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The transformation of Abraham Lincoln

The transformation of Abraham Lincoln

“The bells are tolling mournfully, Strong men weep in the streets. The grief is wide-spread …. This is indeed a day of gloom.” – The Washington Star, April 15, 1865   When the door to the Peterson House, across the street from Ford’s Theater in Washington, swung open on the morning of April 15, 1865,...
Winter's past

Winter’s past

In March of 1888, Sarah MacDaniel Cashdollar was a young girl growing up on Overlook Mountain. She would live most of her life — as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother — attached to the mountain. On the evening of March 11, 1888 a young Sarah headed down the mountain she knew so well to...
The Early History of Water, Woodstock and Kingston

The Early History of Water, Woodstock and Kingston

I have an idea. When it comes to the current controversy surrounding Cooper Lake, the Kingston Water Department and the Niagara Bottling Company, let’s all just blame William Cooper and be done with it. On second thought, I take that back. After all, it has been 120 years since Mr. Cooper first shook hands on...
A small town murder

A small town murder

Part one   The Murder Life in a small town has long been a part of American lore. From Thornton Wilder’s Grover’s Corners to Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, the depiction of small town America invokes an element of nostalgia and a yearning for a simpler, easier way of life. We associate a certain benevolence with...
Four Days in November: Woodstock, 1963

Four Days in November: Woodstock, 1963

There was a sound of laughter; in a moment, it was no more. And so she took a ring from her finger and placed it in his hands. — Mike Mansfield, Senate Majority Leader, on Sunday November 24 in the rotunda of the Capitol as Kennedy’s body lay in state. As the principal’s voice broke...