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Forgotten tales of New York
Zimmer, Melanie.
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Publication Information:
Charleston, SC : History Press, [2009]

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141 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
"From the monster of Seneca Lake to the man who inspired the American icon Uncle Sam, discover the lost secrets of the Empire State."-back cover.
Introduction -- What's in a name? -- Oneida Castle: forsaken capital -- Louis-Philippe in New York -- Millard Fillmore: "The American Louis-Philippe" -- The bathtub hoax -- Theodore Roosevelt taking a bath -- The bovine bridge -- The undertaker's expanding table -- The formal mill fire -- The eighth wonder of the world -- Matilda Joslyn Gage: forgotten suffragist -- Doggie, doggie, where's your bone? -- Greene Smith and the bird house -- Uncle Sam: denizen of Troy, New York -- The Public Universal Friend -- The great disappointment -- Cephas Bennett and the Burmese Bible -- Recipe from the dawn of time -- The head in the box -- Attack of the monsters near Marathon -- The witch at John Chamberlain's mill -- Drums along the Seneca -- The monster of Seneca Lake -- Monster of the deep -- The tanner pirates -- Dinnertime massacre -- The panther and the boy -- ID please? -- An Indian warning -- Turncoats at Tonawanda -- The house that didn't burn -- The crossing -- The punctual Delhi post -- Preaching and reaping in Delhi -- The bear and the hog -- Mrs. Bailey and the bear -- Augustus Wood and his personal hygiene -- Church, whiskey and rye -- Mr. Brink, the musical plowshare and the panther -- A man's last breath -- Murder in Masonville -- America's first cheese factory -- The Republican flagpole -- Francis Bellamy and the Pledge of Allegiance -- Father McCarthy: the carnival priest -- A New York poet in Borneo -- Abraham Lincoln in Troy -- Buffalo head -- The Oneida County Medical Society -- Dr. Lewis: innovative Vernon doctor -- Jumping Sam Patch -- Utica: city of gangsters -- It's pouring in Utica -- A gypsy kidnapping -- The mysterious Alice Gorman: the wealthy pauper -- Some sharp kids -- Waterloo's biggest chicken barbecue -- Hitching a ride -- Louise M. Scherbyn: women's motorcycle pioneer -- One hot rider -- The world's largest puzzle -- Finished at last.
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F119.6 .Z56 2009 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Few New Yorkers remember the night when firemen, in tuxedos and top hats, were dragged from a ball to extinguish a Waterloo blaze, or the typographical error that reported Theodore Roosevelt taking a bath"? instead of his presidential "oath."? Still fewer remember Cephas Bennett, a missionary from Utica and printer of the first Burmese Bible, or H.L. Mencken's humorous article on the history of the bathtub, still quoted today as factual although entirely invented. Seasoned storyteller Melanie Zimmer seamlessly weaves together these hard-to-believe, yet entirely true, tales. From the monster of Seneca Lake to the man who inspired the American icon Uncle Sam, discover the lost secrets of the Empire State."