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October 17, 2013

Fly Creek couple win historic award

Martins helped create FC Historical Society

Peter and Dorothy Martin are lifelong learners who were recently awarded for their years of dedication to the Fly Creek Area Historical Society.

The Martins are among the 13 people who helped to create the Fly Creek Area Historical Society (FCHS) 25 years ago.

“I’ve done quite a lot of work for the Historical Society. I helped to start it,” Dorothy Martin said.

Peter, 90, and Dorothy, 92, have owned their home in Fly Creek since 1952. Initially, they used their land as a dairy farm but they sold their cows in 1963 because they would’ve had to buy more land in order to make a profit.

Peter then went to SUNY Cobleskill at age 40 to study Agronomy, the science of soil management. He graduated in 1965 and then worked doing soil conservation on farms.

“I have always loved to read that was one of the things that helped at Cobleskill,” Peter said.

For 13 years the Martins lived in Tioga County but they kept their property in Fly Creek.

Dorothy Martin worked as a schoolteacher in Cherry Valley and Jefferson teaching first and second grade.

Though the Martins worked hard, Peter emphasized that they also took time to relax.

“We managed to take a vacation every year. We’ve been to every state except Nevada,” Peter Martin said.

Peter said that he always appreciated history but he didn’t have much time to volunteer until he retired. He helped start the Historical Society in Fly Creek because, “I like working with people and meeting people,” Peter said. “I like research. There’s always more to find out, more to research.” 

Peters love of reading, writing and research made his hours volunteering for the FCHS fun.

The Martins did several different tasks for the FCHS including preserving historical homes.

“Peter and Dorothy have done yeoman work in documenting the historical homes of Fly Creek and preserving the area’s natural beauty,” said Sherlee Rathbone, the president of the FCHS in the award letter.

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