About this Issue
Note from the Editors
Again this January Elwyn R. "Bim" Van Etten continues his annual series on getting started in genealogy. This year we are at the fourth level of our studies with Genealogy 401. "Bim" Van Etten conducts genealogy courses once or twice a year at Steele Memorial Library in Elmira where he is a regular volunteer. He is active in genealogical and historical societies and lives in Big Flats, New York.
Robert Koch writes about tobacco and its Rochester connections, the cigar and later cigarette makers in the city. Bob Koch is a Rochester native. He broadcasts three times a week from WXXI-FM at 7:45 Tuesday, 7:15 Thursday, and 9:00 on Saturday mornings.
John Rezelman's Tobacco Barns Still Remind Us first appeared in the premier issue of Steuben Roots and Branches August/September 1985. John Rezelman wrote a series of articles about barns in our November 1992 issue and March through May 1993 issues.
Hannah Lapp's contributes another selection from her book-in-progress, The Grapes of Opportunity. She lives on her family's farm in Chautauqua County and has had articles published in national magazines and newspapers.
Richard Palmer writes about railroad junction points where passengers often had to wait to make connections. Dick Palmer includes another of Irv Nichol's rhymes, this one about waiting for trains at Freeville.
Warren Hunting Smith wrote The Misses Elliot of Geneva in 1940 with characters based on Geneva personalities. The chapter in this issue tells of a train excursion to New York City by several of the book's characters including Primrose and Candida Elliot. Mr. Smith was born in Geneva and still lives there.
Robert F. McNamara tells this month of the return from Canada to Corning he and two friends made in a Studebaker touring car. The fnal installment of How We Rediscovered Canada in 1928. Rev. McNamara's story of his father, Corning's "Doc Mac" appeared in the January through April 1991 issues.
The February issue will feature an account, Horace McGuire and Black Artillery by Robert Koch. There will be another chapter from Warren H. Smith's The Misses Elliot of Geneva, and another installment from Hannah Lapp's book in progress, The Grapes of Opportunity.