Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ogdensburg Battery Company

I found this photo in my office the other day. It shows the Ogdensburg Battery Company, which was located at 209-213 Catherine St. The building was owned by Robert Murray, who resided at 119 Gates St. The Ogdensburg Urban Renewal Agency purchased the building for $30,000 in August of 1973. The photo was taken in 1973 prior to being torn down. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

313 Isabella Street (Another View)

This photo shows the same building I posted yesterday (313-323 Isabella St. and 326-328 Crescent St.). Both photos were taken in 1971 prior to urban renewal. #ogdensburghistory

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

313-323 Isabella Street

I did a little digging in the office today and discovered this photo of 313-323 Isabella St. & 326-328 Crescent St. This property was owned by the Hasbrouck family from 1805-1948. Obviously the buildings weren't from 1805, but pretty cool. The photo was taken in 1971. #ogdensburghistory

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Mallette Property

I found this photo, which was taken in about 1971, the other day in the office. It shows the home of Leonard and Mary Mallette located at 118 Washington Street. The person sitting on the front steps could possibly be Mr. Mallette. This home was previously owned by Marjorie Corbett. Before Ms. Corbett it was owned by Alonzo and Abigail Havens. The home was demolished during Urban Renewal. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal #mallette

Thursday, December 1, 2016

J.J. Murphy Plumbing and Heating Building

The J.J. Murphy Building was located at 317 State Street, which would be right next door to Nick Fodor's Law Offices today. This photo was taken in about 1970. Jeremiah (J.J.) Murphy and his wife Geraldine owned the building until it was purchased by the Ogdensburg Urban Renewal Agency. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Women's Rights Discussion Group

Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New YorkSex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York by Marge Piercy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book as part of the NYS Humanities Council's Women's Rights discussion group. I never would have picked this novel myself and was unfamiliar with the author. That being said, I absolutely loved the book. This was the second book we read, so I do recommend reading Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement by Sally McMillen. The latter book will give the reader the historical background to really understand the novel. The story in Sex Wars is told from several different perspectives and uses real people in history as some the characters. I particularly enjoyed reading about Victoria Woodhull. Another part of the novel that I really enjoyed was the description of life in tenements. I felt the author was spot on in her description of the lives of poor immigrants. I highly recommend this book if readers enjoy great historical fiction.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

“VOTES FOR WOMEN” Reading and Discussion Group at SLCHA

Canton: “Votes for Women,” an adult reading and discussion series, is a partnership between the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, DeKalb Town Historian, Lisbon Town Historian and City of Ogdensburg Historian, in collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities. Participants will meet at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association in Canton over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of texts related to the women’s suffrage movement. Dr. Melissane Parm Schrems, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Native American Studies at St. Lawrence University will facilitate the discussions based on selected fiction and non-fiction readings. Participants in “Votes for Women” will explore the history of the women’s suffrage movement in our state and nation and discuss women’s – and by extension, our society’s – past, present, and future. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn about St. Lawrence County women who took an active role in the fight for women’s suffrage, including Helen Hinsdale Rich of DeKalb and Marion Sanger Frank of Ogdensburg. The program is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required. The discussion group will meet at the SLCHA on six Saturdays from September thru December 2016, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. For more information about the discussion series, please contact Bryan Thompson, coordinator, at 315/347-2178 or or the Historical Association at 315/386/8133 or . The New York Council for the Humanities’ Adult Reading & Discussion programs are designed to foster active reading and thinking, incorporating texts that serve as catalysts for civic engagement and cultural understanding, as well as personal reflection. Adult Reading & Discussion programs are currently being held in communities across New York State. For more information about “Votes for Women” visit The New York Council for the Humanities is a private, non-profit organization that helps all New Yorkers to lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, and civic participation. To find out more about the Council, visit Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of either the Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association, located at 3 East Main Street, Canton, is a membership organization open to anyone interested in St. Lawrence County history. The St. Lawrence County Historical Association museum and archives are open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m. For more information, or to become a member, call the SLCHA at 315-386-8133, e-mail or visit online at All SLCHA programs are 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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hidden Treasures

I found these beauties in a cardboard box in my office. No dates, but I'm guessing early 1900s. They appear to show the Oswegatchie River and dam. #ogdensburghistory

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

McInrue Property

The Howard and Rose Anne McInrue Property was located at 127 Isabella St. The buildings and house were demolished in August of 1971 as part of Urban Renewal. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal

McInrue Property

The Howard and Rose Anne McInrue Property was located at 127 Isabella St. The buildings and house were demolished in August of 1971 as part of Urban Renewal. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal

Monday, August 1, 2016

Zabriskie Motors

I found this photo of Zabriskie Motors the other day in the office. It was located at 209-213 Isabella St. on lots owned by McConville Inc. This photo was taken in 1971. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal #zabriskiemotors #mcconville

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Library Park Historic District Sign

Finally a sign designating the Library Park Historic District!!! Thank you William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the Ogdensburg City Recreation Department and the Ogdensburg Historic Commission. For more information about this historic district click here. ‪#‎ogdensburghistory‬ ‪#‎williamgpomeroyfoundation‬

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

McConville Building

This building, which was located at 109 Ford Street was built around 1871 on a lot owned by Charles Clark. It was sold to Louis Hasbrouck Jr. and stayed in the Hasbrouck family until 1950 when McConville Inc. purchased it. During Urban Renewal it was torn down. This photo dates from 1971. #ogdensburghistory #urbanrenewal

Friday, July 1, 2016

Ogdensburg Soldiers in the Spanish-American War

Little has been written about the role of Ogdensburg soldiers in the Spanish-American War which took place in 1898. "The Splendid Little War" has become a footnote to many, but this war showed the world that the United States was a world power to be reckoned with. Yesterday I spoke to Ms. Drusilla Howland, who's grandfather fought in the Spanish-American War as an officer in the 202nd New York Volunteers. First Lt. Joseph Howland, later Captain of the 202nd, wrote about Cuba and took many photographs. With the opening of Cuba after decades it seems apropos to feature one of his letters home and some of his photographs. #ogdensburghistory #spanishamericanwar

Saturday, June 25, 2016

209 Washington Street

Demolished as part of Urban Renewal in 1971, this property located at 209 Washington St. was owned by Omer and Ethel LaRose of Ogdensburg. It was originally part of the Israel Lamb lot that was conveyed by George Parish to Stephen Higbee in 1839. #urbanrenewal #ogdensburghistory

Friday, May 27, 2016

S.C. Pope Building

I found these beauties in my office today. This building was the S.C. Pope Building located at 317-321 Crescent St. It was owned by Gloria Livingston and Rose Carpenter in 1972.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Living History Day

Living History Day was a great success! Here are some photos showing activities throughout the day. #ogdensburghistory

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Living History Day for Local Students

OGDENSBURG – Re-enactors from New York and Canada will present “hands-on history” on May 20 for more than 300 students from the Ogdensburg City Schools, Heuvelton, and Morristown Central School districts. Students are able to experience colonial life through demonstrations of open-hearth cooking, rope making, lighting, butter churning, weaving, toys and this year a biologist will be presenting information about native river life. The students also have the opportunity to complete a scavenger hunt for prizes. This is the seventh year the event has taken place at Van Rensselaer Point the original site of Fort de la PrĂ©sentation, which was constructed in the 1700s. The event is sponsored by the Fort de la PrĂ©sentation Association, Heuvelton Central School, Ogdensburg City Schools, the Heuvelton Lions Club, the Ogdensburg Teacher's Association, the Heuvelton Teacher’s Association, and the Heuvelton PTA. The Fort Association is a not-for-profit corporation based in Ogdensburg. Its mission is to sponsor or benefit the historically accurate reconstruction of Fort de la PrĂ©sentation in close proximity to the original site, and to administer an ongoing presence. Our aim is to unite the community and the region in support of this through fund-raising. Our goals are to educate, to collect, to preserve or maintain, to develop, to research, to document, to interpret and to recreate educational or historical ventures of interest to Ogdensburg and the St. Lawrence Valley.

Seaway Workers to be Honored

The Seaway Development Corporation plans to honor Seaway workers who were killed while working on the Seaway. Read this story to find out more.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Lamacchia Buildings

Urban Renewal Photos: All of these buildings were owned by Placido and Josephine Lamacchia. Photos were taken prior to demolition (1972), Ogdensburg, NY.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Balloonist Back In Town

This photo is from the Frank Bateman Collection at the Ogdensburg Public Library. It's dated 1911. E.J. Burns Heating and Plumbing was located at 9 Main St. (building in the back) H.N. Brown Manufacturing had its mill, yard and office at 39 Lake St. The La Presse is being inflated for its flight back to Montreal.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Isabella Street

I found this little gem at the Ogdensburg Public Library today. It's a photo of the Advance Printing Office and W.C. Berry and Co. on Isabella Street after a snowstorm. (March 2, 1900)