Question and answer page

If you have a question regarding anything related to Mt.Upton feel free to ask on this page.

Does any one recall:

The Upton Castle?

The old farm house and barn on the back side of the river and who live there?

The Stone Cross?

 the Totum Pole on Mt. Upton hill?

Jones bridge?

Sled rides down Twitchell’s hill?

Ice skating on Trusdell’s farm?

The Point?

Holloween nights?

Much,much more…


47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dick Walters
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 03:12:59

    Jones Bridge,I re I fell of the ramp, (head first) landed on and fractured my left elbow, It allowed access to the swimming hole and the big rock, we played many baseball games on the island, if you time your jumps just right on the bridge, you could get it undulating like “Galloping Gertie google it to find out more.


    • Bill
      Nov 28, 2010 @ 12:24:55

      I never knew that.


    • barney j
      Nov 28, 2010 @ 23:26:49

      My cousin Joe (who was your neighbor) and I took great delight in sneaking across that bridge! I do beleive your brother Tom may have been in on a few of those adventures! Being a few years younger than you, I don’t remember the island being clear of brush or sweet corn enough to allow a baseball game! Where was the big rock? I have been on those islands trapping since 1960 and I have no memory of any large rocks on it. I do recall an old shack and wondered if you know what its purpose was.


      • Bill
        Nov 28, 2010 @ 23:31:32

        As far as the shack on the island is concerned, Paul Jones used it as a chicken house. Not sure about the rock, I think it may have been on the back side of the island near the swimming hole.

    • barney j
      Dec 07, 2010 @ 20:20:40

      Did anyone witness the bridge being built? What year? I’ll bet Paul found some way to utilize his jeep during its constuction!


  2. Bill
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 17:00:23

    As of 11/28/2010, we have had 2075 views of the web site. 190 just today.


    • barney j
      Nov 28, 2010 @ 23:51:53

      thanks for the info! Keep up the great work! This site has unlimited possibilities. I will dig up some old photos and get them to you. Thanks


  3. Rick Boeck
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 12:40:35

    I remember the Totem pole at the council ring on Mt. Upton hill, and Jones’s bridge, and the point and they all bring back many fond memories of the years I lived there. What a great life we had! This is a wonderful idea. I wish I had pictures to contribute but I will keep checking back to see what is new and comment if I can. Great job!!!!


  4. Dick Walters
    Dec 01, 2010 @ 13:08:05

    The big rock was a large bolder that was about 3 feet under water in the old swimming hole on the far side of the island. Unless you had swam there you would not know it was there.


  5. Leeny
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 13:58:02

    Does anyone have a photo of the HUGE old smokestack at the Borden Milk Plant (?) located down near where the fire house is today? or photos of the plant? The noon whistle used to blow every day…and again I think at 7PM? There were two milk plants as I remember, one was up behind the Post Office. There also was the old fire house which was approx across from the Meth Church. The Clabels lived near it…and eventually in the 60’s, it was changed into an auto garage business. I also remember going to some baseball games on a field out in back of the present firehouse….it was a lower field that some farmers kept mowed for us. Anyone remember that?


  6. Dick Walters
    Dec 04, 2010 @ 20:55:07

    The baseball games were played in what were the old ice ponds. This area was flooded each winter and ice was taken and stored in the large buildings at the top of the hill. Many high school, little league and town team baseball games were played there as well as football games. This continued until the elementary school was completed and new fields were developed.


  7. Jewell Hayes
    Dec 05, 2010 @ 17:22:45

    I have lots of pictures of the League Plant, the smokestack, the Depot with trains at the station, the churches, Rockwell’s mills that Jerry Baker and I copied from old pictures. They were slides that I converted to a DVD but do not know how to get them to this site. I have mailed some discs to people in town. They are in my Windows picture gallery as digital images. Tell Rick Boeck that I have the Christmas program at the church from 1984 and picture of him on the ladder controlling the lights and sound when the Cooneys were here as pastor of the Methodist Church.


  8. Bill
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 15:38:20

    How about playing “Kick the Can” down in front of my house (Eileen Borst’s) evenings???


  9. Tony
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 07:50:58

    In Mt Upton Past In Pictures, I believe the photo of the two young boys on the lawn directly across the street from the old gas station and the Mt Upton Hotel are Ed and Jim Johnson (Jim has the six-shooter), sons of Ray Johnson and the late Virginia Johnson. I could be wrong but I don’t think so.


  10. Bill
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 06:15:45

    Banking Day….In the Elementary School…..Ah yes, every Tuesday morning. Bring in your bank book to deposit into your ever growing account….a quarter at a time. Anyone still have your bank book???? Or the $$$$$ ?


    • Nancy (Curtis) Shepard
      Feb 27, 2011 @ 14:40:19

      Yes, Bill, I remember “Banking Day” in elementary school. Can you even imagine doing that today? I did a dollar a week, occasionally $2; the teacher would write in the amount on your bank book. I will have to ask Mrs. (Arlene) Russ if she remembers doing this? Thanks for the memory!


  11. Bill
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 10:13:25

    I received these messages regarding the Cross on the hill north of Mt. Upton.

    Debra Weidman Russ 9:36pm Jan 4

    Interesting, I was telling my Mom who is now 87 about this and she mentioned that the KKK did burn on that hill back in the day, it was before my time, she said there was a small building up on that same hill at one time, maybe that is where they had meetings. Would love to hear if anyone else has info about this.

    Mary Twitchell 9:58am Jan 4

    Durring the 1920’s the KKK was active in many communities in upstate NY, according to Art who was a young boy at the time, they held meetings on the hill and burned crosses, when they died out the church stepped in created the stone cross. Art was maybe 12, said he had a paper route and pedaled very fast past that area


  12. S Park-Teelon
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 23:51:07

    The milk plant behind the Post Office was where my Dad took his milk cans every morning. It was located in Rockdale in early 50’s….I think when it was moved to Mt Upton it was still called “Rockdale Creamery” Does anyone know…..not sure if I have remembered right.


  13. Rick Boeck
    Jan 14, 2011 @ 14:51:19

    The Rockdale Creamery was where my dad and I used to take the cans of milk we picked up from farmers from Shumway Hill all the way up the Great Brook and back during the mid 60’s Can’t remember all the employees now but two of the Burnhams worked there at the time. I used to drive a 3/4 ton pickup with a flat rack to pick up all the milk from the Shumway Hill area before school every morning. Picked up milk at the Fitch’s , Valentines, and Ralph and Loren Wildenstein along with several others that I no longer remember. 365 days a year. The cows never stopped! Hard work and great fun too. They also had block ice there during the summer.


  14. judy cole haymes
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 09:52:09

    The farm on the backside of the river – the farm right across the river on the left side belonged to my grandparents, Albert and Vivian Truesdell. They had 2 barns and a chicken coop up the hill. There was also the pond where we ice skated in the winter. My Mom, Ruth Cole and aunt,Marion Wadsworth were raised there


  15. judy cole haymes
    Jan 22, 2011 @ 08:43:52

    Bill I really don’t


  16. Bill
    Jan 25, 2011 @ 14:34:48

    Barney, I’m not sure where you are talking about lived. We are looking for the name of the family that lived on the back side of the river between Truesdall’s and John Hartwell’s home on the river.


    • barney j
      Jan 25, 2011 @ 19:16:09

      The only house between Truesdell’s and Hartwell’s was directly across the river from the Percival home. In my lifetime the place was never lived in. The last occupants were a family named Gager. The buildings have been gone for at least 40 years, but the lilac bush that graced the front lawn survives. I have defintive information on the next house up stream also.


  17. Betty Fitch Bump
    Jan 26, 2011 @ 16:21:30

    Sally, you are right about the smaller creamery in Mt. Upton being the Rockdale Creamery. The producers who shipped with Rockdale Creamery were members of a different Marketing Coop than those who shipped with Dairymens League Co-op. The Dairymens League was a bigger cooperative and offered a lot of family benefit programs to its member families to entice its members to stay with and to be forever happy with the “League”. I remember going with Hazel Wildenstein on a League Youth Retreat down in Bloomsburg, Pa., ( we didn’t ship with Dairymens League, but the Wildenstein’s were kind to invite me to come along. )It was a fun trip and I came home with a Panorama Picture of all the participants! It was an amazing trip for me. One of the first times of being thrust among serious young dairy people. Wonder where there lives took them. Probably retired and living in Florida in a secure retirement community! But thanks to the Wildenstein Family for the opportunity
    My Dad took on the hauling of the Milk for some of the Shumway Hill Families for a time. It was before R. Boeck, but after Ralph Wildenstein. Dad, worked in Scintilla nights also, so his days were long(You get an appreciation for that after you get out of the kid stage). At any rate, I had my drivers license and during the summer after graduation, I took over the morning milk pickup. All went along fine for a while, no problems, milk into the creamery okay and got the cans back to the right farms, until about fair time. Things always got real, not just a little!, hectic at the Fitch Farm at fair Time. I must have been running late, several times, and on a Tight schedule. When one day Daddy caught me at the door and he was mad. Very Mad! He’d had a call from Mrs. Miller. She said she had scooped Polywogs out of her milk cans for the second day in a row. He knew what I’d done—scooted around a corner way too fast and the can fell into the ditch, lid a-flying. That was the end of my milk hauling days! On Farming and life on Shumway Hill and MUCS, “You never know what you’ll miss, until it is gone from you.
    Nice to chat and Keep up the good work on this site.


  18. Bill
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 11:10:10

    I was discussing the history of the farms one the back side of the river above the Truesdell’s farm with Bob Rowe of Gilbertsville and he indicated that the farm in question was the Coon farm. Does any one remember this name in relation to the above location?


  19. Leeny
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 12:41:25

    Great NEW look! You just keep amazing us all!!!!!


  20. Bill
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 13:32:16

    Does anyone remember the name Coon, as in the Coon farm on back side of the river towards Hartwells?


  21. Mike "Tessie" Platz
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 16:08:30

    My Mom worked at Rockdale Creamery, both Rocdale and MU. It was still called The Rockdale Creamery in MU
    Also, I seem to remember a Bruce Coon?


  22. Mike "Tessie" Platz
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 16:28:34

    Ah yes, The Point! Swimming after school, rope jumping, nite swims (clothes optional), parties of all kinds, etc.


  23. Mike "Tessie" Platz
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 16:50:44

    The fire whistles blew at noon, and on Wednesday nights at 7 Pm, both in Rockdale and MU. Wed. nite was a Mutual Aid test from Chenango Cty.


    • Nancy (Curtis) Shepard
      Feb 27, 2011 @ 14:45:58

      I remember the fire whistle blowing daily at noon at 7 PM on Wednesdays. My Mom used it as a clock in the summer, teling us to come home when we heard the whistle. Her “own whistle” was used to get us from the playground at 5:30 to come home for dinner! She was really good with that one!


  24. Bill
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 17:03:39

    Where was the fire Whistle located?


    • Mike "Tessie" Platz
      Feb 25, 2011 @ 17:52:00

      Rockdale was on top of the firehouse next to the church, MU. can’t remember for sure, either on top of Dairymens League (my guess) or on the GLF.


      • Nancy (Curtis) Shepard
        Feb 27, 2011 @ 14:48:27

        Definitely on Dairymen’s League side of Route 8. Can still hear it today! Don’t ever recall GLF having a whistle, but my grandfather’s Feed Store did. Whoa, that was real loud!

    • Barney J
      Feb 27, 2011 @ 18:14:43

      The fire siren(whistle), was located on the cupola of Curtis’ Feed Store.


    • Barney J
      Feb 27, 2011 @ 19:22:14

      When the fire station was moved to its present site, a siren was installed there too.


  25. Mike "Tessie" Platz
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 19:46:08

    Rick, you are right about block ice at the creamery. It was made in a big pool of brine, in steel boxes full of water lowered into the brine (which was chilled to about O degrees). The pool or ice field, as they called it, was in the floor in the back of the building inside. It could produce aprox. 40 blocks a day at full capacity.


  26. judy cole haymes
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 09:22:27

    Mike – Bruce Coon is now engaged to ex sister-in-law – Donna Cole. I remember the noon whistle – in the summer it was time to get home for lunch. Do you remember the old sawmill in Rockdale?


  27. Mike "Tessie" Platz
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 16:58:40

    Judy, I do remember it! What an adventure!


  28. Mike "Tessie" Platz
    Mar 04, 2011 @ 19:25:35

    I remember the ruins of the old castle. It was off the road to the right about 2 miles from the bridge in MU heading to G’Ville. Great place to explore and let your imagination run wild. Am I correct that it was a part of the “underground railroad”? It seemed to carry some sort of history of that nature.


  29. Esther (Townsend) Heath
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 18:44:54

    Why are the Class of 1944 and 1946 not listed?


  30. mariruth
    Sep 03, 2017 @ 18:29:59

    Can I ask a question regarding Rockwells Mills in this thread?


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