Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Franklin County men in Civil War prison

In the collection of the Franklin County Historical & Museum Society (1970.46.2) is a medallion, once belonging to Franklin County resident Mose Burrell, declaring him a member of the National Society of Andersonville Survivors.  Camp Sumter in Andersonville, GA was a Confederate prison (Feb. 1864-April 1865) notorious for its overcrowding and inhumane conditions.  According to the National Park Service, which now maintains the site as a National Historic Site: "During the 15 months during which Andersonville was operated, almost 13,000 Union prisoners died there of malnutrition, exposure, and disease; Andersonville became synonymous with the attrocities which both North and South soldiers experienced as prisoners of war."  
Mose Burrell's obituary appeared in the Tupper Lake Herald on April 25, 1919:

This January 23, 1969 Tupper Lake Free Press and Tupper Lake Herald article announced the donation of the Mose Burrell's medallion to the Historical Society:

Many other Franklin County natives were imprisoned at Andersonville, and a quick search of the Northern NY Library Network's Historical Newspaper database (available for free at: http://news.nnyln.net/) revealed articles on at least six other Franklin County men, including this tribute in the Ft. Covington Sun of April 21, 1910: 

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mason and Hamlin Reed Organ

From the collection of the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society (1972.193.1):

This Mason and Hamlin Reed Organ is on display at the House of History museum in the formal parlor.   It is a pump organ, rather than an electric organ.  The organist pumps the two pedals at the base to produce a sound while playing the keyboard.  The five round knobs, or stops, can be pulled in order to create specific tones.  The Mason & Hamlin Organ Company was founded in Boston in 1854 and made reed organs until 1927.  This small chapel-style organ belonged to the Westville Methodist Church, and is like those that could also be found in the parlors of fine homes.  Ca. late 1880s.   Donated by the Westville Methodist Church.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Trudeau Sanitorium Reports, 1938

1938 reports of the Trudeau Sanitorium in Saranac Lake, NY.  From the collection of the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society:

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Justice's Docket

Circa 1900-1915 Criminal Docket of Franklin County Justices, from the collection of the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society (1984.200.1)

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Antique Appraisal

The Franklin County Historical and Museum Society will be holding an Antique Appraisal on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 from 4-7pm at the House of History museum, 51 Milwaukee St., Malone.  Members of the community are urged to bring their family heirlooms for a verbal appraisal of their worth by Ted Comstock, a Saranac Lake resident and former curator at the Adirondack Museum.   Cost is $5/object or 3/$12.00.

Please call the museum at: 518-483-2750 for more information.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Burke School District #6

From the collection of the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society (1981.177.1):

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Burke, NY School District #6 minutes from 1881, 1888, and 1891.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Flanders Elementary School Picture

From an undated newspaper clipping (assumed to be from the Malone Evening Telegram) from the 1970s:

"Attorney Frank Lawler said he believed the picture must have been of the second or third grade at Flanders School around 1914 or 1915. Flanders at that time, Frank recalled, included grades one, two, three, and five. The fourth and six (sic) grades were taught at the Bates School, which later became Notre Dame Parochial School, in Arsenal Green. .... In those days the teachers were: Grade 1, Jennie Irwin; Grade 2, Ethel French; Grade 3, Ethel Daggett and Grade 5, Freda Fayette. That was at Flanders School. Teachers at Bates School were Grade 4, Lillian Snow and Grade 6, Olive Elliott."
Front Row: Blanche Castle, Jessie Thompson, Francis Bizel, Francis Lawler, Helen Doud, Veronica Faubert, Ruth Whitehead, Helen Flynn.
Middle Row: Catherine Bizel, Catherine Wheeler, Ellsworth N. Lawrence, Henry Roy, ___, Burton Gallivan, William Norton, Thomas Rice, Carl Williamson.
Back Row: Gerald Carpenter or Kenneth Davis, Catherine Peck, Lillian Peck, __ Blair, Ernest Lavoie, Ethan Phillips, ___, Beulah Faubert.

Identification was provided by Judge Ellsworth Lawrence and Frank Lawler.