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William Earl Covey, Fred Pashley topic of Old Forge story series

Posted 7/13/22

Old Forge Library and Town of Webb Historical Association are hosting a Local History and Stories Series on Thursdays throughout the summer at 5 p.m.

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William Earl Covey, Fred Pashley topic of Old Forge story series

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OLD FORGE — Old Forge Library and Town of Webb Historical Association are hosting a Local History and Stories Series on Thursdays throughout the summer at 5 p.m.

The series will feature a different speaker each week who will give a presentation and lead a discussion on a variety of local subjects, primarily of historical significance.

The series continues on Thursday, July 21, with Bruce Steltzer and a presentation on William Earl Covey, who died in service during WWI, and Fred Pashley, who died in service during WWII, the namesakes to the local Covey-Pashley American Legion Post No. 893.  

Covey grew up at Twitchell Lake, son of the famous area builder Earl Covey. 

Pashley grew up in Old Forge, enlisting in the Army Air Corps before graduating from high school. He has relatives residing in Old Forge. 

There is a plaque in front of the school in honor of both men. 

Steltzer and his wife reside at their family camp on Twitchell Lake in the Big Moose area. Their family has a long connection to the lake and spent summers growing up there. Steltzer is part of a group that is researching the history of the lake and its early settlers.

Other historians and speakers throughout the summer will include:

  • July 28: Edward Pitts: Beaver River Country — A presentation from his new book comprising a vivid history of this remote section of the western Adirondacks and its inhabitants.
  • Aug. 4: Peg Masters: Answering the Call — the History of the Rescue Hook and Ladder Co. and the changes over the years to the current firefighter and EMS volunteers.
  • Aug. 18: Tom McCabe and Phil Sanzone: Fulton Chain of Lakes Association — preserving and protecting the unique environment of our lakes and the surrounding woodlands, streams and wetland for more than 50 years.
  • Aug. 25: Charlie Herr: Raquette Lake Railway — the story of this railroad from its origins as a lumber railroad, a right-of-way obtained through state lands, its building and the railroad stations.

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