Setting the Record Straight
After the publication of the 4th 2016 edition of the Hemlock, MTHS president Cyndi LaPierre received a phone call from a granddaughter of Ferris Thompson, Claudia Lane. Claudia and her mother and aunts discussed the building of the swimming hole on the Batavia Kill that served guests at the Thompson House and the Osborn House that is mentioned in the article about Larry Tompkins. The Thompson sisters distinctly remember watching their father build the dam and dredge the stream. With the following revision that was submitted to us by Claudia Lane, we wish to set the record straight on that point. We are publishing this revision on our website, Facebook page, and will attach a printed copy to the archived copies of the Hemlock. We strive to publish and archive accurate information and welcome corrections from those with local knowledge.
The Thompson Brothers, owners of The Thompson House, asked permission from the owners of the Osborn House, next door if the could dredge the river and build a dam. They created a 10 feet deep swimming hole where there was a high diving board and guests could canoe. On Saturdays there was a water show. For the finale an employee would high dive through a ring of fire. Larry vividly remembers the shockingly ice cold........
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the MTHS Local History Day on August 22, 2016!
Thanks to the MTHS board members who worked on the scene all day and behind the scenes prior to that.
A special thank you to Mara Lehmann who spent a lot of time and energy pulling everything together!
Thank you to board member Randy Hoose for bringing Rip Van Winkle to life to the delight of all the attendees.
Thank you to John Curran for opening the archives for the day to share with the history lovers who came in.
Thank you to the volunteers for the event who are not board members and generously gave their time to help with everything from directing parking to selling raffle tickets and hot dogs.
Thank you to the local history groups who set up displays at the event: Eastkill Valley Historical Association, Greene County Historical Society, the Haines Family Association, and Lexington Historical Society.
Thank you to Linda Nicholls of Greene Room Players for directing a new group of puppeteers for the Rip Van Winkle Puppet Show. Thank you to Jen Byrne and Mary Kate Kroyer and their daughters for doing a great job of performing the historic puppet show.
Thank you to storyteller Carol Spear for enchanting young and old!
Thank you to Jim Planck for his interesting presentation about Rip Van Winkle; it is always good to learn new things about an old subject.
Thank you to Paul Misko for his entertaining history quiz. It was an amusing and informative way to close the day. Paul also provided a Rip Van Winkle themed activity with his bowling alley. That saw a lot of use during the day.
Thank you to the Twilight Day Camp counsellors who supervised the Children's Tent.
Thank you to the local publisher and the authors in the Book Tent: Steve Hoare of Black Dome Press, Larry Tompkins, David and Wanda Dorpfeld, Johanna and Rob Titus, and Dede Terns Thorpe.
Thank you to the media who let people know about this special day in Haines Falls.
Thank you to the Mountain Top Arboretum for providing a golf cart for the day.
Thank you to Chris Scott for providing porta-johns.
Thank you to the Town of Hunter, Stewart's Shops, and Greene County for financial support.
And a big thank you to everyone who came to Haines Falls on Local History Day to participate in our celebration.!