Stories from Richard Cookson


I never lived in Goshen, but your site has rekindled many memories of spending endless days there with my dad and my cousin Bob at the home of my grandparents, Russell & Gladys Cookson, who lived up the hill and across the lane from the old Pissocra store and home. My great-grandfather Jimmy Cookson came from Arlecdon, England in 1893 with his brother John, settled in Goshen and married the former Susan Hill. He was a coal miner. Susan died in the mid-1920s and Jimmy died in 1955. After Susan died, Jimmy lived in the last actual log cabin in Goshen down that lane above the Pissocras, and had a log burning stove, no electicity or indoor plumbing. Russell & Gladys bought and moved to the old Reichman farm in Tusky circa 1963 where Gladys was born. The farm has been in our family for about 140 years.

I remember Goshen in the 1950′s and 60′s, when we kids could roam the hills and country side as we pleased. And we did. My fondest memories are traversing the hills with my dad and cousin Bob hunting, picking mushrooms, finding hickory nuts and walnuts, learning to drive a tractor, and sled riding down Goshen Hill. Cousin Bob was a great mentor and took me everywhere he went without complaint, including putting me on the back of his red Cushman scooter.

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