§2 Lyndon A. Haight
Lyndon A. Haight was born into the center of the area he describes, in the several-generation family home where his mother had been born as well. Her father Samuel Tanner Hoag was the owner and publisher of the Pine Plains Herald. Both the Haight and the Hoag families figure in area history from pre-Revolutionary times. With a newspaper always "in the works" &8212; local news, world events, railroad activities and train schedules were of constant interest. Haight's father as a young man served as a railroad telegrapher and station agent before becoming an attorney. An uncle five miles up in the hills depended upon the local trains for supplies, and the family often rode the five miles by train on family visits. Haight was educated in the local Seymour Smith Academy, worked briefly for an uncle in New York City, and then went to Syracuse University before pursuing C.P.A. studies in New York City. He recently retired after many years as treasurer of his company, Beacon Milling of Cayuga, ten miles from his home in Auburn, New York. Mrs. Haight is also a Syracuse graduate, now a college professor in art. There are three children, educated at Syracuse University, Oberlin Conservatory and Cornell University and "several delightful grandchildren". For a number of years past, Mr. Haight has pursued his hobby of Railroad History, receiving the Henry Noble MacCracken Award for original research in local history and maintaining a sizeable collection of railroad memorabilia including especially, pictures, timetables and documents pertaining to the Central New England Railway and its predecessor railroad companies.