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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dr. Mary Bryan

Dr. Mary Bryan became a physician at a time when women were still struggling to get the right to vote and certainly were not encouraged to attend college, let alone take up a profession. She was born in 1854 in Lisbon, NY the daughter of Miles and Sarah Martin Bryan. The family moved to Ogdensburg by 1863, residing on Greene St. She attended public schools, then taught in city schools for 9 years.

In 1883 she resigned her teaching position to enter the Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia, receiving her medical degree in 1887. After practicing in Colorado Springs a short time, she went to New York City to become house physician in the Methodist Deaconess home.

After two years, she went to India as a missionary and for the next 6 years she had charge of a women’s hospital at Bareilly, a town located on the Ramganga River in India. Reportedly she treated 16,500 people annually. (Missionaries reported that 2.5 million people lived in the district.) While there she saved the life of the Queen’s 4 year old son. The Queen offered her the position of private physician in her household, which included a retinue of servants, a camel and summer and winter homes. Due to ill health, Dr. Bryan did not accept the offer, returning to the United States in 1897. The Queen contacted her again, but Dr. Bryan decided to stay in the United States. She returned to Ogdensburg setting up practice at 50 Greene St. and was the physician in charge of infants at the United Helpers Home. Throughout her life she worked closely with the Society of United Helpers as a medical director. Later she moved her office to 322 Elizabeth St. Although she was a skillful surgeon, she practiced general medicine most likely because at the time female surgeons were not accepted as easily as those practicing general medicine.

Dr. Bryan became a member of the Alpha University Extension Club, which was organized in 1894 as a women’s study group. She presented a number of programs about her time in India. In 1927 she donated her entire collection of artifacts from India to the Ogdensburg Public Library, including a large ostrich egg, as well as, medical books. She also donated a large number of books to the Lisbon Hepburn Public Library. Dr. Bryan retired from practice in 1929. After suffering a stroke, she passed away in August of 1931 leaving behind a legacy of healing and trailblazing a path for women in the medical profession.

Ogdensburg Public Library

United Helpers
Cinnamon Alberto and Lori Smithers

Jewel Lacomb

Woman’s Missionary Friend Vols 30 and 31

New York State Journal of Medicine Vols 13 and 14

The Double Cross and Medical Missionary Record (1900) vols 3-7, 15

Northwestern Christian Advocate (1897) vol 45

Annual Report: Methodist Episcopal Church Missionary Society (1898)

Photos: Drexel University Library

Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia:

Ogdensburg Public Library:

The Republican-journal., June 10, 1920, Page 8, Image 8

The Republican-journal., October 03, 1927, Page 10, Image 10