The dock at Roseleigh, the home of Frederick Roosevelt, with his steamer, The Lotus, behind him, and the west shore very far behind him. More on Fred here.
Skaneateles sketches by artist Scott Ouderkirk
At first glance, two men walk down Jordan Street, the old fire hall on the left, the Methodist Church on the right, but I couldn’t help but be interested in the advertising plastered to the pole in the foreground…
…diamond-shaped posters encouraging villagers to chew Green Turtle Plug and the surprising Climax Plug. What an interesting time this must have been.
Thanks to the Skaneateles Historical Society and the tireless scanning of Bill Hecht, I have found two more photos related to Clifford D. Beebe, president of the Auburn & Syracuse Electric Railway (a.k.a. “the trolley”) and master of the Lone Oak estate. A longer piece on Lone Oak, updated with these photos, is here.
The boat house photo is from the album of the Charles Poor family.
“Now I saw in my dream… they drew near to a very miry slough that was in the midst of the plain; and they being heedless, did both fall suddenly into the bog. The name of the slough was ‘Despond.’ Here, therefore, they wallowed for a time, being grievously bedaubed with the dirt.”
— The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) by John Bunyan