The name for Alton was suggested by Mr. Gates in memory of his native place in Connecticut. The first clearing was made and the first house built by a Mr. Barnard in 1812; a few years afterward a saw mill was erected and placed in operation. In 1895 the village had several churches, a school, a hotel and a number of commercial interests. At that time, Eugene Philo was the postmaster. 
- George W. Cowles and H. P Smith, editors, Landmarks of Wayne County New York, D.Mason & Company, Publishers, Syracuse, 1895.
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