About the Fall 2003 Issue
Note from the Editors
This issue contains articles from three new contributors: Wayne Mahood, Elizabeth Shanklin, and R. Dewey Peters.
Wayne Mahood contributes a biographical sketch of James Wadsworth's life-long efforts to help everyone gain useful knowledge. Wayne Mahood taught at SUNY-Geneseo from 1969 to 1994 and chaired the Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education there.
Elizabeth Shanklin introduces her essay "Authorizing Mothers: A Study of the First Maternal Association of Utica, New York, 1824 - 1833." Ms. Shanklin is a graduate of Columbia University and of Sarah Lawrence College. She was a panelist on "Talking to Each Other…" at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Univ. of Rochester, 1999.
R. Dewey Peters completes Richard Palmer's tale of Lake Ontario Mariner, Augustus Hinckley with Reminiscences of the Wreck of the Hinckley, an account of his boyhood fishing and salvage experiences with the submerged hulk of the Hinckley.
Many of our regular writers are back with new articles and continuations.
Kirk House's essay 1901: Hammondsport Odyssey combines local with world occurrences, continues with accounts of fairs and close up looks at Glenn Curtiss's first motorcycle and the death of President William McKinley.
David Minor's Timeline for NYS and NYC covers the happenings across the state for the year 1824 when the Erie Canal was finished and canal boats began moving cargo down the Hudson.
Roland Bentley's Fire across the Road tells of another unforgettable grade school experience with his teacher Lizzie Burns Stewart at Boyd's Corners School in the 1930s.
Beth Flory collects news items and editorial comments from the Naples Record of 50 and 100 years ago for her "Glancing Backward" column reprinted here from the Record. There were mishaps, summer storms, and celebrations during those summer months.
Richard Palmer's saga of famed Lake Ontario mariner and salvager Augustus Hinckley concludes in this issue with an account of Hinckley and his crew gathering Coast Guard navigation buoys along the St. Lawrence, and Gus's last days on his farm at Parishville.
James D. Folts's essay, The 'Alien Proprietorship': The Pulteney Estate During the Nineteenth Century examines the business practices of the Pulteney Land Office and the resentments of some of the settlers. A thorough bibliography follows. James Folts is Head of Reference Services, at the New York State Archives. His Personal Explorations in the History and Archives of Steuben County was in the Fall 2002 issue.