About the Spring 2004 Issue
Note from the Editors
David Minor's Eagles Byte Timeline of New York City / State continues with highlights of the year 1825 when the official opening of the entire Erie Canal was celebrated by a grand procession from Buffalo to New York City. Lafayette continued his tour, there were shipwrecks, new fashions in clothing, and much commerce. David provides many web sources for further exploration.
Richard Palmer brings together many accounts of the early locomotive "Young Lion of the West" from its manufacture and long use to final explosion. It was the first engine on the Auburn and Rochester Railroad. Dick gives early history of that line and includes a July 1841 excursion of the directors and stockholders on the new railroad.
Elizabeth Shanklin's essay "Authorizing Mothers: A Study of the First Maternal Association of Utica, New York, 1824 - 1833" continues with an account of the close relationship of the members of the Maternal Association to the Utica clergy, Presbyterian doctrine, and the rise of revivalism. Ms. Shanklin teaches in New York City.
Timothy Meigs Younglove's diary is presented with his introduction and daily accounts of January, 1841. His great-great-grandson, Leonard Paul Wood, has transcribed, edited, and made digital copies of the diary.
John M. Robortella contributes a historical essay and transcription of the field notes of Col. Hugh Maxwell's Survey of the Pre-emption Line in 1783. This is a condensed version of the full report of John's volunteer project conducted for two years at the Geneva Historical Society transcribing Maxwell's original notes and studying other sources on the faulty survey and the arguments that have continued since the completion of survey.
Martha Treichler writes about Bath's Sarah Lyon Davenport who served for years on official boards to improve the conditions in New York jails. The information in Martha's article comes primarily from family records assembled by Charles Carey, great-great nephew of Mrs. Davenport. The records have been presented, together with family photographs on a CD, to the Steuben County Historical Society.
The next issue will bring Sir William Johnstone Pulteney and the Scottish Origins of Western New York by Jeffrey M. Johnstone, The Cornfield Meet by Paul S. Worboys, and more articles and stories from regular contributors.