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15328Bob Cudmore's Mohawk Valley

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  • Gino's Railpage
    Apr 3, 2012
      Here is part of this week's Bob Cudmore History Column in the Daily
      Gazette. I thought it was interesting and
      that some here would enjoy it. Oh and there is also an FJ&G reference...


      Union College professor Frank Wicks traveled to St Lawrence County for
      a 150th birthday gala for artist Frederic Remington, whose pictures
      and sculptures chronicle the end of the American western wilderness.
      Wicks wrote that the artist was a distant cousin of Eliphalet
      Remington, who built the huge firearms factory in Ilion. Eliphalet
      Remington died in 1861, the year Frederic Remington was born in
      Canton, St. Lawrence County.
      Frederic Remington’s wife was Eva Caten, who lived at 85 S. Main St.
      in Gloversville before her marriage. Remington met her while she was
      attending St Lawrence University in Canton. Eva was the daughter of
      Lawton Caten, superintendent of the Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville
      Railroad, who opposed the marriage. According to one account,
      Remington went on his first western trip because he could not wed his
      sweetheart. They finally married in 1884 in Gloversville.
      Remington was living in Kansas City at the time. Eva Remington left
      her husband and returned to Gloversville shortly after their marriage,
      discouraged that her husband was half-owner of a saloon.
      They reconciled within a year. The artist died of a ruptured appendix at age 48.
      Wicks said Remington’s 1895 sculpture “Bronco Buster” has been called
      the most famous piece of American art. An original cast of the statue
      can be seen during presidential speeches delivered from the Oval
      Office at the White House.
      An 18-inch-high copy of “Bronco Buster” was given to the Gloversville
      Public Library by relatives of Eva Caten Remington. In 1932, the
      statue was stolen by a man who had hidden inside the library at
      closing time. He sold the statue for $100 to an antiques dealer in
      Woodstock. The statue was located by authorities and returned to the
      library on East Fulton Street, where it is still on display.

      Anyone with a suggestion for a Focus on History topic may contact Bob
      Cudmore at 346-6657 or bobcudmore@....