Local author has new book about early Holley and Clarendon history

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 6 June 2017 at 10:47 am

Roy Bubb

HOLLEY – The Community Free Library in Holley will host a book release and signing on Sunday for author Roy Bubb’s latest release, The Family Scrapbook, An Era in Clarendon and Holley-Murray’s History.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Clarendon Historical Society, Community Free Library and the Holley-Murray Historical Society. Books are available for $25 at each of the three locations.

Bubb said the idea for the book began with a scrapbook given to him many years ago. It was begun in 1837 and tells the story of the Berry and Partridge family who lived in Holley and their impact on the community.

John Berry arrived in the area in 1837 and helped to establish the Holley Academy as well as earlier schoolhouses. The scrapbook continues over a 70-year period and ends with Berry’s daughter celebrating the last reunion of the Holley Academy in 1907.

Bubb said he was inspired to write the book when he remembered the kindness of the person from whom he received it.

He re-read the scrapbook several years after receiving it, and said its contents suddenly “came to life” before him, as would a family tree of a pioneer family.

The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, business cards and alumni information from several schools.

Bubb, a native of Orleans County, taught at the College at Brockport for 25 years. His previous books include his autobiography, Memories of Manning Corner, Visions From a White Mountains Palette about artist Charles Hunt, and From Clarendon to Colon: The Lure of  Panama’s Isthmus, a biography of Tracy Robinson’s 50 years in Panama, his work there, and his witness of the building of the Panama Canal.

The book signing will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Holley library in the Public Square.

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