Along the Lakeshore: Animals on the ice; Gaylord Loveless

I have been reading some books about Beagles and they all say that they should be tricolored brown, black, and white. I printed some pictures of Mr. Lemon and he was all white with his saddle, top of his head, and ears a light brown that is sometimes called lemon in spaniels and pointers. It seemed that he was certainly a lemon Beagle, hence the name Mr. Lemon. Unfortunately, I don’t have many pictures of him, but in every one he is looking full-face at the camera and his eyes are focused on the lens.

He must have some kinfolk down in the southeast area of Cortland County, northern Broom County, or southwestern Chenango County. Maybe some avid deer, upland bird or rabbit hunter will come across a lemon-colored Beagle. I would like to investigate where he came from. I would be hard-pressed not to welcome a Mr. Lemon no. 2.

My good friend Gaylord Loveless has given up the good fight. Our relationship goes back to 1943 when I spent time working on the farm. I didn’t do much, but asked lots of questions as I was only 9 years old. This continued until I was old enough to drive the team and eventually the Ford tractor.

I would often go up in the early morning and kibitz around in the cow barn, then join Harold and Gaylord when they had breakfast. I returned to the lakeshore at about 8:30 a.m. When I was employed at Crucible Steel in the late 50s and 60s, I used to take in a few dozen of Gaylord’s farm fresh eggs for sale. I don’t remember what the price was, but the margin was about $0.10 a dozen.

One of the highlights of one summer was when Harold took me to Syracuse to see the circus. We watched the elephants unload near West Genesee Street and then parade down Salina Street to Holland’s Island. It doesn’t exist today because rearranging Onondaga Creek did in the circus grounds. We never bought a ticket, but we saw a lot of stuff — from setting up the tents to various acts reviewing their stuff before they zipped into the tent to do it in one of the three rings.

The Loveless land is being cultivated by Greenfield Farms. Tim Green bought the house, barns, and pastures on the west side of Route 41A, as well as the one on the lake side of the road.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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