June 1996

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Grace Forster Russ contributes three selections from her just published book The Lake!!! Grace writes about her family's vacation experiences along Canandaigua Lake from the time of her childhood at the "Ganundawah Club" and the cottage her father built, through the summers there with her children. The book may be found in bookstores or can be ordered by sending $10 and mailing address to Mrs. Grace F. Russ, PO Box 88, Ellenburg Depot, NY 12935.

Jane Davis tells about her purchase of a Eugene Field poem about a man named Penn Yan Bill and how after persistent searching for his connection with Penn Yan she discovered in her mother's scrapbook the way Penn Yan Bill got his name and why Eugene Field wrote the poem. Mrs. Davis lives in Branchport, New York, and is historian for the Town of Jerusalem.

Robert V. Anderson's three part account of the Kelsey-Harvey brickyard that operated for many years in Auburn, New York concludes in this issue. Bob shows how the prosperity of the brickyard was closely dependent upon the growth of Auburn and the demand for bricks to construct buildings, sewers and streets. His wife's family ran the brick making business for many years, and she inherited a trunkful of papers that reveal much of the history of the enterprise and of the development of Auburn. The Andersons live in New Hartford, New York.

Thomas D. Cornell contributes the fifth essay in his series "Searching For The American Revolution". He writes this time about his introduction to intuitive thinking and the concept that a realization of the past can come in several ways: through memories preserved in accounts that can reveal the attitudes of the inhabitants of previous times, and through handling the tools and the products of our ancestors, as well as by the usual historical method of documented facts. Tom concludes that using his intutive abilities, coupled with analytic refinement, he can gain access to an understanding of the American Revolution.

For a revealed picture of what life experiences were for a small boy and his mother, family and neighbors in the area of Rogersville and the era just after the Civil War, listen to the voice of Floyd Greene in his reminiscences written 70 years after his childhood. Part four of his reminiscences continue in this issue. Floyd wrote his memories for his daughters and their children. His daughter Margaret Greene Kindig furnished her father's story for the readers of the Crooked Lake Review.

Bill Treichler tells about the dedication of the Achsinessink Monument in Corning on June 9, 1996.

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