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Fellow Citizens Read a Horrid Tale

Fellow Citizens Read a Horrid Tale

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Published by Tricia Barbagallo

Archives Magazine Summer 2007 p.20 published by the NY State Archives Partnership Trust

Archives Magazine Summer 2007 p.20 published by the NY State Archives Partnership Trust

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Volume 7Number 1SUMMER2007
$4.95
From Potato Farmto Suburban Dream
Welch’s Grape Juice, Not WineCanal VandalismAs Economic DevelopmentPoliticians Spill Bloodon Albany StreetsAfter the Gangster Barbecue
 
THE NEW YORK STATE ARCHIVES
The New York State Archives reaches every communityin New York—saving community heritage, improvingcitizen access to important records, and enrichingeduca-tion and lifelong learning.A program of the StateEducation Department, the Archives preserves and makesaccessible the essential recorded evidence, past andpresent, of New York’s governments, organizations,peoples, and events. It joins thousands of governmentsand cultural organizations engaged in this enterprise.
THE ARCHIVES PARTNERSHIP TRUST
The Archives Partnership Trust is an innovative public/ private partnership dedicated to sustaining the excellenceof the State Archives and to ensuring thatNew York’smost valuable historical records are available forfuture generations. The Partnership Trust, a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit organization, is governed by a board ofcitizens selected for their leadership and commitmentto education and cultural affairs.
ARCHIVES PARTNERSHIPTRUST BOARD
John Hanna, Jr.,
Chair 
Dr. John Jay Iselin,
Vice Chair 
Lawrence A. Staub, Jr.,
Treasurer 
Barbara A. Brinkley,
Secretary 
Dr. Nedda C. AllbrayA. Laurie BrosnahanDr. Ann L. ButtenwieserHon. Saul B. CohenDr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-SpielvogelHenry N. “Jim” Eyre, Jr.Hon. Arnold B. GardnerBronwyn N. HannonGeorge R. Hearst IIIHuyler C. Held, Esq.Harold HolzerWilliam F. HowardHon. John J. McEnenyAvi Schick, Esq.Hon. Alexander F. TreadwellChristine W. Ward,
State Archivist 
and
ChiefExecutive Officer 
Robert E. Bullock,
President 
ON THE FRONT COVER
Donna Johs on her tricycle inLevittown,New York,c.1950.
FRED AND DOROTHY JOHS
The Archives Partnership Trust appreciates the support of
Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
EDITOR
Judy P. Hohmann
ASSISTANT EDITOR
Jeanne Finley
GRAPHICS ASSISTANTS
Anthony Mattrazzo IIISonya Tucker
EDITORIALADVISORY BOARD
Nedda C. AllbrayWilliam G. AndrewsAllen BallardAnn L. ButtenwieserHoward DodsonPaul GrondahlLaurence HauptmanHarold HolzerJames Oliver HortonWilliam F. HowardKenneth T. JacksonCeledonia (Cal) JonesCarol KammenAndrew KaufmanWilliam KennedyFélix V. Matos RodríguezJohn J. McEnenyJeff ShaaraCarolyn VaccaJudith Wellman
EDITORIALCONSULTANTS
Robert W. Arnold IIISamuel C. BogenRobert E. BullockJames CorsaroGeorge HamellGeof HuthEdward H. KnoblauchJackson McPetersGrazia Yaeger
DESIGN
2k Design
New York Archives
is published by theArchives Partnership Trust primarily as abenefit of membership in the Trust.Annual membership is $35. Inquiries aboutmembership should be addressed to theMembership Coordinator, ArchivesPartnership Trust, Suite 9C49, CulturalEducation Center, Albany, NY 12230.Phone: (518) 473-7091; fax:(518) 473-7058;e-mail: aptrust@mail.nysed.govweb: www.nysarchives.orgTo be considered for publication, a manu-script should be based in part on materialsin a historical records repository in NewYork State.The Archives Partnership Trust andthe New York State Archives are notresponsible for statements of factoropinion made by contributors. Publishedarticles do not necessarily represent theviews of the Partnership Trust or theState Archives.©2007 Archives Partnership TrustISSN: 1535-7813
 
VOLUME 7NUMBER 1
SUMMER 2007
www.nysarchives.org
16
The Forestport Breaks
Michael Doyle
Who sabotaged the ErieCanal? Genealogical sleuthingand historical research reveala small town on the edge ofthe Adirondacks as the locusof a homegrown crime thatreached throughout the state.
20
“Fellow Citizens,Read a Horrid Tale…”
Tricia A. Barbagallo
In the nineteenth century,public officials followed acode of honor to resolvedisagreements both politicaland personal. But that codewas broken one spring dayin Albany.
9
Salesman of theAmerican Dream
 Joshua Ruff 
Levittown: the name stillmeans “suburbia” to millionsof Americans. But Bill Levitt,its namesake, is rememberedas a developer whose reachextended far beyond LongIsland’s post-World War IIbuilding boom.
14
Tempered Vines
Michelle Henry 
A devout temperance advo-cate and his son parleyedChautauqua County’s grapeindustry into Welch’s GrapeJuice, a multi-million-dollarcompany whose product hasbecome a staple of America’sbeverage industry.
DEPARTMENTS2
From the State Archivist
3
Contributors
4
Letters to the Editor
4
At the Archives Partnership Trust
6
Archives Around New York
8
At the State Archives
29
In Their Own Words
30
Genealogy
32
Parting Shots
FEATURES
24
Watchdogs of the State
Philip A. Bean
A 1957 meeting of criminalminds in Apalachin, a ruraltown near Binghamton, ledto political inquests and apower struggle at the highestlevels of state government.
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