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First published as a “frankly experimental” endeavor in November of 1960, and first edited by distinguished local historians Allan S. Everest and Charles W. McClellan, North Country Notes has chronicled local history, and the deeds of CCHA, ever since. A subscription to NCN has long been a perk of CCHA membership, and still is. We invite you to read our most recent issues below, and come back to check out our North Country Notes archive, which we’ll be gradually building over the next year.


North Country Notes June 2020 - Issue 425
North Country Notes March 2020 - Issue 424

Newsletter Archive


Issue Title Description
425 North Country Notes June 2020 CCHA Responds to COVID-19 Crisis. Harriet Stewart Miner: Painter of Orchids.
424 North Country Notes March 2020

Annual Report: CCHA's Busy 2019.

423 North Country Notes December 2019

A Permanent Home: CCHA Acquires Aikin Rifle. Association News: CCHA to Celebrate 75 Years. Museum Corner: The Importance of Volunteers. William Henry Jackson's Monumental Legacy.

422 North Country Notes June 2019

Winfred Porter Truesdell: Champlain’s International Art Publisher – David Patrick.

421 North Country Notes January 2019

The Spanish Flu: World War 1’s most prolific killer – Mary Anne Ducharme.

420 North Country Notes Summer 2018

When the Bulldozers Came, the Old Cemetery would never Be the Same – Luke Cyphers.

419 North Country Notes Fall 2017

Rich in History-Plattsburgh City Hall – Rich Frost.

418 North Country Notes Spring 2017

The Summer White House – Steve Frederick. The Town of Clinton, by Geri Favreau(aka Geraldine Watson).

417 North Country Notes Spring 2016

Author Spotlight More on the Witherhill hotel By Sue Howell Hamlin. Collections News.

416 North Country Notes Fall 2015

WW1, Shell Shock, and Plattsburg: The unique Role of the US Army General Hospital #30 – Penelope D. Clute. The Establishment of a Permanent Military Base in Plattsburgh after the War of 1812 – David Patrick.

415 North Country Notes Spring 2015

Jean Arthur and Plattsburgh NY.

414 North Country Notes Fall 2014

Henry Atkinson: when the Lion Crouched and the Eagle Soared – Clyde Rabideau Sr.. History Of The Plattsburgh Military Reservation – James Ciborski.

413 North Country Notes Spring 2014

The Civil War in Clinton County – Vickie Evans. The Many Faces of the Moore Family in the Civil War – David Patrick.

412 North Country Notes Fall 2013

The Royal Savage – The Ship and the Inn – Barbara Benjamin. “Know Thy Work and Do It:” The Tuesday Club of Plattsburgh – Ellen E. Adams.

411 North Country Notes Spring 2013

Coop’s Pork n’ Fish Site: A Glimpse into the Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in Champlain – Andrew Black. Myths About Hotel Champlain – Richard E. Frost.

410 North Country Notes Fall 2012

Caretakers of Our Photographic Past – Roger Black. Recent Acquisition – New Acquisition—R.P. Mallory Cumberland Head Lighthouse Drawing. Commemorating the Civil War at the CCHA – Bob St. John and Gerri Favreau.

409 North Country Notes Spring 2012

The first Immigrants – Thomas Pray. “Merkel” A Gem from the Glass Negatives Portrait Project – Gordon Pollard, Professor Emeritus, Suny Plattsburgh.

408 North Country Notes Fall 2011

Cataloging the Peter Sailly Collection – David Patrick.

407 North Country Notes Spring 2011

Clinton County Civil War Sesquicentennial 2011-2015 – Carol Blakeslee-Collin. Lincoln and the Plattsburgh Republican – Carol Blakeslee-Collin.

406 North Country Notes Fall 2010

New Additions to the Redford Glass Exhibit. Gravestones Tell the Story – Jan Couture town of Saranac Historian.

405 North Country Notes Spring 2010

 Plattsburgh, the Cold War and the Atlas F Missile By Carol Blakeslee-Collin. Missile. The Herweth’s of the Bluff Point Lighthouse – by Kim Peine. Gift of Dewey Portraits.

404 North Country Notes Fall 2009

Champlain: Four hundred Years Later – Anastasia Pratt. 2009 Markers. Glass Negative Portraits Project.

403 North Country Notes Spring 2009

The Valcour Dawn community through the eyes of outside newspapers.

402 North Country Notes Fall 2008

William Swetland—Man of Eloquence and Passion – Ada and Kenneth Bills.

401 North Country Notes Spring 2008

Julian O. Davidson, Marine Artist – Joy A Demarse, Ph. D. Lucretia Maria & Margaret Miller Davidson. Swetland Collection Letter Yields Poem. To My Old Home at Plattsburgh By Margaret Miller Davidson (1837).

400 North Country Notes Fall 2007

Saranac’s Independence Cemetery. The Russel Rosewood Writing Desk. Transcription of the Death Notice from Captain Russells Commanding Officer. 140 Years Ago- Supposed Victim of Murder Reappears.

399 North Country Notes Winter 2007

Peter Sailly Endowment Fund Established.  Construction costs in Days Gone By. Sailly “Excellent Mead” Recipe. Valcour Bay Research Project: Rediscovering a “Moment in time” to be Inaugural Exhibit at the Four Chimney’s Museum.

398 North Country Notes Spring 2006

Donation of the William Swetland Letters – Mike Kulik. 1888 Civil War Monument Saranac, NY. Clinton county and the Civil War. Notes on a Gem in our Collection: The Baird Clock – Matt Boire.

397 North Country Notes Fall 2005

Bluff Point Lighthouse Update – Linda Hartwood ? The Searing Furnace of Battle – William Glidden. 16th NY Volunteer  Infantry Regiment. From the Journal of Franklin Palmer 16th NY Infantry Regiment.

396 North Country Notes Summer 2005

Clinton County Personality: Asahel Lynde Powers 1813-1843. Peter Weaver 1782-1882. Susan Butler weaver 1796-1888. Elisha Arnold 1768-1851.

395 North Country Notes Spring 2005
394 North Country Notes Fall 2004
393 North Country Notes Spring 2004
392 North Country Notes Fall 2003
391 North Country Notes Spring-Summer 2003
390 North Country Notes Winter-Spring 2003
389 North Country Notes November-December 2002
388 North Country Notes September-October 2002
387 North Country Notes August 2002
386 North Country Notes July 2002
380 North Country Notes December 2000
378 North Country Notes September 2000
377 North Country Notes August 2000
376 North Country Notes June 2000
375 North Country Notes May 2000
374 North Country Notes April 2000
373 North Country Notes March 2000
372 North Country Notes February 2000
371 North Country Notes January 2000
370 North Country Notes December 1999
369 North Country Notes November 1999
367 North Country Notes October 1999
366 North Country Notes August-September 1999
365 North Country Notes July 1999
364 North Country Notes June 1999
363 North Country Notes May 1999
362 North Country Notes April 1999
361 North Country Notes March 1999
360 North Country Notes February 1999
359 North Country Notes January 1999
358 North Country Notes December 1998
357 North Country Notes November 1998
356 North Country Notes September-October 1998
354 North Country Notes June 1998
353 North Country Notes May 1998
352 North Country Notes April 1998
351 North Country Notes March 1998
349 North Country Notes January 1998
332 North Country Notes June 1996
331 North Country Notes May 1996
330 North Country Notes April 1996
329 North Country Notes March 1996
328 North Country Notes February 1996
327 North Country Notes January 1996
326 North Country Notes December 1995
325 North Country Notes November 1995
324 North Country Notes October 1995
323 North Country Notes September 1995
322 North Country Notes July-August 1995
320 North Country Notes May 1995
319 North Country Notes April 1995
318 North Country Notes March 1995
317 North Country Notes February 1995
316 North Country Notes January 1995
315 North Country Notes December 1994
314 North Country Notes November 1994
313 North Country Notes October 1994
312 North Country Notes September 1994
311 North Country Notes July-August 1994
310 North Country Notes May 1994
309 North Country Notes May 1994
308 North Country Notes April 1994
307 North Country Notes March 1994
306 North Country Notes February 1994
305 North Country Notes January 1994
304 North Country Notes December 1993
303 North Country Notes November 1993
302 North Country Notes October 1993
301 North Country Notes September 1993
300 North Country Notes July-August 1993
299 North Country Notes June 1993
298 North Country Notes May 1993
297 North Country Notes April 1993
296 North Country Notes March 1993
295 North Country Notes February 1993
293 North Country Notes January 1993
292 North Country Notes December 1992
292 North Country Notes November 1992
268 North Country Notes September 1990
267 North Country Notes July-August 1990
266 North Country Notes June 1990
265 North Country Notes May 1990
264 North Country Notes April 1990
263 North Country Notes March 1990
262 North Country Notes February 1990
261 North Country Notes January 1990
260 North Country Notes December 1989
259 North Country Notes November 1989
258 North Country Notes October 1989
257 North Country Notes September 1989
256 North Country Notes July-August 1989
255 North Country Notes June 1989
254 North Country Notes May 1989
253 North Country Notes April 1989
252 North Country Notes March 1989
251 North Country Notes February 1989
250 North Country Notes January 1989
40 North Country Notes November 1967

A Visit From Van Wyck Brooks By Gertrude B. Myers. Early Travel on Lake Champlain. A Civic Dinner For McDonough (1814).

39 North Country Notes October 1967

Travel Hazards On Lake Champlain (Henry Delord 1808). The Plattsburgh Trolley Line By Gerri L. Ross, SUC. William B. Weaver, Diviner of Oil. Place Names.

38 North Country Notes September 1967

Early Baptisms (1835). Wool on the Battle Of Plattsburgh (John E. Wool). Advertising in 1892.

37 North Country Notes June 1967

It Was A Sin (1809 across 1857) Champlain Presbyterian Church Records

Gold Story – 1879 (British gold)

The Iron Industry At Clinton Prison: 1845-1877 By Constance Miller, SUC

36 North Country Notes May 1967

Highway Repairs (Champlain 1800).  The Arnold Ore Bed Part II. Church Pews (Keeseville Baptist Society). The Mexican War (Abraham Allen).

35 North Country Notes April 1967

Indentured Servants (Champlain). Thee Arnold Ore Bed. Those Embarrassing Moments (H. D. Savage & Son).

34 North Country Notes March 1967

What No Zip Code (Chazy). Courtship From A Mining Town. The Union Mutual Improvement Society.

33 North Country Notes February 1967

Slavery In Plattsburgh (Platt). Distinguished Son Of Clinton County (John P. Myers. Description of Champlain in 1798 (Pliny Moore). Burial Instructions (1908).

32 North Country Notes January 1967

Julies Caesar Hubbell To Judge Pliny Moore (1811). Fort Ticonderoga in 1892 (Dr. David Kellogg). Guilty Or Not Guilty (1839). On The Way Up (Balloons/ Parachutes) By Betty Flatt, SUC.

31 North Country Notes November 1966

Amasa C. Moore To Judge Pliny Moore. Fourth of July In Plattsburgh (1900,1910, 1920, 1930, 1940). Champlain Presbytarian church Records (1808/1809). Distinguished Daughter of Clinton County (Dr. Georgia Harkness).

30 North Country Notes October 1966

Champlain Presbyterian Church Records. The Old Military Turnpike. Jacques Rouse (Rouses Point).

29 North Country Notes September 1966

Wool on the Battle of Plattsburgh. From the journal of Dr. David S. Kellogg.

28 North Country Notes May 1966

The Yorkers (Junior Historical Society). Case of the Insane in the 1860’s (Rev. Hiram Chase). Medical Treatment in the 1870’s (diary of Miss Mary Arnold). The Chazy Tercentenary.

27 North Country Notes April 1966

George palmer and The Papineau Rebellion. Keeseville Highschool in 1896. Enjoying the Old Deeds (Various tidbits about buildings and projects undertaken).

26 North Country Notes March 1966

The Whitehall and Plattsburgh Railroad. The Home Guard (1864, St. Alban’s Raid) By John Stewart, SUC. “Trees” (Joyce Kilmers).

25 North Country Notes February 1966

Old county Place Names (West Plattsburgh, Cadeyville, Elisnore, Schuyler Falls. Baseball championship In 1901 (northern New York League). The Businessmen’s Camp (WW1). The Junior Plattsburgh Training Camp.

24 North Country Notes September 1965

Republic of French Canada (Plattsburgh Republican, 1895) (Mr. Wilfred Laurier). Battle of Beekmantown in 1814 (General John E. Wool to Phillip B. Roberts). Dewey’s Tavern. Baseball News (1890s Local Teams). The Union Academy (Peru 1812).

23 North Country Notes May 1965

Clinton County Place Names (Coopersville, Saxe-landing, Chazy, Port Jackson, Peru, Saranac, port Kent, Elsinore). The Greatest Flood in Sixty Years (1892, Dr. S. Kellogg) By Brian Lee, SUC, Plattsburgh. A Giant Crumbles: The Saranac River Plank Road By Duane J. Lane, SUC, Plattsburgh.

22 North Country Notes March 1965

Execution in Malone (1854). Detroit in the North Country (Lozier Motor Company) By Jason Carnright SUC, Plattsburgh. The Rebellious Militiamen (Vermont 1813). Warren Harkness at Oswego Normal School). Beware of City Ways! (Opinions on city life 1870).

21 North Country Notes January 1965

The Sheriff’s Accounts (1839). Early Settlers in Beekmantown. Education in a Democracy (Speech by George A. Simmon’s 1832).

20 North Country Notes November 1964

Benson J. Lossing and Winslow C. Watson. Crab Island (bill of Damages against U. S. government from C. Nichols). Caleb Nichols, Intelligence Agent (War of 1812). The Lost Asylum (1886-1887). Clinton County Place Names (Plattsburgh).

19 North Country Notes September 1964

In The News (Assorted Stories from 1884, 1887, and 1913). A British Deserter (1813) (Colonel Pike). Accidents in 1890 (Lists of Deaths and causes). A Citizen Complains (James W. Wood Letter to Secretary of War 1814).

18 North Country Notes May 1964

The President in Plattsburgh (Benjamin Harrison, Plattsburgh Republican Sept 10, 1892). Relics of 1812! (25 Skeletons found on Oval Plattsburgh Republican 1892). An Historic Plattsburgh Hostelry (Fouquet House). The Near Armistice of 1814. Clinton County Inventors (Ira Carter) (Horace Boardman) (Abiathar Pollard &Simeon Minkler). The Sunbeam Band (Youth Organization).

17 North Country Notes March 1964

The Journals of Dr. Kellogg. A Clinton County Murder -- Dr. Kellogg;s Journal (1899).

16 North Country Notes January 1964

The British Raid on Fort Montgomery in 1865.

15 North Country Notes November 1963

Christmas Carol (We three Kings of Orient Are, Dr. John Henry Hopkins) (Trinity Church). Redford Glass submitted by Mrs. David LaMora. The W. C. T. U. (The Women’s Christian Union). Potatoes (1881, Clinton County Economy),

14 North Country Notes September 1963

Litigation in Old Peru (1842). Sports News (Plattsburgh Sentinel 1890). The British Occupation of Point au Fer.

13 North Country Notes April 1963

Autograph Album (Poem by Harvey Everett in the autograph album of Miss Margaret Green). A British View on the Battler Of Valcour (1776, American Revolution). Peru at the World’s Fair (Chicago, 1893). The Great Freshet of 1830 in Plattsburgh (Bridge collapse, Plattsburgh Republican 1883).

12 North Country Notes February 1963

Temperance in Clinton County. Cimplyphied Spelin (Letter From Salmon Pangman to Bartlet Nye). Local Boy Goes West: Darius Lobdell. Then or Now? (Plattsburgh Republican 1843, Robbery news). Automobile Speed Limit (1906 Plattsburgh).

11 North Country Notes November 1963

The High Cost of Public Welfare – 1818. Marriage of Margaret Miller and Oliver Davidson. Local Boy Goes West: Henry Everett. Ode to Fancy (poem by Lucretia Maria Davidson). To Momma (poem by Maragret Miller Davidson).

10 North Country Notes September 1962

A Country Doctor in the 1870’s (Dr. Ira N. Vaughn). Local Boy goes West: Miron Spaulding. The British at the Bridge (Plaque on Bridge Street Bridge, Battle of Plattsburgh). Insurance in the 1840’s (1846). Revolutionary War Pension Claims (Daniel D. T. Benedict).

9 North Country Notes May 1962

Plattsburgh News Items 75 Years Ago (1893 surveyed principal events in the area since 1876). Clinton County And The California Gold Rush (1849). Crossing the Isthmus (Panama, 1852).

8 North Country Notes March 1962

Fortifying the Canadian-United States Border (1830) (Brig General John E. Wool). Desertion Notice 40 Dollars Reward ! (1817). Supervisors’ Resolutions (1852). When President Van Buren Visited Plattsburgh. 1891 Plattsburgh Locals from “The Morning Telegram”.

7 North Country Notes January 1962

Aunt Betsy’s Strengthening Plaster (Ingredients and Directions). A Trip To Plattsburgh in 1806 (Dr. Michael Freligh’s). William Gilliland. A Sharp Trick (Company D. First Artillery, 1876). House Rules (Plattsburgh Theatre). Clinton County Place Names (Beekmantown). More Plattsburgh Town Records (1807).

6 North Country Notes November 1961

Clinton County Goes To War (1861, Series of Letter’s).

5 North Country Notes September 1961

Labor Troubles (S. S. Allen, Job. F. Sherman). Major Wool’s Account of the Battle of Plattsburgh (Henry B. Dawson). Cattle Marks (Plattsburgh).

4 North Country Notes May 1961

School Composition (George Hoyle Burroughs). Champlain Academy (Champlain Journal 1869). Early Clinton County School Records (1862). Animal Life (Plattsburgh 1808). The Funeral of Daniel Webster (1853). College Expenses (1819).

3 North Country Notes March 1961

Exhilarating Gas (Pliny Moore). Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Cholera Scourge of 1832. Clinton county Place Names (Altona). A General Storekeeper and His Merchandise (List of Grocery’s 1801). Early Inoculations (1797).

2 North Country Notes February 1961

A Temperance Bet – 1823. Concerning Slavery In Clinton County. Wolf-Hunting in Clinton County Submitted by Carl Flood, Senior College of Education. Bill Of Sale (Slavery). A Slave’s Grave (Treadwell Bay Gravesite). School Days (Normal School).

1 North Country Notes November 1960

Election Bets (Lincoln). A Welcome to Clinton County (Pliny Moore, Melancthon Lloyd Woolsey). Rules of Plattsburgh’s First Library (1808) Submitted By Frederick Chaplin, Sophomore College of Education. Did You Know (Assorted Facts From the County's History).

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