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Kingston, NY, United States
DoneSat, Oct 18, 2014 2:00 PM UTC
Walter Rich Railroad Sports & More Auction
We are proud to be chosen to sell the estate collection of Walter Rich's railroad, sports, and transportation related collection, from the Cooperstown,New York. Walter Rich, was chairman of the board of Delaware Otsego-Corp. of Cooperstown, the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway and Central New York Railroad. Born in Oneonta in 1946, Rich was the son of George and Dorretta Rich, both former members of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors from the town of Franklin. He grew up in Franklin, attended Syracuse University as an undergraduate and earned his law degree from Syracuse in 1971. Rich began his railroad career with a tiny excursion line, operating a steam locomotive along a 2.6-mile-long stretch of track in the Oneonta area. Over more than 35 years, he built a regional freight carrier that operates in two states and he came to know powerful people, including President George W. Bush, who visited him in Cooperstown. Rich was a director on boards including Energy East and the Glimmerglass Opera. As his railroad grew, he received many honors from trade organizations. He along with his wife Karine, lived in the house once owned by James Fenimore Cooper, for many years hosting grand Hall of Fame Induction parties at their home, where many Hall of Fame players visited, stayed, and built lifetime friendships with the Rich family. Also many Politicians and famous literary notables attended these. The collection will include many of Walter Rich's mementos, photographs, railroad related objects, furniture that graced stations and boardrooms, equipment, signs, and much more. His sports collection includes many signed pictures, bats, balls, books, and more. Including numerous Hall of Famers. In storage were carriages, early sleds, Pierce Arrow automobile, and more. Walter was the nephew of the important American sociologist and photographer Lewis W. Hine, who used his camera as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing child labor.