the deep embroidered flounces that were de rigeur on the petticoats
of ladies long ago, a scroll-embellished verandah billows
around the house to give it an air of festivity. That was
part of the improvement made by Timothy Horton in 1872.
Nineteenth Century tavern on the road to Sullivan County was,
in the second phase of its existence, the starting point of
a career that made history in two branches of the dairy industry,
fluid milk and ice cream."
Horton, born and brought up on the adjoining farm northward,
bought the place. And that was how it came to be the starting
point for the career of his younger brother, James Madison
James was one
of the dozens of young Orange County men who sought fortune
by way of a milk route in New York, and one of the few who
found it. It should be remarked here, however, that like others
for whom dreams came true, J.M. Horton gained wealth not from
milk but from real estate. Ice cream was profitable but real
estate more so; and in the development of the Central Park
area, J.M. Horton's opinion of values was tops.
James Horton worked
a Winter here for brother Timothy and earned an overcoat and
$14.00 cash. In addition, Timothy and Chauncey Horton, a brother-in-law,
financed a metropolitan milk route for the young man..."