A Legend in the Dayton Family

DFH Volume 1 Issue 3 By Jim Dayton We haven’t written much about Wilber Dayton Jr.  He was highly revered by everyone in the Dayton family, but he remained somewhat of a mystery since he moved away from Corinth after college, and we only knew him through letters, phone calls, […]

The Flat Tire

DFH Volume 1 Issue 2 By Camilla Luckey Another Virginia story. You have to know the crazy Beltway around the D.C. metropolitan area to appreciate this. My dad, already in his eighties, had a flat tire during rush hour, on his way to our home in Falls Church.  He pulled […]

The Piano

DFH Volume 1 Issue 2 By Camilla Luckey Sometime between 1979 and 1981 my father, Charles Dayton, brought my piano, the heaviest old upright anybody ever touched and given to me by a widow-admirer of my dad , one of many, decades earlier to me in Alexandria, Virginia, from upstate […]

Toil, Labor and Determination

DFH Volume 1 Issue 2 by Camilla Luckey Another West Chazy camp note: That row of cottages where the “double” one was owned by Uncle Paul and then Johnny may have always looked (and probably still does) a little rough and tumble, hardly two adjacent siding boards matching, but it […]

The Church Pews

DFH Vol 1 Issue 2 By Camilla Luckey Dad was the District Superintendent  of the Champlain District of the Wesleyan Church in Upstate New York during my high school years.  We  lived in the District Superintendent’s home adjacent to  the  West Chazy Campground, our church retreat center. Dad grasped every […]

Potato Patch

DFH Volume 1 Issue 1 by Jim Dayton At first glance, the garden (see left) seems overrun with weeds and rocks.  It’s a potato patch.  In the spring a slice of a potato, with tuber, is buried.  The potato is left to grow, without tending it until it is harvested […]

Wilber Srs Garden

DFH Volume 1 Issue 1 by Camilla Luckey Grandpa’s 1950’s garden was on a small, level, tucked-away spot more than midway down the hilltop from the Corinth High School and toward the long-gone, original Wesleyan Methodist Church building almost at the bottom. The garden site is now unrecognizable, filled and […]

Who Ran the Farm?

Charles Dayton died Sep 26 1882 at the young age of 50.  His death certificate indicated that he died of “conditions of the liver and kidneys.”  He left behind a wife, Nancy, and 5 children: Delbert 24, James 20, Jennie 16, Wilber 12 and Carrie 10.  Delbert had moved to […]

Why Cambridge?

by Jim Dayton It’s been a mystery to me, for 40 years, why David Dayton Jr passed through Cambridge New York before he finally settled in Hadley in 1796.  David was born in Brookhaven in 1766.  In 1782/3 his dad, David Sr, died since a letter of administration was filed […]