May 1990

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Note from the Editors

This issue begins with James Folts' article about the stage lines established by John Magee that ran between Owego and Rochester with connections to Geneva, Canandaigua and points south in Pennsylvania. Dr. Folts is a Cohocton native who is now connected with the New York State Archives in Albany. Cohocton was an important junction on the stage routes. Dr. Folts supplied the map of the stage routes that is on page 15 and the print from an old etching of an American stagecoach that is shown on the back page.

The other article beginning on the front page is by Wayne Town Historian Donald A. Rowland. He tells about the Wayne men who invented and manufactured a tractor-mounted grape tillage tool. Don made the drawings of the Rutherford Take-Out that are reproduced on page 4.

the house built in Bath by the same John Magee who had the stagelines and several other ventures including banking and railroad building. The house is now the home of the Davenport Library. Much of the information in this article came from James Hope. Jim certainly has set some sort of record for his interest and support of historical and genealogical societies, and for individuals seeking information about their family ancestors or about local history. You can read about more of the projects Jim has carried through by turning to page 14.

Another in Fran Dumas' series on the Keuka Lake Outlet, this time about the railroad that ran along the route of the abandoned Crooked Lake Canal, is on pages 6 and 7. Fran's sister, Patricia Rios, made the drawings and maps for the whole series.

An installment from Harpending's Corners, Ed Harris's story about happenings and people in Dundee starts on page 9. This chapter is about his parents and his younger brothers.

On page 11 are Peter Henderson's gardening recommendations for the month of May. This comes from his great Gardening for Profit, edition of 1866.

A chapter from A New Home by Caroline Kirkland starts on page 17. Happy reading.


The June issue will feature the Finger Lakes Trail.

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