The first “village” in the town of De Kalb was known as Williamstown or Cooper Village. It is little more than a cluster of huts in the desert. Nevertheless, William Cooper has big plans were in place. Many villages have been sold and the contract is only 35 feet wide and 150 feet deep, within one year of your house and save a lot. This is an area that is surrounded by at least 60,000 hectares of undeveloped wilderness.
Life was difficult for the early settlers. Alexander McCollom who ran Coopers first primitive shop the company in November 1803, “I have a very large amount, as the fur away from this place, and every opportunity to buy more when these items on hand. Dust and I want to lead a high among Indians. “was apparently working as a trading post by the natives as a supply house settlers.
The first winter was very hard. McCollom wrote in a letter to William Cooper’s June 1804 “Picture yourself in the unfortunate, and I must say miserable condition, all of which was located on the river bank, after whose waters are unusually hard winter was over far from the usual bed and drove the villagers’ homes. Homes, who are not sick are small and poorly suited to recognize one, two or three great families, when hardly suitable to the private car. And to add to all of this and more families coming in late seasons, which do not have any shelter they were living forced the mercy of Neighbors of the coating to keep them from coldness of the season, and among them a lady who advanced the pregnancy is not a place for himself and his numerous offspring to their heads. ”
The first crude log cabins are mostly clustered on the riverbank. Alexander McCollom house on the west bank of the Oswegatchie River several hundred meters north of the existing bridge over the old De Kalb. In 1805 the village town was moved to higher ground on the hill next to the river. The accompanying map is based in Williamstown undated map of the village of Hartwick College of William Cooper papers. This is probably the village site in 1814, Potter Goff created maps.
On the basis of deeds, mortgages, bonds and Potter Goffs village survey, we will take a virtual tour of the village of Williamstown, residents and businesses from 1803 about1820. Then this era, Cooper’s family is no longer involved, and the name of Williamstown completely replaced the De Kalb Village. Alphanumeric symbols that are specific areas of the map.
Go. assigned to the northern end of the show the first property (A) of Isaac and Abigail Stacy. This village is part of a much largerl party was the land that extended almost to the many mills 305 and 306 houses were built in 1806, a 40-foot high, 20-foot building. This, along with the 30, 40 homes and two sheds, placed five items purchased in the village Stacy screen 1805th Isaac was not particularly happy with the economy, De Kalb. In 1814, “laments having done wrong, because the liver is a good settlement allowed the economy to convince a judge Otsego (Cooper)” (Potter Goff p. 28). Stacy along with many others, could not pay for the parties and in 1815 signed the back of the house, and a group of parties (AI) west of the village house owners. All property was located between 30 3/4 acres of land in Canton Street and the Oswegatchie River. This undeveloped land on the outskirts of the village would have extended plot Mills. Isaac Stacy, and later his son, Henry, was renting the farm property and the house that they use, “as long as necessary for the village soil half.” The house is a stagecoach stop for the past few years.
The next place we come to, when he owned south of Canton St cobblers shop (E) Silas Preston. Preston bought 35 150-F1. William Cooper, a lot of the 1809th It works in collaboration with the store Mr. Little.
Next door was a shoemaker’s workshop in the office of Dr. John Seeley (F), Seeley was the first doctor to live in the town, and is a founding member of the Medical Society of St. Lawrence County. He bought a 35 ft 150 ft lot in 1806 to Wm. Cooper.
Dr. Seeley family lived here until 1809th
In 1809, Dr. Seeley bought a house and barn Joseph Woodhouse (C) for $ 400th Woodhouse, the town carpenter, bought the lot in 1808, and erected a house and barn.
Then, on the south side of the Garden Alley and doctors office was directly across from Cooper’s “Hotel or a big house,” and boom (D). This hotel was built in 1805-1806 and owned by the Cooper family. It was 60 feet square and three stories high. It was a large ballroom on the third floor, and a kitchen in the basement. This box is adorned with four chimneys and fireplaces. The first town meeting was held in the city of De Kalb in the 1806th Cooper’s family and other private enterprises and other dignitaries like Governor Morris lived here when he visited the town. Town meetings were held here until the 1830s. Hired by the hotel and operated from 1806 to 1813 and his son William Cleghorn. The September 29, 1807 held at the Northern Lights Masonic Lodge # 163 in the first session. (This was the first Masonic Lodge chartered St Lawrence Co.) William Cleghorn was the village postmaster from 1807 to 1809. Potter Goff took over the lease 1813th Goff was the village postmaster from 1813 to 1819. Residents pay $ 50 annual rent and the “up and keep the house.” The hotel was owned by William Averell and co. In 1822. The hotel fell into disrepair and fell around 1835th