Transitions: Notes on a Proud Past with Attention to Future Annals
The Collection of William C. Frenette
Bill Frenette was an interesting character. Among his most endearing traits was an insatiable curiosity and desire for great conversation. As we look back, his famous words, "it's just around the next corner" made us laugh, as it was his way of saying "there is plenty of time left in the day, just imagine what we might miss if we stop now."
Bill developed a special relationship with his Uncle, Louis Simmons. Louie was local historian, editor of the Tupper Lake Free Press and author of Mostly Spruce and Hemlock. Louie left his research notes to Bill. This gift, and a love for a story, prompted Bill to take on the role of Town Historian for the town and village of Tupper Lake, NY from 1995-2007.
Bill penned a series of articles, Transitions: Notes on a Proud Past with Attention to Future Annals, that were published in the Tupper Lake Free Press over the course of many years. Transitions were written with an interesting style-some current event of the day was combined with a little known story of the past and woven into a narrative that was meaningful, interesting and fun to read. Bill's style: a good story, as factual as could be, with a healthy dose of editorial license thrown in to give it an edge and make it interesting.