April 1995

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Note from the Editors

Barbara H. Bell's life story of Charles Cook, an early canal builder and enterpriser begins this issue. Cook was chiefly responsible for the formation of Schuyler County. Mrs. Bell is Historian for Schuyler County and for the Town of Reading. Her article about Irelandville appeared in our July 1991 issue.

Farming near Vine Valley is a chapter from a book Grace Russ has written about people who lived around Canandaigua Lake. She has tentatively titled her book, Whose Lake? Mrs. Russ writes that Elnora Fisher, daughter of Harry and Hattie Mack, told her many things about rural life in the hills just above Vine Valley, New York.

John Rezelman continues his review of T. N. Smith's diary for the month April, 1888. Mr. Smith lived just north of Kanona in country that John Rezelman knows so well. When you have read John's account, turn to the back page and view the 1895 scene of the Colwell men ready to begin spring harrowing. Derick Van Schoonhoven, who provided this picture, wonders if anyone knows just where this field is in Ridgeberry Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

William Garrison reports about bluebirds and bluebird societies providing nesting houses to encourage bluebirds to multiply. Bill Garrison builds bluebird houses and will sell you one or more if you contact him at Morning Glory Farm.

This issue concludes with brief biographies of the 1995 inductees into the Steuben County Hall of Fame.

Next Issue

Coming in the May issue will be a review by Donovan A. Shilling of the life of Kate Gleason of Rochester who grew into her father's machine shop business to become bookkeeper, then mechanical engineer, manager, and world-wide benefactress. There will also be John Rezelman's review of T. N. Smith's May 1888 activities.

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