Very few people around Millbrook saw Jimmy Cagney. I would ask any of the old timers who might have stories about him to contribute to this website. I never saw him although I always knew right where his farm was. I think it was originally about 175 acres but became 750 acres by the time he died. I’ve posted a short biography below about his time in Millbrook. For the more famous parts of his life you can check out the wikipedia site on him
James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986)
Jimmy Cagney spent most of the last years of his life at his Verney Farms in Stanfordville. He was born in NYC on the Lower East Side but moved to Yorkville when he was still young. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and attended Columbia College but dropped out to help support his family when his father died in the 1918 flu pandemic.
In spite of his great fame and success he was a very private man and loved life on his farm where he raised horses. He and his wife Billie loved the Silver Horn Restaurant on route 44 and became good friends with the owner Marge Zimmerman. When Cagney’s eyes starting failing Zimmerman recommended a doctor who diagnosed diabetes.
Later when Cagney had a minor stroke while visiting California, Zimmerman became his full time caregiver and traveled with him and Billie whenever they left the farm.
He became depressed when he could no longer dance or ride horses two of his passions. He died at the farm after a heart attack in 1986