Fulton County’s association with Hollywood studied

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s historian is working on a presentation about the county and its association with Hollywood, enhanced by a recent interview with a man who had access to national figures.

County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino discussed her projects Wednesday with the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee at the County Office Building.

“I an doing some research on a couple different projects,” Hall-Saladino said.

She said she conducted a phone interview Oct. 22 with Tom Willard. She said she received contact information for him from Gloversville Public Library officials.

Willard’s family had a camp on Canada Lake in the 1950s and they allowed the Schines to use the dock, along with of their guests – U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his lawyer, Roy Cohn. The Schine family’s Myhil estate in that area was also a popular place at that time. Hall-Saladino said this was during the summer of the McCarthy hearings in Washington D.C. in 1954.

“I recorded the interview and I’m working on transcribing it,” Hall-Saladino said.

The county historian said she will eventually be offering copies of her interview to area historians, museums and libraries for their collections. She said the timing of the Willard interview was “serendipitous,” as she is currently working on a presentation about Fulton County in Hollywood.

“That presentation is part of the New York State History Month in November,” Hall-Saladino said.

She said the talk will be free and open to the public and take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

Hall-Saladino said she also assisted retired state Supreme Court Justice Robert Best with research for an article he’s writing about the historic Fulton County Courthouse for the New York State Bar Association.

Elsewhere in her report to the county, Hall-Saladino said responses have been coming in for an art and essay contest for the “Year of the Glove” celebration planned for 2019. She said students from the Gloversville Enlarged School District, and Broadalbin-Perth Central School District and Mayfield Central School District are already involved.

Hall-Saladino said students don’t have to act in conjunction with their schools, they just have to live in Fulton County.

“Students can submit as individuals,” she said.

Those interested in the contest should contact Patsy Suydam at [email protected]

Hall-Saladino also reported she recently presented a ‘Spirits of Sacandaga” program for Halloween at an Edinburg Historical Society meeting. She was assisted Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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