About the Summer 2001 Issue
Note from the Editors
Gladys M. Dunton's recollections of itinerant tradesmen and entertainers and the annual Chautauqua programs in Naples begins this summer issue. Miss Dunton died on July 12, 2001, just a month before she would have been 100 years old on August 11, 2001. She taught in rural schools around Naples and Bristol and in Springwater before teaching in Hornell from 1931 until her retirement in 1964. Her article Naples in Early 20th Century appeared in the Winter 2000 issue of the CLR.
Richard Palmer has two articles this issue, Sea Serpents in the Great Lakes? and The Era of the Drover. Sea serpent reports became a great diversion for newspaper editors: Dick is an editor, no wonder he collects lake monster accounts. He is also interested in transportation by canal boats, lake vessels and railroads. Driving animals long distances was a primitive form of transportation—walking.
Robert Koch's selections from O. Turner's History of the Holland Purchase in this issue are the experiences of Silas Hopkins and John Gould droving cattle.
John Rezelman writes about an incident up a dug road—another car story to go along with his previous car stories: "Starting Model T Fords" (#71), "A Winter Driving Vignette" (#103), and Rescuing Angels.
Chapter Seven of Gary Emerson's biography of John Magee relates Magee's efforts to win approbation in Watkins Glen.
Daniel J. Mordell's study of the first ceremonial digging on the Erie Canal appears with his map showing sites where different chroniclers have written that the first work began on July 4, 1817. Dan Mordell has made many trips covering the canal route in central New York and the Mohawk Valley. He is a Batavia native, a charter member, in 1955, of the Canal Society of New York State, and a retired mechanical engineer.
David Minor's New York Timeline continues with the years 1813 and 1814 and happenings during the wind down of the War of 1812.