ELIZABETHTOWN — William D. Denton, 92, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at the Horace Nye Home in Elizabethtown. He was the founder of Denton Publications.
He was born Jan. 4, 1908, the son of Albert and Jennie (Otis) Denton of New Russia.
A graduate of Elizabethtown High School, he attended Clarkson University, class of 1929. Bill worked for the New York State Dept. of Highways as a civil engineer until 1936. In 1934, he married the former Gertrude E. Bacon of Utica who predeceased him in 1985.
From 1936 to 1941 he owned and operated a food market, first in Lewis and then with his brother, Albert, in Elizabethtown as Denton Brothers. The Denton brothers also built two business blocks in Elizabethtown containing eight apartments and several commercial businesses.
Unable to join the U.S. Armed Forces because of poor eyesight, he worked as a mining engineer with Republic Steel in Mineville throughout most of World War II. In 1945 he worked as a survey party chief for the A. W. White Surveys Co., Rockville, Md.
He returned to Elizabethtown where he started his own commercial printing business and founded the weekly newspaper, 'The Valley News' in 1948.