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David Minor <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 9 Jul 1998 13:04:59 -0400
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No replys since the originals; guess the remaining parts of the mystery
will continue doing so  for awhile. Some facts are as hard to nail down as

Thanks to Bonnie, Hugh and Bob for shedding some light on the puzzle.


>I was going to mention the Bangal near Jack's Reef, Onondaga County, a now
>defunct hamlet with no population and an impoverished and sort of
>transient one when I was a kid in the 1950s. My cousin tells me that it
>wasn't a corruption of "Bengal" but was really part of a pair of
>hardscrabble settlements known as "Bang All" and "Beat All". I believe
>Bang-All was also the wording of the Guilderland Center hamlet, with which
>I am also well acquainted and which is, and was, Times Square at rush hour
>compared to the one in Onondaga County.
>>>> Bonnie Glickman <[log in to unmask]> 06/18/98 01:18pm >>>
>David Minor wrote:
> >
> > Greetings,
> >
> > While looking through a list of early New York State place names I
> > came across three places formerly name Bangali. They are Guilderland
> > Centre (Albany County), Taylorville (Cortland County) and Vienna
> > (Oneida County). Anyone have any idea where the name comes from and
> > why three non-contiguous counties all had towns of the same name. Is
> > there a Bangali extant today?
> I checked my Delorme computer disc (c/1993) and there were no Bangali's
> anywhere - However, it came up with two BANGALL's BOTH in NY!! -
> One is NE of Poughkeepsie off Rt 82, and the other is E of Jack's reef
> and NW of Syracuse on Rt 31.  Neither of these seem even close to your
> three locations... The spelling coincidence is weird, though - i and l
> could be confused in handwriting...
> Bonnie Glickman, Rochester NY
> PS Are you the "Timemaster" David Minor from WXXI?  If so, please accept
> my thanks for your great pieces on Simon's show!  B)

David Minor
Eagles Byte Historical Research
Rochester, New York
716 264-0423
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