Attending the Cazenovia College
Senior Seminar last week was a homecoming for Mrs. Chester Coriell of North
"I spent my summers here as a child, visiting my grandparents on Union Street.," she said. My mother was Amala Doremus and my grandfather was David Doremus.
He was a cabinet maker and carpenter, and when he was 22 years old he helped build the Methodist Church on Lincklaen Street."
Mr. Doremus also served from 1902 to 1903 as president of Cazenovia village.
Mrs. Coriell remembers the bandstand on Albany St., and skipped across the grass ("the street was much narrower then") to hear the music and nibble on popcorn.
"I remember the summer people taking walks ... and the wealthy people, the Wendells, the Remsons, the Ten Eycks," she recalled.
She also remembers with joy the famed Chautauqua that came to Cazenovia every year.
"It was on the green at Green St., I think," Mrs. Coriell said. "And it cost a dollar for me to go to all the sessions. That was the first place I ever heard a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta."
One of the features of the Chautauqua during the summer of 1918 was the announcement each day of news of the war.
Mrs. Coriell lived in Syracuse as a little girl, and came out to Cazenovia by way of a trolley and the west Shore steam train. From te depot to Union St., she took a horse-drawn bus.
"I remember seeing the ice out on Cazenovia Lake in the winter, and discovering the same ice in my grandmother's ice box in the summer," she said.
Mrs. Coriell's mother, Amala Doremus, was the first Cazenovia Girl to become a teacher at the old Union School. Another member of the Doremus family was Spider, a mixture of pug and fox terrier, who was well known in the village and lived to be 17 years old.
Glad to be visiting the scenes of her childhood, Mrs. Coriell quoted a saying of her grandfather:
"If you couldn't be happy in Cazenovia, you couldn't be happy anywhere."