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March 29, 2013

Keeping history alive

Amesbury man compiles reference book on city

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Soon, he took the process one step farther and turned all those notebooks into his comprehensive reference book.

In compiling the 220-page book, Feltner hoped to build a sense of pride for the community and all who lived here — while satisfying his own curiosity about Amesbury’s “true” past.

“(Another reason) was to be able to let the citizens of this city see what this city had accomplished, and what their fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers had accomplished by working 10 to 14 hours a day, six days a week under some of the hardest conditions that one can imagine,” Feltner wrote.

Feltner and his wife moved to Amesbury in 1976 and bought a house across from Hodgie’s Ice Cream — the best location in town, he said. Retiring from their antique business in 2007, the couple adore their community.

“There is no one thing that I can say that I love the most. It is everything as a whole,” Feltner said. “Everyone minds their own business and are not meddlesome, but when one needs help, they are there to lend a hand.”

As he begins to sell his labor of love, Feltner he hopes readers will find as much enjoyment in the work as he does.

“To have a person tell me that his or her father or grandfather worked in one of these factories and was happy to read about it is satisfaction enough,” he said.

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Feltner’s book, “The Industries of Amesbury, Massachusetts: That Little Town in the East,” can be purchased at Bertram & Oliver Booksellers in Amesbury, or by contacting Feltner at elroyal@comcast.net.

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