Ulysses, New York once encompassed the City of Ithaca, the Village of Trumansburg, and several smaller communities. Today the township of Ulysses is made up of the smaller communities known as Halseyville, Jacksonville, Krum's Corners, Podunk, Waterburg, Willow Creek and the Village of Trumansburg.
Over the years books have been written about Ulysses and other Tompkins County areas. These books mention train, lake, and coach travel; methods of transportation whose heydays are long gone. These fascinating books outline earlier eras with abundant farming and the significant events that shaped the lives of early settlers and native people who once resided here. One particular book, "Celebrating the Bicentennial of the United States of America in the Town of Ulysses and the Village of Trumansburg", portrays much of these earlier times. The book was written by local citizens and is an excellent source of local history. Some of this valuable information will be shared on this site. The actual book, put together around 1976, is very interesting and is available at the Ulysses Historical Society in Trumansburg at the time of this writing.
- Fill out a yearly report detailing inquiries, phone calls received, and meetings attended which is submitted to the Tompkins County Historian. This report is then sent to the New York State Historian.
- Meet with the Tompkins County Municipal Historians an average of eight times a year and contribute to any local historical projects coordinated by the group
- Attend a yearly meeting of the New York State District of Municipal Historians to exchange information and ideas relating to New York State history
- Hold public informational sessions about any history-related activities in which the Town of Ulysses participates
- Lifetime member of the Ulysses Historical Society
- Member of the Tompkins County Municipal Historian’s Group
Birth and death certificates are not recorded by the town, but rather, Tompkins County. The town does, however, have marriage certificates dating back to 1908.
In order to get a copy of a marriage certificate or a transcript, you must be one of the parties to the marriage, or
- the license must be over 50 years old;
- both parties to the license must be deceased;
- or you must be a direct-line descent (i.e. child, grandchild, great grandchild, etc.).
By John Wertis, Town Historian
Leaving you with a few “chuckles” from the 19th century local weekly
newspapers. These items the editor may have written himself, “lifted” from some other newspaper, are jokes from books , or are derived from news or talk around the town.
Pithy Answer to a Short Advertisement – A shop keeper on Grand Street,
the other day, stuck upon his door the following laconic advertisement:
“A boy wanted”. On going to his shop the next morning, he beheld a
smiling little urchin in a basket, with the following pithy label: “Here he is”.
The Free Press, July 30, 1834
From the “New York Transcript”
-----An eastern editor says that a man got himself in trouble by marrying two wives.
A western editor replies that a good many have done the same thing by marrying one.
The Free Press, September 20, 1890
in barely promising to marry and never going any further. A southern editor says
that a friend of his was bothered enough when he was found in company with another man's wife.
The Free Press, July 8, 1893
A Bad Boy
Mother---Why don't you play with that little Peterkin boy anymore?
Small Son---'Cause he swore.
“Horrors! Did he?”
“Yes'm. He swore I stole his knife , and teacher made me give it back and
licked me besides.” --- Good News
The Free Press, October 1, 1892
We have had the most destructive flood ever known in this section. Besides several
rainy days, it came down in torrents Tuesday and Wednesday nights, nearly a dozen bridges in Hector are partially or totally destroyed...........Chas. Ammack had a large
field of potatoes dug and washed ready for market and a goodly number shipped by by way of Taughannock Falls.
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