William Edmund Treichler died peacefully at his home near Hammondsport on July 22, 2008. He was born July 24, 1924, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to William Edmund Treichler, Sr. and Esther Davis Treichler.
Bill was a veteran of World War II, where he was a ball-turret gunner in the Air Force. He was stationed at Great Ashford air base in East Anglia, UK. While he was in England, he became a charter member of the Soil Association, and visited their research farm near his base.
Bill farmed organically all of his adult life, for the last 35 years on his farm near Hammondsport. He was Farm Manager at two college preparatory schools, Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, Colorado, and the Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont, where he also taught chemistry and physics.
In 1988, Bill began publishing a journal of New York upstate history, The Crooked Lake Review. He and the historians who write for The Crooked Lake Review formed the New Society of the Genesee, dedicated to preserving upstate New York history. Bill is a long-time member of the Steuben County Historical Society and of the genealogy group, the JoHo's.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha, whom he met at Black Mountain College; their five children, Rachel, Joe, George (Lisa), Barbara Gregor (Eugene) and John; eight grandchildren, Dorothy Morris (Ryan), Elizabeth Treichler, William Treichler, Charles Treichler, Alex Gregor, Sonia Gregor, Hanna Gregor, and Frances Gregor; his sister Ann Wolverton of Troy Mills, Iowa and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and brothers- and sisters-in-law.