Source: "Souvenir of Ilion," Ilion, N.Y.:Citizen Print. 1904. No Author.
The charming book "Souvenir of Ilion" is primarily page after page of favorite inspirational sayings and quotes from literary sources submitted by village residents. Intermixed are many, many small black and white photographs of buildings, homes, businesses, scenic views, and especially individuals, as well as a short history of the town and village. Copies of the book were provided by Carolyn Deming Bayer, IHS Class of '47, of Ilion, and Jane Russel Nile, IHS Class of '50, from Aptos, CA., and transcribed by Paul T. McLaughlin. I am indebted to Carolyn and Jane for this because, without it, I would not have been able to provide this touch of history to our readers. I also want to acknowledge the immeasurable support and assistance provided to me by Lisa Slaski, Assistant County Coordinator for the Herkimer/Montgomery Counties GenWeb website.
The original posting of this souvenir provided the name index, consisting of 295 persons, which were diligently hand-copied by Martha Magill. We now include scans of all the photographs and a full transcript! All spellings are given exactly as printed. A crumbling copy of the book is available to view in the genealogy section of the New York City Public Library on 5th Avenue. It was noted that this copy of the book was a "Gift of Ilion Free Library" in 1904, so presumably there are copies at libraries in Herkimer County. The book was brought out in an archival box, no photocopying or interlibrary loan, as the loose pages flake when you turn them.
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