North country history

Spectators watch as the Smithville 4-H Club float passes at the Jefferson County 4-H Rally Day parade held on Public Square in May 1947. The $5 first prize for best float went to the Calcium Cadets, under the leadership of William Stalder.

The north

10 years ago

June 23, 2009: Two men face drug and forgery charges for passing fake $10 bills at several businesses in Potsdam. Village police were first alerted June 16 that several businesses received the counterfeit bills. After identifying two suspects, police executed a search warrant at their residence and found marijuana, heroin, $5,000 cash and 78 counterfeit $10 bills.

25 years ago

June 23, 1994: It is the fastest-spreading rumor in Watertown. It seems that recently Salmon Run Mall was closed suddenly during business hours while authorities searched for an abducted child. The frantic search ended with the discovery of the child, his (or her) head having been shaved bald. No such incident was reported to any police agency, because it did not happen. According to mall management, this is a story which has plagued malls around the state, and beyond state lines, in recent years.

50 years ago

June 23, 1969: Jefferson County pharmacists have voted “no” to a proposed boycott of the state’s medicaid program by druggists throughout the state. At a meeting last Monday, Jefferson county pharmacists decided that participation in the expected state-wide boycott would be unfair to the elderly and children who are greatly benefitting from the medicaid assistance.

75 years ago

June 23, 1944: Martin Docteur, 91, has planted three bushels of gladiola and a half of dahlia bulbs at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harvey White, of Rosiere, where he resides, and regrets that he did not feel equal to planting the seven bushels of gladiola bulbs he planted last year. He is in good health and spends much of his time reading.

100 years ago

June 23, 1919: Sylvia Lake, near Gouverneur, was the scene of considerable activity Sunday and more than 200 persons visited the place. An exodus of townspeople began early in the forenoon, and parties were coming and going up to a late hour that night. With the closing of the schools it is probable the place will take on renewed activity from outing and camping parties.

125 years ago

June 23, 1894: Fifteen hundred yards of stone are to be taken out of the reservoir quarry, to be used in the construction of the asphalt pavement on the Square. Fifty men will be given employment. The applications that Supt. Allen has already received exceed that number by a great many.

150 years ago

June 23, 1869: We learn from Constable E.J. Erwin that the man who stole a sorrel horse and buggy from a gentleman near Boonville last Tuesday, was arrested at Natural Bridge. The thief’s name is Peter Murphy, who lately left the Watertown jail, and he had with him a lewd woman known as Sarah Ann McGillis.

The world

1863: Confederate forces overwhelm a Union garrison at the Battle of Brashear City in Louisiana.

1885: Former general and president Ulysses S. Grant dies at the age of 63.

1902: Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy renew the Triple Alliance for a 12-year duration.

1944: In one of the largest air strikes of the war, the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force sends 761 bombers against the oil refineries at Ploiesti, Romania.

1966: Civil Rights marchers in Mississippi are dispersed by tear gas.

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