NEW YORK STATE
A History of its Industries,
Railroads and Inventions
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A Short Biography of Timothy
It was during his
senior year in high school that Tim wrote his first book, a novel
called "The Meatloaf Incident and Other Adventures" that is
based on his experiences growing up in a rural community. After receiving
college degrees in History, Accounting, and Business Administration
(MBA) he went to work in the nonprofit field, holding positions in
accounting and senior management. In 1997 he moved to the Town of Milton and
for many years served as the Treasurer
of the Saratoga County Historical Society (Brookside) Board of
Trustees, but in 2014 reluctantly moved to Glenville to be closer to
After noticing many ruins around the Town of Milton, he began
researching the town's history. The discovery of an old trolley
railroad bed behind his house motivated him to write a book
about the line's history (the Ballston Terminal Railroad). That project naturally led to another one
that detailed the industries served by the railroad. When it was
discovered that several important inventions were developed to
support these industries, other projects unfolded that resulted
in a Ballston Spa book of inventions and a Saratoga County book of
In early 2009
Tim began working on a biography of "Paper Bag King" George West and
a biography of Isaiah Blood, a local scythe and axe manufacturer. In
2010, the History Press published two of his books: "Great Inventors
of New York's Capital District" and "Lost Industries of Saratoga
County." A long-standing interest in local railroads resulted in the
books "Early Railroads of New York's Capital District" (2011), "The Golden Age of Railroads in New York's Capital District"
(2012), "Railroading in New York's Capital
District: Hot Off The Presses" (2012),
and his most popular book, "Railroad Wars of New York State" (2013, Arcadia).
2018 book, "Around Milton," is part of the Arcadia Press Images
of America series. In 2020 Arcadia published "Railroads of New
York's Capital Region," and a year later Tim self-published
"Railroad Atlas: New York's Capital Region." As of late
2021, two books are in the process of being written (American
steam locomotive roundhouses and a railroad atlas of New York State).
A railroad atlas of New England is also planned.
Although local history research is "just a
hobby," the preservation of that history has been a passion for the
past 25 years. He contributed to Ann Hauprich's book "Legacies
Unlimited" with a chapter titled: "Timothy Starr: He (Literally)
Wrote the Book on Village Inventors." In 2009 he contributed a
piece about Saratoga County inventors for the Brookside Museum's
book "In Our Own Words: The Story of Saratoga County." In
2015 he contributed a chapter to "Saratoga Springs: A Centennial
History." He has also been
published in Saratoga Living, Our Town Ballston Spa, Spotlight
Milton, The Saratogian, and was a frequent
contributor to Ballston Spa Life's History Lesson series. On
February 6, 2011, he appeared on WNYT News
Channel 13's interview show called Forum 13 in which he
discussed the book "Great Inventors of New York's Capital District."
On February 17, 2016, he was interviewed by Bob Cudmore for "The Historians"
podcast series. In 2021, the Saratoga County Historical Society
released a book titled "Saratoga County Stories" that contains a
series of historical essays, a few of which were written by Tim.
Tim's collection of historical data includes
2,000 Capital Region patents, dozens of local history books, thousands of digital
history articles, thousands of newspaper articles, and 18,000 photographs. About
80 percent of his written collection is digitized into
PDF files, while all of his photographs have been painstakingly digitized
for future use and distribution to nonprofit organizations.
Never too late to
follow your passion
Published: Sunday, June
By JOSEPH ROCHA
Ballston Spa Life editor
In Beverly Moore,
about a village
woman who may have
done her one better.
Moore, a retired
nurse, waited until
she was 80 years old
and then reached
back to give readers
of her recently
glimpse of life
historians, late-blooming writers and local
history, I draw your attention to this
week’s History Lesson on this page.
Ballston Spa resident, finance director and
new father, Timothy Starr joins us for what
we hope will be a regular contribution.
Starr has in five
years exemplified the discipline,
perseverance and passion professional
historians envy, becoming a familiar face in
area archives. He has already
published several books on local history,
been coaxed onto the directors’ board of the
Museum, home of
County’s Historical Society, and been
inspirational in his creativity and
doggedness to locate new resources or
connect anew dusty ones.
Starr and Moore are
examples to us all of coming to a passion
late in life. But in acting upon that, they
enrich everyone around them.