Boaters and Broomsticks: Tales and Historical Lore of the Erie Canal. Lionel D. Wyld. Lionel Wyld’s collection of folk tales and historic sketches of the Erie Canal is sure to charm an audience that appreciates his knowledge of life on the Ee-rye-ee. Drawn from his collection of folklore material and photographs, they are a welcome addition to the store of Erie Canal literature. North Country Books, 1986, 152pp.