Monday, March 05, 2007

Putting Up a Fight for Teddy Roosevelt

Hello theisland,

Hello I once visited the house at Sagamore Hill as a student in Newfield H.S., Selden, NY which around 1970 had the first Marine Corps JROTC in the country. I learned much later that Selden was named after a judge who was a character witness at Susan B. Anthony's trial Upstate when she posed as a man to vote, women had not yet that right. I work in "contract" archaeology often working in prehistory and history. I was interested in your article as I had once the pleasure of communicating with Mr. Gable of the Theodore Roosevelt Association over a property in the South Street Historic District that was once held in ownership by Theodore Roosevelt's father a glass importer, though the small sub-divided properties had other wares on them, one all manner of metalwork, such as "locomotive cloth" which I think was a type of screen material. He thought the property not that important in the Roosevelt's family legacy. I was researching all the lots bounded by Peck Slip, Pearl Street, Water Street and Beekman, currently a parking lot, for historical evaluation which included researching a "chain of title" of all the numerous deeds handed to me by Greenhouse Consultants, Inc of 40 Exchange Place, NY (and Atlanta, Georgia, though a small firm). Prior to this employ, a good maybe 6 years before I met Anna Roosevelt, former President Theodore's grand-daughter and archaeologist with the Chicago Field Museum at Princeton University at a conference in Forbes College on the use of computers in archaeology. The former firm I mentioned with then Joel Grossman, Ph.D., a Peruvianist, as the principal investigator and another employee assisted her in a computer infrared transit recording of prehistoric mounds she was researching on Marajo Island in the Amazon River, the largest freshwater island in the world (the size of the US state of Indiana) with the equipment we had been using in the "Augustine Heerman Warehouse" archaeology site of New Amsterdam, in the block bounded by Whitehall, Pearl, Bridge and nearby Broad St. in a winter excavation to comply with the New York City Landmarks Commission's requirements. Paul Revere's grandfather once lived there. Recently I was asked to do some records and archaeology investigation in North Creek, NY for the same firm. It involved the 1930s "Ski Bowl" which is nearby Gore Mountain which succeeded it though connected it might become. North Creek is where, after a number of buckboard rides down at night from Tahawas, in the foothills of Mt. Marcy, where then Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was climbing, he read the telegram at the rail depot that stated that President McKinley had died. Eight or nine days earlier he was shot by an anarchist at the Panamerican Exhibition in Buffalo, NY and had been thought would recover. A large monument is there in downtown Buffalo, NY where I attended university in 1973-1975. He boarded a special train at North Creek for Buffalo, NY where he would be officially inaugurated having already been sworn-in, in the Adirondacks. The inaugural house is also still in Buffalo, maintained by the National Park Service. A relation of mine was involved somehow (Rosalie Myers) with George B. Cortelyou, a old native French name in New York City, Brooklyn's first surveyor's surname, who held three cabinet posts under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt (he made a 5 cent loaf of bread a dime, staving off an economic depression, its written somewhere). George B. Cortelyou was called the first "White House Press Secretary" in a "National Archives" article about them, you might recall a Dee Dee Myers was the former President Clinton's for three years, strangely left out of that article. You might be interested in doing archaeology survey work along the St. Lawrence River on New York's border, that in Ogdensburg, NY is the Frederic Remington Museum, the illustrator of Theodore Roosevelt's "Ranch Life" writings, and I imagine good friends. At the time they had just opened the new wing which could hold some of Remington's larger works and the curator was excited to show us "The Charge Up San Juan Hill" which Theodore Roosevelt and the "Rough Riders" were famous for. In it he explained, is the face of an African-American which he thought Remington had used "artistic license" to paint into the depiction as the troops were segregated and this painting as representing a "real event" might be misleading. Of course Remington is more famous for his bronze sculptures of an American West which he collected and watched disappear. Please help keep Theodore Roosevelt's memory alive as he was a New Yorker who despite great challenges rose to help create a safer world. You might also be interested in the book: "Winchester" they describe the various special guns and ammunition sent to Theodore Roosevelt used by him to collect specimens for the Museum of Natural History from Africa, before all the game there was thought might be extinguished. The book is by Harold F. Williamson, "Winchester The Gun That Won The West" published by Combat Forces Press, Washington, D.C., copyright 1952 by Association of the U.S. Army, Library of Congress catalog No. 52-11409. Best regards, George Myers 2007-03-05

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