DeWitt native keeps the past preserved

Ed Hutchison has fond memories of DeWitt. So much so that he designed a web site with the town and its residents in mind. Why? He wants to keep the past preserved, and he's doing it the best way he can at ERHutchison.com.

"It contains info about nearly 5,000 of us who lived in the area during the Post War era, roughly 1940 to 1960," said Hutchison, who now lives in Madison, Miss. "Another 3,000 or so of the former residents of Lyndon are listed in the Lyndon registry."

ERHutchison.com highlights members from the DeWitt Community Church, the first ten classes from Jamesville-DeWitt High School (which spanned from 1955 to 1964) and volunteers from the DeWitt Fire Department. Hutchison even provides names and a bit of background.

"In the course of compiling this data, I have consulted old newspapers, directories, school yearbooks, government records and various other sources," Hutchison writes on his web site. "In locating my former classmates, I have come across information about their families and others who resided in DeWitt and Lyndon during the mid 1940s and 1950s."

Hutchison describes Lyndon as the area from the town of DeWitt line on the east to the end of the Genesee Highlands on the west, and from the Maple Drive ridge on the south to the Erie Canal on the north.

His parents, natives of Mississippi, first moved the family to Central New York in 1948. They lived in Lyndon Trailer Park, a rural community, before moving to Wexford Road and later Pickwick Road in DeWitt Acres.

"I have nothing but fond memories of DeWitt and Lyndon," Hutchison said.

When Hutchison married, he and his wife moved to Mississippi for a few years in the early 1960s but returned to DeWitt in 1964. During their stay, he earned three degrees at SU and was elected to two terms as a Democrat in the county legislature. In 1983, he, his wife and three kids moved back to Mississippi to tend to his ailing parents who moved back to Jackson about twenty years before.

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