March 1996

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Note from the Editors

Steuben County historian Richard Sherer and members of the Steuben County Bicentennial Committee have been working for more than a year planning events celebrating 200 years of history in Steuben County. We begin this issue with the schedule of events.

We present the first installment of the account Floyd Griswold Greene wrote of his family and early life in Rogersville, New York in the late 1940s. His daughter Margaret Greene Kindig of Pittsford sent her father's story to Robert Koch for publication in the Crooked Lake Review. Mr. Greene became a lawyer and was at one time the Division Claims Agent for the Erie Railroad at Hornell.

Richard Palmer details Cortland, New York editor Charles P. Cole's 1863 newspaper account of his visit to the battlefield at Gettysburg. Cole went to locate the body of his friend, Major Andrew Jackson Grover, who had been killed in action leading the 76th Regiment of New York Volunteers. Dick Palmer has drawn on other sources to add to the observations of editor Cole.

Barbara Bell presents another chapter of Letters to Suzanna about life during pioneering times in Reading Centre on the west side of Seneca Lake. This letter is about sewing, mending and washing clothes. Barbara Bell is the historian for Schuyler County.

Thomas Cornell's second essay in his series "Searching for the American Revolution" begins in this issue. In Sitting-Room Sessions he describes the pleasant relationship he and his grandmother had discussing a wide range of historical topics. She lived in Campbell, New York, and he was teaching classes at R. I. T. in Rochester. He drove down for weekends of conversation every three weeks.

Next Issue

Our April issue will bring the recollections of John Rezelman on the now nearly lost art of mumbledy-peg. Robert Anderson will begin an account about brick making in Auburn, New York. There will be another installment of Floyd Griswold Greene's autobiography, the conclusion of Richard Palmer's review of Charles Cole's Gettysburg newspaper report, an essay, The American Revolution as a Topic of Conversation, from Thomas Cornell's series, and a final chapter from Barbara Bell's Letters to Suzanna.

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