I should explain the mysterious title of the blog, huh?
My name is not Newt. ^_^
Hold ‘er, Newt is an old farmer’s phrase which basically means look out/be careful which supposedly derives from wrangling horse-drawn farm equipment when the horses went out of control. “Hold’er, Newt! She’s a headin’ for the pea patch!” Newt either being the horse or the driver, I’m not sure. I used this phrase when visiting my cousin Ron Losee out in Montana a couple years ago when a screen door flew open while we were taking steaks out to the grill. He was about to turn 90 and exclaimed something like “now that’s a Dutchess County saying I haven’t heard in a long while!”
I thought I’d like to have a place to post various musings about northern Dutchess County, NY which my family has called home for over 200 years. I have collections of color slides, letters, newspapers, family bibles etc. which can provide a steady stream of content for years to come.
The social/historic ephemera posted here will be regional and dated; from northern Dutchess County, NY and from at least 30 years in the past and going back to the first European settlers of the area.