September 1993

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Note from the Editors

As is our custom, this September issue of the Crooked Lake Review features schools. We begin with an essay by Robert Koch about D. D. T. Moore and his paper Moore's Rural New Yorker. The paper was an educational institution in itself, with items on farming, horticulture, home economy, stories of faraway places, and regular articles on teaching. Robert Koch taught for years at R.I.T. and the University of Rochester. For the last six years he has broadcast history talks every Saturday morning at 9:30 from WXXI-FM.

Herbert A. Wisbey, Jr. writes about Robert Bishop, a young rural schoolmaster who taught in Yates and Ontario counties, and kept kept a diary in the 1870s. Prof. Wisbey taught at Keuka College and Elmira College. He has a cottage on Lake Keuka not far from where Bishop went to school and taught.

We present a selection from Charles F. Kingsley's discourse on the early schools in Bath from The Centennial of Bath, 1793-1893.

Bill Treichler writes about the new Cohocton Valley Farm Museum in Cohocton, New York.

We present the last part of A. G. Hilbert's presentation on the Williamson Road. Mr. Hilbert died in September 1991. He was a lecturer, historian for the town of Elmira, and on the board and the staff of the Chemung County Historical Society.

Following Mr. Hilbert's history of the Williamson Road is a map of the road through New York prepared by James D. Folts, and an excerpt from Jim Folts' account of the famous road and his list for further reading about Williamson's road. Jim Folts is historian for the village of Cohocton, and is an archivist at New York State Achives in Albany.

Hannah Lapp contributes the first chapter of her book-in-progress titled The Grapes of Opportunity. This first chapter is the story of her family's move to western New York 23 years ago. Miss Lapp has had articles published in The American Agriculturalist, The Freeman, The Wall Street Journal, and reprinted in the Readers' Digest. She lives and writes on a farm near Cassadaga, New York.

Edwin Harris offers another true story from his book Harpending's Corners. That was the early name for Dundee, New York, Ed's hometown. This time he tells about the efforts of his son and daughter-in-law in publishing the Dundee Observer. It was an educational experience for the Harrises, and for Dundee.

We continue our selections from from The Misses Elliot of Geneva written more than 50 years ago by Warren Hunting Smith with the conclusion of Chapter VII. Mr. Smith was editor, at Yale, of the Horace Walpole papers.

This issue concludes with the sixth essay from Thomas Cornell's series on the Hammondsport Glen. Tom Cornell lives in Rochester. His grandmother, of whom he writes in this series lived in Campbell, New York.

Next Issue

Coming in October is the first part of Robert F. McNamara's story of a 1928 trip he made with two other Corning Free Academy graduates to Canada in a 1922 Studebaker. The three men still get together 65 years later to talk over the expedition. Rev. McNamara has pictures of then and now. The second segment, Rural District Schools, Their Books & Teachers from Robert Koch's series about education in earlier times will be in the next issue. There will be more from Hannah Lapp's book-in-progress, another chapter from The Misses Elliot of Geneva by Warren H. Smith, and excerpts from The Centennial of Bath, 1793-1893 by Sherman Rogers.

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