May 8, 1941 – Alvin G. Whitney to JSA

  • May 8, 1941 – Alvin G. Whitney (Asst. Director, New York State Museum) to JSA –

Dear Mr. Apperson:

The New York State Journal, Albany, for May 5, reports briefly on Governor Lehman’s signing of the Neddo bill permitting the acquirement of the Knapp Estate, but does not state from what funds. Here is what it says, in part:

“Conservation Commissioner Lithgow Osborne had urged the purchase (of Knapp Estate) and James A. Evans, director of State parks said:

‘It’s the finest acquisition the State has made in years and an essential step in protecting the unparalleled scenic beauty of Lake George.’

Had the property been lumbered off officials of the Conservation Department feared new forest growth would be impossible because of the probable erosions that would have set in, so steep in the rise.”

I wonder if it is all safe-guarded, and no question?

Do let me know if any of your Chestnut trees on Dome Island survived their blitzkrieg of droughts?

Sincerely yours,

Alvin G. Whitney