March 1995

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Note from the Editors

This issue begins with Verne M. Marshall's story of the life of John Nicholas Rose who built the mansion named Esperanza near Branchport. Like his brother Henry Rose who built neighboring Hampstead, John N. Rose was born in Virginia and traveled when a child to Geneva, New York, with his parents. He moved to the Town of Jerusalem when he was 24, and at one time owned 800 acres on which he raised sheep and fruit trees. The account is reprinted from The Roses of Geneva by Verne M. Marshall who is a medical doctor in Geneva. The story of Henry Rose was in our October 1994 issue. The Roses of Geneva is available from the Geneva Historical Society at 1053 Lochland Road, Geneva, NY 14456.

Edwin N. Harris tells of his ice fishing experiences some years ago on the St. Lawrence River. Many of Ed Harris's stories about growing up in Dundee and working in the heavy construction field around the state have appeared in earlier issues. He lives in Rochester but keeps up with events in Dundee.

Robert Koch tells of the forms of public entertainment offered and often disapproved in the early years of Rochester. Bob Koch was professor and chair of Language and Literature at R.I.T. from 1950 until 1970, then Dean at the University of Rochester until 1982. He speaks at 7:45 Tuesdays, 7:15 Thursdays, and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays on WXXI-FM.

John Rezelman's quotations from, and commentary on, the journals of everyday farm life on the Avoca, New York, farm of T. N. Smith continues. This month we can learn what was going on during February and March 1888, at Smith's farm with John Rezelman filling out the picture from his own experiences of growing up on a farm and being very closely associated with farmers in this county for many years. John Rezelman lives in Bath.

Next Issue

Coming in the April issue will be an account J. W. Prentiss wrote for the Hammondsport Herald relating his family's migration from Massachusetts to Pulteney, New York, in 1813. This is the first in a series he wrote about the early settlement of Pulteney. There will be brief biographies of the 1995 inductees into the Steuben County Hall of Fame, and more from John Rezelman's commentaries on the diaries of T. N. Smith.

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