Category Archives: New York State History

Speech Given at the First Annual Veterans Dinner at Finger Lakes Community College

Remarks by  Lt Col John E. Norvell (USAF Ret.)  November 10, 2017 President Nye, Dr. Pierce, ladies and gentleman and members of the College community,  thank you for inviting me to speak tonight. As a former history professor I routinely … Continue reading

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My Dog Spot …

Well actually he is a very big male cat. I say this because about a week ago I got a letter from a local governmental agency, which shall remain nameless, saying “it has come to our attention that you have … Continue reading

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In the Country

In 1952 my father was ordered overseas during the Korean War. At the time, we lived in Troy, New York, where I was born, and where my father was in the Army at the Watervliet Arsenal.    With my father’s impending … Continue reading

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Stories from the family Vault

Families often have stories that are not shared with younger members, one such story concerned my grandfather.     My grandfather Hamilton Redfield Norvell was born in Detroit in 1863, when his father died in 1881 leaving the family with … Continue reading

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The Hardest Thing I Ever Did

Lord, guard and guide all those who fly Through the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, In darkening storms or sunlight fair; Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer, For those in peril … Continue reading

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My Grandfather and the Great Depression

Next to the Civil War, the Great Depression was the single most major event in American history that impacted nearly all Americans.   John Steinbeck wrote the story of the “Okies” who lost their land and were forced to move … Continue reading

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4th of July long ago

More than anything else, the holidays we celebrated together demonstrated and defined our sense of community. In our little town of Hannibal New York, each holiday had its own special rituals and observances, this was especially true of the 4th … Continue reading

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My Grandfather and the “Ghosts”

My mother’s father was quite a story teller,  when we were kids he often told us of his youth in the northern part of New York State, here is one of his tales about  so-called “Ghosts.”  He explained it this … Continue reading

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With the Sioux 1

My great-grandfather  Colonel Freeman Norvell (1827-1881)  married Mary Dean Redfield (1843-1918), the daughter of Alexander Hamilton Redfield, a descendant of pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden and a distant cousin of President John Adams. Redfield was born in Phelps, … Continue reading

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Death of a Hero

My Uncle Harold died at 91 recently, he was a veteran of  World War II and survived the Battle of the Bulge, that alone would make him a hero to me.  But  it was what followed  this battle that  showed … Continue reading

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