About this Issue
Note from the Editors
This issue begins with the final installment of Grace Shults Fox's A Tilted Saucer of Delight. The series is her story of her forebearers, family, friends, neighbors and their community near Avoca, New York. She wrote about the hardships and the successes of her ancestors, of happy times with friends, and the demanding but rewarding life of farm wives. This segment is the last of what she had completed before her death in 2005.
John G. Sheret continues his Mendon — The Early Years series, with Brigham Young: Carpenter and Cabinet Maker. He finds conflicting accounts of Young's personality and performance as a craftsman and as a husband and provider.
Donovan Shilling in Men of Good Faith describes the long-time friendship and reciprocal support between Dr. Max Landsbery, the rabbi for the Temple B'rith Kodesh, a Reform Judaism center in Rochester and Dr. Asa W. Saxe, pastor of the First Universalist Church in Rochester.
In this issue Stephen Lewandowski begins a new series titled Upstate Characters. The first episode involves a new neighbor ready to organize the community to sign petitions abolishing deer hunting. When her neighbor refused to go along and sign, he never saw her again.
Beth Flory brings more of her Glancing Backward gleanings from the Naples Record October, November and December editions of 1906 and 1956. People were busy picking apples, digging potatoes, shipping grapes, extinguishing fires, shoveling snow, entertaining family and friends, and following sensational crime stories in the newspapers.
To find out how people lived in Pleasant Valley, a short distance up Cold Stream from Hammondsport 165 years ago, read Leonard Paul Wood's transcription of his great-great-grandfather Timothy Meigs Younglove's 1842 diary for the Fall 1842 season when people were picking apples, digging potatoes and also planting wheat, fall plowing, and visiting neighbors.
David Minor of EaglesByte bring us three more scripts from his Clan Colquhoun Timeline broadcasts featuring the career of Patrick Colquhoun who in 1782 became Lord Provost (mayor) of Glasgow. In 1792 after moving to London he was appointed a police magistrate with others to reduce stealing on the shipping docks. We'll meet him again.
Richard Palmer supplies three items about the Erie Canal for this issue: Nathaniel Hawthorne Travels the Erie Canal, Hawthorne's 1835 description of a trip for the New England Magazine; Half a Century a Canal Man from the Rome Daily Sentinel of May 19, 1904, Life on the Canal by Walter Conley, and Huge Canal Boat Yard Once Located Near Syracuse from the Syracuse Star, April 29, 1850. Richard is editor of New York Canal Times and has written many articles for the paper and its website www.nycanaltimes.com. Check out The Erie Canal and the Stagecoach, Erie Canal Has Always Been a Musical Waterway, and also look at Keuka Outlet Trail Seeks Funds to Halt Erosion.
For a series of talks on the Erie Canal by David Minor go to http://threerivershms.com/davidminor.htm
Next read Robert Ingersoll's speech at the Yates County Fair in Penn Yan, delivered October 2, 1899. An estimated 5000 persons heard him recount his farming experiences, his suggestions to let the livestock sleep longer in the mornings by sleeping-in themselves, and heard his practical advice to produce for home use— "Eat the Best; Sell the Rest."
Enjoy more chapters from Robert Beck's Story: "Kansas Fever," "Going to New Orleans," "On the Mississippi," "Seamen," and "Hired as Apprentice Seaman."