Life in old New York

Williamstown, or Coopers Village



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

History of DeKalb, NY

Historical notes of old letters and diaries written by a man who lived in de dog Junction 1855-1910 and went later in the West, where he died.

From this point along the rail Watertown and Ogdensburg Potsdam, where he began the branch, formed a confluence of two railway lines, and also happened to be located in the city of De dog, and the name of this place was given as soon as “de Caleb Junction”. At that time, and the growth of wood stood untouched by man west branch of Ogdensburg in this area, including the Green Street.

According to a study brief instructions and grades, and low swampy marsh fed by natural springs and drainage of the most dense forest areas at high altitudes

Extended in the southwesterly direction through the heart of de Caleb Junction is the current route 11, near what is now much of Wayne Fanning 4318 U.S. Highway 11, and a more comprehensive management of Western Marsh who now crossed the center New York Railroad.All on the length of this region Surrounded by low shrubs and trees, bumps and ponds, swamps herbs grown in abundance.

Another area of ​​swamps low existing station east of Benson this [near the intersection of present Gibbons and U.S. Route 11, and to the west, passes directly Stevens slaughterhouse [Stiles scrap yard 11 Old State Road] for further direction south, was fed also by and springs, and even today, there are still a few remaining assets with ponds herbs. In this area near the Y, a large water hole was drilled in the men’s section, who locomotives even furnished by depositing wells were drilled water.

Site for the organization yards, including a station house, freight house has been cleared and the side streets of trees and shrubs in the spring of 1862.

Station House, a building of 30 to 60 feet was built soon. In a short time the telegraph was installed. About 10 rods east of the building along the rail lines, freight house, including the size of the loading platform 36 by 74 feet built. Was nowhere near the motor home and a machine shop. During the early autumn of this year [1862], through the main roads, just a short distance [where the gazebo park is today, a man named Thomas Craig opened M. The first store, which has become a great service not only to the family of Jonathan Bennett, who were the only ones who live in a house near the record, but many other families who live far away.

Craig built a store of the same type of wood that all equipment railway buildings. He touched on some devices, groceries, clothes, and the price, I thought, were very reasonable. I remember buying a pair of cow leather shoes are all made by hand, and a pair of wool socks and heavy wool coat long, and I do not think I could have bought them in Ogdensburg Canton or for less money. Chewing tobacco sold pressure which came nearly foot long panels Kentucky brand.

Israel D. Denise Smith applied for the post of Minister of Post and 1 December 1863 received his appointment. In the time that I moved milk home from the ranch, which is now Gilbert Farm Glen [U.S. Highway 11], on skates at the corner of what is now known as Canton and Hermon streets of U.S. Highway 11 and County Road 17]. On January 1, 1864 the post office was established and Sarah Smith, director of the Post Office. [Her husband was Israel Smith, master of the official position. Ed and later was transferred this building small site near the Iron Clad shop ND Walker [now in site offices town dog on the Hermon and time St James Spaulding bought the building and moved on land that belongs to the Harley-Matteson is located on Mill St. Ridge to live in the mid-1880s. In the fall of 1903, Ira D. Walrath bought the house and land and demolition of the building in the summer of 1916.

Ed McGraw, Thomas Newman, myself along with several other people working on the railway line and the men’s section for some time. In the fall, this 1864-year-old, left a job, married a country girl and lived with the people for a period of time, and then go in a little red house [approx. 4292 U.S. Highway 11, which stood just behind where the Methodist church was built a few years later. In the spring of 1865, built Patrick Green, one of the landowners here, the Hotel de l ‘Union, next to the main line railway. Green also offered me more money for one day to work on the rail as I had a steady job with him for a period of time. I helped make clapboarding the sides and ends of the building, and ceiling panels with several other men. We have built a fixed platform or porch on the front and side facing slopes. In every corner in front of a large hotel enclosed glass lanterns hung to illuminate the facade of the building at night. On each end of the building, was built brick chimney for heating stoves, and a fireplace in the back of the hotel, used to cook in the large kitchen and the stairs leading to the first floor to the second floor was built. We have been allocated a small area with a counter in the corner of the entrance hall railways to sell tobacco and cigars. The horse barn is located at the rear of the hotel. رولستون and Burlingame frames.

Fire destroyed the building in 1888 with the axis of the factory, which is located near the barn hotel.