Kirkland Iron Ore

In 1945 an estimated 150 million tons of Clinton hematite ore still lay near and 60′ to 80′ under the surface of the ground in the Town of Kirkland. That’s a lot of ore that provided the basis for iron ore mining, iron blast furnaces and forges, paint and mortar

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Seneca Turnpike

Today’s State Route 5 crosses New York State from Buffalo to Albany and parallels State Route 20 and the New York State Thruway. The part of Route 5 between Utica and Canandaigua has been called the Seneca Turnpike; it runs for about two miles in the Town of Kirkland. Probably

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Clinton Comets Revisited

It’s that time of year for hockey, something that has happened around here since 1918 when Coach Ira A. Prettyman arrived at Hamilton College and introduced the sport. The Clinton Arena and Sage Rink bustle between October and April each season hosting youth hockey, college hockey, and high school hockey.

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On Wisconsin, On Hamilton

While most of us have never heard of Carl Beck or William Purdy, we all have heard the stirring strains of “On Wisconsin”, the University of Wisconsin fight song. After the Notre Dame University “Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame” college song, perhaps “On Wisconsin” ranks next as the most

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The Dwights of Dwight Avenue

Called Franklin Street on earlier maps as it was the main road south to Franklin Iron Works and later Franklin Springs, today’s Dwight Avenue was named that after 1878. Why is it known today as Dwight Avenue? Who were the Dwights? The Dwight story begins, at least in more recent

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Clinton in World War II

The war Effort After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans united in defense of their country. Air raid drills, Blackouts, rationing, and salvage efforts became common activities. Even clocks placed on war time, were set ahead one hour to conserve energy. Mrs. Paul Williams and Mrs. Edward Root began to

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Moses Foote

This year’s program brochure commemorates the 270th anniversary of the birth of Clinton founder, Moses Foote, who led six to seven other families here to begin Clinton in March 1787, 216 years ago. Foote was born August 4, 1734 in Waterbury, Connecticut(now part of Plymouth) and died February 9, 1819

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Clinton Hockey Coaches

Eleven men have coached the Clinton High School hockey team since its first game on January 16, 1926. Dave Litz has just been appointed for this season 2001-2002. Here is a chart showing all the coaches and the assistants who have held that job through the years. YEARS COACH ASSISTANT

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Post Offices in Clinton

Where and how Moses Foote and the other original settlers got their mail remains a mystery. Neighboring Utica didn’t get twice a week mail delivery by coach until 1795, eight years after Clinton’s founding. However, United States Postal Archives do record January 1, 1803 as the date of first postmaster,

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