|A wonderfully written moving new book called "Echoes of
Yesterday", has recently been completed about the life of one of Candor's
most prominent families from 1880 to the late 1950's.
Included in the book are:
History of the Jennings family which includes the tale of Three Druggist:
Edwin, William E. and James H. Jennings in Candor 1848-1900,
VanKleeck family in Danby, Candor businesses in 1900,
Colorful stories regarding local characters as told her by her father and
In Chapter eleven of the book, the author takes you on a pictured guided
tour of Candor's mansions, churches and business many of which were in existence
in the 1850's.
Please read the following book review:
Candor Has Done It Again!
By Joan Beebe Meddaugh
Candor, New York
Once known as "Springdale" in the famed 1958 book "Small Town in Mass
by the late Vidich and Bensman, can now happily lay claim to another new
author, Eleanor Jennings Myatt.
Eleanor, an accomplished teacher and a much-traveled lady, is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Jennings Jr. and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
James H. Jennings, Sr. of Candor. Formerly of Candor and now living in Boynton
Eleanor's new book "Echoes From Yesterday" is a delightful read of the once
predominate Jennings and Van Kleeck families of Danby and Candor, New York.
It leads the reader in an interesting trip back in time to 1806 Danby, all
the while tracing the family through many interesting journeys, both joyous
and sad, with a few hilarities thrown in for good measure.
The author has done much research on the life of her family, which is evident
as you begin to read her narrative. She traces her family back to the arrival
of the Van Kleeck family coming from the Hudson Valley in 1806 to Danby in
Tompkins County, and later, with the arrival of Isaac Jennings in 1814. In
fact, he was considered to be the first Connecticut family member to settle
in Danby that year.
Before their arrival in Danby, a son was born whom they named Edwin. Edwin
Jennings moved to Candor in 1848, where his son James H. Jennings Sr. was
born. Since then the Jennings family has played an important role in the
early growth in the town of Candor, as did their forbears before them did
Those of you who are interested in reading about early life in a small town
will surely want to read Eleanor's book. Her delightful and funny yarns about
Candor's colorful characters are included among the stories told to her by
her father and grandfather.
"Echoes From Yesterday" is not another 'out-of-state author's view' of small
town life in the fictitious town of "Springdale", but instead, it is a former
villager's loving tribute to her parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents
and friends that helped to shape her life and make the community what it
is today. Eleanor's way with words and the well-woven and humorous way of
story telling makes this book well worth the read.
I hope you will all join me in welcoming Eleanor as our newest local author,
and give her book the support that I know we as Candorites can provide.
If you have questions and or would like to get a copy of the book at the
price of $26.75 you may contact me by clicking on the address below.
It will also be on sale at these other locations Edge of Thyme Bed and Breakfast
at 6 Main street in Candor, and at the Riverrow Bookshop on 187 Front Street
in Owego and the Tioga Historical Society.
Candor is announcing the start up of their very own newspaper called the
There will be editorials, calendar of events, things to visit, businesses
to support, and a series called did you know. We hope to include a little
something that will interest every one from grade school age all the way
up to the retiree. We will be including local school, church, legion, and
ambulance news, marriages and obits, and any other tid bits that might be
of interest to the people of the town. We also want to include stories of
bygone days in our I remember when and did you know column's. And perhaps
Ramble around a bit with the Editor.
The paper will start out being published once a month with the next issue
being available Oct. 25th. and later if well accepted, twice a month with
issues being available at many locations in Candor.
We want this to be the town's very own paper. We want to hear from you
Candorites, we want to know, what is on your mind, how you feel about things
and what is going on in the community. We hope the paper will grow into a
paper that Candor will be proud of. But if we don't have your support this
won't happen. We want to hear from you Candor folk either by e-mail at:
or by phone at (607) 651-8773 or 8774.
Don't be shy, feel free to stop by our home at 136 Owego St. in Candor for
a hot cup of coffee or tea, or even a hot cup chocolate with a marshmallow
floating on top. Come share your thoughts as to how we can make the Candor
Statement your paper. Come on now don't be shy we want to hear from you.
We want to make you proud Candor, and the way we can do it best is have a
paper just for you.
Larry and Joan Beebe Meddaugh
Owner, Publisher, Editor and Advertising genius for the Candor Statement.
Along with the people of Candor whose love and knowledge of the community
will make this paper what we know it can be.
Thanks for reading all the way down to here.