Calvin Wooster Owen: Diary of a Nineteenth-Century American

In honor of the Town of Penfield’s 2010 Bicentennial, Penfield Town Historian Kathy Kanauer, the Local History Room Advisory Committee, and editor Ann H. Stevens are proud to present the annotated diary of one of Penfield’s most colorful, yet little-known, residents, Calvin Wooster Owen.

Calvin Owen (1798 to 1883) chronicled his life and the events of the era, including the growth of the city of Rochester, the Civil War, the assassination of President Lincoln, the construction of the Penfield Methodist Church, Penfield’s mills, the formation of the Monroe County Republican Party, Sam Patch’s leap into the Genesee River, civil lawsuits,  powder mill explosions, and fires. He writes about the Carson League, the Sons of Temperance, the Millerite religious movement, and the Abolitionist movement. He offers personal observations about alcohol, tobacco, medicine, and religion, and he shares the everyday joys and hardships of nineteenth-century American life.

This 232-page book was designed by Amy E. Schelemanow and edited by Ann H. Stevens and Kathy Kanauer. The book is brought alive with historical sidebars and richly illustrated with period photos, maps, and duotones to help the reader understand the historical context of the people and events affecting Owen’s life.

ISBN: 978-1-4507-0433-5


©2013 Ann H. Stevens