One of my favorite things that sometimes happens during history hikes is when property owners come out to talk. At first I think they are just wondering about, and maybe suspicious of, all these folks standing in front of their house. So I always give a cheerful good morning and introduce myself. If we're in luck, they start telling stories about their home.
So, walking along Willowbrook, a gentleman comes out and says, "You know, this is where the Horton Sisters used to live." And I was like, "What! The Horton Sisters!" When I first was town historian, nine years ago this September, I came across a flyer for the Horton Family Orchestra from South Bethlehem. It has been in a file ever since. Forgotten.
How could I forget the Originators of Real Rhythm and the Horton Girl Unit?!
From what I gather, they were popular in the 1930s and 40s. I've found ads for their performances in Gloversville and Corinth as well as Guilderland and Albany. Interestingly, I couldn't find them on the 1930 or 1940 US census. Anywhere. So, they will remain a bit of a mystery until more research gets done.
|April 12, 1940 Altamont Enterprise|