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- Town of Denning -- This is a place of clear mountain streams, of narrow valleys walled in by steep rocky hillsides, of rugged mountains and equally rugged folk. Taken from the town of Shandaken in 1849, the year of the first tannery (John W. Smith's), tanning went on in the town long after it had been abandoned in other sections of the county. At present, lumbering, which has always been the main industry, still continues. There are several large estates owned by rich city men in the town.
Town of Hardenbergh -- Located on the watershed between the valleys of the Hudson and the Delaware, the mountain town of Hardenbergh takes its name from the Great Hardenbergh Patent, which at one time embraced all its lands. It was set off from Shandaken in 1859. Early settlers came to Dry Brook Valley about 1800. Merwin, Seager, Haynes and Todd were early names, and most of their families have since remained in the town.
Orson Haynes is present supervisor of the town and lives in Dry Brook near the home of his ancestors, who are said to have come from Stillwater, New York. The Todd family lead in one of the main modern industries, cauliflower growing, to which the soil of Dry Brook is especially adapted. Lumbering is another principal occupation. At the present time, millions of feet of lumber are being cut by Eugene Gormley & Sons, of Phoenicia on the Gould estate, mainly for war purposes.
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