Local leader’s century-old manuscript published

A new volume on the local history shelf is the product of an unusual partnership between two men with ties to Fulton County.

John G. Agno, a native of Broadalbin who now lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., has published “Frontiersmen of the Adirondacks,” a 48-page volume of material from a manuscript written by the late Cyrus Durey, one of Fulton County’s most prominent businessmen and civic leaders.

Durey was a Caroga-area lumber tycoon who represented Fulton County in Congress and later served as Johnstown’s postmaster and an Albany-based tax collector, among other roles, before his death in 1933. The book discusses Sir William Johnson, Nick Stoner and others who had an influence on the area’s early economic development.

Agno says the manuscript was handed down to him among things that belonged to his mother, whose father was Durey’s nephew and business associate.

Agno ran a glove-manufacturing business in Fulton County in the 1980s and early 1990s, but for the last 15 years, he’s worked as an executive leadership coach. Though he’s authored several “self-coaching” books geared toward business leaders, “Frontiersmen” is his first foray into history-related publishing.

“It is a high duty for each generation of men to record its own doings in order that those of the future may use them as a guide for emulation or avoidance,” Durey writes in the book.

Copies are available in soft-cover format for about $8 from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, and downloadable copies are available in several e-reader formats at $1.99 from those retailers as well as Smashwords.com.

For more information about Agno, see www.agno.info.