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The early history of the Town of Ellicott, NY.

Personal recollections of Dr. Gilbert W. HAZELTINE, 1887

Respectfully submitted by Dolores Pratt Davidson 

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First Road
   The first piece of "thorough" road making in this country was from the HUMPHREY house to the foot of the hill near the residence of Frank E. GIFFORD. Soon, after our townsman A.F. ALLEN, was married, he built a tolerable frame house on the ALLEN farm about a half mile from town, on what is now known as Warren St. The house has for several years been occupied by Anthony BRATT. 

   The "flat" as it was called, was always muddy, and full of holes although great labor from year to year had been expended upon it.   After 'GUST'  had broken his nice new homemade wagon several times in driving down to church, he determined that this bit of road that no one had been able to mend, should be cured, and had himself made pathmaster for that purpose. 

   He went to work, first taking out fabulous quantities of old logs, planks, etc. casting out the mucky soil to each side for sidewalks; and he then drew hundreds of loads of stone from the outlet , with which h filled in the canal he had made, where once had been the road. This he covered with bank gravel,  opened the ditches on the side and the road was complete. 

   His older fellow citizens looked on with amazement and with grumbling, but "GUST" kept on to work and gave them but little satisfaction.  He was noted for doing anything he undertook, and doing it thoroughly, and well. He spent the whole tax of his district 
on that short piece of road, but it has needed nothing more than ordinary repairs in the past 45 years.

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