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Title: Three Centuries on the Hudson River: One ...
Publisher: William Staats
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Three Centuries on the Hudson River, One Family...one Dutch House: The Story of Hoogebergh, a 1696 family homestead on the banks of the Hudson River is told by one member of the eleven generations of Staats who have owned and occupied the fieldstone structure since Dutch colonial days in upstate New York. This fun-filled narrative emphasizes early history starting with progenitor Abram Staats (1617-1693) and it continues through the American Revolution and into the early twenty-first century. Read about the days of the ice house, the Hudson River Day Line, the Great Depression, World War II...supplemented by stories of alleged ghosts and haunting episodes. Share the enjoyment of family capers involved in the activities of swimming, boating, social gatherings, Sunday dinners and holiday traditions along with the serious tasks of renovations, incorporation and property management. Dozens of photos and testimonials enrich the content of this thoroughly entertaining workAbout the Author:
This is the first publication for W. L. Staats who was born in Albany, NY in 1932. He grew up at Hoogebergh and in Rensselaer. In 1950, he graduated from Van Rensselaer High School and proceeded on to the New York State Teachers' College at Albany (now the University at Albany). Tuition at the ttime was $42 a semester! From 1952-54 he interrupted his studies to serve in the US Navy, as Quartermaster. In 1957, he married Sandra Reimann, a union that produced seven children and 47 years of terrific memories. Sandra died from cancer in 2005. Mr. Staats taught at Chatham High School and at Hudson High School before moving on to Hudson Valley Community College in 1961 where he taught accounting and computer courses until retirement in 1995. Subsequently, he taught part time until 2004, In 1965-66 he took a year's leave of absence to teach accounting at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia where he made lifelong friendships with many fac ulty. In semi-retirement, Mr. Staats continues his responsibilities as the treasurer of First Church in Albany, NY, a position he has held since 1971. He has been a choir member there for 40 years. As a retiree, he attends to endless tasks at Hoogebergh as well as taking advantage of outdoor recreation there. He thoroughly enjoys visiting with friends and extended family and also spending significant time with his seven children and 15 grandchildren.
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