Thursday, March 7, 2019
Capt. Pearl Robert Nye was born on Feb. 5, 1872, on a canal boat docked at Chillicothe, Ohio, and grew up on the Ohio and Erie Canal (in Ohio). After the canal closed in 1913 he collected songs sung by canal workers, and he wrote his own, often using traditional and popular melodies, including a lengthy, detailed description of the Ohio and Erie from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, comprising 80 stanzas on a brown paper scroll,. More about him is at https://www.loc.gov/collections/captain-pearl-r-nye-life-on-the-erie-and-ohio-canal/about-this-collection/.