Saturday, September 4, 2010

Viewer's Query

Received the following e-mail several days ago. Perhaps one of our viewers has some information on the following four queries. If so feel free to respond to me and I'll post the information

or directly to the writer, Trevor Delafield


I was pleased to find your website and to find out about your publication.

I see you have as an objective to preserve knowledge about persons figuring in the history of the region. Do you have any source material or sources of information about any of the following:

1. A person by the name of Delafield who had a farm on one of the Finger Lakes which was designated as NY State Farm at some time in the 19th century, and was one of the founders of the NY State Agricultural Institute (or something similar which became or became part of Cornell).

2. A Dr. F B Hahn, of Canandaigua, President I think of County Medical Society in his county, c. 1840s, 1850s.

3. An O.R.L. Crosier, a school teacher and editor and writer, same period, from vicinity of Clifton Springs or Canandaigua.

4. Also, there was a gentleman in a small town in the Finger Lakes area somewhere whom I met in the late 1980s, or early 1990s who was very knowledgeable about the Washington Hand Press, the hand press which was responsible for the dissemination of much of the intellectual output of the early and mid-19th century nation-wide. He was elderly at the time but I wonder whether this gentleman has come to the attention of anyone in your entity and whether he passed along his interest in early printing to anyone. That would have been a significant area activity. Most towns had their periodicals and printing establishments.

Trevor Delafield

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