These clubs, which encouraged support of local, regional and national Republican-Party candidates and platforms, while springing up throughout the Northern half of the country, were organized on the local level. Wide-Awake rallies in large cities such as Boston, New York City and Chicago consisted of hundreds of thousands of particiants. While not nearly as huge as in more populous areas, Franklin County had several Wide Awake Clubs.
This article from the June 7, 1860 Malone Palladium noted the spread of the Wide Awake campaign to Chateaugay and urged the formation of a Malone group:
By August, it appears that such a club had, indeed, been formed:
From August 16, 1860 Malone Palladium
The Palladium was effusive in its description of huge Wide Awake rallies in Malone in July 1860:
... and in Brush's Mills (Brushton) in August 1860. (The whole article can be found here, but it is difficult to read parts of it.)
After the election of 1860, the term "wide-awake" continued to be used to describe those that were politically active and usually progressive in outlook.
- "Young Men for War": The Wide Awakes and Lincoln's 1860 Presidential Campaign by Jon Grinspan (Journal of American History. 96. Sept. 2009. 357-78)
- Wikipedia entry "Wide Awakes"