While the following cards don't feature Onteora, they should be of
interest to those who have passed this route on their way to camp.
the U.S. Mail, Grooville, N.Y.
While not an Onteora card, it's
interesting to see that Grooville was once a real town! Here's more
information from Robert Oldmixon: That building served as Ranger
Bill Donahy's family temporary home 1956-57 while the current home
at the main gate was built. It is located just before the entrance
to the lower lake road. By the way, this one way road was the only
entrance to camp in 1956 and for Operation Igloos of 56 & 57.
Pulling off in the mud to let an oncoming vehicle pass was risky and
a pain in the butt. The current road from the rangers house was cut
out of the woods in 1957.
showing that Grooville was once a real town. Postmarked there on July
1, 1924, it shows a car passing a horse-drawn wagon. This is probably
along the road leading to Onteora. The message on the rear reads:
"Dear Uncle Will. I am having a fine time.
I have been riding a bicycle. I can not bring you back any trout
unless I can go a fishing in a lake. (signed) Howard"
approaching Grooville, N.Y.
8/9/07, this card features the stream we all know so well from our
drives up to camp. The message on the rear reads:
"Dear Matilda: Am up here on my vacation, and am
enjoying myself very much. How are you? Let me hear from you. Don't
know where you are, so am sending this home. Beautiful country here.
Your friend, Lillian Steuber"
The card was postmarked in Craig-e-Clare, another
vanished post office in the area, and was addressed only to "Miss
Matilda Koehler, Springland, Long Island." I've never heard of
Springland and couldn't find any references to it.
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