More Good Ol’ Days in Northern New York [S-17-43]

Presenter: Pat Dominie, Robert (Bob) Thompson, Don Potter, Dale Burnett, David and Debbie Murray, Fran Van Horne
Location: SLCHA: Silas Wright House: County Gallery
Classes: 4 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Wed 1:00 PM 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12
Status: Course Update: CORRECTION: On the "Scheduling Information" insert, the last date for "More Good Ol' Days..." should read 4/12 (as it does elsewhere!).

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Look back at life in the rural hamlets, along the back roads and lesser-known settlements, into the early days in Northern New York. Much has been written about early life, important people, and events in places like Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg and other larger towns in the area. Just as important to Northern New York was life in places like Pierrepont, Conifer, Wanakena, and Rossie. Cedar oil stills, lime kilns and iron foundries have disappeared from the landscape. Settlements established as mill towns and mining towns no longer exist in some cases, but all of these were part of the early days and helped shape the North Country. Each week you will be introduced to a different local area, and you will also hear the stories of some of those early days in the lesser-known areas of Northern New York.

Day 1: Don Potter – “Growing up in Morley.” Don is a member of the Morley History Group. He is an amateur historian specializing in Morley history. His family moved to Morley in 1942. Don attended Morley school through the sixth grade before going to Canton Junior and Senior High School (he graduated in1960). Don spent 17 years on the Canton Central Board of Education. He also was involved in Canton Pee Wee Baseball and Hockey. Don served on the SOAR Board of Directors and on the SOAR Meet-the-Chef Committee. Don is a retired lineman, electrician, sales rep and executive.

Day 2: Dale Burnett –“Stories from Hopkinton.” Dale is the author of The Second Hundred Years, a History of Hopkinton, which continues, and updates, a prior book with stories from 1902 to more current times. Dale graduated from SUNY Potsdam as an English major in 1967. He spent the next 34 years teaching at Norwood-Norfolk. An avid genealogist, he grew up in Hopkinton, where his wife has deep roots. They raised their family on a hobby farm new Winthrop.

Day 3: David and Debbie Murray – “Early life along the St. Lawrence River at Morristown.” David is the Town Clerk and Debbie is the Town Historian for Morristown. This couple has a love for area history. They are active with the Forsythe Rifles, and have many interesting stories from along the river to share with us.

Day 4: Robert (Bob) Thompson. Bob graduated from SUNY Canton in 1942, and then took over his family’s dairy farm in Flackville, NY. (His family was originally from the Louisville area, later Flackville and then Lisbon.) Bob and wife Esther purchased a farm in Lisbon in 1954, raised their large (10 children) family there. Bob was involved with 4H, and also with Cornell Cooperative Extension. He was a member of the SUNY Canton College Council. He was the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of that college. He also was a member of the first St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators. Bob is 96, retired, and now living at Partridge Knoll. He will talk about the changes that have occurred during his lifetime while living in this area.

Cap: 40

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