‘Wicked Herkimer County’ book event Saturday

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HERKIMER — Grave robbing, arsonists, and forgotten murders are a few of the assorted felonies readers can find in the new book, “Wicked Herkimer County,” coming out on Sept. 25, published by The History Press, edited by Caryl Hopson and Susan Perkins, and written by area contributing authors. A special premier book signing event will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon on the front lawn of the 1834 Herkimer County Jail, located at 327 N. Main St., with several of the contributing authors in attendance.

The authors include Diane Fagan Affleck, Shayla Clark, Barbara Dunadee, James Greiner, Angela Harris, Caryl and James Hopson, Deborah Huxtable Kidder, David Krutz, Gregg Lawrence, Patrick Luppino, Peg Masters, Susan Perkins, “Det Smada,” Jeffrey Steele, Patricia Masi Stock, David Waite, Roberta Walsh and Dennis Webster. In case of rain, an alternative location for the book signing will be at the Mohawk Valley Community Market, 142 N. Main St.

The new book is sponsored by “Friends of Historic Herkimer County,” a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and helping maintain historic sites in Herkimer County. Their main project for the past 17 years has been restoring the 1834 Herkimer County Jail in Herkimer. This book is a fundraiser to help raise additional needed funds beyond a state grant the group received for a major renovation project to stabilize the structure and improve environmental conditions at the historic jail.

This collection of 27 stories includes lantern carrying and shovel wielding men who desecrated graves in the dark of night.  In addition to burglaries, bank and train robbers and several arsons, and a gun battle at a summer camp in Old Forge, there were a few incidents that took townspeople by complete surprise. For instance, one man dispensed his own justice by publicly horse whipping another man who paid too much attention to his wife, while there was another man who shocked everyone by saying, “I do,” more times than Henry VIII.

The cost of the book is $22 and can be purchased at the book signing or ordered by mail. Send a check to the Friends of Historic Herkimer County, P.O. Box 703, Herkimer, N.Y. 13350 and add $5 for postage. For more information, call 315-867-5036 or email friends1834@aol.com.

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