Stone Churches

While much attention lately has been directed at the clock and bell in the Stone Presbyterian Church tower, at right is a picture of the Stone Church which served Clinton residents between 1836 and 1876 when it burned. It actually was sited about 20 feet east of the current church,

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Kirkland Cemeteries – Barker Road

Continuing our brief series on Kirkland cemeteries, we travel south on Lumbard Road and turn east on Barker Road. At about 100 yards from Lumbard on the south side of the road is the Barker Road Cemetery. Officially Aabandoned@ the cemetery is taken care of by the Kirkland Highway Department

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Treaty Marker Placed by Class of 1887

Countless Hamilton students, faculty, staff, parents and area residents have driven, walked, and jogged past that granite marker on the north side of College Hill Road just west of State Route 233. But, what is it and why is it there? This bit of local history began with the encroachment

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Grover’s Indiscretion

A familiar refrain of Republicans during the 1884 presidential campaign was: “Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa? Gone to the White House, Ha, Ha, Ha” The Village of Clinton had a brief attachment with Grover Cleveland who was caught in a paternity situation that almost ruined his political career. Cleveland spent

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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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