The Crooked Lake Review

Summer 2004

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Note from the Editors

David Minor's Eagles Byte Timeline of New York City / State for the year 1826 begins with reports of stage performances in NYC. This was the year of the disappearance of William Morgan, spirited away from Canandaigua supposedly by members of the Masonic brotherhood. David cites many more events of that year.

Donovan Shilling writes about the many place names found in our region: some are French or English attempts to produce spellings of Indian pronunciations, many were taken from classical cities and heroes, some from the pioneers, and some were just whimsy. Don also provides a poem from years ago about New York map names.

Jeffrey M. Johnstone presents the life of Sir William Johnstone Pulteney, his associations with other men of the Scottish Renaissance, and the Scottish influence in this country. Jeffrey is a practicing lawyer in Rochester and he is president of Clan Johnston/e in America, an association in the U. S. and Canada. He claims no knowledge of any relationship to Sir William.

Paul Worboys relates Ruth Ostrander's 1949 experiences after intentionally getting off a passenger train at Silver Lake Junction near Perry, New York. Mrs. Ostrander found herself alone alongside a cornfield. The railway station had burned years earlier. Eventually a freight train crew took her to Gainesville where her husband finally arrived.

News items found in January through September 1904 and 1954 issues of the Naples Record are in Beth Flory's "Glancing Backwards" collected here. Her column regularly appears in the Naples Record. Beth is president of the Naples Historical Society.

Part four of Elizabeth Shanklin's study of the first maternal association of Utica, New York relates the arguments about infant baptism which brought a shift in child rearing away from authoritarian paternalism towards mothering.

The last three articles in this issue, are about three women who lived at different times and wrote of their lives in diaries and letters.

Richard Palmer lets the journals of Lovina Powers describe her harsh childhood, making a home with her husband, and eventual happiness.

John Sharet uses Mary Bond's letters with research to reconstruct her busy life near Mendon and later years in Rochester.

Charlene Wentworth quotes the diaries of Harriet Gilbert to recount the life she lived among her family on a farm just north of Dansville.

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