Monday, April 29, 2013

Long Span Bridge on Long Lake


       In order to accommodate the steamboats and the increasing population, the people had to look at the old structures put in place many years before. One structure, the float bridge, was rotting and hazardous, but the town refused to appropriate money to build a new one. After several accidents on the bridge, and Isaac Robinson suing the town because his horse fell through it and drowned, they shut the structure down, and Frank Burch ran a ferry across the lake.

Long span bridge with scow under it

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mail to Long Lake in the mid 1800s

Down Maple Ave before 1890
Later, Lucius Henderson carried the mail from Long Lake to Newcomb, Aiden Lair, Minerva, and Olmstedville by horse. Eunice Helms walked three miles to the village post office during those early days. One day she received a letter informing her that her brother, Ransom Palmer had lost an arm in the Battle of the Wilderness. She went into the small store that was in part of the hotel and remarked to Cyrus Kellogg, “I declare, Cyrus, you would think in this age, one could hear about a loved one sooner than a month after the injury.” She was in tears.
“Really, Mrs. Helms, is it Ransom?”
“Yes, yes it is. He has been shot and has lost his arm.”

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Young Man in Early Times

I love this picture of one of the relatives of  the early pioneers of Long Lake, NY.  If anyone knows who he is, send me a comment.

Finally, I have sent my second manuscript, Conquering the Wild, into the publisher. I spent an enormous amount of time doing research, then came the writing, and the dreaded edit and wait process.

This book is set in the Adirondack Mountains. The story describes the struggles these pioneers had with the weather and navigation extremes. It is a historical novel with several pictures and maps.

I have tried to tell the story of the men, women, and children who lived during the 1800s. I hope everyone enjoys it and finds something they can relate to within the pages.