Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fodor Law Office

Nick Fodor's Law Office, which was originally the Ogdensburg Bank. Photo by Julie Madlin 2015 For more photos follow me on Pinterest

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Clark Mansion

Now the home and studio of artist John Morrow, the Clark Mansion or Locust Lawn is one of the oldest buildings in Ogdensburg.  It is a Federal Style house with Georgian influences possibly designed by famed architect Jean Jacques Joseph Ramee.  It is close in age to the Remington Art Museum and the Robert C. McEwen Customs House.  The two gateposts were the work of sculptor Bruno Zimm, who married Louise Seymour Hasbrouck in 1919.  The first owner of the house, Louis Hasbrouck is represented by the man on horseback.  The second owner Edwin Clark is represented by the sailing ship.  The name Locust Lawn comes from the Locust trees that have surrounded the house for many years.  The Clark family lived in the house for 151 years. The mansion nearly was demolished during Urban Renewal, but was saved by newspaper publisher Franklin Little.

Located at 324 State Street (formerly Euphemia St.) the Clark House was completed in 1810 as a home for lawyer Louis Hasbrouck (1777-1834) and his wife Catharine Banks Hasbrouck (1777-1862).  Louis Hasbrouck along with Nathan Ford was a founder of Ogdensburg.  He was the first clerk of St. Lawrence County, a county supervisor and the first postmaster.  Hasbrouck was also the first president of the Village of Ogdensburgh.   He served as a state assemblyman in 1814 and was a state senator from 1832 until his death.   

On August 5, 1829 Sarah Hasbrouck Clark, daughter of Louis and Catherine Hasbrouck, and her husband Edwin Clark moved into Locust Lawn.  Edwin Clark (1800-1869) was a businessman who built the Eagle Block, which was located where Ogdensburg Mall is today.  In addition to owning the mansion, he also owned offices, stores and a number of other lots in the city.

Edwin and Sarah’s daughter Ella Clark died in the home in 1923.  She bequeathed the property to her nephew, Edwin Clark.  He married Dorette Bergemann in 1933.  The Clark family occupied the mansion until 1981 when Dorette Bergemann Clark passed away at age 90.


Ogdensburg Journal:  September 23, 1936

Rural News:  November 15, 1982

Advance News:  December 19, 1982, December 12, 1982
Dorette Clark picture:  Ogdensburg Public Library
Louis Hasbrouck Grave:  Anne Cady
Sarah Hasbrouck Clark picture:  Ogdensburg Public Library
Edwin Clark Picture:  Ogdensburg Public Library
Ella Clark Picture:  Ogdensburg Public Library
Clark House Photographs:  Julie Madlin

Michael Whittaker

Elizabeth Baxter
Persis Boyesen

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Newton Martin Curtis: American Hero

Canton: An Ogdensburg statue stands in honor of General Newton Martin Curtis, a DePeyster native, who distinguished himself during the Civil War and won a Congressional Medal of Honor 150 years ago this week. On January 15, 1865, General Curtis successfully led the Union forces at the Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Find out more about the life and accomplishments of this true American hero at a special lecture and exhibit on Saturday, January 17th, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House, 3 East Main St., Canton. This event is part of the North Country Civil War Round Table and the St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which was fought from 1861-1865. Around 7,000 men from St. Lawrence County enlisted to fight for the Union during the Civil War. Beginning on January 17th, the SLCHA will host a special winter exhibit about General Curtis and the Battle of Fort Fisher. Artifacts on display will include a portrait of Curtis which used to hang at the St. Lawrence State Hospital and Curtis’ Medal of Honor. Shortly after noon on January 17th, Stanley Maine will give a presentation on Newton Martin Curtis’ life and career, and the Battle of Fort Fisher, NC. Stanley Maine, who lives in Pierrepont, serves as a trustee for the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, is chairman of its Building Committee, and is active with both the SLCHA’s Civil War Roundtable and the SLCHA’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Lost Empress

The Lost EmpressThe Lost Empress by Steve Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 4th book in a series, but I read it as a stand alone with no problem. It combines mystery, genealogy and history seamlessly to weave a great story. What interested me was the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the St. Lawrence River in 1914. I had never heard of this wreck which rivaled the Titanic and the Lusitania. I didn't expect to like the novel as much as I did so that was an added bonus. This is a book I would definitely Reread.

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Watertown Daily Times | Illustration of Spanish-American War sergeant donated to Ogdensburg’s Frederic Remington Museum

Watertown Daily Times | Illustration of Spanish-American War sergeant donated to Ogdensburg’s Frederic Remington Museum