After many starts and stops, Sandpumpings went to press! We, perhaps, spent as much time sifting and searching for a name for the literary magazine as we did interviewing, taping, researching and writing the articles. We wanted a name that would in some way relate to the reader, Olean's past environment of lumbering, oil, and rivers, as well as Olean's businesses, industry, trade and pioneer origins.
We finally settled upon what we call a “Pete Brunnerism,” an oil driller's term, sand pumpings...the process whereby the baler brought up the drilling sands and spilled the sludge and foam into our environment.
Like the drillers of yore, we hope to explore, research, and record our past, our culture, and our pioneer days. We hope to relate an insight through student efforts, to these pioneers, the times, and events that helped shape us as a people.
Sandpumpings vol. 1, no. 1
The first issue includes these interesting articles:
- The Horseless Carriage Was Coming Down the Street
- The Hemlock Bark Ran About 8 1/2 Percent Tannin
- A House of Refuge Harbored Distressed Slaves
- Old Structures in Olean
- Everyone Called Him Chief
- The Lebanese Among Us
- A Dollar a Day and Board Around for Lodging
- A Murder...a Hanging...a Noose...a Cat...a Curse
- A Grandmother's Boquet of Wild Flowers
Sandpumpings was originally published by students of Olean High School in April 1976. The library is selling this reprint of the first issue for $5.00 each.
Sandpumpings makes a wonderful gift for anyone interested in Olean's historical past.
Purchase a copy of Sandpumpings issue 1 at the Olean Public Library 134 N. 2nd St. Olean, NY 14760-2583
Each copy costs $5.00. Have your order mailed for an additional $1.50 for each copy. Send check or money order in the amount of $6.50 payable to Olean Public Library.
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