The story of John Dewey—Clinton Corners’ legendary custom gunmaker—will be told by his son George in a presentation at the Clinton Historical Society on Friday, June 2. John Dewey had a national reputation for building highly accurate rifles and pistols. His business partners included the “Big Band” leader Artie Shaw, a renowned jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, who died in 2004. Artie Shaw and his swing-era band were famed for hits including “Begin the Beguine,” “Frenesi,” and “Stardust.” Shaw, whose eight wives included actresses Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, was also known as an expert marksman. Today John Dewey’s shop and home are the site of the Evangelical Free Church on Salt Point Turnpike, not far from the Clinton Historical Society’s Quaker Meeting House. George Dewey, who lived in Clinton Corners, is the founder and president of J Dewey Rods—Quality Gun Cleaning Equipment.
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