Spring 1998

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About the Spring 1998 Issue

Note from the Editors

Abigail Hackett's diary continues with the months of April and May 1865. George Dickey has edited and added explanations to the journal. Many of the people in the diary were ancestors of George and the people he grew up with on The Swale, an upland area in the town of Canisteo, Steuben County.

Catherine and Richard Pierce write about the interest-widening benefits of genealogy studies. Catherine wrote in issue 34 about her Covenhoven - Conover family. The Pierces live near Lindley, New York. They are active members of the Jo-Ho's genealogy group and the Steuben County Historical Society.

Thomas D. Cornell recalls more of his Grandmother Cornell's stories. Her reminiscences were often prompted when they viewed old pictures. He uses several photographs here to tell about her life. Tom Cornell wrote about his grandmother in his "Searching for the American Revolution," issues 95 - 100.

Robert V. Anderson rediscovered in a box of old books six issues of The Cultivator from its first year of publication in 1853. In this issue he describes many of the periodical's articles and illustrations on farming, horticulture and rural living.

Beth B. Flory presents two more of the Naples stories her mother, Alice Stoddard Bishop, heard and preserved. Other tales have been in issues 104 and 106. Beth copied poignant gravestone inscriptions from Fairview Cemetery in Naples, N. Y., and they appeared with her reflections in #102.

David Minor's year-by-year history of New York continues in this issue with the years 1787 and 1788. These come from his radio scripts for Simon Pontin's Salmagundi broadcast from WXXI-FM (91.5). David can be heard on the same station every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. speaking on various aspects of world history.

Richard Palmer tells this month of Dr. Judson Nelson who was a surgeon in the Civil War and a practitioner in Truxton, New York. Later in life, Dr. Nelson, his wife, and friends traveled in a restored Concord coach on long summertime excursions through scenic regions of New York.

Robert J. Gregory recalls going fishing with his father and landing the biggest trout of the day. There was the special feeling of going off with his dad early in the morning before light, the anticipation of a catch, the thrill of the strike, the excitement of landing the fish, but most of all, the joy of his father's companionship.

Donovan Shilling who is the chronicler for the New Society of the Genesee reports on the visit by members of the Society to the Oliver House Museum in Penn Yan, New York, November 29, 1997, and on the visit to the Susan B. Anthony House on January 24, 1998.

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