Yates County: Italy Hill Professional Review and Guide
"Mary Wixom Pulver was justifiably proud of her family's link to the Italy Hill area. Her father, Claude H. Wixom, was supervisor of the Town of Italy for 36 years. She traced the roots of the Pulver family— into which she married—from Germany to the road that bears their name in the Town of Italy. Pulvers started settling here in 1834 and stayed for several generations. Mary and her husband, J. Walton Pulver, lived on Pulver Road for 38 years before selling their stake in 1973. This made her an authority on the location. She wrote about it and gladly shared her memories with anyone who was interested, including hikers using the Finger Lakes Trail. The Bristol Hills Branch of the FLT goes through and past what always was Pulver land. Mary wrote an article for the Finger Lakes Trail News entitled "A Trek Back in Time" that guided hikers through the area and its rich history. J. Walton's great uncle, Peter, had previously owned the property that was home to Mary and her husband. Reported Mary: "It was said you could see seven counties and five lakes" from the "mansion" Peter and his wife, Jane, lived in. They claimed the highest point in Yates County. There was a cement marker—one foot across and one foot high—that designated the spot that was "nearly 2,200 feet above sea level." "Nowadays, other places might try to seize the honor," Mary said, "but I am sure my memory is true.""