TRAVELING THROUGH WAYNE ON THE ERIE CANAL
WAYNE COUNTY, NY
205: l. mouth of Clyde R., or Canandaigua Outlet (close on the left to Clyde V.)
The following poem about and early post card of the old lock tender's house in Lyons, Wayne County, was contributed to us by Allyn Hess Perry, current owner of the house.
THE OLD LOCK HOME
In Loving Memory
by Nora Ellena (Westcott) Studer
From the Wayne Democratic Press, May 14, 1884:
The canal appointments in the town (Galen) are Daniel Platner, watchman, whose beat extends from the Sodus street bridge in Clyde to the first bridge east of Lockpit, a distance of six miles. Immediately after breakfast at the Delevan house Dan commences his duties for the day; leisurely he walks along the towpath, examining it carefully to see that no incipient breaks have started during the night. A short distance from the end of his beat resides his brother, Sol Platner, and here Dan takes his dinner. In the afternoon he returns to Clyde, examining the banks as carefully on his return as on his going out. This Dan does every day, rain or shine. The locktenders are William Cossleman, Charles Cossleman, Charles Lake and Samuel Bailey at the Clyde lock; and Benjamin Harwood, John Griswold, Lewis Marsteiner and Oliver King at the Berlin Lock.
From the Wayne Democratic Press, July 29, 1885:
The item in the Press last week in regard to the distance, by river, between Clyde and Lyons, was correct in regard to distance, but it gave the reader the impression that the measurement commenced here (Clyde), whereas it commenced at Lyons. The survey was made on Friday, December 22, 1877 and we obtained the exact figures from Mr. T. Andrews, one of the party who kept tally. The surveyors went to Lyons on the first train, and start from there was made at exactly 8:30 A.M. The survey commenced at a spot exactly under the upper or west side of the bridge crossing the river near the entrance to the driving park, and the distances are as follows:
To the Island........................... 2 5/8 miles
The time occupied in the work was seven hours and fifty five minutes, including a stop of twenty minutes at the old canal for dinner. A watch was kept on the bridge here, and when the surveying party came in sight, word was sent over to the village, and by the time they arrived here a large assembly were ready to welcome them. An immense quantity of cigars, lager, etc. including money, were lost and won on the report of the surveyors. With the exception of two or three places where there was open water, and the party was obliged to take to the bank, the measurement was taken on the ice, and as near as could be in the center of the river. Soon after the above survey was made, arrangements were commenced to obtain the distance from here to the Seneca River, but just about the time there came a heavy fall of snow, that was followed by a rain, and this by a freeze up, which caused a crust upon the snow, making it impossible for man or animal to wade through it. On that account the project was abandoned for that season, and we never heard that it was talked of again.
From the Palmyra Sentinel, unknown date in early October 1827.
To the Electors of the county of Wayne.
Fellow citizens- Nature has rendered it easy for us to connect the Erie Canal with the excellent harbor of Great Sodus Bay - presenting in that event, the most inviting channel for the commerce of the lakes to a southern market. We owe it to ourselves, the county, and to the state, to lose no time in opening this navigation. Until this be done, all this commerce, together with the commerce and business of the fairest portion of our beautiful county of Wayne, must go to augment the wealth and power of the county of Oswego. This would indeed be a tribute to the enterprise and patriotism of its inhabitants, beyond their hopes. Feeling the importance of the present crisis to the future destiny of our county, and, anxious to contribute my humble efforts to secure its prosperity, I beg leave to offer myself as a candidate to represent you in the next House of Assembly.
The entire expense of a side cut from the Erie Canal to Great Sodus Bay, as estimated by the engineer, including twenty--one road and farm bridges, will not exceed, 73,339 dollars. It can be contracted to be done for a less amount. This cut, when made, will open the safest and shortest practicable navigation from lake Ontario to New-York. It will be eleven miles nearer route to New-York than the Oswego Canal for all our western commerce, and will shorten the navigation near one hundred miles, between Great Sodus Bay, the adjacent southern counties, and the Susquehannah. It will moreover increase the revenue of the state, being all a canal route.- This work is justly regarded as of high import to the county of Wayne, and pre-eminently calculated to promote its growth and prosperity. I shall, if elected, exert myself to obtain the opening of this communication, and to promote all other objects which may appear interesting to my constituents, and conducive to the public welfare. Believing that we are indebted to our political privileges for the happy eminence to which we are rapidly advancing over every other nation in the civilized world, I shall be ever ardently devoted to the support of all such measures as tend to secure and perpetuate our republican institution.
WM. N. LUMMIS.
[Note: Maxwell's Mill was a hamlet in the Town of Sodus.]
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