County, NY
I bet one of these guys is a character in your book!


BAR Possibilities:

Here's a picture of Richtmyer's Tavern:

Nick's Waterfall House
West Conesville, New York 12076-9732


Obituaries sometimes hold clues, and I'll let you do the math, I'm
just passing on anything that looks good.

Found them here:

THE DAILY STAR ONLINE, the Newspaper for the Heartland of New York


This woman was 21 when she married and moved to West Conesville in 1963. 

Diana E. Hunter
She was a Girl Scout leader, a volunteer at the Gilboa-Conesville
Central School and a member of St. Anna's Roman Catholic Church,
Summit. Died 2003


Emma Young All
Emma married Abram All on Feb. 23, 1931, at the West Conesville
Methodist Church. Abram died March 6, 1966.



Doris M. Cronk
ROXBURY ? Doris M. Cronk, 79, a lifelong area resident, died at her
Roxbury home Monday, Jan. 30, 2006.

Born in West Conesville, she was the daughter of Ernest and Clara
(Hungerford) Myers.

She married Eugene W. Cronk in Grand Gorge in March 1942. He died July 5, 1989. 

Doris had worked as a waitress at the __Waterfall House__, Chateau and
RonDeVoo restaurants.


John Bradley Stewart
He was born June 11, 1927, in West Conesville, the son of Frank and
Stella (Mead) Stewart.

A lifelong West Conesville resident, he continued to reside in the
home he was born in until his illness.

He was a farmer, carpenter and on the West Conesville road crew.

Mr. Stewart was a past member of the Conesville Fire Department, the
Bill Lewis Square Dance Band and the Conesville Methodist Church.

Here's a picture of the Fire Department:


Reginald Haskin
CONESVILLE ? Reginald Haskin, 68, of Conesville died Sunday, April 25,
2004, in the town of Gilboa as a result of a logging accident.

He graduated from Gilboa-Conesville Central School in 1954. He served
in the United States Army in Korea.

He was a member of the VFW in Stamford and the American Legion in Conesville.


These pages should keep you busy for awhile. I trust this will work
for you. If you want a clarification, just ask.


Search terms used at Google:
"Schoharie Reservoir"
Conesville History
Conesville News
"West Conesville" obituaries
"West Conesville" 1950...1965
"West Conesville" timeline
johndenton-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
Very comprehensive - lots of material to follow up. Very prompt
response too - extremely impressed - thanks!

Subject: Re: Info wanted - Conesville/West Conesville, NY State
From: cynthia-ga on 01 May 2006 22:14 PDT

Thanks so much for the kind words, the 5 stars and the tip!


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