Author Archive
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...
Woodstock’s Peculiar Institution

Woodstock’s Peculiar Institution

John Wigram was a master. Wigram, who served several terms as Woodstock’s supervisor in the early 1800s, was a rent collector for Robert Livingston and was responsible for Woodstock’s first post office. He farmed his extensive holdings along what is now Rock City Road with three slaves by his side. Andrew Riselar was a master...