Gramps, as the family calls Charles, loved the summertime. He would often tell of the wonderous fruit-bounty of Niagara County. One story that stands out is the time Gramps and his brother John picked cherries for then governor Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR took the "Inspector" yacht up the Erie Canal in July 1930, and made an unexpected stop in Middleport, where Grampa and others asked if the Governor wanted to try some of our delicious local cherries. The govenor agreed and asked the boys to meet him back at the same spot on the canal the next day. The boys delivered two bushels, and as a reward were given a tour of the governor's boat!
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