Cicero rich in history

By Farah Jadran Pike

Photographs dating back more than 100 years were brought back to life through the help and inspiration of a Cicero couple. Thanks to six months of long, hard work, Thomas B. Mafrici, 45, and Elizabeth A. August, 44, brought scenes that depict the rich history of the Town of Cicero when the book "Cicero" was released April 27.

Mafrici has also stepped up as the town's historian five years ago when longtime historian Lona Flynn stepped down from the position after 50 years.

Both Mafrici and August practice law in Cicero at their private practice located at 8355 Rte. 11, while August also teaches law at Syracuse University.

Proud of the history Cicero has to offer, the couple said they are glad to own two of the very few remaining historical properties in the town.

"I remember thinking that our house might not have been a good idea," August said of the purchase. "It was very old and condemned. The fire department was going to tear it down within days."

No matter the amount of efforts to renovate the home, Mafrici was determined to bring the architecture back to life after he saw the historical photos of the home they now own.

{Q}"I saw the tower that it had and wanted to bring it back," he said of their home that can be seen on page 36 of the book. "It made me want to build it."{Q}

The other piece of historical real estate is that of their law office which was once an old schoolhouse and then a location for the International Order of the Odd Fellows Temple.

The couple said they were excited to make the many historical photos more accessible to the public so that more people could see the background of the town they live in.

Now, "Cicero" provides visuals to the stories of the Iroquois and Owasco Indians, which paved the way for the first plank road laid in American history.

"Cicero really is in the heart of the state," Mafrici said.

Arcadia Publishing published the book. Among many book signings, there will be an event from 1 to 3 p.m. June 6 at the Liverpool Barnes and Noble, 3956 Rte. 31.

Historic post cards with 15 selected snapshots are also available, call 888-313-2665 for more information.

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