The Crooked Lake Review

Summer 2005

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Note from the Editors

Grace S. Fox has contributed an autobiographical piece, A Tilted Saucer of Delight, which begins with stories about her Palatine, French Huguenot and English-Irish ancestors. Her article The Rural Schools of the Town of Avoca appeared in issues #121 and #122, Fall and Winter 2002. Grace Fox died August 14, 2005. Her family is editing her material for the third and final chapter of A Tilted Saucer of Delight.

David Minor tells us more of James Stuart's travels across New York State in the year 1829. Scotsman Stuart tried to take in everything there was to see; David, in addition, fills us in with events at other places in the state that Stuart missed.

Donovan Shilling relates in "Rochester's Romantic Rogue" the story of Ebenezer "Indian" Allan, renegade and opportunist, who did get along amazingly well with the Senecas and with his many wives. He sent his half-Indian daughters to a school in New Jersey and a son to a school in Philadelphia.

John Sheret continues his series on the early years of Mendon with an article about the history of of the Quaker Meeting House in Mendon. John also provides a map of the locality showing the location of the meeting house and the still-existing Quaker Meeting House Road.

Elwyn VanEtten sent a newspaper item from the Saturday, 26 July 1902 issue of The Elmira Daily Advertiser. The first of a weekly series in the paper describes the shoreline on a trip around Lake Keuka and identifies the owners of many cottages and farmhouses.

Tom Cornell presents two more essays from his Genesee Vignettes recalling his grandmother Marie Cornell and her interests in places and history and his own feelings about the Genesee and his writing.

Richard Palmer discovered and sent on The Cherry Valley Turnpike by Walter H. Main that appeared in the July 19, 1919, Utica Saturday Globe. It is an appropriate sequel to Dick's account with the same title in the last issue here.

Beth Flory has gleaned the June, July, August Naples Record editions of 1905 and 1955 for local news incidents that reveal what life was like 100 years ago and only 50 years ago around Naples, New York.

Leonard Paul Wood has transcribed the 49-year diary of his great-great grandfather, Timothy Meigs Younglove who lived and farmed in Pleasant Valley just a short distance south of Hammondsport. Excerpts continue here for the months of June, July and August 1841.

Martha Treichler has been researching records in the Steuben County Historical Society, old newspapers and books for accounts about health sanitaria in central New York. For this issue she has selected accounts of the Jackson Sanitorium in Dansville, New York, from The History of Dansville: 1798 - 1902 by A. O. Bunell and F. I. Quick.

Roy Starsmeare searched on Google for his ancestor Richard Thomas Starsmeare who left England on a sailing ship when he was 18 years of age. His inquiry came up with Richard Palmer's story Young Lion of the West. Click on the underlined words following to read about Roy's subsequent findings.

The New Society of the Genesee met May 21 in Caledonia, New York, for a luncheon and a presentation of early shoe and boot making by Gary Lehmann who told us all about the shoemaking craft, and demonstrated some of the techniques. Gary demonstrates shoemaking at the Tyler Shoe Shop at Genesee Country Village near Mumford and at the Valentown Museum in Fishers.

Donovan Shilling chronicles the June 11 meeting of the New Society of the Genesee at the Museum of the Earth just north of Ithaca, followed by a luncheon at Glenwood Pines Restaurant overlooking Seneca Lake and a short excursion later to Taughannock Falls.

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