Monday, May 29, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
How Photo Sharing Works
If we’re coming to your area and you have work-related photos from the 1800s to the present, we hope you’ll come share them with us! Here’s how it works:
Collection: Please contact us for a time slot to come in with your photos and any information you have on them (the basics being what, who, when, and where, but we’d also love to hear any firsthand memories or family stories related to the photos!). We’ll sit down with you, record your information, and scan the photos. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us you’re coming, so that we may assign you a window of time to come in. Walk-ins are welcome, but may result in a wait. #ogdensburghistory
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Gilbert house was a Georgian style stone house built in about 1821 by early resident Silvester Gilbert. Georgian style homes were prevalent in the thirteen colonies throughout the 18th century. These homes typically are constructed of stone or brick with a symmetrical arrangement of windows and doors on the front of the building. Windows are usually multi-paned sliding sash windows in a 6 over 6 pattern. The front door may have a transom window over it. The Gilbert family lived in this house for 50 years. Silvester Gilbert was born in Otego, New York on September 24, 1787. He came to Ogdensburg in 1810 establishing himself as a hatter. After the War of 1812 he formed a partnership with Judge Averill as a merchant. This partnership was dissolved in 1818. Silvester Gilbert was a prominent early citizen of the village of Ogdensburgh. Among his many accomplishments was helping to form one of the first Masonic lodges in Ogdensburg, becoming a Master in 1826. He held many state offices for the Masons and was a member for 55 years. He was elected Supervisor of the Town of Oswegatchie and was a delegate in 1839 when General William Henry Harrison was nominated for president. On the local level, he was elected village clerk in 1817, village trustee in 1832, and village president in 1835 and 1856. He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1827 as a Whig. Gilbert was named a commissioner of the Oswegatchie Navigation Company in 1831, which was formed to dig canals linking Black Lake, Gouverneur and Canton. He was elected as a vestryman and warden of the Episcopal Church and was instrumental in completing the building of St. John’s Episcopal Church here in Ogdensburg. The Ogdensburg Academy was established in 1835 with Gilbert listed as one of its trustees. He married Lois Ranney in 1818, who died in 1819. They had one son. Lois Ranney was the daughter of Capt. Seth Ranney, who served in the War of 1812 and Eleanor Matthews. He then married Nancy Ann Seymour, daughter of David and Nancy Seymour. They had 12 children. Silvester Gilbert died in 1865 and is buried in the Ogdensburgh Cemetery. After his death his fellow masons passed a resolution which said “his life has been characterized by a high tone of moral worth which won for him the regard of his fellow citizens.” #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal
Sources: History of St. Lawrence County (L.H. Everts) Charter, Ordinances and School Act of the City of Ogdensburg, New York. January 1st, 1905 Old Houses of the North Country (Watertown Daily Times) #300 http://www.nymews.com/oldhouses/oldwatertown2pt2.html#300 Genealogical and Family History of Northern New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 3 https://books.google.com/books?id=Ye4pAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA1028&lpg=PA1028&dq=silvester+gilbert+ogdensburg&source=bl&ots=4wzQKLbCHy&sig=jHtmsLrnr66ztihfhxVpvd_7LhI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwirsuXJwa7TAhXs7YMKHa8yBtgQ6AEINzAE#v=onepage&q=silvester%20gilbert%20ogdensburg&f=false Dams, Locks and Canals: A Century Before The Seaway (Watertown Daily Times) November 25, 2014 http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20141125/BLOGS/141129174 War of 1812 - The Second Revolution By Rainier Chapter Watertown Daily Times January 4, 1922 http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers%20Disk3/Watertown%20Times/Watertown%20NY%20Daily%20Times%201922.pdf/Newspaper%20Watertown%20NY%20Daily%20Times%201922%20B%20-%200537.PDF http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/gilbert.html#504.64.28 http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/portal/communities/architecture/styles/georgian.html Bonnie Winter Wright: photo Gilbert Ad: St. Lawrence Gazette June 23, 1829 http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83031402/1829-06-23/ed-1/seq-1/ Official Canvas of SLC: St. Lawrence Gazette November 21, 1826 http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83031402/1826-11-21/ed-1/seq-2/ Dissolution of partnership: St. Lawrence Gazette August 25, 1818 http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83031402/1818-08-25/ed-1/seq-4/ Mason-death of Gilbert: The Daily Journal November 18, 1865 http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn85054112/1865-11-18/ed-1/seq-3/ Anti-Jackson Meeting: Northern Light October 25, 1832 http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn84031300/1832-10-25/ed-1/seq-1/ Bank of Ogdensburg: St. Lawrence Gazette November 27, 1827 http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83031402/1827-11-27/ed-1/seq-5/ Town of Oswegatchie Supervisor: St. Lawrence Gazette March 11, 1828 http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83031402/1828-03-11/ed-1/seq-3/ Oswegatchie Navigation Co.: St. Lawrence Republican August 18, 1835 http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83031401/1835-08-18/ed-1/seq-3/ War of 1812: The Daily Journal March 1, 1859 http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn85054112/1859-03-01/ed-1/seq-3/ Gravestone: Findagrave.com https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=gilbert&GSfn=silvester+&GSiman=1&GScid=1257354&GRid=27408027& William Henry Harrison: https://media1.britannica.com/eb-media/43/126143-004-0383748E.jpg St. John’s Episcopal Church: https://www.cardcow.com/images/set98/card00462_fr.jpg Oswegatchie River: http://www.weather.gov/images/nerfc/gallery/STL_webmap2.jpg
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Bell Mansion located at 429 State St. (formerly 416 Crescent St.) was built in 1830. The mansard style that you see today was added by Walter Allen in 1880. This style also called the Second Empire Style, was immensely popular in the the Northeast and Midwest during the 1860s and 1870s. It began in France during the reign of Napoleon III and is based on the designs of Francois Mansart. The mansard roof with its usable attic space is the key element of this design. Also note the eaves with brackets and columned porches.
As with many homes built during this period, the kitchen and laundry were located in the basement with the primary living space on the first and second floors.
A number of notable city residents have lived in this home. Walter Bicker Allen, was a prominent businessman in Ogdensburg. He was born in 1824 the son of E. B. Allen and Harriet Seymour Allen at Sault Ste. Marie. His father E.B. Allen was an early resident of Ogdensburg. In 1861 he married Helen Egert; they had three children. Mr. Allen was involved in shipping and owned a hardware store. He served as a city alderman beginning in 1868, and was a trustee of the Presbyterian Church. He died in 1884 and is buried in the Ogdensburg Cemetery.
The Bell Mansion is named after another notable resident, Willard Bell. Dr. Bell married Harriet Allen, daughter of Walter Allen and assumed ownership of the home in 1905. Dr. Bell was a specialist in the treatment of eye, ear, nose and throat ailments, who practiced in Ogdensburg until his death in 1920. He was born in 1857 the son of George and Ellen Howe Bell. His brother Charles was a partner in Bill Bell and Co. Flour Mill. Dr. Bell married Harriet Seymour Allen in 1884. She was born in Ogdensburg in 1863. The couple had two sons, Walter Allen Bell, who owned a lumber business and George Allen Bell who moved to Bangor, Maine. Mrs. Bell died in 1952.
In recent years the Bell Mansion has not only been a private home, but has also housed a bridal shop.