New book looks at stories from the Adirondacks
GLOVERSVILLE – Tales of werewolves, ghosts, murder, Jello and chimney swifts permeate local author Don Williams new book on the Adirondacks.
The book, titled “The Adirondack News: Adirondack Tales of Tragedy and Tidings Between the Sacandaga River Bridges” focuses on 16 stories along a 16-mile stretch of the Adirondack Trail Byway from Northville to Wells.
Formatted to look like an old newspaper, Williams said his plan is for the book to function as a love letter to print journalism as well as tell interesting stories.
“It’s kind of a take off on a newspaper itself,” Williams said.
He said he put together the book in part through oral history, many of the stories coming from tales he heard growing up.
Williams has released six other books focus on the Adirondacks through Arcadia Publishing including “Adirondack Ventures,” and “Adirondack People and Places.”
Williams said he wanted to self publish this book because he felt the subject matter was so local it would be a hard sell at a national level.
Even though he is doing the book as a tribute to old newspapers, Williams said he did not want to print the book on newsprint paper since that material degrades fairly quickly. He instead used heavier paper stock to ensure the book would hold up over time.
Williams compiled the stories, in part, by using his own stash of vintage newspapers including copies of the Saturday Globe, Daily Leader, Leader-Republican, The Morning Herald and Hamilton County News.
He said he used his own archives in part because he got rid of his computer, which meant he couldn’t use it as a research tool.
Williams said his favorite story in the book focuses on the attempt of Jell-O heir Donald Woodward to build a place for seaplanes to land in Giffords Valley.
“It’s kind of interesting that this story was right under my feet the whole time,” Williams said.
Williams family was also involved in the making of the book, with his granddaughter and son helping recreate a werewolf attack that reportedly happened in Benson for the books photography.
Other stories in the book include a ghost in Benson, Northville chimney swifts, a love triangle murder in Hope and a hanging in Lake Pleasant.
Retailing for $9.99, the book is available at Mysteries on Main Street. Copies are also available at the Country Store in Northville on Route 30 and Charlie Johns in Speculator.
Williams said he will be distributing the book to other area bookstores and general stores in the coming weeks.