Saturday, March 18, 2017

212 Catherine Street

I found this photo yesterday in my office. It shows a building at 212 Catherine Street, owned by Adam Petrelli Jr. The space was rented by Edwin Mitchell. The original property was owned by William J. and Mary Averell (prior to 1896)and was conveyed to George G. Ramsey. Eventually Adam J. Petrelli and his wife Regina purchased the property in 1946. The building was demolished in 1972 during Urban Renewal. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hear the Tale of a Local Civil War Soldier on March 16th

Hear the Tale of a Local Civil War Soldier on March 16th Potsdam resident William A. Elderkin, a graduate of West Point, was married in the White House, and fought in the first battle of Bull Run. He traveled over 16,000 miles with his trunk, now in the collection of the Potsdam Public Museum, tracing the history of the nineteenth century Indian wars, the development of industrial steel, the spread of railroads, and the establishment of American capitalism. Learn more about Elderkin and his trunk from Jan Wojcik at noon on Thursday, March 16th, at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public: bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA. Wojcik, a member of the SLCHA Civil War Round Table, has given talks on the role of women in the Civil War, the Battle of Spotsylvania, the Overland Campaign, and the Surrender at Appomattox. He serves as the president of the board of trustees of the Potsdam Museum. The Brown Bag Lunch Series is a popular lunch time lecture series dedicated to the memory of Patricia Harrington Carson, who founded the series during her 24 years as a Trustee of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Pat Carson was active on numerous SLCHA Committees, and was an article writer and an issue editor of the SLCHA’s history journal, The Quarterly. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is normally open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m. Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children, $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 E. Main St., Canton. Parking is available behind the SLCHA, next to the museum’s main entrance. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133 or e-mail The Brown Bag Lunch program is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Visit the SLCHA’s website,, for more information on St. Lawrence County history.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Out on a limb: Helpful tips if your genealogy search takes you to New York

If your genealogical searches take you to even the smallest communities in the state of New York, rejoice. You’ll have a knowledgeable friend to help you. Thanks to a far-sighted government policy, every community in that state has an appointed historian. This unique system is overseen by the Office of the State Historian and includes 1,640 historians, generally based in their towns’ libraries. Click here to read more of Tom Mooney's article.

FYI Genealogists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The St. Lawrence Valley Genealogical Society [SLVGS] and the St. Lawrence County Historical Association [SLCHA] are sponsoring an opportunity for SLVGS members, and others, to become acquainted with the research room of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at 3 E. Main St., Canton [the Silas Wright House “Red Barn” addition]. This will be an "open-house" type meeting beginning at 10 am, Saturday, March 4. An extra-special plus, we will be introducing the latest genealogy-related collection at SLCHA – records of the Alcoa 25-year club going back over 60 years, up to 2008. Many of these records contain a considerable amount of family data. A number of experienced genealogy researchers will be on hand to answer questions, and assist attendees with their research. Those arriving in the morning will have the opportunity to continue to use the research facilities until 4 p.m, with the usual $5 research fee for non-members waived. At 11 a.m, Norm Young will talk about on-line newspaper searching, and using Adobe Acrobat Reader in conjunction with such research. Contact SLCHA with any questions on this event, at 315-386-8133.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

J.L. O'Connor Cigar Company

While digging through a file cabinet the other day I found this photo which shows the J.L. O'Connor Cigar Company in about 1972. It was located at 2 Ford St. in Ogdensburg. The business began in 1906 with Canadian born J.L. O'Connor as a founder of the business. The building was demolished during Urban Renewal. #ogdensburghistory

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jock's Restaurant

I found another photo in my office the other day...Jock's Restaurant was located between 316 and 320 North Water Street. This photo shows it in 1972 prior to Urban Renewal when the building was demolished. #ogdensburghistory

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Strollin' Down State Street: the Virtual Tour

The snow may be blowing, but you can still take a "virtual" walk down State Street. This tour was funded by the Sweetgrass Foundation. Click here to start your tour. #ogdensburghistory