The House That Wouldn’t Be

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How the Dewey Decimal System Got Its Name

Melvil Dewey

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How ‘Vacationland’ Got Its Name

HISTORICAL ARCHIVE WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES NEWS CLIPPING

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It’s a Pirate’s Life For Me!

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Alex Mosher throws “pirate treasure” into the crowd during the pirate invasion for Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days in Alexandria Bay.

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Navigating The Rumor and Fable of Thousand Islands Dressing

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Sackets Harbor played pivotal roles in fighting War of 1812

STEPHEN SWOFFORD n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES British troops advance on the American troops during a reenactment of the war of 1812 Saturday afternoon in Sackets Harbor.

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British troops advance on the American troops during a reenactment of the war of 1812 Saturday afternoon in Sackets Harbor.

Apparently, I am not alone in this as I’ve read that the majority of the British populace doesn’t much remember the War of 1812 either. The British history books tend to only mention it briefly, and even then in the context of the Napoleanic Wars instead of a war of its own right.

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Waxing nostalgic for a past we love

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Longtime north country residents herald days gone by as region continues to grow.

For many, nostalgia is more than just reminiscing about the past, it’s an emotion or feeling they have when thinking about certain memories — whether it’s a particular place, experience or time.

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Summer 2015: History

Region takes flight

Capt. Frank Burnside, far right, was the first to successfully pilot an airplane in Northern New York. His flights occurred at the Jefferson County Fair in September 1913. A crowd of more than 3,000 witnessed  as Capt. Burnside and his Thomas airplane took off from the exhibition field, soared to a cruising altitude of 2,000 feet, and reached an astounding 50 mph, before safely landing on the makeshift airstrip. Photo courtesy earlyaviators.com.

Capt. Frank Burnside, far right, was the first to successfully pilot an airplane in Northern New York. His flights occurred at the Jefferson County Fair in September 1913. A crowd of more than 3,000 witnessed as Capt. Burnside and his Thomas airplane took off from the exhibition field, soared to a cruising altitude of 2,000 feet, and reached an astounding 50 mph, before safely landing on the makeshift airstrip. Photo courtesy earlyaviators.com.

Capt. Frank Burnside first to pilot north country skies

By Lenka P. Walldroff

It may surprise some visitors to learn that the north country boasts a number of international airports. Here in Watertown, the “International” in “Watertown International Airport” has raised a few eyebrows, but small as it may be, our humble airport gets the job done, ferrying passengers to and from Northern New York to destinations around the world. Eyebrows and square footage aside, north country airports are but a whisper in the region’s long-standing relationship with aviation. [Read more…]

Spring 2015: History

A ‘most American thing’

The original Thousand Island Park Tabernacle Building, ca. 1884.  Photo from Watertown Daily Times archives.

The original Thousand Island Park Tabernacle Building, ca. 1884. Photo from Watertown Daily Times archives.

The Chautauqua Movement and Thousand Islands Park

By Lenka Walldroff, NNY Living

Pop quiz, history fans: To what was President Theodore Roosevelt referring when he said: “It’s the most American thing in America.”? [Read more…]

Winter 2015 History

An early dairy dynasty

By Lenka Walldroff

The F.X. Baumert and Co. cheese factory and office, Antwerp. At the turn of the 20th century, the factory was the largest of its kind int he country. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times archives.

The F.X. Baumert and Co. cheese factory and office, Antwerp. At the turn of the 20th century, the factory was the largest of its kind in the country. Photo courtesy Watertown Daily Times archives.

F.X. Baumert and Co. introduced Muenster cheese to United States

From the mid-19th century until about 1930, Jefferson County reigned as the “Cheese Capital of the World.” In fact, at the time, more cheese was bought and sold on the Watertown Cheese Exchange than anywhere else in the world. Jefferson County’s cheese notoriety came from humble origins, however, with the first dairy farm opening in Rutland in 1834 with 20 cows. As road conditions were often poor, or roads were non-existent, travel took significantly longer in previous centuries than it does today. In pre-refrigeration times, this proved problematic for farmers trading in perishable goods like milk. [Read more…]