Flora Temple Chronology
1845 - Flora Temple was born in Waterville, N.Y.
1845 - State Arsenal erected on north side of Street, east of the north end of Holbert's present garage in Morrisville.
1846 - U.S. goes to war with Mexico
1847 - Adhesive stamps are first issued.
1847 - Town of Eaton votes down prohibition.
1848 - Morrisville incorporated for a second time.
1849 - Discovery of gold in California sets off Gold Rush to the West.
1849 - Baptist Church erected; later United; then Morrisville Community Church.
1850 - Flora Temple's first race.
1851 - Flood at Eagleville when the mill dam went out, followed by a similar washout a few weeks later - businesses and dwellings destroyed.
1851 - Three water fountains were constructed on Main Street in Morrisville for a supply of water for fire protection - they were seven feet deep and thirty feet across.
1851 - Herman Melville's
1852 - First Wood, Taber & Morse steam engine built in Eaton factory.
1853 - Flora Temple defeated such great horses as Highland Maid, George M. Patchen and Tacony.
1853 - On August 20 Flora Temple defeated Tacony in three straight heats in Utica, N.Y. Her times were 2:32, 2:27 and 2:28 1/2.
1856 - Madison County Fair held in Morrisville (on the hill where Skyline Drive is now).
1857 - On September 5 Flora Temple trotted three heats in 2:30 or better - 2:26 1/2, 2:27 and 2:25.
1859 - On October 15 at Kalamazoo, Michigan, Flora Temple trotted a world record mile of 2:19 3/4. She was the first horse to break the 2:20 barrier.
1860 - First Pony Express run, covering 1,950 miles in about ten days for $5 in postage per 1/2 ounce. There were 90 riders, 500 horses and 119 relay stations used in 18 months of service.
1861 - Civil War starts when the Confederates fire on Fort Sumter.
1861 - Flora Temple's last race season, 16 years of age. She raced 2 two mile heats in 4:55 1/2 and 4:52 1/4.
1862 - Flora Temple retires from racing. General Ulysses S. Grant reviewed the great trotters at the Duboise.
1864 - Railway Post Office system established.
1864 - Toll gate built on Cedar Street in Morrisville.
1865 - President Lincoln assassinated.
1869 - Railroads link the two coasts at Promontory, Utah.
1870 - Cement sidewalks started in Morrisville.
1872 - Orphanage established in Peterboro through the generosity of Gerrit Smith.
1877 - On December 21 Flora Temple died. She produced only three foals during her breeding career.