John J. Gann Jr. was worried about the future.
It was the summer of 1969, and city dwellers were becoming annoyed with urban conditions. They were moving to the country, and suburban developments were becoming common sights. Now, city problems such as preservation of open and farm lands, rising taxes, pollution and traffic congestion were becoming country problems. Gann made a speech at the Rural Urban Mixer at Duanesburg’s Pine Grove Dairy on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1969. The mixer was an annual summer party, sponsored by the agricultural committee of the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce, Schenectady County Extension Service, Schenectady County Farm Bureau and local granges, among other organizations.