About the Summer 1999 Issue
Note from the Editors
Floyd G. Greene's autobiographical sketches have been featured in recent issues. Mr. Greene wrote the story of his early life for his children. His daughter Mrs. Margaret Kindig of Rochester provided his account and family pictures.
Elizabeth Raymond adds family background and explanations to portions of an early diary kept by two sisters who emigrated to Ohio with their parents from Bully Hill above Hammondsport. Mrs. Raymond is a great granddaughter of a brother of the sisters, and her husband a great grandson of another brother. Mrs Raymond lives in Kansas but has cousins who live along Lake Keuka.
John Rezelman who lives in Bath has written about farming, farm and village barns, and about cranking Model T Fords. In this issue he remembers wintertime driving before defrosters could keep the whole windshield clear.
Richard Palmer contributes a story from a 1910 Syracuse newspaper about the nearly deserted town of Montville near Moravia, New York, east of Lake Cayuga. Dick Palmer lives in Tully and his articles have appeared in many issues.
Olga McCallum describes the Goff house in Howard. She urged other members of the Steuben County Bicentennial Commission to memorialize the site with an historic marker. A sign is now in place near the house along highway 70A. Mrs. McCallum who lives in Avoca, New York, provided a photograph of the house.
David Robinson writes this time about pre-historic sites that have been found in Yates County. He compares the descriptions of early man-made structures found in this country and Europe. Dave Robinson lives in Swain, New York.
The three men who were chosen this year for the Steuben County Hall of Fame all were unusually dedicated men: Joshua Mersereau carried out many hazardous exploits during the American Revolution. John Niles came west from Connecticut to Prattsburgh and helped to start five of the earliest churches in Steuben County. Charles Corwin selflessly promoted the performance amd enjoyment of music in Corning and nearby communities.
"Corning's Memorable Maestro, Charles C. Corwin, (1883 - 1954)" by Robert F. McNamara extolled Corwin's life and cultural influences in issues 55 through 59.
Presently a series on the Mersereau family is being prepared. There will be focus on Joshua III and his children and the house in Presho built by his son as an inn and now restored as a private residence.
Sarah W. Parker's The Reverend John Niles, 1775 - 1812, published in 1958, is an inspiring story of John Niles short life and the many enterprising men and women of that optimistic era. The wives of these men contributed so much to their husband's lives and accomplishments that they should be included as partners in the Hall of Fame recognition.
Coming in the summer issue will be The Battles of Sodus Point and Pultneyville by Richard Palmer, and Rochester's Great Circle Tour, Tales of Navigation on Irondequoit Bay by Donovan A. Shilling. There will be a study of old-growth forests in western New York by Thomas D. Cornell, and F. G. Greene's account of summertime fishing on Canandaigua Lake when he was a boy, plus other articles.