Friends can agree to disagree

To the Editor:

One of the biggest stories to ever hit this part of the Adirondacks was the murder of Leander Pasco and the trial of his son-in-law, Cal Wood, who confessed to the crime. This all happened 117 years ago in Stony Creek.

This is a story I have researched for many years and as time goes by, new and interesting details always seem to pop up. I have received many encouraging calls from Journal readers after the first two segments of the story and they find the tale as interesting today as people did in 1890.

A letter to the editor recently appeared in the Journal from Evelyn Wood, a descendant of Cal Wood, who disagreed with me on some facts in my story. I have enjoyed talking with Evelyn on the phone since then, as she is very knowledgeable on the subject and contrary to belief, we have no animosity in our friendly debate. Please call me if you ever see any fact in this column that you do not agree with. I enjoy hearing from readers.

When the great Adirondack murder occurred on May 10, 1890, in Creek Center in Stony Creek, I was obviously not there. I can only rely on the writings of newspaper people who were alive at that time or notable writers who later competently researched the subject. We have to take what we can get looking through the mists of time, compare minute details, piece it all together so that the story makes sense and earnestly pray that we have got it right. That is the heart of research.

Jean Hadden

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