The death of Mr. Ransom is to be regretted and all send sympathies to
On a different note, did Mr. Ransom's work significantly alter the
conclusions made by Joseph Wheeler and his colleagues whose work
resulted in a book that was published some years ago?
"Kathleen Callum GEOARCH, Inc." wrote:
> Albert L. Ransom, longtime member and historian of the Crown Point Road
> Association, passed away June 13, 2001, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
> Center following a short illness. Al was widely recognized as a meticulous
> researcher of Vermont area military history and was often consulted by
> historians and archaeologists who respected his dedication to strict detail
> and primary source documentation.
> Al was mainly interested in pinpointing the location of the original 1759-60
> Crown Point Road as laid out by British engineers under the command of
> General Jeffrey Amherst during the French and Indian War. He spent many
> hours in the field retracing original surveys using early surveying methods
> and instruments. He located and made use of the original maps and diaries
> of 18th century surveyors such as William Cockburn and Archibald Campbell.
> The hikes he led for the CPRA were legendary for the volumes of background
> material he presented prior to each excursion.
> In 1999 Al was named project manager to supervise research and documentation
> of the Socialborough section of the Crown Point Road made possible by an
> enhancement grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The goal of
> this work was to ascertain the feasibility of naming the old road to the
> National Register of Historic Places. He had been working closely with
> Robert Sloma and Kathy Callum of Geoarch; Giovanna Peebles, Vt. State
> Archaeologist, and members of the Division of Historic Preservation and the
> Vt. AOT.
> A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at Grace
> Congregational United Church of Christ, 8 Court Street Rutland, Vermont.
> Elaine Purdy
> Crown Point Road Association
> Kathleen E. Callum/Robert A. Sloma
> GEOARCH, Inc.
> 594 Indian Trail
> Leicester, Vermont 05733
> Tel: 1-802-247-8127
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