There is a collection of well-worn binders in the vault at the Cortland County Historical Society that is part of the life’s work of Lisle Cottrell. The binders mostly cover the town of Scott, but there is also information about Cincinnatus, Homer, Cottrell genealogy, and more. These handwritten documents provide great insight into the settlement of Cortland County and are just one piece of Lisle Cottrell’s legacy.
Community involvement was at the heart of Lisle’s life. While living in Scott, he spent some time as the tax collector, and he served as chairman of the election board and as a justice of the peace. He was a member of the Burns McCauliffe American Legion Post in Homer and the Homer Grange and Farm Bureau, as well as a Mason and an Oddfellow. He was active in church life and attended the Congregational Church when he lived in Homer. In 1960, he was recognized as one of the oldest Boy Scouts in Cortland County, having devoted 42 years of service to Scouting.