Vandals suspected of removing missing historical marker in Florence

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FLORENCE — A New York state historical marker honoring the Florence Farming Association has gone missing and is assumed to be an act of vandalism by town authorities.

Early in the morning on Sunday, Jan. 9, the town of Florence Highway Superintendent John Boncella made the discovery. Additionally, there were signs of vandalism that occurred nearby to both personal and public property.

The Florence Town Department of Public Works located the pole the historical marker sat on at another location, but the sign is still missing. Unfortunately, the town just received more than two feet of snow, and it’s likely that the sign won’t be found until spring or an early thaw if at all.

The people who applied for the sign have reached out to the Pomeroy Foundation to see what steps can be made to get a replacement.

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz urged residents to keep an eye out, as these signs have shown up at antique
festivals.

“I recently received one from Madison County that had been missing for a while,” Urtz said. “It was found at the Bouckville Antique Week.”

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