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for want of proper care. Physicians from the older settle-
ments came in and rendered timely and valuable service to
the inhabitants.

In 1820 a fatal form of dysentery prevailed, carrying off
many of the people. Almost every family furnished one
or more victims to its ravages. Ague and bilious fevers
were common for many years along the lake-coast. These
diseases alone probably carried off more than one-half of
all who located here during the first twenty years.

The roads for many years, as a matter of course, were not
of the be,st, and were much of the time impa.s.sable, the
principal means of communication between different points
being by Indian paths and marked trees. The first road
of any pretensions in this region was constructed by Mr.
Seriba, from Constantia to Vera Cruz, now Mexico Point,
connecting the proposed cities. The original road from
Mexico to Oswego passed in a westerly direction through
what is now known as the Cheever district, in New Haven,
and from there it followed the beach of the lake. How-
ever, at this period there was' but little communication be-
tween the places, as what is now Oswego city contained
but two frame houses and a warehouse. The highways in
the immediate vicinity of Mexico village received early
attention from the settlers.

An incident is related of Leonard Ames and Walt



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